Interactive Program Selection Patents (Class 725/61)
  • Patent number: 10284897
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for adapting a second user input device to resemble a first user input device while preserving new functionalities not available in the first user input device. The systems and methods may identify, based on identifiers of the first and second user input devices, a first and second set of device functionalities provided by the devices. The systems and methods may compare the sets of device functionalities to determine a set of common device functionalities and, in response, modify the display of an input of the second user input device to correspond to visual attributes of an input of the first user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Sara Dever, Jennifer L. Holloway, Daniel P. Rowan, Mark D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10257555
    Abstract: A playlist server application is provided on a server at a first network node. A playlist local application is provided for a remote device. An indication of a change to a playlist on one of the server and the remote device is obtained from a corresponding one of the playlist server application and the playlist local application. The change is synchronized to another one of the server and the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: David Chen, Vipul Patel, Jian Yu, John Chen, Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum
  • Patent number: 10015539
    Abstract: Various arrangements for providing a multichannel viewing event are presented. A definition of the multichannel viewing event may be broadcast to multiple television receivers. A television receiver may, as part of an electronic programming guide, provide a single-selection option to activate the multichannel viewing event based on the broadcast definition. In response to receiving user input that selects the single-selection option, the definition of the multichannel viewing event is accessed. One or more tuners of the television receiver may be tuned based on the television channels defined in the definition of the multichannel viewing event. A quad video stream that includes live feeds of four television channels may then be output to a display device for simultaneous presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Mark Templeman
  • Patent number: 10003834
    Abstract: Described herein is an example apparatus for displaying information associated with content while streaming the content to a display device. The apparatus includes a memory having a database stored therein. The database stores metadata relating to the content. The metadata includes a trick mode index, trick mode images and a database of information associated with segments of the content. The apparatus also includes a processor communicatively coupled to the memory. In operation, in some embodiments, the processor streams the content for display on the display device. The processor implements a trick mode operation upon receiving an appropriate user request. During implementation of the trick mode operation, the processor receives command input requesting information associated with the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Roku, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Wood
  • Patent number: 9792953
    Abstract: Disclosed are a mobile terminal and a method for controlling the same. The mobile terminal includes: a memory capable of storing video data therein; a touch screen capable of receiving a touch input related to the video data; and a controller capable of reducing a play time or a capacity of the video data based on a preset reference, such that a summary of the video data is generated based on the touch input, wherein the preset reference is established based on a restriction condition of a social network service or an application for sharing the video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jongwoo Han, Shounan An, Jungho Lee, Seungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 9716921
    Abstract: A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9704480
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a specific-evaluation information acquisition unit that acquires an evaluation of a predetermined content item as a specific evaluation, the evaluation having been input by a user in accordance with an ordinal scale; a language-evaluation information extraction unit that acquires a language evaluation from language information regarding an evaluation sentence in which an evaluation of the predetermined content item is expressed in a language, the evaluation sentence having been input by the user; and a recommendation unit that recommends a content item that matches the user's preference in accordance with whether the specific evaluation is a positive or negative evaluation and whether the language evaluation is a positive or negative evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kei Tateno
  • Patent number: 9467751
    Abstract: A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9462082
    Abstract: Disclosed is a media acquisition engine that comprises an interface engine that receives a selection from a plug-in coupled to a media client engine where a client associated with the media client engine identified as subscribing to a cloud application imaging service. The media acquisition engine further comprises a media control engine that directs, in accordance with the selection, a physical device to image a physical object and produce a media item based on the image of the physical object, the physical device being coupled to a cloud client. The media acquisition engine also comprises a media reception engine that receives the media item from the physical device, and a translation engine that encodes the media item into a data structure compatible with the cloud application imaging service. The interface engine is configured to transfer the media item to the plug-in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Curve Dental Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Dorey, George Stantchev, Richard Compton, Shaun Kaasten
  • Patent number: 9438392
    Abstract: In a radio communication, a UE terminal uses a CSI-RS as a reference signal for point selection only in the case of a scenario 4, and uses a CRS as a reference signal for point selection in the cases of scenarios 1 to 3 other than the scenario 4. Through RRC signaling, an eNodeB notifies the UE terminal of the fact that the measurement of a specific cell ID will be performed using a CSI-RS, that is, a cell ID using a CSI-RS as a reference signal for point selection. The operations suppress overhead of reference signals and improve a point selection update frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Takano
  • Patent number: 9348571
    Abstract: A method of searching for and installing a software product on a device is provided. One or more capabilities needed by the device to be served by a software product are determined. The one or more capabilities needed by the device are communicated from a software life cycle management agent on the device to a yellow pages agent outside the device, the communicating comprising formulating a request comprising a list of the capabilities encoded in a description language that defines the capabilities semantically. Then locations of one or more software products matching the one or more capabilities needed by the device may be received from the yellow pages agent. One of the one or more software products to install may be selected based on automatically evaluated criteria. Then the selected software product may be downloaded using its received location, and the selected software product may be installed on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ghulam Ali Baloch, Bradford Wayne Miller, Chung Hee Hwang, Viktor Holovashchenko
  • Patent number: 9351033
    Abstract: A media guidance application is provided by which users can view program listings associated with programming that the user may access using other user equipment devices. The media guidance application, implemented on, for example, a remote system, may determine through communications with television equipment whether or not the television equipment is authorized to provide a particular package of television programming to be viewed by the user. For example, an online program guide application may determine whether or not television equipment allows a user to view particular channels and, based on that determination, proceed to determine what packages of programming the user subscribes to. A customized program guide may then be displayed based on what programming the user subscribes to on various systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Alan Olague, Kuan Hidalgo Archer, Christopher Strader
  • Patent number: 9344763
    Abstract: A method of returning target scenes from a user link request is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: receiving a user link request on a user interface; comparing the received user link request to a plurality of entries in a lookup table; for each entry in the plurality of entries in the lookup table that matches the received user link request, identifying a target scene that corresponds to the matched entry in the lookup table; determining a closest one of the target scenes if multiple entries in the lookup table match the user link request; and transitioning to the closest target scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: HILLCREST LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Stanchfield
  • Patent number: 9313408
    Abstract: Discussed is a mobile device that displays an image in consideration of a relationship among a plurality of captured images in a window mode. The mobile device includes a storage unit configure to store an image, a display unit configured to display the image, a sensor unit configured to detect a touch input to the display unit, and a controller configured to display an image in any one selected from between a navigation mode to display a plurality of thumbnail images and a window mode to display at least one image selected from among the plurality of thumbnail image, wherein the controller captures a first image and a second image having an upper and lower position relationship or a left and right position relationship to the first image from a first source, and captures a third image from a second source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sinae Chun, Jongho Kim, Jihwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9258511
    Abstract: Embodiments include a television appliance configured to display a selected on-screen viewing activity, and a client application. The client application is configured to maintain a list of contacts and allow a user of the media appliance to establish communication events with contacts via a network interface and packet-based network. The client application is further configured to receive a machine-readable data item via the network interface and packet-based network from a television appliance of one or more of said contacts, the machine-readable data item indicating a current television channel being viewed by the respective contact. In at least some embodiments, the client application may control operation of said user's television appliance in relation to the contact's television appliance based on the data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Skype
    Inventors: Helen Blackburn, David Dinka, Gisela Gier, Mark McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 9226014
    Abstract: A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Yeul Suh, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 9226012
    Abstract: A television message system is provided that allows users at user television equipment devices that are connected to a television distribution facility to transmit messages to each other relating to a television program or other suitable subject. The television message system permits users to participate in evaluations, contests, promotions, and surveys related to a television program while watching that television program. The television message system also permits users to compose and send a message to a television program entity. Users can send messages through the television message system to users at personal computers who are connected to the user's television distribution facility through a communications network. The television message system also allows a user to purchase a gift related to television programming for a recipient. The gift may be an electronic gift certificate for pay-per-view programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Pamela L. McKissick, William L. Thomas, Michael D. Ellis, Mark A. Regouby, Joel G. Hassell
  • Patent number: 9218357
    Abstract: A system and methods are provided for synchronizing multiple lists of content channels that a user of a multi-channel content service subscribes to or follows, such as lists maintained at different places and/or on different devices. If a list on one of the user's devices has been modified, the device (e.g., a multi-channel content applet) informs a synchronization server by uploading the list. The server synchronizes it with a master list and downloads a copy to the device. A channels list includes an entry for each channel the user follows (and possibly channels he has deleted), which includes an index or ordinal position of the channel among all the member's channels, an identifier of the channel (e.g., a URN), identifiers of sub-lists the channel has been assigned to, and a timestamp identifying the last time the entry changed (e.g., when the channel was added, removed, assigned to a sub-list).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: LinkedIn Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Bayer, Steven S. Chow, Kwei-you Tao, Ankit Gupta
  • Patent number: 9202209
    Abstract: A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing other features, etc. is provided. In some exemplary embodiments, after a user is recognized, the jukebox system allows users to access a special front-end via an Internet-enabled device or on an actual jukebox. Then, the user may, for example, create playlists, share songs with friends, send messages to friends, and access other value-added content. Such a system preferably learns about networks of friends, and enables managers to send similar messages to regular customers and/or others known to the system. In some exemplary embodiments, changes via a first user interface on a first device are reflected on second user interface on other properly-configured devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion
  • Patent number: 9204100
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing remote set-top box access functions in an Internet browser extension is disclosed. Web page content of a currently viewed web page is compared to an entertainment content database. The web page content is determined to be associated with entertainment content in the entertainment content database. Also, it is determined that there is a media manipulation action for the entertainment content, and a notification that the media manipulation action is available for the entertainment content is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James L. Cansler, Charles Scott
  • Patent number: 9172997
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to collect media exposure information are described. An example metering device to collect media exposure information includes a housing; an input carried by the housing; a display carried by the housing to present a list of media stations which may be tuned by a media device different than the metering device, the metering device incapable of tuning to the media stations; a processor carried by the housing to identify which of the media stations is displayed when the input is selected; and memory carried by the housing to store an indication of an exposure to the identified media station via the media device, the indication including the identified media station and a timestamp corresponding the selection of the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Bruce Hoynoski
  • Patent number: 9164661
    Abstract: A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing other features, etc. is provided. In some exemplary embodiments, after a user is recognized, the jukebox system allows users to access a special front-end via an Internet-enabled device or on an actual jukebox. Then, the user may, for example, create playlists, share songs with friends, send messages to friends, and access other value-added content. Such a system preferably learns about networks of friends, and enables managers to send similar messages to regular customers and/or others known to the system. In some exemplary embodiments, changes via a first user interface on a first device are reflected on second user interface on other properly-configured devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion
  • Patent number: 9056251
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting multiple competitions of skill for a single performance are described herein. User generated competition groups and system generated competition groups allow users to participate in multiple competitions at once based on answering the same questions or making the same selections related to a single event. The users are informed of each competition either via email, text message or when logging into the network via a website. The users select which competition groups to join. After joining the desired groups, users then make their selections related to the event which are transmitted to the network where results are tabulated and transmitted back to the users. The results are separated based on each competition group, so that users can continually know where they stand in each separate competition. With multiple competition groups, users are able to have varying success from the same performance in multiple competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Winview, Inc.
    Inventor: David B. Lockton
  • Publication number: 20150150058
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing subscription-on-demand (SOD) services for a interactive information distribution system, where a consumer may subscribe to packages of on-demand programs for a single price and view the programs in the subscribed package at any time for no additional cost. The apparatus and method are embodied in a combination of software, which provides a so called navigator, and hardware, including a subscriber terminal that provides certain functionality for the navigator and service provider equipment that supports the functionality of the terminal. As such, graphical user interface functionality is distributed between the service provider equipment and subscriber equipment (subscriber terminal). Such distribution provides an enjoyable, real time interactive process for accessing SOD services that allows the subscriber to rapidly identify and access a subscription service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Goode, Donald F. Gordon, Tobie LaRocca, Phillip A. Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150150059
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus providing UI functionality at a client device via a video decoder/renderer operates to decode a compressed video stream bearing UI imagery and a messaging proxy is adapted to process user interaction data indicative of a local function to invoke an application programming interface (API) associated with the local function in order to select an appropriate channel of the decoded compressed video stream.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Donovan McMahon, David James Colter, Douglas Masaru Ike
  • Patent number: 9043826
    Abstract: User-based parental controls (UBPC) are provided. UBPC are provided to users according to a user profile associated with a specific user. Parental controls may be tailored to meet a parental control need according to each user. User profiles may be created by one or more administrative users and may include restrictions according to a TV, movie, application, or game rating system, specific channels, or specific programs. User profiles may be stored in a remote database allowing for various media content receiving and/or viewing devices to access the user profiles for applying parental control features according to a specific user profile. A user profile may be altered by one or more administrative users who may create an override access code which may allow the administrative user to manage other users' parental controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Anant Pralhad Patil, Yousef Wasef Nijim, Lisa A. Pickelsimer
  • Patent number: 9043837
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service provider system 1) providing an end user of an integrated media service with access to a media program by way of a plurality of different media distribution models, 2) maintaining a catalog that includes comprehensive information about the media program, the comprehensive information being an aggregate of non-redundant information about the media program obtained from a plurality of independent source catalogs corresponding to the plurality of different media distribution models, and 3) providing, based on the comprehensive information included in the catalog, a media service user interface that supports discovery of the comprehensive information about the media program regardless of a user interface context from which a user request for information about the media program is received. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Imran Arif Maskatia, Paul Bradley Bowers, Jeffrey L. Harris
  • Patent number: 9043848
    Abstract: System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to evict from the cache, i.e. which tiles will probably not be accessed within a particular timeframe, but not when to evict (this is up to the cache implementation). A cache implementation can also use the prioritized list of the present embodiment to pre-fetch tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher J. Michael, Bruce Y. Lin, Elias Z. K. Ioup, John T. Sample
  • Patent number: 9038102
    Abstract: A cable television system with integrated social streaming. The cable television system with integrated social streaming includes a set-top box in communication with a camera and/or a microphone that allows video and/or audio communication over a social streaming channel offered by the cable provider. The cable television system with integrated social streaming provides an interactive experience for a set-top box user by allowing the user to participate in video and/or audio conversations with friends on supported social streaming services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Radhakrishnan Gopinath, Lalit T. Bhatia, Pujan Roka, Catalina Gard
  • Patent number: 9038109
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for generating an enhanced programming guide. Programming events are associated as packages of programming. The programming guide is generated as a programming grid of cells. The programming grid lists a wrapper associated with each package and each package's associated events. The wrapper surrounds all the cells in the programming grid that are associated with the events for each package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: David Steading, John Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9032448
    Abstract: A broadcast system provides consumers with inducement to consume portions in which they may not have an active interest, such as commercials. To dissuade consumers from leaving the vicinity of the broadcast receiver or from switching to other broadcasts while a first broadcast airs such a portion, the first broadcast is augmented by a second content entity calculated to be of interest to the consumer. Interaction is required of the consumer in order for him to receive the second content entity, which necessitates his presence and attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Vringo Infrastructure Inc.
    Inventor: Ari Nieminem
  • Publication number: 20150128192
    Abstract: A video-on-demand (VOD) content delivery system has a VOD Application Server which manages a database of templates ordered in a hierarchy for presentation of video content elements of different selected types categorized in hierarchical order. The templates include those for higher-order displays which have one or more links to lower-order displays of specific content. A web-based Content Management System receives content uploaded online in industry-standard file formats with metadata for title and topical area, and automatically converts it into video data format compatible with the VOD content delivery system indexed by title and topical area. A User Interface for the system delivers listings data to the viewer's TV indexed by title and topical area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Milton Diaz Perez
  • Patent number: 9026034
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a method for the detection of broadcast programming, the method comprising acts of receiving audio signals from a user over a communication network, receiving audio signals from a plurality of broadcast channels over the communication network, comparing, by a processor, the audio signals from the user with the audio signals from the plurality of broadcast channels, determining by the processor, in response to the act of comparing, that the audio signals from the user match the audio signals from at least one of the plurality of broadcast channels, identifying by the processor, in response to the act of determining, the at least one of the plurality of broadcast channels, and transmitting by the processor, in response to the act of identifying, information related to the at least one of the plurality of broadcast channels to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Project Oda, Inc.
    Inventors: Kai Buehler, Frederik Juergen Fleck
  • Patent number: 9024864
    Abstract: A user interface with software tensing may be described. An apparatus may include a user interface module to display an index list, a software lens list, and an aperture box. The index list may represent a list of available options. The software lens list may display a sub-set of the list of available options that coincides with a position of the aperture box on the index list. The apparatus may also include a media lensing module to increase a size of an option in the software lens list when a pointer approaches or coincides with the option. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R Dunton, Mariano J Phielipp
  • Patent number: 9027067
    Abstract: System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to evict from the cache, i.e. which tiles will probably not be accessed within a particular timeframe, but not when to evict (this is up to the cache implementation). A cache implementation can also use the prioritized list of the present embodiment to pre-fetch tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Christopher J. Michael, Bruce Y. Lin, Elias Z. K. Ioup, John T. Sample
  • Patent number: 9021526
    Abstract: A method is described for providing a navigation preview file for a video. The method may include identifying a number of content images that may be associated with a video. An arrangement of the content images may be determined that may provide a low granularity preview of the entire length of the associated video where the low granularity preview increasingly becomes more granular as the content images are received on a client device. A navigation preview file may then be constructed according to the arrangement of the content images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Michael Baron, Richard Judd Winograd
  • Patent number: 9021531
    Abstract: Using a TV, a viewer watching broadcast TV or Internet video content on a display can select a “Video Search” application indicating viewer desire to obtain information about a currently playing video program. The application is invoked to send a name of the currently playing video program to a server on the Internet and associated with a database to cause the server to execute a search only of the database associated with the Internet server and not to execute a search of the Internet. The server returns metadata related to the currently playing video program, which is presented on the display along with the currently playing video program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seth Hill, Jaime Chee, Ted Mark Dunn
  • Patent number: 9021517
    Abstract: An intelligent television can provide various interfaces for providing video-on-demand (VOD). The user interfaces include unique visual representations and organizations that allow the user to utilize the intelligent television more easily and more effectively. Particularly, the user interfaces pertain to the display of VOD content and better organizations thereof. Further, the user interfaces provide unique process of transitioning between the VOD content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Mohammed Selim
  • Patent number: 9021533
    Abstract: Users of a method and apparatus to purchase (e.g., rent or buy) contents using a portable storage medium, via a network or the like. Contents purchased using embodiments of a method and apparatus may be developed to be automatically deleted or to be non-reproducible after being reproduced one time or after a predetermined period. Accordingly, users do not need to return borrowed or purchased contents. Also an owner of a contents rental shop may prevent contents from being unfairly reproduced. Further, user inconvenience due to the conventional manner in which users have to memorize information related to the contents and visit a rental shop to obtain desired contents may be avoided or decreased. Portable storage mediums or network resources of exemplary methods and apparatuses may be repeatedly used (e.g., without limitation), and thus may contribute to the saving of resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin-wook Kang
  • Patent number: 9015780
    Abstract: A video transmission system includes a video server module that selectively operates in a unicast mode and a multicast mode, wherein the video server module generates a video signal that includes a unicast video signal when the video server module is in the unicast mode and that includes a multicast video signal when the video server module is in the multicast mode. A wireless access device transmits the video signal to at least one mobile video device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Thomas J. Quigley, Stephen E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9015287
    Abstract: A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing other features, etc. is provided. In some exemplary embodiments, after a user is recognized, the jukebox system allows users to access a special front-end via an Internet-enabled device or on an actual jukebox. Then, the user may, for example, create playlists, share songs with friends, send messages to friends, and access other value-added content. Such a system preferably learns about networks of friends, and enables managers to send similar messages to regular customers and/or others known to the system. In some exemplary embodiments, changes via a first user interface on a first device are reflected on second user interface on other properly-configured devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Touch Tunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion
  • Patent number: 9015286
    Abstract: A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing other features, etc. is provided. In some exemplary embodiments, after a user is recognized, the jukebox system allows users to access a special front-end via an Internet-enabled device or on an actual jukebox. Then, the user may, for example, create playlists, share songs with friends, send messages to friends, and access other value-added content. Such a system preferably learns about networks of friends, and enables managers to send similar messages to regular customers and/or others known to the system. In some exemplary embodiments, changes via a first user interface on a first device are reflected on second user interface on other properly-configured devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion
  • Patent number: 9015751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an image display device and to a method for operating same. The method for operating the image display device according to one embodiment of the present invention includes: replaying content; when a command for storing the replayed content exists, storing at least one portion of the replayed content; displaying a content object indicating the stored content; displaying objects indicating another user or electric device for an accessed network or another network linked to the accessed network; and, when a content object is dragged and dropped in a selected object among the objects indicating the other user or electronic device, transmitting content corresponding to a selected object and having been selected by a user or stored in a selected electronic device. Therefore, the present invention can enhance use convenience for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Young Ho Jeong, Eun Hee Ha
  • Patent number: 9013637
    Abstract: A set-top box is constructed including a processor, an input port, an auxiliary input port, and an output port. The input port is electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to receive first control signals from a remote control. The auxiliary input port is also electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to receive second control signals from an auxiliary remote control and send the second control signals to the processor. The output port is electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to send graphical representations of a remote control to a display. The processor is configured to compose a graphical representation of the remote control, receive a second control signal, modify the graphical representation of the remote control in response to the second control signal, and send the graphical representation to the output port for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Rajiv Singh Cullen Pal
  • Patent number: 9015746
    Abstract: Embodiments related to delivering a video stream to a requesting viewer are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a video stream is delivered by receiving a request for the video stream from a requesting device, the request including the requesting viewer's identity, assembling a list of selected video content items for display to the requesting viewer, the selected video items being selected from a plurality of video items based on the identity of the requesting viewer and a viewing interest profile comprising the requesting viewer's viewing interests, and sending the video stream for display, the video stream including one or more of the selected video items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Eric Holmdahl, David Rogers Treadwell, III, Doug Burger, James A. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9015759
    Abstract: A system and method for providing interactive content that is correlated to events of an entertainment program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Elend, Michelle Lynch, Joe Ferreira, Sean Tice
  • Publication number: 20150106858
    Abstract: A method of creating a multi participant session among a plurality of viewers of media content. The method comprises automatically identifying which media content is currently presented on a plurality of client terminals of a plurality of subscribers, receiving, from a first subscriber, a first selection indicative of a template of a multi participant session object and a second selection indicative of a group from the plurality of subscribers, creating a multi participant session object adapted for simultaneous presentation with the media content according to first and second selections and establishing a multi participant session among at least one member of the group and the first subscriber using the multi participant session object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Comigo Ltd.
    Inventors: Dov MORAN, Motty Lentzitzky, Mordechai Teicher
  • Publication number: 20150106857
    Abstract: A system and method, in a television control device, for generating screen pointing information, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Nambirajan Seshadri
  • Patent number: 9009759
    Abstract: An enhanced television broadcast system may enable the transmission and reception of a real-time event when a new program is about to begin. The real-time event may control access to enhancements from the program that is ending. In some embodiments, these real-time events may constitute triggers that are included within packets transmitted in an Internet Protocol multicast. As one example, the trigger may include a Uniform Resource Locator in the form of a tv: protocol that automatically causes the television display to go to full screen television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Jim B. Estipona
  • Patent number: 9009760
    Abstract: A system may send a request for video content to a server device; obtain, in response to the request, control information, associated with the video content, where the control information may include one or more digital versatile disc (DVD) features that correspond to one or more portions of the video content; and present the control information, for display, via a user interface, where presenting the control information for display may enable a user, of the video client device, to interact with the control information as though the video content was being played by a DVD player. The system may also receive selection of a DVD feature, of the one or more DVD features; and obtain, from the server device, a portion of the video content, of the one or more portions of the video content, that begins at a point that corresponds to the selected DVD feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Srirama Kalidindi, Sanjay Ahuja