Channel Guide (i.e., Channel-specific As Opposed To Program-specific Guide) Patents (Class 725/56)
  • Patent number: 10353536
    Abstract: Disclosed are a terminal and operating method thereof. The present invention includes obtaining an input for selecting at least one video, displaying a polyhedron displaying a preview image of the selected at least one video on each of a plurality of faces, obtaining an input for selecting at least one of a plurality of the faces included in the displayed polyhedron, and outputting a video corresponding to the selected face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Namki Kim, Yunmi Kwon, Kyunghye Seo, Yongmun Gong, Jongook Yoon, Hoonjoon Chi, Yoonhee Choi, Ahyun Park, Hyungjin Choi
  • Patent number: 10257317
    Abstract: One or more embodiments provide features for managing and editing content items. In particular, one or more embodiments enable one or more users to access and modify content items from one of multiple client devices without requiring storage of the content item locally on the client device. Additionally, one or more embodiments enable storing reduced resolution content items on multiple client devices in a way that saves storage space on the client devices while providing access to a content item without requiring constant network access to a central system. Further, one or more embodiments enable globally applying local edits to a content item and corresponding reduced resolution content items on multiple client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DROPBOX, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Senderek, Daniel Tobias Wagner, Leonard Fink
  • Patent number: 9973826
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a program listing include storing user profile data and a user identifier for a user; storing an association of the user identifier with user identifiers for each of the plurality of social contacts of the user; receiving program identifier data representing programs currently being viewed by the social contacts; ranking the program identifier data for each of the plurality of social contacts based at least in part on the user profile data; and sending display data representing the program identifier data for display in an order based on the ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Ranjith Jayaram
  • Patent number: 9967613
    Abstract: Provided is a reception device including a reception unit configured to receive AV content, a feature value extraction unit configured to extract a feature value from data of the received AV content, an identification result acquisition unit configured to acquire an identification result of the AV content identified using the extracted feature value, a command acquisition unit configured to acquire a command for controlling an operation of an application program that is executed in linkage with the AV content according to the acquired identification result, a control unit configured to control the operation of the application program according to the acquired command, and a detection unit configured to detect switching of the AV content being viewed. When the switching of the AV content is detected, the control unit closes the application program that has been executed in linkage with the AV content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Naohisa Kitazato
  • Patent number: 9756349
    Abstract: A graphical user interface, system and method are described controlling a video stream. For example, a data processing apparatus according to one embodiment has a memory for storing program code and a processor for processing the program code to generate a graphical user interface (“GUI”) comprising: a plurality of video thumbnails arranged in a pattern, each of the video thumbnails rendering a compressed version of a real-time video of a particular movie, television series, game, or other type of video content; and a selection graphic highlighting a currently-selected video thumbnail, the thumbnails moving within the GUI in relation to the selection graphic in response to user input from an input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Stephen G. Perlman, Eric Peltier
  • Patent number: 9756377
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for interactive broadcasting of information such as Internet web pages, television program guide, user account information, or the like on dedicated downstream channels in a cable television system. One embodiment provides picture-in-picture capability using a single tuner. More specifically, a headend includes a scaler application that reduces the size of the video program or a content related web page, which are then combined at the headend in a picture-in-picture format and transmitted over a distribution network to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Augenbraun, Gerard K. Kunkel, Aaron Grosky, Bruce Plotnick
  • Patent number: 9584868
    Abstract: Items of video content offered for viewing on a video-on-demand (VOD) platform of a digital TV service provider are each assigned a respective title and hierarchical address corresponding to hierarchically-arranged categories and subcategories within which the title for the video content is to be categorized. The title is listed in a location of an electronic program guide (EPG) using the same categories and subcategories as its hierarchical address. Any TV subscriber can access the EPG and navigate through its categories and subcategories to find a title for viewing on the TV. The EPG dynamically adjust its display listings of each level of categories, subcategories, and titles in order to minimize the number of remote control keypresses needed for a viewer to navigate to a title of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Broadband iTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 9584572
    Abstract: A cloud service device includes a data center that stores video preview images. A first message requesting previewing multiple images from is received from a multimedia device. Multiple offsets corresponding to the multiple images according to the first time interval and the first image number are calculated and time points corresponding to the multiple images according to the multiple offsets and the first preview time point are calculated. The multiple images from the data center according to the calculated time points are obtained and transmitted to the multimedia device to preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kai-Yu Yang
  • Patent number: 9519357
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a method for operating an image display device includes displaying, on a display of the image display device, a selectable area and a pointer, the selectable area movable in a first direction, automatically changing a display state of the pointer when the pointer is located within the selectable area to indicate movement information of the selectable area, receiving, from a pointing device, a signal to move the selectable area using the pointer on the display in a second direction, wherein the second direction is within a predetermined range of the first direction, and moving the pointer and the selectable area in the second direction in response to the signal in accordance with the movement information of the selectable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youk Kwon, Joomin Kim, Gyuseung Kim, Janghee Lee, Jaekyung Lee, Youngwan Lim, Sijin Kim, Kunsik Lee, Sanghyun Cho
  • Patent number: 9344766
    Abstract: A user is enabled to assign channel numbers to his favorite content, including TV stations, Internet sites, local applications, and recorded content. In this way, the user's favorite content sources are grouped so that they can be quickly accessed using channel up/down commands regardless of, e.g., the actual channel number of a favorite TV station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Marvin DeMerchant
  • Patent number: 9288424
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating a genre-based video mosaic from multiple of video sources in a cable services network system. A cable services head end periodically searches a database for a genre descriptor identifying a type of programming broadcast in the cable services network, selects a group of video sources associated with the genre descriptor which are currently being broadcast in the cable services network, and generates a mosaic including the group of video sources associated with the genre descriptor which are currently being broadcast in the cable services network. A set-top box receives the mosaic from the head end, executes an application program enabling a subscriber to selectively tune the video sources in the mosaic, and displays the mosaic on a broadcast channel in the cable services network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: John Kelly King
  • Patent number: 9258618
    Abstract: A channelization method of digital content and an audio-video server system are provided. A received operational behavior is packaged as an execution module, and the execution module is associated with a channel number. A correlation between the channel number and the execution module is recorded in a local channel list. Accordingly, when a switch command that contains the channel number is received, the execution module corresponding to the channel number is obtained from the local channel list, so as to perform the operational behavior to use the digital content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tatung Company
    Inventors: Chung-Chi Chang, I-Cheng He, Kuang-Min Hsu, Hao-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9237295
    Abstract: Embodiments of keyframe analysis and distribution from broadcast television are disclosed. For example, embodiments include methods and systems of sharing video frame data over a data network to provide features that may include improved program guides, parental or other monitoring of televisions or other video receivers, and sharing of user identified frames or scenes of video programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dang Van Tran, Richard Whitney, Toshiro Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9219875
    Abstract: A method for operating an image display apparatus having a first display and a second display different from the first display includes displaying an image on the first display, displaying a search window on the second display, and displaying search results matching a search term entered in the search window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jongha Lee
  • Patent number: 9179264
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for determining location information from real-time bid requests are provided. In some implementations, a method for determining device locations is provided, the method comprising: receiving a real-time data stream that includes location proxies corresponding to devices; generating a movement graph of interconnected nodes and edges, wherein each node represents one of the location proxies and wherein each edge represents movement information between the location proxies; calculating, for a node in the movement graph, location information by applying a predictive model having weights based on the movement information; and assigning, for the node in the movement graph, a census-based identifier to the calculated location information. The census-based identifier can be used, for example, to supplement or enrich bid requests within the real-time data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Dstillery, Inc.
    Inventors: Foster J. Provost, Tina Eliassi-Rad, Lauren S. Moores
  • Patent number: 9083769
    Abstract: An electronic meeting tool and method for communicating arbitrary media content from users at a meeting comprises a node configuration means adapted to operate a display node of a communications network, the display node being coupled to a first display. The node configuration means is adapted to receive user selected arbitrary media content and to control display of the user selected arbitrary media content on the first display. A peripheral device adapted to communicate the user selected arbitrary media content via the communications network is a connection unit comprising a connector adapted to couple to a port of a processing device having a second display, a memory and an operating system, and a transmitter. A program is adapted to obtain user selected arbitrary media content, said program leaving a zero footprint on termination. The user may trigger a transfer of said user selected arbitrary media content to said transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: BARCO N.V.
    Inventors: Koen Simon Herman Beel, Yoav Nir, Filip Josephine Johan Louwet, Guy Coen
  • Patent number: 9060246
    Abstract: The communication device comprising a voice communication implementer, a first software program implementer, a second software program implementer, an area dependent shortcut icon modification implementer, and a weather dependent shortcut icon modification implementer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Iwao Fujisaki
  • Patent number: 9043842
    Abstract: A method for virtual channel management is provided. The method includes the following steps. In response to a command, a control unit of a network-based multimedia reproduction system determines whether the command is associated with virtual channel switching. When the command is associated with virtual channel switching, the control unit checks whether a channel value corresponding to the command exists in an application virtual channel table. When the channel value exists in the application virtual channel table, the control unit determines an application corresponding to the channel number from the application virtual channel table, and executes the application. According to a first operation parameter set corresponding to the application, the control unit sets the executed application to retrieve digital contents through a network unit of the network-based multimedia reproduction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: WISTRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fang-Wen Kuo, Po-Hsu Chen
  • Patent number: 9032442
    Abstract: The present invention is a method, system, and computer-readable medium for acquiring a channel map in a cable receiver. The channel map associates physical analog and digital channels in an RF spectrum to channel identification data, where the channel identification data includes physical RF channel numbers, modulation type, virtual channels, and channel names. The method obtains a list of available channels from an electronic program guide service provider, and initializes the channel map based on the list of available channels. The method performs a channel scan to detect clear channels, and collect identification information for each detected clear channel. Based on the identification information, the method updates the channel map for each detected channel. The method receives changes to the channel map from a user of the cable receiver device, updates the channel map based on the changes to the channel map from the user, and uploads the channel map to the electronic program guide service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Du Breuil
  • Patent number: 9032452
    Abstract: An approach is provided for simulating a connection to a head-end system to enable execution of content and features of a set-top box. A simulation platform stores a plurality of control data signals associated with a head-end system. In response to a determined loss of connectivity to the head-end system, the platform invokes a head-end simulation process using the control data signals, including timing information, dynamic data and channel map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Baskaran, Padmakumar Rajan, Mariappan Chellam, Brian E. Bond
  • Patent number: 9025085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 9014349
    Abstract: In an instant messaging system, message latency is reduced by initiating traffic channel set-up at a receiving device concurrently while a sending device is generating the instant message. When a user begins generating an instant message, the sending device transmits a service request to a payload and connection server to indicate that an instant message is pending. Upon receipt of the service request, the payload and connection server notifies the receiving device so that the receiving device can initiate traffic channel set-up concurrently while the instant message is being recorded. When the traffic channel is established, the receiving device polls the server. If the instant message is not yet received by the payload and connection server when the polling request is received, the payload and connection server waits a predetermined period of time to receive the pending instant message and forwards the instant message when it is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Synchronica plc
    Inventors: Nikolai Grigoriev, Haraldur Thorkelsson, Jean Regnier
  • Patent number: 9003438
    Abstract: Methods and systems for presentation of content through an interface to provide personalized video feeds to a user. A video feed is harvested from feed items gathered at various Internet sources. The feed items are filtered to remove those that do not link to video content. A criteria specified by the user is used to filter the feed items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Frequency IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Gordon, Blair Harrison, Adrian K. Roston
  • Patent number: 8990855
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating a personalized video mosaic from multiple of video sources in a cable television services system. A head end receives a subscriber selection of video sources from multiple video sources broadcast in the television services system and generates a personalized video mosaic from those sources. The head end then transmits the personalized video mosaic to the subscriber for simultaneous viewing of the selected video sources on a broadcast channel in the cable television services system. The set-top box executes an application program enabling the subscriber to individually select the video sources which make up the personalized video mosaic and transmits the selections to the head end. The set-top box enables the display of the personalized video mosaic on the broadcast channel in the cable television services network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Calzone
  • Patent number: 8990317
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to establish a group presence session between at least a first device associated with a first network and a second device associated with a second network. During the group presence session, multimedia content is provided to the first device and to the second device at substantially the same time, and first presence information from the first device is provided to the second device at substantially the same time as second presence information from the second device is provided to the first device. The method further includes synchronizing the multimedia content, the first presence information, and the second presence information based on a first device capability, a second device capability, information associated with the first network, and information associated with the second network. Synchronized content streams that include the multimedia content and presence information are transmitted to the devices via the respective networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cagatay Buyukkoc, Robert C. Streijl
  • Patent number: 8988495
    Abstract: A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is included in the input signal, if the video signal is a 3D video signal, requesting 3D format information about the video signal to a server that stores 3D format information, if the input signal does not include the 3D format information about the video signal, and processing, upon receipt of 3D format information from the server in response to the 3D format information request, the video signal according to the 3D format information and displaying a 3D image based on the processed video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Eletronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeongsim Kim
  • Patent number: 8990857
    Abstract: A computing device provides a display of a plurality of channel previews for a plurality of channels in a channel control area in a user interface, the display distinguishing a first channel preview of the plurality of channel previews that pertains to a first channel of the plurality of channels. The computing device further provides a display of a first set of video previews for a first set of videos in a video control area in the user interface, wherein the first set of video previews is associated with the first channel preview. Responsive to the computing device receiving an input identifying a second channel preview of the plurality of channel previews that pertains to a second channel of the plurality of channels, the computing device replaces the first set of video previews in the video control area with a second set of video previews associated with the second channel preview.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kuan Loong Yong, Ramesh Sarukkai, Simon Ratner, Julian Frumar
  • Patent number: 8984560
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving a broadcast in processing a viewing-reserved broadcast program and method thereof are disclosed. The present invention includes displaying a first broadcast program (102), checking whether a second broadcast program set for a viewing reservation exists (104) while the first broadcast program is displayed, if the viewing-reserved second broadcast program exists, displaying the second broadcast program instead of the first broadcast program at a timing point of setting the viewing reservation, and while the second broadcast program is displayed, storing the first broadcast program (106) having a progress overlapped with that of the second broadcast program. Accordingly, the present invention is able to avoid missing important contents of the previously displayed broadcast program according to the display switching attributed to the overlapped viewing reservation. And, it is also unnecessary to switch the channels to view the previously displayed broadcast program again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Eun Hae Choi
  • Publication number: 20150074695
    Abstract: In a method for selecting one of a plurality of channels, a channel selecting device that is coupled to a television device stores at least a channel statistical data of total watching time of each of the channels. In the method, immediately after the television device is turned on, the channel selecting device selects a preferred channel from the plurality of channels, which has been watched most frequently, according to the channel statistical data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: TOP VICTORY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Chang-Hsien Chuang, Shao-Ching Lu, Che-Hsuan Liu
  • Patent number: 8966537
    Abstract: A user interface for a network media channel allows subscribers to share media files according to ad-hoc specification via kernels. The user interface may be accessed via a device and it may be utilized to create and/or modify media files and/or kernels and to transmit them to one or more networks including one or more servers that stores the media files according to the kernels. The user interface may be used further to receive one or more media files and to display them according to the kernels. The user interface may be used further to navigate thru the media files by clicking (activating) the media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Eduardo A. Sciammarella
  • Publication number: 20150040153
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8949904
    Abstract: A channel control method and apparatus of a broadcast reception system are provided for facilitating channel selection by providing multiple broadcast channel images on a screen. A method of managing channels for a channel control device includes receiving video images of plural channels from a content delivery device, displaying the video images of plural channels on a screen simultaneously, receiving an input for selecting at least one of the plural channels; and transmitting a channel selection request indicating the selected channel to the content delivery device. The channel control method and apparatus are capable of facilitating a user to search for broadcast channels, resulting in improvement of the user's convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Si Baek Kim, Jae Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8943542
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate generation, distribution, and presentation of category-based predefined channel lists. In one embodiment, an electronic program guide (“EPG”) manager is provided for execution on a receiving device, such as a set-top box. The EPG manager receives from a program distributor a predefined channel list that includes multiple channels that carry related programming. The channel list includes an associated category and indicators of the multiple channels, the multiple channels each carrying at least some programming in the associated category. The EPG manager presents to a user at least some of the multiple channels in an electronic program guide. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Daniel Mark Overbaugh
  • Publication number: 20150026734
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing enhanced channel flipping are disclosed. A user may selectively mark and unmark channels as temporary favorite channels. These channels may be dynamically added or removed from the channel changing or channel flipping sequence. Unauthorized channels and channels locked by parental controls may also be automatically removed from the channel flipping sequence. A plurality of custom channel flipping sequences may be maintained on the user equipment device. Users may access any of these custom channel flipping sequences in order to flip only through the channels associated with the custom sequence. Channels in the flipping sequence may also be pre-tuned in order to reduce delays associated with tuning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8938760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8935726
    Abstract: Example embodiments relate to generation of dynamic content interfaces based on device capabilities and user entitlements. Multiple devices associated with a user account may each request a content interface. Generation of the content interfaces may be based on capability information of the devices and a tier entitlement associated with the user account. A service included in both the content interfaces may be assigned a same virtual channel in each of the content interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Mehul Patel, Edward David Monnerat, Andrew R. Young
  • Patent number: 8935731
    Abstract: An operating method of application for the television apparatus is provided. Wherein, the operating method includes: receiving a channel selecting instruction; reading a channel list, the channel list includes a plurality of applications (APPs) and a plurality of physical channels corresponding to a plurality of channel numbers, wherein each of the APPs is assigned to one of the channel numbers respectively; mapping the channel selection instruction to one of the plurality of channel numbers in the channel list; and launching and executing a selected APP if the channel selection instruction is corresponding to the channel number of the selected APP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: AmTRAN TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yen-Po Yu, Chih-Ho Chen, Kuang-Cheng Chao, Min-I Chen, Chi-Heng Chang
  • Patent number: 8931013
    Abstract: A system for scheduling content includes a scheduling system having a plurality of queues each having a priority level and a block type. The scheduling system assigns content to one of the plurality of queues. The scheduling system obtains a channel block from a schedule manager and assigns the plurality of queues to the channel block based on the priority level and block type. A communication system communicates the plurality of channel blocks to a user device through a channel using the channel blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Gail V. Griffin, An T. Lam, Lonnie Scott Clabaugh
  • Publication number: 20150007235
    Abstract: A system for creating and maintaining subscribable channel collections includes a computer-readable storage medium having encoded thereon a program of instructions for generating and maintaining channel collections, and a processor that executes the program of instructions to: display a channel collection configuration interface, receive two or more channel selections through the channel collection interface to populate a channel collection to include multiple channels, one or more of the multiple channels comprising multiple content items, using a channel creation operation, create a subscribable, channel collection, and receive a subscription request from a media device and using a channel collection subscription operation, create a channel collection subscription linked to the media device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Joseph Daverin
  • Patent number: 8918831
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to present a plurality of unassociated media programs from a single presentation device having overlapping presentation periods, and cause the single presentation device to present a user interface for one of the plurality of unassociated media programs responsive to detecting a request for the user interface. Each of the plurality of unassociated media programs can be viewable only with a viewing apparatus. The viewing apparatus can be configured for viewing one of the unassociated media programs at a time. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, William A. Brown, Nadia Morris, Virginia Ng, James Carlton Bedingfield, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140373074
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for integration of a set top box and an automation system is described. In one configuration, subscriber program content is provided. An aspect of a premises is monitored via one or more sensors. A monitor channel may be provided to display the monitored aspect of the premises. The monitor channel may be displayed in a channel guide among channels of the subscriber program content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jungtaik Hwang, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 8913199
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a computing device, a first selection of first video content. The method also includes sending the first video content to a display device. The method further includes adding a first element corresponding to the first video content to a list. The list includes multiple elements and each element of the list corresponds to respective previously displayed video content. The method includes sending the list to the display device. The elements of the list are ordered based on display times of the corresponding video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Stahulak, Bruce Barnes, Dolores J. Mallian, Nikhil Marathe
  • Patent number: 8904436
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing preferred broadcast information are provided. A Social Networking Service (SNS) server is requested to search for pieces of information in an SNS that are related to at least one broadcast channel by providing at least one keyword that identifies the at least one broadcast channel to the SNS server. The pieces of information are extracted from the SNS server. Preferred broadcast information is extracted from the pieces of information. The preferred broadcast information is provided to a user of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-wook Kang, Hee-seon Park, Il-hwan Choi
  • Patent number: 8904435
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an electronic program guide for television or radio programs includes presenting listing of present or future programs on-screen, presenting listings of past programs on-screen and indicating whether the past program is available again at a future time. Also, a system and method for handling information controllable from an electronic program guide for television or radio programs comprises receiving information in a user's system, storing the received information in the user's system, displaying access to the stored information by means of a user interface and enabling the user to select one of a plurality of management options for controlling the operation of the stored information through the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan P. V. Drazin, Achim H. Kram
  • Patent number: 8896672
    Abstract: An image display device for displaying a 3-Dimensional (3D) image and a method for operating the same are disclosed. The image display device includes a user input unit configured to receive an item selection signal for some of one or more items included in a User Interface (UI) image, a control unit configured to generate a detailed image of a selection item selected by the item selection signal as a 3D image, and a display unit configured to display the detailed image. A user can select and receives an UI image or items included therein as a 3D image, and select a 2D/3D mode of the displayed UI image so as to control a sense of depth thereof. If a plurality of UI images is displayed, the image display device can display UI images on multiple layers with senses of depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jaehak Lee, Youngsun Joo, Jaekyung Lee
  • Patent number: 8887203
    Abstract: A multi-functional display device having a channel map and a method for controlling the same are disclosed herein. The multi-functional display device may include a display, an input interface, a network interface for communicating with at least one second multi-functional display device, and a controller for controlling a display of the channel map and content associated with a channel selected in the channel map. The channel map may include a first channel number associated with a broadcast channel and a channel name for the first channel, and a second channel number associated with a social network service (SNS) account for an individual or entity and an SNS channel name for the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Uniyoung Kim, Saehun Jang, Gangseub Lee, Hyungnam Lee, Mohan Krishna Ranganathan, Samavarthy Challagali, Raja Rathinavel
  • Patent number: 8887209
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for associating remote controls and televisions. More specifically, the present invention permits delivery of television programming to multiple televisions from a television converter device. Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the invention and the accompanying drawings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Rudolph, Michael T. Dugan, Mark H. Gomez, Tyler S. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8874683
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing first signaling information including content access information and second signaling information including content detail information, receiving and processing third signaling information including content update information, receiving and storing a content including at least one file through NRT based on the first signaling information and the second signaling information, identifying update availability of the content based on the content update information included in the third signaling information, and receiving at least one file included in the content by accessing a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session transmitting the content when the update is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8869211
    Abstract: A method is provided for a content recommendation module. The method includes receiving a user input related to viewing contents from a user and determining whether a recommendation pool containing a plurality of selected recommendation candidates has been changed corresponding to the input. The method also includes, when the recommendation pool has been changed, mapping the plurality of selected recommendation candidates in the changed recommendation pool into a hierarchical data structure with a plurality of levels such that each of the plurality of levels acts as a stage of a zoom operation on the selected recommendation candidates. Further, the method includes rendering mapped recommendation candidates from the plurality of levels to be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TCL Research America Inc.
    Inventor: Haohong Wang
  • Patent number: RE45410
    Abstract: A device for provisioning, retrieving, and using data guide information transmitted in a digital broadcast signal is disclosed. A receiver receives the digital broadcast signal which includes digital television programming packets multiplexed with data packets and thereafter routes the received signal to a demodulator. The demodulator provides a demodulated signal to a detector which identifies data packets contained therein. A processor then determines the types of data in the data packets, as well as the respective channels on which the identified types of data are transmitted. The processor prepares a menu for a display screen enabling a user to select the channel of interest, and enables the user to be connected accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Tom L. Sorensen