Local Server Or Headend Patents (Class 725/82)
  • Patent number: 10470278
    Abstract: A lighting system utilizes intelligent system elements, such as lighting devices, user interfaces for lighting control or the like and possibly sensors. The system also has a data communication network. Some number of the intelligent lighting system elements, including at least two of the lighting devices, also support communication with non-lighting-system devices at the premises. Each such element has a communication interface system configured to provide a data communication link for use by non-lighting-system devices at the premises in proximity to the respective intelligent system element. Also, in such an element, the processor is configured to control communications via the communication interface system so as to provide access to the data network and through the data network to the wide area network outside the premises for non-lighting related communications of the non-lighting-system devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Januk Aggarwal, Jason Rogers, Jack C. Rains, Jr., David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 9998789
    Abstract: A method of facilitating audience interaction comprising determining a user-current state, based on at least one of user-entered input to be provided by a user on a device that is to be worn by the user and movement data to be received from the device. The determination of the user-current state includes determining a choice and a reaction of the user, and generating the user-current state, based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 9973799
    Abstract: A system and method for streaming a Video on Demand (VOD) asset includes receiving, at a host, a VOD asset request from a client over an internal network, and sending the VOD asset request from the host over an external network using a client/host address that includes a host address and a client address. The VOD asset targeted for the client including the client/host address is received at the host over the external network, and the VOD asset is streamed from the host to the client over the internal network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Mediacom Communications Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Thomas Ross
  • Patent number: 9549024
    Abstract: A peer-to-peer (P2P) content delivery network delivers select data files to an end user. The content delivery network provides a client, a P2P gateway server, and a Resource Name Server (RNS) within a computer-populated network. The RNS caches data resource locations within the computer-populated network and resolves resource requests with optimal data resource locations within the computer-populated network. The gateway server requests and receives optimal data resource locations via the RNS; requests and receives data files from the computer-populated network via the optimal data resource locations; and processing received data files for data file delivery to the client. The network thus enables an origin-agnostic data delivery method for optimally delivering select data files to an end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: REMOTE MEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory H. Leekley, Alexander Savenok, Pavel Savenok
  • Patent number: 9277268
    Abstract: A residential gateway includes an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) network communication port and a first isolation transformer circuit. The IPTV network communication port is configured to receive a signal from an ITPV network. The first isolation transformer circuit is in communication with the IPTV network communication port. The isolation transformer is configured to receive the signal from the IPTV network communication port, and to transform a ground of the signal to float at a ground potential of a power source of the residential gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Gregory D. Olson
  • Patent number: 9195677
    Abstract: System and method for displaying and managing content includes a database of content that a user may access, select and pay for. The content is distributed to a projection device and the user is able to control the projection with the use of a pointing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Ball, Courtney Ball
  • Patent number: 9197928
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed herein that provide a TV receiver that supports a set of existing iTV standards and proprietary iTV implementations. Further, the TV receiver can be extended to support additional iTV standards and proprietary iTV implementations. A digital television data stream is received and processed by a client. The digital television data stream is analyzed to determine which interactive television format is present. A registry of interactive television virtual machines is searched to determine whether a virtual machine is registered for the interactive television format. Each of the interactive television virtual machines is adapted for one of the interactive television formats. If a virtual machine that matches the interactive television format is found, it is loaded and hosted. Hosting the virtual includes providing services to the virtual machine through common application programming interfaces (APIs) machine includes. The common APIs may be used by any virtual machine that is loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Goziker, Toby Steele, Tim Zobel, Pavel Glozman, Ross Hewit
  • Patent number: 9153125
    Abstract: An integrated multimedia, entertainment, communications and control system. The system is based on a general purpose computer and is capable of interfacing with, controlling or managing a wide variety of audio, video, telecommunications, data communications or other devices. The system includes a programming environment for creating services or user experiences that may incorporate features or functionalities of several devices that are conventionally operated as separate, standalone devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Madonna, Kevin C. Kicklighter, Michael C. Silva, Bryan S. Bonczek, Arthur A. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9118947
    Abstract: A multi-vision virtualization system includes a multi-vision virtualization server and two or more scene clients. The multi-vision virtualization server includes a multi-vision virtualization server configured to generate virtual machines for decoding processes based on image content segments, generate synchronous reproduction information for synchronization between two or more scene clients, transmit the generated synchronous reproduction information to a first scene client among the two or more scene clients, and decode the image content segments to generate decoded image segments; and the two or more scene clients including the first scene client that parses the received synchronous reproduction information, and shares the parsed synchronous reproduction information with remaining scene clients, and being configured to reproduce the decoded image segments on screens based on the parsed synchronous reproduction information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kwang-Yong Kim, Chang-Woo Yoon
  • Patent number: 9066151
    Abstract: In one of many possible embodiments, an exemplary method includes an expansion media content processing device receiving media content in a format not supported by a set-top box to which the expansion media content processing device is communicatively connected by a local communication link, converting the media content from the format not supported by the set-top box to a format supported by the set-top box, and providing the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to the set-top box by way of the local communication link. In some examples, the method further includes the set-top box receiving and using the media content in the format supported by the set-top box to provide the media content to an output device for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Brian F. Roberts, Heath Stallings, Donald H. Relyea, Ruchir Rodrigues, Sathya Bhaskaran, Ramakrishnan Ramaswamy Sankaranarayan
  • Publication number: 20150150063
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server, channel change request data from a media device. The channel change request data specifies a requested channel that is associated with a plurality of multimedia streams. Each multimedia stream of the plurality of multimedia streams has a corresponding content format. The method includes determining, at the server, an available bandwidth of a service to a premises associated with the media device. The method includes selecting, at the server, a particular content format based on the available bandwidth and a multimedia stream of the plurality of multimedia streams that has the particular content format. The method also includes sending an identification of the multimedia stream from the server to the media device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Friedman
  • Patent number: 9038108
    Abstract: An approach provides management of digital assets. A digital asset is transmitted to one of a plurality of devices configured to support instant communications. The digital asset can be shared among the devices within the instant communications environment. A portal is provided for users of the devices to manage respective instant communications accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Douglas McCausland, David Horner, Jonathan L. Discount
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150135210
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request for media content at a residential gateway from a device coupled to the residential gateway and sending a media content request to a server based on the request. The method includes receiving a video data stream of the media content at the residential gateway. Data packets of the video data stream enable generation of the media content at a first resolution. A first subset of the data packets include tags that enable identification of particular data packets usable to generate the media content at a second resolution that is lower than the first resolution. The method also includes determining a display characteristic of a display device coupled to the device and sending the particular data packets to the device when the display characteristic indicates that the device is to receive the media content at the second resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ahmad C. Ansari, Dinesh Nadarajah, David Bruce Hartman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9032452
    Abstract: An approach is provided for simulating a connection to a head-end system to enable execution of content and features of a set-top box. A simulation platform stores a plurality of control data signals associated with a head-end system. In response to a determined loss of connectivity to the head-end system, the platform invokes a head-end simulation process using the control data signals, including timing information, dynamic data and channel map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Baskaran, Padmakumar Rajan, Mariappan Chellam, Brian E. Bond
  • Publication number: 20150128196
    Abstract: A redirection device for remote streaming media reroutes media content sent to the receiving device, typically located in the home of the subscriber, to the subscriber's mobile device such as a laptop or smartphone. Remote media streaming provides media recipients with capabilities for out-of-home (OOH) viewing for remotely rendering media content from a subscriber based receiving device to a personal electronic device. The remote streaming redirects media that has already been received by the subscription based receiving device, such that the redirection device forwards a rendering signal including the requested content to the rendering device based on the reported location. The redirected media stream therefore emanates from the redirection device as an independent transmission of content already received by the receiving device, and not as a separate transmission of media content from the content provider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Ranga Muvavarirwa, Noah Paci, John H. Ipson, IV, Ethan Lawrence Wolf
  • Publication number: 20150128195
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a video reproduction system that can synchronize the reproduction timing of plural videos when contemporaneously reproducing the plural videos. One or plural video distribution devices each give, to a frame image included in a distribution video to be distributed to a video reproduction device, timing information indicating the generation timing of this frame image, and distribute the distribution video given this timing information. The video reproduction device receives plural distribution videos distributed from the one or plural video distribution devices and reproduces the received plural distribution videos in synchronization based on the timing information included in each of the plural distribution videos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kunigita, Seung Hyun Lee, Jae Hyun Park, Taek Joo Lee, Ju Yeong Ji
  • Patent number: 9027062
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for the delivery of digital content in a network. In one embodiment, the digital content comprises internet content received from an Internet host server in a first container format, and converted to a second container format at a headend entity of a cable television or satellite network. The headend entity transmits the re-containerized content to one or more consumer devices, and acts as a gateway device between the consumer devices and various internet content sources. Delivery of internet content from the gateway device can be via broadcast, nPVR, DVR and/or VOD delivery mechanisms. The internet content gateway device is adapted to request, receive and process the internet content. Requests for internet content may be made from either a CPE or the gateway device itself according to one or more rules. The content may also be selectively transcoded before re-encapsulation based on the consumer device capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Vipul Patel, David Chen, Scott Miller, Mehul Shah
  • Patent number: 9015781
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses provide load balanced signal distribution to client devices in a network, such as a digital home network. According to an exemplary embodiment, one of the methods includes the steps of receiving a request from a client device for downloading video from one of a plurality of video sources, receiving respective load indicators from first and second video receiving devices capable of receiving the plurality of video sources, selecting one of the first and second video receiving devices according to the load indicators, and instructing the selected video receiving device to transmit the video from the one of the plurality of video sources using an address known by the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Keith Robert Broerman, Barry Jay Weber, Gary Robert Gutknecht
  • Patent number: 9015776
    Abstract: Vehicular entertainment systems where devices in the systems can each utilize a common type of storage units are presented. A vehicular entertainment system can include a media server head unit in communication over a network with a plurality of media players that are installed about the cabin of a vehicle. Media content can be stored on a plurality of field replaceable storage units where each of the storage units can be installed in any one of the players or the server. Each of the storage units can store a substantially identical content set including passenger content, player content, server content, crew content, or other types of content. The server or players can be restricted from accessing content to which they lack rights, possibly based on a location identifier that indicates roles or responsibilities of the players at their installed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Systems and Software Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Randall Bird, Kevin Cote, Rodney Farley, Joseph Renton
  • Patent number: 9001838
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a centralized broadband gateway for a wireless communication system, including: a router/gateway module which receives encoded compressed audio/video (A/V) streams and distributes the encoded compressed audio/video A/V streams; multiple audio/video decoders which receive the encoded compressed A/V streams from the a router/gateway module, decode the encoded compressed A/V streams, and output uncompressed A/V streams; and an integrated Wireless High Definition Multimedia Interface (WHDMI) which receives the uncompressed A/V streams from the multiple audio/video decoders and transmits the uncompressed A/V streams wirelessly to media devices, without deploying individual media processors at each media device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Ahmad Ansari
  • Patent number: 9003456
    Abstract: A method of presenting still image data on multiple display devices using a wireless home entertainment hub comprises obtaining a registration of a plurality of devices with the wireless home entertainment hub, where the plurality of devices includes at least two display devices. An assignment of a zone for each display device of the at least two display devices is received. Still image data is caused to be displayed on a subset of the at least two display devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd. Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Patrick T. Igoe, Edward A. Ehrlacher
  • Publication number: 20150089536
    Abstract: A system includes a server in communication with a first set top box and a second set top box. The server receives a request from the first set top box to access an available tuner of the second set top box, accesses account information associated with the first set top box, and commands the second set top box to stream content from the available tuner to the first set top box according to the account information. A method includes identifying available tuners of set top boxes assigned to different customers, receiving a request from a first set top box to access an available tuner of a second set top box, accessing account information associated with the first set top box, and commanding the second set top box to stream content to the first set top box according to the account information of the first set top box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Seth A. Byerley
  • 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: 8973064
    Abstract: A control device that interacts with a television system. The control device may receive a user input identifying a video selection. At least one module of the control device may display video information corresponding to the video selection. The control device may alternately, or in addition, cause display of the video information on a television system. The control device may respond to a second user input identifying a storage selection by triggering storage of the video information in a storage unit corresponding to the storage selection. The control device may also receive a third user input identifying a replay request for other video information that may be selected from a plurality of stored videos. The control device may direct display of the other video information on the television system and/or on a display of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Bennett, Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • Patent number: 8966550
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed of a network including a primary device, a plurality of remote devices, and a shared peripheral device. The network allows the remote devices to operate the peripheral device, such as a DVD player, VCR, or camcoder, via the primary device and the network. The peripheral device is typically connected to the primary device and shared among all devices. The network also includes a splitter/isolation module (SIM) that routes the signals between the primary device and the plurality of remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Davies, Samuel H. Russ, Irvan J. Krantzler
  • Patent number: 8949908
    Abstract: A content upload system includes: a content distributing server that is installed in an airplane and distributes audio-video contents into the airplane; and a plurality of content accumulating servers that are installed in a plurality of airports, in which the airplane is parked, and transmit the audio-video contents to the content distributing server through a network. The content distributing server selectively writes audio-video contents that have not been stored in the content distributing server of audio-video contents transmitted from the content accumulating server while the airplane is parked on the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ezaki, Masaaki Higashida
  • Patent number: 8949919
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for premises gateway functions that integrate or unify functions typically distributed across multiple devices within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the out-of-band (OOB) signaling functionality normally provided in each of a set-top-box (STB) and digital video recorder (DVR) are unified into a common OOB (e.g., DOCSIS) capable premises gateway device, thereby obviating OOB tuners and related components from each device. In another variant, the premises gateway is adapted for all-IP operation, such as for use with IP-based computers and IP set-top boxes, etc. Fully unified variants are also disclosed, wherein the DVR and/or STB functions are physically integrated within the premises gateway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Chris Cholas, William Helms, Louis Williamson, Jeffrey Markley
  • Patent number: 8935734
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to configure a system of content access devices and direct signals, content, and communications between devices are described. Capabilities of one or more devices are obtained, content formats of a requested content item are obtained, and a source device and a receiving device are determined based on the obtained capabilities and the obtained content formats. A signal and/or content item are directed from the source device to the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Shailesh Dinkar Govande, Madhura P. Tipnis
  • Patent number: 8935733
    Abstract: A method for presenting data through a wireless home entertainment hub in a home entertainment system includes obtaining a registration for one or more source devices and for one or more sink devices. An indication is received at the wireless home entertainment hub that one of the source devices has become active. Data is received from the active source device. One or more sink devices are selected to receive the data from the active source device, and the data is transmitted to one or more of the sink devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd. Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Patrick T Igoe
  • Patent number: 8923749
    Abstract: A method of registering a device with a wireless home entertainment hub in a home entertainment system includes broadcasting by a wireless home entertainment hub a request for a reply from at least one unregistered device. The reply is received from at least one of the unregistered devices and a list of the at least one unregistered device is presented to a user for the purpose of the user selecting a device to register. An indication of the registration of the device selected by the user for registration is stored, and the selected device is removed from the list of unregistered devices after the indication of the registration is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Porto Vinci Ltd Limited Liability Company
    Inventor: Patrick T. Igoe
  • Patent number: 8910047
    Abstract: A device-specific and application-specific computing device, a playback device and a method for controlling the playback device using the computing device is disclosed. In accordance with the present invention, a user may control the playback device using a control information generated according to a device configuration information of the computing device in his/her possession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: SK Planet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wonjang Baek
  • Patent number: 8910218
    Abstract: An approach is provided for controlling one or more set-top boxes. Communications is established among a plurality of set-top boxes. One of the set-top boxes is designated as a master set-top box that is configured to control one or more of remaining ones of the set-top boxes. A control message is generated to configure the remaining ones of the set-top boxes as child set-top boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sangchai Tirasirikul, Rajesh Gopal
  • Publication number: 20140359677
    Abstract: A set-top box with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box is associated with a room and includes a housing that secures a television input, a television output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein in an interconnected bus architecture. The set-top box generates a guest interactive portal as well as a housekeeping interactive portal for a guest and housekeeper, respectively. Each of the portals provides relevant feedback on the condition of the room to a server associated with the hotel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Vanessa Ogle
  • Patent number: 8903398
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a content proxy in a wireless network. A set of media is provided to an edge proxy server located at a wireless site using satellite communications and stored by the edge proxy server independent of a local mobile station request for media in the set of media. Mobile stations can access live streams of media selected from the set of media by wireless communications with a wireless node and as mobile station move from one wireless site to another, the live media stream can be provided uninterrupted to the mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Datacasting Corporation
    Inventors: Gary Carter, Bastian Stassen, Fred Godard, Del Lippert, Chris Reinkeluers
  • Patent number: 8903944
    Abstract: A method and system of ID based content delivery where the selection and transmission of content is facilitated with use of version IDs associated with each available version of each particular piece of content. A relationship may be generated between the available versions in the version IDs to facilitate determining the version ID associated with a version desired for rendering at a particular type of terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Broberg, J. Clarke Stevens, Judson D. Cary
  • Patent number: 8898708
    Abstract: A media distribution server presenting interactive media on digital devices, such as mobile devices, PCs, TVs, ebook readers, electronic tablets, etc. and receiving user response interactively. During the presentation of interactive media the user is prompted with multiple choices for their selection, which can be provided using keys (such as softkeys) on the digital device. The media distribution server prepares the subsequent portions of the interactive media and delivers them to the digital device. In one embodiment, the necessary text, graphics, audio and video are assembled and integrated dynamically and is presented on the digital device to the user. Further the user is prompted to approve online purchases, make online appointment requests, show interest in products, etc. while browsing the interactive media on their digital device. The media distribution server supports such activities as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bindu Rama Rao
  • Patent number: 8893192
    Abstract: A Fiber Channel or other high speed data transmission channel is provided to transfer movie files and other content between shared storage and screen servers to enhance content availability in a digital cinema system. In one embodiment a digital cinema system is provided that includes a first screen server coupled to a first digital projector. Additionally, the digital cinema system includes a memory for storing a digital movie, and a Fiber Channel communication link coupled between the first screen server and the memory. The Fiber Channel communication link is configured to transmit a copy of the digital movie from the memory to the first server for storage therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary E. Bates, William R. Main, Jr., Harry M. Mathias, Vinayak Sapre
  • Patent number: 8875194
    Abstract: A multi-zone audio-visual (AV) system that includes: (a) one or more AV devices (such as a TV) operable to provide audio and/or visual information; (b) a set-top box (STB) associated with each AV device; (c) a router; (d) an Ethernet connection between each STB and the router; and (e) a control server which operates to receive and record data from the router, the data including data indicative of the operating status (e.g., on or off) of the or each AV device, the operating configuration (e.g., TV channel) and the time of each change of status and/or configuration of the or each AV. The system comprises at least two remote AV control devices (Human Interface Devices, “HIDs”) for each AV device. The HIDs associated with each AV device operate to be automatically synchronized to the same status and configuration. The system may include a web server and a content server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Keith A. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8867539
    Abstract: A protocol converter includes a processor configured to receive a request for content from a client system. The processor is further configured to determine if the protocol converter is currently receiving the content through the multicast session, and join the multicast session if the protocol converter is not currently receiving the content. Additionally, the processor is configured to receive the content as an end point of the multicast session, format the content for communication to the client system, and provide content to the client system in a communication separate from the multicast session. Receiving the content as an end point of the multicast session can include terminating the application layer protocol used by the multicast session. Additionally, formatting the content can include re-encapsulating the content as hypertext transport protocol (HTTP) with an appropriate content-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alan L. Glasser, Andrew G. Gauld, John F. Lucas
  • Patent number: 8863202
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to implement a technique for using a second display with a network-enabled television. In one implementation, this feature allows the user to conveniently enter search terms and other commands for control of their IPTV device directly from a second display device using voice commands. Such is particularly convenient when the second display is a device such as a smart phone or tablet computer with limited display space for user data entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Davender Agnihotri, Sandeep Krishna, Chunlan Yao
  • Patent number: 8856852
    Abstract: A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mimik Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Seyed Sharif-Ahmadi, Fay Arjomandi
  • Patent number: 8856839
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a content transmitter includes: a notification module and a content distribution module. The notification module is configured to notify, in response to a request from a content receiver, the content receiver of device information, container information, and content information. The device information indicates whether on-air content is distributed. The container information indicates a container including the on-air content. The content information includes content acquisition information indicating a destination from which the on-air content is acquired at when the on-air content is to be distributed to the content receiver. The content distribution module is configured to distribute the on-air content to the content receiver in response to a request from the content receiver based on the notified content information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Masashi Tsuji, Akira Ichie
  • Patent number: 8856843
    Abstract: A method and system for generating local channels includes a user receiving device and a local headend in communication with the user receiving device generating a local channel using a multicast stream, generating local channel guide data comprising tuning data for the local channel and communicating a control command to a user receiving device. The control command comprises tuning data for the local channel. The user receiving device stores tuning data for the local channel with program guide data stored in the user receiving device in response to the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hubach, Richard B. Tatem
  • Patent number: 8850496
    Abstract: A system is configured to receive, from a user device, a request for video content and closed captioning content associated with the video content; obtain, based on the request, device information that identifies a first video format that is supported by the user device; obtain the video content and the closed captioning content, where the video content conforms to a second video format, and where the closed captioning content conforms to a text format; convert the video content from the second video format to the first video format and the closed captioning content from the text format to the first video format; and transmit the converted video content and the converted closed captioning to the user device, where the converted video content and the converted closed captioning content enable the user device to play the converted video content and the converted closed captioning content without modifying the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Arjun Baskaran, Saurabh Gorecha
  • Patent number: 8849184
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for allowing a telephone user to share captured audio and/or video with a set top box user are described. Methods and apparatus can be implemented without the need for a called party to support video conferencing and/or have a computer system. In various embodiments a telephone call is used to contact a party to who content from a telephone may be streamed, e.g., in real time. Assuming the contacted party is interested a video session is established with a STB or other device corresponding to the called party and video content delivered from the cell phone. Audio may also be streamed with the video and/or the initial telephone call is maintained while video content is delivered allowing for bi-direction communication via the calling and called party's telephones. While IP signaling maybe used for video delivery an analog VOD session may alternatively be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Cannon
  • Patent number: 8850474
    Abstract: A virtual content store may be provided. Upon receiving a request for a content stream from a subscriber at a regional headend, a central content vault may be examined to determine whether the content stream is available. Once the content stream is determined to be available in the central content vault, a streaming session may be established to the subscriber from the regional headend. The content stream may be retrieved from the central content vault and provided to the subscriber via the streaming session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Khalid Mohammed Azam, Neeraj Kumar Sharma, Gary Ward Richardson, Daniel Michael Kiewlich, Hoi-Tauw Jozef Chou
  • Patent number: 8843957
    Abstract: A content insertion system helps digital media providers insert replacement content (e.g., localized commercials) at precisely the right places in the video streams delivered to downstream players. Specifically, with frame accuracy, the system inserts content insertion triggers into the delivered video streams. From a source video input, the system determines the trigger positions at which insertion triggers exist with reference to house timecode. The system then locates the corresponding trigger positions in the output video stream with reference to a framecount of frames generated by a digital encoder. The system inserts corresponding content insertion triggers into the delivered video stream when it locates the corresponding trigger positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Christopher M. Lemire, Forest D. Johns
  • Patent number: RE46713
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a main information receiver which receives main information; a video processor which processes a main video corresponding to the received main information; a display unit which displays the main video thereon; a sub information communicator which receives sub information comprising at least one of a video, an audio and text through Internet Protocol; and a controller which controls the video processor to process a sub video corresponding to the sub information received through the sub information communicator and display the sub video on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byeong-Jin Kim