Server Or Headend Patents (Class 725/91)
  • Patent number: 11218703
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to adaptively encoding a video stream based on viewer engagement, content schedule and/or content characteristics. A system routes a video stream from a signal extractor to a first virtual encoder. The first virtual encoder is instantiated on a cloud platform and provides a first video output at a first bitrate. A second virtual encoder is instantiated on the cloud platform in response to a change in viewer count. The system routes the video stream from the signal extractor to the second virtual encoder. The second virtual encoder provides a second video output at a second bitrate. The second bitrate is different from the first bitrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: FuboTV Media Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Ho Choi, Thomas Symborski, Matthew Tretin
  • Patent number: 11200167
    Abstract: Described herein is a memory architecture that is configured to dynamically determine an address encoding to use to encode multi-dimensional data such as multi-coordinate data in a manner that provides a coordinate bias corresponding to a current memory access pattern. The address encoding may be dynamically generated in response to receiving a memory access request or may be selected from a set of preconfigured address encodings. The dynamically generated or selected address encoding may apply an interleaving technique to bit representations of coordinate values to obtain an encoded memory address. The interleaving technique may interleave a greater number of bits from the bit representation corresponding to the coordinate direction in which a coordinate bias is desired than from bit representations corresponding to other coordinate directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Pony AI Inc.
    Inventors: Yubo Zhang, Pingfan Meng
  • Patent number: 11178453
    Abstract: An example device for reporting interactivity usage information while presenting streamed media data includes a memory configured to store media data, and a processor implemented in circuitry and configured to execute a streaming client to receive a manifest file indicating reporting expectations representing data to be reported by the streaming client to a reporting server device during a media streaming session, send data representative of the reporting expectations to an interactivity application executed on the client device, receive interactivity usage information from the interactivity application executed on the client device, and report the interactivity usage information to the reporting server device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Nung Lo, Thomas Stockhammer
  • Patent number: 11170383
    Abstract: A method of delivering digital content for use on an electronic cutting machine. The method includes displaying at least one themed project in a rich internet application, where the themed project has at least one glyph of a glyph collection. The method further includes providing access to the rich internet application over a network and offering purchased access to the glyph collection. Any glyphs of the glyph collection can be added to the themed project. The themed project is cuttable on an electronic cutting machine in communication with the rich internet application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cricut, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Aaron Johnson
  • Patent number: 11138210
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for providing content. A query is received. Search results are identified that are responsive to the query. A content item is identified for presentation along with the search results. It is determined, based on one or more criteria, when the content item is to be augmented. When it is determined that the content item is to be augmented and after identifying the search results, the content item is augmented based at least in part on an entry in the search result. An augmented content item is created. The augmented content item is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Advay Mengle, Srdjan Petrovic, Shreyas Doshi, Gautham Thambidorai
  • Patent number: 11128906
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for providing streaming video from mobile computing nodes. A request for streaming video captured by a mobile computing node can be received at a computer including a processor that executes a controller. The request can include a parameter associated with the streaming video. The computer can initiate transmission of an inquiry message to two or more mobile computing nodes and receive inquiry message responses from the mobile computing nodes that include the mobile computing node. The inquiry message responses can indicate that the mobile computing nodes can satisfy the parameter. The computer can create a list of the mobile computing nodes that can satisfy the parameter and provide the list to the requestor. The computer can receive a selection of the mobile computing node, and initiate delivery of a video stream to the requestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian S. Amento, Robert J. Hall, Kaustubh Joshi, Kermit Hal Purdy, Pamela Zave
  • Patent number: 11122320
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are provided for delivering media content from different types of content sources to different destination devices across an outdoor/indoor interface using an outdoor hub device. An exemplary hub device includes a first input interface to receive a broadcast signal, a second input interface to receive a telecommunications signal from a telecommunications network, and an output interface. The device further includes a content stream management module coupled to the first input interface and the second input interface to multiplex broadcast and telecommunications content into a multiplexed content stream, an encapsulation module coupled to the content stream management module to encapsulate the multiplexed content stream into a packetized multiplexed content stream, and a communications interface coupled to the encapsulation module and the output interface to transmit the packetized multiplexed content stream to an indoor gateway device via the output interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: DISH TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C.
    Inventor: Edmund Petruzzelli
  • Patent number: 11115720
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward systems and methods for providing a live poll with a video presentation. In particular, the systems and methods described herein provide a video stream received from a broadcaster client device to one or more viewer client devices. Additionally, the systems and methods described herein provide a live poll to the one or more viewer client devices together with the video stream. The systems and methods receive poll responses from the one or more viewer client devices, compile poll results based on the received responses, and provide the poll responses to the broadcaster client device and the one or more viewer client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventor: George Lewis Kedenburg, III
  • Patent number: 11093211
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems that interact with users so as to provide for social networking and/or other services. In certain exemplary embodiments, an entertainment system is configured to provide jukebox-related and entertainment system mediated services that are accessible from within and from the outside of the location, coordinating social networking services among and between patrons within and outside of the location and also providing for advertisement opportunities. In certain exemplary embodiments, the entertainment system within a location may serve as and/or be connected to a jukebox. The entertainment system within the location may be connected to one or more client devices, one or more displays, one or more bar-top or hand-held gaming devices, etc., in certain exemplary embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Dominique Dion, Michael Tooker, Francois Guy, Francois Beaumier, Mounir Khenfir, Loic Gratton, Dominique Bureau, Harun Tunc Yayli
  • Patent number: 11089343
    Abstract: Innovations described herein provide a framework for advertising encoder capabilities, initializing encoder configuration, and signaling run-time control messages for video coding and decoding. For example, an encoding controller receives a request for encoder capability data from a decoding host controller, determines the capability data, and sends the capability data in reply. The capability data can include data that indicate a number of bitstreams, each providing an alternative version of input video, as well as data that indicate scalable video coding capabilities. The decoding host controller creates stream configuration request data based on the encoder capability data, and sends the configuration request data to the encoding controller. During decoding, the decoding host controller can create and send a control message for run-time control of encoding, where the control message includes a stream identifier for a bitstream and layer identifiers for a given layer of the bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mei-Hsuan Lu, Ming-Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 11051068
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed herein for verifying media guidance data. Specifically, a media guidance application may facilitate the extraction and transmission of an excerpt of a media asset that is associated with media guidance data such that the content of the excerpt may be compared to content known to be associated with the media guidance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter R. Klappert
  • Patent number: 11004356
    Abstract: Athletic activity may be tracked while providing encouragement to perform athletic activity. For example, a user's route may be captured during a workout and used to assemble a media presentation corresponding to the workout. Prior captured images may be assembled forming a hyperlapse video and included in a media presentation corresponding to a user's workout. Images representing locations along a workout route may be assembled and provided in the media presentation and may be shared with other users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tagu Kato, Adam Tenuta, Alvin Helmandi, Davor Krvavac, Masaya Nakade, Brian Snyder
  • Patent number: 10945011
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of using video program viewer interaction data that has been loaded to a media measurement database as input to a measurement engine which then calculates Linear, DVR, and VOD asset viewing activity at three levels: (a) Video Program, (b) Video Program Airing, (c) Video Program Airing Segment, where each level provides summary metrics for groupings of Demographic, Geographic, and/or Device Characteristic, and also second-by-second viewing metrics, including counting advertising impressions, within the Demographic, Geographic, Device groupings. System also accounts for reduced value of ad viewing when viewer is using trick plays or when viewer delays viewing recorded content. Together these metrics provide detailed information on customer viewing behavior which can be used to drive business decisions for service providers, advertisers, and content producers. Additionally, a viewing histogram analysis is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Alan Orlowski
  • Patent number: 10873531
    Abstract: A data flow manager for distributing data of a data stream of a user equipment via a first communication link and via a second communication link includes: a network interface configured to receive a first status signal indicating a link quality of the first communication link, a second status signal indicating a link quality of the second communication link and a third status signal indicating a link quality of a composite communication link; and a processor configured to, if at least one of the first status signal or the second status signal indicates a higher link quality than a link quality that is indicated by the third status signal, determine a reduction of an amount of data of the data stream communicated over the first communication link and an increase of an amount of data of the data stream communicated over the second communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Kadel, Markus Amend
  • Patent number: 10812846
    Abstract: A Caching Recommendation Engine in one embodiment improves the delivery quality of IP services by performing real-time reinforcement learning of the content distribution network behavior, and continuously computing caching recommendations by leveraging novel Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to maximize the content distribution network caching efficiency and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: DIGITAL KEYSTONE, INC.
    Inventors: Luc Vantalon, Paolo Siccardo
  • Patent number: 10777000
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle may be configured to incorporate multiple sensors to make the robotic vehicle capable of collecting and uploading image data over time into the cloud to generate interactive garden models. In this regard, in some cases, the robotic vehicle may include an onboard vehicle positioning module and sensor network that may work together to give the robotic vehicle a collective understanding of its environment, and enable it to autonomously collect and upload image data for corresponding locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventors: Stefan Grufman, Björn Mannefred
  • Patent number: 10764628
    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: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Walker, Bruce Bradley, Thomas Day, Robert Gaydos, John Leddy, Weidong Mao
  • Patent number: 10755036
    Abstract: A system according to various exemplary embodiments includes a processor and a user interface, communication module, and memory coupled to the processor. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to: retrieve a digital image from a server using the communication module; present the digital image on a display of the user interface; receive edits to the digital image via the user interface; generate, based on the edits, a modified digital image, wherein generating the modified digital image includes transforming a format of the digital image to include a field containing an identifier associated with the modified digital image; and transmit the modified digital image to the server using the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Rahul Sheth, Kevin Dechau Tang, Ning Zhang
  • Patent number: 10749699
    Abstract: A network load traffic management component is communicatively coupled to a radio access network (RAN). The network load traffic management component includes a subscriber scoring module and a subscriber scoring database that operates on a server processor and a server memory. The network load traffic management component identifies at least one network event corresponding to a RAN control plane. The network load traffic management component monitors each network event for a session time, in which each session time is associated with each subscriber interacting with the RAN. The network load traffic management component, repeatedly, determines a performance measurement for each network event associated with each session time. The performance measurement for each network event is recorded. A subscriber score is generated based on the performance measurements for each network event. A predictive indicator score is generated based on subscriber scores and behavioral analytics associated with each subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GUAVUS, INC.
    Inventors: Chris S. Neisinger, Michal Patryk Debicki
  • Patent number: 10735489
    Abstract: Techniques are described for switching streaming of media content between content delivery networks (CDNs) during mid-stream. An initial CDN can be used to stream the media content. The performance of a second CDN can be measured by requesting a fragment of the media content as a measurement or test fragment. Streaming of the media content can be switched to the second CDN if its performance is determined to be better than the initial CDN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Joliveau, Gregory Scott Benjamin, Nicholas James Benson, Justin Michael Binns, Kenneth Thomas Burford, Stefan Christian Richter, Li Tong, Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10719546
    Abstract: A method for managing multimedia files includes an operating step whereby at least one playback management object of one or several multimedia files is generated, said playback management object including at least one playback parameter of multimedia files, said operating step whereby at least one playback management object is generated including at least an operating step whereby said at least one playback parameter of multimedia files is generated. The method also comprises an operating step whereby at least one link between said playback management object and at least a first multimedia file is generated, the operating step whereby said at least one playback management object and/or said link are stored in a memory and an operating step whereby at least a first multimedia file or a plurality of multimedia files are played, as a function of said at least one playback parameter of said playback management object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: VIRTUOUS CIRCLE SA
    Inventor: Romano Luigi
  • Patent number: 10587833
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include systems and methods which allow consumers of audio-visual content (such as movies and television programs) to obtain dynamic additional content about programs and movies being watched, and customize that additional content to their personal preferences and behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Allen Mendeloff, William Joseph Bartley, Brian Kwan, David Jessen, Evan Acosta
  • Patent number: 10579329
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to entertainment systems that interact with users so as to provide for social networking and/or other services. In certain exemplary embodiments, an entertainment system is configured to provide jukebox-related and entertainment system mediated services that are accessible from within and from the outside of the location, coordinating social networking services among and between patrons within and outside of the location and also providing for advertisement opportunities. In certain exemplary embodiments, the entertainment system within a location may serve as and/or be connected to a jukebox. The entertainment system within the location may be connected to one or more client devices, one or more displays, one or more bar-top or hand-held gaming devices, etc., in certain exemplary embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Dominique Dion, Michael Tooker, Francois Guy, Francois Beaumier, Mounir Khenfir, Loic Gratton, Dominique Bureau, Harun Tunc Yayli
  • Patent number: 10440437
    Abstract: A system and method for presenting video asset information to a viewer to assist the view in selecting a video asset for viewing. The video assets can be available from a plurality of different video asset sources, such as VOD (video on demand), PVR (personal video recorders) and broadcast (including over the air, cable, and satellite). Images from the video assets are displayed in a uniform manner, along with information about the video assets. The information includes data in a metadata category. The view can select one of the video assets for viewing, but also can navigate using metadata categories such as genre, actors, director etc. This allows a much easier and natural navigating and selection process for viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Visible World, LLC
    Inventor: Seth Haberman
  • Patent number: 10367880
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to detect a selection of media content from a media content source, detect that the selected media content comprises a plurality of media content types, present a plurality of media content type options, each option corresponding to one of the plurality of media content types or combinations thereof, detect a selection from the plurality of media content type options, submit a request to a targeted communication device to accept or decline the selected media content according to the selected media content type option, retrieve one or more metadata pointers from the media content source for retrieving the selected media content responsive to receiving an acceptance from the targeted communication device, and store the one or more metadata pointers and the selected media content type option. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Propoerty I, LP.
    Inventors: Troy C. Meuninck, N. Peter Hill, Oleg Kashapov
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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