Searching (e.g., By Title Or Actor's Name) Patents (Class 725/53)
  • Patent number: 11024308
    Abstract: Various embodiments contemplate systems and methods for performing automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU) that enable high accuracy recognition and understanding of freely spoken utterances which may contain proper names and similar entities. The proper name entities may contain or be comprised wholly of words that are not present in the vocabularies of these systems as normally constituted. Recognition of the other words in the utterances in question, e.g. words that are not part of the proper name entities, may occur at regular, high recognition accuracy. Various embodiments provide as output not only accurately transcribed running text of the complete utterance, but also a symbolic representation of the meaning of the input, including appropriate symbolic representations of proper name entities, adequate to allow a computer system to respond appropriately to the spoken request without further analysis of the user's input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Promptu Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Harry William Printz
  • Patent number: 10936667
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a solution for indicating a search result. A method of indicating a search result is disclosed, which includes, in response to receiving a query term, searching for an electronic document having metadata related to the query term. The method further includes, in response to the electronic document being searched, locating a metadata term matching with the query term from the metadata of the electronic document. The method further includes providing an indication highlighting the metadata term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Kun Wu Huang, Charlie Chen, Winston Lei Zhang, Jingjing Liu, Duke Dai
  • Patent number: 10866989
    Abstract: A real-time recommender method includes receiving streaming data records; applying tokenizer objects to a received data record to identify, extract and buffer data elements. The method applies the buffered data elements to a feature detect tree that includes a root node and one or more subsequent branch nodes, a set of the subsequent branch nodes defining a path culminating in a leaf node, by applying a data element to the root node and testing the data element to reject or select the data element, applying a prior-selected data element to subsequent branch nodes, and conducting at each of the subsequent branch nodes, a test to reject or select the prior-selected data element, and stopping, for a selected path, the applying and testing after the prior-selected data element reaches a path's leaf node. The method still further includes installing each data element reaching the path's leaf node, as a feature, into one or more recommender algorithm models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Architecture Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Chandler, Paul Davis, Douglas Sweet
  • Patent number: 10803735
    Abstract: A display apparatus including a display which displays content, a communicator configured to communicate with a remote controller and an external device, and a controller. The controller being configured to, upon receiving a control command from the external device, control operation of the display apparatus based on the received control command, control the received control command to be transmitted to the remote controller, and control the communicator to transmit the received control command to the external device through the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Young Jun Ryu, Yong Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 10694247
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a method and apparatus for recommending a video. The method includes: receiving a video recommendation request sent by a terminal device, the video recommendation request including a first voice, the first voice being a voice inputted by a user requesting a video recommendation; determining, from user voices stored in a server, a second voice having a greatest similarity with the first voice; and sending information of a target video to the terminal device according to a user profile corresponding to the second voice, if a first confidence recognizing the user as a user corresponding to the second voice being greater than or equal to a first threshold. The method and apparatus for recommending a video according to the embodiments of the present disclosure have a high accuracy of video recommendation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Jiafeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10594840
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving a bot communication request from a user device, the bot communication request comprising content from on one or more of a spoken utterance and a typed input received via the user device, retrieving configuration information comprising credentials and unique communication protocol information for each of a plurality of bot services, automatically determining a bot service for responding to the bot communication request from among the plurality of bot services, and establishing a communication channel with the determined bot service based on unique credentials of the determined bot service, and transmitting the bot communication request to the determined bot service via the established communication channel based on unique communication protocol information of the determined bot service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Darby, Geoffrey A. Finch, Sammy Sufian
  • Patent number: 10572520
    Abstract: A method of disambiguating user intent in conversational interactions for information retrieval is disclosed. The method includes providing access to a set of content items with metadata describing the content items and providing access to structural knowledge showing semantic relationships and links among the content items. The method further includes providing a user preference signature, receiving a first input from the user that is intended by the user to identify at least one desired content item, and determining an ambiguity index of the first input. If the ambiguity index is high, the method determines a query input based on the first input and at least one of the structural knowledge, the user preference signature, a location of the user, and the time of the first input and selects a content item based on comparing the query input and the metadata associated with the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: VEVEO, INC.
    Inventors: Murali Aravamudan, Rakesh Barve, Sashikumar Venkataraman, Vineet Agarwal, Abhijit Savarkar, Ganesh Ramamoorthy, Ahmed Nizam Mohaideen Pathurudeen, K China Srinivasulu Reddy
  • Patent number: 10542058
    Abstract: Methods and system for managing media clips over a data network. Media streams may be received over a data network and stored by a storage server. Metadata regarding the media streams may be generated and stored at a metadata server. A control station can retrieve media frames originating in the stored media streams from the storage server, based on metadata. Media frames from multiple media streams can be retrieved and displayed in synchronization, based on respective timecodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Evertz Microsystems Ltd.
    Inventor: Vince Silvestri
  • Patent number: 10206009
    Abstract: There is provided a contents processing device of a contents processing system having a plurality of contents input units including network input units, a plurality of contents output units that is related to a plurality of zones and outputs the contents to the plurality of zones, respectively, an NET selector for outputting the contents input into the network input units to a specific contents output unit of the plurality of contents output units, and an NET selector controller for, when a receiving unit receives the contents reproduction notification, controlling an operation of the NET selector according to a predetermined NET selector procedure so that a user's estimated reproduction requirement is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Hirae
  • Patent number: 10187704
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing a user with a segment of content where the segment includes a given actor and where quality of acting of the given actor in the segment matches a user specified quality of acting. The user specified level of acting associated with the actor may be below a threshold level of acting that is required for a given level of acting to be categorized as good acting. The media guidance application may determine a media asset in which the user specified actor plays a leading role. The media guidance application may then determine a segment of the media asset in which the actor appears and in which a level of acting associated with the actor matches the user specified level of acting. The media guidance application may generate for display the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Susanto Sen, Gyanveer Singh, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 9967625
    Abstract: A recommender engine for recommending content items to a user comprises a profile generation unit having a pre-profile input unit, which is configured to receive pre-profile data comprising pre-profile text data suitable for identifying entities of interest to a given user, and having a pre-profile analysis unit, the entities of interest and to generate an initial user profile data set for the given user from the extracted identification data; a query generation unit, to generate at least two queries semantically different from each other to be directed to at least one content repository; a content retrieval unit, to issue the generated queries to the content repository and to receive in response to the queries, content-related response data comprising respective hit lists and an interleaver unit to generate from the different hit lists a single recommendation list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Funke Digital TV Guide GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Korst, Mauro Barbieri, Ramon Antoine Wiro Clout, Serverius Petrus Paulus Pronk
  • Patent number: 9848242
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for adjusting the priority of media assets scheduled to be recorded to reflect the current behavior and interests of the user. For example, a household with young children may have scheduled recordings for the DVR with a wide variety of television shows of different genres (e.g., Children's Shows, Sports Games, and Crime Procedurals) and as the children grow up, the preference may gradually shift towards other types of shows. As this shift of interest happens over time, it can be difficult or impossible for the user to change the priority of each of the media assets of the scheduled recordings each time the interests of the user changes an incremental amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael K. McCarty, Glen E. Roe
  • Patent number: 9740769
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided in a computing system for interpreting and distinguishing a lack of an answer to an input question. The mechanism receives an input question from a user. The mechanism generates one or more hypotheses based on a corpus of source information. The mechanism injects a no-answer response into the one or more hypotheses to form a plurality of candidate answers. The mechanism ranks the plurality of candidate answers based on evidence scoring and confidence scoring to form a candidate answer ranking. Responsive to determining the no-answer response is the top candidate answer in the candidate answer ranking, the mechanism presents the no-answer response to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Anand B. Bhagwat, John P. Bufe, III, Timothy P. Winkler
  • Patent number: 9510053
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to notify a user of content availability. An exemplary embodiment receives a content availability notification request that specifies at least one content of interest, searches current electronic program guide (EPG) information to identify the content of interest, determines that the information identifying the specified content of interest is unavailable based upon the search of the current EPG information, generates a content availability reminder that is associated with the specified content of interest, monitors a content database to determine an availability of the specified content of interest identified in the content availability reminder, determines that the specified content of interest is available when the monitored content database indicates availability of the specified content of interest, and generates a content availability reminder notification that indicates at least a title of the specified content of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Sri Ramana Pandala
  • Patent number: 9495415
    Abstract: A system and method for searching for content in a user device includes a receiver receiving a plurality of data objects. The user device includes a search module comprising a parsing module parsing search data from the plurality of data objects and a memory interface module storing search data within a memory of the user device. The search module comprises a search performance module searching the search data in response to a search query. The search module comprises a search results module generating search results from the search data. The user device is associated with a display that displays the search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Arsenault, Eric J. Bennett, Eric H. Chang, Gordon H. Chen, Kenny C. Chen, Justin T. Dick, Flemming R. Hansen, Yoonjung Kim, Peter Leong, Andrew J. Schneider, Jeffrey L. Sharkey, Marcin Spatzier, Huy Q. Tran, Melissa H. Tullues, Leo Wu
  • Patent number: 9489119
    Abstract: Data management systems, interactions, interfaces, and methods are disclosed for utilizing metadata in the storage, management, organization, and retrieval of items through a visual interface. An associative interface component corresponds to an associative element of metadata including an associative category and one or more elements of associative data corresponding to the associative category. A user may interact with a data management system interface to associate a piece of selected data with a metadata element by dragging and dropping or otherwise adding a corresponding associative interface component to an interface panel associated with the piece of selected data. The user may access the piece of data by causing a search for data elements responsive to dragging and dropping or otherwise adding an associative interface component to a search interface panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Theodore Root Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9473759
    Abstract: To provide a transmission device that enables playback with respect to the same program in accordance with a viewer's viewing environment. The transmission device stores therein 3D access information and 2D access information respectively relating to access to a 3D stream and a 2D stream that are simulcast, and generates and transmits a data stream including the 3D access information and the 2D access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Mochinaga, Tomoki Ogawa, Hiroshi Yahata, Yasushi Uesaka
  • Patent number: 9438967
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided. The display apparatus includes a signal reception configured to receive an image signal of content; a signal processor configured to process the image signal received by the signal reception according to a preset image processing process; a display configured to display a content image based on the image signal processed by the signal processor; a communicator configured to with a plurality of servers respectively providing a plurality of services related to the content; and a controller configured to display a keyword over the content image which is related to the content image displayed on the display, changing identifiers of the services related to the content on the display based on a preset user input with respect to the keyword being displayed, and being provided with the service related to the content based on the keyword from a server which corresponds to a selected identifier through selective input of the identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-won Kim, Kun-done Pi
  • Patent number: 9426193
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, media, and methods for providing an application that receives information for a plurality of items and utilizes the information to generate a navigable multi-dimensional list of items, wherein the list of items is navigable by at least three navigation modes comprising touch scroll and rotation, joystick scroll and rotation, gyroscopic scroll and rotation. As such, the application allows a user to efficiently and effectively visualize, navigate, create, and share large amounts of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: GRAVITYNAV, INC.
    Inventor: Jay Goodman
  • Patent number: 9426501
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving a request to display, on an first communications device, media content, where the request comprises a first logical address for accessing the media content at a first storage location, transmitting to a second communications device, a second logical address for accessing a copy of the media content at a second storage location, where the second logical address differs from the first logical address, and where the second storage location differs from the first storage location. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Nadia Morris, Virginia S. Ng, Nicholas Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 9361374
    Abstract: A method of facilitating media content search is disclosed. A rating data associated with the media content is found, at least in part programmatically, in a location other than a display page that includes a media content or a link to the media content. A search result ranking for one or both of the media content and the display page is determined at least in part using the rating data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: CastTV Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Seng Eng Ong, Aleksandra R. Vikati
  • Patent number: 9344767
    Abstract: A method and a device for presenting a video navigating interface, a displaying device and a computer programming product are provided, the method includes: providing a video navigating interface; obtaining a plurality of video information of a plurality of online videos corresponding to a searching condition, wherein each of the video information includes a plurality of quantitative information; generating a plurality of video blocks according to the video information; retrieving at least two quantitative information from the quantitative information of each video information; adjusting the order of the video blocks and the width of each video block according to the retrieved quantitative information, to generate a video block sequence; and presenting the video block sequence in the video navigating interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Hui-Liang Chang
  • Patent number: 9326025
    Abstract: Media content search results ranked by popularity is described. In embodiment(s), a search request for television media content can be initiated by a viewer, and television media content that is relevant to the search request can be identified. The relevant television media content can then be ranked based on a popularity rating and the relevant television media content can be displayed in an ordered list that is ordered by popularity rankings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Pradhan S. Rao, David H. Sloo
  • Patent number: 9288541
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving information regarding content related to particular content interested by a user and downloading the related contents in a terminal are disclosed. The method for receiving content related to a particular content, includes: transmitting a content request message including a content identifier of a particular content to a server; receiving a content response message including information regarding content related to the content identifier from the server, wherein if there are at least one or more contents related to a global content identifier, the global state code has a value indicating success; checking whether there exists second information in guide information referred to by the first information on the related contents; receiving the second information if there is not the second information; and initiating a service request procedure by using the referred reception information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangmin Lee, Seungjae Lee, Jihye Lee
  • Patent number: 9275054
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for searching media files using a set-top box (STB), a television receiver, digital video recorder (DVR), placeshifting device or other media device, or any type of network host that communicates with a media device of any sort. Search criteria is received from a user, and the search criteria is identified in listings of media programming available from one or more sources. In some implementations, a combined search result can be provided that identifies instances of the search criteria found in program guide listings, files stored on a digital video recorder (DVR), available on-demand content, or any other sources as desired. Some implementations may prioritize search results using information about files stored on a DVR, user preferences, or any other information as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Sling Media, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul, Myles Cagney, Peter Mark Hennessy
  • Patent number: 9253551
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for providing personalized notifications to video viewers are provided. In some embodiments, the method comprises: receiving, using a hardware processor, one or more prompts to be presented in association with a video from a user account associated with the video; receiving, from the user account associated with the video, one or more notifications, wherein each of the one or more prompts is associated with one of the one or more notifications; causing the one or more prompts to be presented in association with presentation of the video to a user; receiving an indication that a first prompt of the one or more of the prompts was selected by the user; causing a notification associated with the first prompt to be presented to the user in response to receiving the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Gavin James
  • Patent number: 9247181
    Abstract: A device for displaying an electronic program guide includes a program guide display unit configured to display an electronic program guide in which a program channel including scheduled broadcast television program entries and a content channel including content entries stored in a storage device are arranged parallel to each other, a determination unit configured to determine a program entry selected by a user from the displayed electronic program guide, and a changing unit configured to change the content channel in the displayed electronic program guide based on the selected program entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Motoki Nakama
  • Patent number: 9238172
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes identifying a plurality of highlight media segments associated with a plurality of events that occur during one or more sporting events, identifying one or more players involved in the plurality of events, determining that the identified one or more players are of interest to a user, sending, in response to the determining, one or more highlight messages that indicate an availability of the highlight media segments to a user device associated with the user while the user device is presenting media content within a display screen associated with the user device, and causing, in accordance with the one or more highlight messages, the user device to present, within the display screen while the media content is being presented within the display screen, a user interface that includes listings of the highlight media segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Donald H. Relyea, Brian F. Roberts, Heath Stallings
  • Patent number: 9237291
    Abstract: A method, system, and executable instructions are provided that obtain, from a network accessible content provider, electronic program guide (“EPG”) information, the EPG information comprising, for each program, airtime, program name, program channel, and program description, display, on a screen of a television, a search panel, the search panel comprising a search term field to receive a search term and at least one previous search term used by the user in a prior search, wherein selection of the at least one previous search term initiates a search of the EPG information using the at least one previous search term as one or more selected search term, perform the search using one or more selected search terms, the one or more selected search terms being received in the search term field or a selected previous search term, obtain a set of search results, the set of search results comprising EPG information corresponding to multiple channels and/or programs, display the search results on the television screen,
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9232239
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing fluid real-time camera control of at least one camera to at least one network user via a network including the internet. A control pad or area can be provided to camera users via an application or applet that can be calibrated to provide fluid camera control. Compressed or uncompressed analog, digital, or streaming video and audio data can also be provided to the users to allow real-time low latency continuous audio/visual feedback. Multiple camera users can obtain control of a camera using a dynamic queuing technique that can allow single user camera control for certain time intervals. An administrator can establish user camera control parameters including camera control intervals for subscriber users versus non-subscriber users, camera usurping by an administrator, elimination of camera control privileges for a user, and denial of camera control requests by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: SMITHS DETECTION INC.
    Inventors: Peter A. Mottur, Ethan Z. Zimmer
  • Patent number: 9204185
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing and provisioning a new Internet Video Link (IVL) category. The new IVL category has video content located on a local device as well as retrieved from any internet URL provided by a user. The IVL category is built in the background and contains a category as a directory of video content and channels as sub-directories containing subsets of the category's video content. The user may carry out keyword searching video content to establish a mix of video content concatenated into a single mix channel. Alternatively, the mix channel may be provisioned by locating and mixing together video content that has similar metadata tags associated with the user preferred video content. The user may also receive recommendations for IVL content. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9196310
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for indexing digital video content maintained on a storage media item. The method of the present invention comprises extracting caption and subtitle content from one or more video object (“VOB”) files maintained on the storage media item. The extracted caption and subtitle content are segmented into one or more segments and video and audio content corresponding to the one or more segments are extracted. Descriptions of the video and audio content corresponding to the segmented caption and subtitle content are generated. The captions, subtitles, descriptions, and corresponding video and audio content associated with the one or more segments of the one or more VOB files are indexed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: Ramesh R. Sarukkai
  • Patent number: 9185325
    Abstract: An intelligent television can provide various interfaces for providing video-on-demand (VOD). The user interfaces include unique visual representations and organizations that allow the user to utilize the intelligent television more easily and more effectively. Particularly, the user interfaces pertain to the display of VOD content and better organizations thereof. Further, the user interfaces provide unique process of transitioning between the VOD content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9166715
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for sharing information related to broadcast programs are described. One of the methods includes receiving data identifying at least a portion of a first broadcast of a program, receiving data identifying at least one recipient, and communicating information indicative of the identified at least a portion of the program to the at least one recipient. The method may also include identifying a subsequent broadcast of the program to the at least one recipient, and communicating data indicative of the subsequent broadcast of the program to the at least one recipient. Other aspects include systems, apparatus, and devices for sharing information related to broadcast programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul E. Jacobs, Jason B. Kenagy
  • Patent number: 9148685
    Abstract: A system and a method for using the system for targeted commerce in network broadcasting are provided. The system includes an interface device configured to receive a multimedia stream from a network, wherein the multimedia stream includes a close captioning string and wherein the interface device is further configured to process the multimedia stream by providing advertisements in the multimedia stream according to a correlation between the close captioning string and a plurality of vendor keywords; and a viewing device configured to receive the processed multimedia stream and display to a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Heather Anne Waibel, Nicholas Albert Rudock
  • Patent number: 9128938
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to notify a user of content availability. An exemplary embodiment receives a content availability notification request that specifies at least one content of interest, searches current electronic program guide (EPG) information to identify the content of interest, determines that the information identifying the specified content of interest is unavailable based upon the search of the current EPG information, generates a content availability reminder that is associated with the specified content of interest, monitors a content database to determine an availability of the specified content of interest identified in the content availability reminder, determines that the specified content of interest is available when the monitored content database indicates availability of the specified content of interest, and generates a content availability reminder notification that indicates at least a title of the specified content of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Sri Ramana Pandala
  • Patent number: 9124849
    Abstract: A program-based electronic program guide (EPG) system is provided, the EPG system including a search unit which searches for and finds programs broadcast within a predetermined time period around a predetermined time, a collection unit which collects program information of programs found by the search unit, a classification unit which classifies the program information collected by the collection unit based on program codes, and a display unit which displays program guide information, including the program information classified by the classification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae-Hyun Lee, Chang-Nam Chu, Chun-Un Kang, Ki-Yong Kim, Seung-Hyuk Yu
  • Patent number: 9118972
    Abstract: In a television system in which at least program title information for programs which are to be transmitted in the future is transmitted in advance to form a channel guide listing, apparatus is provided for searching the listing for specific user-entered information, and upon successful conclusion to the search, the apparatus schedules the tuning of the desired program, or in the alternative, notifies the viewer of the availability of the program. In those instances where descriptive text accompanies the program listing, apparatus of the invention performs a search of the text for a particular text string which may relate to the title, the star, the director, or the context of the program, among other search criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Kenneth Wayne Maze, Jeffrey Philip Reavis, Robert Howard Miller, Sheila Renee Crosby, Keith Reynolds Wehmeyer, Hugh Boyd Morrison, Megan Louise Brown
  • Patent number: 9063958
    Abstract: Some aspects include reception of an indication of an extension field added to a node of a business object object model, and modification of a schema of a search engine index based on the extension field and before receiving an instruction to add the extension field to a search view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Martin Müller, Thilo Böhm, Uwe Schlarb, Maic Wintel
  • Patent number: 9055254
    Abstract: A method, system, and executable instructions are provided that receive a request to change a programming channel, display, on the television screen, an on screen channel changer, the on screen channel changer comprising electronic program guide (“EPG”) information and a number input bar comprising digits, receive, from the remote control, a channel selection based on digits using the on screen channel changer, and change to the selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9055352
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering interactive video and audio content items, e.g., movie clips, music videos, adverts, to a user playback device, such as a television (TV) set. In a preferred embodiment, the content items are delivered within a video on demand (VoD) environment. Each content item has associated attributes that detail the navigational properties for that content item. The content items are delivered as entries in a content sequence. Nonlinear navigation of the video content sequence is facilitated by querying the associated attributes for the current content item and enabling navigational actions (e.g. FF/REW/PAUSE/SKIP/Jump to target) for that content item accordingly. The content items thus permit varying degrees of user interaction. The user interaction is not bound by predetermined navigational rules, since the user is free to experience the sequenced VoD content items in any order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Video Networks IP Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Emily Claire Louise Wallis, James Wilson Taylor, William Ellis, Rhodri William Talfan Davies
  • Publication number: 20150150054
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for generating electronic program guide (EPG) are provided. The EPG generating apparatus comprises a receiving interface and a processor. The receiving interface receives an inputting keyword group. The processor generates a program name keyword group according to the program name corresponding to a program description. The processor constructs a semantic similarity degree matrix according to the inputting keyword group and the program name keyword group, and constructs an undirected graph according to the semantic similarity degree matrix. The processor finds a maximum clique set of the undirected graph, and generates a match score according to the program description and the maximum clique set. The processor determines a recommendation sequence of the program name in the EPG according to the match score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Wen-Yung Chang
  • 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: 9043844
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system with program series reminder and recording capabilities is provided. The system allows a user to set a reminder or schedule a recording for a single episode or for each episode of a program series. In addition, other options may be provided that allow the user to determine, for example, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for episodes on all channels on which the program airs or only on a selected channels, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for all episodes including reruns or only new episodes, whether to schedule reminders/recordings for network or syndicated episodes, and whether to schedule reminders/recordings for episodes on all days or only on selected days of the week. Before the scheduled broadcast time of each episode of each selected program series, the system sends a reminder message to the user that reminds the user of the program episode or sends a record command to a videocassette recorder to initiate recording of the episode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward B. Knudson, Thomas R. Lemmons, Kevin D. Satterfield, Donald W. Allison, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9042703
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium are presented for providing real-time content-based navigation of live video programming. The video programming is received and a searchable database is generated. The method aspect of the invention comprises receiving a live video program, generating an index to the received live video program by extracting images and/or text from the video program, recording the live video program, presenting at least a portion of data associated with the generated index to a user, receiving user input regarding a search to a portion of the recorded video program to which the user desires to navigate and playing back the recorded video program starting at the searched portion identified by the user input. The search may be of an image and/or text portion of the presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Behzad Shahraray
  • Patent number: 9038110
    Abstract: A system and methods for providing an interactive program guide (IPG) to a mobile device are disclosed. The system generally includes a network component which receives IPG data including program data, and a mobile device application component which receives program data from the network component and displays the program data on the mobile device. The methods may include providing a mobile IPG application to a mobile device, receiving IPG data including program data with a network component, transmitting the program data from the network component to the mobile device, and formatting the program data for the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Kvache
  • Publication number: 20150135229
    Abstract: Provided are a digital television terminal, a video file playing method and a video file playing system. The terminal comprises: a video file retrieval unit for receiving a retrieval request input by a user, sending the retrieval request to an offline task management server in an offline download system, and receiving a retrieval result returned by the offline task management server; a data download unit for, when a play request for the user to select and play one video file in the retrieval result is received, downloading the selected video file from a cloud storage server which is associated with a preset video file list in the offline download system; a data cache unit for caching the video file downloaded by the data download unit; and a video playing unit for playing the video file acquired from the data cache unit. The embodiments of the present invention realize video file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gang LIU
  • 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: 9031848
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing a search interface for an electronic device including a tuner configured to tune the electronic device to receive scheduled programming content. A search query is received and one or more data sources including information about media content are searched based, at least in part, on the search query. The results of the search are presented on a user interface using a time-based axis and a time-independent axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuen-Keen Cheong, Steven A. Hatch, Hoi L. Young, Tapio I. Koivuniemi
  • Patent number: 9032443
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to automatically generate content for ITV products and services by processing primary media sources. In one embodiment of the invention, keywords are automatically extracted from the primary media sources using one or more of a variety of techniques directed to video, audio and/or textual content of the multimodal source. In some embodiments, keywords are then processed according to one or more disclosed algorithms to narrow the quantity of downstream processing that is necessary to associate secondary sources (reference items) with the primary video source. Embodiments of the invention also provide automatic searching methods for the identification of reference items based on the processed keywords in order to maximize the value added by the association of reference items to the video source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Begeja, David Crawford Gibbon, Zhu Liu, Bernard Simon Renger, Behzad Shahraray, Mitchell J. Weinraub, Stephanie A. Morrison