Selecting From Multiple Inputs Or Sources Patents (Class 725/59)
  • Patent number: 10200747
    Abstract: A computing device may include a memory and a processor cooperating therewith to receive a plurality of data streams from at least one data source to be relayed to different destinations on demand, where each data stream has a respective content identifier associated therewith. The processor may further determine when a first one of the data streams for a first destination shares identical data with a second one of the data streams for a second destination based upon the respective content identifiers associated therewith, and suspend relaying the second data stream to the second destination, and begin relaying the first data stream to the second destination, based upon the determination that the first and second data streams share identical data based upon the respective content identifiers associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventor: Kien Hua
  • Patent number: 10021336
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a signal receiver configured to receive a broadcast signal, a signal processor configured to process the received broadcast signal, a display configured to display an image based on the processed broadcast signal, a user input receiver configured to receive a user input, a storage, and a controller. The controller is configured to control the storage to store information about an external device being mapped to a channel among a plurality of channels in accordance with the user input, display the information about the external device corresponding to the mapped channel, and control the external device via the mapped channel. Thus, a user may easily register the external device with a channel simply by placing an input device, such as a remote controller or the like, in proximity to the external device while viewing a broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Do-Won Heo, Eun-young Cho
  • Patent number: 9848157
    Abstract: Method for automatically switching television channels or other content sources. The method may be used with any electronic media to facilitate switching between channels or other content sources based on events or other occurrences in non-viewed channels, such as but not limited to switching channels based on sporting event occurrences (goals, ending of game, etc.), news event occurrence (breaking news, health tips, etc.), and other any number of other identifiable events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Clarke Stevens
  • Patent number: 9525850
    Abstract: Display devices and systems including television sets, and systems, apparatus and methods for delivering information and providing services through display devices and systems. The display used in the described systems and methods is capable of receiving one or more TV programming channels and an independent designated application channel and having at least a first display window and a second display window separated from each other without spatial overlap on the screen. The information sent over the designated application channel to the display is displayed on the first display window while simultaneously displaying one of the TV programming channels on the second display window. A viewer control mechanism is provided in the display to allow the viewer to switch the information received from the designated application channel from the first display window to the second display window and switch back at the viewer's choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: PRYSM, INC.
    Inventors: Amit Jain, Yatin Mundkur, Roger A. Hajjar
  • Patent number: 9386295
    Abstract: A digital receiver that processes 3D video data having a receiving unit for receiving a first broadcast signal, including a first 3D service and first signaling data for the first 3D service, via a first channel, and a second broadcast signal, including a second 3D service related to the first 3D service and second signaling data for the second 3D service, via a second channel. The digital receiver further having a demultiplexer for demultiplexing 3D service data and signaling data from the first broadcast signal and second broadcast signal, respectively, a control unit for acquiring information on the channel for receiving the second broadcast signal on the basis of the demultiplexed first signaling data, a decoder for decoding each datum of the 3D service data, and a formatter for formatting each datum of the decoded 3D service data in accordance with an output format of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Joonhui Lee, Jeehyun Choe, Jongyeul Suh
  • Patent number: 9172899
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for receiving broadcasting signals. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining a channel number of contents included in a first broadcasting signal; and allocating a channel number into contents included in a second broadcasting signal by using the obtained channel number. The method is characterized in that the same contents included respectively in the first and second broadcasting signals have the same channel number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Seonggeun Song
  • Patent number: 9049475
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital television (DTV) signal in a DTV receiver, the method includes receiving a digital television signal including a plurality of extended text table (ETT) instances that appear in transport stream packets with common PID values, the ETT instances having common table ID values, each ETT instance comprising a section header and a message body, the section header containing a table identification (ID) extension field that serves to establish uniqueness of each ETT instance, the message body containing an extended text message (ETM) which provides detailed descriptions of a virtual channel or an event associated with each ETT instance, wherein the section header further contains a protocol version field indicating a protocol version and a private indicator field indicating a private indicator, demodulating the digital television signal and identifying at least one pertinent ETT instance from the plurality of ETT instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jin Pil Kim, Kyung Mee Lee
  • Publication number: 20150150057
    Abstract: A content output system includes a content output apparatus; and an information display apparatus, the content output apparatus and the information display apparatus being capable of communicating with each other. The content output apparatus includes a selection section configured to select, in response to a selection instruction, one piece of content from among a plurality of pieces of content that can be output, as content composed of a video signal and/or an audio signal; and an output section configured to output the content selected by the selection section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kouichi MATSUDA
  • Patent number: 9043841
    Abstract: A display device such as a TV has both HDMI and IP network interfaces and uses the HDMI interface to exchange IP network parameters with an audio video application module (AVAM) upon HDMI connection. In this way, an IP-based peer-to-peer or client-server network connection can be automatically established to promote faster communication when sharing and executing applications between the devices than is typically available over the CEC link of HDMI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Jenke Wu Kuo, Aravind Babu Asam, Tanmay Agnihotri
  • Publication number: 20150135234
    Abstract: A social multi-camera interactive live engagement (SMILE) system including video and audio processing arrays performs an audio-video processing method. The method includes receiving multiple video streams from distinct sources and preparing multiple distinct composited video streams from the multiple video streams. Each of the distinct composited video streams configures video images from a different selected one of the multiple video streams in a primary region and video images from remaining ones of the multiple video streams in respective secondary regions adjacent to the primary region. The method include streaming the multiple distinct composited video streams configured for presentation in a user interface to a client device, at different times determined in response to user selection input from the client device, and more detailed aspects, supporting a novel user interface design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Hall
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150121431
    Abstract: A method for providing a cross-platform interface for a television device is provided, including the following method operations: identifying available services for consumption on a television device, wherein the available services include two or more of a broadcast television service, an on-demand video service, and an internet content service; determining a current date and time; determining content items available for consumption from each of the available services at the current date and time; determining an allocation of display locations in a cross-platform interface for content items from each of the available services, the allocation defining a relative amount of display locations for each of the available services based on a device profile associated with the television device; assigning content items to the display locations in accordance with the determined allocation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Jacoby, Scott Lincke
  • Patent number: 9021527
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for facilitating initiation of communication actions in accordance with cable attributes. In one embodiment, cable attributes are referenced that indicate utilization of a cable device at a time a communication event is directed to a user device. The user device and the cable device may be associated with the same user. Communication actions to apply in accordance with the communication event are determined based on at least one of the cable attributes. Thereafter, the communication actions are initiated, for example, such that a user is provided with an indication of the communication event visually via the cable device and/or audibly via the user device, depending on the particular cable attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Wen Xue, Jay Douglas Cole, Talat Jamshidi, Sharon Lynn Woodrum, Philip Martin Kunkel
  • Publication number: 20150113571
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for content switching in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, an apparatus is configured to receive a user selection for content. The apparatus processes the content and outputs the content to a display. The apparatus also receives an input indicating a content switch, and switches to an alternate content located on a second apparatus. The apparatus transmits the secondary content to the second apparatus, while receiving the alternate content from the second apparatus. In one aspect, the apparatus performs at least one of the following: provide a notification to a user when the secondary content has ended or automatically switch the alternate content back to the second apparatus while receiving the user selected content in response to detecting the end of the secondary content. Methods for content switching in a content switching in a content distribution network using the aforementioned apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Cholas, Eric Hybertson, Greg Calvert
  • Patent number: 9009597
    Abstract: A method for displaying a menu corresponding to one or more devices included in the one or more media signal sources connected to the media signal sink. The method includes checking connection states of the one or more signal sources to the signal sink, displaying menu items of the one or more devices included in one or more signal sources connected to the signal sink in a graphic user interface (GUI) screen, based on a result of the connection state check; selecting a specific one of the menu items displayed in the GUI screen, determining whether a device corresponding to the selected menu item, among the one or more devices included in the one or more signal sources, is in its on or off state, generating a signal for turning-on the corresponding device when it is determined that the corresponding device is in its off state and transmitting the generated turning-on signal to the corresponding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yongdong Lee, Jaemin Choi, Jae Min Ha, Jae Kyung Lee
  • 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: 8997154
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a request for media content from a set top box of an Internet Protocol Television System, perform a search of one or more storage devices associated with other set top boxes for the media content based at least in part on a user profile associated with the set top box where the other set top boxes are located remotely from the set top box, receive the media content, and adjust a format of the media content prior to delivery to the set top box based at least in part on the user profile. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ahmad Ansari
  • Patent number: 8990865
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a home entertainment system containing a wireless home entertainment hub using a calibration device comprises obtaining a registration from at least one sink device in the home entertainment system. A first instruction is transmitted to the calibration device to begin receiving a calibration signal emitted from the at least one sink device, where the calibration device is a wireless device. A second instruction is transmitted to the at least one sink device to emit the calibration signal. A representation of the calibration signal emitted from the at least one sink device is received from the calibration device. The representation of the calibration signal is analyzed. One or more indications of adjustments to parameters of the sink device based on results from the analyzing is transmitted to each of the sink devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd. Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Patrick T. Igoe
  • 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: 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: 8984561
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for playing a plurality of moving images as one moving image are provided. The apparatus at a terminal includes a display unit for playing the plurality of moving images as one moving image and a controller for connecting the plurality of moving images through connection information for a respective one of the plurality of moving images to play the plurality of moving images as one moving image. The apparatus at a server includes a controller for connecting or converting the plurality of moving images as or into one moving image through connection information for a respective one of the plurality of moving images, and for performing a control operation to sequentially transmit the plurality of moving images according to the connection information in a streaming manner to a terminal, and a transmitter for sequentially transmitting the plurality of moving images to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Joon Lee, Kwan-Woong Song
  • Patent number: 8978072
    Abstract: A method for enabling a broadcast/cellular device within a coverage area of a cellular network to access packet mobile digital broadcast services offered by a cellular operator of the cellular network, includes: a) obtaining a first identifier identifying the cellular operator; and b) accessing a storage area in order to retrieve a second identifier identifying and enabling access to the packet mobile digital broadcast services offered by the cellular operator, based on the first identifier obtained in a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Ciarniello, Antonia Napolitano, Giacomo-Edgardo Rosellini
  • Patent number: 8978070
    Abstract: A content output system includes a content output apparatus; and an information display apparatus, the content output apparatus and the information display apparatus being capable of communicating with each other. The content output apparatus includes a selection section configured to select, in response to a selection instruction, one piece of content from among a plurality of pieces of content that can be output, as content composed of a video signal and/or an audio signal; and an output section configured to output the content selected by the selection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kouichi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8978088
    Abstract: A system comprises television equipment and a number of portable electronic devices. The television equipment includes a large display and control circuitry. The control circuitry receives media content and media guidance data for display on the display. The control circuitry also includes communication components for communicating with the portable electronic devices. The portable electronic devices are operable for displaying video and communicating with the television equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Akitaka Nishimura, Akio Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 8973028
    Abstract: Disclosed are an information storage medium storing metadata for providing additional content during a broadcast program, the metadata including information indicating whether to insert second additional content instead of first additional content, which is underlying additional content of the broadcast program, and a locator of the second additional content, a method of providing additional content by using the same, and a digital broadcast reception apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-wook Ahn, Mun-jo Kim, In-chul Hwang, O-hoon Kwon, Eun-hee Rhim
  • Patent number: 8973080
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing and selecting an application easily processed by a broadcasting receiving apparatus among the plurality of applications and executing the selected application are provided. The application processing method includes: analyzing information on each of a plurality of applications providing a common broadcasting service; selecting an application suitable for a broadcasting receiving apparatus among the plurality of applications based on the analysis; and executing the selected application. When a plurality of applications is transmitted to a broadcasting receiving apparatus, the broadcasting receiving apparatus can select an easily executable application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keum-yong Oh, Kwang-hyuk Kim
  • Publication number: 20150058897
    Abstract: A method of providing information about a service provider by using an electronic device displaying contents is described. Information corresponding to first service providers which are able to provide a service to a specific electronic device regardless of a location of the specific electronic device is displayed. The information corresponding to the first service providers is displayed enabled. Information corresponding to second service providers which are able to provide a service to a specific electronic device in a certain region is displayed. The information corresponding to the second service providers is displayed disabled. Regional information of the electronic device is set based on regional information received through a user interface unit or location information obtained by a location information module. The set regional information is transmitted to a server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Leena KIM, Youngjae SEO, Hyunhee YOON, Jungwoo LEE
  • Patent number: 8959547
    Abstract: Methods and systems for remotely accessing user equipment implementing an interactive media guidance application are provided. In particular, a method includes the steps of receiving user equipment identification information and receiving a user request from a user device indicating instructions for the user equipment. The user request is cross-referenced with an action request in a user equipment format selected from a plurality of formats to be compatible with the user equipment. The action request is transmitted for receipt by the user equipment for enabling execution of the indicated instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Alan Olague, Kuan Hidalgo Archer, Christopher Strader, Henry C. Chilvers, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150046950
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus and a method of setting up a channel of the same. The method includes receiving a channel retrieval request on a setting screen displayed on the display apparatus, retrieving a determined frequency band corresponding to the received channel retrieval request, and selecting one of a terrestrial broadcasting mode and a cable broadcasting mode in response to a retrieval result. Thus, automatically retrieving a frequency band corresponding to one connected broadcasting mode of a terrestrial broadcasting mode and a cable broadcasting mode is possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Yui-yoon LEE, Sang-min LIM
  • Publication number: 20150046951
    Abstract: An addressing format, or intelligent Uniform Resource Locator (IURL), is used to direct users amongst content across disparate sources. Information about media content items available across the disparate sources is managed by a server which relates the media content items and the different sources from which a media content item may be accessed in a database. When a user desires to share media content, an iURL referencing the media content is generated for the user to share. When a given user selects the iURL, information about the content sources available to the given user in conjunction with the content referenced by the iURL are processed to determine a configuration of the content sources available to the given user (which often differs from the user having shared the content) to effect playback the media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Thirumalai Arunachalam, Balamurugan Krishnan, Avinash Shetty, Philip Poulidis, Leslie Andrew Prock
  • Publication number: 20150040165
    Abstract: A method of multi-source video navigation, comprising: receiving (402) an image sequence, each image of said sequence comprising a plurality of image parts (121, 122, 123, 24, 125, 126), the image parts of said plurality comprising image data arising from synchronized images of respective video streams, each video stream arising from a corresponding source, receiving (414) a selection parameter value (video_ch) arising from a user interface, said value corresponding to one at least of said video streams, and instructing (408) the displaying of the at least one image part, from among the image parts of this plurality, corresponding to the value of the selection parameter received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
    Inventor: Cyril Zajac
  • Publication number: 20150033269
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying information in a user interface is provided. For a class of media assets including at least one sub-class, a level of access to each of the at least one sub-class is determined. Format information for the class of media assets based on the determined level of access for each of the at least one sub-class is generated. The format information includes at least one characteristic identifying the determined level of access for each of the at least one sub-class. A user interface is generated to include media asset identifiers, the media asset identifiers each identifying a respective one of the at least one sub-class and being displayed in the user interface based on the format information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Troy AZMOON, Juan M. NOGUEROL
  • Patent number: 8943539
    Abstract: The present invention allows users to interact with people, who have interacted with other people, and obtain media files and recommendations from those having common interests, thereby creating interactive media communities and spawning electronic social networks based on media and other types of electronic entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Royce Matsusei Hamano, Gevorg Gevorgyan
  • Publication number: 20150020119
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to a personalized user interface having at least one moving image produced based on a multimedia stream received in real time from a preferred streaming server. A service server for providing the personalized user interface may perform receiving multimedia streams transmitted in real time from preferred streaming servers selected based on user interface configuration information, obtaining personalized items based on the user interface configuration information, producing a single multimedia stream for the personalized user interface by combining the received multimedia streams and the obtained personalized items, and transmitting the produced single multimedia stream to the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: I-Gil KIM, Dong-Hoon KIM, Gyu-Tae BAEK, Young-Il YOO
  • Patent number: 8935732
    Abstract: A Dynamic Video Source Selection (DVSS) component that can be implemented in a physical or virtual STB that is capable of presenting a high quality service and consistent navigational paradigm to the viewer, while detecting, selecting, and presenting the best quality programming possible based upon the current position of the viewer's device within the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Geraint Jenkin, Marcus C. Liassides
  • 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: 8904447
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, for automatically preparing content. A method includes receiving a selection of a video content item for distribution by a content distribution system as part of a campaign; prompting a user to determine if the user wants control over formats and networks the video content item will be displayed in; receiving a user selection that the user wants automatic format and network selection; receiving attribute information from the user for use in presenting the video content item in accordance with the received selection for automatic format and network selection; automatically preparing the video content item for distribution in a predetermined number of formats and across a predetermined number of networks including determining a distribution among the formats and the networks consistent with a first predetermined criteria; and storing the campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander J. Verhage, Jonathan Goldman, Thomas J. Broxton, Michael Hatscher, Phuong B. Le, Baljeet Singh
  • Patent number: 8904450
    Abstract: A system and method for establishing and provisioning a new Internet Video Link (IVL) category under user control and utilizing user requests for locating and including preferred video content. The new IVL category will include video content located on a local device as well as video content retrieved from any interne URL provided by a user. The IVL category is built in the background and contains a category as a directory of video content and channels as sub-directories containing subsets of the video content described by the category. The user may also input keywords for use in searching for preferred video content so as to establish a mix of video content concatenated into a single mix channel for use in viewing only those video content items associated with the keywords supplied by the user. Alternatively, the mix channel may be provisioned by locating and mixing together video content that has similar metadata tags associated with the user preferred video content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20140351864
    Abstract: The control portion of a television broadcast receiver individually processes, in a pseudo manner, a network application as one of choices of an “input target” and/or a “reception channel” and starts up, when the choice of the “input target” and/or the “reception channel” corresponding to the network application is selected, the network application corresponding to the “input target” and/or the “reception channel” that has been selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Itsumi Tateishi, Nobutoshi Oki
  • Patent number: 8896764
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively performing a remote control configuration procedure includes a settop box that receives electronic programming from a program source and a television that is configured to reproduce the electronic programming. A remote control device controls various functionalities of the television over an RC-TV communications link. The remote control configuration procedure is coordinated by the television and a configuration server to allow the remote control device to also control various functionalities of the settop box over an RC-STB communication link. The television and the configuration server support a user-friendly interactive procedure to automatically determine and provide certain settop-box control information for adding appropriate settop-box control functions to the remote control device during the remote control configuration procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Richman
  • Patent number: 8897897
    Abstract: A companion remote control system is usable with smart devices for controlling a plurality of controlled components. An overall control system includes: a companion remote configured for remote communication, and providing command options for a user desiring to interact with a controlled component; a software application configured for running on smart devices, which typically includes a graphical interface for the user to select desired controlled component from plurality of controlled components; and a control processor capable of communicating with companion remote, smart device and controlled components. The control processor is programmed to correlate user commands received from companion remote to appropriate instructions for a specific controlled component selection received from smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Remote Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Michael Demskie
  • Publication number: 20140344868
    Abstract: The present invention provides a switching method of the different display windows of a TV. Before the switching, the TV displays the TV programs, received from the broadcast system and a server, in a main window and a sub-display window respectively, and the switching method includes the following steps that: the TV and the server determine the channel identifiers of the TV programs displayed by each other; the TV displays the TV programs, received from the broadcast system and the server, with the channel identifiers of each other using the first display window and the second display window respectively. By the present invention, the sources of the contents displayed respectively in the first display window and second display window do not change, thereby maintaining the respective display quality (including resolution and picture size) of the two display windows unchangeable before and after the switching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Haier Group Co.
    Inventors: Xijia Hu, Yuanwu Zhou, Junjie Huang, Hui Wang, Xiaona Zhang, Fanfeng Meng, Yanan Sun
  • Patent number: 8893184
    Abstract: A mechanism is described for facilitating multiple multimedia viewing planes in media display systems according to one embodiment of the invention. A method of embodiments of the invention includes using a plurality of multimedia planes corresponding to a plurality of multimedia content types. The plurality of multimedia planes may be integrated to be presented through an integrated user interface at a media processing device. The method may further include selecting, via the integrated user interface, one or more content categories from a plurality of multimedia content categories, and presenting, via a multimedia plane of the plurality of multimedia planes, contents associated with the one or more selected content categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Schawn A. Jasmann, David Beal, Pablo A. Maurin
  • Patent number: 8887202
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for allowing a user to dynamically manage rich media content in an efficient and effective manner. Tiles including media content, personalized video selections, content pack upgrades, and promotions for featured content are presented to a user. Each tile may include calls to view, purchase, discuss, rate, review, or read about associated content. Tiles may be presented as still images, logos, text, or live video. Multiple tiles may be manipulated using keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and/or touchscreen movements, motions, and gestures. In particular examples, an overlay provided on top of a tile mechanism provides a user with additional navigation and management options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: MobiTV, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirsten Hunter, Christopher Chan, Vasanth Shenoy, James Collette, Do H. Chung, Allen Billing
  • Patent number: 8881201
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide method and system is provided in which a viewer may direct a media guidance application to display program listings independent of scheduled broadcast time. Selectable options are presented to viewer on the screen, allowing the user to select a subset of content providers and view associated listings. The media guidance application removes duplicate listings from the listings display, in accordance with the viewer's preference. Listings may be displayed in a variety of arrangements, including alphabetical order by title, by genre, or by day scheduled for broadcast. Listings can also be sorted according to several criteria and displayed for further convenience to the viewer. The viewer may specify a broadcast time interval to further narrow the subset of listings that are displayed. Additional options displayed on the screen allow the viewer to re-sort listings on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Kanako Tomita
  • Patent number: 8863198
    Abstract: An Intelligent TV can organize content into silos. a silo is a logical representation of a content source for the Intelligent television. Silo can include content applications (e.g., Live TV, VOD, media center, application center, etc.) and/or input sources. The Intelligent TV can receive a designation for a silo through the reception of signals from a remote control or a user interface. Based on the designation, the Intelligent TV can determine the silo desired by the user. Then, the Intelligent TV can transition to the desired silo and provide content from the silo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Sanjiv Sirpal, Salvador Soto, Mohammed Selim, Ron Cassar
  • Patent number: 8863185
    Abstract: A system may include a media content processing subsystem configured to provide media content to a display device. The system may further include an adjunct computing device in communication with the media content processing subsystem and configured to receive interactive program guide data, receive social information associated with an account on a social network, and display the interactive program guide data augmented with the social information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Willis David Stinson, III, Omar Abdallah Abou-Khamis, Robin Chu-Hsin Chang
  • Patent number: 8856826
    Abstract: Methods and systems for presenting multimedia information materials from a database, preferably as a video broadcast. In one example, a plurality of information segments, such as video clips, are stored in the database, information segments are selected from the database, and a user can organize a subset of the selected information segments to affect a presentation of those information segments in desired order. The selected information segments may be loaded into a memory. The selected information segments may also be represented using indicators. The subset of selected information segments may be presented in the same order as the corresponding indicators. The presentation may be realized on a computer, a media player, or a television, the latter of which may interface with a set-top box and/or a personal video recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Brian N. Benschoter, Todd P. Callahan
  • Patent number: 8850480
    Abstract: An iTV user interface includes a navigable menu area through which a user can select from among a variety of services and a content display area in which formatted data associated with a selected menu service are displayed to the user. The formatted data is displayed in a rotating or ticker fashion having both a passive mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence independent of any selection operations by a television viewer, and active mode, in which the formatted data is displayed in a sequence that depends on selection operations by the television viewer. Advertisements and/or promotions may be interspersed among the content items. The navigable menu area and the content display area may be displayed to the viewer at the same time as television programming is displayed on the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: TVWorks, LLC
    Inventors: Lena D. Chane, Matt Marenghi, Ty Ahmad-Taylor, Alex Chung, Prakash Hegde, Samuel Moreau, Darrel Haber
  • Patent number: 8843985
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing and selecting an application easily processed by a broadcasting receiving apparatus among the plurality of applications and executing the selected application are provided. The application processing method includes: analyzing information on each of a plurality of applications providing a common broadcasting service; selecting an application suitable for a broadcasting receiving apparatus among the plurality of applications based on the analysis; and executing the selected application. When a plurality of applications is transmitted to a broadcasting receiving apparatus, the broadcasting receiving apparatus can select an easily executable application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keum-yong Oh, Kwang-hyuk Kim