For Providing Signals To Plural Subsequent Receivers Patents (Class 725/71)
  • Patent number: 9204183
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted device includes a first authentication unit for performing first authentication processing in which, when a first device is connected to an output unit, the vehicle-mounted device is authenticated as a source device and the first device is authenticated as a sink device; a second authentication unit for performing second authentication processing in which, when a second device is connected to the input unit while a digital content is being output to the first device from the output unit, the vehicle-mounted device is authenticated as the sink device and the second device is authenticated as the source device; a determination unit; and a third authentication unit for performing third authentication processing in which the vehicle-mounted device is authenticated as a repeater device when a condition for providing the digital content from the second device to the first device is determined to be satisfied by the determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: ALPINE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ryo Sukegawa, Kentaro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9160468
    Abstract: A signal receiver chip may be configured to handle a plurality of satellite signals. In this regard, for each received satellite signal the signal receiver chip may determine whether the received satellite signal is unprocessed or partially-processed off-chip; and when the received satellite signal is partially-processed off-chip, at least a portion of processing functions performed in the signal receiver chip may be bypassed. The received satellite signals may then be processed, to generate a corresponding output signals that is configured for communication over a local link. The processing functions bypassed in the signal receiver chip may comprise signal band conversion, particularly down converting from a first band used for over-the-air communication to a second band that is used during handling at receiver side. In this regard, the first band comprises K-band, Ku-band, or Ka-band, whereas the second band comprises L-band, half-L-band, or Extended-L-band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: MAXLINEAR, INC.
    Inventors: Raja Pullela, Glenn Chang, Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 9032449
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and associated apparatus for reducing the time required to scan an incoming satellite transmission power spectrum for available signals and to determine the characteristics of those signals. The frequency range of interest is scanned in narrow slices to determine approximate input power within each slice. Center frequencies and symbol rates of individual transponders are then estimated based upon these input power approximations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Brian David Bajgrowicz
  • 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: 8997157
    Abstract: An audio/video network system for distributing satellite broadcast services includes an antenna unit for receiving audio/video broadcast services. The antenna unit is in communication with a master receiver, which receives the audio/video broadcast services and displays them on a first television associated with the master receiver. The master receiver is in communication with a plurality of slave clients, which receive audio/video broadcast services from the master receiver and display them on a respective television associated with each of the slave clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Harish N. Patel, Daniel A. Lotocky, Nathan B. Zerbe, Thomas H. James
  • Patent number: 8997158
    Abstract: A method of receiving a broadcast signal including a Non-Real-Time (NRT) Receiver Targeting service is disclosed herein. A method of receiving a broadcast signal including a Non-Real-Time (NRT) Receiver Targeting service, the method comprises receiving broadcast signal including first signaling information and second signaling information, identifying an NRT service based on the first signaling information, parsing a Receiver Targeting Descriptor from the second signaling information, determining validity of the NRT service or an NRT content based on a targeting_criterion_type_code included in the Receiver Targeting Descriptor, and downloading the NRT service or the NRT content when a receiver determines the NRT service or the NRT content to be valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Kwan Suk Kim, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • 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: 8973060
    Abstract: There is provided a method where a terminal amplifies an MBS signal that the terminal receives using a terminal in an MBS service, transmits the amplified signal to another terminal and controls it in order to overcome the fact it is not possible to provide high quality contents over a broad area due to interference signals between MBS zones, a terminal is used as a repeater at MBS transmission time only, and an output of a repeating signal of the terminal is controlled so that an excessive interference signal for another MBS area is not generated when the terminal operates as a repeater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Young-Il Kim
  • Patent number: 8959554
    Abstract: A method for transmitting signaling information for reception of a broadcast service in a digital broadcasting system is provided. The method includes generating signaling information that includes a network information table indicating information about a transport network over which broadcast service data is transmitted, and a service information table indicating at least one broadcast service and information about at least one Physical Layer Pipe mapped to the at least one broadcast service, and transmitting the signaling information in a Generic Stream Encapsulation packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Sung-Oh Hwang, Alain Mourad
  • Publication number: 20150026736
    Abstract: A satellite reception assembly may comprise a housing configured to support receipt and handling of a plurality of satellite signals. The housing may comprise circuitry incorporating integrated stacking architecture for supporting and/or providing channel and/or band stacking whereby particular channels or bands, from multiple satellite signals that are received via the satellite reception assembly, may be combined onto a single output signal that may be communicated from the satellite reception assembly to a gateway device for concurrent distribution thereby to a plurality of client devices serviced by the gateway device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Glenn Chang, Brian Sprague, Madhukar Reddy
  • Publication number: 20140373076
    Abstract: A switched radio frequency (RF) and Internet Protocol (IP) audio/video processing and distribution appliance that enables virtually any format of audio/video to be received, decrypted, transcoded, encrypted and distributed over a high speed IP backplane and output or modulated in a variety of formats. The system minimizes the number of points of failure to provide an extremely robust and cost effective solution for MDU and hospitality markets both in terms of initial cost and long-term maintenance costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Ian Amihay LERNER, Brian Dale TREXEL, Richard William Pecile, Roswell Reid ROBERTS, Pearse Adrian FFRENCH, Paul Stephen Cooper, Cameron Eshghi ESFAHANI
  • Publication number: 20140359674
    Abstract: Methods and systems for cross-protocol time synchronization may comprise, for example, in a premises-based network, receiving, by a root node network controller in the premises, signals that conform to one or more first communications protocols, where the signals may be received from sources external to the premises. The received signals may be bridged to conform to a second communications protocol different from the first communications protocol. The bridged signals may be communicated to one or more networked devices within the premises-based wired network, where only signals conforming to the second communications protocol may be concurrently communicated in at least two frequencies, a first in a frequency range of the first communications protocol and a second in a frequency range of the second communications protocol, the frequency range used by the first communications protocol being different from and not overlapping with the frequency range used by the second communications protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Timothy Gallagher
  • 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: 8850492
    Abstract: According to embodiments described in the specification, a method, system and apparatus for delivering Non-Real-Time (NRT) data to a mobile electronic device are provided. The method comprises: storing the NRT data in a memory of a server, the NRT data comprising a multimedia file; storing at least one network identifier in the memory, the at least one network identifier identifying at least a portion of the multimedia file and a storage location of the multimedia file; formatting the NRT data using a processor of the server, wherein the formatting comprises generating header data including the at least one network identifier, and appending the multimedia file to the header data; and providing the formatted NRT data to broadcast equipment for broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: James Allen Hymel
  • 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: 8819747
    Abstract: A contents receiving system uses a digital broadcast wave or a broadband network to enable a user to suitably view main content, and provide a user with subsidiary content information desired by the user. Each of subsidiary content control receivers A (101), B (102) transmits ID information specific to each of the subsidiary content control receivers A (101), B (102), and a request for acquiring subsidiary content, from a communication control unit (405) to a main content receiving display unit 100. The main content receiving display unit 100 uses a content separation control unit (310) to separate a stream into subsidiary content corresponding to the request. Then, a request information input/transmission control unit (313) transmits the separated subsidiary content and the received ID information to the subsidiary content control receiver in question. The subsidiary content control receiver judges from the ID information that the subsidiary content should be acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kamimaki, Akira Date, Akira Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8799964
    Abstract: A satellite reception assembly may comprise a housing configured to support receipt and handling of a plurality of satellite signals. The housing may comprise circuitry incorporating integrated stacking architecture for supporting and/or providing channel and/or band stacking whereby particular channels or bands, from multiple satellite signals that are received via the satellite reception assembly, may be combined onto a single output signal that may be communicated from the satellite reception assembly to a gateway device for concurrent distribution thereby to a plurality of client devices serviced by the gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: MaxLinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Chang, Brian Sprague, Madhuka Reddy
  • Patent number: 8799972
    Abstract: To effectively utilize the bandwidth of a cable TV network, which is limited, analog TV program material is digitized and compressed before its transmission over the network. The resulting signals consume only part of the analog TV band traditionally needed for transmission of the analog TV program material. The newly available bandwidth in the analog TV band may be utilized for other cable TV services, e.g., video-on-demand (VOD) services. A reception gateway is employed at a user location to frequency-translate any VOD signals, transmitted through the analog TV band, to another frequency band, thereby avoiding disturbing the normal operation of a set-top terminal in receiving the analog TV program material through the analog TV band at the user location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: William Helms, Michael T. Hayashi, Paul D. Brooks, Douglas Semon
  • Patent number: 8774225
    Abstract: Services and service components in a broadcast network may be mapped to disparate physical layer transmission channels (PLPs) using logical layer pipes (LLPs). The use of LLPs allows different service components of a single service to be mapped to physical layer transmission channels (PLPs). Accordingly, service components may be shared among different services. Additionally or alternatively, different functions (e.g., different error detection or correction protocols) may be applied to each service components of a service. A receiver may identify services, service components and corresponding PLPs based on LLP identifiers. The receiver may then access and receive desired services and service components through the identified PLPs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Jani Väre, Jyrki Alamaunu, Harri J. Pekonen, Jussi Vesma
  • Patent number: 8745674
    Abstract: A broadcast signal receiving apparatus receives a plurality of transport streams and uses conditional access provided by an external adapter. The broadcast signal receiving apparatus includes a pre-processor operable to extract a part of information, by elementary stream unit, from each of the plurality of transport streams by receiving a filtering condition from the external adapter and performing filtering on the plurality of transport streams according to the filtering condition. The broadcast signal receiving apparatus also includes a multiplexer, an output interface, an input interface, and a demultiplexer. The external adapter is detachable from the broadcast signal receiving apparatus, and includes a conditional access descrambler that descrambles transport stream packets in the multiplexed data that are protected by conditional access with a packet identifier specified by the controller in the broadcast signal receiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Michiko Tanaka, Hiroaki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8739227
    Abstract: Data is exchanged between two decoders by means of an antenna cable while, at the same time, being able to position at least two decoders in two different transmission bands or on two independent antennas. A signal distribution device in a multi-decoder reception system has means, such as a band pass filter, for linking the input/outputs, connected to the decoders, between them in order to form an electrical contact limited to a communication frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Raoul Monnier
  • Patent number: 8738070
    Abstract: Each of a plurality of wireless base stations includes: a storage unit that stores flag that indicates whether or not its own station is master base station; a determination unit that determines a wireless parameter set that is set in channels used for transmission of MBMS data; a notification unit that, when its own station is master base station, reports the wireless parameter set determined in the determination unit to other wireless base stations; an acquisition unit that, when its own station is not master base station, acquires a wireless parameter set reported from master base station; and a setting unit that, when its own station is master base station, sets the wireless parameter set determined in the determination unit in the channels; and when its own station is not master base station, sets the wireless parameter set acquired in the acquisition unit to the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masato Shindo
  • Patent number: 8732770
    Abstract: A direct broadcast system having a high altitude communication device that transmits broadcast signals, which are received by an antenna, is provided. The system includes an outdoor unit (ODU) electrically coupled to the antenna. The ODU includes a low noise block converter (LNB) that receives and amplifies the broadcast signals. An ODU receiver is electrically coupled to the ODU and selects a desired frequency of the broadcast signals. Integrated receiver and decoders (IRD(s) are electrically coupled to the ODU receiver via a single distribution cable. The IRD(s) convert the broadcast signals into IRD output signals. Methods of performing the same are also provided, herein, including a transport select method and a service select method for receiving the broadcast signals. A direct broadcast system installation method and wireless communication between the ODU and the IRD(s) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. James, Nathan B. Zerbe
  • Patent number: 8726320
    Abstract: A system and method for distributing television signals includes a multi-switch module multiplexing television signals therethrough. The system further includes a plurality of unit configurations having respective power sources therein. The plurality of unit configurations receives the television signals. The system also includes a splitting module in communication with the multi-switch module and the plurality of unit configurations whereby at least one of the plurality of unit configurations powers the multi-switch module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Tatem, Sayedalireza Pezeshki
  • Patent number: 8726319
    Abstract: A bridge is provided for connecting multiple satellite receivers to multiple accessories in a video distribution system such as a direct broadcast satellite system. The bridge is designed for interposition between multiple satellite receivers (set top boxes or STBs) and controllable accessories (e.g. LNBs or multi-switches) of the video distribution system. The bridge provides controlled communication between STBs and controllable accessories using, for example, customized vendor extensions to the DiSEqC communication protocol. The bridge includes a communication protocol transceiver for each STB port, a communication protocol transmitter for each controllable accessory port, a mailbox for each STB port, a mailbox for the bridge, and a controller, processor, processing means or processing logic controlling or regulating video distribution system communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Harold Gene Roberts, Clint Alan Ecoff
  • Patent number: 8726318
    Abstract: A multimedia information receiving apparatus receives multimedia information which is transmitted by a broadcast system and receives multimedia information which is simultaneously transmitted by another transmission system such as IP communications, and generates one received information by selecting elements having a few errors from elements of demodulated broadcast system information and elements of demodulated other transmission system information and then arranging the selected elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuaki Takimoto, Masahiro Abukawa, Shinji Akatsu
  • Patent number: 8719887
    Abstract: A system includes a receiver and a communication interface. The receiver is adapted to tune to an audio/video portion over a transport medium. The communication interface is adapted to receive announcement data associated with the tuned audio/video content directed to a first addressable location and to receive a special announcement directed to the first addressable location. The special announcement indicates availability of the announcement data associated with the tuned audio/video program, and the announcement data is associated with the tuned audio/video content and indicates enhancement data is being transmitted. The controller is adapted to redirect the announcement data to a second addressable location other than the first addressable location in response to the special announcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne J. Carr
  • Patent number: 8713612
    Abstract: A hospitality media system includes a plurality of entertainment devices installed at a hospitality location and a content selector. The content selector is configured to retrieve a plurality of user profiles corresponding to current users of the hospitality location, and automatically adjust content made available on each of the entertainment devices at the hospitality location according to information stored in the user profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnon Levy, Peter Warrick, Lindsey Carriere, Darren Ziebart, Joseph Kullos, Diego Fontes, Andrew MacMillan
  • Publication number: 20140109154
    Abstract: A system for receiving satellite signals for display on a monitor. A system in accordance with the present invention comprises an antenna, a server receiver, coupled to the antenna, and at least one client receiver, coupled to the server receiver, wherein the server receiver maintains a list of satellite video signals to be recorded by the server receiver, the satellite video signals including network recorded data and metadata associated with the network recorded data, and wherein the list can be accessed by the server receiver and the at least one client receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Hanno Basse, Aspandyar M. Jijina, Raynold M. Kahn
  • Patent number: 8700730
    Abstract: Disparate devices in an audio/video ecosystem may be connected and managed by having multiple crossbar connections at nodes in a node and leaf network. The leaves of the network may be various audio and video devices, with receivers, personal computers, and other devices comprising the nodes, which have at least some crossbar switching ability. When the nodes are connected, some or all of the devices attached to all of the nodes may be made available at each interface for control and display. Each node may act as a crossbar, allowing a user at each interface to enjoy the services of any device, regardless of the node to which the device is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen C. Rowe
  • Patent number: 8699502
    Abstract: A media receiver hub receives wireless signals from multiple sources (e.g., satellite signals from multiple satellites) and provides the signals to end devices over a local network. According to an example embodiment, a satellite hub is responsive to channel input selections received from end devices by selecting channels from within received satellite signals, and by converting each channel into a format amenable for delivery to and use at an end device requesting the channel. The converted channels are communicated to the end devices over a network that also facilitates communications between the devices, by restricting the communications to using a portion of the available bandwidth of the network, reserving bandwidth for communications with and/or between the end devices (or other network devices).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Krieger, Laurence Alan Strong, Mats Lindstrom, Sadashiv Vinayak Phadnis, Yoav P. Goldenberg
  • 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: 8671431
    Abstract: A system and method for providing communications service to individual units of a multiple dwelling unit (“MDU”) is disclosed. The system may comprise a communications service unit configured to distribute communications signal to at least one unit of a MDU via at least one cable, wherein the at least one cable are distributed along the exterior of the MDU, one or more network interface elements communicatively coupled to the at least one cable, wherein each of the one or more network interface elements are positioned near a window of the MDU, and an antenna communicatively coupled to each of the one or more network interface elements, wherein the antenna is configured to transmit the communications signal to one or more network elements in at least one unit of the MDU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Anthony Centore, III, Richard Lee Harvey
  • Patent number: 8646022
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to configure broadband-enabled entertainment systems are disclosed. An example method comprises presenting a first user interface to enable a user to configure a communication service between a residential gateway and a service provider, detecting a set-top box communicatively coupled to the residential gateway, directing the set-top box to present a second user interface, the second user interface to accept a security key to enable communication between the residential gateway and the set-top box, and presenting a third user interface to provide the security key to the user and to instruct the user to utilize the second user interface to provide the security key to the set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Publication number: 20140033259
    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: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Stephen Strong, Frederick R. Tuck, Daniel Alexander Landreth
  • Patent number: 8627382
    Abstract: Systems for delivering satellite signals to multiple dwelling units (MDUs). A system in accordance with the present invention comprises an antenna for receiving the satellite signals, a conversion unit, coupled to the antenna, for stacking the satellite signals onto a single cable, a distribution unit, coupled to the conversion unit, wherein the distribution unit distributes the stacked satellite signal to a plurality of outputs, and at least one customer device, coupled to an output of the plurality of outputs, wherein each unit in the MDU uses the customer device to destack the stacked satellite signals for delivery to a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Dipak M. Shah, John L. Norin
  • Patent number: 8627399
    Abstract: A computer-readable medium is disclosed and includes processor-readable instructions executable by a processor to perform a method. The method includes sending a request for television content from a first device that is not equipped with a television tuner to a second device that is equipped with at least one television tuner via a wireless local area network (WLAN). The method also includes receiving the television content at the first device directly from the second device via the WLAN. The television content is received at the second device via the at least one television tuner. Further, the method includes outputting the television content at the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James L. Cansler, Ian C. Schmehl
  • Patent number: 8626586
    Abstract: Wearable advertising display systems that integrate wireless communications technologies with wearable, dynamic displays for advertising purposes. Advertising content may be dynamically selected and communicated to the wearable advertising display systems from a remote device. In some embodiments, multiple wearable advertising display system may work together to provide a coordinated advertising message. A determination may be made that multiple wearable advertising display systems are within proximity of each other. Coordinated advertising content may be selected. At least a portion of the coordinated advertising content is communicated to each of the wearable advertising display systems, which present the coordinated advertising content in conjunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Devon Leon Biere, Michael Arthur Gailloux
  • 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: 8621530
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a group of user receiving devices includes a local headend in communication with the group of user receiving devices through a local network. A management control system of the local headend generates a control signal and simultaneously communicates the control signal to the group of user receiving devices through the local network. The group of user receiving devices is controlled in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge H. Guzman, Drew T. Chen, Richard B. Tatem
  • Patent number: 8613027
    Abstract: A system and method for receiving and distributing an over-the-air signal over a network. At least one antenna receives an over-the-air signal containing a plurality of channels, at least one tuner isolates from the over-the-air signal information associated with a selected channel and produces an intermodulated carrier wave associated with the selected channel, at least one demodulator demodulates the intermodulated carrier wave to produce a data stream in a first format. Optionally a processor (for example a transcoder) converts the data stream in a first format into a second format. A communications interface produces a network transport stream from the data stream in the second format and distributes the network transport stream over the network. A line coupling unit (LCU) sets resistance/capacitance values which optimize the signal for distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: NorthVu Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross Jeffery, Spenser Williams
  • Patent number: 8572661
    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: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Stephen Strong, Frederick R. Tuck, Daniel Alexander Landreth
  • Patent number: 8566882
    Abstract: Systems, method and apparatus are described for facilitating the collection of data from television receivers. First and second television receivers exchange data over a wireless communication link. The first television receiver transmits the data received from the second television receiver to a data collection system associated with a television provider. The data collection system processes the received data to analyze the operation of the second television receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Rajiv Singh Cullen Pal
  • 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: 8549566
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing an NRT service in a broadcast receiver includes receiving and processing a signaling information table including detail information of each content in the NRT service and indication information indicating whether the content is available on internet, acquiring internet access information of each file belonging to content available on the internet through File Delivery Table (FDT) of File Delivery over Unidirection Transport (FLUTE) based on the indication information, and downloading files belonging to the content by accessing the internet based on the acquired internet access information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • 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: 8544048
    Abstract: A system for and method of transmitting audio and visual programming content, by identifying an amount of broadcast transmission capacity available for transmitting the content to one or more users. The content is separated into at least first and second portions based on user demand for the content and/or the identified available broadcast transmission capacity. The first portion of the content is transmitted, to a receiver/STB associated with at least one of the users, using the identified broadcast transmission capacity; and the second portion of the content is transmitted to the receiver using transmission other than broadcast transmission. The content can include nonlinear content. Transmission other than broadcast transmission can include unicast transmission, which can be in response to a user request and/or an initiation by a server. The received nonlinear content can be stored at the receiver for play back at a time different from the time of transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kustin Corp.
    Inventors: Philip R. Wiser, Yagyensh C. Pati, Garry M. Paxinos, Michael Youssefmir, James Vincent Burmeister, Anderson Hoyt Jackson, Richard Blair Leavell
  • Patent number: 8544049
    Abstract: A contents receiving system uses a digital broadcast wave or a broadband network to enable a user to suitably view main content, and provide a user with subsidiary content information desired by the user. Each of subsidiary content control receivers A (101), B (102) transmits ID information specific to each of the subsidiary content control receivers A (101), B (102), and a request for acquiring subsidiary content, from a communication control unit (405) to a main content receiving display unit 100. The main content receiving display unit 100 uses a content separation control unit (310) to separate a stream into subsidiary content corresponding to the request. Then, a request information input/transmission control unit (313) transmits the separated subsidiary content and the received ID information to the subsidiary content control receiver in question. The subsidiary content control receiver judges from the ID information that the subsidiary content should be acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kamimaki, Akira Date, Akira Tanaka