Vcr-like Function Patents (Class 725/88)
  • Patent number: 8438602
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for presenting a plurality of media clips to a viewer using a media player device. A first media clip is displayed on the media player, and an indicator corresponding to a second media clip is provided during playback of the first media clip. In response to the viewer selecting the indicator, playback of the first media clip is suspended, and information is stored about the first media clip on the media player device. The second media clip can then be subsequently displaying on the media player device. After displaying the second media clip, the stored information can be retrieved, and playback of the first media clip can resume from the point that playback was previously interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sling Media Inc.
    Inventor: Padmanabha R. Rao
  • Patent number: 8438484
    Abstract: A Video Preview Module, a fast and adaptable software module designed to generate an on-the-fly video storyboard that enhances the online video browsing experience of the user. The VP module is a client-side implementation. This allows the module to be scalable and adaptable in bringing a uniform online video browsing experience over multiple consumer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Priyan Deveka Gunatilake
  • Publication number: 20130104176
    Abstract: In response to a request initiated by a user at a user terminal, selected entertainment programming content, when broadcast, is recorded at a location remote from the user terminal. The request is communicated through a communications network, e.g., cable TV network, which is also used for transmission of entertainment programming content to user terminals. The recorded programming content is stored in a storage space at the remote location, which is allocated to the user terminal. In response to a review request from the user terminal, the recorded programming content is retrieved from the storage space allocated thereto, and transmitted to the user terminal through the communications network. The presentation of the recorded programming content may be manipulated by the user to perform rewinding, pausing and fast-forwarding thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Carl U.J. Rossetti, Michael L. Lajoie, Michael T. Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8429697
    Abstract: Modifying the behavior of a multimedia transport system in response to a detected capability of a client system. A client system may include the capability to perform portions of a multimedia manipulation function, such as a VCR-like function, by using components solely included in the client system. A client system may also include the capability to simultaneously receive multimedia content in excess of what the client system my essentially simultaneously output. This capability may be used to improve the bandwidth utilization of the multimedia server. This may be a result of components, such as a mass storage device or multiple signal input interfaces, being included in the client system. If a client system includes such capabilities, the underlying executable instructions associated with an input device, such as a remote control or keyboard, may be modified to utilize the detected capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft, Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Chauvin, Michael E. Pietraszak, John D. Canning
  • Patent number: 8413191
    Abstract: An interactive television program guide system with digital storage is provided. The program guide gives users the ability to select a program for recording onto the digital storage device. The program guide may then provide the user a list of programs that includes at least one listing for a recorded program. The user may select a recorded program listing and the program guide will transfer the corresponding program from the digital storage device to a secondary storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel G. Hassell, Edward B. Knudson, L. Joe Hedges, Michael D. Ellis, David M. Berezowski
  • Patent number: 8413197
    Abstract: In this video delivery device including: a storage device storing key frame information including a key frame number included in a contents file and offset from the beginning of a file; and a delivery control unit, which executes delivery in a predetermined cycle, the delivery control unit refers to the key frame information cycle by cycle in executing the trick play, and transmits the key frame having the offset closest to the delivery time among the key frames included in the contents file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Mine, Shinji Kimura, Kaoru Konishi, Tomokazu Ikki, Naohisa Seko
  • Patent number: 8407747
    Abstract: Methods and devices for controlling trick-play video streaming. Upon receipt of a request to play video at a fast-play (e.g., fast-forward or fast-reverse) speed that is some multiple of a normal playback speed, one of multiple possible frame-rate versions of a trick-play track may be selected based on the requested fast-play speed and an available network bandwidth, and a server may stream the selected frame-rate version of the trick-play track to a client for playout. The various frame-rate versions may differ from each other in terms of a rate at which they skip I-frames of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Inskip, Duncan MacLean
  • Publication number: 20130074131
    Abstract: Javascript code in an HTML Plug-In identifies a video playback event, from an application programming interface (API) of a video provider, during playback of a video in a web view instantiated within a native environment of a computing device. In response, the Javascript code generates a custom uniform resource locator (URL) for the web view that reflects the identified video playback event and provides the custom URL to native instructions executing in the native environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Laurent Cerveau, Jonathan Benassaya, Jean Lafleur, Mathieu Ghaleb
  • Patent number: 8402155
    Abstract: Live media content is delivered in substantially real-time to a player device from a streamer and through a content delivery network. The streamer receives live media content and encodes and streams the content over the content delivery network. The content delivery network is configured to provide minimal buffering. A player device accessing the streaming channel receives media frames and buffers the frames while rending the received frames in order of receipt. If the buffer is loaded to the point that the currently rendered data lags the actual live feed by more than a threshold amount of time, the player skips over one or more video frames to bring the rendered content more current. For instance, the buffer can be flushed and more recent content can be received from the content delivery network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: XCIRA, Inc.
    Inventor: Andy Glow
  • Patent number: 8397266
    Abstract: A software framework that allows seamless integration of generic media players into a web browser. A media player is a software module that implements specific interfaces; defines a playing state, such as playing, paused, or stopped; and associates with the playing state a current playback time. A generic media player implements interfaces, including timing interfaces and playback synchronization interfaces for exchanging timing and synchronization information with a web browser. A player-hosting peer, which is a software component built into the browser, manages generic player hosting by a web browser. The player-hosting peer negotiates playback state and rendering status between the browser and the media player. Both the media player and the player-hosting peer maintain playing state and current playback time. The relationship between the peer and the player is a master slave relationship, with the peer being the master.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin T. Gallo, Paul C. David, Dorin O. Ungureanu, Debbie A. Newman
  • Patent number: 8385728
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for searching a start position of a broadcast program. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a received broadcast program is recorded in a recording medium while being output as video and audio. If a new broadcast program is started, position information regarding a start part of the new broadcast program is stored in a memory. Thus, a current broadcast program is reproduced from a start part by searching a start position of the current broadcast program recorded in the recording medium with reference to stored position information. A determination on whether the new broadcast program is started is done on the basis of Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information or a change in audio and video signals. Accordingly, it is possible to quickly search and reproduce a start part of a broadcast program which is currently recorded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Humax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dong Chul Chung
  • Patent number: 8387096
    Abstract: A web-based subscription service PVR system. An Internet server maintains, for each subscriber, the subscriber's aggregated content including digital rights management (DRM) rules for each piece of content as defined by the content provider. Pointers to requested content are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Robert Allan Unger
  • Patent number: 8381254
    Abstract: Several data streams contain video, audio and/or other data. Some of the data streams are pre-recorded in a multiplex on a storage medium while other data streams are located out of the data stream multiplex on the storage medium. The data streams are synchronized using a navigation file (List_of_PlayItems), which comprises descriptors (PlayItems, SubPlayItems) pointing to parts of said data streams, wherein said descriptors define the arrangement in time for said data streams by means of data sub stream paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Dirk Adolph, Harald Schiller, Jobst Hörentrup, Ralf Ostermann, Hartmut Peters
  • Patent number: 8381253
    Abstract: Content placeholder markers may be provided. A request to insert a placeholder marker may be received during output of a content asset to a device. If memory storage is available to record the content asset, the asset may be recorded. Otherwise, the placeholder marker may be stored and/or used to resume playback of the content asset from another source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Wayne Chappell, Mark Matthew Gathen
  • Patent number: 8381252
    Abstract: A system for pulling video content over a data communications network. The system comprises at least one video display, at least one video file server containing a number of video files to be selectively displayed on the at least one video display, at least one media server to communicate with one or more video displays, a web client to communicate with each media server through a network to configure at least one playlist in the media server, each playlist including at least one identifier to select one or more of the number of video files, and each media server being adapted to pull video content from a selected video file in a selected video file server based on the playlist and to translate the pulled video content into a video output signal suitable for display on the video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventor: Joel K. Young
  • Patent number: 8370887
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to playback of video/audio streaming media data. The media stream is available from the network at multiple bit rates. When a seek operation is performed, a playback device requests a lower bit rate media stream in order to quickly fill a playback buffer so that playback can commence more readily. After a seek start-up period is complete, the playback device can return to downloading the media stream associated with higher bit rates in order to increase the quality of the playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gurpratap Virdi, Andres Vega-Garcia, Wenbo Zhang, Eldar Musayev
  • Patent number: 8365234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and arrangement (100) for storing and playing back TV programs, in particular to the improved method and device (100) for operating a PVR, in particular a network PVR (102). The inventive device for storing and playing back the TV programs comprises means for selecting a storable TV program, means (102, 108) for recording a TV program and means (104, 102, 108) for playing back, in a time delayed manner, said recording during a recordable TV program. Said arrangement also comprises means for determining the beginning time of transmission of the recordable TV program and means for determining the total advertising duration which passes on the screen during the TV program transmission. Said invention makes it possible to determine, as soon as possible, a time to start an advertising-free playing back according to the beginning of transmission, the total duration of the advertising and to advise a user thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christoph Hielscher, Stefan Jenzowsky, Axel Scheuer, Harald Schweickhardt, Rudolf Stelzl
  • Patent number: 8365235
    Abstract: A data processing system, comprising a network interface configured to couple to a data network; one or more processors coupled to the network interface; memory coupled to the one or more processors; a video interface coupled to the one or more processors and configured to output video data to a video display device; logic encoded in one or more computer-readable media wherein execution by the one or more processors causes receiving and storing in the memory a plurality of still images from an audiovisual program, wherein each of the still images is associated with a sequentially later time point within the audiovisual program; receiving first user input specifying invocation of a trick play mode of playing the audiovisual program; generating video output to the video interface wherein the video output comprises a first image position comprising one or more of the still images, a linearly second image position comprising one of the still images, and a linearly third image position comprising one or more of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: NETFLIX, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil D. Hunt, Timothy Twerdahl, Marcelo Traverso M., Douglas Shannon
  • Patent number: 8359625
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to eliminate a scheduled recording of a targeted media program, where the scheduled recording is a redundant recording of the targeted media program that is determined based upon monitoring of recordings of media programs by a group of set top boxes in communication with each other over a network, where another set top box of the group of set top boxes is designated as a host set top box to record the targeted media program, and where the controller is provided access to the targeted media program by the host set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Scott White, James Cansler, Gerard Edwards, Loraine Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8359627
    Abstract: A method of realizing a personal video recorder (PVR) using a home network device is provided. A client receives contents and replays the contents in a home network. The client uploads first contents received from a real time broadcasting channel to the server from a time when an external time-shift input is received, terminates the uploading of the first contents if an external replay input is received during the uploading of the first contents, replays the first contents whose uploading is terminated from a portion requested by the external replay input, and simultaneously uploads second contents to the server, received from the real time broadcasting channel at a time when the uploading of the first contents is terminated. A user can watch a live broadcast using a time-shift function such as a PVR via a home network device without a separate PVR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong-jun Kim, Young-chul Sohn
  • Patent number: 8356324
    Abstract: A video program is streamed in a normal mode to a digital media rendering system on a first connection to the rendering system. Then, while streaming the video program over the first connection, a control signal is received from the rendering system over a second connection with the rendering system. In response to receipt of the control signal, the normal mode of streaming the video program is switched to a trick mode of streaming the video program over the first connection. This is done without closing the first connection. In response to receipt of the control signal, a resynchronization signal is sent to the rendering system over the first connection. The resynchronization signal causes the rendering system to resynchronize the processing of video program data packets after the trick mode of streaming has begun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Yasantha Nirmal Rajakarunanayake
  • Publication number: 20130007819
    Abstract: A synchronization apparatus and method for synchronizing playback time of a media provided to multiple devices during service transfer and replication process are provided. The content synchronization system for providing a receiving terminal with content of a sending terminal, the content synchronization system includes the sending terminal; the receiving terminal; and a server configured to provide content to the sending terminal and the receiving terminal and to comprise a communication unit configured to communicate the sending terminal and the receiving terminal and to transmit a message and information about time point at which the message is sent, and a content playback time point calculating unit configured to calculate a first content playback start time point of the receiving terminal in an effort to provide the content of the sending terminal that is synchronized with the receiving terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicants: Dong-Eui University Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hun-Hoi CHOI, Hwa-Suk KIM, Kee-Seong CHO, Geun-Hyung KIM, Jae-Chan SHIM
  • Patent number: 8341680
    Abstract: When a user issues a bookmark setup instruction, bookmark information, which includes identification information for a reproduction point whereat video and audio data for currently reproduced content are recorded, identification information for the pertinent content and position information indicating the current reproduction point are generated and stored in a storage unit. And when a user issues a bookmark display instruction, the bookmark information is read from the storage unit and a list of bookmarks is displayed. When one of the bookmarks on the list is selected and its reproduction is instructed, a command is transmitted to a reproduction apparatus, indicated in bookmark information that corresponds to the selected bookmark, to reproduce content, indicated in the bookmark information, beginning at a reproduction point designated in the bookmark information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8327407
    Abstract: A method of determining whether live media content or time-shifted media content is received at a communication device is presented. In the method, attribute information concerning media content received at a communication device at a specific time is received. Also received is schedule information including an identity of media content carried at the specific time over a channel identified in the attribute information. The media content identity from the attribute information is compared with the media content identity from the schedule information. The received media content is determined to be live media content if the media content identity from the attribute information agrees with the media content identity from the schedule information. The received media content is determined to be time-shifted media content if the media content identity from the attribute information does not agree with the media content identity from the schedule information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sling Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Lucas
  • Publication number: 20120297430
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses to manage network resources across a group of playback devices that share the same resources to control video quality across the group of playback devices are provided. A central controller collects information about a plurality of playback devices wherein the playback devices share a network resource. The central controller also collects information regarding the network resource. The central controller allocates the network resource to deliver one or more requested video segments to one or more playback devices based on the information collected from the plurality of playback devices and the information collected regarding the network resource. By providing a central controller that is aware of the available network resources and the needs of the playback devices, the network resource can be managed in a way that improves the quality of experience for end users across all the playback devices while maximizing the efficiency of the network resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Marcin Morgos, Marek Bugajski, Stephen Kraiman
  • Patent number: 8316403
    Abstract: In the case where the receiving apparatus 1 obtains, from a content archive, and reproduces a first video content having the same content as a program being broadcast, the difference of the ending time between the first video content being played and the program being broadcast is detected (S701). In the case where there is a difference in the ending time (YES in step S702), the receiving apparatus 1 obtains, from the content archive, a second video content having the same content as the next program started following the program being broadcast (S703, S704), and reproduces the second video content following the first video content being played (S705 to S709).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eito Sakakima, Shuntaro Aratani, Kazuna Maruyama, Satoshi Hanamitsu, Satoshi Ukawa
  • Patent number: 8311277
    Abstract: In a system and method for generating a synopsis video from a source video, at least three different source objects are selected according to one or more defined constraints, each source object being a connected subset of image points from at least three different frames of the source video. One or more synopsis objects are sampled from each selected source object by temporal sampling using image points derived from specified time periods. For each synopsis object a respective time for starting its display in the synopsis video is determined, and for each synopsis object and each frame a respective color transformation for displaying the synopsis object may be determined. The synopsis video is displayed by displaying selected synopsis objects at their respective time and color transformation, such that in the synopsis video at least three points that each derive from different respective times in the source video are displayed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Inventors: Shmuel Peleg, Yael Pritch, Alexander Rav-Acha, Avital Gutman
  • Patent number: 8312502
    Abstract: A recording system includes: a receiving apparatus that receives a content; and a recording apparatus that records the content received by the receiving apparatus. The receiving apparatus includes reception means for receiving the content, acceptance means for accepting a user's operation instructing to record the received content, generation means for generating a control signal for controlling a recording operation of the recording apparatus according to the accepted operation, and supply means for supplying the received content and the generated control signal to the recording apparatus, and the recording apparatus includes acquisition means for acquiring the content and the control signal supplied from the receiving apparatus, recording means for recording the acquired content, and control means for controlling the recording means according to the acquired control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Iwanaga
  • Patent number: 8312492
    Abstract: A method and system of providing media content is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving media content from a content source at a set-top box device. The media content includes video data having a first playback rate and audio data having the first playback rate. The method further includes transforming the audio data via a non-linear transformation to produce modified audio data having a second playback rate, modifying the video data to produce modified video data having the second playback rate, and synchronizing the modified audio data and the modified video data to produce modified media content having the second playback rate. A network-based media content storage device and associated logic to provide adjusted rate audio content are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrej Ljolje, Ann Syrdal, Alistair Conkie
  • Patent number: 8306391
    Abstract: A method for operating a data reproduction device enables users to resume reproduction of audio and/or video content across different devices of the same or different type. According to an exemplary embodiment, the method includes steps of receiving first index data from a different data reproduction device wherein the first index data indicates a first position in content in a first format and the content includes at least one of audio and video data, determining a second position in the content in a second format using the first index data, and enabling reproduction of the content in the second format beginning from the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Manoj Viswambharan, Louis Robert Litwin
  • Publication number: 20120278842
    Abstract: A television viewer interface system provides a viewer interface that allows the viewer to access different functions of a system. A highlight bar is responsive to the user's commands and is used to indicate the current menu item that can be selected by the user. Information is presented in a successive disclosure format where the user navigates through menus by moving the highlight bar to the right to obtain more information or to the left to see less information and return to the previous location. The background colors of each set of menus remains consistent throughout the user's experience such that the user intuitively knows what menu area he is in through the color cues. The invention provides indicators that tell the user that more information is available in a particular direction for a menu item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Howard Look, Robert Vallone, David Avraham Brown, Karen Bedard, Wijnand Van Stam, Ain McKendrick
  • Patent number: 8302139
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for aggregating the data for a plurality of individualized programs into a single channel, and allocating the channel bandwidth as-needed for provision of short video programs on an “on demand” basis, so that the total bandwidth required to provide the individualized channels and associated video clips is substantially reduced. Also provided is a real-time, single-user-targeted individualized advertising associated with the viewer selection that personalizes the user's iTV experience. The advertisements are targeted in real-time based on an immediate interest revealed by the user in a search request for content. Short duration videos are provided so as not to over-tax the individualized “on demand” channel's limited bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: OpenTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick B. Harris
  • Patent number: 8296812
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for presenting a movie on demand over a network is described. According to one system and method, the network has one or more nodes, portions of a video being encoded as encoded portions each having sections, the sections for each encoded portion being distributed among segments, the segments being distributed among the one or more nodes; an apparatus including a network interface is coupled to the network; a control system is coupled to the network interface and configured to initiate a movie request and to communicate with a subset of the one or more nodes to receive a subset of the segments; and a decoder coupled to the network interface and configured to decode a subset of the sections so that less than all of the sections are used to play back the movie; and a presentation device coupled to the apparatus, the presentation device presenting the portions of the video. Each portion of the movie is played back, in its entirety, without using all of the sections of that portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Vudu, Inc.
    Inventor: Prasanna Ganesan
  • Patent number: 8290349
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a playback apparatus, a method, and a program which can appropriately perform jump playback when content transmitted through a network is played back in real time. A terminal 3 receives stream data transmitted from a server 1, buffers the stream data, and plays back the buffered data. The terminal 3 has multiple buffers to allow content data of the positions of jump destinations that can be specified as a jump destination during jump playback to be pre-buffered in the multiple buffers. As a result, upon receiving a request for jump playback, the terminal 3 can start playback from a jump destination without delay, since the data of the jump destination has already been buffered. The present invention is applied to, for example, television receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kei Matsubayashi
  • Publication number: 20120260276
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus that includes an interface that receives first content transmitted from a content distribution apparatus to the information processing apparatus and another information processing apparatus in synchronization. The information processing apparatus also includes a processor that controls a reproduction state of the first content at the information processing apparatus, and controls the interface to transmit reproduction state information corresponding to the reproduction state to the content distribution apparatus. The content distribution apparatus controls transmission of second content to the another information processing apparatus based on the received reproduction state information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Toyoda, Tomoyuki Hanai, Nanami Miki, Hido Nagasaka, Noboru Murabayashi
  • Patent number: 8286208
    Abstract: A set top box determines DVR requests that the set top box is not able to record based on a number of scheduled DVR requests. The set top box provides the DVR request to a DVR management server. The DVR management server selects another set top box to record the television content associated with the DVR request based on a number DVR requests the other set top box is scheduled to record. The DVR management server issues a command to the other set top box to record the television content associated with the DVR request. The other set top box provides the recorded television content, associated with the DVR request, to the set top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignees: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Douglas M. Pasko, Carlos A. Cazanas, Brian Tims
  • Patent number: 8266659
    Abstract: In a broadband communications system, information is collected which relates to user-issued commands for accessing programming content and manipulating recorded programming content. The commands are monitored to determine when such content is accessed (i.e., requested, selected or played) and manipulated (i.e., rewound, fast-forwarded, paused, etc.) by a user. Data associated with a command to request, select or manipulate programming content is read from the user-issued command and forwarded to a processor for presentation of the programming content. The read data is stored and made available for analyzing user activity respecting programming content provided by the broadband communication system. Such analysis may relate to the popularity of specific programs, the frequency in which specific commercials are skipped or played, the most popular times that a specific program or type of program is accessed, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable LLC
    Inventors: Erik G. Urdang, David G. Bell
  • Publication number: 20120222075
    Abstract: A method for implementing fast playout is provided, which comprises: receiving a fast playout request sent by a client, where the fast playout request comprises a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) corresponding to content of a media file with a specified multiple of regular playout rate by the client, and the specified multiple of regular playout rate is determined by the client according to obtained media presentation description; and obtaining a content segment corresponding to the media file with the specified multiple of regular playout rate according to the URL, and sending a fast playout response to the client, where the fast playout response comprises the content segment corresponding to the media file with the specified multiple of regular playout rate. Therefore, fast online playing is implemented, and user experience is improved at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guangyuan Liu, Teng Shi, Weizhong Yuan, Renzhou Zhang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yonghui Tian, Peiyu Yue, Chuxiong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8255959
    Abstract: A first playback apparatus instructs a server apparatus to suspend playback of content, and the first playback apparatus stores identification information of the content for which suspension of playback was instructed and suspension information indicating the location at which playback of content was suspended. In response to a request from a second playback apparatus, the first playback apparatus presents the second playback apparatus with the stored suspension information, and the second playback apparatus selects the content, which is to be played back, in accordance with the suspension information presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Ito, Takeshi Toyama, Makoto Kobayashi, Kyohei Inukai
  • Publication number: 20120212575
    Abstract: A gateway includes a communications interface and processing circuitry and establishes communications with at least one service provider device and with a serviced client device. The gateway receives video on demand instructions from the serviced client device and transmits the video on demand instructions to the cloud server. The gateway then receives streamed video content from the cloud server, the streamed video content video processed based upon the video on demand instructions and, during some operations the streamed video content having video on demand icons formed therein. The gateway then transmits the streamed video content to the serviced client device. The advanced video processing instructions may be three-dimensional processing instruction, texturing, or another type of advanced video processing. The cloud server may also service a Video on Demand session for the serviced client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, David Erickson, Vladimir Silyaev, Alan Trerise, Marcus C. Kellerman
  • Publication number: 20120210371
    Abstract: An IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) as a first display device may be controlled in part by user on a second display device. The second display device can set start and end times for content which the user of the second display device recommends to the IPTV device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, Ling Jun Wong, True Xiong
  • Publication number: 20120204215
    Abstract: Digital video recorder (DVR) methods and apparatus are described. By combining DVR and on-demand functionality a large number of programs selected by a user can be made available to the DVR user and may be included in a single content availability list. The list may indicate whether the recording is available via an on-demand service or is locally recorded/stored content. When the user selects content for recording a check is automatically made to determine if the content is available via an on-demand server. If the content is available via an on-demand server the user is provided the opportunity to choose between the content being recorded by the DVR or being added to the recordings list but supplied via the on-demand server. In some embodiments the user may select the DVR to default to on-demand content supply as opposed to local recording when the content is available for on-demand delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Michael T. Hayashi, Kenneth Gould
  • Publication number: 20120204207
    Abstract: A system enables dynamic linking between a variety of video formats including television broadcasts, web pages, and video displays which are stored on magnetic or optical media. Each frame of the video information is identified together with a plurality of locations within that frame. The locations selected by the user for example using a pointing device is then used to access associated information either within the system itself or on an external system. Thus, in some embodiments of the present invention, any item on a given frame may be linked initially or thereafter to other information within or without the particular system containing that information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Edward O. Clapper
  • Publication number: 20120198494
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting progressively downloaded media programs is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, obtaining an estimated length of a media program where the estimated length is based on a plurality of different reported lengths of the media program in reported media program information, presenting at a display device a portion of the media program while it is being delivered by a media delivery system via a progressive download, and enabling active trick play functions for the media program based on the estimated length of the media program until a true time index is generated using an index file at an end of the progressive download of the media program. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventor: Scott White
  • Patent number: 8234679
    Abstract: In an entertainment service providing on-demand programs over a broadband communications network, a user is allowed to view multiple programs in a continuous manner. The user's enjoyment of the entertainment service is enhanced especially when the on-demand programs are short, e.g., on-demand music videos which typically are a few minutes long. The user is provided with graphical user interfaces for selecting the desired programs to watch, and also allowed to determine the order in which the selected programs are to be played, which may be random.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc J. Lawrence-Apfelbaum
  • Patent number: 8229282
    Abstract: A plurality of video-recording devices are connected via a network. A video-recording reservation processing unit registers video-recording reservation information in a video-recording reservation management table of a storage unit and notifies the other devices of the video-recording reservation registration via the network when a video-recording reservation is made with respect to the video-recording function thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Toru Kamiwada, Noboru Iwamatsu, Yousuke Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8230468
    Abstract: A system and process are provided to reduce the latency associated with delivery of data for trick functions (e.g., fast-forward or rewind) in data distribution systems. In response to a request for a trick function associated with program data being streamed to a user terminal, first trick data frames for the trick function are retrieved from a first computing apparatus (e.g., a storage server) and in the meantime second trick data frames for the trick function are generated at a second computing apparatus (e.g., streaming server). Until the first trick data frames arrive from the first computing apparatus, the second computing device streams the second trick data frames to the user terminal. The second computing apparatus streams the first trick data frame to the user terminal as they arrive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Thomas, Glenn Connery
  • Publication number: 20120185895
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, advertisements may be inserted into ongoing content using predefined break points within that content. For example, the break points may be defined by times within the content and specify advantageous situations for the interruption of the ongoing content and the insertion of commercials. In some embodiments, conditions may be placed on the activities which may occur during the playback of commercials, including the disabling of fast forwarding. In addition, commercials may be automatically inserted in the predetermined content break point based on user provided criteria. In some embodiments, the user criteria may be applicable generally to all assets and, in other cases, the user criteria may be specific to a particular asset, but, in both cases, in some embodiments, the advertisements may be populated within the content automatically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Marshall Wong, Hsisheng Mark Sun, Yun Huang
  • Patent number: 8225359
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing information in conjunction with media content, including a receiver, wherein the receiver receives at least one of a transmission of media content and a broadcast of media content, wherein the media content includes at least one of broadcast media content and entertainment media content, and further wherein the receiver receives information regarding the media content, a processor for processing at least one of the received media content and the received information regarding the media content, a display device for visually displaying the information regarding the media content, and/or a speaker device for audibly announcing the information regarding the media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander I. Poltorak
  • Publication number: 20120180095
    Abstract: Ease of use for the user is provided when a client copies or moves a content in a server by considering copying or moving of management information associated with the content. The present invention is so configured to show that it has a chapter information sharing means as extension information of equipment information of the server, and to allow a client to obtain chapter information from the server when the content is copied or moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Mayuko TANAKA, Takahiko Nozoe, Hiroo Okamoto