Tune-by-label (i.e., Channel Selection By Alphanumeric Character Entry) Patents (Class 725/57)
  • Patent number: 9247282
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to electronic systems, apparatuses, and methods, and more particularly, to systems, methods, and various other disclosures related to interactive accessing of multimedia content (videos, games, scores) wherein users may access content remotely that is being broadcasted from, or authorized to be broadcasted from a media device located at a venue, e.g. home, university, etc., to a mobile networked enabled device. System and method also includes a custom graphical user interface that user may access the multimedia content using embedded icons that become visible upon activation of the custom graphical user interface wherein the activated icons may be used to control the viewing of the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9179195
    Abstract: Searching electronic program guide (EPG) data is described. The EPG data may be compartmentalized into channel metadata that describes characteristics of one or more channels and content metadata that describes characteristics of one or more content items. In a implementation, a method includes searching channel metadata and content metadata. A result of the searching is formed for output in conjunction with an electronic program guide (EPG).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Pradhan S Rao, David Hendler Sloo, Daniel Danker, George K Nyako
  • Patent number: 9038111
    Abstract: A receiver receives channel selection related information. The receiver determines to switch to presenting content being received from a provider. Such switching may involve powering on the receiver and/or switching from other operations that do not present received content. The receiver selects a channel based at least one the information and transmits content associated with the selected channel to a presentation device. In various implementations, the information may be received from the content provider, from a user, by monitoring accessed content, and so on. In some implementations, the information may include data specifying a particular channel to select, a commonly accessed channel to select, a characteristic of commonly accessed content that may be used to select a channel associated with content with a similar characteristic, a particular specified characteristic that may be used to select a channel associated with content with a similar characteristic, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Sagar Bankim Zaveri
  • 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: 8997153
    Abstract: Arrangements detailed may cause a television channel received via the tuner to be recorded for a period of time to create a channel-specific file. The channel-specific file may include multiple television programs. User input that requests playback of a first television program of the plurality of television programs from the channel-specific file may be received. A front-end adjustment time period for playback of the first television program may be determined. A start time from which playback commences in the channel-specific file may be at least partially based on the front-end adjustment time period and a scheduled start time of the television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Templeman
  • 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: 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: 8924994
    Abstract: Power management methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for audience measurement meters are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining an activation state of a media presentation device, and controlling activation of an audience measurement meter based on the activation state of the media presentation device, the audience measurement meter to monitor the media presentation device when the activation state is an active state. Another example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining presentation device state data representing an activation state of a media presentation device to be monitored by an audience measurement meter, the presentation device state data including time information, and determining whether to fault audience measurement data reported by the audience measurement meter based on the presentation device state data and outage information determined from the audience measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Charles Clinton Conklin, James J. Vitt, Cheuk Wan Chan, Min Zhang
  • 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.
  • 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: 8854555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for toggling between television channels that appear on a display. A listing of channels is received from a user, with the channels being prioritized in an order of preference. One or more toggle types are also received from the user, with each toggle type further including a toggle trigger. In use, a channel is displayed on the display until a toggle trigger is detected. Once detected, the channel on the display is changed to another channel from the list of channels. This process may continue with the detection of another toggle trigger causing another changing of the displayed channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventors: Darryl Adderly, Brian Murray, Wenjian Qiao, Prasad Kashyap
  • Patent number: 8806533
    Abstract: A system and method for using information codes for recording television programs. Information codes may be published in magazines, newspapers, and the like, much like VCR Plus+™ codes. When a user desires to record one or more television programs based on information codes, the user selects an appropriate command button on his or her input device, and enters the information code that identifies a desired filter category (e.g. an actor filter represented as “01”) followed by a desired filter identifier (e.g. Richard Gere represented as “1234”). A processor receiving the user input searches an electronic program guide database for programs matching the filter information. The identified programs are then stored in a record memory for recording at an appropriate time. The identified programs may be further displayed for verification prior to storage in the record memory. Programs recommended to the viewers may also be identified via information codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Erwin Lau, Danny Gaydou, II, Robert Mechler
  • Patent number: 8780276
    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: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 8768143
    Abstract: A programming recorder receives information after receiving at least two programming event recording requests, detects a conflict between the programming event recording requests based on the received information, creates a ranked list of alternative sources for the programming event recording requests, and resolves the conflict by fulfilling at least one of the at least two programming event recording requests utilizing an alternative source. The alternative source may be automatically selected or selected by a user. The ranked list of alternative sources may be ordered utilizing a set of one or more priority criteria. The programming event recording requests and/or the received programming information may include metadata and determining alternative sources may comprise comparing the metadata. The programming recorder may display an indication that the conflict between the at least two programming event recording requests was detected and resolved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Eldon Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mark Clayton, Jayson Turner, Luke A. Burrows
  • Patent number: 8763036
    Abstract: Provided are apparatuses and methods in a digital broadcast transmission system for transmitting information on a type of service or program and/or interactivity or interaction information for the service or program. In one example, a parameter or attribute is provided in an ESG fragment for indicating the type of program or service and the type of interaction associated with the program or service. In another example, a first parameter is provided for indicating the type of program or service and a second parameter is provided for indicating the type of interaction associated with the program or service. The parameter or attribute may be included in metadata of the ESG fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Martta Seppälä, Toni Paila
  • Patent number: 8707359
    Abstract: A broadband gateway, which enables communication with a plurality of devices and handles at least one physical layer connection to at least one corresponding network access service provider, may be operable to receive one or more programs in preview formats from one or more program sources. Each of the one or more programs may be specified in a list. The programs specified in the list may be from different program sources. The broadband gateway may process the received one or more programs in the preview formats for presentation to one or more of the plurality of devices. The processed one or more programs in the preview formats may be communicated by the broadband gateway to the one or more of the plurality of devices, via a programming guide, for program preview by one or more users during program selections from the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Rich Prodan, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Xuemin Chen, Wael William Diab, David Garrett, David Lundgren
  • Patent number: 8687128
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to systems and methods of navigating previously viewed channels. In a particular embodiment, a method may include maintaining a channel list in a memory, the channel list comprising multiple previously viewed channels. The method may also include receiving a first signal to select a first selected channel in the channel list. The method may also include tuning a channel tuner to the first selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Stahulak, Bruce Barnes, Dolores J. Mallian, Nikhil Marathe
  • Patent number: 8689262
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving device capable of easily setting area information. A control unit of a DVR transmits an acquisition request for area information to a TV. When the control unit receives a response to the acquisition request from the TV, the control unit extracts area information from the received response and performs a channel presetting using the extracted area information. A control unit of the TV has area information stored therein. When the control unit receives an acquisition request for area information from the DVR, the control unit transmits, as a response to the request, the stored area information to the DVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiki Yamamura, Junji Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8677404
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for configuring video ports on a computer. An operating system is used to generate a visual user interface comprising a plurality of icons representing video input sources coupled to a tuner and a plurality of icons representing tuner output channels. A user provides input data to associate individual video input sources with individual tuner output channels, thereby generating a set of predetermined video source-channel associations. Appropriate control signals are then used to process video data in accordance with said predetermined video source-channel associations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: GlobalFoundries Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Quinney, Greg Stewart
  • Patent number: 8667540
    Abstract: A web-based video broadcast system, comprising at least one web page in communication with a host system to permit a plurality of users and a plurality of content providers to access the host system. The host system is programmed to register a plurality of channels, each associated with a unique channel identifier, and to associate each of at least a portion of the plurality of channels with at least one content provider responsive to a request by the at least one content provider. The host system is further programmed to permit the at least one content provider associated with a channel to selectively upload to the host system at least one video file and associate the at least one video file with the channel. The host system is further programmed to store the at least one video file and continuously display the at least one video file responsive to a user selecting the channel via the at least one web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Partners, LP
    Inventor: Thomas C. Hoshall
  • Patent number: 8667526
    Abstract: A system may present video content with a data scroll on a video display device. The data scroll may include data scroll items that are automatically and consecutively presented on the video display device. Each of the data scroll items may include information associated with a particular topic. The system may receive a selection of a softkey corresponding to one of the data scroll items, retrieve, in response to receiving the selection of the softkey, additional content corresponding to the particular topic associated with the one of the data scroll items, and present the additional content on the video display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J Afram, D. Beau Morley, Hannah Y Moon
  • Patent number: 8650603
    Abstract: When the user initiates the retrieval of the primary content information item by means of entering a user input into the data processing system, e.g. zapping a digital TV that switches channels upon receipt of the user input, he/she has to wait a noticeable time before the rendering and play-out of the primary content information item actually starts. The length of the delay is predicted, on the basis of which one or more secondary content items are rendered and played out to the user during this delay. The invention can also be used for bridging the waiting time in an online ordering system, when loading a program on a personal computer, and in an IMS-based IPTV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignees: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Peter-Jan Doets, Anton Havekes, Robert-Ernst Kooij, Martin Prins, Victor Klos, Hans Maarten Stokking
  • Patent number: 8613025
    Abstract: One of a plurality of video channels is selected for viewing. A specific one of a plurality of video channels is bookmarked. An object representing said bookmarked channel is displayed. A displayed object is selected to select the bookmarked channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: TP Vision Holding B.V
    Inventors: Venkatasubramanian Narayanan, Padma Lakshmi Anoop Kulkarni, Sajid Saiyed, Vijayan Venkataraman, Sanjay Bhat
  • Patent number: 8607268
    Abstract: Techniques are described to provide a categorized electronic program guide, as well as other user interfaces. In an implementation, each of a plurality of representations of content that is currently available via network for consumption are grouped into a respective one of the plurality of categories. An electronic program guide is output for display such that at least one of the categories, which is not have one or more items categorized of the currently available content, is not available for display in the electronic program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Charles J. Migos
  • Patent number: 8589580
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, articles of manufacture, and memory structures for selective delivery of content based on geolocation are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hulu, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander V. Gutarin, Andrew Sadique Imam
  • Patent number: 8582957
    Abstract: The various embodiments described herein generally provide apparatus, systems and methods which facilitate the display of television recording information to. More particularly, television recording information is presented visually to a user in a recording information menu. The visual recording information menu includes a time axis, and recording timers associated with particular television programs are presented as visual representations along the time axis. In the case that multiple television receiving resources are available, a resource axis may separately present recording timers associated with each of the disparate television receiving resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Karen Michelle Taxier, Matthew Coburn
  • Patent number: 8582641
    Abstract: Satellite distribution apparatus is provided for distributing digital broadcast signals in a pre-determined locality or building. The apparatus includes satellite receiving means for receiving broadcast signals from at least one satellite and communication means for transmitting the received signals to a control unit in the locality or building. The control unit allows a plurality of received digital broadcast signals to be selected and output onto a single cable for distribution around said locality or building. The control unit includes means for allowing the bandwidth of the selected signals to be compressed and rearranged for transmitting onto a single cable outlet. At least part of the means for compressing said selected digital broadcast signals includes signal symbol stacking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pace plc.
    Inventors: Stephen Beales, Philip Yates
  • Patent number: 8484684
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display control apparatus including: a selecting block configured to select from programs to be broadcast on each channel, a program of which program information contains a registered keyword; and a display controlling block configured to display predetermined information in the vicinity of an icon indicative of a channel on which a program selected by said selecting block is broadcast among icons to be displayed in line as information indicative of a selectable channel and, when a predetermined operation is executed in a status in which a channel with said predetermined information displayed in the vicinity of an icon is selected, displaying said keyword contained in program information of a program to be broadcast on a selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Moriwaki, Naoki Fukino, Kazuto Nishizawa, Ko Kusanagi
  • Patent number: 8443397
    Abstract: There is provided a broadcast receiving apparatus 10, comprising a reception unit 13 receiving a broadcast signal from a plurality of channels; a display unit 20 displaying video which corresponds to the broadcast signal; a touch panel 23 accepting handwritten input by a user; a character recognition unit 24 recognizing handwritten input onto the touch panel 23 as a character or a character string; a memory unit 21 storing for each channel a character or a character string specifying the channel; and a control unit 11 switching a reception channel, when a character or a character string recognized by the character recognition unit 24 corresponds to any one of characters or character strings stored in the memory unit 21 while video corresponding to a broadcast signal received at the reception unit 13 is displayed on the display unit 20, to a channel corresponding to the character or the character string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Michiaki Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 8407742
    Abstract: There is provided a preference event reservation system of a broadcasting program including: a head end inserting event information into a broadcasting program sued broadcasting the broadcasting program containing the event information and an event information list; and a client terminal. The client terminal includes a controller displaying the event information list transferred from the head end, controlling a reservation for a preference event out of the event information list, and controlling execution of the reservation when event information that corresponds to the preference event is transferred from the head end; and a memory storing the reservation for the preference event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Alticast Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ji-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8397263
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus, a text information receiving unit receives text information, and a received text morphological analysis unit performs morphological analysis on the text information. An extraction unit extracts text information of a subtitle included in a program. A subtitle text morphological analysis unit performs morphological analysis on the text information of the subtitle. A similarity calculation unit calculates the similarity between a keyword included in a result of the received text morphological analysis performed by the received text morphological analysis unit and a keyword included in a result of the subtitle text morphological analysis performed by the subtitle text morphological analysis unit. A comparison unit compares the similarity with a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Takagi
  • Patent number: 8375409
    Abstract: Meta-channels identify content entries and indicate an order with which to experience the content entries. The meta-channels may include a multi-source meta-channel that includes at least a first content entry that relates to first content broadcast by a first content provider at a specific time and a second content entry that relates to second content made available, over a network, by a second content provider in response to user requests. A selection of a meta-channel is received and the selection of the meta-channel is mapped to a content entry defined by the selected meta-channel. A media system is controlled to render content based on a content entry mapped to by the selected meta-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: PurpleComm Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Chang, William H. Sheu, Sherman Tuan
  • Patent number: 8228435
    Abstract: When a user hovers a screen cursor over a TV channel icon on a cross-media bar (XMB) user interface (UI) for a threshold period, enhanced metadata from PSIP/XDS/EPG that pertains to the program currently available on the associated TV channel is presented in a pop-up window on the XMB UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyehoon Yi
  • Patent number: 8225356
    Abstract: A media control system processes a numeric user input to identify a set of alphabetic letters. The media control system selects a plurality of media channel names based on the set of alphabetic letters. The media control system generates a first signal to drive a first display of the media channel names. The media control system processes additional user input to select one of the displayed media channel names. The media control system generates a second signal to drive a second display associated with a media channel identified by the selected one of the displayed media channel names.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shashikiran Javvaji, William J. Ivanich
  • Patent number: 8214859
    Abstract: A user interface receives a user selection of a video content item. The video content item is available in a high definition (HD) format and a non-HD format via a broadband network access line. A format selector automatically selects which format of the video content item from the HD format and the non-HD format to retrieve via the broadband network access line. The format is automatically selected based on at least one rule. A receiver receives the video content item via the broadband network access line in the format automatically selected by the format selector. A television display displays the video content item received by the receiver and in the format automatically selected by the format selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Philip Ted Kortum, Marc Andrew Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8201197
    Abstract: A receiver for receiving television signals is arranged to receive signals in a plurality of channels. Each signal defines a television program and at least a signal in one of the channels comprises compressed data defining broadcast events in the channels from time to time. The receiver is arranged to produce output signals defining an image of events in the program schedule for displaying on a television screen. The receiver comprises means for receiving data defining a dictionary representing text portions, means for decoding the program scheduling data to identify text portions in the dictionary, and means for constructing the image of events from the identified text portions. A signal in each channel comprises a bouquet identity and a sub-bouquet identity for the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: British Sky Broadcasting Limited
    Inventors: David Holliday, Robin Crossley, Nicholas James
  • Patent number: 8191094
    Abstract: A channel-selection filter. The channel-selection filter helps a user navigate to a desired channel. In particular, the channel-selection filter presents a filtered channel list to the user when the user issues one or more channel-filtering commands. The filtered channel list narrows a list of all available channels to those channels that correspond to the channel-filtering commands issued by the user. When presented with a filtered channel list, the user can select a channel from the filtered channel list. The user can also issue additional channel-filtering commands to further narrow the list of channels presented in the filtered channel list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Azera, Colin Acton, Cory Cirrincione, Michael Hayton, Erick Fejta
  • Patent number: 8156531
    Abstract: A receiving device receives broadcast, information, etc. in response to a user selection by manipulation, in order to present the broadcast, information, etc. to the user. The device includes a channel set managing section (30) which collectively handles multiple channels corresponding to broadcast and content on the Internet or another network received by a receiving device (100) as channel groups which are preset handling units according to certain rules. The user can readily handle large numbers of channels when compared with cases where increasing channels are all handled equally without being grouped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoshi Terada, Takanobu Matsubara, Ryouta Yagi
  • Patent number: 8059934
    Abstract: A video recorder connected to an external device such as a printer or a personal computer. The video recorder comprises a tuner for receiving a television program and program information corresponding to the television program, a recording medium for recording the television program and the program information received by the tuner, a remote controller, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor generates a label image based on the television program selected by the user with the remote controller, the program information corresponding to the television program, and the data which the user has input in the video recorder. And then the microprocessor sends the generated label image to the external device such as the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8056102
    Abstract: There is provided a channel selection device receiving a multi-channel video including plural videos and video configuration information on each video from a head end. The channel selection device includes a first screen display unit editing the multi-channel video based on the video configuration information and searching view configuration information to generate a channel searching view and displaying the channel searching view on a sub-screen of a television; and a second screen display unit displaying on a main screen of the television a video selected by a viewer out of the videos included in the channel searching view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Alticast Corporation
    Inventor: Ji-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 7974962
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a search engine for a video recorder. One embodiment of the present invention operates in an environment that includes one or more set-top boxes connected to or integrated within one or more output devices. The set-top boxes are used to transfer shows from a broadcast input source to one or more types of storage devices and to play back the shows from the storage devices to the output devices, either in a delayed-live fashion or at a later time of the user's choosing. The set-top box displays a graphical user interface (GUI), which gives the user the ability to watch and/or record timeslot based programming, to order on-demand programming, and to playback previously recorded shows that reside on a local or remote storage device. A search engine is added to the GUI that lets the search for shows and receive results in an enhanced manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Aptiv Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Haig H. Krakirian, Geoffrey Z. Ombao, James A. Bumgardner
  • Patent number: 7962940
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for switching channels in a digital broadcasting system. The apparatus and method of the invention can convert an abridged channel name comprised of alphabetic letters, or a combination of alphabetic letters and Arabic numbers, inputted by a user, into a corresponding channel number and switches into a digital broadcasting channel at a tuner according to the channel number so that a user can easily switch broadcast channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hung-Rok Kwon
  • Patent number: 7953602
    Abstract: Character information recognition means extracts, through a character recognition process, character information from a selection button included in an index image. Based on text data having been outputted from the character information recognition means, index dictionary creation means creates an index dictionary usable for a speech recognition process performed by speech recognition means. The speech recognition means performs the speech recognition process by using speech data retrieved through an ADC and the index dictionary stored in storage means. Based on a result of the speech recognition process performed by the speech recognition means, reproduction control means performs reproduction control of a chapter. Thus, a desired button can be selected by speech, from chapter selection buttons displayed on a chapter selection image of a DVD video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Iisaka, Atsushi Yamashita, Takuya Hirai
  • Publication number: 20100088728
    Abstract: A media control system processes a numeric user input to identify a set of alphabetic letters. The media control system selects a plurality of media channel names based on the set of alphabetic letters. The media control system generates a first signal to drive a first display of the media channel names. The media control system processes additional user input to select one of the displayed media channel names. The media control system generates a second signal to drive a second display associated with a media channel identified by the selected one of the displayed media channel names.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shashikiran Javvji, William J. Ivanich
  • Patent number: 7685617
    Abstract: A method for selectively and multiply routing a media stream input to a media appliance is provided. The method includes receiving the media stream. Further, the method includes distributing the media stream onto a plurality of individual media paths within the media appliance. Furthermore, the method includes routing the media stream on at least a first one of the media paths to a first media processor within the media appliance, while simultaneously routing the media stream on at least one other of the media paths to at least one additional media processor within the media appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: General Instrument Corporation
    Inventors: David C. Goodwin, Thomas L. Du Breuil, Peter A. Kindinger, Mark A. Kolber, Anthony M. Radice
  • Patent number: 7624413
    Abstract: There is provided a digital broadcasting receiver capable of making channel selection without making a user conscious of the difference between a physical channel number and a virtual channel number. A CPU uses an OSD display circuit, for example, to display a menu screen, and causes a user to select either a first mode or a second mode. The first mode is a mode for making channel selection by the physical channel number in which a frequency is assigned to a channel by the physical channel number in accordance with a rule, and a second mode is a mode for making channel selection by the virtual channel number in which a frequency corresponds to a channel on the side of the receiver. The CPU automatically makes, when no channel selection can be made by the entered channel number in the selected mode, an attempt to make channel selection corresponding to the other mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinori Tsubouchi
  • Patent number: 7606255
    Abstract: A client device selectively receives broadcast data according to any one of multiple data configurations. A broadcast data server enables broadcast of multiple data configurations by maintaining configuration definitions that define how broadcast data may be configured for presentation to a viewer. The broadcast data server also maintains region definitions that identify regions that may be associated with client devices for receiving broadcast data. The configuration definitions are mapped to region definitions, enabling a client device associated with a particular region to selectively receive broadcast data according to any one of multiple data configurations that are associated with the particular region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey Smith
  • Patent number: 7568212
    Abstract: There is provided a digital broadcasting receiver capable of making channel selection without making a user conscious of the difference between a physical channel number and a virtual channel number. A CPU uses an OSD display circuit, for example, to display a menu screen, and causes a user to select either a first mode or a second mode. The first mode is a mode for making channel selection by the physical channel number in which a frequency is assigned to a channel by the physical channel number in accordance with a rule, and a second mode is a mode for making channel selection by the virtual channel number in which a frequency corresponds to a channel on the side of the receiver. The CPU automatically makes, when no channel selection can be made by the entered channel number in the selected mode, an attempt to make channel selection corresponding to the other mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinori Tsubouchi
  • Patent number: 7539472
    Abstract: Type-ahead keypad input is described. In an embodiment, keypad inputs that are entered as characters of a search term on a keypad of an input device, such as a television remote control, are received by a television-based client device. A user interface displays the keypad inputs as they are received, and displays an alphanumeric keypad as a representation of the keypad of the input device. The keypad representation of the input device has input keys that include a display of characters, any of which can change after each keypad input is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: David Hendler Sloo
  • Patent number: 7412715
    Abstract: A method for displaying channel information on a digital TV. Channel information which can know the number of programs or program numbers received through a currently selected major channel is displayed. As channel information, a major channel number and minor channel numbers are displayed. If a channel up or down key is pressed, a viewing program is selected and corresponding channel information is displayed on a TV screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Pan-Jin Kim, Sik-Won Jeong, Phil-Tae Kim