Satellite Video Distribution System Patents (Class 725/63)
  • Patent number: 10727977
    Abstract: A system and method for improving forward error correction efficiency in a communication network. The system and method employ a controller configured to evaluate a plurality of frames to identify a first type of the plurality of frames having a first frame processing characteristic pertaining to a first type of frame iteration processing performed by a terminal of the communication network and a second type of the plurality of frames having a second frame processing characteristic pertaining to a second type of frame iteration processing performed by the terminal. The controller is further configured to arrange a plurality of the first type of frames and at least one of the plurality of the second type of frames in an alternating order within a transmission window for transmission to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Bala Subramaniam, Yanlai Liu
  • Patent number: 10673480
    Abstract: A device for transmitting and receiving signals for a radio network comprises an air interface; a MIMO antenna; and an antenna-side frequency conversion device provided between the air interface and a home distribution network. The antenna-side frequency conversion device comprises at least one frequency converter via which the receive signals obtained via the at least one polarization of the dual-polarized antenna or via at least one of the at least two antennae can be converted into an intermediate frequency range that is unused and/or free in the home distribution network. At least one receive-side frequency back-conversion device is provided between the home distribution network and a receiver. The receive-side frequency back-conversion device is configured in such a way that a frequency back-conversion of the frequencies converted into an unused frequency range can be fed back into the received frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Kathrein-Werke KG
    Inventors: Roland Gabriel, Georg Schell, Michael Heisenberg
  • Patent number: 10582272
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a data processing device and a data processing method capable of appropriately processing a stream. NPs included in a division stream of a predetermined channel acquired by dividing an input stream configured by a plurality of packets into division streams of a plurality of channels are eliminated, and a NP-eliminated stream including DNP representing the number of eliminated NPs is generated. Then, a stream including the NP-eliminated stream and signaling as a size identifier representing a size of the DNP or a stream including the NP-eliminated stream and a buffer capacity of a buffer storing the NP-eliminated stream and signaling as read start time from the buffer so as to generate a NP-inserted stream acquired by inserting NPs corresponding to a number represented by the DNP into the NP-eliminated stream is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Okada, Takashi Yokokawa, Naoki Yoshimochi, Makiko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10433208
    Abstract: A method comprises monitoring, by a control module of a wireless communications terminal, factors related to a first data path for transmission/reception of data communications by the wireless communications terminal over a wireless data communications network. The control module then determines that the first data path is affected by condition(s), by determining that at least one of the factors satisfies a predetermined state reflecting the condition(s) affecting the first data path. The control module then determines a second data path, wherein the second data path is not affected by the conditions affecting the first data path. The control module then switches from the first data path to the second data path for the transmission/reception of the data communications by the wireless communications terminal over the wireless data communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Rajeev Gopal, Trevor Eagling
  • Patent number: 10349382
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals thereof are disclosed. The apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals comprises an input formatter to format at least one input stream to output DP (Data Pipe) data corresponding to each of a plurality of DPs, wherein the each of a plurality of DPs carries at least one service or at least one service component, an encoder to encode the DP data, a mapper to map the encoded DP data onto constellations, a time interleaver to time interleave the mapped DP data, a frame builder to build at least one signal frame including the time interleaved DP data, a modulator to modulate data in the built at least one signal frame by an OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex) scheme and a transmitter to transmit the broadcast signals having the modulated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaeho Hwang, Byounggill Kim, Woochan Kim, Jaehyung Kim, Sungryong Hong, Chulkyu Mun, Jinyong Choi, Jongseob Baek, Kookyeon Kwak, Woosuk Ko
  • Patent number: 10193764
    Abstract: A method for providing service levels in a Radio Frequency (RF) network is disclosed. The method including: associating one or more service levels with each supported symbol rate, modulation and error correction encoded scheme (ModCod); assigning a subscriber service level for a RF transmitter; receiving a signal quality of a transmission by the RF transmitter; selecting a transmit ModCod from the supported ModCods, wherein the signal quality exceeds a threshold signal quality for the transmit ModCod; and authorizing the RF transmitter to transmit to the receiver when the subscriber service level is included in the one or more service levels associated with the transmit ModCod, wherein signal quality adapts to a signal fade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hughes Network Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Smith
  • Patent number: 10178030
    Abstract: A system for providing content delivery network selection is disclosed. In particular, the system may include receiving a request for content from a user device and determining a location of the user device based on the request for the content. Based on the location of the user device and based on one or more desired parameters, the system may include selecting a suitable content delivery network from a plurality of content delivery networks to service the request for the content. Once the suitable content delivery network is selected, the system may include providing the content to the user device by using the suitable content delivery network that was selected by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Moshiur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10129577
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlled distribution of program content are described where program content for certain regions may be selectively blocked. The described methods and apparatus allow content distribution to authorized regions while providing control to the content provider to effectively block program content delivery to regions not entitled to receive the program content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Louis D Williamson, Tom Gaebel
  • Patent number: 9977481
    Abstract: There is disclosed a carry-on sized, portable apparatus configured as a processing apparatus for use as a single node, or as a node in a cluster of nodes, of a hyper-converged system. The apparatus is designed for quick extraction from the hyper-converged system in the event of a disaster and also configured to be able to re-establish communication for users requiring immediate access to mission critical applications in remote re-deployment. The processing apparatus includes an exoskeleton carrier with internally disposed chassis, the chassis including sub-chassis sections to securely contain an integrated power supply and management system, an integrated management and control system (MCS), and other electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ACROMOVE EUROPE S.M. P.C.
    Inventor: Evangelos Achillopoulos
  • Patent number: 9924233
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a devices and methods related to satellite information broadcasting. An embodiment may relate to a device that includes a plurality of respective tuning channels. The device includes a controller configured to transmit a registration query and receive a registration request from a client device. The registration request may include a client identifier and a tuner quantity. The tuner quantity may indicate the number of tuners associated with the client device. The controller may assign at least one tuning channel to the client device based on the tuner quantity. Furthermore, the controller may transmit a registration confirmation message to the client device. The registration confirmation message may include the respective tuning channel identifier of the at least one assigned tuning channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Mui, Kushan Shah, Bradley T. Ito
  • Patent number: 9923652
    Abstract: A network-capable device is configured to: automatically detect the presence of a MoCA network (or other network, depending on the network protocol in the application environment), and configure itself for communication on that network at the appropriate communication frequencies. The network-capable device can be configured to create a new network (e.g., a new MoCA network) if there is no network broadcast signal within a band. Preferably, the network-capable device requires little or no user intervention to configure itself for operation at network operating frequencies or to create a new network where none is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: ENTROPIC COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald B. Lee, Edward Warner, Changwen Liu, Shaw Yuan
  • Patent number: 9537944
    Abstract: A communication system includes a first user device and a group of user devices. A peer-to-peer network is formed from the group of user devices and the first user device. A content request is communicated to the group of user devices through a terrestrial network. At least one of the group of user devices communicates the media content file corresponding to the content request to the first user device through the peer-to-peer network. The media content file communicated to the first user device from at least one of the group of user devices comprises a missing portion of the media content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Raynold M. Kahn, Romulo Pontual, Robert G. Arsenault
  • Patent number: 9538206
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlled distribution of program content are described where program content for certain regions may be selectively blocked. The described methods and apparatus allow content distribution to authorized regions while providing control to the content provider to effectively block program content delivery to regions not entitled to receive the program content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Louis D Williamson, Tom Gaebel
  • Patent number: 9516367
    Abstract: Systems and methods for allocating bandwidth in a switched digital video (SDV) system based on charmed interest. In some embodiments, bandwidth is deallocated from channels and allocated to requested channels having a higher interest. Tiered approaches for allocating bandwidth are disclosed. Embodiments in which QAMs are allocated across services in a multi-service system based on interest are also disclosed. Embodiments for accommodating emergency access system (EAS) functionality in a SDV system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Craner
  • Patent number: 9420346
    Abstract: A media device may be configured for receiving data from one or more satellites. The media device may include one or more processors and one or more storage devices. A first tuner of a media device may tune to a first data stream that came from a first satellite transponder. A second tuner of the media device may tune to a second data stream that came from a second satellite transponder. The first data stream and the second data stream may be derived from source data based at least in part on a data distribution scheme. The data distribution scheme may include distributing at least portions of the source data with the first data stream and the second data stream. The first data stream and/or the second data stream may be processed to store and/or output for presentation content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: William Michael Beals
  • Patent number: 9253542
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for receiving satellite television signals. A centralized system component may be provided in association with the satellite antenna. The centralized system component includes at least one or more tuners and one or more demodulators. The centralized component may provide output through a network adaptor that provides output through a single output, which is a coaxial cable in one embodiment. The centralized component may send output in the form of packetized data directed to one or more set-top boxes by way of a network transaction. The set-top box or boxes may be operable to receive the network transaction and to process the data, as appropriate, for display on a TV/monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Stephen Strong, Frederick R. Tuck, Daniel Alexander Landreth
  • Patent number: 9240920
    Abstract: A wireless transmitter has a digital baseband module and a radio-frequency (RF) transmitter. The digital baseband module generates a multi-mode modulated signal by using a plurality of digital synthesizers. The RF transmitter has a frequency synthesizer and a digital power amplifier (DPA). The frequency synthesizer generates an oscillation signal with an RF carrier frequency. The DPA generates a multi-standard RF signal according to the multi-mode modulated signal and the oscillation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Ho-Chi Huang, Chun-Hsien Peng, Paul Cheng Po Liang
  • Patent number: 9154537
    Abstract: An event trigger data string is formulated and added to digital content for distribution to an audience via broadcast, satellite, cable or any other technology. The event trigger data string includes identification of an event source, identification of an operation to be performed, and a payload. A controller reads the data string and outputs a command to an appropriate event source for alteration of a digital content stream based upon the identified operation. The payload may, for example, identify an advertisement or notice to be spliced into or out of the digital content stream. Such event trigger data strings may be added to many different digital content streams, and a router or switching component may distribute the streams to systems that disseminate them to the audience. The technique enables interaction with different event sources, and allows command of multiple different operations by these event sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: NBCUniversal Media LLC
    Inventors: Keith Andrew Jackson, Michael George Duemo, Michael P. Slavik, Stephen J. Asay, Marcel Bautista
  • Patent number: 9042809
    Abstract: A satellite communication system using hierarchical modulation to transmit a plurality of modulated signals to sub-regions within a region. Each modulated signal includes high priority content and low priority content. The system includes a satellite equipped with a plurality of satellite transmitters coupled to a plurality of antenna elements, e.g. a phased array of antenna elements. The antenna elements are utilized selectively to direct a modulated signal from a satellite transmitter to a distinct sub-region. The satellite transmitters and antenna also cooperate to broadcast the high-priority content to the region such that a ground receiver traveling from a first sub-region to an adjacent second sub-region adjacent will not experience a loss of high-priority content. First low-priority content of a first modulated signal directed to the first sub-region is independent of second low-priority content of a second modulated signal directed to the second sub-region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn A. Walker, Eric A. Dibiaso
  • Publication number: 20150113573
    Abstract: A method for conflict recognition on DiSEqC protocol, the method comprising the steps of generating a command to be sent to a DiSEqC device; requesting a tuner to send the command to the DiSEqC device; the method further comprises: after the step of generating the command and prior to the step of requesting a tuner to send the command, executing the following steps: sending a ODU_PowerOFF DiSEqC command from the tuner to the DiSEqC device; stopping the tuner in case the ODU_PowerOFF DiSEqC command results in unlocking the tuner; sending a “ODU_Channel_change” DiSEqC command from the tuner in order to request to retune the DiSEqC device to new parameters; assuming lack of conflict in case the tuner is locked according to the requested parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Jan NIZIOLEK
  • Patent number: 9015772
    Abstract: An interactive gaming channel presented on a monitor, with a plurality of transponders being used to present the games available at a given time. Such a channel in accordance with the present invention comprises a game selection screen, comprising a genre selection area and a game selection area, related to the genre selection area, wherein a viewer of the monitor selects a game to be played from a plurality of games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Thompson, Richard F. Purpura, Eric W. Adams, Andrew K. Shiozaki
  • Patent number: 9009338
    Abstract: A method for providing content from a first node to a second node using a satellite communications system includes receiving side information at a gateway in the satellite communications system. The side information may be transmitted from a subscriber terminal to the gateway via a first communication path that includes a satellite link. The method also includes determining at the gateway that the side information is associated with first content available at the first node, and determining at the gateway that second content is available from a source other than the first node. The method also includes generating output content using the second content and the side information. The output content may be substantially the same as the first content. The method also includes providing the output content to the second node via a second communication path that does not include the satellite link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark D. Dankberg
  • Patent number: 9009762
    Abstract: Provided is a digital video broadcasting-satellite-second generation (DVB-S2) based transmission and reception apparatus and method operable in circumstances of a low signal to noise ratio (SNR), the DVB-S2 based transmission and reception apparatus including a DVB-S2 based transmitter, a mapping unit to determine bit mapping based on at least one of a state of a transmission channel and an area to be applied, and a physical layer frame (PLframe) replica processing unit to repeat a PLframe in which a physical layer header (PLheader) corresponding to a spreading factor (SF) is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Pan Soo Kim, Deock Gil Oh
  • Patent number: 9002171
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a control block including a read control processor for reading designated content, a time information processor for processing time information. A controller returns, to a user terminal, a response signal, and information indicating a second absolute time point when an operation is executed in response to a request signal generated by the user terminal at a first absolute time point. The controller stores time difference information indicating a time difference between the first and the second absolute time points. When responding to a further request signal sent from the requester via the network, the controller sets, as tag time information, time information obtained by correcting, using the time difference information, a current relative time period for which the designated content is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideo Kataoka, Hajime Aoyama
  • Patent number: 8997156
    Abstract: A television provider receives content from a plurality of users. The user generated content is aggregated and scheduled for broadcast across a channel of the television provider. The user generated content is then broadcast at the scheduled time for reception by communication devices associated with the television provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Newell, Markus Wayne Jackson
  • 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: 8982282
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method of searching for a channel in the display apparatus includes a plurality of tuners and a plurality of antenna ports respectively connected to the plurality of tuners. The method includes receiving a channel search command; if the channel search command is input, searching for one of the plurality of antenna ports that is connected to a satellite antenna to receive a broadcasting signal, if one of the plurality of antenna ports is connected to the satellite antenna to receive the broadcasting signal, setting one of the plurality of tuners connected to the one antenna port, to a main tuner, and performing a channel search through the tuner set to the main tuner. Therefore, although an antenna port connected to one of the plurality of tuners initially set to a sub tuner, the display apparatus performs a channel search through the corresponding tuner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun-hee Woo
  • Patent number: 8978059
    Abstract: A digital media sharing system (“DMSS”) for creating, transmitting and receiving digital media data (“DMD”) with message media (MM) files attached thereto. Said message Media may reside locally or on a server prior to being connected to said digital media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Krietzman, Damon Cusato
  • Patent number: 8973058
    Abstract: A system includes a ground segment and a monitoring system displaying first thread view for a first channel and displaying a second thread view for a second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo Barroso
  • Patent number: 8934833
    Abstract: A fast and efficient automated satellite constellation detection process can be implemented at least in part independent of in-band data in the satellite signal. The automated detection process iterates through a set of various predefined transponder settings to detect one or more accessible satellite constellations through each satellite dish connected directly or through a switch to a satellite receiver. The process determines whether the satellite receiver is able to lock onto a satellite signal at each transponder setting. Based on the combinations of which satellite constellations are available at each transponder setting, the process allocates a specific satellite constellation to each satellite dish. In one implementation, channel information can be used to further refine the detection and identification of accessible satellite constellations for each satellite dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Lucian Dragne, Rathe Hollingum, Gunther Logemann, Lorcan Mooney
  • Patent number: 8914830
    Abstract: A method of processing broadcast data includes performing RS encoding and CRC encoding on mobile service data to generate an RS frame belonging to an ensemble including a signaling information table including access information of the mobile service data and identification information for identifying a stream where keys to decrypt the mobile service data are obtained, mapping a portion of data in the RS frame to a group including known data sequences, FIC data, and TPC data, wherein the FIC data includes information for rapid mobile service acquisition, and the TPC data includes FIC version information for indicating an update of the FIC data; and transmitting a broadcast signal including the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Sang Kil Park, In Hwan Choi, Jae Hyung Song, Chul Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 8898707
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for enhancing delivery of media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box that can have a controller element to present at a media device a first satellite program of a number of satellite programs. A first request is received from a cell phone for content associated with the number of satellite programs. A second request is transmitted over a broadband Ethernet connection to a media system that is separate from equipment of the satellite service provider, to cause the media system to submit a fee to the multimedia satellite provider related to the content information. Content information is received over the Ethernet connection without interrupting the presenting of the first satellite program. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8886112
    Abstract: A personal media device including a broadcast receiver that receives broadcast media and broadcast media data from a broadcast source where the broadcast media data includes a media identifier associated with the broadcast media. The media device also includes a data transceiver that sends a retrieval request to a media server for enhanced media data where the retrieval request includes the media identifier and receives the enhanced media data via a wireless data channel. The media device further includes a processor that performs a media device operation in response to the received enhanced media data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lee, Michael Ingazio Ingrassia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8887205
    Abstract: A method for dynamic routing is provided. Status information of a multichannel video and data distribution service (MVDDS) channel from customer premises equipment (CPE) is received. The status information is evaluated to determine if data destined for the CPE over the MVDDS channel should be routed over a secondary channel. Data destined for the CPE is route over the secondary channel when the data is determined to be routed over the secondary channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: CSC Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Schecter
  • Patent number: 8881202
    Abstract: A data delivery system leverages existing satellite infrastructure to deliver massive data sets (e.g., genomic data) to last-mile, remote or rural, locations. The system repurposes existing high-capacity satellite links normally used to broadcast entertainment content by creating customized channels specifically adapted to delivering large data sets to be stored upon computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nant Holdings IP, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Wittenschlaeger
  • Patent number: 8875190
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring signals corresponding to a satellite having a first transponder generating a first plurality of channel signals, a plurality of integrated receiver decoders receiving the first plurality of signals and generating a first plurality of received channel signals corresponding to the first plurality of channel signals and a monitoring system displaying all of the first plurality of received channel signals corresponding to the first transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo Barroso
  • Patent number: 8869229
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8862761
    Abstract: A system and method for a operating a content distribution system includes a destination device and a requesting device that communicates a primary audio stream secondary audio stream and a video stream to the destination device. The destination device communicates the primary audio stream to a display. The destination device includes a secondary decoder configured to decode the secondary audio stream to form a decoded secondary audio stream. The destination device combines the secondary decoded audio stream and the primary audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Diem V. Nguyen, Noreen Fong, Mark C. Guidarelli, Titus Winters
  • Patent number: 8850493
    Abstract: A broadcast transmitter and a method of processing broadcast data in the broadcast transmitter are disclosed. The method includes the steps of performing RS encoding and CRC encoding on mobile service data to build RS frames belonging to an ensemble, wherein each of the RS frames are mapped into data groups, wherein each of the data groups comprises known data sequences and a portion of FIC data including information for rapid mobile service acquisition, wherein the information for rapid mobile service acquisition includes transport stream identification information for identifying a mobile broadcast carrying a mobile service that includes the mobile service data and C/N indication information for indicating whether the FIC data are applicable to a current transmission frame or a next transmission frame, multiplexing data in the data groups and main service data, and transmitting a transmission frame including the multiplexed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jeong Woo Kim, In Hwan Choi, Chul Soo Lee, Jae Hyung Song, Sang O Park
  • Patent number: 8843968
    Abstract: Various systems and methods allow control information to be provided between a set top box (STB) or other receiver and the outdoor unit (ODU) associated with the satellite antenna over a control network in a network format, such as an IEEE 802.15.4 or other peer-to-peer network format. The ODU includes a network interface that receives instructions from the television receiver via a control network in a peer-to-peer network format. Received satellite broadcast signals are received, converted, demodulated or otherwise processed in response to the instruction received via the control network. The resulting signal is transmitted across a cable connection to the television receiver to thereby allow viewing of the television content by the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Harold Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 8843056
    Abstract: A media device including a broadcast receiver that receives broadcast media from a plurality of broadcast sources where the broadcast receiver is tunable to a first broadcast source. The media device also includes a data store that stores a list of contact identifiers where each contact identifier is associated with a broadcast source. The media device includes a user interface that: i) provides a prompt to a user to enable the user to initiate contact with the first broadcast source, and ii) receives a user indication to initiate contact with the first broadcast source. The media device further includes a transceiver that initiates the contact with the first broadcast source by sending a communications session request via a communications network to the first broadcast source that includes a contact identifier associated with the first broadcast source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Ryan Perry
  • Publication number: 20140282747
    Abstract: A distribution system for vehicle information systems and methods for manufacturing and using the same. The distribution system supports both Wi-Fi- and cellular-based wireless networks for the distribution of selected content to a plurality of handheld devices disposed throughout a passenger vehicle via a bypass system (e.g., a Local Internet Protocol Access (LIPA) and Selected Internet Protocol Traffic Offload (SIPTO) bypass system). In an alternative embodiment, the distribution system can be configured for distribution of the selected content from a terrestrial content system to a plurality of passenger vehicles via the bypass system. By dynamically balancing network traffic across the multiple wireless networks, the distribution system can alleviate heavy traffic network and bypass a service provider's cellular core network to optimize signal bandwidth and network performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Russell Mark Richman, Hasse Sinivaara
  • Publication number: 20140282748
    Abstract: In some implementations, a method for distributing content feed of a live event via satellite includes: obtaining media signals for the live event from signal sources, where the media signals comprise audio and visual feed of the live event; converting the media signals into a mixed digital media signal; wirelessly transmitting, using a network protocol, the mixed digital media signal to a satellite uplink device; wirelessly transmitting, using the satellite uplink device, the mixed digital media signal to a satellite; identifying content delivery networks in electronic communication with client devices configured to receive the mixed digital media signal; obtaining the mixed digital media signal from the satellite, using a satellite downlink device; and delivering the mixed digital media signal to the one or more identified content delivery networks, through the satellite downlink device, where the identified content delivery networks further deliver the mixed digital media signal to the client devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Roger McNamee, Glenn Evans, Mark Richards Frederick
  • Patent number: 8839312
    Abstract: Multiple systems for delivering satellite signals are described. An embodiment in accordance with the present invention comprises a receive antenna, including at least one low noise block amplifier (LNB), and a module, coupled to and proximate the receive antenna, the module comprising a multiswitch, coupled to the LNB, for directing the satellite signals received by the LNB to a plurality of outputs of the multiswitch, a plurality of tuners, respectively coupled to the outputs of the multiswitch, for tuning to a plurality of specific portions of the satellite signals in a respective fashion, the specific portions of the satellite signals selected based on commands received from a plurality of receivers, and an interface for delivering the specific portions of the satellite signals to the plurality of receivers, wherein the specific portions of the satellite signals are combined into a single combined signal and delivered to the plurality of receivers on a single output of the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8839293
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8837527
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment, a front-end system for processing a composite wideband signal comprises a pre-receiving unit including a multiplexer for separating the composite wideband signal into a plurality of filtered signals. The front-end system further comprises a plurality of discrete frequency band outputs corresponding to the plurality of filtered signals, and a tuner/down-converter coupled to at least one of the plurality of discrete frequency band outputs. In one embodiment, the pre-receiving unit of the front-end system further comprises a second multiplexer for separating at least one of the plurality of filtered signals into a second plurality of filtered signals. In one embodiment, the pre-receiving unit may further comprise a low noise amplifier for processing at least one of the plurality of filtered signals before it is input to the second multiplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jose Ignacio Gorostegui, Stephen Edward Krafft
  • Publication number: 20140245361
    Abstract: Provided is a multilevel satellite broadcasting system for providing a hierarchical satellite broadcasting, including a demodulator to demodulate a transmitted multilevel compression stream based on a modulation parameter, a hierarchical video decoder to receive the demodulated multilevel compression stream, and a channel predicting and controlling unit to process at least one of channel prediction and channel control with respect to the demodulated multilevel compression stream based on channel information of the demodulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jun Gil JEON, Joon Gyu Ryu, Min Su Shin, Deock Gil Oh
  • Publication number: 20140245362
    Abstract: Content delivery systems and methods are operable to provide recoverable program content to a media device. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a qualifying event, wherein the qualifying event is associated with an unavailable portion of a program of interest; communicates a request to establish a backchannel between the media device and a program content device in response to detecting the occurrence of the qualifying event; communicates a request for a recoverable portion of the program of interest from the media device to the program content device over the backchannel, wherein the requested recoverable portion of the program of interest corresponds to the unavailable portion of the program of interest; and receives at the media device the recoverable portion of the program of interest from the program content device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eric Holley
  • Patent number: 8819722
    Abstract: Various arrangements for encrypting multiple television channels are presented. A first television channel of a plurality of television channels to be protected via a first entitlement control message (ECM) using a first encryption scheme may be designated. The plurality of television channels may be transmitted using a single transponder stream. A second television channel of the plurality of television channels to be protected via a second ECM encrypted using a second encryption scheme while the first television channel of the plurality of television channels is protected using the first encryption scheme may be designated. The first and second ECMs may be transmitted to a plurality of television receivers. Data from the first ECM may be used for descrambling of the first television channel by the plurality of television receivers. Data from the second ECM may be used for descrambling of the second television channel by the plurality of television receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Kummer, Germar Schaefer
  • Patent number: 8819730
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for commonly applying channel scanning to non-network scanning schemes in a digital video broadcasting system are provided. The method includes deleting all services stored in a database, temporarily storing services scanned through each frequency in a temporary storage unit, and performing channel scanning for all frequencies. Accordingly, the same service including different Logical Channel Numbers (LCNs) that is repeatedly stored or another service including the same LCN that is not stored in a Multi Frequency Network (MFN) boundary area using the non-networking scanning scheme is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eung-Sun Kim