Combined From Plural Information Providers (e.g., Combined Terrestrial And Satellite Sources) Patents (Class 725/48)
  • Patent number: 10299006
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a media guidance application that aggregates media content and media guidance data for users. For example, the media guidance application may aggregate content from numerous providers and provide the content through a single interface. Moreover, the media guidance application described herein may provide service providers with finder's fees for sharing information about media assets that users are interested in viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Thomas, Walter R. Klappert, Richard M. Beaty
  • Patent number: 10291691
    Abstract: A social media sensing post creating method, system, and computer program product, include connecting to a plurality of devices within a predetermined area of a first user to create a sensing network, collecting multisensory data describing an experience of the first user using the sensing network, and creating a social status depicting the experience of the first user from the multisensory data to recreate memory on a later time, or to transmit the same environmental feelings to a second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nebula Alam, Jorge Andres Moros Ortiz, Shaila Pervin
  • Patent number: 10200739
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a portal having a controller element to detect an installation of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) media receiver in an IPTV media system and adapt at least a portion of the portal according to the installation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9800933
    Abstract: Data associated with content available for viewing is populated into a program guide display interface. The program guide display interface can display one or more QAM in the clear channels as well as IP-based channels. Mined data can be processed to create program guide information for populating a program guide view for display and use by an end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: James Alan Strothmann, Yousef Wasef Nijim, Jay Paul Langa
  • Patent number: 9712856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a subscription to a plurality of content providers and the irretrievably referring users to an interface of the content provider to directly consume media programs provided by the content providers is disclosed. The method irretrievably passes users to content providers so that the user can view media programs from those content providers using the content provider's application, while providing a central source for users to locate media programs available from a plurality of content providers and to subscribe for access to such media programs. This construct permits content providers to retain control over the user viewing experience and to encourage the user to view further media programs from the same content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FOX NETWORKS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: David Bradley Wertheimer, Michael Alan Gooch, Steven Arthur Thorpe, Bryan Jose Gonzalez, Alexander Moore St. Laurent
  • Patent number: 9645697
    Abstract: Systems and methods for translating events in a high definition video playback system are disclosed. A disc viewer is configured to read at least one user interactive program on a high definition optical disc defining an original menu of a user interface. The user interface defines a plurality of event handlers for user interaction with the user interface. An express menu renderer is configured to generate a menu populated with a plurality of selectable elements that are responsive to interaction with a mouse and/or pointing device. The selectable elements correspond to user interactive features of the user interface and have a corresponding visual identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventors: Hsin-Wei Lee, Shang-Jung Chuang
  • Patent number: 9491504
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring the quality of the content is provided. The method and system may identify, in real time, whether the quality of the content has fallen below a predetermined threshold. Once the quality of the content has fallen below a predetermined threshold, the system may identify other delivery mechanisms (e.g., connectivity options and/or other sources) to deliver the content at a lower constant bitrate. Subsequently, the system may check for higher quality content and provide the user with options to switch to the other source. Accordingly, the method and system identifies the available video quality options for a specific content item, which may be provided by a plurality of different content sources, and provides the user with the ability to switch to another content source with minimal user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Yousef Wasef Nijim, James Alan Strothmann, Jay Paul Langa, Anant Patil
  • Patent number: 9462346
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a customizable channel guide, and more specifically, a personalized channel guide for a user, are disclosed herein. In an embodiment, indications of types of content for which the user has an interest are received. Information about content that is available for viewing is accessed. Personalized channels for the user are generated based on the received indications of the types of content for which the user has an interest and based on the information about content that is available for viewing. Each separate personalized channel provides the user with access to a separate type of content for which the user has an interest. A listing of at least some of the personalized channels is displayed to thereby enable the user to select one of the personalized channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Preetinderpal Singh Mangat, Peter Duyen Hung Hoang, Daniel Frank, Shannon Yen Yun Lee, Joshua Trusz, Sang Young Park, Daniel Daigle, Helen Joan Hem Lam, William Michael Mozell, David Seymour, Cody Kenneth Snyder
  • Patent number: 9462303
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to content searching of various databases in an interactive television network; caching programming for rebroadcasting to interactive television network subscribers; and interactively offering goods and services referred to in broadcast programming to interactive television network subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: James R. Durkee, David Crawford Gibbon, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9430128
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a number of parallel gestures are detected, in a particular area on a touch screen interface of a device. A command is identified based at least on the parallel gestures and an action associated with the command is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: TiVo, Inc.
    Inventor: Robin Hayes
  • Patent number: 9342662
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling video input media is described. The method includes receiving video media via a video media input device. The video media input device is communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes monitoring a data path within the electronic device associated with the video media. The monitoring is performed by a compliance mechanism communicatively coupled with and operable in conjunction with the electronic device. The method further includes preventing the video media from reaching a usage mechanism via the data path, the usage mechanism communicatively coupled with the electronic device. The usage mechanism is able to create an environment in which the video media can be used in an unauthorized manner. The preventing performed by the compliance mechanism is done when usage of the video media with the usage mechanism violates a usage restriction applicable to the video media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Media Rights Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank Risan, Edward Vincent Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9288517
    Abstract: A computer implemented method and apparatus for mobile communication based ordering of on-demand digital content (such as video content in a network-based pay TV service). In some embodiments the mobile communication is via an SMS cell phone text and payment of the ordered content is by billing a financial account associated with the owner of the cell phone. The method generates for display to the user, upon selection of digital content desired to be ordered by the user and accessed by a specific network-enabled device associated with the user, a unique video activation request number (VARN), the VARN comprising a first component which uniquely identifies a specific one or more Internet-enabled devices and a second component that uniquely identifies the ordered digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TELVUE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Andrews
  • Patent number: 9173003
    Abstract: An interactive television system is provided that supports newsgroup features. An interactive television application, such as an interactive television program guide, may be used to allow a user to view and post newsgroup messages to one or more newsgroup servers. The newsgroup servers may be located at a television distribution facility. The newsgroup servers may be Usenet servers accessed via the Internet. The user may use the newsgroup feature while watching television programming or while otherwise viewing other content provided by the interactive television application. Cross-referencing may be used to allow the user to access content related to a particular subject matter. Parental control features may be used to limit access to certain newsgroups. Newsgroup messages may contain links to other content made available through the interactive television application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9147434
    Abstract: A recording information acquisition unit 626 acquires recording information of a plurality of recorded contents having programs recorded therein and stored in the information processing apparatus or in any of a plurality of recording apparatus connected to the information processing apparatus through a network. A content classification unit 628 classifies the recorded contents into groups based on the recording information acquired by the recording information acquisition unit 626. A group name determination unit 630 determines, for each of the groups of the recorded contents classified by the content classification unit 628, a title of the group. A list displaying unit 632 displays the group names determined by the group name determination unit 630 in a list on a user interface without distinguishing the apparatus in which the recorded contents are stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Manabu Nishizawa, Yuki Kobayashi, Kensaku Ishizuka, Satoshi Morita
  • Patent number: 9100710
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter, mechanisms for providing media guidance with media content from alternate sources are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Arthur Kardatzke
  • Patent number: 9038108
    Abstract: An approach provides management of digital assets. A digital asset is transmitted to one of a plurality of devices configured to support instant communications. The digital asset can be shared among the devices within the instant communications environment. A portal is provided for users of the devices to manage respective instant communications accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Douglas McCausland, David Horner, Jonathan L. Discount
  • Patent number: 9025085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 9021527
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for facilitating initiation of communication actions in accordance with cable attributes. In one embodiment, cable attributes are referenced that indicate utilization of a cable device at a time a communication event is directed to a user device. The user device and the cable device may be associated with the same user. Communication actions to apply in accordance with the communication event are determined based on at least one of the cable attributes. Thereafter, the communication actions are initiated, for example, such that a user is provided with an indication of the communication event visually via the cable device and/or audibly via the user device, depending on the particular cable attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Wen Xue, Jay Douglas Cole, Talat Jamshidi, Sharon Lynn Woodrum, Philip Martin Kunkel
  • Patent number: 9021528
    Abstract: A user interface allows for blending of television program choices from which a viewer may select, the blending representing options for linear and non-linear programming presented together within a single hierarchy of a designated category. The blending may further include managed content relevant to the designated category, where desired. Such designated categories may include television programming categories and/or content categories. The options for linear and non-linear programming may be presented together within a single screen of the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: TVWorks, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Moreau, Donald Ahrens, Georgia Gibbs, John Carney, David de Andrade
  • Patent number: 9015773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal. The method for receiving a broadcast signal comprises: generating a broadcast stream including at least one program; generating first program table information that represents the broadcast stream; receiving non-real time (NRT) service schedule information; generating second program table information that represents the NRT service, in accordance with the received NRT service schedule information; configuring a stream including the broadcast stream, the 1st program table information and the second program table information; and transmitting the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kwansuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9015758
    Abstract: A method of controlling a display apparatus and which includes displaying received audio and video contents on a display unit of the display apparatus, receiving a request signal for executing an application browser and displaying a list of applications stored in a memory associated with the display apparatus, the list of applications stored in the memory including an editable application group including at least one application that can be edited and a non-editable application group including at least one application that cannot be edited; generating graphic data representing the applications included in the editable application group and non-editable application group; and displaying the received video data in a first area of the display unit and displaying the generated graphic data representing the applications in a second area within the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Gowoon Choi, Jihe Suk, Changkyoon Kim, Ryoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9009596
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content presentation system receiving a plurality of timestamped and geotagged media content instances generated during a live event by a plurality of attendees of the live event, detecting input provided by a user specifying a time period associated with the live event and input provided by the user specifying a viewing area within a venue associated with the live event, identifying one or more media content instances that have a timestamp included within the specified time period and a geotagged location within the specified viewing area, and presenting the identified one or more media content instances to the user within a graphical user interface in a manner that is temporally synchronized with an event timeline associated with the live event. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Guillermo Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9003447
    Abstract: A system and method for customizing communication in a social television framework is described. The method includes retrieving a current context data set corresponding to multiple users, wherein the current context data set includes a user profile component and a media content component. A customized mark set is determined based on an analysis of the current context data set, and at least one of the marks in the customized mark set is sent to a client end device to be experienced by at least one of the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gunnar Harboe, Noel Massey, Von A. Mock
  • Patent number: 9003448
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media content delivery system 1) providing a program guide view of a program guide for display within a viewing area of a display screen, the program guide comprising a navigable user axis representative of a plurality of users selected by a main user as being of interest to the main user and a time axis representative of a plurality of time slots, and 2) presenting, within the program guide view, information identifying one or more media content instances designated for access during one or more time slots included in the plurality of time slots by one or more users included in the plurality of users. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Donald H. Relyea
  • Patent number: 9003438
    Abstract: Methods and systems for presentation of content through an interface to provide personalized video feeds to a user. A video feed is harvested from feed items gathered at various Internet sources. The feed items are filtered to remove those that do not link to video content. A criteria specified by the user is used to filter the feed items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Frequency IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Gordon, Blair Harrison, Adrian K. Roston
  • Patent number: 8997154
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a request for media content from a set top box of an Internet Protocol Television System, perform a search of one or more storage devices associated with other set top boxes for the media content based at least in part on a user profile associated with the set top box where the other set top boxes are located remotely from the set top box, receive the media content, and adjust a format of the media content prior to delivery to the set top box based at least in part on the user profile. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ahmad Ansari
  • Patent number: 8990855
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating a personalized video mosaic from multiple of video sources in a cable television services system. A head end receives a subscriber selection of video sources from multiple video sources broadcast in the television services system and generates a personalized video mosaic from those sources. The head end then transmits the personalized video mosaic to the subscriber for simultaneous viewing of the selected video sources on a broadcast channel in the cable television services system. The set-top box executes an application program enabling the subscriber to individually select the video sources which make up the personalized video mosaic and transmits the selections to the head end. The set-top box enables the display of the personalized video mosaic on the broadcast channel in the cable television services network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Calzone
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Publication number: 20150082355
    Abstract: An interface system for interfacing media between a video display screen and any one of a plurality of electronic devices having media files as sources of displayed video for presentation on the video display. The device employs a microprocessor and software to provide an interface for networked electronic components operating over different communications protocols. Also provided is a graphic interface between a smartphone and the video display allowing the smartphone to operate as a remote control to command the system using generated icons for devices on the network achieved using actual photographs. A display screen on the smartphone allows for hand held remote viewing when a user leaves the room where the current video display is located.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Tiddens
  • Patent number: 8978069
    Abstract: The following description relates to an e-commerce system using content platform independent product broadcasting which combines a channel map for pay TV broadcasts provided over a broadcasting network with a channel map for product broadcasts provided over the Internet to thereby generate an integrated channel map. Using the integrated channel map, a user is able to easily connect to or change a product broadcast provided over the Internet with simple manipulation so as to perform an e-commerce transaction using content platform independent product broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: n-Commerce. Inc.
    Inventors: Jong-Bong Park, Jung-Hyouk Zhang
  • Patent number: 8978064
    Abstract: A hybrid passive-interactive program guide is generated by combining the features of an interactive program guide with the passive video portion of a passive program guide. The interactive guide may replace passive listings with interactive listings, replace passive features with interactive features, provide supplemental advertisements, or replace passive tagging information with interactive tagging information. Users may be provided with an opportunity to purchase a program or product being advertised, to view listings for segments aired in the video portion of the passive guide, to schedule reminders for listings or video segments that are displayed by the passive guide, or to schedule video segments and related information for recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Reynolds, David M. Berezowski, Robert A. Knee, Michael D. Ellis, Joshua A. Rosenthol, William Hein
  • Patent number: 8973045
    Abstract: A hierarchical indexing system, which includes a plurality of indexing servers and a search agent. The plurality of indexing servers are configured to index electronic programming guide data. The search agent is in communication with the plurality of indexing servers. The search agent is configured to receive a request to display multimedia programs associated with multimedia programs frequently being accessed by a device, to search the indexed electronic programming guide data for multimedia programs associated with the frequently accessed multimedia programs, and to output a favorites list of multimedia programs based on the indexed electronic programming guide data and the frequently accessed multimedia programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 8973036
    Abstract: A user computing device, such as mobile device, is provided with an electronic program guide (EPG). The EPG lists video content that is available or being broadcast on one or more websites. The video content may be considered to be premium content or user content. Premium content may be video content that is available from the website of a commercial broadcaster. Premium content may be generated by the commercial broadcaster. User content may be video content that has been generated and provided to websites for viewing and sharing by users such as members of the websites. An EPG may display listings of both user content and premium content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Nagendra Nagaraja
  • Patent number: 8966554
    Abstract: A method for mapping signaling information to announcement information and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Jong Yeul Suh, Chul Soo Lee, Gomer Thomas, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8966537
    Abstract: A user interface for a network media channel allows subscribers to share media files according to ad-hoc specification via kernels. The user interface may be accessed via a device and it may be utilized to create and/or modify media files and/or kernels and to transmit them to one or more networks including one or more servers that stores the media files according to the kernels. The user interface may be used further to receive one or more media files and to display them according to the kernels. The user interface may be used further to navigate thru the media files by clicking (activating) the media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Eduardo A. Sciammarella
  • Patent number: 8964856
    Abstract: A digital broadcasting system and a data processing method are disclosed. A receiving system of the digital broadcasting system includes a receiving unit, an SI handler, and a decoding unit. The receiving unit receives broadcast signals including mobile service data and main service data. Herein, the mobile service data may configure a data group, and the data group may include a signaling information region in some of a plurality of data regions. Also, the signaling information region may include TPC signaling data and FIC signaling data. The SI handler acquires channel configuration information of the mobile service data from the broadcast signal using pre-decided IP access information, and extracts encoding format information for each IP stream component within a corresponding virtual channel service RTP-packetized and received from the acquired channel configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, In Hwan Choi, Jong Yeul Suh, Jin Pil Kim, Chul Soo Lee
  • Publication number: 20150052562
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a portal having a controller element to detect an installation of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) media receiver in an IPTV media system and adapt at least a portion of the portal according to the installation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8955013
    Abstract: An improved television guide system. According to one embodiment of the invention, television guide information is provided that includes multiple occurrences of a single show. The guide system of the present invention allows the user to identify a show and, thereafter, identify when the identified show will be played again. Accordingly, the user may more easily select shows for viewing or recordation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Schein, David P. Warden, Molly K. King, Theresa A. Alba, Robert E. Russman
  • Patent number: 8949900
    Abstract: An approach is provided for selecting personalized content presented via a set-top box. Viewing data related to content experienced by a user is retrieved. Broadcast content is selected based on the viewing data from a plurality of programs that are designated to broadcast to a plurality of set-top boxes. A personalized programming channel is presented for the user using the selected broadcast content over a particular one of the set-top boxes associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Laxmi Arte, Mousumi Dasgupta, Enrique Ruiz-Velasco, Shadman Zafar
  • Patent number: 8949910
    Abstract: A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing, by a system comprising at least one processor, a content display configuration corresponding to a plurality of feed selections from a plurality of media content feeds available from a service provider network, a plurality of display selections from a plurality of available displays, and a plurality of pairing selections assigning each feed selection of the plurality of feed selections to at least one display selection of the plurality of display selections, transmitting a plurality of displayable content streams according to the content display configuration, modifying the content display configuration according to a request, and transmitting the plurality of displayable content streams according to the content display configuration. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon Kent Meredith, Jeremy Fix, Zachary Meredith
  • Publication number: 20150033265
    Abstract: A processing resource detects that a subscriber entity subscribes to at least a first content service provider and a second content service provider. The processing resource receives a first message indicating content available to the subscriber entity for selective retrieval from the first content service provider. The processing resource receives a second message indicating content available to the subscriber entity for selective retrieval from the second content service provider. Based on at least the first message and the second message, the processing resource produces a content guide to include at least first content available to the subscriber entity for retrieval from the first service provider and second content available to the subscriber entity for retrieval from the second service provider. Via display of the content guide, a respective subscriber is able to view content available from multiple service providers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: William Lee Howard, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150020106
    Abstract: Video content from different media sources can be configured to be rendered via a personalized channel. The video content and media sources can be rendered to one or more mobile devices at different times with different content and/or at the same time based on user profile data. Video content from the media sources can be streamed via the personalized channel and selected from various media sources that comprise a web data feed to communicate video content from the web data feed via a personalized video channel. The video content is analyzed to determine topics that are discussed and user profile data is generated with user preferences. The video content is communicated via the personalized video channel based on the topics and the user profile data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Leonid Belyaev, Igor Sokolov, Ilya Baronshin
  • Patent number: 8931010
    Abstract: A network client aggregates media items available in a media system. The network consists of a plurality of nodes, including at least two media server nodes. A client node generates an internal request to obtain a list of media items available in the media system. In response, the client node generates a request for a list of media items from each individual media server node on the network. Each media server node sends their list of media items to the client node. The client node aggregates the lists of media items from each of the media server nodes. Thus, a list of media items available on the media system is aggregated to a requesting client node in the media system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Putterman, Brad Dietrich, John Doornbos, Jeremy Toeman
  • Patent number: 8925017
    Abstract: A processing resource detects that a subscriber entity subscribes to at least a first content service provider and a second content service provider. The processing resource receives a first message indicating content available to the subscriber entity for selective retrieval from the first content service provider. The processing resource receives a second message indicating content available to the subscriber entity for selective retrieval from the second content service provider. Based on at least the first message and the second message, the processing resource produces a content guide to include at least first content available to the subscriber entity for retrieval from the first service provider and second content available to the subscriber entity for retrieval from the second service provider. Via display of the content guide, a respective subscriber is able to view content available from multiple service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: William Lee Howard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8918815
    Abstract: The television (1) includes: an infrared radiation receiver (119) which receives from a user an instruction to select a program cell; and a CPU (118) which generates a user interface screen of an electronic program table to be displayed on an LCD (110). The CPU (118) generates the user interface screen of the electronic program table such that a time zone item column located in a left direction of a selected program cell and a time zone item column located in a right direction of the selected program cell are indicated with deep blue, and other time zone item columns are indicated with light blue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Aya Minehara, Ai Terashima, Yoshinori Oonishi, Kinya Fujimoto, Kazunori Yoshizawa, Yoshinori Ohmura, Yukimi Kawaguchi, Yuhji Ohi, Keiichiro Sato, Yumiko Saimen, Akihiko Ito
  • Patent number: 8918812
    Abstract: In a method of displaying video data using an embedded media player page, frame dimensional data for a first video file is received from a database. The database includes frame dimensional data indexed therein for a plurality of video files. The plurality of video files includes the first video file, and the plurality of video files is retrievable from at least one video server through a communications network. A media player is launched within the embedded media player page. A video display area of the media player is sized based upon the received frame dimensional data. The video data from the first video file is displayed within the video display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: AOL Inc.
    Inventor: Monte Duane Hayward
  • Patent number: 8910207
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes an acquiring module, a first output module, a second output module and a third output module. The acquiring module is configured to acquire program information via a computer network upon receipt of an instruction to acquire program information. The first outputting module is configured to create a program guide using program information acquired via a computer network. The second outputting module is configured to receive a broadcast of a program designated in the program guide. The third outputting module is configured to acquire program information of the designated program from the received broadcast of the designated program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yukihiro Kurita
  • Patent number: 8909473
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing at least one information feed are disclosed. For example, the method receives at least one content via at least one automated feed. The method associates the at least one content to one or more geographical locations on a map, wherein the one or more geographical locations are determined from the at least one content. The method then presents an access to the at least one content to a user via the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Yih-Farn Chen, Giuseppe Di Fabbrizio, David Gibbon, Rittwik Jana, Serban Jora, Bernard S. Renger, Bin Wei
  • Patent number: 8904429
    Abstract: The method of providing information about service providers according to the present invention for achieving the technical goals includes setting regional information of the electronic device based on regional information received through a user interface unit or location information obtained by a location information module, transmitting the set regional information to a server, receiving information about a service provider related to the transmitted regional information from the server, and displaying the received information about the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Leena Kim, Youngjae Seo, Hyunhee Yoon, Jungwoo Lee
  • Patent number: 8898707
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for enhancing delivery of media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box that can have a controller element to present at a media device a first satellite program of a number of satellite programs. A first request is received from a cell phone for content associated with the number of satellite programs. A second request is transmitted over a broadband Ethernet connection to a media system that is separate from equipment of the satellite service provider, to cause the media system to submit a fee to the multimedia satellite provider related to the content information. Content information is received over the Ethernet connection without interrupting the presenting of the first satellite program. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White