Navigational Feature Patents (Class 725/52)
  • Patent number: 10244279
    Abstract: Systems and methods of content scheduling are disclosed in this application. Methods of the inventive subject matter facilitate scheduling of streaming content that is hosted on websites such as YouTube and Vimeo. Schedules can be different based on the time zone in which a client computer attempts to access the content on the schedule. Methods disclosed in this application make it easy to quickly schedule an entire season of a show to run during a time period based on time zone. Methods disclosed in this application also facilitate modifying, creating, or implementing channel schedules across one or more time zones, where the channel schedule includes episodes of video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Martell Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Carey Ray Martell
  • Patent number: 10230917
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, a system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to display a scrollable program guide graphical user interface. The graphical user interface is configured to show a multiplicity of blocks of information corresponding to a multiplicity of content carriers. The processing subsystem is further configured to display a magnified area within the program guide graphical user interface. When a block corresponding to a particular content carrier within the multiplicity of content carriers is entered into the magnified area, the processing subsystem is configured to display enhanced information corresponding to one or more media content instances transmitted via the particular content carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Brian Roberts, Don Relyea
  • Patent number: 10225298
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing content between devices are disclosed. To request a shared piece of media content, a playback device generates and sends a request to content server. The playback device includes information in the request that indicates the playback capabilities of the device. The content server receives the request and determines the playback capabilities of the playback device from the information in the request. The content server then determines the assets that may be used by the playback device to obtain the media content and generates a top level index file for the playback device that includes information about the determined assets. The top level index file is then sent to the playback device that may then use the top level index file to obtain the media content using the indicated assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: DIVX, LLC
    Inventors: Song Cen, Reza Emdad
  • Patent number: 10165309
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of communications, and discloses a method and an apparatus for interrupting and resuming live broadcast of streaming media. The method includes: buffering, in real time, streaming media data during live broadcast of streaming media; interrupting the live broadcast when a broadcast insertion command is received; playing broadcast insertion information associated with the broadcast insertion command and then playing the buffered streaming media data at a specified speed from a start moment a buffer play start moment for playing the buffered streaming media data, the specified speed being higher than a live broadcast speed of the streaming media, until a playback process of the buffered streaming media data is synchronized with the live broadcast of the streaming media so as to stop the playback process of the buffered streaming media data, and resuming the live broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Sen Lin
  • Patent number: 10142581
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display device in which, when a pointer reaches an area change detection zone in which a screen is divided into a first area and a second area, a first device receives a control command from a second device so that a first device and a second device having different Oss installed therein can be controlled by one input device such as a display device, a keyboard, and a mouse, and data can be transmitted or received between the first device and the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jaejun Lee
  • Patent number: 10091262
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing content between devices are disclosed. To request a shared piece of media content, a playback device generates and sends a request to content server. The playback device includes information in the request that indicates the playback capabilities of the device. The content server receives the request and determines the playback capabilities of the playback device from the information in the request. The content server then determines the assets that may be used by the playback device to obtain the media content and generates a top level index file for the playback device that includes information about the determined assets. The top level index file is then sent to the playback device that may then use the top level index file to obtain the media content using the indicated assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: DIVX, LLC
    Inventors: Song Cen, Reza Emdad
  • Patent number: 9967301
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing content are disclosed. One method can comprise receiving a request for content comprising at least a first segment. The method can also comprise determining an expiration condition of the first segment, and replacing the first segment with a second segment based on the expiration condition. The method can also comprise providing the second segment to a user or a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: David Andrew O'Hare, Weidong Mao, Elad Nafshi, Mark Andrew Vickers, Gregory Allen Broome, Sree Kotay
  • Patent number: 9931568
    Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for presenting advertisements to users of a fantasy sports contest application. Advertisements are displayed in conjunction with fantasy sports contest information and may be interactive in nature. The advertisements may be selected according to a user profile. The user profile may include information on the user's demonstrated interests, which may be determined using the user's preferences in the fantasy contest, prior television viewing habits, and other suitable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Hughes, David Barber
  • Patent number: 9930417
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a computing device may display a video browser screen on an output device. The video browser screen may include a list of video programs arranged as a carousel. The carousel may have a plurality of entries, where an entry may represent a video program that may be provided by a service provider. A video program represented by an entry may be, for example, a live video program, a video program available on demand, or a video program that may have been recorded by a device that may be provided by the service provider. The computing device may acquire an indication to navigate to an entry in the carousel. The computing device may navigate to the entry and acquire an indication to select the entry. The computing device may select the entry and display the video program associated with the selected entry on the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: James C. Stark, Alexandra Cottrell
  • Patent number: 9860609
    Abstract: Displayed program cells may be moved on an interactive program guide during a first time period based on a received first parameter. A displayed advertisement may be kept stationary during a second time period based on a second parameter. The second time period may be related to a subset of the displayed program cells which will move past the stationary advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Cumnor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Gerba, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9847102
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for bounding an object in a video sequence Fx,y,t. The method includes obtaining a subset of pixels located in the object to annotate, in each frame of the video sequence. Spatio-temporal slicing is performed on the video sequence Fx,y,t, centered on the obtained subsets of pixels, resulting in a first image Fy,t obtained by an horizontal concatenation of first slices, comprising the obtained subsets of pixels, and resulting in a second image Fx,t obtained by a vertical concatenation of second slices. A trajectory of the obtained subsets of pixels is displayed on both the first Fy,t and second Fx,t image. A bounding form around the object to annotate is obtained out of four points in each frame of the video sequence, wherein the coordinates of the four points of a frame t are obtained from the coordinates of the points located in the first and second boundary of the first and second image for that frame t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Joel Sirot, Louis Chevallier, Jean-Ronan Vigouroux
  • Patent number: 9826189
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and computer program products for presenting an interactive programming guide are provided. An embodiment may include providing an apparatus configured to deliver media programs and an interactive programming guide to a monitor to be viewed by a user. The interactive programming guide may list channels and media programs available to the user. The apparatus may be configured to filter the interactive programming guide by limiting the channels and media programs listed in the interactive programming guide based on one or more attributes of the media programs. The user may be able to choose the attributes to be used as the filter either through a current media program being watched by the user or through the interactive programming guide. The attributes may be identified through metadata associated with the media programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Linda I. Borghesani
  • Patent number: 9788036
    Abstract: Various arrangements generating a customized channel are presented. A customized channel may be generated for a user. The programming for the customized channel may be gathered from different sources. The programming may be selected and scheduled based on user preferences, interests, and viewing habits of the user. The user viewing habits and preferences for programming may be used to refine the schedule and programming of the customized channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Carlos Garcia Navarro, Eric Holley
  • Patent number: 9788074
    Abstract: A mobile terminal may continuously provide information corresponding to video data included in a region selected from a reproduction screen, even though outputting of the reproduction screen output on a touch screen is limited. The mobile terminal includes a touch screen configured to output a reproduction screen corresponding to video data, a user input unit configured to receive a user input limiting outputting of the reproduction screen, and a controller configured to output list information regarding a plurality of preset regions included in the reproduction screen when the user input is received, and extract video data corresponding to a selected region on the basis of a touch applied to the list information, wherein the controller may form a control command for outputting summary information corresponding to the extracted video data over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Soondong Park, Jaewoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9736517
    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, receiving a request for content information received during a presentation of a first multimedia program on equipment. The request is provided by a signal disassociated with a satellite signal to the equipment providing the multimedia satellite service. The content information is provided to a remote mobile device concurrent with the presentation of the first multimedia program at the equipment. A selection obtained from the mobile device is identified from among the content information provided to the mobile device, and the selection is provided to the equipment. Operation of a media processor of the equipment is directed based on the selection. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 9712882
    Abstract: A content selection menu is generated and provided to a user. The content selection menu includes a plurality of audiovisual (AV) programs that are provided for user selection. The AV programs may be positioned in the content selection menu in accordance with their associated score for content attributes. Upon providing the content selection to a user, the user may select a program for viewing or the user may indicate interest in a program. If the user indicates interest in a program a second content selection menu is generated based at least in part on the attributes of the program of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nicholas B. Newell
  • Patent number: 9668014
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that can cause a specific portion of a media asset to be stored based on a user command. For example, if the user requests the closing scene from a given movie, the media guidance application may detect the command, determine that it comprises an instruction to store a portion of a media asset, identify a source of the portion of the media asset, and cause the portion of the media asset to be stored. The media guidance application may also cause the entirety of the media asset to be stored and initiate playback at the start of the requested portion. This may allow users to store and watch portions of particular interest without requiring that the users seek through the entire media asset on their own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ROVI GUIDES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Maltar, Milan Patel, Yong Gong
  • Patent number: 9602759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a digital broadcast receiving device (1) comprising at least one receiving means (2) which provides the EPG data to be received, at least one storage means (3) which provides the EPG data to be stored, at least one transmitting means (4) which transmits data to a screen (E) such that the EPG data are able to be viewed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventors: Berna Simsek, Koray Atalay, Mehmet Inanc Bilgin
  • Patent number: 9497509
    Abstract: A system for remote user navigation of content displayed with a display device, including a screen display, is provided. A user input device may be configured to detect a user movement, including a direction and a speed. The user input device may be configured to communicate information based at least in part on the direction and the speed. The system may include a media device configured to receive communications from the user input device. The media device may be configured to process the information from the user input device and to output content to the display device in accordance with a navigation operation. The navigation operation may include moving displayed content based at least in part on the direction and the speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar UK Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Dale Llewelyn Mountain
  • Patent number: 9479838
    Abstract: A subscriber unit is provided and configured to receive an input media content feed of a media content program selection from a first source upon a determination that predetermined conditions exist. The subscriber unit may further be configured to receive an input media content feed of a media content program selection from a second source upon determining that certain predetermined conditions do not exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Sam Makhlouf
  • Patent number: 9438953
    Abstract: A program guide system is provided that supports a program guide application and multiple non-guide applications. The program guide system has a program guide application interface that allows the non-guide applications to use both device resources and program guide resources. The application interface maintains a list of registered applications and directs control requests from various applications to the current primary application. The application interface also has a user interface input director that directs keystrokes and other user input commands to the appropriate application. If a keystroke for the program guide application is detected while a non-guide application is running, the program guide application is invoked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Robert A. Knee
  • Patent number: 9438966
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to distribution of media content and a system and method for presenting a user-selectable option to permit a user to change a setting for an advertising experience during presentation of such an advertising experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Barsook, Ariff Sidi, Anthony D'Angelo
  • Patent number: 9432736
    Abstract: The present invention related to the domain of audio/video content distribution, where a catalog of available content is made available to end users. An aim of the invention is to ensure that the catalog has a high quality in that a search within the catalog will have a high probability of yielding a result. The invention provides a method and a system for creating useful links between elements in the catalog whenever it is deemed that such links be useful. The links between the elements are created either by adding new content to the catalog or new metadata which can be associated with the new content and existing content in the catalog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventor: Thierry Dagaeff
  • Patent number: 9420230
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for combining programming content in a controlled synchronized manner. The systems and methods allow for centrally generated content to be modified using local content. The centrally generated content can include data that specifies what portions of the centrally generated content can be modified by the local content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn A. Reitmeier, Peter Smith, Thomas M. Duff, Michael F. Steib
  • Patent number: 9392324
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that can cause a specific portion of a media asset to be stored based on a user command. For example, if the user requests the closing scene from a given movie, the media guidance application may detect the command, determine that it comprises an instruction to store a portion of a media asset, identify a source of the portion of the media asset, and cause the portion of the media asset to be stored. The media guidance application may also cause the entirety of the media asset to be stored and initiate playback at the start of the requested portion. This may allow users to store and watch portions of particular interest without requiring that the users seek through the entire media asset on their own.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Maltar, Milan Patel, Yong Gong
  • Patent number: 9380269
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for embedding and associating triggers within a promotion or other similar content element with the event being promoted are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, consumer premises equipment (CPE) such as a digital set-top box is used to interface between the user and an external network (such as an HFC cable network) and facilitate the user selecting and scheduling viewing or recording of a subsequent event (e.g., broadcast movie) via the promotion itself. The trigger(s) within the promotion allow the user to contemporaneously select the promoted event for viewing, recording, etc. without any further action. The trigger(s) then initiates tuning of the user's receiver to the scheduled event at the appropriate date and time. This approach obviates additional actions by the user (such as programming their DVR), and also permits the user to commit to viewing the event when their interest level is highest; i.e., contemporaneous with the promotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Allen Boortz
  • Patent number: 9374747
    Abstract: A method in a network node for estimating a channel from a user node to the network node is provided. The network node receives first pilots. The network node receives (502) additional pilots from the user node. The network node estimates (503) the channel based on the additional pilots. The additional pilots are any one out of: pilots in an existing channel, modified to create space for the additional pilots, and an existing mechanism modified to be used as the additional pilots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Erik Larsson, Michael Samuel Bebawy, Peter Von Wrycza, Yi-Pin Eric Wang
  • Patent number: 9363464
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate history-based decision making in television receivers, such as set-top boxes. In one embodiment, a history-based decision facilitator (“HBDF”) is provided. The HBDF facilitates decision making in a television receiver based on device history data received from the television receiver. In one embodiment, the HBDF receives an indication of an operation to be performed by the television receiver, the operation including one or more parameters. In response, the HBDF determines values for the one or more parameters, based on device history data received from the television receiver. The HBDF then provides the determined parameter values to the television receiver. In one example application, the HBDF can determine a tuner of the television receiver to utilize for recording a program, based on the history of the television receiver, such as that the determined tuner is typically idle during the scheduled recording time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Alexander
  • Patent number: 9348502
    Abstract: There is provided a dimming method of a display apparatus, including calculating a velocity of a content object that is displayed on the display apparatus, and adjusting the light output of a content object area at which the content object is displayed on the display apparatus or of an entire display area including the content object area, according to the velocity of the content object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Sungjae Hwang
  • Patent number: 9329746
    Abstract: Embodiments relates to a method for managing contents and a display apparatus using the method, and the method include: displaying at least one icon representing contents provider and icons representing user contents service; receiving a selection of a first icon corresponding to a first contents provider in the displayed icons; and storing information on user's contents in contents provided from the first contents provider to correspond to the user contents service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyungnam Lee, Saehun Jang, Jaekyun Kim, Sangjun Koo, Sangseok Lee, Kyunghee Yoo, Uniyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 9319747
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for electronic program guide (EPG) sorting and automatic realignment is provided. In example embodiments, a graphical user interface having an EPG including a plurality of rows of thumbnails representing programs is presented on a device of a user. Each row of thumbnails may be navigated independent of other rows. A navigational input is received via a touchscreen of the device. The navigational input indicates an action performed on the graphical user interface that triggers a realignment of programming information presented on the EPG. An updated EPG with the realignment of the programming information indicated by the navigational input is then provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Crx K. Chai, Alex Fishman, Matthew Huntington, Isaac Chellin, Kevin Lu
  • Patent number: 9241194
    Abstract: In a content processing device, a set of media channels to be provided in a graphical user interface is identified. Each channel in a subset of the channels is assigned to a cell that is included in a set of cells in the graphical user interface. The graphical user interface is provided to a display. Upon a predetermined indication, at least some of the subset of the channels are rotated through at least a subset of the cells, whereby the display shows each of the cells in the subset of cells to be including a channel other than a channel that was included in the cell before the rotating was performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Davison, Scott D. Arena
  • Patent number: 9214093
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to notify a visually impaired visual media consumer of the availability of audio description for items of visual media via one or more audible indications. Further, a catalog of items of visual media can be sorted or arranged such that items of visual media having audio description may be selected or inquired about in a quicker and more convenient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9166714
    Abstract: A method of and system for presenting enriched video viewing analytics is presented. A method of presenting enriched statistical and analytical information includes receiving a catalog of a plurality of content items. Each content item has associated metacontent characterizing the content item. The method also includes receiving and storing operations of a user for interacting with one or more of the content items. The method further includes determining use and/or viewing statistics for, for example, the content items, metacontent associated with the content items, the numbers and types of devices viewing the content items, subscriber information, household information, and/or viewer demographic information for past and present time periods. The method also, optionally, includes estimating the likelihood of future user interaction operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Veveo, Inc.
    Inventors: Rakesh Barve, Ravi Krishna, Murali Aravamudan
  • Patent number: 9154821
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing program-viewing experience with viewership, message, and supplemental data include receiving a program identifier for a media program to be viewed; receiving one or more of viewership, message, and/or supplemental data relating to the media program; compiling the viewership, message, and/or supplemental data with the program identifier; storing the viewership, message, and/or supplemental data in a memory in association with the program identifier; and providing display data representing the viewership, message, and/or supplemental data and the program identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Benedict John Davies
  • Patent number: 9118967
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer instructions is provided to render an on screen channel changer on a television. A request is received from a user to activate the on screen channel changer. An on screen channel changer for an Intelligent TV may include a display of a number bar, miniature (mini) electronic program guide (EPG), a dynamic EPG, and a program preview. The EPG information comes from EPG information sources including EPG information embedded in a content feed from a cable provider and EPG information from an internet source. The EPG information displayed can include a schedule of past, current, and upcoming TV programs. The on screen channel changer may be displayed on top of a TV program currently being viewed. The user changes the channel by making a channel number selection using the on screen channel changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignees: Jamdeo Technologies Ltd., Hisense USA Corp., Hisense International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9118888
    Abstract: An example news production system includes a scheduling system, a composite display, and a camera. The scheduling system accesses a news program schedule that specifies a sequence of actions to be performed by the news production system. The scheduling system reads entries from the news program schedule, identifies actions associated with each, and sends signals to cause the actions to be performed. The news production system may cause the composite display to render video content in accordance with a specified layout. A camera can capture video of a field of view that includes at least a portion of the composite display while the specified video content is rendered thereon. The news production system may also cause an output video stream to be based, at least in part, on the captured video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Tribune Broadcasting Company, LLC
    Inventor: Hank J. Hundemer
  • Patent number: 9106956
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying information are discussed. According to an embodiment, the method includes obtaining, by an image display apparatus, viewing history information on a plurality of programs or channels based on a previous viewing of the plurality of programs or channels; generating priority information for the programs or channels based on the obtained viewing history information; and visually indicating, on a display unit of the apparatus, a plurality items corresponding respectively to the plurality of programs or channels to be distinct from each other according to the generated priority information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seungsik Chun, Kyungjin Lee, Hyunseok Kim
  • Patent number: 9094708
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a media guidance application that can prioritize media content listings based on the real-time progression of the content associated with the listing. The media guidance application may interpret metadata concerning the progress of the content associated with the listing to determine whether or not a particular user will have, or continue to have, interest in the listing based on real-time statistical analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas Seyller, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9094729
    Abstract: An Internet TV video guide shows thumbnails of video assets available from one or more providers, and one or more of the assets may represent a playlist with two or more associated video clips. When a viewer selects a playlist asset, the thumbnail is expanded to show the individual clips so that a viewer can select a desired clip for play on the TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hye Hoon Yi
  • Patent number: 9060186
    Abstract: An audience selection type augmented broadcasting service providing apparatus and method is provided. The audience selection type augmented broadcasting service providing apparatus may include an augmented broadcast producing server to process a production process of augmented contents to provide the augmented broadcasting service, for broadcast contents, a broadcasting server to multiplex and transmit the broadcast contents and metadata for the augmented broadcasting service, and an augmented content receiving terminal to process the augmented contents based on the metadata for the augmented broadcasting service, while playing the broadcast contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Seoung Chul Kim, Soon Choul Kim, Jung Hak Kim, Bum Suk Choi, Jeoung Lak Ha, Young Ho Jeong, Jin Woo Hong
  • Patent number: 9058311
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and software for operating a user communication device are provided herein. In a first example, method of operating a user communication device is provided which includes displaying a HTTP link associated with a media resource and receiving a user selection of the displayed HTTP link. The method also includes displaying a delivery time schedule menu for the media resource responsive to the user selection of the displayed HTTP link, and receiving a delivery time schedule instruction indicating a user-acceptable time frame for receipt of the media resource. The method also includes generating and transferring an HTTP request packet with an HTTP header that indicates the user-acceptable time frame for receipt of the media resource into the user communication device, and receiving the media resource associated with the HTTP link according to the delivery time schedule instruction and responsive to the HTTP header in the transferred HTTP request packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Lyle T. Bertz, Daniel Joe Sershen, James Walter Norris, Jeffrey J. Klaumann
  • Publication number: 20150150053
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving channel browsing experience for users by presenting an automatically appearing and automatically scrolling program guide are described. The methods and apparatus are well suited for use with remote control devices with limited numbers of input buttons, e.g., under five buttons, but can be used with remote controls with more buttons. The program guide can be used to allow access to a grid guide to users of hospital remotes or other remotes with limited input keys, e.g., an up down arrow and/or a power button. The method in some embodiments uses time spent on a channel in combination with user selection of an input key to determine an action to be taken, e.g., enter or display the program grid guide and/or select a channel and/or corresponding program being displayed in the grid guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Glen Hardin, Niem Dang, Greg Von Der Ahe, Peter Agnvall
  • Patent number: 9043837
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service provider system 1) providing an end user of an integrated media service with access to a media program by way of a plurality of different media distribution models, 2) maintaining a catalog that includes comprehensive information about the media program, the comprehensive information being an aggregate of non-redundant information about the media program obtained from a plurality of independent source catalogs corresponding to the plurality of different media distribution models, and 3) providing, based on the comprehensive information included in the catalog, a media service user interface that supports discovery of the comprehensive information about the media program regardless of a user interface context from which a user request for information about the media program is received. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Imran Arif Maskatia, Paul Bradley Bowers, Jeffrey L. Harris
  • Patent number: 9038109
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for generating an enhanced programming guide. Programming events are associated as packages of programming. The programming guide is generated as a programming grid of cells. The programming grid lists a wrapper associated with each package and each package's associated events. The wrapper surrounds all the cells in the programming grid that are associated with the events for each package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Steading, John Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9038104
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a system and method for providing a program guide for past programming comprising receiving a user command to retrieve program data, retrieving the program data from a data source, and outputting, to a display device, the program data in response to receiving the user command. The program data may comprise information relating to previously-aired programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Angiolillo, Angel Cordero, Xi Zhang
  • Patent number: 9032293
    Abstract: A media type currently associated with a multiple media player device is determined by the multiple media player device. A current setting status associated with each of a set of adjustable options associated with the determined media type is determined. A set of option icons that each represents one of the set of adjustable options is identified. Each identified option icon is paired with the associated current setting status of each adjustable option. A menuing input is detected. An overlay user interface menu, including only one option icon and the associated current setting status pair, is displayed over full-screen content on a display. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seth Hill, Steven Friedlander, Sabrina Yeh, Hyehoon Yi
  • Patent number: 9032437
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include an apparatus, method, and computer program product for providing enhanced entertainment data. For instance, in one embodiment, a computer implemented method for providing enhanced entertainment data includes receiving a request for additional information related to a selected show and displaying the additional information, which includes a list of selectable merchandise associated with the selected show, in response to the request. In one embodiment, the method presents information related to a selected merchandise and an option for a user to purchase the selected merchandise. The method may further include retrieving a billing address associated with a subscriber account associated with the user in response to receiving a purchase request for the selected merchandise and placing an order for the selected merchandise using the billing address. The method may also include billing the order as part of a monthly service charge to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Gary W. LaFreniere, David Emerson, Kelsyn Rooks
  • Patent number: 9032440
    Abstract: An interactive television application with watch lists is provided. The user may add programs such as television programs, Internet web pages, e-commerce applications, e-mail applications, and music channels, to a watch list. The user may also select a program from the watch list to watch it or to perform some other function related to that program. The interactive television application may display, under user control, watch lists that are overlaid over television programming, scaled so as not to obscure television programming, or on touch-screen remote controls. Programs may be added by the user to the watch lists at any time, or may be automatically added or removed by the interactive television application based on user preference profiles and reminder lists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Andras Montvay, Martin Elixmann
  • Publication number: 20150128189
    Abstract: An exemplary system includes a media content processing subsystem configured to provide a program guide graphical user interface (“GUI”) to a display for presentation to a user, the program guide GUI including a portion of a program guide. The media content processing subsystem is further configured to provide at least one navigation tool to the display for presentation in the program guide GUI, the navigation tool including a plurality of selectable options for navigating the program guide. The media content processing subsystem is further configured to detect a user selection of one of the selectable options and initiate a navigation to a location in the program guide based on the selected option. In certain embodiments, the navigation tool includes at least one of a time-based navigation tool and a channel navigation tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Heath Stallings, Brian Roberts, Don Relyea