Terrestrial Return Path Patents (Class 725/66)
  • Patent number: 9197947
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of providing preset video processor configuration information in a video program stream is disclosed, the method including: identifying event boundaries of a video program; classifying the video program as an event type based on program title; selecting a preset from a list of at least two video processor configuration information presets for the event type; and delivering the program stream to one or more subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Elstermann
  • 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: 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: 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: 8938546
    Abstract: A system receives a first request for data associated with a data stream received over a first network from a remote source and then determines when the requested data will be available based on analyzing the data stream. The system communicates a second request for the requested data over a second network to the remote source when the requested data will not be available from the data stream within a threshold time and receives the requested data from the remote source over at least one from the list including the first network and the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Orzen
  • 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: 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: 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: 8689263
    Abstract: A frequency translation module for delivering satellite signals to Integrated Receiver Decoders (IRDs). The module comprises at least one input for receiving polarized satellite signals, wherein at least one input is coupled to at least one low noise block amplifier (LNB), at least one legacy output, the legacy output coupled to the input through a multiswitch, wherein each legacy output selects a polarization of a satellite signal based on a Legacy IRD command directly to the multiswitch, and at least one combined output, the combined output coupled to the multiswitch through an interface, wherein at least one new IRD selectively commands the frequency translation module such that each new IRD receives a portion of a satellite signal based on commands received from each IRD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8683531
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the invention, a digital data stream is divided into at least two complementary digital substreams and delayed in time. The first digital substream and the second digital substream are transmitted by the broadcasting systems with a time offset in accordance with the broadcasting principle such that any receiver can use the respectively intact part of the other complementary digital substream in order to ensure a seamless media reception when a break in the transmission or reception occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Tim Fuss, Christian Schaupmann
  • Patent number: 8667546
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for secure transfer and playback of multimedia content enables the secure transfer of multimedia content from a digital video recorder (DVR) to a personal computer (PC) and further to a handheld device. A DVR determines which devices on a Local Area Network (LAN) are authorized to share and/or retrieve content from the DVR. The DVR receives a connection request from a PC on the LAN, authorizes the connection request and establishes a secure connection between the DVR and the PC. Once the secure connection is established, the DVR receives a request for multimedia content from the PC, prepares the multimedia content for transfer and transfers the multimedia content to the PC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Van Hoff, James Barton
  • Patent number: 8621525
    Abstract: Multiple systems for delivering satellite video signals are disclosed. An embodiment of the present invention comprises a module comprising a multiswitch, the multiswitch selectively directing the satellite video signals to a plurality of outputs of the multiswitch, an interface for delivering the satellite video signals to at least one receiver, and a power inserter, coupled between the interface and the at least one receiver, for controlling the flow of signals between the multiswitch and the at least one receiver, wherein the power inserter continuously flows the satellite video signals to the at least one receiver while selectively flowing commands between the module and the at least one receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8577282
    Abstract: A method for reporting multi-address information comprises a step wherein each of mobile stations (UE) obtains the positional information relating to the mobile stations (UE) and manages information relating to the obtained positional information, a step for reporting multi-address information provided with an electronic signature to each of the mobile stations (UE), a step wherein each of the mobile stations (UE) verifies the multi-address information by use of the electronic signature provided to the received multi-address information, a step wherein each of the mobile stations (UE), when the verifying is successful, compares positional information contained in the multi-address information with the positional information being managed, and a step wherein each of the mobile stations (UE) performs processing in response to the multi-address information on the basis of the result of comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Wuri Andarmawanti Hapsari, Itsuma Tanaka, Minami Ishii, Alf Zugenmaier
  • Publication number: 20130283321
    Abstract: A method of communicating control information in a satellite broadcast communication system is presented. In the method, at least one copy of a control message set is transmitted from a control system by way of a satellite to a broadcast receiver. The control message set includes at least one control message. At least one copy of each of the control messages of the control message set is received at the broadcast receiver. A feedback message is transmitted from the broadcast receiver by way of a terrestrial communication link to the control system. The feedback message includes an indication that all of control messages of the control message set were received at the broadcast receiver. The feedback message is received at the control system. In response to receiving the feedback message, transmission of subsequent copies of the control message set is terminated at the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas Brandon Newell
  • Patent number: 8549564
    Abstract: A wireless access system comprises a base station and a control system. The base station wirelessly broadcasts a pilot signal including a network access provider identifier that identifies a wireless video service. The base station wirelessly receives a wireless video uplink request from a wireless video device in response to the pilot signal. The control system processes reservation data for the base station to determine if the wireless video device has a current wireless video uplink reservation and directs the base station to provide a wireless video uplink to the wireless video device if the wireless video device has the current wireless video uplink reservation. The base station wirelessly receives video data from the wireless video device over the wireless video uplink as directed by the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: John Michael Everson, Jarrod A. Nichols, Jason R. Delker, Bradley Allen Kropf
  • Patent number: 8549565
    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: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 8468566
    Abstract: A method of communicating control information in a satellite broadcast communication system is presented. In the method, at least one copy of a control message set is transmitted from a control system by way of a satellite to a broadcast receiver. The control message set includes at least one control message. At least one copy of each of the control messages of the control message set is received at the broadcast receiver. A feedback message is transmitted from the broadcast receiver by way of a terrestrial communication link to the control system. The feedback message includes an indication that all of control messages of the control message set were received at the broadcast receiver. The feedback message is received at the control system. In response to receiving the feedback message, transmission of subsequent copies of the control message set is terminated at the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nicholas Brandon Newell
  • Patent number: 8457545
    Abstract: An information distribution and processing system contains a remote site, a sender and a receiving apparatus. The remote site contains a first set of digital data. The sender delivers a second set of digital data to the receiving device. In one embodiment of the present invention, the receiving device contain a timing device for automatically receiving the second set of digital data at predetermined times. The second set of digital data contains a first set of displayable data, a second set of displayable data, at least one non-displayable symbol, and at least one linking reference associated with the second set of displayable data. If desired, a user can select the second set of displayable data. The associated linking reference is sent to the remote site. The associated linking reference is used by the remote site to search for the additional information, and returns the requested information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Online News Link LLC
    Inventor: Hark C. Chan
  • Patent number: 8326997
    Abstract: A system receives a first request for data associated with a data stream received over a first network from a remote source and then determines when the requested data will be available based on analyzing the data stream. The system communicates a second request for the requested data over a second network to the remote source when the requested data will not be available from the data stream within a threshold time and receives the requested data from the remote source over at least one from the list including the first network and the second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Orzen
  • Patent number: 8230464
    Abstract: Disclosed in one embodiment is the use of a terrestrial media access control (MAC) chip or circuit in a satellite modem. The satellite modem comprises a satellite receiver, a satellite transmitter, an adaptor, and a terrestrial MAC chip. The adapter translates between the satellite physical layer and the physical layer of the terrestrial MAC chip. Protocols, messaging and signaling is spoofed for the terrestrial MAC chip such that it can be integrated into a satellite system. The received satellite signal is filtered so select one or more sub-channels that are fed to the terrestrial MAC chip. The terrestrial MAC chip could use a variety of physical layers, for example, Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) or World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Arthur Fitting
  • Patent number: 8209726
    Abstract: A satellite transponder switch (STS) maintains a table that maps set-top boxes (STBs) to carrier frequencies. The STS receives a first request from a first STB for a first transponder band and a second request from a second STB for a second transponder band. The STS receives contact from the first STB on a control channel upon power-up of the first STB and in response to the contact from the first STB, assigns a first carrier frequency to the first STB. The STS frequency shifts the first transponder band to a first carrier frequency assigned to the first STB and the second transponder band to a second carrier frequency assigned to the second STB. The STS outputs a signal that comprises the frequency-shifted first and second transponder bands to the first STB and the second STB. The frequency-shifted first and second transponder bands are separated by a separation band. A first carrier frequency of the signal is unique to the first STB and a second carrier frequency of the signal is unique to the second STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Dinesh Nadarajah, Ahmad C. Ansari
  • Patent number: 8117546
    Abstract: A method for displaying pictures during a digital picture slide show includes receiving a plurality of pictures, determining display characteristics of the plurality of pictures according to weighting values of the plurality of pictures, and displaying the plurality of pictures according to the display characteristics of the plurality of pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: CyberLink Corp.
    Inventor: Pei-Ken Chang
  • Patent number: 8041832
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method for distributing network data to multiple nodes in a data communications network is described. Two data communication channels are provided for each node in the network. While one of the communication channels carries routing and flow control protocol messages, as well as data, in both directions between network nodes, the other communication channel is configured to transmit data traffic—and only data traffic—in a single direction from the network data server toward all of the other nodes in the network. By using 100% of the available bandwidth for data traffic only, the speed at which data may be distributed throughout the network is maximized and the performance degradation caused by the congestion, collisions or packet loss that typically occurs in two-way data communication channels is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Verizon Services Corp.
    Inventors: George Louis Hughes, Jr., Craig Reding
  • Patent number: 8000647
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for connecting a set-top box (STB) to the Internet over existing and future wireless networks, combining television with wireless Internet access. A conventional television is used in combination with a STB that has a wireless or wired keyboard, a power supply, and audio/visual connections for connecting the STB to the television. In an embodiment, a wireless telephone is placed in a docking station on top of the STB, providing the user with both data (when docked) and voice capabilities (when being used simply for telephone calls). CDMA, CDPD, or other wireless technologies may used for connection to the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: George E. Hill
  • Patent number: 7945932
    Abstract: A bandwidth-limited system for delivering satellite video signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 7937731
    Abstract: A combination of new hardware at the subscriber site, hardware and services at the satellite broadcasting center and new installation procedures provide a cost-effective approach for verifying “callback” functionality. The required test and monitoring hardware may be provided as an external test CAM and call progress monitor (CPM) or integrated into the IRD. The satellite broadcast center is provided with a call responder & data test system (CRDTS) that is set up to automatically receive and evaluate test calls over a back channel and a call recording system (CRS) that records the test results and notifies the billing center of a successful installation. The installer installs the dish and IRD, verifies “callback” functionality by placing a test call that is evaluated by the CRDTS, and then calls a customer service representative (CSR) to complete the service authorization process. The CSR checks the CRS to verify that the “callback” function is operational and authorizes payment to the installer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Allen
  • Patent number: 7900230
    Abstract: An intelligent switching network for delivering satellite signals to a plurality of Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD). The network comprises a plurality of inputs, designed to receive a plurality of satellite signals, wherein the satellite signals are directed to the inputs based on an originating satellite for each of the satellite signals, a multiswitch, having a plurality of inputs and a plurality of outputs, wherein at least some of the inputs are coupled to the plurality of inputs and receive the satellite signals, and an interface, coupling the plurality of IRDs to the outputs of the multiswitch through the interface on a single cable, wherein the interface controls the flow of signals from the plurality of IRDs to the multiswitch and controls the flow of satellite signals to the plurality of IRDs based on commands from the IRDs to the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Dipak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 7840176
    Abstract: An information distribution and processing system contains a sender and a plurality of processing units. The sender delivers a set of digital data, without receiving a request signal, to the plurality of processor units. The set of digital data contains a first set of displayable data, a second set of displayable data, at least one non-displayable symbol, and at least one linking reference associated with the second set of displayable data. If desired, a user can select the second set of displayable data. The associated linking reference is sent to a database. The database contains additional information. The associated linking reference is used by the data to search for the additional information, and returns the requested information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Email Link Corporation
    Inventor: Hark C. Chan
  • Publication number: 20100263000
    Abstract: A method of communicating control information in a satellite broadcast communication system is presented. In the method, at least one copy of a control message set is transmitted from a control system by way of a satellite to a broadcast receiver. The control message set includes at least one control message. At least one copy of each of the control messages of the control message set is received at the broadcast receiver. A feedback message is transmitted from the broadcast receiver by way of a terrestrial communication link to the control system. The feedback message includes an indication that all of control messages of the control message set were received at the broadcast receiver. The feedback message is received at the control system. In response to receiving the feedback message, transmission of subsequent copies of the control message set is terminated at the control system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Nicholas Brandon Newell
  • Patent number: 7796939
    Abstract: A digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) receiver and a method for notifying location information of the receiver is provided. The DMB receiver stores location information of each gap filler matched to a gap filter identification (GFID), and the gap filler relays digital multimedia broadcasting data transmitted from a satellite. The receiver performs receiving digital multimedia broadcasting data from the gap filler, detects the GFID of the gap filler from the received digital multimedia broadcasting data, detects location information of the gap filler by using the GFID and outputs the location information. Therefore, a user in motion may watch DMB without any risk of missing a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Seong Geun Kwon
  • Patent number: 7793323
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for transmitting a media program comprising audiovisual data. The method comprises the steps of transmitting the audiovisual data from a ground center to a satellite; transponding the audiovisual data to a ground-based hub; and transmitting the audiovisual data from the ground-based hub to a display entity if the satellite is obscured from the display entity. The apparatus comprises a ground transmitter transmitting the audiovisual data from a ground center to a satellite; satellite for transponding the audiovisual data; and a ground-based hub, having a receiver for receiving the transponded audiovisual data and a hub transmitter for transmitting the audiovisual data from the ground-based hub to a display entity if the satellite is obscured from the display entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark L. Powell, David Confair, Michael David Repp
  • Patent number: 7693483
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a satellite communication system with regional redundant sites and a central site includes a satellite and a regional site uplinking regional uplink signals to the satellite and condition signals to a terrestrial communication link. The satellite generates regional downlink signals from the regional uplink signal. A central site receives the regional downlink signals from the satellite and terrestrially receives the condition signals and generates control signals for the regional site through the terrestrial communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Norin, Cecilia C. Comeaux, Benjamin Mui
  • Patent number: 7650620
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a multimedia distribution system and method. The system and method has a producer workstation, a delivery server, a high-bandwidth one-way satellite transmission system, a terrestrial two-way communication system (including use of the Internet), a plurality of satellite affiliate workstations, and a plurality of terrestrial client workstations. The delivery server receives digital information (envelopes and associates media files) from the producer workstations for delivery of the information to the affiliate and client workstations addressed in the envelope. The affiliate and client workstations provide the delivery server with confirmation of delivery of each received envelope and its associated files. In the absence of receipt of confirmation of delivery, the delivery server re-sends the unconfirmed envelope and associated files to the non-confirming affiliate or client workstation by a two-way terrestrial connection or by a manual system, such as a dub-and-ship service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventors: Laurence A Fish, Lowell E Teschmacher, Anibal-Jose Rivero, Roswell R Roberts, III
  • Patent number: 7508789
    Abstract: An information distribution and processing system contains a remote site, a sender and a receiving apparatus. The remote site contains a first set of digital data. The sender delivers a second set of digital data to the receiving device. In one embodiment of the present invention, the receiving device contain a timing device for automatically receiving the second set of digital data at predetermined times. The second set of digital data contains a first set of displayable data, a second set of displayable data, at least one non-displayable symbol, and at least one linking reference associated with the second set of displayable data. If desired, a user can select the second set of displayable data. The associated linking reference is sent to the remote site. The associated linking reference is used by the remote site to search for the additional information, and returns the requested information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Data Innovation LLC
    Inventor: Hark C. Chan
  • Patent number: 7036139
    Abstract: A TV broadcast system uses multiplexed and duplex, communication and verification methods, it directs and controls form a central continuity studio one or more remote stand alone TV transmitters to change and/or modify the content of their local broadcast material. Thus it is possible to direct the local broadcast to switch between the general broadcast program or a previously stored (at the remote site) live video. Moreover it is possible to superimpose on the video being broadcast, alphanumeric character and/or image data, which are also previously stored at the remote site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Mehmet R. Aras
  • Patent number: 7003790
    Abstract: In a broadcast-program selection history information acquisition apparatus and its method, the totalization side can easily totalize selection history information. To acquire the selection history information of a broadcast program selected out of broadcast programs of a plurality of channels, the selection information of the broadcast program is stored at a predetermined acquisition timing and the selection history information which is composed of a plurality of pieces of selection information stored every plurality of acquisition timings is transmitted to a notification destination at a predetermined transmission timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hajime Inoue, Shinji Kakuyama, Kiyoshi Shimizu, Susumu Nagano
  • Publication number: 20040172657
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provides devices, systems and methods that overcome certain deficiencies in the prior art. One exemplary embodiment of the invention comprises an integrated system for providing video and data services to a customer premises. The integrated system comprises a digital broadcast satellite receiver, a data source, and an integrated network interface device. The integrated network interface device can be coupled to the receiver and/or the data source, and the integrated network interface device can be configured to receive video information from the receiver and data (e.g. Internet Protocol data) from the data source. In accordance with certain embodiments, the integrated network interface device can further be configured to distribute the data to the customer premises via a first internal transport medium and/or distribute the video information to the customer premises via a second internal transport medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Applicant: Qwest Communications International Inc
    Inventors: Bruce A. Phillips, Steven M. Casey
  • Patent number: 6772434
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing an integrated presentation of existing media program services and secondary media program services is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Godwin
  • Patent number: 6643495
    Abstract: In a communication system a communication device (2) is present for receiving a wideband broadcast signal from a head-end. For providing a return channel to enable interactive TV services, a GSM transceiver (34) is included in the communication device. In order to be able to provide also telephone services access control means (30) are present in the communication device (2) in order to control the access to the GSM transceiver without access conflicts causing an incorrect working system. The access control means switch between the return signals transmitted by a processor (12) and the telephone signals transmitted by a telephone terminal (22). In an embodiment of the invention, the communication device (2) is integrated in a TV set (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Richard David Gallery, Henricus Joseph Cornelus Kuijpers
  • Patent number: 6622303
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitting method and an apparatus for repeating and transmitting a digital broadcast program are disclosed. The method comprises transmitting individual information from a first to a second digital broadcast transmitter, wherein the second digital broadcast transmitter selects particular information from the individual information. The selected information is transmitted to a receiving terminal which stores contract data corresponding to the selected information. In addition, the first digital broadcast transmitter supplies common information necessary for descrambling the broadcast program. The scrambled broadcast program received at the receiving terminal may be descrambled utilizing a descramble key corresponding to the common information depending on the stored contract data. The apparatus comprises a first and second digital broadcast transmitter and a receiving terminal which are capable of repeating and transmitting digital broadcasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masami Yamashita
  • Patent number: 6574794
    Abstract: A satellite payload architecture for interactive data distribution and broadcasting services preferably for use in the emerging EHF (20-60 GHz) frequency bands. The system allows many individual service-program providers to transmit their service-program data to the satellite, on a bandwidth-on-demand and as-needed basis, directly from their premises through low-power, low-cost broadcast satellite terminals. The satellite payload utilizes high-gain spot beams for low-cost uplinking, digital regeneration and multiplexing of the individual received service-program data into MPEG transport streams, and broadcasting these in a DVB-compatible format via full-area broadcast beams to very small, low-cost end-user satellite terminals. All end-user satellite terminals are also equipped with transmit capability of a reverse-channel in support of interactivity-communications and network signaling/control functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Jamal Sarraf
  • Patent number: 6571296
    Abstract: A system in which a personal computer sends messages into a TCP/IP network using a conventional dial-up link and downloads data from the TCP/IP network using a high-speed one-way satellite link. A preferred embodiment uses a conventional SLIP provider to connect to the TCP/IP network and uses a commercial software TCP/IP package that has a standard driver interface. A spoofing protocol compensates for the long propagation delays inherent to satellite communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas M. Dillon
  • Publication number: 20030014767
    Abstract: A system and method automatically plays programming selections corresponding to the user's preferences as specified in a playlist. The user can create a playlist and transfer the playlist to a receiver. The receiver scans the content in all of the channels that are being broadcast to the receiver to determine if any of the programming matches the selections on the playlist. If there is a match, the receiver automatically tunes the receiver to the matching program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Applicant: SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
    Inventor: William C. Stumphauzer
  • Patent number: 6314574
    Abstract: An information distribution system encodes a first set of digital data on a plurality of portable read-only storage devices. Additional information is stored in a database that is accessible by using a bi-directional channel. The first set of digital data contains a plurality of special displayable terms, a first non-displayable symbol, a plurality of linkage references, and a second non-displayable symbol. A user can select at least one special displayable term. The linking reference associated with the selected special displayable term is sent to the database via the bi-directional channel. The database uses the linking reference to search for information, and returns the resulting information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Hark Chan
  • Patent number: 6314111
    Abstract: A method for finding out address information of a data source in a data transmission system comprises at least one data transmission stream (TS) for transmitting information on at least one data source preferably in packet form, wherein the packets contain information on which data source they belong to. Further, the method comprises one or more data transmission channels, in which the data transmission streams are conveyed, as well as a name server system for storage of address information of data sources, the address information containing an identification of the data source, such as the title, and information on the data transmission channel to be used for transmission of the data source, and a data receiving device (19). A data transmission connection is formed from the data receiving device (19) to the name server system (22a, 22b, 22c), and the identification of the desired data source is sent in the first form to the name server system (22a, 22b, 22c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Nokia Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Mahender Nandikonda, Harri Hakulinen
  • Patent number: 6259891
    Abstract: A communication signal adapter is connected between a portable satellite signal receiver/decoder and a wireless local area network (LAN) transceiver to enable wireless communication between the portable satellite signal receiver/decoder and a wireless LAN. The adapter includes a modem interface adapter and a communications processor that converts information, such as callback data and viewer statistical data, developed by the satellite signal receiver/decoder in a proprietary format, to a data format that is suitable for transmission via the wireless LAN transceiver and then provides the converted data to the wireless LAN transceiver for communication to the LAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Hughes Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: James D. Allen