ECHOSTAR UKRAINE, L.L.C.
|ECHOSTAR UKRAINE, L.L.C. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140053223||CONTENT RECEIVER SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT IN TRANSLATED AND/OR AUDIO FORM - Systems and methods utilize a content receiver to provide supplemental content, such as news content, personal content and advertising content, to a user. Received data is formatted as supplemental content by the content receiver based on user preference information stored therein, and the formatted supplemental content is transmitted to a content display device. The supplemental content is provided to the user in addition or as an alternative to video content, and may replace or supplement closed captioning content. The supplemental content may be translated into another language and/or converted into audio signals utilizing the content receiver. Systems and methods also utilize a content receiver to translate data such as text data into another language. Text data may, in addition or alternatively, be converted into audio signals utilizing the content receiver.||02-20-2014|
|20130318553||SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING OPERATION OF A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - A video services receiver system for providing video content to a display for viewing by a customer is presented here. The video services receiver system includes a receiver interface configured to receive data associated with video services, and a display interface for the display. The display interface provides a graphical interactive programming interface for the video services, the programming interface having a plurality of user-selectable elements. The video services receiver system also includes an audio interface configured to generate audio signals associated with operation of the video services receiver system. A processor of the system detects selection of one of the user-selectable elements, which results in a selected element. In response to selection of an element, the processor initiates generation of audio with the audio interface, the audio conveying content associated with the selected element. The processor may also initiate zooming in on the focused element in the graphical interactive programming interface.||11-28-2013|
|20130314550||TELEVISION RECEIVER - PROJECTOR COMPENSATING OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF PROJECTION SURFACE - Disclosure is directed to providing projected output from a receiver that includes ambiance or environmental images and sounds for display to and/or listening by a user. Other aspects are directed to processing or altering program service video to produce a compensated video that is output by a projector component of a receiver. The modified image compensates for characteristics associated with the ambient light conditions and/or characteristics of the projection surface upon which the projector outputs an image.||11-28-2013|
|20130246921||SYNCHRONIZING USER INTERFACES OF CONTENT RECEIVERS AND ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM COMPONENTS - A content receiver may establish a communication connection with an entertainment system component. Utilizing the communication connection, the content receiver may control the entertainment system component in order to synchronize user interfaces the content receiver is operable to provide with user interfaces the entertainment system component is operable to provide. Hence, the user interfaces provided by the various entertainment system components may more closely resemble user interfaces of the content receiver, reducing user confusion. The content receiver may synchronize such user interfaces by altering software of the entertainment system component. In altering the software, the content receiver may replace or modify the software to change one or more aspects of one or more entertainment system user interfaces to that of one or more aspects of a content receiver user interface. The aspects may include visual properties, audio properties, and so on.||09-19-2013|
|20130216204||SUBLIMINAL FRAME INSERTION - Insertion of subliminal frames in content is performed at a content receiver. The content receiver may receive content, analyze a setting, and modify the received content based on the analyzed setting. The content receiver may modify the received content by periodically inserting subliminal frames in the received content as specified by the setting. In some implementations, the content may include video content and the subliminal frames may be one or more images. The inserted subliminal frames may be subliminally perceptible but consciously imperceptible by a human viewer of the content when the content is played. As such, viewing of the content that includes the inserted subliminal frames may result in subliminal learning by a human viewer. In various implementations, one or more conditions included in the analyzed setting may specify that certain subliminal frames are to be inserted when the content has certain characteristics, such as a rating or description.||08-22-2013|
|20130185751||INTERACTIVE ADVERTISEMENT - 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.||07-18-2013|
|20130042272||CONSUMER PURCHASES VIA MEDIA CONTENT RECEIVER - A method of facilitating purchases of products via a media content receiver is presented. In the method, the media content receiver receives media content representing a product. The receiver also receives a product code associated with the product. The media content representing the product is presented to a user. While presenting the media content, a request is received from a user. In response to receiving the request, the product code is transmitted. After transmitting the code, data descriptive of the product is received. The data is presented to the user. A product selection based on the data for the product is then received. In response to receiving the selection, an order for the product is transmitted. In another embodiment, no product codes are received at the receiver; instead, a channel identifier for a channel carrying the media content is transmitted instead of the product code.||02-14-2013|
|20130039224||FORWARDING OF TELECOMMUNICATION CALLS AND MESSAGES - An apparatus for place-shifting telecommunication messages is presented. The apparatus includes a telecommunication service interface compatible with a telecommunication network that provides telecommunication service to the apparatus, and a network interface compatible with a data communication network that provides data connectivity between the apparatus and a remote user device. The apparatus also includes a data network conversion module and a telecom network conversion module. The data network conversion module is coupled between the telecommunication service interface and the network interface, and the telecom network conversion module is configured to convert local telecommunication signals received by the telecommunication service interface into a first format compatible with the data communication network. The telecom network conversion module is coupled between the network interface and the telecommunication service interface, and the telecom network conversion module is configured to transform remote network data received by the network interface into a second format compatible with the telecommunication network.||02-14-2013|
|20120307150||ELECTRONIC DEVICE AUDIO VOLUME REDUCTION IN RESPONSE TO AUDIO COMMUNICATION REQUEST - Presented is a method of facilitating use of an audio communication device, such as a telephone, in the presence of an electronic device capable of generating sound, such as a television or audio receiver. In the method, a message is received from the audio communication device, wherein the message indicates the audio communication device has received a request for an audio communication, such as a telephone call, from a second audio communication device. In response to receiving the message, an audio volume of the electronic device is reduced.||12-06-2012|
|20120254909||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING PRESENTATION CHARACTERISTICS OF AUDIO/VIDEO CONTENT IN RESPONSE TO DETECTION OF USER SLEEPING PATTERNS - A method of controlling presentation of content to a user is provided. The method involves the operation of a set-top box device to present audio/video content to the user. The method collects sensor data at the set-top box device, and then determines, from the sensor data, that the user is likely to be asleep. The method continues by initiating, with the set-top box device, at least one change to presentation characteristics associated with the audio/video content. For example, the set-top box device could lower the volume of the presentation device and/or lower the brightness of the display.||10-04-2012|
|20120254907||SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AUDIO/VIDEO CONTENT FOR PRESENTATION TO A USER IN RESPONSE TO MONITORED USER ACTIVITY - A system for providing audio/video content to a user is disclosed. The system includes a set-top box device configured to provide audio/video content to a presentation device, and at least one sensor communicatively coupled to the set-top box device, the at least one sensor configured to provide sensor data to the set-top box device. The system also includes a sensor data processing module configured to process the sensor data to determine a probable activity type for the user, and a controller coupled to the sensor data processing module. The controller is configured to select particular audio/video content for playback at the presentation device, where the particular audio/video content is influenced by the probable activity type. Related operating methods are also provided.||10-04-2012|
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