Multiunit Or Multiroom Structure (e.g., Home, Hospital, Hotel, Office Building, School, Etc.) Patents (Class 725/78)
  • Patent number: 10304249
    Abstract: Various methods, systems and media for enhancing a resort hotel service using virtual reality are provided. A reservation for a hotel room with a designated room theme is acquired, and the hotel room reservation with the designated room theme is stored in a first database. Data relating to objects in the reserved hotel room and dimensions of the objects are extracted from a second database. Theme projection information corresponding to the designated room theme is extracted from a third database. A projection is displayed in the reserved hotel room using a projector and a three-dimensional modeling tool, based on the extracted data relating to the objects in the reserved hotel room, the dimensions of the objects, and the extracted theme projection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Cronin, Michael Glynn D'Andrea, Justin Kunz, Kota Morisaki
  • Patent number: 10277469
    Abstract: A network device comprising: a first connector for connecting to an external network from which data may be communicated using a first frequency band in accordance with a first communications protocol; a second connector for connecting to an on-premises network; and circuitry residing in a signal path between said first connector and said second connector. The circuitry may be operable to: permit a first portion of the first frequency band to pass from the first connector to the second connector; block a second portion of said first frequency band from passing from the first connector to the second connector; and communicate, via the second connector, signals that are normally communicated in frequency ranges not including the first frequency band, into the on-premises network using the first frequency band. The signals may include packets formatted in accordance with Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Maxlinear, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Ramesh, Timothy Leo Gallagher, Curtis Ling
  • Patent number: 10212392
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a passive, enhanced MoCA entry device. The entry device includes an entry port, a broadband port, high-band ports, and a filter device. The entry device also includes a broadband path connecting the entry port to the broadband port and a high-band path connecting the entry port to the plurality of high-band ports. The filter device generates a broadband signal and a high-band signal. The filter device provides the broadband signal to broadband port via the broadband path. And, the filter device provides the high-band signal to the high-band ports via the high-band path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Bailey, Yan Li, Chad Wells
  • Patent number: 10182254
    Abstract: The Controlled Environment Media And Communication System delivers communications services to residents of controlled facilities using a common network architecture. Some of the communications capabilities of the Controlled Environment Media And Communication System include media distribution, video visitation, intra-facility messaging, and other such communications services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen L Hodge
  • Patent number: 10129601
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to spectrum sharing between different radio access technologies. In some embodiments, a broadcast base station is configured to wirelessly broadcast audio and video data to a plurality of broadcast receiver devices using a particular frequency band. In these embodiments, the broadcast base station is configured to discontinue broadcasting in the particular frequency band during a scheduled time interval, to enable one or more cellular base stations to perform bi-directional packet-switched wireless data communications using the particular frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Coherent Logix, Incorporated
    Inventors: Kevin A. Shelby, Durga P. Prasad, Sandeep Mavuduru Kannappa, Mark Earnshaw
  • Patent number: 10057661
    Abstract: The invention concerns providing for each media package a plurality of spatial composition datasets defining the initial spatial rendering of the media entities of the media package and for each spatial composition datasets a plurality of temporal composition datasets. The invention may be applied to MMT data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventors: Mary-Luc Champel, Alexandre Deceneux, Celine Guede, Julien Ricard, Joan Llach Pinsach, Franck Aumont
  • Patent number: 9990615
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems and, more particularly, certain exemplary embodiments relate to jukebox systems that incorporate digital downloading jukebox features along with karaoke jukebox and/or photo booth features. A combined karaoke/photo booth/jukebox may enable more integrated performance-like experiences in an in-home or out-of-home location or venue. By leveraging vast audio media libraries, trusted rights-respecting network infrastructure, and on-site image/video capturing from integrated recorders and/or remote portable devices, a more sociable experience may be created for karaoke jukebox patrons, e.g., where custom content can be generated and shared in a safe and legally appropriate manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Ed Rivera, Michael Tooker, Francois Guy, Francois Beaumier, Charles Battle, Mounir Khenfir, Charles Garneau
  • Patent number: 9917703
    Abstract: A distributed content rendering system has a distributed communication structure (14, 14b) coupled between a stream source and a rendering device. A remote control device of the system has a “most recent” button. Control information is gathered for one or more streams of which rendering has been most recently started anywhere via the communication structure (14, 14b) before actuation of the “most recent” button (160). When actuation of the “most recent” button (160) is detected in association with the rendering device (10), one of the one or more streams selected and the information is used to direct that stream at the rendering device (10) that is associated with the actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Ronaldus Hermanus Theodorus Oosterholt
  • Patent number: 9912712
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods, systems and apparatuses for use in managing playback of content. Some of these methods comprise: maintaining, at a playback device, a first media stream in a stand-by mode; continuing to acquire, from over a distributed network while in the stand-by mode, one or more index files of the first media stream, where the one or more index files identify a plurality of media files of the first media stream configured to be played back at the playback device, while not acquiring the media files of the first media stream while the first media stream is in the stand-by mode; and tracking the one or more index files relative to a playback timing of the first media stream while in the stand-by mode, where the playback timing continues to increment while the first media stream is in the stand-by mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Patent number: 9888073
    Abstract: A system and method of managing a collective data transfer rate of a plurality of edge devices may include designating, by the plurality of edge devices, one of the plurality of the edge devices a master device. A data transfer rate of each of the plurality of edge devices may be controlled based on at least one flag of the edge device, the at least one flag set the designated master device. The designated master device may dynamically set the at least one flag of each of the plurality of edge devices such that controlling the data transfer rate by the plurality of edge devices is synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Ohana, Rony Atoun
  • Patent number: 9888488
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and arrangements for resolving radio resource conflicts occurring in radio networks supporting both local ad-hoc communication and cellular communication. The conflicts are resolved by informing the cellular network about radio resource management restrictions due to the local ad-hoc communication needs and resources that are reserved for local ad-hoc communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Gabor Fodor, Tomas Hedberg
  • Patent number: 9832513
    Abstract: Disclosed are a digital device and controlling method thereof. The present invention includes a display unit, a communication unit connecting a communication with a 1st external device, the communication unit receiving a play information of at least one content played in the 1st external device from the 1st external device, a memory storing the play information of the at least one content received from the 1st external device and a controller configured to control the communication unit to connect a communication with a 2nd external device, control the display unit to display at least one indicator corresponding to each of the at least one content on a screen based on the play information of the at least one content, and control the communication unit to transmit a control signal for playing a specific content corresponding to the 1st indicator and a play information of the specific content to the 2nd external device in response to a 1st command for selecting a 1st indicator from the at least one indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Chala Park
  • Patent number: 9800939
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for providing access to arbitrary applications via an interactive television service using a pool of remote virtual desktops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: David Andrew Hulse, Jason Thomas, Thomas R. Duke
  • Patent number: 9729385
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a service provisioning method in a coaxial cable system, the method comprises: a CMC receives a DHCP Ack message from a DHCP server and replaces an address of a TFTP server in the DHCP Ack message with an IP address of the CMC; the CMC sends the DHCP Ack message carrying the IP address of the CMC to the CM; and the CMC receives a request message from the CM for delivering a configuration file, acquires a configuration file corresponding to the CM, and after converting the configuration file corresponding to the CM into a format identifiable by the CM, sends the configuration file to the CM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bo Ke, Chenghu Shen
  • Patent number: 9706245
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system based on multiple user television equipment devices in a single household is provided. The system provides a user with an opportunity to adjust program guide settings with a given one of the interactive television program guides. The system coordinates the operation of the interactive television program guides so that the program guide settings that were adjusted with the given interactive television program guide are used by the other interactive television program guides. Program guide setting include features related to setting program reminders, profiles, program recording features, messaging features, favorites features, parental control features, program guide set up features (e.g., audio and video and language settings), etc. The operation of applications such as web browser applications, home shopping applications, home banking applications, game applications, etc. may also be coordinated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, William L. Thomas, Thomas R. Lemmons
  • Patent number: 9591616
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for data transmission are described. A sending terminal sends data and a data identification of the data to a server. The data identification is broadcasted to one or more receiving terminals through a short distance wireless communication. The receiving terminal obtains the data from the server according to the data identification. When the sending terminal needs to transmit data to multiple receiving terminals, the techniques of the present disclosure do not require the sending terminal to establish a point-to-point connection with each of the receiving terminal. Thus, the techniques of the present disclosure effectively reduce transmission time with multiple receiving terminals, improve data transmission efficiency, and lower power consumption at the sending terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Lei Pang
  • Patent number: 9578276
    Abstract: Systems and methods for method for automatically controlling playback of a media asset in a vehicle are provided. A presentation of a media asset to a user in the vehicle is generated. A motion state of the vehicle is determined. In response to determining that the motion state indicates that the vehicle is moving, the presentation of the media asset is paused. In response to determining that the motion state indicates that the vehicle is not moving, the presentation of the media asset is resumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Akitaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9516376
    Abstract: A cable television (CATV) entry adapter interfaces to a CATV network and serves as a hub in an in-home network for passively communicating multimedia content or information from the CATV network and between subscriber devices connected to the ports of the CATV entry adapter, using CATV signals in a CATV frequency band and network signals in a different in-home network band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Chad T. Wells, John M. Egan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9491562
    Abstract: Systems and methods for sharing of mobile applications between callers are provided. A telephone call connection may be provided between a first mobile device and a second mobile device. A selection may be received from a user of the first mobile device that indicates at least one application previously enabled for sharing. It may be detect that the second mobile device has also enabled sharing of the same application. The application may be executed on the first mobile device and the second mobile device. Further, any updated data related to the application may be automatically exchanged between the first mobile device and the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GRANDIOS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Cronin
  • Patent number: 9444813
    Abstract: Systems and methods of token-based protection for remote resources are disclosed. For example, a method may include receiving, at a second computing device, a configuration message from a first computing device. The configuration message includes information to configure a resource at the second computing device. For example, the resource may be a cloud transcoder. The method also includes generating, at the second computing device, a short token that enables the first computing device to access the resource. For example, the short token may be used to receive a long token that can be used to send application programming interface (API) requests to the cloud transcoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: WOWZA MEDIA SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Dean Talvensaari, Ian Zenoni
  • Patent number: 9397928
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, apparatus and method for the distribution of digital data signals, which are received at a receiving means, to be sent to a plurality of locations downstream therefrom, in an efficient manner. The received data is received in a first format such as an RF format with a plurality of different components and is then changed in format, in one embodiment to an optical format. The data path is also split to allow a plurality of data paths to be defined which allow the data to be transmitted along the plurality of data paths to each of the downstream locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GLOBAL INVACOM LTD
    Inventor: Gary Stafford
  • Patent number: 9380344
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus receives a user selection of content to be reproduced by an external device connected to the information processing apparatus. A request to reproduce the user selected content is sent to the external device. Information indicating whether the external device has started reproducing the selected content is received from the external device. In response to the external device having started reproduction of the selected content, a thumbnail image is reproduced that corresponds to the content being reproduced by the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Hiroi, Yukio Ichikawa, Yumi Sato, Marie Suzuki, Yasushi Nakajima, Hiroshi Nagatani, Masahiro Hara, Hiroshi Horiki, Kouhei Fujimoto, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Hiroyuki Mitsubori, Sakae Houjou, Mingshan Yang
  • Patent number: 9369748
    Abstract: A hospitality media system includes a media system controller and a plurality of media devices located in a plurality of rooms and coupled to the media system controller. Each room has one or more in-room media devices located therein for performing a media function. A connection port allows a user of a room to establish data communications between the media system controller and a guest device. The media system controller is coupled to the connection port and configured to catalogue guest content available on the guest device to thereby form a guest content list, associate the guest content with one or more associated rooms at least including the user's room, and perform the media function utilizing content selected from the guest content list only on the in-room media devices located within the one or more associated rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Brendan G. Cassidy, Brian W. King, Lea Lorenzo, Blake Read, Ian S. McBeth, Andrew T. MacMillan
  • Patent number: 9369746
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for tuning to a channel of a Moving Pictures Expert Group transport stream (MPEG-TS), for example used in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network, are provided for optimizing a channel change procedure. The method comprises the steps of receiving a MPEG transport stream at a first bit rate, the MPEG transport stream comprising a plurality of television channels. Program clock reference (PCR) values are identified in the received MPEG transport stream, and one or more of the program clock reference (PCR) values are adjusted. The MPEG transport stream, including the adjusted program clock reference values, are transmitted at a second bit rate, for example to a receiver device such as a set top box, thereby enabling the set top box to perform a channel change procedure more quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Torbjörn Einarsson, Thorsten Lohmar, Thomas Rusert
  • Patent number: 9357257
    Abstract: A portable information processing device (1) is provided with a communication portion (12) capable of communication according to a prescribed network standard allowing sharing of media data between corresponding apparatuses connected to a network, a built-in display portion (10) capable of replaying/displaying the media data, a control unit (18a) capable of controlling a display on the built-in display portion and acquiring the media data, and a first external display (15) noncorresponding to the prescribed network standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Masaki, Sei Kohno
  • Patent number: 9332014
    Abstract: A system for receiving satellite radio signals and/or internet content and extracting a plurality of channels from the satellite radio signals and/or internet content is disclosed. The content of the channels is converted to IP packets and streamed across an Ethernet network. In one embodiment, each of the channels is associated with an IP address or port. Users receive the content of the channels by selecting the IP address or port associated with the desired content. An administrator may control the channels that are available to the users. In one embodiment, the users each have a subscription to access the content, and the subscription may control the channels that the user access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Keiser, Scott Passe
  • Patent number: 9332240
    Abstract: A method, device, and/or medium may be associated with controlling media content delivery to a remote device by generating and transmitting a request to schedule media content for recording. An identification of a remote device that is prohibited from accessing the scheduled media content may be generated and included in the request. A request to transmit the recorded media content may be denied based, at least in part, on the identification of the prohibited device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: INTELLECTUAL VENTURES FUND 79 LLC
    Inventors: Lakshmi G. Raman, Lawrence E. Lycke
  • Patent number: 9319618
    Abstract: A method and system that provides a television service; receives a customer input to access a graphical user interface that includes a main menu pertaining to the television service; retrieves the graphical user interface; and displays the graphical user interface via the customer device, wherein the graphical user interface includes a main menu body and an interactive masthead having an interactive element that permits a customer to access content via the interactive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Venket S. Kandanala, Nicky Pinakin Joshi, Anand N. Sankaran, Rajesh Narayanan, Lisa A. Caputo, Karthik Srinivasan, Mousumi Dasgupta, Jubish C. Parambath, Sudharsan Selvakumar, Sumithra Jayaraman
  • Patent number: 9319627
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for extending high definition multimedia signals from a source to a display over long distances (e.g., up to 300 feet) using a single cable medium having a plurality of twisted pair conductors contained therein. The extender transparently supports HDMI and/or DVI signaling, which allows encrypted video content to be displayed at the remote display (or other sink device). Display data channel control (DDC) information is sampled and transferred in packet from the local unit to a remote unit to comply with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Video Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Madalin Cirstea, Adrian Bica
  • Patent number: 9294460
    Abstract: Described are techniques and systems for providing service account credentials to a media device. A remote control configured to control the media device may include a remote identifier, service account credentials, or both to the media device. The media device may acquire the service account credentials, and configure the media device to perform one or more operations using the service account credentials. As different remote controls associated with different service account credentials are used, the media device is reconfigured according to the inputs from those remote controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Anthony Thomas
  • Patent number: 9294823
    Abstract: Program cells of an electronic guide may be generated on a display device in an electronic device. An advertisement cell may be moved based on movement of the program cells. The advertisement cell may be kept stationary when the program cells scroll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Cumnor Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: George Gerba, Michael R. Nichols
  • Patent number: 9288072
    Abstract: When a user wants to move or share the contents, information on network status, a position of a terminal, and a property of the terminal is collected and displayed intuitively to the user. Then, quality of the contents is adjusted in accordance with selection of the user adaptively. The contents can be displayed through the selected terminal with adaptively adjusted quality based on the information on network status, the position of a terminal, and the property of the selected terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Korea Electronics Technology Institute
    Inventors: Jae Won Moon, Kyung Won Kim, Tae Beom Lim, Kwang Sue Chung, Dong Chil Kim, Doo Yeol Yoon
  • Patent number: 9253543
    Abstract: A video modulator is presented. The modulator includes a video input interface, a video modulation circuit, a video output interface, a communication interface, and control circuitry. The video input interface is configured to receive a video signal to be modulated, the video modulation circuit is configured to modulate the video signal, and the video output interface is configured to transmit the modulated video signal. The communication interface is configured to receive a command via a communication link to control the video modulator. The control circuitry is configured to receive the command from the communication interface and to control at least one of the video input interface, the video modulation circuit, and the video output interface based on the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Stephen Strong
  • Patent number: 9167286
    Abstract: A cable television (CATV) entry adapter interfaces to a CATV network and serves as a hub in an in-home network for passively communicating multimedia content or information from the CATV network and between subscriber devices connected to the ports of the CATV entry adapter, using CATV signals in a CATV frequency band and network signals in a different in-home network band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: PPC BROADBAND, INC.
    Inventors: Chad T. Wells, John M. Egan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9148756
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling output of content on a media rendering device. A mobile phone may be effective to receive a request for content where the content is from a content processor. The mobile phone may be effective to generate a command based on the request, the command including a URL, the URL including an address of a gateway processor and an identification of the content processor. The mobile phone may be effective to send the command to the media rendering device. The media rendering device may be effective to send a request to the gateway processor using the URL. The gateway processor may be effective to receive the content from the content processor and send the content to the media rendering device. The media rendering device may be effective to output the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: FLIPPS MEDIA AD
    Inventor: Metodi Filipov
  • Patent number: 9131258
    Abstract: A method for providing a personalized service in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) includes pairing a mobile terminal with the IPTV. The method also includes receiving personalized data from the paired mobile terminal, and searching the Internet for contents satisfying the received personalized data and providing the searched contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyu-Yun Lee, Sang-Hyun Shin, Jong-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 9118969
    Abstract: A method enables a user to pause or stop content reproduction in one viewing room, and resume content reproduction in another viewing room according to a timing condition. According to an exemplary embodiment, the method is used in a system including first and second video devices, and includes steps of: receiving by the first video device while playing back a program, a first control signal to interrupt the playback; enabling display of a message by the second video device for a predetermined time interval asking a viewer whether to continue playback of the program by the second video device; receiving by the second video device a second control signal within the predetermined time interval to continue playback of the program; and enabling playback of the program by the second video device in response to the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Mark Francis Rumreich
  • Patent number: 9092834
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically adjusting medical displays is arranged to communicate medical information to a caregiver. The system includes at least one display for displaying medical information, a wireless communication device associated with the display and a wireless communication device associated with the caregiver. The wireless communication device associated with the display is arranged to realize if the wireless communication device associated with the caregiver, and thus the caregiver, is present in a predetermined area near the display. A controller associated with the display is arranged to automatically adjust at least one characteristic of the display based upon the realized presence of the caregiver. According to the method, the presence of the caregiver is detected when the caregiver enters the predetermined area near the display. At lease one characteristic of the display is thus adjusted automatically based upon the detected presence of the caregiver in the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Craig R. Tolmie, Russell C. Ward, Susan A. Meyers, Robert J. Koch
  • Patent number: 9043859
    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: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications, LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 9042810
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for auto-installing an integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) includes issuing an auto-installation command from the IRD to an outdoor unit (ODU) and receiving a plurality of tones from the ODU in response to the auto-installation command, each tone representing a center frequency of available user bands (UBs). The auto-installation also includes acquiring a UB center frequency by the IRD, requesting the ODU to confirm a UB number corresponding to the acquired UB center frequency, and receiving confirmation from the ODU that a UB number corresponds to the acquired UB center frequency. The auto-installation also includes sending an acceptance of the assigned UB number from the IRD to signal the ODU that it may mark the assigned UB as assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Wong, Troy Brandon, Jon Huss
  • Patent number: 9038114
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed invention include a system and method for recording media content. For example, in one embodiment, a method for recording media content is disclosed that includes communicating with a home gateway to determine whether a device connected to the home gateway has enough free storage space to store a media content in response to a determination that an internal data storage unit of a set top box does not have sufficient free storage space to store the media content. In one embodiment, the method routes the storage of the media content to the device via the home gateway in response to a determination that the device connected to the home gateway has sufficient free storage space to store the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventors: Jamie Christopher Howarter, Doug Ceballos
  • Patent number: 9038112
    Abstract: A user profile server stores a particular user profile corresponding to a user who belongs to a plurality of separate loyalty programs, and the particular user profile includes a plurality of different loyalty program user identifiers each identifying the user on a respective one of the separate loyalty programs. The user profile server communicates user a preference included on the particular user profile to a first controller via the computer network and communicates the user preference included on the particular user profile to a second controller via the computer network. The first controller is associated with a first hospitality location where the user is identified according to a first loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile, and the second is controller is associated with a second hospitality location where the user is identified according to a second loyalty program user identifier included on the particular user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter S. Warrick, Arnon Levy, Lindsey M. Carriere, Darren T. Ziebart, Joseph A. Kullos, Diego Fontes, Andrew T. MacMillan
  • Patent number: 9032450
    Abstract: A method is provided comprising: receiving a constant bit rate video stream representing a single video from a video source via a managed broadband connection; converting the constant bit rate video stream into a single non-adaptive bit rate video stream by modifying a video transport stack of the video to be compatible with a home device media player video transport stack; modifying a video control stack of the video to be compatible with a device in a home network; adding a home networking transport stack to the video stream, wherein the home networking transport stack is such that it would appear to the device in the home network as if the video stream came from a server local to the home network; and delivering the video stream to a device in the home network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Glenn Algie, Alan Messer
  • Patent number: 9032451
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying data related to a content displayed through a set top box includes a second screen device generating a content information request signal requesting data corresponding to the content, communicates the content information request signal to the set top box. The set top box communicates a content information signal to the second screen device comprising a content identifier. The second screen device generates a request for related data signal corresponding to the content using the content identifier, communicates the request for related data signal through a network, receives aggregated related content data corresponding to the content from a data services center and displays the aggregated related content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Don E. Cansino, Brady C. Tsurutani, Earl J. Bonovich, Charles W. Beeson
  • Patent number: 9032453
    Abstract: A multiplexed transport interface (MTSIF) may be utilized during communication between a demodulation module and a video processing system-on-chip (SoC). The MTSIF may enable concurrent demodulation of a plurality of input modulated video streams, via a plurality of demodulator chips within the demodulation module, by multiplexing data generated by the demodulator chips via the MTSIF during communication between the demodulator module and the video processing SoC. The MTSIF may also be utilized for communicating control signals, which may be used in controlling and/or managing operations of the demodulation module, the video processing SoC, and/or the MTSIF. Communication via the MTSIF may be synchronized. Packets communicated via the MTSIF may be timestamped. Timestamp counters may be used in the demodulation module and the video processing SoC to generate and/or track timestamps in communicated packets. The timestamp counter may be synchronized, using control signals communicated via the MTSIF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Mamidwar, Stephen Edward Krafft
  • Publication number: 20150121432
    Abstract: A method includes identifying a video service device that receives a video service. The video service includes video content provided by a video service provider, and the video service device is associated with a customer premises network. The method includes identifying a first video program displayed by the video service device. The method also includes identifying a personal device that accesses other content via another communication channel. The method includes identifying a user account associated with the personal device, identifying preferences associated with the user account, and determining cross channel content based on the video content, the first content and the preferences associated with the user account. The method includes integrating the cross channel content and the first content to form integrated content, and providing the integrated content at the personal device coordinated with the receipt of the first video program at the video service device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Siddharth Pandey
  • Patent number: 9021522
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein for processing iTV. A request to play a first interactive television signal at a first electronic device is received. A first virtual machine for processing the first interactive television signal is instantiated at the first electronic device. A first file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the first electronic device is accessed from non-volatile storage on the first electronic device. A request to play a second interactive television signal at a second electronic device that is communicatively coupled to the first electronic device is received. A second virtual machine for processing the second interactive television signal is instantiated at the first device. A second file that includes information associated with playing interactive TV on the second electronic device is stored in non-volatile storage on the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shigeru Aoki, Azmee Carlton Lane, Kenichiro Tanaka, Michimune Kono
  • Publication number: 20150113574
    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. The received signals may be bridged to conform to a second communications protocol different from the first communications protocol, and the bridged signals may be communicated to networked devices within the network, where only signals conforming to the second communications protocol may be concurrently communicated over the network in a frequency range of the first communications protocol and 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: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Curtis Ling, Timothy Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9015774
    Abstract: A plurality of intelligent device systems for use with a wideband signal distribution network, and methods for transmitting digital information and receiving digital and non-digital information onto and off of an RF carrier through a wideband signal distribution network, are disclosed. The intelligent device systems provide networks of intelligent devices that modulate and demodulate digital video, IP video/data/voice and digital wireless onto, and off of, a wideband signal distribution system, such as an analog carrier system, using existing EIA/TIA 568 standard wiring infrastructure. The methods modulate and demodulate digital video, IP video/data/voice and digital wireless onto, and off of, a wideband distribution system, such as an analog carrier system, and separate IP portions from non-IP portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Earl Hennenhoefer, Richard V. Snyder, Robert Stine
  • Patent number: 9009344
    Abstract: A method of sending a data stream of video images between a server and at least one client device in a communication network, employing a rate setting for the sending of data over the communication network, the method comprising the following steps: obtaining (910) an item of information Pc representing a speed of variation over time for a rate setting, said item of information depending on at least one characteristic of the state of the traffic over the communication network, comparing (920) said item of information Pc so obtained with a scheduled time Ev for a set of video image data to send, adapting (930) the rate setting delivered by the server on the basis of at least the result of the comparing step, compressing said set of video image data to send using a compression mode which depends on the adapted rate setting, sending said set of video image data so compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eric Nassor, Frédéric Maze