Server Or Headend Patents (Class 725/91)
  • Patent number: 10237580
    Abstract: A broadcast system provides support for clients to receive transmissions over a unicast or a multicast channel from a broadcast server. A server administrator configures each of a first server and client systems connected to the server to receive data in one of a multicast or unicast transmission mode. An empirical test determines whether an intervening network can support the configured mode and if not, transmission is performed using a fall back mode. The first server is able to provide access to data streams from other servers to the client systems connected thereto. Upon requesting a data stream from another server, the first server receives the data stream, replicates the data stream, transmits the data stream to the requesting client system and stores the replicated data stream for immediate access by any requesting client server connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: VectorMax Corporation
    Inventors: Jon Rachwalski, Daniel Witt
  • Patent number: 10218760
    Abstract: In viewing a media presentation having multiple streams or tracks running in parallel and synchronized to a common playback timeline, a user experiencing one of the streams will miss interesting events and other content occurring in other streams. Accordingly, upon receiving an instruction to switch from a first stream to a second stream, a summary of the second stream is dynamically generated based on content that the user missed while watching the first stream. The summary is presented to the user prior to transitioning to presentation of the second stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: JBF Interlude 2009 LTD
    Inventors: Opher Vishnia, Sam Barlow, Jonathan Bloch, Barak Feldman, Tal Zubalsky, Yuval Hofshy
  • Patent number: 10200450
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for sharing data between a cloud server and at last one terminal are provided. The method includes displaying, when a data type is selected on a setting menu screen of a cloud service, meta information of real data corresponding to the selected data type, the meta information being downloaded from a server, downloading, when a piece of meta information is selected, the real data corresponding to the selected piece of meta information from the server, and deleting, when the downloaded real data is consumed completely, the consumed real data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dohyoung Kim, Minkyung Kim, Wansoo Lim, Youngmi Kim
  • Patent number: 10154292
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an information pushing method. The method includes: a cloud server receiving program information from a program server and analyzing program content in the received program information to find available regions in image frames of the program content; the cloud server generating a block information record table for the found available regions; and an information server receiving the block information record table from the cloud server, finding corresponding information to be pushed for identifiers of the available regions in the block information record table according to a preset information association rule, associating the information to be pushed with the identifiers and sending the found information to be pushed to a corresponding playing terminal. The present invention also discloses an information pushing system, a cloud server and a information server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SKYWORTH-RGB ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yaoling Xu, Zhilong Hou
  • Patent number: 10123067
    Abstract: PVR functionality is enabled on a media player of a placeshifting system, which allows a user to record media programs from locations that are physically remote from a source of the media programs. The media player may receive program schedule information and present the program schedule information to the user. Based on user input, the media player identifies a media program and associated schedule information. When the media program is scheduled to play, the placeshifting device directs a media recording device to receive the media program and to store the program. The placeshifting device may digitize, transcode, and/or transrate the media program, if necessary, and transmit the media program to the remote device for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SLING MEDIA L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jason Gary Krikorian
  • Patent number: 10091549
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided herein for recommending a media asset based on a geographic location at which that media asset was frequently consumed. For example, the system may monitor a location, such as New York City or Times Square, to determine popular media assets watched there, such as “The Avengers,” and when another user visits New York City, the system may then notify the user that the movie, such as “The Avengers,” is associated with New York City. The system stores the geographic locations associated with the media asset in the database based on the consumption of the media asset so that other users may be notified which media assets are associated with each geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel C. Dalbec, Jonathan A. Logan, Ajay Kumar Gupta, Alexander W. Liston, William L. Thomas, Margret B. Schmidt, Mathew C. Burns
  • Patent number: 9998783
    Abstract: A network digital video recording (nDVR) system may take into account the capabilities of a requesting user's local DVR when managing network recordings. The user's local DVR may include a temporary buffer that is normally used to record what the DVR is tuned to, and may be used for local trickplay functionality such as pausing live television. The nDVR features described herein may track the usage of the user's temporary DVR buffer, and use that in determining what to stream in response to a user's playback request. The nDVR system can also determine if the user's local DVR has an unused tuner at a time of a program recording, and can instruct the user's local DVR to also tune to the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Walker, Bruce Bradley, Thomas Day, Robert Gaydos, John Leddy, Weidong Mao
  • Patent number: 9930094
    Abstract: The present invention provides a content complex providing server capable of providing a content complex containing a plurality of different constituent content used to deliver one subject by using a plurality of terminals such that the content complex can be played efficiently only by a minimum operation when a receiver of the content can watch or listen to the plurality of terminals simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Industry-Academic Cooperation of Yonsei University
    Inventors: Chie Teuk Ahn, Seung Yup Lee, Ju Wan Yoo
  • Patent number: 9894408
    Abstract: A method, computer program, reception apparatus, and information providing apparatus for accessing or providing access to content. The method includes receiving a transport stream from a content provider. A virtual channel table (VCT) is extracted from the transport stream. Further, a determination is made as to whether one or more services, corresponding to an entry included in the VCT, are supported by the reception apparatus based on one or more parameterized service descriptor (PSD) instances, which are associated with a predetermined Service Type and included in the VCT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 9875342
    Abstract: A user can share digital content with another user or device using dynamically-generated barcodes. A user might request to share an electronic book (“e-book”), stored on a first device, with another user having a second device. The first device can generate a barcode that includes not only information about the identity of the e-book, but also information about the user or the first device, which can help to determine rights and/or access restrictions for the content. The second device can capture an image of the barcode generated on a display of the first device, and use information extracted from that image to attempt to obtain a copy of the e-book. Other types of barcodes can be generated based at least in part upon the context, such as where a user is attempting to locate a physical copy of a type of digital content in a retail location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew W. Amacker, Stephen S. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 9877063
    Abstract: Implementations discussed herein are directed to providing interactive advertisements to a viewer of a broadcast or other program service transmission. Interactive advertisements include product offering advertisements that give details regarding sales of specific products or retailers that offering specific products for sale. A user may create a shopping list or other indicator that specifies which product offering advertisements are displayed. Product offering advertisements may be displayed concurrently with content from a program service transmission. Extended product offering advertisement that provide further details regarding a product for sale may be displayed in response to user selections of particular product offering advertisements. Product offering advertisements and/or extended product offering advertisements may be displayed on a front panel screen of a receiver or on a television or other output device used to display program service content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Ukraine L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eugene Medvedenko
  • Patent number: 9876834
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating cross device resumable media content consumption. In an aspect, a system includes an update component that receives a media statistics update where the media statistics update includes information identifying an account, media content identification information, and a first playback time position associated with media content. A monitoring component is also included that identifies when the account accesses the media content associated with the media content identification information. A resume component is also included that plays back the media content at the first playback time position in response to identifying an access of the media content associated with the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Michal Januszewski
  • Patent number: 9866902
    Abstract: Viewers of a video content item may provide reaction videos, that show the viewer's reactions to a content item while the viewers view the content item. The reaction videos may be provided to a friend, or other member of a social circle of the viewers, when the friend views the content item. The reaction videos may be locked until the friend provides consent to have his or her reaction captured while watching the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Flores, Devin Blong, Tushar Chaudhary, Manish Sharma
  • Patent number: 9836813
    Abstract: Misaligned map data received from different sources is corrected to generate a map that includes aligned features. Each data source is associated with a reliability value that identifies the likelihood that the map data received from the corresponding source is aligned with a particular map location. A corrected version of the map data is generated based on the reliability values of the data sources. Generally, map data from unreliable sources is adjusted toward map data from more reliable sources until the map data from the different sources is aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Brian Edmond Brewington
  • Patent number: 9836276
    Abstract: An voice command processing method provides a unified voice control interface to access and control Internet of things (IoT) devices and configure value of attributes of graphical user interface (GUI) elements, attributes of applications, and attributes of the IoT devices. As a voice command comprises an expression of a percentage or a fraction of a baseline value of an attribute, or an exact value of the attribute of an IoT device, the unified voice control interface sets the attribute of the IoT device in response to the percentage, the fraction, or the exact value in the voice command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Chang Lu
  • Patent number: 9792285
    Abstract: Personalized content is generated from different media items using a content index. The content index is generated or updated by identifying segments of media items that are of particular interest to users. User interactions with the media items are analyzed and metadata of segments of media items that are determined to be of particular interest to the users is recorded. The parameters associated with a request for personalized content for a user are matched with the recorded metadata to identify relevant media items or segments of media items which are transmitted to the user as the personalized content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: EXCALIBUR IP, LLC
    Inventors: David Reiley, Michael Schwarz, Justin M. Rao, Andrzej Skrzypacz
  • Patent number: 9729906
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the efficient and non-redundant transmission of a single video program in multiple frame rates, optionally employing a combination of video coding standards, in a way that is backwards-compatible with legacy receivers only supportive of some subsection of frame rates or of some subsection of video coding standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, Benjamin Cook, Jeffrey C. Hopper
  • Patent number: 9716910
    Abstract: PVR functionality is enabled on a media player of a placeshifting system, which allows a user to record media programs from locations that are physically remote from a source of the media programs. The media player may receive program schedule information and present the program schedule information to the user. Based on user input, the media player identifies a media program and associated schedule information. When the media program is scheduled to play, the placeshifting device directs a media recording device to receive the media program and to store the program. The placeshifting device may digitize, transcode, and/or transrate the media program, if necessary, and transmit the media program to the remote device for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sling Media, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jason Gary Krikorian
  • Patent number: 9554062
    Abstract: A video switcher includes: a reception unit which receives video data within a range of a prescribed bandwidth via a network from video output apparatuses; a transmission unit which selects one or more pieces from among received video data, and transmits the selected one or more pieces to a video processing apparatus; a selection unit which dynamically sets a priority degree of each piece of video data, and selects video data to be received; and a control unit which controls a transmission and reception of video data. When a bandwidth necessary for a reception of new video data is insufficient, the selection unit selects video data for which reception is to be stopped from among video data being received based on the priority degree, and the control unit performs a control so as to stop a reception of selected video data and start a reception of the new video data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasuto Masuda
  • Patent number: 9426535
    Abstract: A guide data server stores program guide content in a memory and transmits the stored content to a multicast server. The multicast server transmits the received content to set top boxes according to three independent time periods. The three time periods include an update blocking time period, a multicast blocking time period, and a normal time period. During the update blocking time period, the multicast server transmits old program guide content to the set top boxes. During the multicast blocking time period, the multicast server (1) performs a one-time request for the new program guide content from the guide data server, and (2) receives new program guide content from the guide data server. During the normal time period, the multicast server receives new program guide content transmitted from the guide data server and transmits the new program guide content to the set top boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventors: Richa Mittal, Padmakumar Rajan
  • Patent number: 9414111
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for efficiently and flexibly providing caption data (e.g., closed captioning) to subscribers of a content-based network, such as for example Internet protocol television (IPTV) subscribers. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a server performing real-time extraction and encapsulation of caption data, transport of caption data to client devices over the network, and use of one or more applications running on the client devices to decode and display the caption data consistent with the multimedia (audio/video) content with which it is associated. In one variant, instant messaging (IM) infrastructure is used to authenticate clients and receive and display the caption data via a separate transport process. Server and client-side apparatus adapted for caption data receipt, decoding and display are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hasek, Kenneth Gould
  • Patent number: 9313095
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for enabling multicast traffic for a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) Modular Headend Architecture (MHA) system. The techniques allow a single modular CMTS core Media Access Control (MAC) domain to service a plurality of physical layer devices. When combined with an independent control plane, Downstream External physical layer (PHY) Interface (DEPI), and Upstream External physical layer (PHY) Interface (UEPI), a downstream PHY device becomes a completely independent and scalable network element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Chapman, Sangeeta Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 9270926
    Abstract: A system for generating edited video, the system comprises a storage module configured to store a plurality of video tags; a network interface configured to receive an unedited video clip and a video tag selection from a user device and automatically transmit and edited video to a video sharing website; and a transformer module configured to generate an edited video based on the unedited video clip and the video tag selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: NEWBLUE, INC.
    Inventors: Todor Fay, Melissa J. Grey
  • Patent number: 9215567
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for a local area broadcast service, and a wireless transmission apparatus applied to them. In the system, contents to be broadcasted in a predetermined local area are transmitted from a broadcast server to a wireless transmission apparatus through a wired network based on an Internet Protocol and the contents are then broadcasted from the wireless transmission apparatus to one or more user terminal devices. Therefore, according to the present invention, a server of a wired network can easily provide particular contents for each particular local area to one or more user terminal devices in the local area. Moreover, it is possible to reduce the load of the server, when the server provides multiple types of contents or provides contents to a plurality of user terminal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SK TELECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keun Hwan Choi, Moon Kee Kim, Cheol Ho Yim, Kyung Sik Han, Jae Yeon Noh, Jae Hwang Yu, Min Seok Kim, Sun Joon In
  • Patent number: 9204187
    Abstract: A method, computer program, reception apparatus, and information providing apparatus for accessing or providing access to content. The method includes receiving a transport stream from a content provider. A virtual channel table (VCT) is extracted from the transport stream. Further, a determination is made as to whether one or more services, corresponding to an entry included in the VCT, are supported by the reception apparatus based on one or more parameterized service descriptor (PSD) instances, which are associated with a predetermined Service Type and included in the VCT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mark Eyer
  • Patent number: 9179115
    Abstract: A DVR sends, over the Internet, to a server, information that indicates a set of programs. The information also may indicate a ranking of the programs in the set relative to each other. In response to receiving the information from the DVR, the server determines a “to do” list of programs that the DVR should record as those programs are broadcasted in the future. The “to do” list indicates recording times and channels for each program. The server sends the “to do” list back to the DVR over the Internet. The DVR receives the “to do” list over the Internet and stores the “to do” list. As the programs on the “to do” list are broadcasted, the DVR automatically records those programs at the list-specified times and on the list-specified channels. The DVR stores those programs on the DVR's hard disk drive for later viewing by the DVR user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Barton
  • Patent number: 9154582
    Abstract: The present distribution system is formed by a plurality of clients enabled to receive a plurality of channels of signals and a distribution server enabled to output the plurality of channels of signals to respective clients. Each of the plurality of clients includes a switch unit and a transmission unit. The distribution server includes a plurality of transceiver units, a delay amount determining unit and a delay adjusting unit. The respective transceiver units output the plurality of channels of signals to the plurality of clients and receive selection information and dependent information from the respective plurality of clients. The delay amount determining unit determines delay amount to be instructed to the respective plurality of transceiver units based on the dependent information. The delay adjusting unit controls delay amount for the respective plurality of transceiver units based on the delay amount determined by the delay amount determining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGMENT CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Hisataka Ueda
  • Patent number: 9154833
    Abstract: [Object] To realize processing for switching a reproduction state from broadcast data to network data and resuming the reproduction of the original broadcast data. [Solving Means] A browser (241) acquires, via a network, an XML-AIT having a content equivalent to a broadcast AIT defining a life cycle of a broadcast application while a VoD content is reproduced after being switched from the broadcast application. The browser (241) manages the broadcast application based on the XML-AIT and resumes the reception of the broadcast application after the reproduction of the VoD content is ended. With this structure, processing of separating two transport streams at the same time becomes unnecessary, and one demultiplexer (23) only needs to be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Dewa, Naohisa Kitazato, Katsunori Hashimoto, Masahito Mori
  • Patent number: 9143814
    Abstract: A video server adaptively selects an appropriate video encoding standard and an appropriate video encoding rate for encoding video content to be downloaded to one or more video client devices over a communication network. The video server adaptively selects the video encoding standard and the video encoding rate based upon factors such as the data transmission rate of the communication network, the processing speed of the video client device, or the type of the video content to be downloaded. Once the video encoding standard and the video encoding rate are selected, video content can be transcoded prior to downloading to one or more video client devices. During the download, the video content may be adaptively transrated, such as in response to a change in the data transmission rate of the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Wolfe, David Westerhoff
  • Patent number: 9142254
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for designating a memory region for receiving image frames from an image frame server, the image frames are from a first sequence of image frames. Each image frame in the first sequence of image frames is associated with a time position on a first timeline. A needed image frame is selected, the needed image frame associated with a second time position on a second timeline. The second time position is mapped on the second timeline to a first time position on the first timeline. The image frame server is requested to provide an image frame from the first sequence of image frames at the first time position on the first timeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: David McGavran, Paul E. Young, Enzo Guerrera
  • Patent number: 9112760
    Abstract: A receiver recovers local service data symbols from first Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (OFDM) symbols in the presence of second OFDM symbols. The second OFDM symbols carry national broadcast data symbols and modulated on to the sub-carriers of the second OFDM symbols using a first modulation scheme. The first OFDM symbols carry the national broadcast data symbols and the local service data symbols from a local insertion pipe and modulated on to the sub-carriers of the first OFDM symbols using a second modulation scheme. The receiver comprises an OFDM detector which includes an equalizer to recover local service modulated sub-carriers of the second modulation scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Asangbeng Atungsiri, Matthew Paul Athol Taylor, Obioma Chiedozie Donald Okehie
  • Patent number: 9038117
    Abstract: Automated media programming (AMP) systems and methods are provided. The systems and methods allow independent users to submit, edit, rate, and watch video content (preferably, although not necessarily, from other users) over a broadcast media channel or network. In one embodiment, among others, the AMP system employs a topic generator means for determining one or more topics that will be used for identifying one or more videos to be broadcast, an upload means for receiving uploads of one or more user videos relating to the determined topics, a prescreening means for allowing users to view the uploaded user videos, a rating means for rating the uploaded user videos, their respective producers, or both, a pre-production means for scheduling the uploaded videos for transmission based upon the ratings, and a broadcast means for enabling broadcast of the videos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Martin Kelly Jones
  • Patent number: 9037742
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for optimizing streaming of a group of videos. Throughput of video streams through a common link to at least two different destinations is permitted. An effective flow rate for each video stream is ascertained, and a playout lead for each video stream is estimated. The playout leads are equalized via dynamically changing the effective flow rates of the video streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Arya, Malolan Chetlur, Partha Dutta, Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Kunal Kishore Korgaonkar, Ramana V. Polavarapu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9032457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing streaming data of content in a digital broadcast system supporting Video On Demand (VOD) service are provided. A data processing method of a set-top box supporting Video On Demand (VOD) service includes requesting content selected by a user, configuring, if streaming data of the content is received, file block information for storing the streaming data, and storing the streaming data in units of file blocks according to the file block information. The streaming data processing method and apparatus of the present invention are capable of processing the streaming data of the content of which size is larger than the available storage space efficiently. Also, the streaming data processing method and apparatus of the present invention is capable of reducing total manufacturing cost of the set-top box by reducing costly storage device in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Gyu Kim, Jung In Jang, Hun Soo Jee, Bon Seuk Goo, Kyu Sung Choi, Won Chang Joe
  • Patent number: 9027065
    Abstract: A system for managing delivery of content from multiple platforms maintains data for various video channels. Some of the video channels are television channels, while others are over-the-top (OTT) video content sources such as video streaming websites. The system includes a package generation module by which a service provider may define a package of both traditional and OTT channels to offer to subscribers in a unified programming interface. When a user uses the interface to select a set of video channels, the system compiles the set of the video channels in a subscriber package of both television and OTT channels. The system assigns a name to the subscriber package, and it stores the defined package and name, along with other information about the package, in a data storage facility for offering to a subscriber of content from the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: aioTV, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Everett Earle
  • Patent number: 9026463
    Abstract: An online video distribution network includes an online video portal and an online video merchant. In one embodiment, when the consumer orders a video, the merchant provides a pick-up ticket to the consumer. The portal uses the merchant identity in the pick-up ticket to connect to the merchant, and the merchant uses a product identity in the pick-up ticket to retrieve and send the video to the portal. In another embodiment, the portal provides the consumer with a drop-off ticket, which is provided to the merchant. The merchant connects to the portal using the portal identity in the drop-off ticket, and sends the video and a customer identity in the drop-off ticket to the portal. The portal determines a consumer record associated with the consumer identity and stores the video in the consumer record. The consumer can then easily access the video at the portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: TP Lab, Inc.
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Shin Cheung Simon Chiu
  • Patent number: 9027063
    Abstract: The present invention provides for closed loop multimedia content management systems and methods to ensure accurate and timely delivery of VOD content from multiple content providers using multiple distribution systems. The present invention provides for a method of distributing multimedia content using a VOD management system by receiving a multimedia asset data file and associated metadata from a content provider and/or a MSO, tracking the delivery of the multimedia asset data file to a MSO, tracking the upload of the multimedia asset data file to a VOD server maintained by the MSO, and providing usage reports relating to usage of multimedia asset data files by end users of the MSO. Usage reports are prepared by receiving data from the VOD servers regarding the files requested by end users, creating a master reporting database using that data, and generating the usage reports using the data contained in the master reporting database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Deluxe Digital Distribution Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Fickle, José A. Róyo, Timothy Bruce Aron
  • Patent number: 9021536
    Abstract: A system and process is provided in which original video or dialog content is securely received from the content owner. Subtitle language data is derived, translated, stored and served on a separate database for synchronous playback with the content in video streaming, downloading or online TV following the activation of an option by the end user through a media player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Stream Translations, Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard E. Greenberg, Bente Cecilie Ottersen, Randi Næs
  • Patent number: 9015780
    Abstract: A video transmission system includes a video server module that selectively operates in a unicast mode and a multicast mode, wherein the video server module generates a video signal that includes a unicast video signal when the video server module is in the unicast mode and that includes a multicast video signal when the video server module is in the multicast mode. A wireless access device transmits the video signal to at least one mobile video device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jeyhan Karaoguz, Sherman (Xuemin) Chen, Michael Dove, David Rosmann, Thomas J. Quigley, Stephen E. Gordon
  • Patent number: 9015773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving a broadcast signal. The method for receiving a broadcast signal comprises: generating a broadcast stream including at least one program; generating first program table information that represents the broadcast stream; receiving non-real time (NRT) service schedule information; generating second program table information that represents the NRT service, in accordance with the received NRT service schedule information; configuring a stream including the broadcast stream, the 1st program table information and the second program table information; and transmitting the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Kwansuk Kim
  • Patent number: 9009760
    Abstract: A system may send a request for video content to a server device; obtain, in response to the request, control information, associated with the video content, where the control information may include one or more digital versatile disc (DVD) features that correspond to one or more portions of the video content; and present the control information, for display, via a user interface, where presenting the control information for display may enable a user, of the video client device, to interact with the control information as though the video content was being played by a DVD player. The system may also receive selection of a DVD feature, of the one or more DVD features; and obtain, from the server device, a portion of the video content, of the one or more portions of the video content, that begins at a point that corresponds to the selected DVD feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Srirama Kalidindi, Sanjay Ahuja
  • Patent number: 9009772
    Abstract: A system and method for providing content providers with network distribution nodes for distributing content to subscribers of a communications service provider may include maintaining multiple network nodes by the communications service provider, where the network nodes may be in communication with the Internet and be configured to enable subscribers of the communications service provider to access and download content over a controlled service provider network without the content having to be communicated over the Internet. Multiple respective content service providers may be enabled to store content at the network nodes for subscribers local to each respective network node to download the content. Multiple customer databases configured to store information associated with subscribers of the communications service provider may be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Michael Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: 9009764
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and receiver devices enable broadcasters with restricted content license areas (e.g., Designated Market Areas (“DMAs”) to distribute content via Over the Top (“OTT”) IP networks. Embodiments enable client reporting and authentication as well as broadcast content encryption. In an embodiment, information from the client may be reported back to the broadcasters, such as a view history/use report. In an embodiment, hand off between DMAs may be enabled. In an embodiment, local advertisement insertion in network content may be enabled. Embodiments may enable Multicast-Broadcast Single Frequency Network (“MBSFN”) operation across DMA boundaries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gordon Kent Walker, Charles N. Lo, Jun Wang, Daphna Zeilingold, Joseph P. Barone, Ed O. Tiongson
  • Patent number: 9003447
    Abstract: A system and method for customizing communication in a social television framework is described. The method includes retrieving a current context data set corresponding to multiple users, wherein the current context data set includes a user profile component and a media content component. A customized mark set is determined based on an analysis of the current context data set, and at least one of the marks in the customized mark set is sent to a client end device to be experienced by at least one of the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Gunnar Harboe, Noel Massey, Von A. Mock
  • Patent number: 8997137
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include a method and a system. The method includes receiving a first media stream, in a first network device from a remote network device, using a first network protocol. The may method include converting the first media stream in real-time to a second media stream according to a second network protocol and transmitting the second media stream to a user device. The method may include receiving a first trick-mode command according to a first trick-mode protocol from the user device, wherein the first trick-mode command includes rewind, fast forward, or pause. The method may include converting the first trick-mode command into a second trick-mode command according to a second trick-mode protocol and transmitting the second trick-mode command to the remote network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Montague Mathews, Michael P. Ruffini
  • Patent number: 8989223
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and apparatus that addresses and resolves the issues currently affecting the ability to offer Enhanced TV, in particular, those issues concerning timing and synchronization, interaction with other modules in the STB, and distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: TVWorks, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Bulkowski, Carolyn Wales, Sam Hsu, James Helman, Joseph Decker, Brock Wagenaar, Mark Vickers
  • 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: 8990868
    Abstract: A display terminal and a method for displaying content on the display terminal are embodied and broadly disclosed herein. The method may include displaying an indicator that indicates a presence of at least one new content available in a channel; displaying a list of the at least one new content in response to an acknowledgement request corresponding to the indicator; and connecting to the channel to display the at least one new content in response to an input, wherein the input is a selection of one or more of the at least one new content in the displayed list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungbin Lee, Ryoung Kim, Jun Kim, Ubeom Heo, Jiwan Nam, Samsoo Lee, Ilhyun Kim, Namhoon Kim, Sungmin Baek, Eunhae Cho, Jaehee Chung
  • Patent number: 8990869
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for selectively caching (and de-caching) video content in network so as to reduce content transformation requirements and also cache storage requirements. In one embodiment, a content caching controller associated with a content server differentiates content requests based on content attributes such as the requested codec format (e.g., MPEG or Windows Media), resolution, bitrate, and/or encryption type or security environment. If the content requested by a user is not available with the requested attribute(s), the content server transfers to content to the user by first transforming it. The content server also speculatively caches the transformed content locally, so that a future request for the same content with the same attributes can be filled by transferring without the intermediate transformation step. The controller allows the network operator to optimize use of available storage and transcoding resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Charles A. Hasek