Program Reserve Or Reminder System Patents (Class 725/58)
  • Patent number: 10284911
    Abstract: An Internet Protocol television system includes a set-top box that receives requests to display video streams being transmitted to a household. In response to the request, the set-top box provides a list of the video streams to a display device. The list includes options to terminate transmission of one or more of the streams. This allows a user to determine which video streams should be transmitted when bandwidth limitations are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, Gregory Edwards, Joan Pearl
  • Patent number: 10084984
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to device control and multiple input event handling. In one embodiment, a process includes detecting a plurality of input commands for control of a display device, determining a multiple input event based on the plurality of input commands, and determining a multiple input control function for the display device based on the multiple input event. The multiple input control function is determined based on input type of the multiple input event and a function of the input type of the multiple input event. The process can also includes controlling operation of the display device based on the multiple input control function, wherein controlling includes modifying display device operation from a control function associated with the plurality of input commands to a multiple input event control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: Hisense USA Corp., Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense International Co.
    Inventors: Hongtao Duan, Xiuyuan Shang, Jianchun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10080044
    Abstract: A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: MIMIK TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Seyed Sharif-Ahmadi, Fay Arjomandi
  • Patent number: 10080054
    Abstract: A system (and method) automatically extends a scheduled recording of a live event past its scheduled end time. The system include includes a content interface to receive program content. The system also includes a user interface to permit a user to schedule a user-selected program content for recording. The user-selected program content has a scheduled start time and a scheduled end time. A program content analyzer may detect a pattern in the user-selected program content. A recording unit may record the user-selected program content and automatically extend the recording past the scheduled end time based on whether the pattern is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ariton E. Xhafa, Anuj Batra
  • Patent number: 10057077
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a server for controlling smart devices based on a predefined scenario mode. The method include: acquiring a status parameter collected by at least one first smart device bound to a user account; determining, according to the status parameter, whether to trigger a predefined scenario mode, the predefined scenario mode representing an operation mode for controlling actions of at least one second smart device bound to the user account according to the status parameter collected by the at least one first smart device; and sending a control instruction to the at least one second smart device, if it is determined to trigger the predefined scenario mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Qiang Fu, Ziguang Gao, Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 10038933
    Abstract: Disclosed is an information providing system for providing information on content recording. The system includes: a network communicating unit for communication via a network; and an information distributing unit for distributing the information on content recording via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Satoshi Otsuka, Katsuro Matsuzaki, Yasushi Tsuruta, Kumiko Tokita
  • Patent number: 10034059
    Abstract: A DVR controller in network communication with a digital video recorder receives an instruction from a user directing the digital video recorder to perform a function among a set of available functions. The set of available functions comprises a record function operative to cause the digital video recorder to record content and store that content on the digital video recorder, and a playback function operative to cause the digital video recorder to play back content stored on the digital video recorder. Subsequently, at least in part in response to the instructions from the user, the DVR controller issues a command to the digital video recorder to perform the function. The digital video recorder is operative to present content on a presentation device controlled by the user. The DVR controller, in turn, is remotely disposed from the digital video recorder in a facility of a content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: George Sarosi, Chris Cholas, David Bell, William L. Helms
  • Patent number: 10033960
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording of the at least the portion of the media content event of interest from a media device to a replacement content device; and receives, at the media device, at least a portion of missed media content corresponding to at least the portion of the media content event of interest that failed to record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mi Chen
  • Patent number: 10028122
    Abstract: A method for facilitating a safety check in emergency situations includes: storing a plurality of account profiles, each including a primary account number, account details, and sets of communication data; receiving a transaction message including a specific primary account number and an indication that an associated individual is safe; identifying a specific account profile that includes the specific primary account number; and transmitting a safety notification including the account details stored in the specific account profile the indication of the associated individual's safety for at least one of the sets of communication data stored in the specific account profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Javier Krysztal
  • Patent number: 9936246
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to manage timers that control recording of media content. An exemplary embodiment compares a retrieved stale timer criteria with a retrieved timer attribute; determines whether the timer is stale based on the comparison of the retrieved timer attribute and the stale timer criteria, wherein the timer is determined to be stale when the media content event identified by the timer will not be recorded because the media content event identified by the timer is not scheduled to be broadcast at a future date; and then automatically deletes the timer in response to determining that the timer is stale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gregory Greene
  • Patent number: 9924225
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving from a communication system media content with metadata, recording the media content, detecting in the metadata a description of the media content correlating with a preference profile, presenting a first prompt requesting an acceptance or rejection of the media content, presenting a second prompt requesting a selection from a plurality of communication devices to direct in whole or in part the media content thereto, detecting the selection from the plurality of communication devices, and transmitting in whole or in part the media content to the selected communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: William A. Brown, N. Peter Hill
  • Patent number: 9847844
    Abstract: A plurality of digital video recorders are polled to extract data indicative of recordings scheduled thereon. The polling is carried out over a video content network by a component at a node in the video content network that is remote from the plurality of digital video recorders. At least a portion of the data is used to obtain a prediction of future switched digital video channel usage for the video content network. At least one network management activity is carried out on the video content network in response to the prediction of future switched digital video channel usage for the video content network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Scott Schooling, Matthew C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9838459
    Abstract: A content controller monitors current network capacity usage and ongoing streaming data requests. Based on the collected information, the content controller assigns a data segment prefetching task to a data storage (e.g., a cache) of the network. One or several caches can be used to prefetch one or more data segments, depending on the network conditions and the speed with which a data store can retrieve the data over the network. The task assignment is performed for a given period of time, which is defined as a round. Periodically, the controller uses information collected from previous rounds, such as the history of streaming data requests and bandwidth usage, to determine the data segments to be prefetched by data stores in the next round.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Ting Yu, Cedric Westphal
  • Patent number: 9831966
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for continuation of multimedia playback, comprising receiving a radio broadcast comprising audio and/or video content at a first mobile electronic device, playing back said content, accessing a data connection, searching for a source of said content provided via said data connection, and stopping playback of said content from said radio broadcast and starting playback of said content from said source if at least one source is found. The switching to another content source can also be performed in the opposite direction. The invention also provides devices for performing the multimedia playback continuation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Apaar Tuli
  • Patent number: 9807447
    Abstract: A computer device may include logic configured to detect a change in a digital video recorder (DVR) recording list associated with a customer and generate an updated DVR recording list based on the detected change. The logic may be further configured to generate a schedule for an update notification for a DVR device associated with the customer and send an update notification to the DVR device associated with the customer based on the generated schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Webster, Christopher H. Habliston, Srividhya Narayanan
  • Patent number: 9800839
    Abstract: A system for providing a user-specific list of programs for online viewing based on a user profile stored in a DVR of a user, said system comprising: (a) a preference server linked to a wide area network and in communication with said DVR and at least one content server having a library of programs available for online delivery to a remote device; and (b) a User Menu hosted by said preference server and particular to said user, said User Menu providing said user-specific list of programs based on said user profile stored in said DVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Schwartz, Bruce Hertzfeld, Eric Budin
  • Patent number: 9794627
    Abstract: A method includes creating a first calendar event in an electronic calendar associated with a user. The first calendar event corresponds to a first viewing time and is associated with delivery of media content to a first device associated with the user. The method further includes rescheduling the first calendar event in response to determining that a scheduling conflict exists between the first calendar event and a second calendar event. Rescheduling the first calendar event includes modifying the first calendar event to correspond to a second viewing time and determining, based on the second viewing time, a second device to deliver the media content to. The second device is associated with the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James Gordon Beattie, Jr., Soumyajit Chakraborty, Stephen J. Griesmer, Roque Rios
  • Patent number: 9743127
    Abstract: An exemplary computer-implemented media service user interface system detects a request for information about a media program series and, in response, generates a media program series page for the media program series and provides a view of at least a portion of the media program series page for display on a display screen. In certain examples, the system generates the media program series page by determining, across multiple different media content presentation sources by way of which media content is accessible through a media service for presentation by a media content access device, episodes of the media program series that are available for access by the media content access device through the media service, and populating the media program series page with page content that represents the episodes of the media program series that are available for access by the media content access device through the media service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, George M. Higa, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 9667909
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording of the at least the portion of the media content event of interest from a media device to a replacement content device; and receives, at the media device, at least a portion of missed media content corresponding to at least the portion of the media content event of interest that failed to record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mi Chen
  • Patent number: 9654819
    Abstract: An exemplary computer-implemented media service system detects user input representative of a request by a user to flag a set of related media programs, monitors an availability of the media programs from a plurality of different presentation sources, determines when the user is likely to access each media program included in the set of related media programs, dynamically selects, based on the monitored availability of the media programs from the different presentation sources and on when the user is likely to access each media program included in the set of related media programs, a presentation source from the plurality of different presentation sources for each media program included in the set of related media programs, and provides the user with access to each media program included in the set of related media programs by way of a single user interface. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, George M. Higa, Anthony Lemus
  • Patent number: 9654633
    Abstract: A system for optimized routing of interactions, comprising media servers, a statistics server, a routing database, and a routing server. Upon receiving or initiating an interaction, a media server sends a route request message to the routing server, the statistics server receives event notifications from the media servers and computes one or more statistics, and the routing server executes, using statistical data from the statistics server and data from the routing database, a routing script comprising a constraint-based optimization process in response to the route request message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NewVoiceMedia, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alan McCord, Brian R Galvin
  • Patent number: 9646017
    Abstract: Various embodiments for performing video data deduplication by a processor device are provided. An accompanying audio stream of a video stream for a selected data block is analyzed for similarity with a pre-existing data block having a predetermined value representative of a plurality of coordinate points of corresponding video at a certain time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Emmanuel Barajas Gonzalez, Shaun E. Harrington, David C. Reed, Max D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9621951
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a processor and logic integrated with and/or executable by the processor, the logic being configured to: receive a request to record a television program; receive the television program; record the television program by storing a representation of the television program; receive a request to send the representation of the television program to a handheld device; reduce a size of the representation of the television program; and send the reduced-size representation of the television program to the handheld device via a network, where the network is selected from the group consisting of: the Internet, a wireless network, a local area network, a cable television network, and a mobile telephony network, and where reducing the size of the representation of the television program is based, at least in part, on an attribute associated with the network and/or the handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Dominic M. Kotab
  • Patent number: 9565589
    Abstract: An information distribution system and method capable of averaging a traffic load over time and effectively utilizing communication facilities, wherein a terminal station 30 transmits to a contents server 10 a distribution request for desired information including information of time limit of distribution, and the contents server 10 receives the distribution request, estimates a time band where the traffic load is small in the communications system in the period until the time limit of distribution, pages the terminal station again at that period of time, and, if the terminal station is in a state able to receive the information content, transmits the requested information content to the terminal station 30 through a network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Sakoda, Mitsuhiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9547979
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying an electronic program guide (“EPG”), the EPG allowing for the controlling of recording functionality of an appliance and/or playing of media. The displayable EPG includes a listing of playable media from which the user may select a program of interest for recording or playing. The EPG may also include a display of prior recorded media for playing. Options may be presented to allow for a selection of a rendering device on which selected media is to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Elecronics Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Louie, Cesar Alvarado, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9544624
    Abstract: Various arrangements that permit temporary subscription porting are presented. A temporary subscription port request may be submitted by a subscriber. The temporary subscription port request may include an identifier of a visitor television receiver and authentication information for the subscriber. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a first command to a home television receiver may be transmitted that disables viewing a first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account. In response to the temporary subscription port request, a second command to the visitor television receiver may be transmitted that enables viewing the first set of television channels linked with the subscriber's subscription account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Henry Gregg Martch
  • Patent number: 9532081
    Abstract: A central device includes a first information storage unit in which an image-contents-distribution management table and image contents are stored and a first information control unit that determines an image display device that is to store therein the image contents based on the image-contents-distribution management table, and distributes the image contents to the image display device, and the image display device includes a second information storage unit in which the image-contents-distribution management table and the image contents are stored and a second information control unit that determines a location where the image contents are stored among the image display device and the central device based on the image-contents-distribution management table and displays the image contents read from a determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazunari Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9462341
    Abstract: The present technology concerns cell phones and similar devices, and their use in conjunction with media content (electronic and physical) and other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). Some aspects of the technology particularly concern “second screen” applications that sense a television program being watched by a user, and present menus of complementary content on the phone touchscreen from which the user can select. This complementary content can include other video content, associated web pages, opportunities to buy merchandise related to the program, etc. This complementary content can be identified by a provider of the television program, or can be identified otherwise (e.g., by crowd-sourcing). In some embodiments, the phone instructs a remote DVR to record content of interest for later viewing. The technology also provides features for making TV watching a social experience—involving remote friends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Davis, Tony F. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9460608
    Abstract: An event analysis engine on a user device may be configured to receive information representative of a user event and to determine a type of the event according to the received information. One or more tasks associated with the determined type of event may be identified. Each of the identified tasks may be associated with a reminder having a trigger condition that is a function of information specific to the task. The task-specific information may be retrieved and the reminders associated with the tasks may be displayed when a device condition matches a calculated trigger condition for the reminder. Each task may be identified as completed when a completion condition associated with the task is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil Dave, Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 9397940
    Abstract: An example method is provided and includes receiving a packet associated with a flow, determining a tunnel identifier for the flow, and determining a flow identifier for the flow. The method includes associating the flow identifier and the tunnel identifier to an Internet protocol (IP) address to generate a binding to be used for a network address and port translation (NAPT). In other embodiments, a routing decision is executed based on the binding between the identifiers and the IP address. The flow identifier can be a context identifier (CID), and the tunnel identifier can be a softwire tunnel ID. In yet other embodiments, the packet can be tagged as part of an encapsulation operation, which includes providing information about a network location at which the network address and port translation is to be executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Srinath Gundavelli, Frank Brockners, Mark Grayson, Kent K. Leung, Flemming S. Andreasen
  • Patent number: 9386354
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine available media content from one or more content sources and query a social graph of a social-networking system for social content associated with a user of the social-networking system. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system determine, using the social content and the available media content, a plurality of social coefficients for the user, determine, based on the determined social coefficients, recommended media content for the user, and provide the recommended media content for display in a programming guide on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ime Archibong, Colin Cameron Brennan Campbell, Robert Daniel, David Harry Garcia, Austin Haugen, Mark Heynen, Brian Krausz, Michael John McKenzie Toksvig, Erick Tseng, Yoon Kean Wong
  • Patent number: 9380340
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing blackout support in video mosaic environments are disclosed. In response to receiving a request for a video mosaic page, screen data, which may include blackout information, is received. The screen data identifies the video assets in the video mosaic page. A determination is made, based at least in part on the screen data, whether any video assets in the video mosaic page should be blacked out. Blacked out assets may be masked and their associated audio blocked. In addition, an overlay of options associated with the blacked out asset may be presented. The overlay may include options to substitute the blacked out asset with replacement content, search for similar content, or retrieve more information about the blackout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Jon P. Radloff
  • Patent number: 9374560
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed which detect a change in the status of a multimedia asset in a multimedia delivery system, and take steps to make the multimedia asset available after the status change. The multimedia asset can then be locally recorded on the user's digital video recorder (DVR) before the status changes. Alternatively, the user can be directed to an equivalent asset, for example, video-on-demand (VOD). The user may also receive a notification, which can be displayed on a TV or computer monitor or send to a remote device, for example to a mobile phone as an email or a short message. The user may be able to purchase the asset and/or initiate recording the asset. The status can be, for example, an expiration date of an asset, or a change of the source or format of an asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Day
  • Patent number: 9357154
    Abstract: Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording of the at least the portion of the media content event of interest from a media device to a replacement content device; and receives, at the media device, at least a portion of missed media content corresponding to at least the portion of the media content event of interest that failed to record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mi Chen
  • Patent number: 9338299
    Abstract: A system for optimized and distributed routing of interactions, comprising a plurality of media servers operating adapted to handle interactions of one or more specific media types, a statistics server, a routing database, and a routing server. Upon receiving or initiating an interaction of a specific media type, a first media server from the media servers sends a route request message comprising at least an interaction identifier and a collection of interaction-specific data to the routing server, the statistics server receives event notifications from the media servers and computes one or more statistics, and the routing server executes, using statistical data from the statistics server and data from the routing database, a routing script comprising a constraint-based optimization process in response to the route request message and sends a response to the first media server directing it to route the interaction to a specific target resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: NEWVOICEMEDIA, LTD.
    Inventors: Alan McCord, Brian Galvin
  • Patent number: 9276916
    Abstract: In a content supply system, in order to use a streaming server to perform a live distribution, a user PC used makes a reservation for a time zone, etc. to a server reservation control center. When the user PC sends desired reservation information to the server reservation control center via the Internet, if the reservation is accepted, a reservation ID only used for authentication of the reservation is created and sent from the server reservation control center to the user PC via the Internet. When a distribution request is sent from the user to the streaming server, authentication processing using this reservation ID is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takanori Nishimura, Keigo Ihara, Takao Yoshimine, Junko Fukuda, Takahiro Sueyoshi
  • Patent number: 9268919
    Abstract: A system comprising a commerce module to offer a copy of a piece of media content for sale, a server module to immediately provide access to a digital copy of the piece of media content, a reservation module to reserve a hard copy of the piece of media content, and a delivery module to deliver the hard copy of the piece of media content. A method comprising offering a digital copy of a piece of media content for sale, reserving a hard copy of the piece of media content when a digital copy of the piece of media content is sold, allowing at least one user to order the hard copy after having purchased the digital copy, and denying access to the digital copy when the hard copy has been ordered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9264508
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for providing reduced channel switching delays in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, switching delays are reduced by caching background content at reduced quality and/or resolution. A manager entity is provided which manages which, and how many, background channels are cached. Additionally, the manager entity may classify each device in the network according a status thereof. When a particular device is in one status or mode, background content is cached; however, when the device is in another status or mode, it will no longer require background content caching. The provision of background content and the determination of a status may be based on for example the user or device behavior and patterns, user preferences or favorites, bandwidth availability, time of day, subscription level, type of program, recentness of channel change requests on the device (or associated devices), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Ethan Wolf, Jason Gaedtke
  • Patent number: 9258614
    Abstract: A system and method for resolving scheduling conflicts in multi-tuner devices. A multi-tuner device generates an interactive graphical display representing a current schedule for tuner usage. A user may identify a program for viewing or recording and conditionally reserve a tuner to provide the requested service. The multi-tuner device identifies any scheduling conflicts arising from the requested service and provides an updated graphical display showing a new schedule for tuner usage, which schedule is subject to selection by the requesting user. Upon selection of the new schedule, the new schedule becomes the current schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventor: Vitaly Shoykhet
  • Patent number: 9253538
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display unit which displays a content video thereon; a communication unit which communicates with an external server providing a social networking service (SNS); and a controller which receives from the external server feedback information of a part of a playing section of the content video based on feedback information of a plurality of users with respect to the content video, the feedback information being collected through the SNS, and provides feedback information of a user regarding the part of the playing section while the content video is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeo-ri Yoon, Sang-hee Lee
  • Patent number: 9237308
    Abstract: A method and system may include sending a non-linear content signal to cause display of non-linear content at a display device, identifying a termination identifier associated with display of the non-linear content, and sending a graphical user interface signal to cause display of a graphical user interface that includes a current location field and a previous location field. The system and method may further include receiving a selection request selecting one of the current location field and the previous location field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Hannah Y Moon, D. Beau Morley
  • Patent number: 9232055
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment builds on the idea of presence and SIP messaging in conjunction with a profile comprising, for example, a lookup table and a rules module, to assist with one or more of reminders, actions, endpoint maintenance, availability, endpoint capabilities and session management. One exemplary embodiment provides a message-based notification system. SIP allows a user to associate themselves with a number of different User Agents (UAs). This means that a user may have a presence on more than one UA at any given time, e.g., soft phone, PDA, and workstation. One exemplary embodiment utilizes this fact in connection with monitoring and determining if a message is a trigger-type message to provide more timely and relevant notifications to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Ellsworth, Jason H. Vick
  • Patent number: 9215400
    Abstract: A client-side multimedia content targeting system schedules the recording, storing, and deleting of multimedia content on a client system storage device. The system accepts as input a prioritized list of program viewing preferences which is compared with a database of program guide objects that indicate when programs of interest are actually broadcast. The viewer's client system locally retains the viewer's preferences and other personal information that the viewer has entered and is sent targeting information relating to program guide objects by a server. Using the viewer's preferences and personal information, the client system creates a viewer profile, which is used with the targeting information by the client system to record content that is within the viewer profile. The described client-based form of targeting can be applied to almost any multimedia situation, including, but not limited to: TV shows, movies, advertisements, product and service offerings, music, radio, audio, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Barton, Howard D. Look
  • Patent number: 9208776
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for generating a speech recognition model for a media content retrieval system. The method causes a computing device to retrieve information describing media available in a media content retrieval system, construct a graph that models how the media are interconnected based on the retrieved information, rank the information describing the media based on the graph, and generate a speech recognition model based on the ranked information. The information can be a list of actors, directors, composers, titles, and/or locations. The graph that models how the media are interconnected can further model pieces of common information between two or more media. The method can further cause the computing device to weight the graph based on the retrieved information. The graph can further model relative popularity information in the list. The method can rank information based on a PageRank algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Michael Johnston, Ebrahim Kazemzadeh
  • Patent number: 9185434
    Abstract: A system includes plural TVs, with a master TV accepting user input to establish TV settings. The system also includes a server accessing the TV settings from the master TV to send the settings to at least some of the other plural TVs over a network to establish respective TV settings on the other TVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tanmay Agnihotri, Ronaldo Diaz, Dongwook Kim
  • Patent number: 9172989
    Abstract: Of the types of content included in a broadcast signal, a type of content different from broadcast content is selectively stored. A broadcast signal reception block receives a broadcast signal of a selected channel. A display control block controls such that broadcast content included in the broadcast signal received by the broadcast signal reception block is displayed on a display block. If storage content that is content identified to be stored is included in the broadcast signal received by the broadcast signal reception block, then a storage content output block outputs this storage content to a storage block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nobutoshi Koyama, Hisashi Tomita
  • Patent number: 9143836
    Abstract: A mosaic video channel displayed on a monitor, with a plurality of individual video feeds being presented at a given time. A mosaic video channel in accordance with the present invention comprises a plurality of video cells presenting at least video information, each video cell associated with one of the plurality of individual video feeds, a cursor, which can be moved between the plurality of video cells, for selecting at least one characteristic associated with a selected video cell, such that the user can then directly select a video program associated with the selected video cell, and a receiver, coupled to the monitor and receiving the plurality of video feeds and mosaic video channel, wherein a blackout criteria is dynamically programmed into the receiver such that when at least one of the video cells is selected by the cursor, the receiver tunes to a channel other than the individual video feed associated with that video cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Feldstein, Jon M. Dean, Mark A. Shurgot, Edgar C. Camacho, Matthew J. Thompson, David E. Shanks
  • Patent number: 9137580
    Abstract: A method includes receiving information identifying at least one recommended media content item at a computing device. The information is received from a sender device. The at least one recommended media content item is selected from an electronic program guide and an address associated with the computing device is selected via a graphical user interface at the sender device. The method includes receiving a user selection of at least one item of media content from the at least one recommended media content item. The method includes automatically scheduling recording of the at least one item of media content at a media recorder device when the at least one item of media content is a scheduled program. The method also includes automatically placing the at least one item of media content in an on demand queue when the at least one item of media content includes on demand media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Charles Scott, Scott White, Ankur Mukerji
  • Patent number: 9131125
    Abstract: A receiving device and method for operating the same includes a tuner tuned to a first channel having a first program, a memory storing program guide data therein and a controller in communication with the tuner and the memory. The controller determines the first channel is a blacked out channel, searches the program data in the memory for a second program equivalent to the first program, determines a second channel associated with the second program and tunes the tuner device to the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Sharkey, Tam T. Leminh, Alistair E. Jeffs, Robert G. Arsenault, Huy Q. Tran, Tommi J. Iten, David Eric Shanks, Eric J. Bennett
  • Patent number: 9113191
    Abstract: Sending content between client devices connected to a computer network is described. According to one described aspect, a server maintains a database correlating unique identifiers for client devices to their network address information. A first client device may query the server for network address information of a second client device by sending the unique identifier to the server. The server returns the network address of the second client device, which is used to send a message directly from the first client device to the second client device, indicating the availability of content. Also, the message is preferably formatted such that it automatically populates a content guide of the second client device, with an entry used to initiate a transmission of the content from the first client device to the second client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Woodward, Jr., Alain Regnier