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725014000 By passively monitoring receiver operation 351
725010000 Monitoring physical reaction or presence of viewer 123
725013000 Manual entry (e.g., using keypad or by written response) 65
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20130031573METHOD FOR ADVERTISERS TO SPONSOR BROADCASTS WITHOUT COMMERCIALS - A system and method that allows content to be broadcast without commercial interruption, yet lets the company or companies that sponsor the broadcast to offer advertisements and discounts and various special offers to the viewers at a later time. The amount of time a viewer spends watching a particular broadcast is recorded along with information about the sponsoring companies or organizations for the broadcast. The viewer later accesses a central database, which sends back to the viewer advertisements, coupons, discounts, contests, and other enticements to purchase products, based on the amount of time the viewer spent watching broadcasts or segments of broadcasts that were sponsored by the advertiser.01-31-2013
20100050200PROGRAM INFORMATION PROMPTING METHOD AND APPARATUS AND TELEVISION SET USING THE SAME - A program information prompting method and apparatus and a television set using the same are provided. In the method, a user is identified at first. Then, a watching habit of the user is recorded. Next, program preference of the user is determined according to the watching habit. Afterwards, a prompt of related program information is given according to the user's program preference.02-25-2010
20100077420METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETECT CARRYING OF A PORTABLE AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE - Methods and apparatus to detect carrying of a portable audience measurement device are disclosed herein. An example portable audience measurement device includes a housing; a media detector in the housing to collect media exposure data; an attachment mechanism coupled to the housing to secure the housing to a person; and a sensor to detect a status of the attachment mechanism to enable determination of whether the device is being carried by the person.03-25-2010
20130081071ESTIMATING USER-PERCEIVED QUALITY OF AN ENCODED VIDEO STREAM - One or more embodiments herein dynamically and objectively estimate user-perceived quality of an encoded video stream in dependence on the underlying video content of that stream. Estimation processing according to these embodiments includes generating a chronological sequence of the absolute or relative sizes of encoded video frames in the stream. Processing further entails analyzing this sequence to identify a plurality of reference characteristics that are defined in a reference model. These reference characteristics are more specifically defined in the reference model as parameters that characterize or are otherwise associated with content-dependent variations in user-perceived quality. For example, the reference characteristics in some embodiments comprise reference patterns or reference statistical measures that have been determined based on analyzing frame size sequences generated for reference video streams with known qualities. Regardless, processing finally includes estimating the user-perceived quality of the stream based on the identified reference characteristics, according to the reference model.03-28-2013
20090158307CONTENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A content processing apparatus includes: a commercial specification unit for specifying types of commercials included in content viewed by a user; a commercial preference information generation unit for generating commercial preference information by associating each of the types of commercials with the number of times commercials of a corresponding one of the types have been viewed by the user in a predetermined period; a similarity computation unit for generating program commercial information of each recorded content by associating each of types of commercials inserted in the recorded content with the number of commercials of a corresponding one of the types, and computing a similarity between the program commercial information and the commercial preference information; and a recommendation specification unit for specifying content corresponding to the program commercial information having the computed similarity equal to or larger than a predetermined threshold value as content to be recommended for the user.06-18-2009
20130047174APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANIPULATING BROADCAST RECEIVING DEVICE - An apparatus to manipulate a broadcast receiving device using a portable terminal obtains location information of a portable device and determines if any broadcast receiving devices and broadcast providing services are available at the location. The apparatus displays a user interface that allows a user to manipulate the broadcast receiving devices and broadcast providing services. Further, the apparatus detects a change in location of the portable terminal and may update the list of broadcast receiving devices and broadcast providing services that may be manipulated. A method for manipulating the broadcast receiving device includes obtaining the location of a portable terminal, collecting broadcast program information for broadcast receiving devices in the location, generating a user interface based on the broadcast program information and generating a signal to manipulate the device based on a user input into the user interface.02-21-2013
20090106786VIEWING BEHAVIOR LEARNING APPARATUS - A viewing behavior learning apparatus includes: a viewing history acquiring unit that acquires a viewing record that indicates an attribute of a program and start and end times during which a viewer viewed the program; a viewing history dividing unit that divides the viewing record every discretized time points that is discretized by a unit time; a viewing history replicating unit that discretizes a viewing time period denoted by the divided viewing records by interval shorter than the unit time to obtain discretized viewing time periods; a viewing behavior storage unit that builds a model of the viewing behavior by use of a Bayesian network having the viewing time period and the attribute as random variables and stores a conditional probability table of the Bayesian network; and a viewing behavior updating unit that updates the conditional probability table using the discretized viewing time periods.04-23-2009
20090094627Providing Remote Access to Media, and Reaction and Survey Data From Viewers of the Media - Embodiments are described that enable remote and interactive access, navigation, and analysis of reactions from viewers to a media instance. The reactions include physiological responses, survey results, verbatim feedback, event-based metadata, and derived statistics for indicators of success and failure from the viewers. The reactions are aggregated, and an interface enables remote access and navigation of the media instance, aggregated physiological responses synchronized with the media instance, survey results, and/or verbatim feedback related to the media instance. This enables users to interactively divide, dissect, parse, and analyze the reactions as they prefer. This automation provides an automated process enabling non-experts to understand complex physiological data, and to organize presentation of complex data according to their needs so as to present conclusions as appropriate to the media instance.04-09-2009
20130061256USER PRESENCE CONFIDENCE AND MEDIA CONTENT VIEWING ESTIMATION - A content viewing estimation system including a module to receive a time measurement of how long at least part of a content item was rendered by an end-user rendering unit and outputted for display to an audio-visual outputting arrangement during a time window, a module to determine user interaction with the end-user rendering unit and/or the audio-visual outputting arrangement, a module to calculate an average content item duration of a plurality of content items rendered by the end-user rendering unit during the time window, and a module to estimate viewing by the user of the at least part content item such that if user interaction was not determined during the time window then time attributed to the viewing of the at least part content item is set to the minimum of a capping limit, the time measurement, and the average content item duration. Related apparatus and methods are also described.03-07-2013
20090055852Anonymous Aggregated Data Collection - An anonymous aggregated data collection system aggregates media access information in an anonymous data collection component without associating the media access information with any one particular client device. The anonymous data collection component further prevents a network operator, content provider, or third party from correlating the media access information obtained from a client device with any one particular subscriber by comparing a unique identifier of the client device with corresponding subscription account and subscriber personal identification information.02-26-2009
20120117581METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SOCIALLY RANKING PROGRAMS - A method and system for displaying program representation. Program rating information derived from a plurality of identified users regarding a plurality of programs is obtained. A social rank of the plurality of programs is determined based on the rating information. A plurality of program representations are displayed to a viewer, wherein the program representations represent corresponding ones of the plurality of programs and wherein a differentiating visual characteristic of each of the plurality of program representations is based on the social ranking.05-10-2012
20130067505METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUDITING SIGNAGE - Example methods and apparatus for auditing signage are disclosed. A disclosed example method involves directing an operator to a signage location and capturing an image of a signage at the signage location. The example method also includes detecting an actual characteristic of the signage based on the image and comparing the actual characteristic to an expected characteristic.03-14-2013
20130067506System and Method for Monitoring Delivery of Media Content by a Media Communication System - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may operate according to, for example, a method involving recording audio feedback from a plurality of subscribers commenting on media content supplied by a media communication system on at least one of a plurality of media channels, detecting one or more trigger words in the recorded audio feedback having an association with a disruption of one or more media services supplied by the media communication system, selecting one or more network elements of the media communication system in at least one transmission path that supplies media services to one or more of the plurality of subscribers that supplied audio feedback matching the one or more trigger words, and directing the selected one or more network elements to record media content on one or more media channels selected from the plurality of media channels. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-14-2013
20110035765SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING PROGRAMMING CONTENT - Methods and systems are provided for providing a program to a user. A first program is provided to a user. A characteristic of the first program is identified. A second program having the same characteristic as the first program is identified. An input is received from the user while the user is viewing the first program. Upon receiving the input, the second program is provided to the user.02-10-2011
20110283305Media Processing Methods and Arrangements - The present technology concerns cell phones and other portable devices, and more particularly concerns use of such devices in connection with media content (electronic and physical) and with other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). Some aspects of the technology allow users to easily transfer displayed content from cell phone screens onto a television screens for easier viewing, or vice versa for content portability. Others enable users to participate interactively in entertainment content, such as by submitting plot directions, audio input, character names, etc., yielding more engaging, immersive, user experiences. Still other aspects of the technology involve a program directory database, compiled automatically from information reported by network nodes that watch and identify content traffic passing into (and/or out of) networked computers. By identifying content resident at a number of different repositories (e.g., web sites, TV networks, P2P systems, etc.), such a directory allows cell phone users to identify the diversity of sources from which desired content can be obtained—some available on a scheduled basis, others available on demand. Depending on the application, the directory information may be transparent to the user—serving to identify sources for desired content, from which application software can pick for content downloading, based, e.g., on context and stored profile data. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.11-17-2011
20110283306Media Processing Methods and Arrangements - The present technology concerns cell phones and other portable devices, and more particularly concerns use of such devices in connection with media content (electronic and physical) and with other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). Some aspects of the technology allow users to easily transfer displayed content from cell phone screens onto a television screens for easier viewing, or vice versa for content portability. Others enable users to participate interactively in entertainment content, such as by submitting plot directions, audio input, character names, etc., yielding more engaging, immersive, user experiences. Still other aspects of the technology involve a program directory database, compiled automatically from information reported by network nodes that watch and identify content traffic passing into (and/or out of) networked computers. By identifying content resident at a number of different repositories (e.g., web sites, TV networks, P2P systems, etc.), such a directory allows cell phone users to identify the diversity of sources from which desired content can be obtained—some available on a scheduled basis, others available on demand. Depending on the application, the directory information may be transparent to the user—serving to identify sources for desired content, from which application software can pick for content downloading, based, e.g., on context and stored profile data. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.11-17-2011
20110283304AUGMENTING INTERACTIVE TELEVISION CONTENT UTILIZING A DYNAMIC CLOUD ACTIVITY GUIDE - A server device configured to store settings information, the settings information indicating which type of operations are permitted by a user of a video client; receive a request to perform an operation associated with television content; perform a first operation to obtain program information associated with the television content when the settings information permits the first operation, the program information being a measure of popularity regarding the television content; perform the second operation to obtain performer information associated with the television content when the settings information permits the second operation, the performer information being a measure of popularity regarding the performer; perform the third operation to obtain review information associated with the television content when the settings information permits the third operation, the review information including reviews associated with the television content; and present, to the video client, the program information, the performer information, or the review information for display.11-17-2011
20120011527SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MEASUREMENT DATA AND BACK-UP CHANNEL SERVICES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box (STB) comprising a controller programmed to receive measurement data stored in a first wireless device serving as a portable monitoring gateway that collects subscriber collected data and store and analyze the measurement data at the STB using the received measurement data received from the first wireless device and optionally from a remote server or a local storage space having stored measurement data to provide analyzed results. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-12-2012
20090210892METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR ADVERTISEMENT EXPOSURE - Methods and apparatus to monitor advertisement exposure are disclosed. An example method includes determining via a meter that a media content segment was presented at a media content presentation device and determining via an activity monitor different than the meter that a computing resource related to the media content segment was accessed by outputting an indication of an association between the computing resource access and the media content presentation after the presentation of the media content segment.08-20-2009
20110296452SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENT-AWARE PERSISTENT ADVERTISEMENTS - A method and system of providing content-aware persistent advertisements comprises the steps of ingesting and collecting VDNA (Video DNA) fingerprints of media contents playing on various network-enabled terminals including Internet browsers, mobile devices, tablets, smart televisions and so on; sending the ingested fingerprints along with other information such as metadata, user's location, etc, to the content identification server via Internet or mobile networks, and selecting accurate advertisements according to the media content and relevant information, then finally pushing the advertisements back to user's terminal. With VDNA fingerprint identification, media contents are identified by content instead of metadata or other surrounding information, so that the result of identification can be considered genuine, and the chosen advertisements based on the media content can be persistent across multiple terminals playing the same media content.12-01-2011
20110302596METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRUSTED RATINGS FOR CONTENT CONSUMPTION VIA A BROADBAND GATEWAY - Aspects of a method and system for trusted ratings for content consumption via a broadband gateway are provided. A first broadband gateway may collect information regarding users of a first one or more electronic devices and information regarding content handled by the first broadband gateway. The first broadband gateway may utilize the collected information to generate ratings for content. The ratings may be customized for one or more users of the first electronic device(s). The first broadband gateway may be operable to restrict, promote, or otherwise govern access to content based on the generated ratings. The ratings may be generated based on criteria input by users of the first electronic device(s). The first electronic device(s) may be coupled to the first gateway. The first broadband gateway may also collect information from users of a second one or more electronic device(s) which may be coupled to a second broadband gateway.12-08-2011
20110265109METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUBSCRIBER BASE MONITORING IN IP DATA NETWORKS - The present method and system relate to monitoring a subscriber base in an IP data network. The method and system receive at a subscriber base system information extracted from collected data of IP data sessions. The extracted information comprises at least a unique identifier and a timestamp. The subscriber base system queries a subscriber database with the extracted information to correlate with a corresponding subscriber record. If the extracted information is correlated to the corresponding subscriber record, the extracted information is used to update the subscriber database. If the extracted information cannot be correlated to an existing subscriber record, the extracted information is used to create a new subscriber record in the subscriber database.10-27-2011
20100031282Display device, remote operation device and computer-readable medium storing display program - The display device includes a priority calculation unit which calculates the priority so that the priority of category to which a program viewed by the user belongs is increased and the priority of the other category is decreased, a program feature information storage unit which stores correspondence information between the category and a feature word, a program feature extraction unit which extracts the feature word for each program from program information, a display program control unit which selects the program belonging to the category in which the priority is the highest from the programs being broadcast, and a program display processing unit which displays the selected program.02-04-2010
20090313649INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is an information processing apparatus, including: an acquisition section configured to, based on taste information representing taste of a user and learned beforehand, acquire related data related to the taste information; an extraction section configured to extract a keyword from the acquired related data; and a learning section configured to learn a new piece of the taste information based on the extracted keyword.12-17-2009
20090150918SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIA AUDITING AND MEDIA SERVING FOR MARKETING CAMPAIGNS PRESENTED VIA MEDIA DEVICES IN PUBLIC PLACES - An independent auditing and ad service system that may be utilized in conjunction with a system for presenting marketing campaigns to audiences via a network of players located in public locations. Independent agents in the players monitor media content that is presented to audiences during marketing campaigns and generate independent agent playlogs that are provided to a content registry service. The content registry service compares the independent agent playlogs with playlogs that are provided by a network operator to validate the network-operator-generated playlogs. The independent agent playlogs may also be provided to an analytics service where they are used to analyze the performance of marketing campaigns. Based on the analyzed performance, the service may determine that the media content being presented to audiences via the media players should be changed. The independent agents may be instructed to implement recommended changes by modifying the media content being presented on the players.06-11-2009
20090100452Interactive multi-media system - An interactive multi media system comprising a display capable of displaying multi media information, one or more input central devices capable of enabling one or more users to interact with the multi media information and characterized by an interactive engine including an application programmer's interface having a format interpreter capable of enabling a programmer to combine multiple multi media formats for display on the display.04-16-2009
20090150917RATING MULTIMEDIA PROGRAMS ACCESSED FROM A PROVIDER NETWORK - A system measures viewership of multimedia programs such as television programs, pay-per-view sporting events, and video-on-demand movies. Viewership data from a plurality of multimedia programs may be compared to determine ratings for the multimedia programs. Multimedia streams en route to set top boxes may be monitored using packet inspection to identify the multimedia program or programs included in the multimedia streams. An electronic table or array may be stored and updated with viewership statistics of monitored multimedia programs. Some embodiments track the total number of households or televisions that are powered on in a viewing area. Ratings are available substantially in real time by accessing a stored table with viewership information or by frequently polling a plurality of stored values to determine which multimedia program is being viewed by all or substantially all viewers in an area.06-11-2009
20120036524SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING USING AN INTERNET TELEVISION - A system and method for social networking using an Internet television (TV) associated with an Internet TV set-top box are disclosed. In one embodiment, a user is allowed to register in a social network by creating a user profile using the Internet TV set-top box by a content sharing platform. Further, the user profile of the registered user is stored in a profile database by the content sharing platform. Furthermore, the user profile of the registered user is connected with user profiles of other users based on registered user's preferences by the content sharing platform. In addition, the registered user is allowed to organize and store content into different categories based on the registered user's preferences via the Internet TV set-top box by the content sharing platform. Also, the registered user and the other users are allowed to view the organized content by the content sharing platform.02-09-2012
20120036523Adaptive Blending of Recommendation Engines - A computer implemented data processing system for adaptively blending a plurality of content recommendation engines. The system comprising: a computer implemented blending module; a plurality of computer implemented recommendation engines in operative association with the blending module; a user terminal in communication with the blending module, wherein the plurality of recommendation engines are in operative association with a content repository; and wherein the user terminal is operable to detect a particular user profile of a particular user associated therewith and deliver the particular user profile to the blending module; and wherein each recommendation engine is associated with specific predefined recommendation rules and operable to select particular content from the content repository in accordance with a particular user profile and predefined recommendation rules; and wherein the blending module is operable to adaptively assign weights to the plurality of recommendation engines for each particular user, responsive to the particular user profile thereof.02-09-2012
20100083297CHANNEL SELECTIVE INFORMATION TRANSMITTING DEVICE, CHANNEL SELECTIVE INFORMATION TRANSMITTING METHOD AND ITS PROGRAM, AND MEMORY MEDIUM - A channel selective information transmitting device is provided for making it possible to carry out the collection of viewing information more accurately even if there is dispersion of viewing channels while suppressing useless facility arrangements. The present invention is directed to a channel selective information transmitting device that transmits channel selective information to inform channels of broadcast signals selected by the users to a viewing information receiving server. The channel selective information transmitting device is provided with a channel change detecting section for detecting channel changes, a transmission waiting time acquiring section for acquiring a transmission waiting time until channel selective information in connection with the changes is transmitted, and a transmitting section for transmitting the channel selective information after a lapse of the acquired transmission waiting time.04-01-2010
20090007167Video-Based Networking System with Reviewer Ranking and Publisher Ranking - A video-based networking system is described, having a ranking system for publishers of videos and for reviewers of videos. The members of the network can publish their videos, view videos posted by others, and provide a review of videos posted by others. The videos may be rated and reviewed. The members also may be ranked as a publisher and as a reviewer by other members of the network. The ranking of publishers and reviewers can be based on the average value of ratings and the number of views of a video or a review. The ranking algorithm can be a moving-average mathematical function. In some embodiments the video based networking system comprises a video based social networking system.01-01-2009
20090100453BROADCAST VIEWING CONTROL METHOD FOR A MOBILE TERMINAL - A method for controlling viewing a broadcast in a terminal. A terminal having a broadcast control function includes a first replaceable identity device attached to a portion of the terminal and a controller for setting a broadcast viewing level when a second identity device replaces the first identity device, wherein the broadcast viewing level was previously set by the first identity device.04-16-2009
20120297407CONTENT RECORDER MULTI-ANGLE VIEWING AND PLAYBACK - A method, system, and computer program product for selecting, in real time, a leading view of a multi-angle television program. A video recorder receives a program view selection. The video recorder then transmits a viewer data request for the currently selected program view to a service provider. The video recorder may then receive requested viewer data of the selected program view and one or more alternate views of the selected program. The video recorder may then determine if the selected program view is the leading view of the selected program. When the selected view is not the leading view and the video recorder is configured for automatic view switching, the video recorder may autonomously switch to the leading view of the selected program. Alternatively, the video recorder may present vote totals of all views of the selected program and enable a selection of a desired alternate view.11-22-2012
20120297408METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING VIEWER SURVEY DATA AND FOR PROVIDING COMPENSATION FOR SAME - To address the requirements described above, a method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for providing advertisements with a media program transmitted to a user computer. The method permits the user to provide survey responses in exchange for viewing a media program with fewer advertisement, and permits the user to manage the survey responses.11-22-2012
20120297405EFFICIENTLY DISTRIBUTING VIDEO CONTENT USING A COMBINATION OF A PEER-TO-PEER NETWORK AND A CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK - A method, system and computer program product for efficiently distributing video content. A peer-to-peer network and a content distribution network are used in combination to distribute video content. A content distribution network relies on servers distributed across the Internet to achieve high quality content delivery at a high cost. A peer-to-peer network distributes content among peers without incurring server side cost but may experience poor performance. The peer-to-peer network and the content distribution network are leveraged in a manner that achieves high content delivery and low cost by allowing the peer-to-peer network to serve as much content as possible while using the content distribution network to bootstrap the content in the peer-to-peer network and using it as a fallback whenever the peer-to-peer network has insufficient bandwidth, insufficient quality or when the missing piece of video content in the video buffer of the client device has an immediate deadline.11-22-2012
20110209167PROGRAM GUIDE DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, PROGRAM TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, PROGRAM GUIDE RECEPTION TERMINAL, PROGRAM GUIDE TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION SYSTEM, PROGRAM GUIDE DISTRIBUTION METHOD, PROGRAM GUIDE RECEPTION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is a program guide distribution apparatus in which the user does not particularly have to consciously perform searching, and the user can naturally recognize a forgot-to-view program in a daily act of viewing TV broadcast or TV guide. The program guide distribution apparatus includes: a related program decision unit that compares distributable programs which were broadcasted and which can be distributed, with programs which exist in a program guide of broadcast, and decides whether programs related to each other exist; a display information providing unit that provides a display indicative of the existence of the related program among the distributable programs to the program guide, when the related programs exists; and a program guide information distribution unit that distributes information of the program guide.08-25-2011
20090119693APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING POLLING AND USER GENERATED CONTENT TO DISPARATE COMMUNICATION - Various embodiments of apparatus, systems and/or methods are described for providing user generated content relating to a subject, and collecting polling data relating to the subject, on multiple disparate communication devices. User generated content is received from one or more disparate communication devices and provided for presentation on at least one of the communication devices. Polling data is also received from at least one of the end-users of the communication devices viewing the user generated content, and tabulated to generate poll results displayable on the communication devices.05-07-2009
20090049465METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT USING GLOBAL SIGNATURE REPRESENTATION AND MATCHING - Methods and apparatus for audience measurement using global signature representation and matching are disclosed. An example method to determine whether a monitored media content presentation corresponds to a reference content source disclosed herein comprises creating a track corresponding to the reference content source and representative of a history of signature matching results when a first site signature in a plurality of site signatures corresponding to the monitored media content presentation and a first reference signature in a plurality of reference signatures corresponding to the reference content source are determined to match at a particular time offset between the first site signature and the first reference signature according to a histogram representing a plurality of distances between the first site signature and the first reference signature corresponding to a respective plurality of time offsets between the first site signature and the first reference signature.02-19-2009
20090119694Audience Monitoring of IP Multicast Stream - The invention concerns a method for measuring a multicast stream audience, said multicast stream being capable of being replicated by collecting equipment towards user terminals subscribing to said multicast stream. Said method includes a step of transmitting, via at least one collecting equipment to a counting platform, and in accordance with a counting protocol, at least one counting message comprising at least one audience information concerning the replications of the multicast stream by said at least one collecting equipment to at least one user terminal.05-07-2009
20120297406DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY DELIVERING PERSONALIZED/ TARGETED SERVICES AND ADVERTISEMENTS TO END USERS - Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for delivering personalized targeted services and personalized targeted advertisements. The system includes central server providing a one or more services to a customer premises over a communication network. Further, the system includes a home gateway receiving the one or more services from a central server and accessing one or more targeted advertisements thereby delivering the one or more services with the one or more targeted advertisements to a customer premises appliance. Additionally, the system includes one or more set-top boxes receiving the one or more services with the one or more targeted advertisements and delivered to a customer premises appliance and having one or more set-top box software applications supplied by the primary service provider that execute on each set-top box interacting with the central server and home gateway.11-22-2012
20090138902Method and Apparatus for Generation of a Preferred Broadcasted Programs List - A second set of broadcasted programs is added to a first set of broadcasted programs. The second set of broadcasted programs includes broadcasted programs viewed by a viewer for a period of time at least equal to a first threshold. A third set of broadcasted programs is removed from the first set of broadcasted programs. The third set of broadcasted programs includes broadcasted programs not viewed by a viewer for a period of time at least equal to a second threshold. In one embodiment, a fourth set of broadcasted programs selected by the viewer is added to the first set of broadcasted programs. In one embodiment, the first threshold and the second threshold are updated upon the viewer indicating dissatisfaction. In one embodiment, the first threshold and the second threshold are updated upon the viewer returning to a schedule list more than a predetermined number of times. In one embodiment, the first threshold is set to be a first percentage of a period of time that a channel was viewed, and the second threshold is set to be a second percentage of the period of time that the channel was viewed.05-28-2009
20090025022SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ADJUSTING VIEWING ANGLE FOR DISPLAY - A system and method of adjusting a display and, more particularly, to a system and method of automatically adjusting a viewing angle of a display is provided. The method includes determining a location of one or more viewers and adjusting the display based on an average viewing location of the one or more viewers. The system includes a computer infrastructure. The computer infrastructure is operable to receive a detection signal indicative of a location of one or more viewers, and adjust the display based on an average viewing location of the one or more viewers.01-22-2009
20110145847METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING ENRICHED VIDEO VIEWING ANALYTICS - A method of and system for presenting enriched video viewing analytics is presented. A method of presenting enriched statistical and analytical information includes receiving a catalog of a plurality of content items. Each content item has associated metacontent characterizing the content item. The method also includes receiving and storing operations of a user for interacting with one or more of the content items. The method further includes determining use and/or viewing statistics for, for example, the content items, metacontent associated with the content items, the numbers and types of devices viewing the content items, subscriber information, household information, and/or viewer demographic information for past and present time periods. The method also, optionally, includes estimating the likelihood of future user interaction operations.06-16-2011
20120079515Method and System for Identification of Distributed Broadcast Content - A method and system of performing high-throughput identifications of broadcast content is provided. A device can send a content identification query, which includes a sample of content being broadcast, to a server to request an identity of the content. The server will perform a computational identification of the content, return the result to the device, and store the result. For all subsequently received content identification queries requesting an identity of content being broadcast from the same source and in a time during which the content is still being broadcast from the source, the server will send the stored content identification in response to the subsequent queries. If a subsequent content identification query does not request the identity of content being broadcast from the same source or is not received during the time that the content is still being broadcast, the server will perform a computational identification of a content sample.03-29-2012
20080263579METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR METERING PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYERS - Example methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to collect metering information associated with media presented by portable and computer media presentation devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method accesses a first data structure including metering information generated by at least one of first media presentation software executed by a personal computer or second media presentation software executed by a portable media presentation device. The metering information is associated with media presented by at least one of the first or second media presentation software. At least some of the metering information is then extracted from the first data structure and stored in a second data structure. The at least some of the metering information is then communicated from the second data structure to a data collection facility.10-23-2008
20080263578Forecasting TV Impressions - A computer-implemented method for forecasting television impressions comprises receiving information relating to previous television (TV) impressions at a time slot on a TV channel, information relating to one or more programs shown at the time slot on the TV channel and predicting a future TV impression at the time slot on the TV channel. The future TV impression is based on at least one of the information related to previous TV impressions and the information related to programs shown at the time slot on the TV channel.10-23-2008
20090100454CHARACTER-BASED AUTOMATED MEDIA SUMMARIZATION - Methods, devices, systems and tools are presented that allow the summarization of text, audio, and audiovisual presentations, such as movies, into less lengthy forms. High-content media files are shortened in a manner that preserves important details, by splitting the files into segments, rating the segments, and reassembling preferred segments into a final abridged piece. Summarization of media can be customized by user selection of criteria, and opens new possibilities for delivering entertainment, news, and information in the form of dense, information-rich content that can be viewed by means of broadcast or cable distribution, “on-demand” distribution, internet and cell phone digital video streaming, or can be downloaded onto an iPod™ and other portable video playback devices.04-16-2009
20090199226Image display apparatus, display control method, and display control program - An image display apparatus, comprising:08-06-2009
20090222848Systems and Methods to Wirelessly Meter Audio/Visual Devices - Example systems and methods to wirelessly meter audio/visual (A/V) devices are disclosed. A disclosed example method receives media content from an A/V source device, embeds a video overlay in the wirelessly received media content, and wirelessly transmits the media content and the video overlay to the wireless A/V device. The example method wirelessly receives audience identification information in response to the transmitted video overlay, and wirelessly receives audience behavior information.09-03-2009
20100153982METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR MEDIA SOURCE IDENTIFICATION AND TIME SHIFTED MEDIA CONSUMPTION MEASUREMENTS - Methods and apparatus for media source identification and time shifted media consumption measurements are disclosed. A disclosed method identifies a time shift associated with one of a plurality of media sources local to a media delivery device by generating a library of first signature information local to the media delivery device, wherein the library of first signature information includes records, each of which contains a time stamp, a signature value and a source identifier associated with a respective one of the plurality of media sources, generating second signature information based on media presented via the media delivery device, generating a collection of matching signature information based on the first and second signature information, and performing a time shift analysis on the collection of matching signature information to identify the time shift associated with the one of the plurality of media sources local to the media delivery device.06-17-2010
20100262987Method And System For Synergistic Integration Of Broadcasting And Personal Channels - A communication device may receive broadcast signals and personal communication signals and may interleave and/or combine the broadcast content and personal communication content. The interleaved and/or combined content may be displayed and/or played as a single stream of video and/or audio. The personal communication content may comprise directed advertisement and/or other specified content which may be determined based on a user's location and/or a user profile. Advertisements may be monitored. The broadcast signals may comprise radio and/or TV programs and may be received via terrestrial wireless, satellite, cable and/or Internet channels. The personal communication signals may be transmitted and/or received via cellular, personal cable, personal satellite and/or a personal Internet channels. The user may respond via the personal communication signals. Broadcast and/or personal communication signals may be deciphered. Deciphering keys and/or information may be received via the personal communication signals.10-14-2010
20100162283MEASURING AUDIENCE RATING OF ONLINE LIVE BROADCAST - Method and apparatus for measuring a rating of an online live broadcast are provided. Code information included in live broadcast data is received from the encoding server or the media server, transmission information of the live broadcast data to the client is received from the media server, the transmission information is compensated using the code information, and a rating of the online live broadcast is computed using the compensated transmission information. It is possible to obtain the accurate rating of an online live broadcast and to obtain the accurate rating of the online live broadcast even when users erroneously access a web page or intentionally access the web page to increase the number of page views.06-24-2010
20100242060Online Ad Placement Based On User Metrics For Hosted Media - The present invention provides methods for determining which ads to present to a user. An embodiment of the method comprises identifying one or more ads, at least one of the identified ads associated with a video. For each identified ad, a first score is calculated. The first score for the identified ad associated with the video is calculated based on one or more metrics representing user interactions associated with viewing the video. In one embodiment, the score for the ad associated with the video will be better (e.g., higher) the more viewers of the video hosting service interact with the associated video, since such interactions thereby indicate a higher over level of viewer interest in the video. One or more of the identified ads are selected to be presented to the user based at least in part on the first score of each of the identified ads. The one or more selected ads are transmitted to a device for presenting to the user.09-23-2010
20110131595METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ONLINE RECOMMENDATION - A method for recommending videos is presented. The method includes generating a cross-usage matrix based upon a data of video sessions for a plurality of videos, generating a temporal matrix based upon release dates of the plurality of videos, generating a cross-temporal matrix based upon the cross-usage matrix and the temporal matrix, computing a global video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos based upon the cross-temporal matrix, generating a similarity score corresponding to each pair of videos in the plurality of videos based upon meta-data of the plurality of videos, and generating a local video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos relative to another video in the plurality of videos based upon the generated cross-usage matrix, the computed global video rank and the generated similarity score.06-02-2011
20100251279DELIVERING CONTENT RELATED TO A COMMERCIAL MEDIA PROGRAM - A server retrieves user group data and information that indicates when a selected segment of a commercial media program is to be aired on a first medium. The server also receives content that is related to the selected segment of the commercial media program, and delivers it via a second medium. The server delivers the related content via the second medium based on the user group data, and at about the same time the selected segment is being aired on the first medium. Other embodiments are also disclosed.09-30-2010
20100251278MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING OF SET TOP BOX INSERTED AD IMPRESSIONS - Methods are disclosed for measuring ad impressions and receiving feedback on local ad assets inserted into a video transport stream at the set top box level. Each set top box stores the number of times an ad asset is inserted into an ad avail, along with a variety of other information relating to the playback of the ad asset. This measurement data is aggregated and sent to the ad decision service. In order to balance bandwidth usage, each set top box may report its measurement data to the ad decision service at a different time interval that is randomly selected. As it is desirable to receive the data in a timely manner, the random intervals may be confined so that all measurement data is reported within a predefined time period, such as for example over a twelve hour period.09-30-2010
20110113440APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device operative in an interactive television (iTV) network, including a controller to: receive a signal from a first communication device to start a first media evaluation session of media content and associate a first user-generated comment with the media content; receive, at a different time, a signal from at least a second communication device to start a second media evaluation session of the media content and associate a second user-generated comment with the media content; synchronize the first user-generated comment and the second user-generated comment into a single commentary timeline; and insert the synchronized user-generated comments in a temporal vicinity of the media content as an overlay for playback by a media device. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-12-2011
20100235852SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING CONTENT OF INTEREST TO A USER - There is provided a system and method for identifying content of interest to a user. More specifically, in one exemplary embodiment, there is provided a method comprising transmitting information about a user selected program to a central processing facility and receiving compiled collective wisdom data comprising information about a plurality of user-selected programs from the central processing facility. The exemplary method further comprises displaying the compiled collective wisdom data to an individual member of a user community to assist the individual member of the user community in selecting content of interest.09-16-2010
20090282428TIME-ADAPTIVE IPG BASED ON USER VIEWING HABITS DURING PREDETERMINED INTERVALS - A method for providing television functionality includes tracking viewing parameters corresponding to services that are provided to a user, determining a user preference for a viewing parameter, receiving user input requesting television functionality, and providing a user with a result that is responsive to the user input and to the user preference.11-12-2009
20090328086Apparatus for Monitoring Use Status of Image Apparatus, Method of Monitoring External Connection Apparatus and Television Receiving Apparatus - According to the present invention, for example a TV receiver can be connected to a game apparatus, for example. The game apparatus outputs at least image data. The TV receiver outputs an image of the image data to a display module. A restriction information storage module, which stores operating time or restriction information about operating contents of the game apparatus, is provided in the TV receiver. An operation monitoring module monitors the operating time or the operating contents based on the restriction information. A management module announces that the operating time or the operating contents become restriction conditions during the monitoring of the operation monitoring module.12-31-2009
20090328085SYSTEM FOR UP-SELLING CONTENT DURING PERIODS OF LIKELY VIEWER DISINTEREST - A system for up-selling content during periods of likely viewer disinterest may include a content delivery network configured to provide media content and at least one choice of alternative content, a content viewing device, and a content processing device for interfacing the viewing device with the content delivery network. The content processing device may be configured to detect likely viewer disinterest in media content, prompt the selection of alternative content, and selectively replace the media content with the alternative content upon viewer selection. Additionally, methods for estimating a degree of likely viewer disinterest and discounting the offering price of the alternative content options are implemented by the system.12-31-2009
20110067043SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISING-ON-DEMAND - A TV advertisement server (TA server) and method of providing advertising-on-demand includes a TV, a set-top-box (STB) connected with the TV, and connected with the STB. When the STB sends a request to download a TA list, the TA server sends the TA list to the STB for a user selecting one or more desired TV advertisements. The TA server may generate a new TA list according to the selection and acquire the selected TV advertisements from a storage device. The acquired TV advertisements may be transmitted to the STB and broadcasted on the TV.03-17-2011
20090187932METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR, VERIFY, AND RATE THE PERFORMANCE OF AIRINGS OF COMMERCIALS - Methods and apparatus to monitor, verify, and rate the performance of airings of commercials are disclosed. An example method includes receiving an identification of an advertisement that was presented on a media presentation channel at a time, receiving ratings information for the media presentation channel associated with the time period, identifying a buy order for the received identification, receiving a purchased ratings value associated with the buy order, comparing the purchased ratings value to the ratings information, and displaying an indication of whether the ratings information is less than the purchased ratings value.07-23-2009
20090019466Media usage monitoring and measurement system and method - Media monitoring and measurement systems and methods are disclosed. Some embodiments of the present invention provide a media measurement system and method that utilizes audience data to enhance content identifications. Some embodiments analyze media player log data to enhance content identification. Other embodiments of the present invention analyze sample sequence data to enhance content identifications. Other embodiments analyze sequence data to enhance content identification and/or to establish channel identification. Yet other embodiments provide a system and method in which sample construction and selection parameters are adjusted based upon identification results. Yet other embodiments provide a method in which play-altering activity of an audience member is deduced from content offset values of identifications corresponding to captured samples. Yet other embodiments provide a monitoring and measurement system in which a media monitoring device is adapted to receive a wireless or non-wireless audio signal from a media player, the audio signal also being received wirelessly by headphones of a user of the monitoring device.01-15-2009
20090113466System, Method and Computer Program Product for Evaluating Media Streams - A method for evaluating a media stream, the method includes: calculating, for each user out of multiple users and in response to media stream commands generated by the user, a user viewing value; wherein the user viewing value represents a relative part of the media stream viewed by the user; and determining an interest value of the media stream in response to user viewing values of each of the multiple users.04-30-2009
20090106785System and Method for Approximating Characteristics of Households for Targeted Advertisement - According to one embodiment of the invention, a method of operation involves two operations. The first operation involves receiving feedback information from a viewing audience concerning a displayed video content. After receipt of the feedback, substituting portions of a downloaded data stream with video content selected based on the feedback information.04-23-2009
20090113467Apparatus and Method for Managing Media Content - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media server and parsing engine, 304-30-2009
20110119694APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEDIA ON DEMAND COMMENTARIES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to present an overlay that is combined with a presentation of media content at each of a plurality of computing devices to illustrate a collection of one or more user-generated comments temporally associated with portions of the presented media content such as portions of a media on demand presentation, collect one or more user-generated comments from each of the plurality of computing devices, and present the one or more user-generated comments from each of the plurality of computing devices as part of a video on demand catalog. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-19-2011
20130014140PLAYING DEVICE AND PLAYING METHOD - A playing device and a play method are provided. The playing device includes a playing module configured to play a first media stream currently being received; a first monitoring module configured to monitor whether the first media stream contains a content a user does not want to watch and generate a monitor result; and a first controlling module configured to control the playing module to play a second media stream in response to the monitor result indicating that the first media stream contains the content the user does not want to watch, the second media stream being different from the first media stream and containing a content the user wants to watch.01-10-2013
20100169904METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ENFORCE A POWER OFF STATE OF AN AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DEVICE DURING SHIPPING - Methods and apparatus to enforce a power off state of an audience measurement device during shipping of the device are disclosed herein. An example portable audience measurement device includes a housing, a media detector in the housing to collect media exposure data and a packaging sensor to detect a stimulus generated within the package. A packaging detector compares the detected stimulus to a criterion to determine whether the device is located within the package.07-01-2010
20110029996SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF ANALYSING THE CONSUMPTION OF TRANSMITTED AUDIO VISUAL CONTENT - Systems and methods for analyzing the consumption of transmitted audio visual content are disclosed. The methods may comprise analyzing content viewed by consumers and updating the profiles of that content and/or the consumers accordingly, such as a method for analyzing the consumption of AV content by consumers comprising: assigning to each AV asset a tag comprising a unique asset ID and a multiple-entry asset qualification tag; assigning to each consumer a multiple-entry consumer qualification tag; and assigning to a consumer a new consumer qualification tag that is derived from a weighted combination of an existing consumer qualification tag associated with the consumer and an asset qualification tag of a selected AV asset, the consumer having requested the selected AV asset. The systems may comprise appropriately configured computing hardware, software, and connectivity for performing such methods, such as a calculation component configured to determine a new tag value for a consumer qualification tag associated with a consumer based on a weighted combination of a current tag value of the consumer qualification tag and a tag value of an asset qualification tag associated with an AV asset, the AV asset having been requested by the consumer; and a consumer qualification tag update component configured to set the tag value for the consumer qualification tag to the new tag value.02-03-2011
20100223638System and method for optimizing the scheduling of multimedia content - A system for optimizing the scheduling of multimedia content for playback on a subscriber's device. The novel system includes a first sub-system for obtaining data on a subscriber's actions on the device and a second sub-system for recommending a playback time for new multimedia content based on the data. In an illustrative embodiment, the first sub-system includes an applet stored in and executed by the device adapted to record the subscriber's actions on the device, including the actual playback times of and the subscriber's responses to content previously delivered to the device. The second sub-system includes a neural network artificial intelligence engine adapted to analyze the subscriber's recorded actions to predict at what time the new content should be scheduled for playback on the device to maximize subscriber acceptance of the new content.09-02-2010
20120192214METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING TARGETED CONTENT TO TELEVISION VIEWERS - A method of selecting a television channel or program for delivery of targeted content to an audience member television display based on attitude values associated with audience members who participate in a computer implemented survey is disclosed. The survey response information, as well as television viewing information, and demographic information associated with the audience members may be collected and stored in a central database. An attitude value may be determined from the survey response information and/or the other information for the audience members. The attitude value may indicate the audience member's view about an issue, topic, product, service or the like. The attitude value in conjunction with other television viewing information may be used to select a television channel or program for delivery of the targeted content to the audience members.07-26-2012
20110179435SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING CONTENT - A “New To Me” feature is provided for an interactive media guidance system implemented as a home network having multiple user equipment devices. Functionally speaking, the “New To Me” feature of the interactive media guidance system identifies programs or advertisements that have been previously viewed by an individual user or a user equipment device within the home network, or even by a household. The interactive media guidance system may use the information gathered regarding the programs and/or advertisements that have already been seen by a user, device or household to, for example, remove the programs or advertisements from future displays of recommendations, search results or listings of available programming.07-21-2011
20090217315METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT AND TARGETING MEDIA - An audience measurement and targeted media system and method provides media targeted to the attributes of a particular audience. The method and system may be undertaken as an anonymous process for detecting the presence of individuals in the vicinity of a display and detecting whether said individuals are viewing the display. For this purpose one or more cameras positioned and operable to establish audience attributes and detect audience movement. Attributes of the individuals may also be measured and utilized to rank media based on the attributes of individuals viewing the media on the display. The method and system can allow for media corresponding to the attributes of the audience to be displayed in real-time or near real-time, so as to cause media targeted to said audience to be displayed on the display. The method and system may further generate reports regarding the effectiveness of the display.08-27-2009
20100058375METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING USAGE INFORMATION FOR A SET-TOP BOX - A method and system for providing usage information for a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives a request for usage information for a set-top box and the usage information has media content received by the set-top box, queries a database with a query based upon the request and the request has criteria for usage information, and sends a query result for the query.03-04-2010
20120304205Monitoring and Activity Reporting of Enhanced Media Content - A monitoring and analysis system is disclosed that gathers and analyzes information about distributed enhanced content delivery to end user or other equipment. The system may establish communications connections along the content delivery system, filter content received from different locations of the system, and compare the received content with an expected content characteristic. Also, a radio frequency signal from the distribution network may be converted into an Internet Protocol (IP) format by a converter so that the transformed signal may be similarly analyzed as other signals from the system. A report may be consequently generated that is indicative of the received enhanced content and any detected discrepancies with respect to expected enhancement events. Identification of the enhanced content may be based on the program association table and the program map table in order to determine the packet ID of the application signals.11-29-2012
20110078715IDENTIFYING A MOVIE OF INTEREST FROM A WIDGET USED WITH MOVIE COMMERICIALS - A user is provided with data and/or other interactive features based on their interaction with a widget running on user equipment. User permissions, user profiles, and other options related to the widget may be aggregated by a central processor. The user may invoke the widget during a movie commercial, and the processor may use the information it has gathered to identify the exact movie related to the movie commercial. This resolution may be based on the time the user invoked the widget, as well as the programming schedule the user watched during broadcast of the movie commercial. The user may be provided with data and/or other interactive features from a third party based on the movie of interest.03-31-2011
20130160036SUPPORTING MULTIPLE ATTENTION-BASED, USER-INTERACTION MODES - The present invention monitors a user's activities to determine how much attention he is paying to one or more devices. Based on the information gathered about the user's current “attention profile,” a “user-interaction parameter” is set that reflects where the user's attention is focused and, ideally, how much of his attention is given to each device. Then, based on the user-interaction parameter, the user interface of at least one of the user's devices is configured to optimize the user's interactions, given the amount of attention he is currently giving to this user interface. If the user is giving the majority of his attention to the television, for example, then the user interface of a companion device can be configured to emphasize the types of interactions available to a user who is not actively watching the companion device.06-20-2013
20110016479METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR TARGETED SECONDARY CONTENT INSERTION - Methods and apparatus for identification and insertion of content targeted to a particular audience within a content-based network, such as a cable television or satellite network. In one embodiment of the invention, audience qualities are identified and distributed to an advertisement decision maker, which uses the information to fulfill advertisement placement opportunities. Qualifiers about an existing or projected audience are classified utilizing an algorithm for qualifier weight and variance in order to determine the proximity any given qualifier may be to a target audience for an advertisement. Subscriber privacy and anonymity is also optionally maintained via e.g., hashing or encrypting data relating to the CPE and/or subscriber, thus ensuring that audience data is not traceable to a specific user account. Business methods are also disclosed.01-20-2011
20110131593System and Method for Displaying Media Usage - A system for executing a method is disclosed for monitoring video data, the method including but not limited to monitoring end user activity data for media usage for a plurality of end user client devices associated with a designated group of end users in an internet protocol television (IPTV) system; receiving from a first one of the end user client devices, avatar data indicating at least one search criterion within the end user activity data; searching the end user activity data based on the at least one search criterion; and sending to the first one of the end user client devices, search result data from the search based on the at least one search criterion.06-02-2011
20110154384APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OFFERING USER-ORIENTED SENSORY EFFECT CONTENTS SERVICE - The present invention relates to an apparatus and a method for offering a user-oriented sensory effect contents service. An apparatus for offering a user-oriented sensory effect contents service according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a user context manager managing a user context including information on a user or information on user circumstances; and a device controller controlling a contents playing device capable of playing contents in accordance with the user context.06-23-2011
20080320508Methods and Apparatus to Monitor Media Content on a Consumer Network - Example methods and apparatus to monitor media content on a consumer network as described herein. An example metering system includes a metering device to monitor the consumption of media content at a consumer location and a universal plug and play (UPnP) compatible metering helper to collect audience measurement data from UPnP devices in a consumer network.12-25-2008
20120311618ASYNCHRONOUS INTERACTION AT SPECIFIC POINTS IN CONTENT - Systems, devices, and methods for allowing comments to be input at specific points in delivered content are provided. The systems, devices and methods may comprise specific content items, at least one request from a device for interacting with the specific content, and a comment provided by at least one user via the device in relation to the interacted one of the specific content. The comment may be recorded and later provided at the point of the comment to a second user while the second user plays back the specific content.12-06-2012
20100262986VIEWING HISTORY - A method may include capturing descriptive information associated with viewed television content as it is being viewed. The captured information may be stored. A request to display viewing history information may be received. At least some of the captured information may be retrieved and displayed.10-14-2010
20110061068TAGGING MEDIA WITH CATEGORIES - The present disclosure is directed to a system and method for tagging media. In some implementations a method includes receiving information identifying media requested by a user devices. a plurality of different tags assigned to the requested media are identified. The plurality of tags are transmitted to the user device for presenting the plurality of tags in connection with presenting the media. Each of the plurality of tags are associated with an element in the media and configured to retrieve secondary information in response to at least the user selecting the tag.03-10-2011
20100192172PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH MONITORING OF ADVERTISEMENT USAGE AND USER ACTIVITIES - A program guide system is provided in which interactive television program guide advertisement usage is monitored. Advertisement usage may be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are transmitted from a television distribution facility to user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored by monitoring when advertisements are received by the user television equipment. Advertisement usage information may also be monitored at the time at which advertisements are displayed by a program guide. Less important data may be filtered from the collected advertisement usage data. Other activities that may be monitored include the viewing activities of the user, which program guide screens are displayed, and which non-program-guide applications are used. Real-time ratings information (e.g., real-time ratings of the popularity of certain television programs, video games, or other applications) may be provided to users in real time.07-29-2010
20090293078METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR REPORTING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION RELATED DATA COLLECTED FROM APPLICATION AND DEVICE DATA - Methods and computer program products for reporting application and device data retrieved from within an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network environment are provided. IPTV system usage data is retrieved from at least one IPTV device and normalized into a predetermined data format. The IPTV system usage data is parsed according to predetermined criteria. The parsed IPTV system usage data is delivered to a dedicated data mart for storage, the IPTV system usage data that is stored within at least one dedicated data mart is accessed, and the IPTV system usage data that is stored at the at least one dedicated data mart is used to generate a report.11-26-2009
20110197213BROADCAST RECEIVER, BROADCASTING PROGRAM SELECTION METHOD AND STORAGE MEDIUM THEREOF - A broadcast receiver including a storage unit for storing viewing history data of a user; a display unit for displaying broadcasting program recommendation information including at least one piece of broadcasting program path information; and a processor for collecting the viewing history data by using received Electronic Program Guide (EPG) data, storing the viewing history data in the storage unit, generating the at least one piece of broadcasting program path information based on the viewing history data, displaying the at least one piece of broadcasting program path information on the display unit, and selecting a broadcasting program based on the at least one piece of broadcasting program path information.08-11-2011
20110307913Modeling User Activity Information Associated with a Network System - Systems and methods to model user activity information associated with a network system are provided. A particular method includes receiving, at a computing device, a request for user activity information associated with selected channels of a television access network that provides multimedia content to users. The method includes executing a model of user activity associated with the television access network at the computing device. The model estimates the user activity information as user multimedia access demands during particular time periods within a day. The method also includes storing the user activity information at a computer-readable non-transitory storage medium.12-15-2011
20090172720HANDLING METADATA BASED ON USER BEHAVIOR - A device and method for receiving media data and related metadata are presented. Metadata is updated regularly in order to provide a user with instant accessibility to the media data contained in the received data stream. In order to reduce power consumption for the reception of metadata in cases when a user doesn't use a receiver for consumption of media data, update times for updating metadata are adjusted, so that still a good usability is maintained.07-02-2009
20120047524AUDIENCE COUNTING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An audience counting method includes, capturing an image of a scene in front of a screen with a camera. Detecting the image from the camera to determine whether there is a person in front of the screen. Acquiring information of the person in front of the screen according to the image upon the condition that there is a person in front of the screen and storing the information acquired during a preset period. Comparing current information acquired with the stored information; and outputting a control signal upon the condition that the current information is different from all of the information stored earlier; then counting according to the control signal.02-23-2012
20120005701Method and Apparatus for Identifying Video Program Material or Content via Frequency Translation or Modulation Schemes - A system for identification of video content in a video signal is provided via a sound track audio signal. The audio signal is processed with filtering, frequency translation, and or non linear transformations to extract voice signals from the sound track channel. The extracted voice signals are coupled to a speech recognition system to provide in text form, the words of the video content, which is later compared with a reference library of words or dialog from known video programs or movies. Other attributes of the video signal or transport stream may be combined with closed caption data or closed caption text for identification purposes. Example attributes include DVS/SAP information, time code information, histograms, and or rendered video or pictures.01-05-2012
20120023515Method of Providing a TV Network - A television and computer network that provides an exclusive platform for female Christian spiritual leaders to reach the enormously growing network through TV and the Internet worldwide.01-26-2012
20130014137USER IMPRESSION MEDIA ANALYTICS PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS - The USER IMPRESSION MEDIA ANALYTICS PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“M-ANALYTICS”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via M-ANALYTICS components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A system is disclosed, comprising: a memory; a processor disposed in communication with said memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor issues instructions for: receiving a user impression media analytics request including an identified object; obtaining media analytics parameters from a user interface; obtaining user media exposure data from a variety of data channels upon verification of user authorization credentials; querying for user impression data related to the identified object from the obtained user media exposure data; classifying the queried user impression data related to the identified object based on different classification measures; and generating user impression reports for the identified object.01-10-2013
20130014136Audience Atmospherics Monitoring Platform Methods - The AUDIENCE ATMOSPHERICS MONITORING PLATFORM METHODS (“ATMOS”) transforms audience atmospherics data via ATMOS components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A method is disclosed, comprising: receiving, from the user mobile device, an atmospherics data package indicating user instant activity status; obtaining an atmospherics data artifact from the atmospherics data package; extracting user instant activities information based on analysis of the atmospherics data artifact; generating a user viewing status indication based on the user instant activities information; and incorporating the user viewing status indication into viewer measurement data of a user selected channel.01-10-2013
20100095317Determining User Attention Level During Video Presentation by Monitoring User Inputs at User Premises - In one embodiment, a method comprises identifying, by an apparatus at a user premises, a presentation of an addressable video stream to a user; detecting by the apparatus whether the user has supplied a user input, relative to the presentation, to at least one user input device; the apparatus selectively associating each user input detected relative to the presentation with a corresponding identified position of the addressable video stream; and generating, by the apparatus, a data structure enabling identification of an attention level by the user toward at least a portion of the addressable video stream, the data structure specifying an identifier for the addressable video stream and specifying whether the user supplied any user input relative to the presentation, including selectively adding to the data structure at least one user input and the corresponding identified position.04-15-2010
20120124602SUPPORT FOR AUDIENCE INTERACTION IN PRESENTATIONS - A method for presentation interaction. The method includes, receiving by a computer system an indication of a manual selection of a region proximate to an audience member of an audience wherein the indication is received via an interaction with a displayed image of the audience. The method also includes utilizing a microphone array communicatively coupled with a beam-forming component of the computer system to focus audio pickup from the region proximate to the audience member in response to receiving the indication. The method also includes displaying an enhanced image of the region proximate to the audience member using the computer system in response to receiving the indication.05-17-2012
20120137316Media information system and method - A system and method of the inventive concept is adaptable to receive information (graphic and audio) generated and affected by direct viewer participation and to be aired to the viewers. The system and method of the present invention provides a unique approach for mass media communication channels wherein the information content to be presented to the viewers is determined not by the management of the television channel but by the viewers actively voting for the topics of their interest and participating in the discussion in the open air.05-31-2012
20120174142SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A NETWORK LINK BETWEEN BROADCAST CONTENT AND CONTENT LOCATED ON A COMPUTER NETWORK - The invention relates, in various aspects, to systems and methods for linking content stored on a computer network with content broadcast over a television network. The system includes a database, a trigger mechanism, a communications interface, and a packet generator. The database stores tokens representative of links to the stored content and delivery information representative of at least a duration for delivering the token. The trigger mechanism indicates an instruction to deliver a token over the television network, generating a signal indicating a respective one of the stored tokens and a time for starting the delivery of the respective token. The communications interface has a channel in communication with a television, set top box device for transferring the respective token to the television set top box device. The packet generator generates packets within a stream of television content to be broadcast over the television network.07-05-2012
20120260275MOBILE TERMINAL AND COUPON MANAGING METHOD THEREOF - A mobile terminal and coupon managing method thereof are disclosed, by which coupon information may be received using broadcast related information and by which a specific coupon may be received using the received coupon information. The present invention includes receiving broadcast related information, extracting at least one coupon information from the received broadcast related information, displaying the extracted at least one coupon information, and receiving a coupon corresponding to a selected coupon information if the coupon information is selected from the displayed at least one coupon information.10-11-2012
20100011388System and method for creating playlists based on mood - Suggested media playlists are created by an electronic device based upon the mood of a user as analyzed by the electronic device. The electronic device may suggest media items for playback based upon the user's past preferences for certain media items during previously similar moods.01-14-2010
20110004892METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING A MICRO-SPLICER TO INSERT ALTERNATE CONTENT WHILE VIEWING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT ON A HANDHELD DEVICE - In a targeted advertising system focused advertisements or alternate content is pre-stored on a handheld device, inserted into a multimedia stream at predefined times and points in the content stream for a predefined interval, otherwise referred to as a spot. A micro-splicer, instantiated on a handheld device, enables alternate content rendering, instead of the original program content, at available advertisement spots during program content viewing. The micro-splicer uses metadata to identify the correct alternate content and display it in the correct spot. The micro-splicer also enables switching the display back to the multimedia program content after the end of the alternate content. User viewing and interaction with the alternate content is ensured by instructing the micro-splicer to switch back to multimedia program content only after receipt of predefined user feedback.01-06-2011
20110131594BOOSTING FACTOR FOR TELEVISION CONTENT - A method includes receiving viewership data associated with television contents; calculating one or more local boosting factors and a national boosting factor for each of the television contents based on the viewership data; applying boosting factor assignment heuristics to the one or more local and national boosting factors for each of the television contents; selecting one or more boosting factors based the applying of the boosting factor assignment heuristics for each of the television contents; and publishing the one or more boosting factors to one or more television distribution sites for each of the television contents.06-02-2011
20090106787Intelligent electronic program guide - A subscriber unit for use in a television system including a television network and transmitting apparatus for transmitting program schedule information, the subscriber unit including a receiving unit for receiving the program schedule information from said television network, an icon-based guide generator for producing a program guide including an icon-based hierarchical program guide including the program schedule information, and display apparatus for displaying the program guide, the icon-based hierarchical program guide including a plurality of hierarchically-arranged screens each including at least one icon. Related apparatus and methods are also disclosed.04-23-2009
20120324490APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING ADAPTIVE MULTIMEDIA SERVICE - An apparatus and a method for providing an adaptive multimedia service in a mobile communication system are provided. The method of providing a multimedia service includes collecting user-preference-aware information, device-capability-aware information, and network-aware information, generating a packet according to a correlation among the user-preference-aware information, the device-capability-aware information, and the network-aware information, and providing a multimedia service according to the generated packet.12-20-2012
20120324489Flexible Video-on-Demand Viewing Period - A flexible video-on-demand viewing period is varied depending on whether the customer has completed viewing the entire program, allowing the viewing period to be extended if the customer has not completed viewing the entire program. The approach better assures the customer that they will have the opportunity to complete viewing the entire program, compared to a fixed rental period, while assuring program copyright owners that the utility of the rental is limited, fundamentally as intended, preserving the future value of the asset. The approach also enables viewers to retain bookmarks as needed for content that is not naturally tied to a rental period, such as subscription video-on-demand, without unnecessarily enlarging their list of active rentals.12-20-2012
20110239242METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BANDWIDTH CONSUMPTION USAGE REPORTING OF NON-MANAGED SOURCES - Embodiments of the present invention may establish a set top box client based apparatus. The set top box client based apparatus may actively monitor content playback by the set top box. The set top box client based apparatus may subsequently report client playback state for non-managed sources to a service provider's policy or operation support systems (OSS). Embodiments of the invention may recognize that some service providers may use a policy system and OSS, while others will only utilize an OSS for resource management.09-29-2011
20110276992CHANNEL RECALL REMINDER SYSTEM, SIGNAL SOURCE RECALL REMINDER SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS - A channel recall reminder system includes a detecting device and a reminder device. The detecting device is used for detecting a channel status of a signal source to generate a detecting result. The reminder device is coupled to the detecting device, and is used for referring to the detecting result to determine whether to provide a reminder of performing a channel recall operation.11-10-2011
20110289523METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ADAPTIVELY SELECT SENSOR(S) TO GATHER AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DATA BASED ON A VARIABLE SYSTEM FACTOR AND A QUANTITY OF DATA COLLECTIBLE BY THE SENSORS - Methods and apparatus to adaptively gather audience information data are disclosed. The disclosed methods and apparatus monitor system factor(s) and select one or more sensors from a plurality of sensors positioned to gather audience measurement data based on the monitored factor(s). Thus, the disclosed methods and apparatus adapt to the conditions they face by selecting an amount and/or type of audience measurement data they gather.11-24-2011
20120331494METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING VIEWING DATA AND PROVIDING CONTENT RECOMMENDATIONS AT A SET TOP BOX - A system and method for generating television recommendations includes a viewer tracking module that tracks viewer events to form a viewer tracking log. A recommendation module that determines a timeslot, generates a timeslot viewing profile based on the timeslot. The viewer tracking log corresponds to television programs watched previously at the user device during the timeslot. The recommendation module compares the timeslot viewing profile with available content for the timeslot and generates a content recommendation list.12-27-2012
20130014138Mobile Remote Media Control Platform Methods - The MOBILE REMOTE MEDIA CONTROL PLATFORM METHODS (“MR-Control”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via MR-Control components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A method is disclosed, comprising: obtaining TV program schedule listing data; providing the obtained TV program schedule listing data to a user mobile device; receiving an indication of user channel selection; determining a media program associated with the received indication of user channel selection; determining an ad associated with the determined media program; providing a survey question related to the determined ad to the user mobile device; and receiving a user response to the survey question.01-10-2013
20100205626SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AND DOWNLOADING BROADCAST PROGRAMMING CONTENT - The present invention is directed to a system, method and program product for identifying and downloading broadcast programming. Systems are disclosed that include a media device structured to receive and sample broadcast programming, and an identification service including an electronic library. The media device may include a receiver operable to receive the broadcast programming and media device information; a memory operable to save the received broadcast programming and media device information; a sampling device operable to replay and sample the received broadcast programming; and a transmitter operable to transmit the sampled broadcast programming and the media device information. The identification service may be structured to receive the sampled broadcast programming and the media device information, compare the sampled broadcast programming and the media device information with library information stored in the electronic library, and retrieve at least one of a matching broadcast programming and identification information about the broadcast programming.08-12-2010
20130014139IMAGE DISPLAY SYSTEM, IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD, IMAGE DISPLAY CONTROL PROGRAM AND TRANSMISSION PROGRAM FOR MOTION INFORMATION - In the conventional system, although a viewer can feel only part of the atmosphere of the hall while viewing images of a live performance etc, the viewer cannot enhance the mood and cannot get a feeling of participating in the live event. An image display system of the present invention is a system for displaying an image reflecting a motion of a viewer outside a hall for live performance etc. on a display being installed in the hall. Specifically, the system simultaneously transmits the image of the live performance etc. in the hall to a terminal for viewing of the viewer, receives motion information indicating the motion of the viewer outside the hall, thereby controlling display of the image on the display on the basis of the motion information.01-10-2013
20120151510Methods and Apparatus to Monitor Media Content on a Consumer Network - Example methods and apparatus to monitor media content on a consumer network as described herein. An example metering system includes a metering device to monitor the consumption of media content at a consumer location and a universal plug and play (UPnP) compatible metering helper to collect audience measurement data from UPnP devices in a consumer network.06-14-2012
20120151509System, Method and Device for Providing a Mobile Application Across Smartphone Platforms to Enable Consumer Connectivity and Control of Media - A system, method and device for providing a mobile application across smart phone platforms to enable consumer connectivity and control of media. The viewing experience of the individual is improved by the added control and the advertising experience is enhanced by ensuring advertisements are relevant and actionable. A system for providing interactivity between a mobile device and content includes a content provider providing content for presentation on a display device and a mobile device configured with a media management module communicating to provide user interactivity with the content. The media management module enables individualized consumer media services for the mobile device.06-14-2012
20100122276Method and System for Protecting Cable Television Subscriber-Specific Information Allowing Limited Subset Access - A television program ratings method and system includes transferring information associated with households from a cable provider to a ratings provider such that the ratings provider has access to information associated with sampled households and lacks access to information associated with non-sampled households. To this end, identity information and usage information associated with the households are respectively anonymized and encrypted. Knowledge of the identities of the sampled households enables the anonymized identity information and the encrypted usage information for the sampled households to be respectively de-anonymized and decrypted. The ratings provider knows which households are sampled households. As such, the ratings provider de-anonymizes and decrypts the information associated with the sampled households and then uses the de-anonymized and decrypted information to determine television program ratings. The cable provider anonymizes and encrypts the information for all households as the cable provider does not know which households are sampled households.05-13-2010
20130024879Measuring Television Advertisement Exposure Rate and Effectiveness - In one embodiment, a social networking system models a number of exposures to an advertisement for a concept for a set of users, sample from the set of users attitudinal data toward the concept, and determine effectiveness of the advertisement by evaluating the attitudinal data against the number of exposures to the advertisement.01-24-2013
20120254906MOVIE RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM AND MOVIE RECOMMENDATION METHOD - It is provided a movie recommendation system comprising a log holding unit a movie information input unit including a movie basic information input unit and a movie extended information input unit, and a recommendation calculation unit including a simple recommendation calculation unit and an extended recommendation calculation unit. The movie recommendation system compares the number of the operation logs held in the log holding unit and a predetermined value, calculates the recommendation movies by the simple recommendation calculation unit in a case where it is determined that a small number of operation logs are held in the log holding unit, and calculates the recommendation movies by the extended recommendation calculation unit in a case where it is determined that a large number of operation logs are held in the log holding unit.10-04-2012
20130179909Advertisement Based on Speech Recognition - This invention relates to a system and method for providing dedicated television advertisements based on speech recognition of telephone conversations. The home user makes telephone calls using a landline, cellular phone or VoIP phone. The user may also be watching TV. While doing so, the user is able to see advertisements on part or all of his TV screen, based on words and phrases he may have used during his telephone conversation(s). The system and method may be provided by a triple play or quad play service provider which associates its users' telephone calls with TV advertising. Once the user sees the advertisement he can get more information concerning the advertisement by clicking on it with a pointing device, e.g., a mouse or TV remote control, or by using any other navigation method the TV system provides, to see additional details concerning the advertisements.07-11-2013
20130097623TV PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A TV program recommendation method is provided. The method has the following steps of: collecting TV program information from digital broadcasts, which comprises a TV program table for a following week; querying a daily period record corresponding to a user to obtain a plurality of popular periods; querying a viewing time statistical table corresponding to the user to estimate at least one favorite TV program type and favorite TV program title of the user; determining whether the favorite TV program type or the favorite TV program title exists in the popular periods; adding the favorite TV program type or the favorite TV program title of the TV program table for a following week to a TV program recommendation table when the favorite TV program type or the favorite TV program title exists in the popular periods; and displaying the TV program recommendation table on the TV.04-18-2013
20130132982METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ONLINE RECOMMENDATION - A method for recommending videos is presented. The method includes generating a cross-usage matrix based upon a data of video sessions for a plurality of videos, generating a temporal matrix based upon release dates of the plurality of videos, generating a cross-temporal matrix based upon the cross-usage matrix and the temporal matrix, computing a global video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos based upon the cross-temporal matrix, generating a similarity score corresponding to each pair of videos in the plurality of videos based upon meta-data of the plurality of videos, and generating a local video rank corresponding to each of the plurality of videos relative to another video in the plurality of videos based upon the generated cross-usage matrix, the computed global video rank and the generated similarity score.05-23-2013
20100287579MEDIA MONITORING, MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEM - Systems and methods are provided for monitoring transmissions of media content (such as audio and audiovisual content) in order to obtain independent and objective data regarding the use of specific media content recordings or works within the transmissions. Processing and reporting of such data is provided in various ways to serve a variety of business needs. Methods for employing content identification technology to efficiently and automatically obtain reliable, accurate, and precise monitoring data are also disclosed. Various information products and services based on such monitoring systems are proposed.11-11-2010
20100287578DEVICE FOR MEASURING CONSUMPTION PATTERNS THROUGH THE ELECTRIC MAINS AND METHOD FOR USE - The invention relates to a device for measuring consumption patterns through the electric network and method for the use thereof, comprising a microcontroller/processing unit control block (11-11-2010
20110252438METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING AND ANALYZING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION TRAFFIC - A method and system for collecting and analyzing IPTV traffic in an IPTV network including end user premises, an access network, and an IP core network, wherein filtering sub-systems are deployed to collect in real time IPTV traffic using at least one access technology. The filtering sub-systems are deployed in at least one location selected from the group consisting of the end user premises, the access network, and the IP core network, and the at least one location of the filtering sub-systems is selected to collect IPTV traffic with a granularity at the level of the end users. The collected IPTV traffic is transmitted from the filtering sub-systems to a centralized analytic system, the collected IPTV traffic is aggretated in relation to the end users, and business intelligence and marketing oriented analysis is performed over the collected IPTV traffic using the centralized analytic system.10-13-2011
20100299689METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ADAPTIVELY SELECT SENSOR(S) TO GATHER AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DATA BASED ON A VARIABLE SYSTEM FACTOR AND A QUANTITY OF DATA COLLECTIBLE BY THE SENSORS - Methods and apparatus to adaptively gather audience information data are disclosed. The disclosed methods and apparatus monitor system factor(s) and select one or more sensors from a plurality of sensors positioned to gather audience measurement data based on the monitored factor(s). Thus, the disclosed methods and apparatus adapt to the conditions they face by selecting an amount and/or type of audience measurement data they gather.11-25-2010
20130205311METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CONTROL A STATE OF DATA COLLECTION DEVICES - Methods and apparatus to control a state of data collection devices are disclosed. An example method includes generating a level of engagement based on an analysis of an audience associated with a media exposure environment; and controlling a state of a data collection device based on the level of engagement.08-08-2013

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