Cellular Video Distribution System Patents (Class 725/62)
  • Patent number: 10439900
    Abstract: A distributed storage system can maintain calculated load values of services throughout the system. The load values represent different types of load on the system. When a load value corresponding to a client changes, the load value is evaluated against thresholds to determine whether a different quality of service (QoS) policy is to be selected and implemented. If so, a function/formula indicated in the selected policy is used to calculate a scaling factor, which is then used to calculate a target performance value based on QoS parameters of the client. The system then manages access by the client according to the target performance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NetApp, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Wright, Michael Xu
  • Patent number: 10382945
    Abstract: A method (100) in a network node is disclosed, the method for delivering data services to a roaming user accessing the services via a user equipment device. The method comprises identifying services to be made available to the user when roaming (110) presenting the identified services to the user equipment device (120), and filtering at least one of data traffic to the user equipment device or data traffic from the user equipment device according to a relation of the data traffic to the identified services (130). Also disclosed is a method (600) in a user equipment device, the method for accessing data services when roaming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
    Inventors: Robert Skög, Michael Huber, Johan Kölhi, Andreas Ljunggren, John Orre, Bjorn Stromberg
  • Patent number: 10341733
    Abstract: A system for generating, providing and/or receiving services for companion devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sachin G. Deshpande
  • Patent number: 10327035
    Abstract: Systems and methods for pairing user devices to selected output devices are provided. Pairing can include providing information identifying a user device to a system authority, such as a remote communication interface server. In response to verifying that a user associated with the identified user device is authorized to use a selected output device, the information identifying the user device and a local player connected to the selected output device is provided to a local controller or server. The local controller then creates and maintains an association between the user device and the local player, allowing a user of the user device to cast content to an output device associated with the paired local player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONIFI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Derin M. Zerr, Joel Walter Zdepski, Shaun Eugene Marko, Andy Loren Anderson
  • Patent number: 10306270
    Abstract: An endpoint device outputs frames of test media during a testing procedure. Each frame of test media includes a test pattern. A test module coupled to the endpoint device samples the test pattern and transmits sample data to a media test engine. The media test engine decodes a binary number from the test pattern and then converts the binary number to an integer value that is associated with the corresponding frame. The media test engine then analyzes sequences of these integer values to identify playback errors associated with the endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NETFLIX, INC.
    Inventors: Frederic Turmel, Nicholas Newell
  • Patent number: 10257350
    Abstract: Approaches for recording and playing back a portion of a conversation are provided. An approach includes establishing a subscriber of a recording and play back service. The approach includes recording, by a computing device, a portion of a conversation of the subscriber that occurs in a call between a first individual and a second individual. The approach additionally includes storing, by the computing device, the portion of the conversation when the call ends. The approach further includes analyzing, by the computing device, the stored portion of the conversation to detect predefined keywords. The approach also includes automatically providing the subscriber with an option to play back the stored portion of the conversation when at least one of the predefined keywords is detected during the analyzing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peeyush Jaiswal, Kiran Mutukuru, Gregory Toon, Aleksas J. Vitenas
  • Patent number: 10250653
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are describe for signaling protocols for proximity service functions in a wireless communication system. A first wireless device may identify a group identity parameter associated with a multicast transmission of multimedia content. The first wireless device may map the identified group identity parameter to an identification parameter associated with at least one proximity service (ProSe) relay wireless device. The first wireless device may receive the multicast transmission of the multimedia content via the at least one ProSe relay wireless device based on the mapping of the identified group identity parameter to the identification parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Hong Cheng, Sudhir Kumar Baghel, Haris Zisimopoulos, Saurabha Rangrao Tavildar, Shailesh Patil, Michaela Vanderveen, Kapil Gulati, Bilal Sadiq
  • Patent number: 10231024
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and stored instructions are provided for selectively incorporating feedback from a remote audience into live content. The feedback is incorporated into one part of a segment at the same time that another part of the segment is played to an audience. A feedback manager may receive feedback from audience members on a first part of the segment while a second, later part of the segment is being played to the audience by a client machine and while a third, even later part of the segment is being generated by a content manager. The feedback manager may then compare feedback data to stored criteria to determine whether or not to change the playing content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Errol Pinto, John Bennett, David Ting
  • Patent number: 10225854
    Abstract: In an embodiment, there is provided a method for resource allocation to MBMS services for MBSFN transmission in an MBSFN Area in a mobile communication system, said resource allocation including an assessment of a list of MBMS sessions to be scheduled for said MBSFN transmission, a method wherein a Sequence Number SN is used for said assessment, said SN determining the rank of an MBMS session in a sequence of MBMS sessions scheduled by one or more BM-SC(s) for said MBMS services, said rank of said MBMS session in said sequence being used in said assessment to determine a rank of said MBMS session in said list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Gabriel Linden, Bruno Landais
  • Patent number: 10212208
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a content supply device, a content supply method, a program, and a content supply system that make it possible to extend an adaptive streaming technique employing the DASH and supply content through a plurality of different delivery paths According to a first aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a content supply device that supplies a plurality of pieces of streaming data that include content of a same subject and differ in an attribute according to an adaptive streaming technique, the content supply device including: a supply unit configured to supply the plurality of pieces of streaming data to a reception side via a plurality of different networks; and a metafile generating unit configured to generate a metafile including an acquisition destination of a manifest file in which a QoS parameter for selecting the plurality of pieces of streaming data to be supplied by the reception side and a condition value of the QoS parameter are described and supply the meta
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Yasuaki Yamagishi, Masahito Mori
  • Patent number: 10172062
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving network information for a group of video sessions. Embodiments include calculating an overall video traffic metric for the group of video sessions for each cell based on the network information and include determining a first overall video traffic metric of a first cell is above a first predetermined threshold and a second overall video traffic metric of a second cell is below the first predetermined threshold. Also, embodiments include generating a graphical map that indicates the overall video traffic metric for each cell in the cellular network and sending the graphical map to a mobile device in the first cell showing first overall video traffic metric and the second overall video traffic metric relative to the first predetermined threshold. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Emir Halepovic, Harold Orr McCaskey, Kyung-Wook Hwang, Marco Platania, Rittwik Jana, Sarat Puthenpura
  • Patent number: 10154404
    Abstract: A method for provisioning an embedded universal integrated circuit entity within an electronic device includes: in a first step, the embedded universal integrated circuit entity is initialized after being activated by a microprocessor; in a second step, the embedded universal integrated circuit entity transmits a secret information to the microprocessor; in a third step, the secret information is stored in a memory area; and in a fourth step, an initial communication contact, using radio link capabilities provided by a radio module, is established between, on the one hand, the electronic device and the embedded universal integrated circuit entity, and, on the other hand, the mobile communication network or a server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Sinning, Sven Krey
  • Patent number: 10142682
    Abstract: An image display device includes an antenna built in the image display device to receive a broadcast service signal, a display unit configured to display a screen corresponding to the received broadcast service signal, and a controller configured to determine whether reception sensitivity of the broadcast service signal received through the antenna is equal to or less than reference sensitivity, to acquire broadcast reception information for receiving the broadcast service signal upon determining that the reception sensitivity of the received broadcast service signal is equal to or less than the reference sensitivity, and to display a position of the antenna corresponding to the acquired broadcast reception information on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Euihwan Si, Sangjin Kim, Hyeongho Son
  • Patent number: 10135887
    Abstract: Synchronized multi-media annotations for shared video content is provided. According to embodiments, viewers of video content may be enabled to create multimedia annotations such as simple text comments, short videos, audio snippets, links to websites or other online content, etc., and associate the annotations with certain points or sections in the source video. When a user “shares” these annotations with a community of friends, the friends can then watch the source video and simultaneously view and/or listen to the comments their friend(s) have made. Friends may respond back with their own annotations, and again share those out to the group of friends. Later, users who have previously left comments may be able to go back and see other users' comments/annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Esser, Douglas David Gravino
  • Patent number: 10110893
    Abstract: In video quality control and estimation, the joint evaluation of compression artifacts and channel artifacts is a problem. The invention considers the joint perception of both a compression artifact level Dm(V) and a channel artifact level Dh(V) in a method for calculating overall distortion in a video being affected by compression artifacts and channel artifacts. The method comprises a step of adding a compression artifact level Dm(V) and a summand S that is derived from log (Dh(V)) multiplied with a factor that decreases with increasing compression artifact level Dm, such as D(V)=Dm(V)+c·(K?Dm(V))·log(Dh(V)). The result obtained is a measure for the overall distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING
    Inventors: Xiao Dong Gu, Fan Zhang, Zhibo Chen
  • Patent number: 10085194
    Abstract: A data transmission method and a router, which are used to obtain a load sharing scheme according to current status information of a network, and perform data transmission according to the load sharing scheme in order to improve data transmission efficiency, where the method includes communicating, by a first router, with a second router over multiple radio links, acquiring, by the first router, status information of each radio link, determining a transmission overhead of each radio link according to the status information of each radio link, determining load sharing of each radio link according to the transmission overhead of each radio link, and sending data to the second router according to the load sharing of each radio link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xu Tian
  • Patent number: 10045170
    Abstract: To provide as data rate independent user experience as possible for remote service, function descriptions are associated with identifiers, and a function plan transmitted between a service center and a user apparatus comprises the identifiers but the function plan outputted in the user apparatus comprises the function descriptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Technology Oy
    Inventors: Zhongliang Hu, Teemu Tanila, Mikko Kohvakka
  • Patent number: 9980129
    Abstract: A method for transferring an assignment regarding an embedded universal integrated circuit entity within an electronic device from a first mobile network operator to a second mobile network operator includes: in a first step, the embedded universal integrated circuit entity is initialized, together with the electronic device, to be used with the first mobile network operator and a corresponding mobile communication network; and in a second step, subsequent to the first step, the assignment regarding the embedded universal integrated circuit entity is transferred from the first mobile network operator to the second mobile network operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Sven Krey, Thorsten Sinning
  • Patent number: 9954790
    Abstract: Methods for flow control in a network are disclosed. In a dual connectivity network environment where a master base station and a secondary base station exist, an operation method of a master base station may comprise transmitting a data frame including a plurality of data packets to a secondary base station; receiving, from the secondary base station, a delivery status frame requesting retransmission of error data packet among the plurality of data packets; and retransmitting the error data packet indicated by the delivery status frame to the secondary base station. Therefore, network performance can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hyun Yong Hwang, Ae Soon Park, Kyoung Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 9942000
    Abstract: A broadcast receiving apparatus and a signal processing method thereof are provided. The broadcast receiving apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive a data stream comprising a plurality of physical layer pipes (PLPs); a demodulator configured to output at least one generic packet corresponding to each of the plurality of PLPs and additional information on the at least one generic packet by demodulating the plurality of PLPs; and a signal processor configured to process the at least one generic packet based on the output additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yun-kyoung Han, Suk-in Min
  • Patent number: 9942553
    Abstract: A server transmits a probe packet to a terminal, estimates a bandwidth of the network based on information returned from the terminal, calculates a rate used for performing compression coding of screen information and/or an accompanying audio signal, generated by an application on a virtual terminal on the server, so as not to exceed the estimated bandwidth, encodes the screen information and/or the accompanying audio signal at the calculated rate, stores the encoding result in a packet of a predetermined protocol to transmit the packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9924270
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for automatically channelizing a stereo audio signal in a headphone device such that a correct audio channel is output to a user's ear regardless of which ear an earbud is inserted. In an embodiment, at least one earbud is configured with a sensor arranged on a housing of the earbud. The placement of the sensor can be keyed or otherwise positioned to identify a right or left ear based on proximity/contact with certain anatomy of the ear. For instance, the sensor can be in detectable range of ear anatomy such as a tragus/antitragus when inserted in one ear and outside of detectable range of the same when inserted in the other. By automatically detecting which ear an earbud has been inserted, audio channels can be switched as necessary enabling users to insert earbuds without regard for which is a right earbud and which is a left earbud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rajeev Rema Shanmugam, Gopinath Kandasamy
  • Patent number: 9894400
    Abstract: System, method and computer program product for determining a polling schedule for a remote control, are described. A multimedia device collects usage data that identifies when the multimedia device is in use. The probability that the multimedia device is in use for a particular time is determined based on the usage data. A polling schedule is generated based on the usage probability such that the periods in the polling schedule vary according to the usage probability to minimize energy consumption. The polling schedule is then transmitted to the remote control where the remote control polls the multimedia device according to the polling schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventor: Frank Llewellyn Maker, III
  • Patent number: 9872055
    Abstract: A system includes a first communication system, a second communication system and a network processor in communication with the first communication system and the second communication system. The first communication system and the network processor communicate first network signals therebetween. The first network signals include first higher priority network signals and first lower priority network signals. The second communication system and the network processor communicate second network signals therebetween. The second network signals include second higher priority network signals and second lower priority network signals. The network processor communicates a first congestion notification request signal to the first communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin M. Mathews, Henry Derovanessian
  • Patent number: 9860889
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods for indicating and determining uplink/downlink configuration, a base station and a terminal. A base station transmits uplink/downlink configuration information to at least one terminal via a DCI message, the DCI message is provided with at least one uplink/downlink configuration information domain for carrying the uplink/downlink configuration information, and at least one of the uplink/downlink configuration information domains in the DCI message is parsed by the at least one terminal. The at least one terminal parses the received DCI message in accordance with predetermined DCI configuration information, and acquires its own uplink/downlink configuration from a corresponding position in the DCI message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: CHINA ACADEMY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Jing Xu, Xueming Pan, Zukang Shen
  • Patent number: 9846563
    Abstract: A method, system and mobile terminal for implementing multimedia playing are described, which includes that a mobile terminal sends multimedia stream data to be played to another-end mobile terminal via a connection established based on NFC technology, and the mobile terminal and the another-end mobile terminal decode the multimedia stream data to be played, and respectively play corresponding parts of the decoded multimedia stream data in accordance with the respective part playing mode. In this way, two mobile terminals can respectively playing part of a multimedia image based on NFC technology, a multimedia image can be clearly amplified and displayed via the splicing of mobile terminal screens, thereby helping a user quickly solve the problem that a mobile terminal screen is small and not good for amplifying and displaying the multimedia image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kunning Li
  • Patent number: 9831954
    Abstract: Techniques and solutions are provides for increasing data bandwidth to wireless devices in a wireless network. Data bandwidth to a wireless device can be increased by using an array of wireless transmitters of one type, arranged to cover one or more areas of an enclosed space, in combination with one or more wireless transmitters of another type, to simultaneously transmit data to the wireless device over different wireless communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Oregon State University
    Inventors: Thinh P. Nguyen, Alan X. Wang
  • Patent number: 9826417
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an MBMS service reception and capability transmission method and device. In this method, the terminal device may send the information of the MBMS service of interest of the terminal device or the information of the MBMS service, which is being received, to the network device and the MBMS service reception capability information of the terminal device via a message. If an MBMS frequency point corresponding to the MBMS service of interest of the terminal device or the MBMS frequency point corresponding to the MBMS service, which is being received, is within a reception capability scope of the terminal device in a current configuration, the message reported by the terminal device to the network device includes: the MBMS frequency point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CHINA ACADEMY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Jiamin Liu
  • Patent number: 9813757
    Abstract: A method and system for remote control at a client of a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) enables a user to add desired multimedia program listings to a user collection. The user collection may be saved at an MCDN server for subsequent retrieval. Multimedia programs corresponding to the listings may be stored in a user collection cache. The user may easily select the listings in a user collection for presentation at an MCDN client. The multimedia programs may be provided from a plurality of content sources, including external content providers and the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I. L.P.
    Inventors: Robert King, Darryl Cynthia Moore, Linda A. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9800356
    Abstract: A method and system optimally selecting antenna elements based on the current availability of antenna elements and the current usage of other antenna elements within a two or three dimensional array. The present system and method pertain to an approach to allow the maximal usage of each antenna element while simultaneously reducing the coupling between antenna elements to improve the signal strength in each antenna element by ensuring that antenna elements in the same incident path are not tuned to the same frequency or physically or electrically near elements tuned to identical or adjacent frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Charter Communications Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Thaddeus Lipowski, James Alan Bingham
  • Patent number: 9800425
    Abstract: A multiple multicast network system and method for ensuring reliability in such a network are provided. A multiple multicast method in a multiple multicast network system may include grouping terminals having data to be transmitted to each other in a group. The method transmits, by each of the terminals in the group, data of each of the terminals to the other terminals in the group. In response to receiving the data, the method provides, to the terminals in the group, as feedback, missing packet information, and generates, by a terminal among the terminals in the group, a secondary network-coded packet by performing network coding based on a successfully received packet and data of each of the terminal, and transmits the secondary network-coded packet to the other terminals in the group based on the missing packet information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung Hoon Lim, Kwang Taik Kim, Kwang Hoon Han
  • Patent number: 9792666
    Abstract: An image processing device adapted to perform image processing on image information input, and then output the image information includes a first image processing section adapted to perform image processing on the image information, and include a first storage section to store the image information, and a second image processing section adapted to perform image processing on the image information from the first image processing section, and include a second storage section to store the image information. The first image processing section performs a process of reducing an image size of the image information stored in the first storage section and raising a refresh rate, and the second image processing section performs a process of enlarging an image size of the image information stored in the second storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Miki Nagano
  • Patent number: 9794877
    Abstract: Transmitting device, receiving device, communication device, programs, transmission method, and receiving method for wireless communication of continuous data in the form of packets. A transmitting device includes a data receiving unit that receives continuous data from a network, the continuous data including actual data and null data; a packetizing unit that deletes at least a part of the null data from the continuous data to generate a packet for wireless communication; a transmitting unit that modulates the packet into a radio carrier wave and wirelessly transmits the resulting packet; and a control unit that causes the transmitting unit to stop transmission of the radio carrier wave during at least a part of a time period in which no such packet is transmitted wirelessly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yasunao Katayama, Yasuteru Kohda, Kohji Takano
  • Patent number: 9750062
    Abstract: A method, a computer program product and a system for establishing a communication session on a mobile communication apparatus, comprising the mobile communication apparatus initiating a call to a second communication party, wherein the method comprises the steps of detecting an identification parameter of the second communication party from the call establishment data in a network element; sending as a response to the identification parameter from the network element to the mobile communication apparatus a message configured to start a data session application in the mobile communication apparatus; and said application establishing a data session with a server associated to the second communication party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TeliaSonera AB
    Inventor: Rami Lehtonen
  • Patent number: 9736538
    Abstract: Examples of systems are described herein in which an item of content may be delivered to multiple devices within a group of devices at the same time while reducing bandwidth consumption. Such systems may also allow for attractive pricing and features that may encourage more users to consume the item of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Nishant Doshi, Ambud Sharma, Alexei Saveliev
  • Patent number: 9693083
    Abstract: A mobile device including a content module, an imaging module, and an interface. The content module is configured to attempt to access content including transmitting a content request signal from the mobile device to a user receiving device. The imaging module is configured to acquire an image of at least a portion of a screen shown on a display connected to the user receiving device. The interface is configured to transmit the image or information pertaining to the image to the user receiving device, a head end or a content provider to cause the user receiving device or the mobile device to receive an authorization signal for access to the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Yang, Woei-Shyang Yee, Wesley W. Huie, Gerard V. Talatinian, Johnny Shum
  • Patent number: 9648086
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the remote certification testing of user video devices. In an embodiment, test logic and any related test input data is sent from a remote source such as an application server to a user video device. The test logic is executed at the user video device, and test results are output. The test results are sent back to the application server. The operation of the application server may be facilitated by a database. In embodiments, such a database stores test logic and test input data, and/or stores tests results for subsequent analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Sonic IP, Inc.
    Inventors: William Amidei, Jason Braness, Eric Grab, Michael Kiefer, Abhishek Shivadas
  • Patent number: 9645784
    Abstract: The invention discloses a screen splicing system and a video data stream processing method. The system includes: a video acquisition subsystem, configured to acquire an original video data stream, and output the acquired original video data stream to a smooth displaying subsystem after a smooth displaying image processing mode is enabled; the smooth displaying subsystem, connected with the video acquisition subsystem and configured to receive the original video data stream from the video acquisition subsystem, sequentially perform smooth displaying image processing and screen cutting processing on the original video data stream and send the cut video data stream to a screen splicing subsystem; and the screen splicing subsystem, connected with the smooth displaying subsystem and configured to perform splicing processing on the cut video data stream and send the spliced video data stream to a splicing display wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chunbo Hu, Zhenxiao Le, Linjie Shen, Chongji Huang
  • Patent number: 9632883
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for encoding data are disclosed that may allow for different encoding levels of transmitted data. The apparatus may include an encoder unit and a plurality of transceiver units. The encoder unit may be configured to receive a plurality of data words, where each data word includes N data bits, wherein N is a positive integer greater than one, and encode a first data word of the plurality of data words. The encoded first data word may include M data bits, where M is a positive integer greater than N. Each transceiver unit may transmit a respective data bit of the encoded first data word. The encoder unit may be further configured to receive information indicative of a quality of transmission of the encoded first data word, and encode a second data word of the plurality of data words dependent upon the quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert P. Masleid, Don Draper, Venkat Krishnaswamy, Paul Loewenstein
  • Patent number: 9615113
    Abstract: A device receives, from a content provider, traffic parameters associated with a video content request received from a fixed user device connected to a wireless access network, and determines, based on the traffic parameters, a trigger for creating a dedicated bearer for the fixed user device in the wireless access network. The device also provides the trigger to the wireless access network, where the wireless access network creates the dedicated bearer for the fixed user device based on the trigger, and the wireless access network assigns quality of service (QoS) parameters, based on the traffic parameters, to video content delivered to the fixed user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Lalit R. Kotecha, Sergio Aguirre, Raafat Kamel, Kamlesh Kamdar
  • Patent number: 9609270
    Abstract: A method for performing a video talk enhancement (VTE) function in an electric device is provided. A video talk application performs a video call and receiving at least one first frame generated by a camera sensor from a middleware. The input unit receives an input signal to select one of several video talk enhancement modes provided by a video talk enhancement application. Under the video call, the middleware replaces the at least one first frame with a second frame(s) or modifying the at least one first frame according to the selected video talk enhancement mode. The video talk application transmits the modified at least one first frame or the second frame(s) to another electric device, so that the modified at least one first frame or the second frame(s) which is transmitted is shown on the another electric device as a video talk frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Liang Hsieh, Bor-Wen Huang
  • Patent number: 9602877
    Abstract: The digital service signal processing apparatus according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises: a generation module for generating a request for receiving signaling information of an application related to a program of a digital service signal using the channel information related to the program of the digital service signal; a control module for transmitting the generated request, receiving the signaling information of the application, and determining whether the application is stored using the received signaling information of the application; and a download module for downloading, if it is determined that the application is not stored, the application using the signaling information of the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sejin Oh, Jinpil Kim, Jongsung Choi, Kyoungsoo Moon
  • Patent number: 9571955
    Abstract: A system and method to detect the presence of a portable communication device in a vehicle. In one exemplary embodiment, the method includes detecting, with an electronic processor of the portable communication device, that the portable communication device is receiving wireless power from a wireless charger located in the vehicle. The method further includes establishing a short-range wireless connection between the portable communication device and a vehicle control head. The method further includes sending a message from the portable communication device to the vehicle control head to transfer control of the portable communication device to the vehicle control head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Intan Mazlina Mohd Mohdi, Wei Lun Oo, Mohammad Athari Ismail, Wei Jian Lee, Jia Wen Yong
  • Patent number: 9554172
    Abstract: A rebroadcasting system for retransmitting a television broadcast, which was received from a satellite, in a segment broadcasting, such as one-segment broadcasting and three-segment broadcasting, comprises: charging a solar battery during the daytime; recording broadcasts during the retransmission halt time; retransmitting television broadcasts, which are received from the satellite, in real time by use of central (one or three) segments and the charged power during any time when the output of the solar battery is low, for example, during the night, before sunset, after sunrise, or a rainy day; reproducing the recorded broadcasts; and retransmitting the reproduced recorded programs by use of any remaining segments, for example, segments adjacent to the central segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sakata, Nobuo Hirose, Jun Abe
  • Patent number: 9516373
    Abstract: A method comprising the steps of: generating an acoustic fingerprint that is responsive to a playing of a movie on a primary screen device; searching, responsive to the acoustic fingerprint, an acoustic database; identifying, responsive to the searching of the acoustic database, a location within the movie; displaying an information item that is responsive to the identified location within the movie, a predefined playing time separation from a previous display of an information item, and a selecting of information items of each of a plurality of movie related information functions, the selecting being disproportionately in favor of at least one of the plurality of movie related information functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Max Abecassis, Ryan M. Donahue
  • Patent number: 9508091
    Abstract: Disclosed herein, among other things, are apparatus and methods for interactive property communication. In various embodiments, an interactive property communication system includes two or more property communication nodes (PCNs) each adapted for coupling to an electrical service. PCNs include a radio transceiver for communications with a broker service adapted for controlling communications with one or more PCNs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Curtis E. Quady
  • Patent number: 9451611
    Abstract: In one embodiment, method for controlling multiple wireless access nodes includes receiving, by a central controller from a base station (BS), a message indicating a channel state information (CSI) and determining a state transition function in accordance with the message. The method also includes determining a belief state in accordance with the state transition function and determining cooperation for a plurality of BSs including the BS in accordance with the belief state to produce a cooperation decision. Additionally, the method includes transmitting, by the central controller to the BS, the cooperation decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yegui Cai, Fei Richard Yu, Gamini Senarath, Halim Yanikomeroglu
  • Patent number: 9411797
    Abstract: Slicers are configured to filter tabular data arranged in columns. A user may use the slicers to filter tabular data from a client application and/or a server based application/service. Slicers may be created for one or more columns and for all/portion of the tabular data within a column. Selection of a slicer element filters the associated tabular data and updates a display of the other slicers. Interaction with the slicers may also update other user interface controls that filter the tabular data (e.g. selecting a slicer element changes a value of a filtering setting in a drop down menu and/or selecting the filtering setting in the drop down menu changes a state of a slicer element). A slicer element may be associated with other objects in the spreadsheet and/or included within one or more functions of a spreadsheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Johnny Sterling Campbell, Jenefer Monroe, Konrad Tupaj, Amarinder Singh Grewal, Robert George Hawking, Allan Folting
  • Patent number: 9398337
    Abstract: An embodiment provides a method for supporting video transmission and reception in a bitrate selection server of a mobile communication system. The method includes receiving a metadata request of a video from a terminal. The method also includes transmitting the received metadata request to a media server based on the request; receiving a metadata response from the media server. The method also includes storing the received video metadata and transmitting the received video metadata to the terminal. The method also includes requesting subscriber information of the terminal to a Policy and Changing Rules Function (PCRF) and receiving the subscriber information. The method also includes receiving a video segment request of the video from the terminal. The method also includes determining a bitrate of the video based on at least one of the video metadata and the subscriber information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyungho Lee, Taekyoung Kwon, Jicheol Lee, Youngbin Im, Hanna Lim, Taejoong Chung, Dookyoon Han
  • Patent number: 9369664
    Abstract: An approach for creation and maintenance of video-based training documentation. Universal identifiers are created and associated with user interface elements for delimiting videos and audios. Test scripts are created based on matching the universal identifiers to task instructions. Videos are created based on test scripts where the universal identifiers are marked on the videos. Audios are created based on the universal identifiers and the task instructions, where the universal identifiers are marked on the audios. The audios and the videos are combined based on synchronizing the universal identifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John P. Hunt, Michael F. C. Priestley