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725 - Interactive video distribution systems

725009000 - USE SURVEYING OR MONITORING (E.G., PROGRAM OR CHANNEL WATCHED)

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
725019000 By use of pattern recognition or signature 41
725020000 By data encoded in video signal (e.g., VBI data) 13
725018000 By use of audio signal 10
725016000 By polling 9
725021000 Combined with detecting VCR operation 7
725017000 By monitoring sync or blanking pulse 3
20090089824Methods and Systems for Providing Synchronized Display of Content - Systems and methods may include receiving a device identifier that identifies a first device, the first device being capable of causing display of first content at a first display device, and communicating a synchronization request that includes the device identifier via a network. Systems and methods may further include receiving an event message from the first device via the network, the event message identifying the first content the first device is causing display at the first display device, wherein the event message is useable to synchronize second content a second device causes display at a second display device with the first content the first device is causing display at the first display device.04-02-2009
20120124606APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CHARACTERIZING LATENCY IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK - Methods and apparatus for identification and characterization of latency in a content delivery network. In one embodiment, interaction of users with content is recorded via the collection of a plurality of tuning records; the latency is then utilize to adjust the timing on the tuning records to account for lapses in time for sending these from between entities of the network and the user devices, and for processing occurring at the devices as required. The latency is determined by taking into account an experimentally or manufacturer-derived device specific latency component, and a network latency component. The network latency component is determined in one variant by sending a message to the device from the network requesting a current system time (or other response). Once the timing of the tuning records is adjusted, these tuning records may be relied upon as being accurate representations of subscriber interaction with content on a second-by-second basis. Accordingly, tuning records may be obtained and analyzed for content which lasts for very short periods of time (e.g. advertisements).05-17-2012
20120102517METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR PROCESSING MEDIA STREAM - A media stream processing method, a communication system, and a relevant device are disclosed, so as to improve the user experience. The method includes the following steps: a first media receiving device receives media streams, where the media streams include a first media stream and a second media stream; and the first media receiving device processes the first media stream quickly and plays the second media stream normally so that media play progress of the first media receiving device is synchronous with media play progress of the second media receiving device, where the second media receiving device is configured to receive multicast media streams, and the first media receiving device and the second media receiving device are in the same multicast group. A communication system and a relevant device are also disclosed herein. In this way, the user experience is improved.04-26-2012
725015000 By detecting local oscillator or IF signal 1
20090178071INTELLIGENT AUTOMATIC DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER - A system measures a frequency with which a user views a television program and identifies the television program as one of the user's favorite programs based on the measured frequency. The system automatically records, without intervention of the user, the one of the user's favorite programs.07-09-2009
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20130031574METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR FACT CHECKING REBROADCAST INFORMATION - A fact checking system verifies the correctness of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with one or more sources. The fact checking system automatically monitors, processes, fact checks information and indicates a status of the information.01-31-2013
20120174144System and Method for Capturing Parameters and Register of Events in Portable Devices With Digital Television Receiver, Method for Remote Setting the Service of Parameter Capture and Events Register in Portable Devices, Respective Server and Portable Device - The present invention relates to a system and method for capturing and recording parameters of events on portable devices with digital television receiver, a method for remote configuration of service parameters for capturing and recording events on portable devices, as well as portable device and server. More specifically, a system and method for capturing audience data, the method for remote configuration of audience data capture service, especially adapted for digital TV services on portable devices such as mobile phones, smartphones, personal digital assistants PDA, among others.07-05-2012
20100017814METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING PROMOTIONAL CONTENT FOR PRESENTATION IN AN INTERACTIVE MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - In some embodiments, methods for delivering promotional content for presentation in a first interactive media guidance application on a first user equipment device are provided, the methods comprising: receiving data corresponding to a plurality of user actions in a second interactive media guidance application; associating at least one of a plurality of weights with each of the plurality of user actions; based upon the plurality of user actions and the at least one of the plurality of weights associated with each user action, determining the likelihood of a user watching at least one of a certain program, a certain type of program, and a certain channel; selecting promotional content for presentation in the first interactive media guidance application based on the determination; and transmitting the promotional content selected to the first user equipment device with program content.01-21-2010
20110202949IDENTIFYING COMMERCIAL BREAKS IN BROADCAST MEDIA - An audio channel of a time-based media presentation provides a basis for synchronizing to the presentation across a variety of platforms independent of when and where the presentation is being viewed. By pre-processing the media into a series of non-unique hashes, and similarly processing an audio stream of the media captured at a client device, a comparison can be made that yields an accurate time offset within the presentation. The comparison may usefully be performed over a data network using a server that hosts data from the pre-processed media, and a variety of applications may be deployed on the client device based on the resulting synchronization.08-18-2011
20110202948METHOD FOR DETECTING POTENTIALLY SUSPICIOUS OPERATION OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CORRESPONDING ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A method may be for detecting potentially suspicious operation of an electronic device configured to operate in the course of activity sessions. The method may include within the device, a metering, from an initial instant of the number of activity sessions having a duration below a first threshold, and a comparison of this number with a second threshold.08-18-2011
20110202947OPTIMIZED DELIVERY OF INTERACTIVITY EVENT ASSETS IN A MOBILE BROADCAST COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - Systems, apparatus and methods provide an automatic capability for delivering interactivity event applications for execution on receiver devices within a broadcast network based upon interactivity event application data, information and sequence logic. Interactivity event content providers may provide to a broadcast network interactivity event application data, event metadata information and sequence logic a broadcast network. Receiver devices may be configured to receive only real-time interactivity event assets relevant to a currently monitored real-time channel, or channels adjacent to the currently monitored channel. Receiver devices may also be configured to avoid acquiring assets for interactive sequences not related to a currently viewed or adjacent channel.08-18-2011
20120246670CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING MULTIPLEXED TRANSPORT CHANNELS - A content distribution system includes a distribution center, a processor, a switch, and first and second multiplexers. The distribution center receives and applies program content on program channels. The processor identifies subsets of the program channels in response to a respective score associated with the program channels. The switch couples the distribution center to the multiplexers. The switch applies program channels to respective inputs of the first and second multiplexers in response to the processor. A method for optimizing a multiplexed transport channel includes the steps of identifying a set of program channels designated for distribution via the multiplexed transport channel, arranging the set of program channels in subsets, the program channels within a subset grouped in accordance with a viewing score, multiplexing the program channels of the subsets to a respective transport channel and applying the respective transport channels to a distribution medium for delivery to the destination.09-27-2012
20100077424METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DISTINGUISH A SIGNAL ORIGINATING FROM A LOCAL DEVICE FROM A BROADCAST SIGNAL - Methods and apparatus to distinguish a signal originating from a local device from a broadcast signal are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes analyzing a first predetermined characteristic of a video component of the audio-video signal to generate a first indication of the source of the audio-video signal, analyzing a second predetermined characteristic of an audio component of the audio-video signal to generate a second indication of the source of the audio-video signal, and determining if the audio-video signal was generated by a local device based on the first and second indications.03-25-2010
20100077423RECEIVING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD - The present invention provides a receiving apparatus for receiving digital broadcast having a plurality of channels including a transition unit configured to transit a mode for controlling channel selection from a normal mode to a warning mode in the case that a determining unit determines that the broadcasting program is allowed to obtain a right to receive a reward, and a notifying unit configured to notify, in the warning mode, that the right to receive the reward will be lost, in the case that a detecting unit detects a channel selection operation that selects another channel from the viewing channel broadcasting a broadcast program which is allowed to obtain the right to receive the reward.03-25-2010
20130086604METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMANCE METRIC ANALYSIS OF VIDEO ASSETS - A method and system for monitoring video assets provided by a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes an expert test monitoring platform (ETMP) configured to emulate MCDN client systems at a facility of an MCDN service provider. The ETMP may be used to obtain remote control response metrics, along with internal performance data, for client systems in the ETMP. Historical metrics and historical data may be logged along with the release version for the client systems, which may then be used to correlate operational performance when analyzing client system characteristics.04-04-2013
20130086603METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRECISION INTEREST MATCHING LOCALLY STORED CONTENT - Methods and systems for delivering selected content to users are provided. More particularly, profile information associated with an individual user is applied to select content for presentation to that user. While the user is viewing streamed content, content selected through application of the user profile can also be presented to the user. The selected content can be inserted into space reserved within a data stream for such selected content, or can be presented in place of other content delivered as part of the requested content.04-04-2013
20130081073METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING AND OBTAINING REWARD SERVICE LINKED WITH MEDIA CONTENTS - Provided are a method and apparatus for providing and obtaining a reward service linked with media contents. The method includes transmitting reward service information linked with the media contents to a user device, receiving check-in information authenticating that certain media contents are being played, determining whether a provision condition of the reward service is satisfied, and granting a use right with respect to the reward service to the user device when the provision condition of the reward service is satisfied. Herein, user utility with respect to media contents are improved and user information of the media contents are collected.03-28-2013
20130081072PREEMPTIVE VIDEO DELIVERY TO DEVICES IN A WIRELESS NETWORK - Content may be preemptively delivered to mobile devices in a wireless network using multicast delivery techniques. In one implementation, a method may include analyzing network traffic of a number of users; determining, based on the analysis, whether a content item is a popular content item, as determined by requests for the content item from the users; and transmitting, a signal, in response to the determination, to schedule preemptive multicast delivery of the content item to mobile devices. The multicast delivery may be performed over one or more radio interfaces in which multiple mobile devices receive the content item over a shared radio channel.03-28-2013
20130081074System and Method of Monitoring Blackout Events - Systems and methods of monitoring blackout events are provided. A particular method includes receiving a server blackout event specifying a scheduled blackout of a first media service. The method also includes receiving a client blackout event from at least one set top box affected by the scheduled blackout. The method further includes generating a compliance report indicating whether the set top box complied with the scheduled blackout.03-28-2013
20130081075CORRELATION OF MEDIA METADATA GATHERED FROM DIVERSE SOURCES - A DVR, server, or other agent correlates media metadata from diverse sources, like an EPG data provider and multiple video-on-demand (VOD) service providers. Metadata sets from different sources are compared in order to attempt to identify identical programs to which the metadata sets pertain. From at least one metadata set, information about the program that the other metadata set lacks is selected. A “canonical” data structure instance for the program is created. The information that is lacking from at least one of the metadata sources is inserted into that instance. For each source from which a program is available, the DVR stores the identity of that source on the DVR's persistent storage device in association with the canonical data structure instance for that program. The DVR receives search criteria from a user and then searches the stored canonical data structure instance for programs that satisfy the criteria.03-28-2013
20130036435METHODS AND APPARATUS TO OBTAIN ANONYMOUS AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DATA FROM NETWORK SERVER DATA FOR PARTICULAR DEMOGRAPHIC AND USAGE PROFILES - Methods and apparatus to obtain anonymous audience measurement data from network server data for particular demographic and usage profiles are disclosed. An example method to provide anonymous audience measurement data to an audience measurement entity disclosed herein comprises obtaining a demographic profile and a network usage profile, sampling customer data stored in a customer database not accessible by the audience measurement entity to generate a customer sample representative of the demographic profile and the network usage profile without customer intervention, the customer sample including customer identification information, processing log data obtained from a network server not accessible by the audience measurement entity using the customer identification information to determine audience measurement data associated with customers in the customer sample, and removing the customer identification information from the audience measurement data to prepare the anonymous audience measurement data for the audience measurement entity.02-07-2013
20130036434Targeted Television Advertising Based on Profiles Linked to Multiple Online Devices - A profile provider: (i) associates a primary online device (OD1) with a set-top box (STB); (ii) a location of OD1 at some point in time is estimated to be “near” the STB, thereby establishing a STB proxy location; (iii) one or more secondary online devices (OD2s) are observed to be located “near” the STB proxy location and are associated with the STB; and (iv) a television advertisement is selected to be directed to the STB, which selection is based at least in part on profile information linked to one of the associated OD2s. The method can be particularly advantageous in situations wherein: the STB is not connected to any computer network; the STB is not ever connected to the same local area network as OD1 or OD2; or television service (used by the STB) and online access (used by OD1 and OD2s) are provided by different service providers.02-07-2013
20130036433SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CACHING DATA IN MEDIA-ON-DEMAND SYSTEMS - Systems and methods may be provided for retrieving non-on-demand media data and on-demand media data that is provided by separate data sources. On-demand media data may be cached to reduce system latencies and the burden on the distribution network.02-07-2013
20130042262PLATFORM-INDEPENDENT INTERACTIVITY WITH MEDIA BROADCASTS - A method is disclosed including: receiving a broadcast media sequence; comparing broadcast media sequence and a reference media sequence; generating broadcast information related to the broadcast media sequence based on the comparison of the broadcast media sequence and the reference media sequence; and providing interactivity related to the broadcast media sequence to at least one viewer based on the broadcast information.02-14-2013
20090165030Obtaining User Reactions to Video - A user interaction request is received during playback of video content. The user interaction request can be received independent of any indication from the video content that user interaction is possible. In response to receiving the interaction request, one or more menus are displayed allowing the user to select one or more reaction options and to select whether the selected one or more reaction options are to be communicated to another user or to a content provider.06-25-2009
20100043021DETERMINING AUDIENCE RESPONSE TO BROADCAST CONTENT - Audience response to broadcast content can be gauged by determining how many audience members switched stations while particular programs were broadcast. Data indicating audience members' media consumption can be analyzed to determine the number of times audience members tuned to a station or tuned away from the station. Data related to media content broadcast on particular stations can be analyzed to determine what content was being broadcast at times corresponding to the times audience members switched stations. Performance factors can be assigned to particular programs based on this analysis. Determining how many audience members switched during any one program may include retrieving event records, each of which can represent an audience member that was tuned to a particular media station during a time a particular program was being aired.02-18-2010
20090158311METHODS AND SYSTEMS THAT MOTIVATE TUNING TO A TRANSMISSION CHANNEL FOR A TIME PERIOD - Systems and methods are provided for motivating a user to watch a television channel for a predetermined period of time and enabling access to a media asset related to a program provided on the channel. A tuner is tuned to a transmission channel and a program is received concurrently with a portion of a media asset. The viewing behavior is monitored to determine whether the user tunes to a different transmission channel before a predetermined time period elapses. When the user tunes to a different transmission channel before the predetermined time period elapses, access to the media asset is prevented. When the user stays tuned to the particular transmission channel for the predetermined time period, access to the media asset is enabled. The media asset may be transmitted to a portable user device, such as a mobile phone.06-18-2009
20120167125VIDEO CONTENT NAVIGATION WITH REVENUE MAXIMIZATION - A method for maximizing revenue in a video-on-demand (VOD) system operated by a service provider is disclosed. For a plurality of VOD content items, an expected revenue value to the service provider for each content item is calculated, based on an estimated value of revenue for the content item, weighted by an estimated probability that a subscriber will select the content item for viewing. The one or more highest ranked content items of the plurality of VOD content items is selected, rank being determined such that content items having higher expected revenue values are ranked higher than content items having lower expected revenue values. Identifying information about the one or more highest ranked content items is delivered to a set-top device associated with the subscriber, for presentation to the subscriber on a menu from which the one or more highest ranked content items can be selected for viewing.06-28-2012
20130047176CONTENT RECOMMENDATION USING SUBSEQUENCE PROFILING - A method includes identifying at least one program viewing sequence. The at least one program viewing sequence includes a plurality of programs. The method may include identifying a subsequence in the at least one program viewing sequence. The subsequence includes a subset of the plurality of programs in the at least one program viewing sequence and the subset of the plurality of programs is arranged in an identified order. The method may further include determining a user profile based on the subsequence. The method may include receiving a current viewing indicator. In addition, the method may include determining whether the current viewing indicator indicates the subsequence. The method may also include providing a content recommendation based on the user profile for the subsequence in response to a determination that the current viewing indicator indicates the subsequence.02-21-2013
20120192216QOE ENSURING METHOD AND APPARATUS - A Quality of Experience (QoE) ensuring method is disclosed. The method includes obtaining a QoE parameter of a media data stream, judging whether QoE of the media data stream will deteriorate according to the QoE parameter of the media data stream, and adjusting QoS of the media data stream to ensure the QoE if a judgment result shows that the QoE of the media data stream will deteriorate. By using the QoE ensuring method provided herein, whether the QoE will deteriorate can be judged beforehand, and the QoS is adjusted before the QoE deteriorates. In this way, preventive measures may be taken against possible deterioration of the QoE and the user's QoE is ensured.07-26-2012
20120192215Publication of User-Generated Ticker - Disclosed are various automated methods and apparatus for scheduling and distributing user-generated content as part of or during a television program that is being distributed as part of a linear programming line-up of a television network. Users upload user-generated content through, for example, a mobile application on smart phone, a web site, or through an online service such as a social media network, and are given the opportunity to schedule transmission of uploaded content during transmission of television network linear programming by purchasing a time slot or bidding on a time slot through an auction process using real or virtual currency, including points, credits or other form of virtual currency, or being awarded or given a time slot. An automated process obtains available time slots and schedules user generated content for transmission by the network as part of previously scheduled, linear programming.07-26-2012
20130074110METHOD OF AND SYSTEM FOR PARALLEL FACT CHECKING - A fact checking system verifies the correctness of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with one or more sources. The fact checking system automatically monitors, processes, fact checks information and indicates a status of the information.03-21-2013
20130074109TELEVISION LISTING USER INTERFACE BASED ON TRENDING - Systems, methods, and media for a television listing user interface for set top boxes, computers, tablets, mobile phones, and other devices. Exemplary methods may include ranking broadcast content according to trend data and a program guide that includes a visual representation of the ranked broadcast content, which may be hierarchically ranked according to the trend data.03-21-2013
20130061259DYNAMIC USER INTERFACE RENDERING BASED ON USAGE ANALYTICS DATA IN A MEDIA CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - An exemplary method includes a media content access device, which is configured to access a media content service distributed over a media content distribution network, 1) detecting a request for a presentation of a user interface configured to facilitate usage of the media content service by a user of the media content access device, 2) determining, in response to the request, whether usage analytics data representative of a historical pattern of usage of the media content service is available, 3) rendering, if the usage analytics data is determined to be unavailable, a static default version of the user interface in accordance with data representative of a static default configuration of the user interface, and 4) rendering, if the usage analytics data is determined to be available, a dynamic version of the user interface based on the user analytics data. Corresponding methods, systems, and apparatuses are also disclosed.03-07-2013
20090007169METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COLLECTING MEDIA CONSUMPTION DATA BASED ON USAGE INFORMATION - Methods and apparatus for collecting media consumption data based on usage information of a media delivery device are disclosed. In an example method, media information is received by a portable metering device associated with a monitored individual such as a portable telephone, a personal digital assistant, and/or a handheld computer. Usage information indicative of a media delivery event associated with a media delivery device such as a television is monitored by the portable metering device. To form the media consumption data, the media information is associated with one of a first channel and a second channel based on the usage information.01-01-2009
20090271813VIEWER DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE IN A DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE TELEVISION NETWORK - A system and method for collecting viewership data. The inventive system (10-29-2009
20090055854METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COOPERATOR INSTALLED METERS - Methods and apparatus for cooperator installed meters are disclosed. An example method includes receiving audience information, configuring the audience meter based on the audience information, placing the audience meter in a sleep mode, and shipping the audience meter to a location associated with the audience information.02-26-2009
20120227064Predictive Content Placement on a Managed Services Systems - A distributed stochastic learning agent analyzes viewing and/or interactive service behavior patterns of users of a managed services system. The agent may operate on embedded and/or distributed devices such as set-top boxes, portable video devices, and interactive consumer electronic devices. Content may be provided with services such as video and/or interactive applications at a future time with maximum likelihood that a subscriber will be viewing a video or utilizing an interactive service at that future time. For example, user impressions can be maximized for content such as advertisements, and content may be scheduled in real-time to maximize viewership from across all video and/or interactive services.09-06-2012
20120324498METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ANALYZING DISCUSSION REGARDING MEDIA PROGRAMS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device including a controller to detect a plurality of users engaging in a voice conference related to a presentation of a media program, convert speech dialog detected in the voice conference to textual dialog, detect from the textual dialog a behavioral profile of at least one of the plurality of users, and identify at least one of advertisement content and marketable media content based on the behavioral profile of the at least one user. Other embodiments are disclosed.12-20-2012
20110283308METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPLEMENTING RELAY CHANNEL, AND EDGE NODE - The invention relates to a method and system for implementing a relay channel, and an edge node, in which a media location service system monitors the number of orders of all nodes in an IPTV system, and, when monitoring that the number of orders of the central node of the IPTV system is more than a predetermined first threshold, searches edge nodes with the number of orders less than a predetermined second threshold, and sends a relay channel establishing request message to one of the edge nodes; the edge node which receives the message sends an RTSP link establishing request message to the central node, reserves a media distribute unit (MDU) resource for the link, and notifies the central node of the IP address of the reserved MDU resource; and the edge node enables the MDU resource, sends a media stream requesting message to the central node, and stores data of the relay channel. The invention can better balance the load of each node in the network, thereby allocating and using the system resource more properly.11-17-2011
20120110609METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PEER-TO-PEER STREAMING OF LAYERED CONTENT - A method and apparatus are described including receiving buffer maps of neighbor peers, measuring serving rates from the neighbor peers, measuring serving rates to the neighbor peers, requesting a unit of data from one of the neighbor peers responsive to information in the buffer maps of the neighbor peers at a rate responsive to the serving rate from the one of the neighbor peers, receiving incoming requests for units of data, sorting the incoming requests into a plurality of queues, selecting one of the incoming requests to serve responsive to the serving rates to the neighbor peers corresponding to the incoming request, updating the queues and selecting a new neighbor peer.05-03-2012
20120011529SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE VIEWERSHIP - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, network device having a controller programmed to track a number of times that a particular service channel is distributed to a subscriber device from at least a network device selected from the group of a unicast stream server, a multicast stream router, or a digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) which is used in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network when the subscriber device is initially tuned to the particular service channel and to obtain real time viewership information by polling the network device in the IPTV network to determine how many subscriber devices are tuned to each service channel in the IPTV network. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-12-2012
20110289526NETWORK PLAYBACK OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING AFTER CUSTOMER PREMISES SERVICE INTERRUPTION - An exemplary method includes monitoring a condition relating to power at a customer premises to automatically detect a power outage at the customer premises, the power outage causing an interruption to a video service provided through a network to a video device within the customer premises, sending a notice of the interruption through the network to a node having a video recorder in the network, recording, at the video recorder in the network, a video program that was being accessed by the video device within the customer premises before the interruption, at least from a point in the video program substantially corresponding to a point when the interruption occurred, and transmitting at least a portion of the recorded video program starting from the point substantially corresponding to the identified point when the interruption occurred, from the video recorder through the network to the video device within the customer premises.11-24-2011
20110289525Managing Lifecycles of Television Gadgets and Applications - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes identifying metadata related to television programming. The method further includes sending search requests that include the identified metadata to a search system for selecting at least one portable program module. The method further includes in response to a first one of the search requests, receiving first search results from the search system that identify the selected portable program module and outputting a representation of the selected portable program module to a display device for presentation concurrently with the television programming. The method further includes in response to a second one of the search requests, receiving second search results from the search system that no longer identify the selected portable program module and ceasing the output of the representation of the selected portable program module.11-24-2011
20110289524System and Method for Set Top Viewing Data - In a video delivery context, collection and analysis of viewing data can provide insight into viewer interaction with video and the Internet. The viewing data can be transmitted in a controlled manner to a data repository. The system can selectively target specific viewers/households to obtain viewing data, which can be combined with demographics, anonymized, and encrypted. Embodiments enable precision selection of media opportunities, by determining detailed characteristics associated with broadcasts including movement of audiences and specific viewer behavior, such as visits to websites on the Internet. The effective yield of broadcasts, including promotional spots and advertisements, can be determined and predicted based on concrete data at a level of detail down to individual viewers. Accordingly, embodiments enable improvement of the effectiveness and return on investment for programming, promotional spots, and advertisements.11-24-2011
20100169908METHODS 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 an environmental condition exterior to the device. A packaging detector compares the detected environmental condition to a criterion to determine whether the device is located within the package.07-01-2010
20100023960Detection of Video Program Viewing Behavior for Correlation with Advertisement Presentation - A video user's viewing behavior with respect to video program selection is monitored. The monitored behavior is analyzed and a suitable advertising format for display that is related to the monitored viewing behavior is identified. Monitoring, for example, can include detecting channel surfing of available viewing channels, accessing and surfing through programming schedules, fast forwarding or reversing through a recorded program, and pausing display of a program.01-28-2010
20090320055SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONSERVING ENERGY IN AN ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - Apparatus, systems and methods are described for conserving energy in an entertainment system. An entertainment device tracks usage patterns of a user over time while outputting presentation content and utilizes the collected information to determine whether to automatically enter a low power mode state at appropriate times.12-24-2009
20130219420OBTAINING METADATA PROGRAM INFORMATION DURING CHANNEL CHANGES - An apparatus including a remote command receiver, a decode logic, and a database is described herein. The remote command receiver may detect a remote control command that selects a program. The decode logic may receive a video signal from an access device that is the target of the detected remote control command and separate from the apparatus. The decode logic may capture a video frame that is rendered by the apparatus based on the video signal from the access device, and may decode the captured video frame to generate metadata regarding the selected program. The apparatus may generate a user interface using the metadata stored in the database that is different from the user interface generated by the access device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.08-22-2013
20130219418APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHANGING FAST CHANNEL BASED ON SVC IN MULTICAST MOBILE IPTV SERVICE - A method of selecting a predicted channel in mobile IPTV services by an expected channel selection function (ECSF) device linked with a gateway is provided. The method includes acquiring channel connection history information of a terminal user, selecting a channel predicted to be connected next by the terminal user in accordance with the acquired channel connection history information, and setting a bearer of the selected channel.08-22-2013
20130219419Electronic Programming Guide - A broadcast programming guide is generated based on either designation by or a habit of a user. The programming guide may determine one or more favorite channels of the user based on habitual viewing. The programming guide may suggest channels of interest, based on genres of programming shown on the favorite channels.08-22-2013
20110209170SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTEXTUALLY LINKING TELEVISION PROGRAM INFORMATION - The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.08-25-2011
20100088714GENERATING REACH AND FREQUENCY DATA FOR TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS - Television reporting records are accessed and processed to generate frequency specific reach values and device frequencies for creatives (e.g., television advertisements). The device frequencies indicating the number of times a creative was presented by use of a particular viewing device. The frequency specific reach values indicating the number of unique viewing devices that were used to present the creative a specified number of times. Estimating frequency specific reach values and device frequencies for a creative for a viewing population. The estimated frequency specific reach values and device frequencies for the viewing population are based on known viewing pattern data for multiple creative airings from a sample of the viewing population (e.g., a subset of the viewing population) and estimated viewing pattern data for the airings for the viewing population.04-08-2010
20090254932INSERTING ADVERTISEMENTS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for broadcasting television programs, in particular to a method and apparatus for inserting an advertisement into a broadcast television program. An object of the invention is to provide a method for inserting an advertisement segment into a television program of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) channel, the method comprises the steps of: receiving a request from a user that asks for viewing the television program; monitoring the viewing behavior of the user toward the IPTV channel according to an advertisement policy of the IPTV channel, the advertisement policy comprising providing an advertisement segment based on the user's viewing behavior on the IPTV channel; determining whether the monitored viewing behavior matches the advertisement policy; if the monitored viewing behavior matches the advertisement policy, inserting the advertisement segment into the television program. According to the invention, during the process of viewing a program, a user will have to view a certain amount of advertisements according to a predefined advertisement policy even though the user relocates the television program.10-08-2009
20090249383BROADCAST DATA NETWORK SYSTEM - The invention relates to a system and method for the selective transmission of data to individuals or groups of viewing locations to thereby allow at selected times at least, the targeting of data which is more focussed or targeted to viewers at said locations. This is achieved by detecting and processing data which is indicative of the interaction of viewers with the receiving apparatus at each location and using this possibly in combination with other data, to assess characteristics of the viewers and then select the data to be transmitted to them.10-01-2009
20090288109REQUEST FOR INFORMATION RELATED TO BROADCAST NETWORK CONTENT - A request for information (RFI) system is provided for use in communications networks including broadcast networks and the internet. In one implementation, a viewer of a cable television network enters an RFI input (11-19-2009
20120297410Streaming With Optional Broadcast Delivery of Data Segments - For streaming data in a mobile communication network, a descriptive file (11-22-2012
20100293568METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOGGING AND REPORTING TELEVISION VIEWING - A multimedia logging and reporting system and method involves first obtaining some viewing information about a multimedia presentation such as a television program. The viewing information may be a name of the program and the time it was being watched on the television or may include other information depending on the multimedia, the device used for viewing the multimedia as well as other factors. The viewing information is recorded and then used to generate a viewing report, an example being a display on a television screen that lists a particular user, the time and name of the programs watched on any given day.11-18-2010
20080250442TELEVISION RECEPTION CONTROL SYSTEM - In a television reception control system, a master reception device receives and plays back broadcast data from a cable television network, and communicates with a slave reception device via an in-home network. The slave reception device receives and plays back the broadcast data from the cable television network, and communicates with the master reception device via the in-home network, and when no connection with the master reception device is established for a predetermined period of time, the slave reception device is suspended from receiving the broadcast data.10-09-2008
20100146529INCIDENT REPORTING IN A MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK - A method and system for reporting incidents on a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes generating user service alerts when a disruption to a channel of the multimedia content is observed. The user service alert may be generated at a client of the MCDN and recorded along with a timestamp and a channel indicator. A remote control device may be equipped to generate the user service alert. A support event may be generated in response to receiving the user service alert. The support event may cause the disruption to be investigated and a status report to be sent back to the client.06-10-2010
20120198489DETECTING FRAUD USING SET-TOP BOX INTERACTION BEHAVIOR - A processor can receive user interaction data indicative of interactions between a user and a set-top box device. The processor can compare a behavior pattern in the received user interaction data and a behavior pattern in previously stored data contained within a user profile for a human. The processor can generate a score indicative of a likelihood that the behavior pattern in the received data matches the behavior pattern in the previously stored data. Responsive to the generated score being below a threshold, the processor can generate an indication of a possible fraudulent action due to the user having a high likelihood of not being the human.08-02-2012
20110209169Method and System for Protecting Cable Televisions 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.08-25-2011
20090089823METHODS AND APPARATUS TO COLLECT MEDIA MONITORING INFORMATION - Example methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to collect metering information associated with media presented media presentation devices are disclosed. A disclosed example system for collecting metering information includes a media meter to generate media monitoring information in response to media presented by a media presentation device. The example system also includes a peripheral memory device removably couplable by an audience member to the media meter to receive the media monitoring information.04-02-2009
20090138903TV REMOTE CONTROL SIGNAL LOG - An interceptor detects command signals from a TV remote control and logs the signals. The signals can be correlated not just to channel number but also to programs by accessing a program/channel database. A log of channels/programs that have been viewed by, e.g., a child can thus be obtained and viewed by a parent.05-28-2009
20090187934INTERACTIVE REVERSE CHANNEL FOR DIRECT BROADCAST SATELLITE SYSTEM - A system and method is disclosed for providing a reverse channel to enable interactive communication between a DBS subscriber and DBS service provider. The addition of an interactive return channel overcomes the problems associated with existing audience measurement systems as well as the problems associated with existing DBS signal security techniques.07-23-2009
20090025025System and method of determining viewership information - Systems and methods of determining viewership information are provided. A method of determining viewership information includes determining viewership information from multicast routing table data associated with one or more edge routers of a media content delivery service. Each edge router of the one or more edge routers is adapted to transmit media content streams to multiple devices via a first network. The method also includes sending data related to the viewership information to a requesting device via a second network.01-22-2009
20110145849VIEWER-PERSONALIZED BROADCAST AND DATA CHANNEL CONTENT DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - Data is transmitted by or collected from individual receivers of broadcast content on a particularized basis. The broadcast content is transmitted without regard to selection of a particular content stream by any one or more receivers. The receiver data is analyzed, and may be analyzed in conjunction with other information such as details on broadcast content streams made during certain times, and selections of broadcast streams by particular receivers. System configuration changes and targeted content may then be transmitted by a bidirectional data exchange medium to the individualized receivers based upon the analysis.06-16-2011
20110145850DUAL CHANNEL AUDIENCE CUSTOMIZED BROADCAST DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - The broadcast of content over a unidirectional broadcast channel is adjusted by analysis of data received from receivers of the content via a bidirectional data exchange channel. The broadcast may be altered in signal, signal strength, signal direction, encoding, and so forth. The receivers may communicate the data over any suitable network, such as the Internet. The data may include past, current and planned selections of content, as well as geographic and demographic information, when available.06-16-2011
20120079518Validation of TV viewership utlizing methods, systems and computer control logic - A method, system and computer control logic to provide personalization of a viewer's usage of an Internet TV platform. The method includes tracking a viewer's interactive usage pattern of the TV platform; generating viewer usage data based on the tracking; analyzing the viewer usage data on a substantially real-time basis; and personalizing the viewer's usage of the TV platform on a based on an analysis the viewer usage data.03-29-2012
20120079517VIEWERSHIP-BASED SERVICES - A method, system, and computer program product containing instructions to provide viewership-based services. In response to a request to participate in a service transaction by a user of a service, a viewership status of the user is determined with respect to an episode of a series of episodes. The service transaction is modified to accommodate the viewership status of the user. Modifying the service transaction may include providing content related to a first episode in the series if the viewership status indicates the user has viewed the first episode and withholding content related to a second episode in the series if the viewership status indicates that the user has not viewed the second episode. Modifying the service transaction may include writing a post by the user to a collection of posts that is accessible only by users having a given viewership status.03-29-2012
20090083780METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING DEMAND BASED SERVICES - A system and method may include monitoring content being displayed at a display device to generate monitoring data that includes a program identifier, communicating the monitoring data to a server, the server determining which programs to include in an on-demand lineup based on the monitoring data and generating an on-demand lineup message to identify on-demand programs included in the on-demand lineup, and receiving the on-demand lineup message from the server.03-26-2009
20090083779DIGITAL CONTENT PROMOTION - Embodiments of digital content promotion are disclosed.03-26-2009
20090100456METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING ONLINE VIDEO - A method and apparatus for online video analytics provides a cross-platform, online video analytics solution that enables advertisers and content publishers to assess the effectiveness of their video clips better, gain more insights into viewership demographics and behavior, and track and compare online video viewership across multiple video sharing websites.04-16-2009
20120144415MEDIA QUALITY MONITORING - A content processing device is configured to receive a media stream via a network. The media stream may be analyzed to detect whether an anomaly is present in the media stream indicative of a potential quality defect in playback of the media stream. Data relating to a detected anomaly may be provided to a destination via the network.06-07-2012
20090254934Listener Contributed Content and Real-Time Data Collection with Ranking Service - A computing device includes a processor and memory. The memory encodes instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to create: a first module programmed to allow consumers to push content into a distribution channel and share feedback of broadcasted media by voting and sharing feedback; a second module programmed to automatically suggest adjustment of programming of a media center based on the feedback from the consumers; a third module programmed to identify current demographic information of the consumers that are listening to media and giving feedback, and to automatically suggest adjustment of the programming of the media center based on the demographic information; a fourth module programmed to monitor the consumers' action information, including actions of turning the media on or off, or changing to another media, and automatically suggest adjustment of programming of a media center based on the action information.10-08-2009
20120198488METHOD FOR PROVIDING REMOTE CONTROL SERVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS THEREOF - A system for servicing a display device is performed remotely through a network server. The server establishes a connection with the display device, transmits a first signal through the connection to instruct the display device to automatically perform a predetermined function, receives a captured image derived from a screen of the display device after performance of the predetermined function, and transmits a second signal through the connection to control at least one feature of the display device.08-02-2012
20100275225METHODS AND APPARATUS TO EXPORT TUNING DATA COLLECTED IN A RECEIVING DEVICE - Methods and apparatus to export tuning data collected in a receiving device are disclosed. An example method of collecting audience measurement data comprises collecting tuning data within a receiving device, and modulating an LED associated with the receiving device to export the collected tuning data from the receiving device.10-28-2010
20100275224System and Method for Information Delivery Including Delivery Via Video-Based Keyed or Tagged Content - An interactive device/system of and method for delivery, receipt and/or decoding of and/or response to keyed or tagged video content provided in connection with one or more video broadcasts (for example, television or streaming video). Responsive thereto, the system and method may deliver and/or receive video and/or audio information. Such delivery and/or receipt of video and/or audio information may be responsive to content embedded in the broadcast but not visually observed, responsive to broadcast content that is visually observed and then parsed and correlated with a predetermined response, and responsive to a user/operator instruction, input and/or request. The interactive video receiving device may determine a video-based broadcast is an interactive video-based broadcast, wherein, the device automatically provides interaction options and or based on a response by the user/viewer to the video-based broadcast, the video receiving device transmits “interest-level” data (i.e., data which is representative of the viewer's level of interest to the video-based broadcast) to obtain additional information regarding the video-based broadcast. Other inventions are also disclosed.10-28-2010
20090254933Media detection using acoustic recognition - A method and system for detecting certain types of content, such as advertisements, using acoustical means from a media stream. The method uses two matching processes to detect and identify repeated content, the starting and end boundaries of which are then found. This content is used as the basis to find non-repeated content (such as less-frequently repeated advertisements) that are typically located in proximity to repeated content and can be evaluated using Gaussian mixture models (GMMs). The system that implements this method can be used for advertisement detection and monitoring for traditional media, such as television and radio, as well as for Internet-based media, such as streaming video, streaming audio and podcasts. The system can also be used to detect and identify copyrighted material in Internet traffic.10-08-2009
20080313665PRODUCT, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY TUNING A TELEVISION SET DURING ACTIVATION - The invention discloses a product, method and system for dynamically tuning the “default” television (TV) channel displayed during activation of a television set, which can be individually programmed by the viewer (i.e., the “default” or current choice) or automatically selected by determining the TV station(s) and/or program(s) that are most popular or important to that viewer (i.e., based on a collective viewing audience such as through use of social networking techniques).12-18-2008
20100153984User Feedback Based Highlights of Recorded Programs - A television program is recorded by multiple client devices. After feedback regarding playback of the television program by at least a threshold number of other users has been analyzed, a highlight version of the television program is obtained by a client device. The highlight version of the television program is one or more portions of the television program. A user request to playback the highlight version of the television program is received, and in response to this user request, the highlight version of the television program is played back.06-17-2010
20090276801METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CUSTOMIZING INFORMATION - A method for customizing information is provided. The method monitors electronic activities through a communication link coupling a consumer system and a service provider, the consumer system including a plurality of communication devices. The method determines in response to the monitoring which of the plurality of communication devices are operating and collects activity information indicative of activities of each of a plurality of consumers in accessing electronic content through one or more of the communication devices. The method associates the collected activity information corresponding to each of the plurality of consumers with one of the plurality of activity profiles maintained in a database. The method also customizes information in response to the plurality of associated activity profiles for delivery to corresponding consumers11-05-2009
20100175078PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH TARGETED ADVERTISING - An interactive television program guide system is provided in which targeted advertisements may be presented to a user and targeted actions taken in the program guide based on the user's interests. The program guide monitors the user's interactions with the program guide to determine the user's interests. Interactions that may be monitored include interactions that indicate the categories of programming that interest the user (e.g., movies, sports, children's programming, etc.), setting a reminder for a program, purchasing a program, requesting information on a program, browsing program listings for a particular time or channel, etc.07-08-2010
20100186026METHOD FOR PROVIDING APPRECIATION OBJECT AUTOMATICALLY ACCORDING TO USER'S INTEREST AND VIDEO APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for automatically providing an appreciation object based on a user's interest and a video apparatus using the method are provided. The method includes providing the appreciation object if it is determined that a user is less interested in a viewing object currently being provided. Therefore, it is possible to promote appreciation of the appreciation object created based on currently stored content, and to provide the user with entertainment through appreciation of the appreciation object.07-22-2010
20100162286SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANALYZING TRENDS IN VIDEO CONSUMPTION BASED ON EMBEDDED VIDEO METADATA - Systems and methods are described for analyzing video content in conjunction with historical video consumption data, and identifying and generating relationships, rules, and correlations between the video content and viewer behavior. According to one aspect, a system receives video consumption data associated with one or more output states for one or more videos. The output states generally comprise tracked and recorded viewer behaviors during videos such as pausing, rewinding, fast-forwarding, clicking on an advertisement (for Internet videos), and other similar actions. Next, the system receives metadata associated with the content of one or more videos. The metadata is associated with video content such as actors, places, objects, dialogue, etc. The system then analyzes the received video consumption data and metadata via a multivariate analysis engine to generate an output analysis of the data. The output may be a scatter plot, chart, list, or other similar type of output that is used to identify patterns associated with the metadata and the one or more output states. Finally, the system generates one or more rules incorporating the identified patterns, wherein the one or more rules define relationships between the video content (i.e. metadata) and viewer behavior (i.e. output states).06-24-2010
20100211967METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MAINTAIN AUDIENCE PRIVACY WHILE DETERMINING VIEWING OF VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PROGRAMS - Methods and apparatus to maintain audience privacy while determining viewing of video-on-demand (VOD) programs are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining subscriber metering data from a site metering device monitoring presentation of VOD content at a first subscriber site, obtaining server metering data from a VOD server, the server metering data including identification information for a plurality of subscriber sites to identify particular VOD content provided uniquely to each of the subscriber sites, the identification information manipulated to preserve anonymity of the plurality of subscriber sites, manipulating at least a portion of the subscriber metering data to determine a first manipulated identifier to identify the first subscriber site, and using the first manipulated identifier to cross-reference the manipulated identification information included in the server metering data to merge the subscriber metering data and the portion of the server metering data uniquely associated with the first subscriber site.08-19-2010
20100146530CLUSTER ANALYSIS OF VIEWER TENDENCIES - A method performed by one or more computing devices includes determining a relevancy function of viewer tendencies based on set-top box data from a subscription television service and defining a cluster of set-top boxes based on the relevancy function. The method also includes building a tendency profile for the cluster, the tendency profile including predicted actions for viewers within the cluster. The method further includes assigning the set-top box to the cluster and directing a cluster-oriented presentation to a particular set-top box within the cluster.06-10-2010
20100251280CONTENT RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON PERSONAL PREFERENCES - A method and system for recommending multimedia content includes collecting consumption information for a plurality of users. The consumption information, along with real-time contextual information, may be used to generate collections of recommended multimedia content, including obtainable multimedia assets. The collections may be offered to a user for purchase. The user may be provided access to the multimedia assets. A unified storefront application, providing access to multimedia content via an Internet-protocol television portal, a web portal, and a mobile portal, may be used to offer and provide access to the multimedia assets.09-30-2010
20100235853DETECTION OF MEDIA LINKS IN BROADCAST SIGNALS - A detection apparatus includes a tuner tuned to the program and a meter coupled to the tuner and arranged to detect content ancillary information from the program tuned by the tuner. The content ancillary information may be a media link, closed captioning information, or the like. The meter may also be arranged to extract a broadcast signature from the program. A comparator compares the broadcast signature to a reference signature selected from a library of reference signatures based upon the content ancillary information. Broadcast signatures from unknown programs may be clustered at least partially on the basis of the content ancillary information.09-16-2010
20090328090Digital Television Channel Trending - Channel trending, including determining a number of viewers watching a multimedia program, is achieved in a digital television network. Cached multimedia frames that correspond to portions of the multimedia program are maintained, for example, on a device located on an edge (i.e., in a network edge device) of the digital television network. In response to a request from a client device (e.g., a set-top box) to receive the multimedia program, cached multimedia frames are fed from the edge device to the client device. Upon a seamless transfer or handoff resulting in a simulcast replicator or multicast replicator providing further portions of the multimedia program, a signal (e.g., a simple network management protocol TRAP statement) is sent to a viewership statistic server for incrementing a counter.12-31-2009
20110067047SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING USER-SELECTION OF OBJECTS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a distributed system (e.g., a distributed television system) for providing user-selection of objects in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20110067046FUZZY LOGIC BASED VIEWER IDENTIFICATION FOR TARGETED ASSET DELIVERY SYSTEM - A targeted advertising system uses a machine learning tool to select an asset for a current user of a user equipment device, for example, to select an ad for delivery to a current user of a digital set top box in a cable network. The machine learning tool first operates in a learning mode to receive user inputs and develop evidence that can characterize multiple users of the user equipment device audience. In a working mode, the machine learning tool processes current user inputs to match a current user to one of the identified users of that user equipment device audience. Fuzzy logic may be used to improve development of the user characterizations, as well as matching of the current user to those developed characterizations. In this manner, targeting of assets can be implemented not only based on characteristics of a household but based on a current user within that household.03-17-2011
20090019467Method and System for Providing Virtual Co-Presence to Broadcast Audiences in an Online Broadcasting System - There is provided an online broadcasting system for providing virtual co-presence to broadcast audiences. The online broadcasting system may comprise a plurality of user terminals, a user reaction processing server and a broadcast server configured to transmit broadcast program data to the user terminals. The user terminals may be configured to: display a broadcast program based on the broadcast program data; receive individual user reaction data from a user input interface; and transmit the received individual user reaction data to the broadcast server. The user reaction processing server may be configured to: receive the individual user reaction data from each of the user terminals; aggregate the individual user reaction data to create total user reaction data based on the received individual user reaction data; generate interface control data based on the total user reaction data, wherein the interface control data, when executed, is operative to cause a client application to generate output indicative of the total user reaction data; and transmit the generated interface control data to at least one of the user terminals.01-15-2009
20100299690INFORMATION DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD, INFORMATION DELIVERY DEVICE, AND DISPLAY DEVICE - An information delivery system in which in a display device (11-25-2010
20120144416METHODS, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEMS FOR PRESENTING TELEVISION PROGRAMMING AND RELATED INFORMATION - Methods and apparatus for providing advertising information on a second user viewing device relating to a media program viewed on a first user viewing device. Upon determining that the media program is being presented via the first user viewing device, an ad programming signal is transmitted to the second user viewing device so as to present on the second user viewing device at least one first advertisement relating to content of the media program.06-07-2012
20080244634System and Method for Inputting Preferences Into Recommender/Profiling System - A user profiling system that receives user command/control selections related to content currently being provided to the user. A processor acts on the command/control selections and also determines whether the command/control selections are volume related command/control selections. In a case where the command/control selections are volume related, the processor utilizes these volume related command/control selections as an input to a user profile of the user profiling system. The user profile may be utilized for providing recommendations of content to the user.10-02-2008
20110119695METHOD OF DETECTING TV OFF EVENT ON A MOBILE TERMINAL EQUIPMENT - The invention is a method of detecting a TV off event happening on a mobile terminal equipment which is assumed to receive a broadcast service. A portable electronic device is connected to the mobile terminal equipment and, the mobile terminal equipment sends periodic commands to the portable electronic device. The mobile terminal equipment sends control messages to the portable electronic device. The control messages are related to the broadcast service. The method includes the steps of identifying a duration either according to receipt of two periodic commands of a first type or according to data contained in control messages, and identifying the TV off event if no control message has been received during that duration.05-19-2011
20130132986METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK BASED ADAPTIVE STREAMING - A method and apparatus for streaming Over-the-Top (OTT) content on a network to subscribers is described. A digital video transport stream of an item of the OTT content is obtained via unicast streaming methods of a resolution and bit rate selected from an available set of different resolutions and bit rates for the digital video transport stream. The digital video transport stream of the selected resolution and bit rate is transmitted in the form of an IP multicast over the network to subscribers. Bandwidth utilization of the network is monitored so that switching of the bit rate to a different bit rate for the digital video transport stream can be controlled to provide adaptive rate control of the IP multicast.05-23-2013
20130132987OFFERING TASKS TO USERS BASED ON THEIR COMPETENCE AND ON THEIR CURRENT ACTIVITY - The pervasive visibility of television and other screens is leveraged to present task offers to users. A task broker gives the user an incentive if he accepts and successfully performs the task. To be effective, the task broker first collects profile information about the user. Some of the profile information is used to determine what tasks are appropriate for a given user based, for example, on that user's competencies. Other profile information characterizes the user's current level of activity and, based on that, his “interruptibility.” Tasks and incentives can be chosen based on user-profile information including, for example, demographics and the user's previous interactions with the task broker. Information about the user's successful completion of a task can be used to update the user's profile, and future task offers are based on this updated profile information.05-23-2013
20130132988SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTENT RECOMMENDATION - Disclosed are a system and method for recommending contents. The content recommendation method includes: receiving audio data or a fingerprint and emotion information of the audio data; extracting a fingerprint and emotion information of the received audio data when the audio data is received; extracting video information corresponding to the fingerprint and emotion information of the audio data to provide the extracted video information to a user if video recommendation is requested; and extracting audio information corresponding to the fingerprint and emotion information of the audio data to provide the extracted audio information to the user if audio recommendation is requested.05-23-2013
20130139193METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, receiving reaction information from one or more sensors located at a second location that is representative of a reaction by a second user at the second location to the presentation of the personalized content, analyzing the reaction information to determine a response based at least in part on trait information associated with different first users, selecting a second portion of the recorded segments based on a comparison of the determined response with a context identified for each of received recorded segments, and adjusting personalized content to include the selected second portion of the recorded segments. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-30-2013
20130139194SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO DETERMINE EXPECTED VIEWERSHIP OF FUTURE TELEVISION BROADCASTS USING RECORDING TIMER DATA - Systems, devices and methods are described to predict the viewership of a television broadcast before the broadcast occurs. Viewers select future broadcasts to record on a digital or other personal video recorder (DVR/PVR), or on any sort of remote storage video recorder (RSDVR). Data describing recordings selected by multiple viewers is provided to a data processing system that determines an expected program viewership based upon the received data.05-30-2013
20100319013PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM WITH TARGETED ADVERTISING - An interactive television program guide system is provided in which targeted advertisements may be presented to a user and targeted actions taken in the program guide based on the user's interests. The program guide monitors the user's interactions with the program guide to determine the user's interests. Interactions that may be monitored include interactions that indicate the categories of programming that interest the user (e.g., movies, sports, children's programming, etc.), setting a reminder for a program, purchasing a program, requesting information on a program, browsing program listings for a particular time or channel, etc.12-16-2010
20100325648CONTENTS WATCHING DEVICE AND CONTENTS RECOMMENDING METHOD - A conventional contents-watching device, etc. calculate users' tastes of contents only on the basis of watching frequencies, so that variety programs that the users are less interested in but that are broadcasted every week are apt to get a higher degree of users' tastes than a soccer game of the Japanese national team that the users are highly interested in but that is broadcasted only several times per year. In order to solve the problem set forth above, the present invention proposes a contents-watching device that calculates a taste value by normalizing a watching index indicative of the number of contents-watching times or the like for every contents-attribute with an emergent index indicative of the number of contents-watching chances, acquires an contents-attribute connected with contents to be a subject for watching recommendation, and has a function to calculate watching recommendation information by using the taste value of the contents-attribute.12-23-2010
20100169910APPARATUS AND METHODS OF SELECTIVE COLLECTION AND SELECTIVE PRESENTATION OF CONTENT - Disclosed are apparatus and methods operable to distribute targeted content. Additionally, disclosed are corresponding apparatus and methods operable to selectively choose and cache selected ones from among the distributed targeted content, and to further choose ones from among the cached content to present on a device. In some aspects, selective caching of content may be based upon a match between predetermined content attribute information and predetermined profile information. Further, in some aspects, an indicator is operable to trigger the selective inclusion of one or more of the cached content in a presentation of other content, which may be based on a match between a desired content attribute associated with the indicator and the respective predetermined content attribute information of the cached content.07-01-2010
20110029998IN-FLIGHT VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM - An in-flight entertainment system includes a flight system server and seat video display units connected to the flight system server via a network. Each seat video display unit has a video display unit and a user input and is situated with a passenger seat on an airplane. The flight system server records interactions between passengers using the seat video display units and the flight system server during a flight. The flight system server displays advertisement chosen based on the recorded interactions on the video display units during the flight.02-03-2011
20110035766SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COLLECTING TELEVISION VIEWING DATA AND TELEVISION INTERACTIVITY - A system for collecting viewing data (or viewing habits) and automatically measuring the size of an audience viewing or watching a broadcast at any particular time is provided. In the system, a remote control device may be adapted to collect and manage the collection of the viewing data on television audiences, including requests for the data from third parties. The data may be collected using a remote control device and then transmitted to a remote computer where it may be stored and accumulated, so that over time, the viewing habits of the User may be identified. The remote control device may also be used to allow a User to interact with the television to order a product, monetize advertising, participate in an auction and/or rate a television program.02-10-2011
20090049466Using Utility Outlets to Determine and Report Media-Based Activity - Utility outlets such as light switches, power sockets and permanently mounted light sockets for detecting, measuring and reporting user parameters and/or media based activity in a premises. System and methods for measuring media activity in a premises using utility outlets.02-19-2009
20100146531ESTIMATING REACH AND FREQUENCY OF ADVERTISEMENTS - Estimating the reach and device frequency of a proposed advertising campaign based on the probability that advertising content delivery devices (e.g., a television set top box, radio) were used to deliver advertising content (e.g. television ad, radio ad) during specific time periods on specific delivery device channels.06-10-2010
20110088051Method, Apparatus and System for Recommending Media Content - A method, an apparatus, and a system for recommending media content beyond existing single form of media content recommendation through selection of content from Electronic Program Guide (EPG) menus. The method includes: detecting media content recommendation trigger events; generating media content recommendation information according to a preset media content recommendation policy when a media content recommendation trigger event is detected; and sending the generated media content recommendation information to a user terminal. The method, apparatus and system for recommending media content are applicable to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) networks.04-14-2011
20120192217DIGITAL RECEIVER AND METHOD OF PROVIDING REAL-TIME RATING THEREOF - A digital receiver and a method of providing rating information in the digital receiver are disclosed, in which rating information on channels available in the digital receiver is provided to a user to provide the user convenience in selecting a channel. The method of providing rating information in a digital receiver comprises the steps of transmitting a first signal to a server in a rating notification mode, the first signal including setting information; receiving a second signal from the server, the second signal including setting details on rating information collection; transmitting a third signal to the server if the digital receiver is set as a rating information collecting target based on the second signal, the third signal including channel watching information of the digital receiver; and receiving a fourth signal from the server, the fourth signal including rating information.07-26-2012
20120137318Tracking User Interaction from a Receiving Device - Measuring and tracking user interaction with a television receiver, such as a set top box or cable box. The television receiver may create and display a matrix code that includes temporal information, user identification information, geographic information, and/or a user selection. The matrix code may be captured by a matrix reading device and transmitted to a monitoring entity. Optionally, the matrix reading device may decode the matrix code and transmit associated data to the monitoring entity. The monitoring entity may use the code or data to track and distinguish between user interactions at different points in time.05-31-2012
20100037250METHODS AND APPARATUS TO VERIFY CONSUMPTION OF PROGRAMMING CONTENT - Methods and apparatus to verify consumption of content are described herein. In an example method, a content library is generated within a data structure. The content library includes at least one content identifier associated with programming content. The programming content is insertable into content stream. A content stream including content for broadcasting on a broadcast device is received. To verify consumption of the programming content, a broadcast content identifier associated with the content for broadcasting is compared to the at least one content identifier of the content library.02-11-2010
20100058377METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR AN ENHANCED MEDIA CONTEXT RATING SYSTEM - Methods, apparatus, systems and computer program products are provided for an improved media content rating system. The rating system herein disclosed is highly-granular in nature, in that, the rating system allows for ratings to be based on the number of times that portions, segments, clips of the media file are played or otherwise executed, as opposed to basing the media content rating solely on the number of times that the media file is played. In this regard, the aspects herein described may further provide for ratings of the portions, segments, clips of the media content as opposed to limiting the rating to a rating for the overall media content file.03-04-2010
20120304213METHOD FOR ACQUIRING INFORMATION IN A COEXISTENCE SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS USING SAME - A method for receiving a measurement report includes: transmitting, by an apparatus including a coexistence manager (CM), a measurement request message for acquiring a measurement report from at least one device that uses a channel in a TV band to a coexistence enabler (CE); and receiving, by the apparatus, a measurement response message including the result of the measurement results from the CE. The measurement request message includes a first element indicating which of a primary detection, a detection of a device that uses the TV band, and a channel load measurement is requested. The measurement request message includes at least one of a start frequency, an end frequency, a channel list, and a measurement time related to the measurement, and the measurement report includes at least one selected from among the result of primary detection, the result of the detection of the device that uses the TV band.11-29-2012
20120304211SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVED AUDIENCE MEASURING - Systems and methods for measuring audience information of programs are described. Systems and methods for providing audience information to users of interactive television applications are described.11-29-2012
20120304210HIGHLY SCALABLE AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM WITH CLIENT EVENT PRE-PROCESSING - Methods of reporting Audience Measurement System (AMS) viewership events on a client device and systems implementing the method are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of receiving at least one event message on a client device, wherein each event message is a data signal indicating an occurrence of an event, processing the at least one event message on the client device to create an AMS viewership report, and transmitting the AMS viewership report.11-29-2012
20120304209SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND SPEED OF ANALYTICS REPORT GENERATION IN AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS - A method of generating television Audience Measurement System (AMS) reports and a system executing the method are disclosed. The method comprises the steps of receiving a plurality of encoded report payloads from a plurality of client devices, storing the encoded report payloads in a database, transferring at least one encoded report payload from the database into randomly addressable memory (RAM), decoding the at least one encoded report payload in RAM, parsing the decoded data in RAM with at least one matching algorithm to determine the occurrence of events, compiling a database of parsed data, and generating an AMS report from the database of parsed data.11-29-2012
20120304208Targeted television advertisement and television programming control apparatus, system and method - A targeted television advertisement and television programming control apparatus, system and method, may include a biometric viewer tracker, a programming tracking server, and an advertisement server.11-29-2012
20120304207METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISEMENT CORRELATION - An approach is provided for enabling advertisers to correlate a communication session with an amount of consumption of the advertisement by a viewer. A correlation platform tracks an amount of consumption of an advertisement presented via a set-top box associated with a user. The amount of consumption of the advertisement is then correlated to a communication session initiated by the user in response to the presentation of the advertisement.11-29-2012
20120072942BROADCAST-CONTENTS MANAGEMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR USE IN A BROADCAST-CONTENTS MANAGEMENT APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a broadcast-contents management apparatus includes a plurality of network interface modules, a plurality of storage modules and a controller. The plurality of network interface modules connect with an information processing apparatus including functions relating to process on contents data. The plurality of storage modules store the contents data sent from the information processing apparatus. The controller monitors or controls the plurality of network interface modules and the plurality of storage modules. The controller includes a selector. The selector selects a combination of a network interface module and a storage module to use, based on use statuses of the plurality of network interface modules and the plurality of storage modules or based on a preset condition, when the controller performs process on the contents data. The selector performs the process on contents data by the selected combination.03-22-2012
20110061069VIDEO ON DEMAND (VOD) RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON USER VIEWING HISTORY - A system collects a user's television (TV) program viewing activity and uses the collected TV program viewing activity to make video on demand (VOD) recommendations to other users via a VOD recommendation service. The system receives an indication that the user wishes to turn on a VOD recommendation service and deletes previously collected TV program viewing activity for the user based on the received indication. The system collects the user's recent TV program viewing activity, which occurs subsequent to the received indication and the deletion of the previously collected TV program viewing activity, and uses the user's collected recent TV program activity to make other VOD program recommendations to the user via the VOD recommendation service.03-10-2011
20110016483SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING AND OPTIMIZING MEDIA PROGRAMMING IN PUBLIC SPACES - A system and corresponding methods for automating the execution, measurement, and optimization of in-store promotional digital media campaigns are provided. In one embodiment, a method in a computing system for deploying content to digital signage networks includes receiving from a user a marketing campaign goal and at least one optimization constraint suitable for generating a playlist. The method also includes generating a playlist designed to maximize a learning opportunity to achieve the marketing campaign goal. The method further includes provisioning the playlist to a point of presence on the digital signage network.01-20-2011
20130160037Adaptive Media Content Presentation Methods and Systems - An exemplary method includes an adaptive media content presentation system detecting an interaction of a user with a media content program, generating a playing pattern associated with the media content program based on the detected interaction of the user with the media content program, and applying the playing pattern to at least one of a presentation of the media content program and a presentation of an additional media content program. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.06-20-2013
20130160038Audio Fingerprint for Content Identification - Methods and system for identifying multimedia content streaming through a television includes retrieving an audio signal from a multimedia content selected for rendering at the television. The retrieved audio signal is partitioned into a plurality of segments of small intervals. A particular segment is analyzed to identify acoustic modulation and to generate a distinct vector for the particular segment based on the acoustic modulation, wherein the vector defines a unique fingerprint of the particular segment of the audio signal. A content database on a server is queried using the vector of the particular segment to obtain content information for multimedia content that matches the fingerprint of the particular segment. The content information is used to identify the multimedia content and the source of the multimedia content that matches the audio signal received for rendering.06-20-2013
20130160039METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING INDIVIDUALIZED MEDIA METRICS, AND PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED CONDITIONAL ACCESS FOR 3D IMAGE VIEWING - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a system and method for providing video content to one or more viewers. Specific embodiments are related to providing video content to two or more viewers, three or more viewers, four or more viewers, five or more viewers, ten or more viewers, and more than ten viewers. Specific embodiments can utilize 3D shutter glasses and/or a communication path in a 3D image viewing system utilizing shutter glasses to allow the purchase, or use of, subscription, pay-per-view, or on-demand content. The purchase, or use of, such content can be limited for use by a specific number of viewers. The number of viewers can be selected by the operator of a remote control or other human interface device at the time of purchase, or before or after the time or purchase. The number of viewers can be incrementally increased, or decreased, after the initial time of purchase, such as via the remote control or other human interface device.06-20-2013
20130160041SYSTEM, DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVING APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION TERMINAL APPARATUS - A technique capable of performing a more preferable program recommendation is provided. In a system including a digital broadcasting receiving apparatus and an information terminal apparatus, information regarding viewing programs of the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus is recorded into the information terminal apparatus. On the basis of the information regarding the recorded viewing programs, in the digital broadcasting receiving apparatus or the information terminal apparatus, information of programs to be recommended to the user is selected from program information of programs which are scheduled to be broadcasted in future and is displayed.06-20-2013
20120079519ESTIMATING REACH AND FREQUENCY OF ADVERTISEMENTS - Estimating the reach and device frequency of a proposed advertising campaign based on the probability that advertising content delivery devices (e.g., a television set top box, radio) were used to deliver advertising content (e.g. television ad, radio ad) during specific time periods on specific delivery device channels.03-29-2012
20100281497APPARATUS, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR PROCESSING INFORMATION - An information processing apparatus includes: importance calculation means configured to calculate an experience importance degree of content for a user based the basis of a relationship among a reaction analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a reaction (attitude) of the user to the content at the time when the user experiences the content, an environment analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on an external environment of the user at the time when the user experiences the content, a signal analysis result obtained by performing predetermined analysis on a video signal or voice signal of the content, and a language analysis result obtained by performing predetermined language analysis on language information described about the content; and determination means configured to, if the experience importance degree of the content calculated by the importance calculation means is high, determine the content as recommendation content to be recommended to the user.11-04-2010
20120151513Inferring demographic compositions of television audiences - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for inferring a demographic composition of a television audience of a television program. In one aspect, a method extrapolates television audience demographics from rated programs to unrated programs by attributing demographics of rated programs to unrated programs when the rated and unrated program are related by demographically rated channel tunes.06-14-2012
20080229351Display device and remote control device for the same - A display device collects pieces of EPG information, stores the program information of a viewed program as a piece of viewing history information, counts the number of occurrences of each of categories in viewing history information and calculates the priority of each category based on the number of occurrences, and stores it in a priority information storage unit. Then, the display device selects one or more programs in a category having the highest priority based on the pieces of program information of programs currently being broadcasted and priority information at power-on, displays the selected programs in thumbnail screens on a display and, if one of the thumbnail screens is selected as an object to be viewed, switches the display screen for the program to a normal screen.09-18-2008
20110154386ANNOTATED ADVERTISEMENT REFERRAL SYSTEM AND METHODS - A system and methods provide an annotated advertisement referral for presentation on an electronic device by employing the steps of receiving at an electronic processor an indication of a referral of an advertisement and the identity of a target to whom the advertisement is referred, and then directing the electronic signal representing a version of that advertisement to an electronic device associated with that target to whom the advertisement is referred. Preferably, that directed electronic signal includes an indication of the origin of the referral and a ranking of the advertisement given by the referring party.06-23-2011
20110191795Highlights of Premium Multimedia Content - One embodiment may take the form of method for providing highlights of multimedia content that may be of interest to a user of a television system. The interest of a particular user of the television system may be obtained from a viewing history gathered about the user. From this information, one or more available multimedia programs may be identified as being of interest to the user. Highlights of such content, such as pay-per-view or other premium content, may be gathered and sent to or recorded on the receiver associated with the user such that the highlights may be presented to the user during use of the television system. The highlights may be viewed by the user through the television system and, if the user is interested in the content, may also purchase or otherwise access the highlighted programs.08-04-2011
20120311622METHODS 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.12-06-2012
20120311621METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR MEASURING MULTICAST LATENCY - Methods, systems, and computer readable media for measuring multicast latency are disclosed. According to one method, the method includes emulating one or more Internet protocol television (IPTV) user devices by generating channel leave and join requests. The method further includes monitoring network responses to the channel leave and join requests and calculating, during a cycle of channel leave and join requests for a user device and prior to repeating the cycle, at least one metric of latency associated with the channel leave and join requests.12-06-2012
20120311620POWER MANAGEMENT FOR AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT METERS - Power management methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture for audience measurement meters are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining an activation state of a media presentation device, and controlling activation of an audience measurement meter based on the activation state of the media presentation device, the audience measurement meter to monitor the media presentation device when the activation state is an active state. Another example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining presentation device state data representing an activation state of a media presentation device to be monitored by an audience measurement meter, the presentation device state data including time information, and determining whether to fault audience measurement data reported by the audience measurement meter based on the presentation device state data and outage information determined from the audience measurement data.12-06-2012
20110055860DATA INSERTION APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE WITH COMPRESSED AUDIO/VIDEO DATA - Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for performing data insertion in compressed audio/video data streams are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein to insert audience measurement data in a compressed media data stream comprises rearranging data in frames of the compressed media data stream to form contiguous sequences of skip bytes at respective locations in the frames of the compressed media data stream, the audience measurement data to be inserted in the compressed media data stream at the locations of the contiguous sequences of skip bytes, the contiguous sequences of skip bytes having respective lengths, and inserting different types of audience measurement data at the locations of the contiguous sequences of skip bytes in two different frames of the compressed media data stream based on the respective lengths of the contiguous sequences of skip bytes in the two different frames of the compressed media data stream.03-03-2011
20100333125Subscriber Characterization System with Filters - A subscriber characterization system with filters in which the subscriber's selections are monitored, including monitoring of the time duration programming is watched, the volume at which the programming is listened to, and any available information regarding the type of programming, including category and sub-category of the programming. The raw subscriber selection data is then processed to eliminate data associated with irrelevant activities such as channel surfing, channel jumping, or extended periods of inactivity. The actual subscriber selection data is used to form program characteristics vectors. The programming characteristics vectors can be used in combination with the actual subscriber selection data to form a subscriber profile. Heuristic rules indicating the relationships between programming choices and demographics can be applied to generate additional probabilistic subscriber profiles regarding demographics and programming and product interest.12-30-2010
20100293567METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE CONTROL INTERACTIONS ANALYTICS - The present relates to a method and a system for analyzing interactions between a remote control and associated multimedia appliances. The method and system intercept transmissions representative of the interactions between the remote control and the associated multimedia appliances, and extract there from data related to the interactions. Then, the method and system process and interpret the data related to the interactions, and allocate a timestamp to some of the interactions. The method and system also generate a subscriber's profile based on the interpretation of the data related to the interactions, store the subscriber's profile, and transmit the subscriber's profile to a centralized analytic server.11-18-2010
20110078716Providing a Dedicated Channel Accessible to a Group of Users - A system includes a service provider network configured to communicate with a plurality of television-based user devices. The system also includes a database storing a status of user activity with respect to each of the plurality of television-based user devices and storing indicators of user-defined relationships between respective users of the plurality of television-based user devices. The system further includes a dedicated channel accessible to a group of users of the plurality of television-based user devices. The dedicated channel is arranged to enable interactive activity between members of the group.03-31-2011
20110078717SYSTEM FOR NOTIFYING A COMMUNITY OF INTERESTED USERS ABOUT PROGRAMS OR SEGMENTS - Methods and systems that allow a user to notify other users in a community group about the availability of program segments in which the other users may have an interest are provided. In some embodiments, a user selection of a program segment of interest may be received using user equipment. A network may be searched for the location of the program segment, using the user equipment. A reference associated with the location of the program segment on the network may be created. The reference may be shared with a community of interested users, using the user equipment. The community of interested users may be notified about the program segment using the reference.03-31-2011
20120079520METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES FOR BANDWIDTH CONSERVATION - Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for conserving bandwidth. A user's bandwidth consumption is monitored and compared to a threshold value. When the user's bandwidth consumption equals or exceeds the threshold value, then behavior is incentivized that reduces the user's bandwidth consumption.03-29-2012
20110138408TELEVISION INTERACTION INFORMATION AND RELATED ICONOGRAPHY - A method may include receiving identification information associated with each of one or more users. Interactions may be received from the one or more users relating to content displayed on a television device. Interaction information associated with the interactions may be captured, wherein the interaction information includes at least interaction type information, interaction status information, interaction origin information, and user identification information. The captured interaction information may be stored. A request to display at least some of the captured interaction information may be received. At least some of the captured information may be retrieved and displayed responsive to the request.06-09-2011
20110016482METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EVALUATING AN AUDIENCE IN A CONTENT-BASED NETWORK - Methods and apparatus for identifying, creating and distributing audience qualities and other information to an advertisement management system and/or an advertisement decision maker. In one embodiment, the methods and apparatus of the invention provide a technique for classifying data collected about an audience, and creating and grouping qualifiers to those classifications. The invention further includes methods and apparatus for managing an advertising inventory via a management system. The inventory is defined in one variant by predicted or known secondary content insertion opportunities, and a particular audience of the primary content associated with the insertion opportunity. 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.01-20-2011
20100115541Interactive Computer System for Providing Television Schedule Information - The present invention provides systems and methods for providing television schedule and/or listing information to a viewer, and for allowing the viewer to link, search, select and interact with information in a remote database, e.g., a database on the internet. The television schedule and/or listing information can be displayed on a variety of viewer interfaces, such as televisions screens, computer monitors, PCTV screens and the like. The television schedule and/or listing information may be stored on the viewer's computer, television, PCTV, or a remote server (e.g., a website), or the television schedule and/or listing information may be downloaded from a remote database to the viewer's computer, television or PCTV.05-06-2010
20110093878AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUS - Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to determine source information for media content output by a media rendering device operable to output media content from a plurality of different sources are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises detecting media content output by the a media rendering device, the media content having a media variable associated therewith, detecting a plurality of user commands, detecting a change in the media variable associated with the media content output by the media rendering device, selecting, based on a time limit, a user command from the plurality of detected user commands to use with the detected media variable change to determine source information, and providing the detected media variable change and the selected user command to a processor to determine a source of the media content output by the media rendering device.04-21-2011
20120151512AUTO RECONCILIATION - A set-top box includes a baseline record with information regarding the expected environment of the set-top box. The baseline record may be encrypted, and may include locational information. The set-top box compares the expected environment to an actual environment of the set-top box and attempts auto-reconciliation if the comparison indicates a discrepancy.06-14-2012
20110265111Broadcast Remote Control - Identifying user behaviors via remote control signal broadcasts may be provided. A content element such as a video may be displayed on a display device. During display of the content, a control signal may be received and deciphered. The deciphered control signal may be used to determine whether the content is being consumed by a user, and this determination may be logged and/or reported to the content provider.10-27-2011
20100017815Method and Node in an IPTV Network - The present invention relates to a method and a node in an IETV network. The node according to the present invention is configured to use the knowledge of the user channel switching behavior in order to predict user channel switching and to make the channels predicted to be used available close to the STB of the user in advance of the anticipated channel switch.01-21-2010
20110307915APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRE-TUNING A SECOND TUNER IN ANTICIPATION OF A CHANNEL SURFING ACTIVITY - Two-tuner media device systems and methods are operable to pre-tune a second tuner in anticipation of a channel surfing activity. An exemplary embodiment receives a first content stream associated with a currently presented channel at a first tuner, determines an anticipated channel based upon the currently presented channel and a historical channel surfing pattern, receives a second content stream associated with the anticipated channel at a second tuner, detects an initiation of a channel surfing activity, and presents at least a video portion of the second content stream associated with the anticipated channel in response to detecting the initiation of the channel surfing activity.12-15-2011
20110307914APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STORING PROGRAM EVENTS IN AN ENHANCED HISTORY BUFFER - Enhanced history buffer systems and methods are operable to temporarily store program content for program events. An exemplary embodiment receives program content corresponding to each of the plurality of program events, generates a unique discrete program content file in the enhanced history buffer for each of the plurality of program events, and stores the received program content for each of the plurality of program events in the associated one of the discrete program content files. Each discrete program content file begins at a known starting location in the enhanced history buffer and ends at a known ending location in the enhanced history buffer.12-15-2011
20130014148AGGREGATION-BASED METHODS FOR DETECTION AND CORRECTION OF TELEVISION VIEWERSHIP ABERRATIONS - A method cleans television viewing behavior data collected from a plurality of television set top boxes by using aggregation to detect an excess or a deficit in viewership for a group of television set top boxes. In various aspects, the group of set top boxes may be associated with a particular television service provider, cable television head-end, or data warehouse. Additionally, the method can clean television viewing behavior data by detecting and correcting aberrant viewership in a time series, that is based on a weekly or an approximately monthly frequency. The aberrant viewership can be detected by calculating a minimum expected number of viewers for a day, and comparing it to the actual number of households that reported viewers for that day.01-10-2013
20130014147SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLEANING TELEVISION VIEWING MEASUREMENT DATA - A system and method for cleaning television viewing behavior data collected from set top boxes by detecting and correcting various problems that can occur in the viewing data. Three problems that may be detected and corrected by the system include: overflows of memory buffers; inclusion of non-human generated tuning events; and presence of clock offsets. After cleaning the television viewing behavior data, the cleaned data may be used to analyze audience viewing behavior in a manner that achieves a higher degree of accuracy than can be achieved by using uncleaned television viewing behavior data.01-10-2013
20130014146MOBILE CONTENT TRACKING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS - The MOBILE CONTENT TRACKING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“Mobile-Track”) transforms user device activity data via Mobile-Track components, into user advertisement exposure data and advertisement 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 obtaining a user mobile device identifier; monitoring data traffic coming in and out of the user mobile device based on the obtained user mobile device identifier via a mobile usage tracking entity; parsing the monitored data traffic to determine a data content type of the data traffic; determining user media content exposure information from the parsed monitored data traffic based on the data content type; and generating user media content exposure statistics data.01-10-2013
20120005702Improved Television and Video System - An improved television and video system uses a system device which is connected to a multiplicity of television and video devices. The system device is configured to monitor a TV or video source regularly watched by a viewer and provides TV programs or videos to be in accordance with a viewer's interest.01-05-2012
20120011530SYSTEM, METHOD, AND SOFTWARE APPLICATION FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING VIA BEHAVIORAL MODEL CLUSTERING, AND PREFERENCE PROGRAMMING BASED ON BEHAVIORAL MODEL CLUSTERS - The method and system for TV user profile data prediction and modeling allows accurate and narrowly focused behavioral clustering. A client-side system classifies television consumers into representative user profiles. The profiles target individual user advertising and program preference category groups. A contextual behavioral profiling system determines the user's monitor behavior and content preferences, and the system may be continually updated with user information. A behavioral model database is queried by various system modules. The programming, including targeted advertising for television and interactive television is based on the profile data prediction, modeling and preference determination. The system is enabled to present a complete program sequence to the viewer based on the preference determination and stored programming. The latter is referred to as automatic program sequence (virtual channel) creation and the virtual channel can be presented as a separate channel in an electronic programming guide (EPG).01-12-2012
20120011531CONTROLLER FOR PROVIDING USER-TAILORED ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE AT ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE AND METHOD THEREOF - A controller of an entertainment device includes a network connection for coupling the controller to a user-profile server via a network. The controller configured for determining a user identifier corresponding to a user associated with the entertainment device; automatically retrieving a user profile corresponding to the user identifier from the user-profile server, the user profile including an electronic bookmark pertaining to content that was not finished by the user at a different entertainment device; and controlling the entertainment device to allow the user to initiate playing the content at the entertainment device, and to play the content automatically starting from a position in the content corresponding to a position indicated by the electronic bookmark.01-12-2012
20120159529METHODS 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 receive an audio signal. A packaging detector generates a frequency spectrum of the detected audio signal, determines an energy of a first frequency associated with the generated frequency spectrum, determines an energy of a second frequency higher than the first frequency and associated with the generated frequency spectrum, and compares the difference between the energy of the first frequency and the second frequency to a muffling threshold to determine whether the device is located within a package.06-21-2012
20120159528Systems and Methods for Measuring Audience Participation Over a Distribution Network - Embodiments of the invention include systems and methods for measuring audience participation over a distribution network. An example method may include delivering media content to a viewer's CPE over a distribution network and delivering an audience measurement application associated with the media content over the distribution network. The audience measurement application can be configured for execution by the viewer's CPE, and can be programmed to generate at least one inquiry for display to the viewer in association with viewing the media content and to request at least one response by the viewer to be entered via the viewer's CPE. The method may further include receiving response information associated with the response to the inquiry from the viewer's CPE over the distribution network, and determining the viewer's participation level associated with the media content based at least in part on the response information received from the viewer's CPE.06-21-2012
20120072941Automatic "Spoiler" Prevention - Control of output of programme content from an apparatus including a receiver for receiving programme content and an output includes storing one or more dependencies and determining whether a programme to be output by the apparatus has any dependencies associated with it. The dependencies may be indicative of whether the content of a given programme is dependent upon the content of one or more other programmes. If the programme to be output by the apparatus has any dependencies associated with it, the output of the programme content by the apparatus may impaired based on the dependencies. A corresponding apparatus and computer programme are also provided.03-22-2012
20120110608DIGITAL CONTENT AND RESPONSE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods are provided for allowing responses to offers displayed with digital content. The responses may be provided on a receiver system via a conventional feedback through the same distribution channel through which the content and offer were provided, or through an alternative channel, with data being transmitted from an alternative channel device to a transacting entity. For time-shifted playback, content is identified and time-adapted offers may be provided, taking into account factors such as the content, the time of play back, the date of play back, and so forth. The alternate response channel may be more suitable for time-adapted offer responses then for contemporaneously transmitted offers.05-03-2012
20110078718TARGETING VIDEOS FOR ADVERTISEMENTS BY AUDIENCE OR CONTENT - A video hosting service stores and provides video content to a client via a network. Advertisers search for videos to target by entering search criteria into a user interface. Advertisers can search based on characteristics of the audience (viewers) of the videos, such as age range, gender, and interests of the viewers, and/or based on metadata associated with the videos. A set of videos that meet the search criteria is then retrieved. Advertisers can select individual ones of these videos or groups of these videos. The selected videos or groups of videos can be added to a media plan. The items from the media plan can be imported into an advertising campaign management system, wherein the advertiser's ads are associated with the selected videos. Subsequently, viewers who view the selected videos also view the advertiser's ads in connection with the videos.03-31-2011
20120079516METHOD OF DETERMINING PROFILES FOR WIDGET CHANNEL VIEWERS - In a digital content entertainment system, attributes vectors storing values for attributes of each of a plurality of widgets installed in the digital content entertainment system are obtained. A profiler component automatically creates at least one profile of a viewer of the digital content entertainment system by performing a spectral clustering process on the attributes vectors. The digital content entertainment system proactively obtains and presents digital content of interest to the viewer on a display of the digital content entertainment system based on the automatically generated viewer profile.03-29-2012
20100095319SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING TELEVISION VIEWING USING KEYFRAMES - Embodiments of keyframe analysis and distribution from broadcast television are disclosed. For example, embodiments include methods and systems of sharing video frame data over a data network to provide features that may include improved program guides, parental or other monitoring of televisions or other video receivers, and sharing of user identified frames or scenes of video programs.04-15-2010
20100095318System and Method for Monitoring Audience Response - A system and method are provided for monitoring audience response to a display is disclosed. The method includes measuring audience response to the display by obtaining an electronic video stream at the display. Another operation tags the video stream based on changes in audience response measured at the display, and converts the tagged video stream into quantized audience response data at the display. The quantized audience response data may be processed into audience response analytics through statistical analysis at the display.04-15-2010
20110099568BROADCAST SYSTEM, BROADCAST CONTROL APPARATUS, AND BROADCAST METHOD - A broadcast apparatus transmits data of programs. A broadcast control apparatus measures the extent of viewing requests from users of terminals as scores for programs that are transmitted from the broadcast apparatus, and based on the scores that were measured, determines the service quality that is used in the broadcast of the programs. A communication access network apparatus, upon determination of the service quality of programs by the broadcast control apparatus, broadcasts data of programs that are received from the broadcast apparatus by communication channels having a transmission rate that corresponds to the service quality.04-28-2011
20120124605METHOD FOR MONITORING AN AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT RELATING TO DATA BROADCAST TO A TERMINAL, AND CORRESPONDING TERMINAL TOKEN AND SYSTEM - The invention relates to a method for monitoring an audience measurement relating to data. The data is broadcast, through a broadcast channel, from a broadcast device and to be received by at least one terminal. According to the invention, the method comprises steps in which the broadcast device broadcasts, through the broadcast channel, at least one piece of information relating to a request for measuring an audience of at least one content of the data, said audience report request; and at least one terminal sends back, through a return channel, to an audience report collecting device, as a response to the audience report request, an audience report relating to the at least one content of the broadcast data processed by the at least one terminal, said audience report response. The invention relates also to corresponding terminal and system comprising the broadcast device and the terminal, and a corresponding token likely to cooperate with a terminal.05-17-2012
20090133048SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RATING VIDEO CONTENT - System and method for automatically rating the content of video media based on video operations performed on a media device and in reference to a plurality of rating rules are provided. Usage of the media device is continuously monitored and user actions with respect to operating the video media on the media device are automatically logged. Each rating rule includes a device usage pattern with respect to operating videos on the media device and a rating action indicating adjustments to content ratings of the videos based upon characteristics described by the device usage pattern that are inferred from the recorded user inputted video control operations. When the device usage pattern of a rating rule is inferred from one or more user actions operating a piece of video media directly on the media device, the content rating of the piece of video media is adjusted based on the rating rule.05-21-2009
20110126222PORTABLE MULTI-PURPOSE AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS, APPARATUS AND METHODS - Portable multi-purpose audience measurement systems, apparatus and methods are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises collecting demographic data of a user, including a phone number for a mobile device, via a website associated with an information gathering entity, sending a message to the mobile device, the sent message, when responded to, resulting in downloading of a metering software module to the mobile device, receiving, from the mobile device and at a system associated with the information gathering entity, information indicative of events associated with use of the mobile device, and associating the received information with the demographic data.05-26-2011
20120222060APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to present media content, and provide access to related media content based upon access information, where the related media content is determined based upon monitoring of the media content, where the related media content is retrieved based on a query of a plurality of sources over the internet for ancillary information, and where the access information is associated with each of the plurality of sources and the ancillary information is at least one among a video blog, a pod cast or a website. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-30-2012
20120222059METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION USING A SUPPLEMENTARY DEVICE - A method and system for providing access to information via a supplementary device is provided. User access to primary information via a primary device is monitored. Key information related to the primary content is obtained by extracting and analyzing metadata sources for the primary information. Then, supplementary information related to the primary information is obtained based on the key information. The supplementary information is provided for user access via the supplementary device.08-30-2012
20120317593FACT CHECKING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A fact checking system verifies the correctness of information and/or characterizes the information by comparing the information with one or more sources. The fact checking system automatically monitors, processes, fact checks information and indicates a status of the information.12-13-2012
20120317592METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OF CONTENTS - A method and system for providing additional information of contents to enhance quality for selecting contents by sharing previous information about the contents with one another is provided. The method comprises capturing an image of the contents and a previously defined action of a user and transmitting the capture images to a contents sever at at least one or more terminals, when the previously defined action of the user is detected while receiving the corresponding contents from the contents server and reproducing the received contents and including the capture images received from the at least one or more terminals in the additional information of the corresponding contents at the contents server.12-13-2012
20120167127Video Output Device and Video Output Method - According to one embodiment, a video output device includes a receiver, a program guide obtaining module, an output signal processor, a user identification module, a view history storage module, and a program advice module. The receiver receives a broadcast signal of a program. The program guide obtaining module obtains program guide data. The output signal processor outputs a video signal of the broadcast signal to an output module. The user identification module identifies a user who is viewing the program. The view history storage module stores the program as view history in association with the user. The program advice module searches the program guide data for a recommended program similar to programs viewed by the user in the past using a keyword based on the view history and creates a program advice message suggesting the recommended program. The output signal processor outputs the program advice message to the output module.06-28-2012
20120167126SLAVE DISPLAY DEVICE, SET-TOP BOX, AND DIGITAL CONTENTS CONTROL SYSTEM - A digital contents control system includes: a set-top box which generates a video for a master display device and a video for a slave display device with a received broadcasting signal and sends the generated videos to the master display device and the slave display device, respectively; the master display device for receiving the video generated for the master display device from the set-top box and displaying the received video; and the slave display device for receiving the video generated for the slave display device from the set-top box, displaying the received video and providing a control video area for control of the master display device or the slave display device to a separate display area, wherein, when a control instruction is input through the control video area provided in the slave display device, the input control instruction is sent to the set-top box and the set-top box controls the video for the master display device or the slave display device according to the input control instruction.06-28-2012
20120254911METHODS, APPARATUS AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE TO ESTIMATE LOCAL MARKET AUDIENCES OF MEDIA CONTENT - Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to estimate local market audiences of media content are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein includes weighting audience measurement data associated with a first geographic area based on population data associated with a second geographic area different from the first geographic area to form weighted data, determining a factor based on the audience measurement data and tuning data associated with the second geographic area, and processing the weighted data based on the factor to determine an audience exposure metric estimating exposure to media content in the second geographic area.10-04-2012
20120174145INTERACTIVE USER-PREDICTION OF CONTENT - A method including providing at least one of a television service or an Internet access service to a customer; generating predictive options pertaining to content delivered to the customer, wherein the predictive options correspond to possible future events that could occur with respect to the content; receiving a customer selection of one of the predictive options; determining whether the customer-selected predictive option matches an outcome with respect to the content; and assigning a score to the customer based on whether the selected predictive option successfully or unsuccessfully predicted the outcome.07-05-2012
20100299691System and Method for Personalization of Television Content Provided by a Set-Top Box Based on a User's Context and Uniquifiers - A method for personalization of television content comprises determining if input information respective of the television content matches one or more uniquifiers of a user of a set-top box (STB), wherein a uniquifier characterizes a user of a user node that is associated with the STB; updating a personalized content list if the match is determined to exist; and displaying the personalized content list on a television screen coupled to the STB.11-25-2010
20100299693SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MANAGING VIDEO STREAMS TO A SET TOP BOX - A particular method includes determining whether a recording at a set top box is in progress. When the recording is in progress, a program provided by a video stream transmitted to the set top box is recorded. After the recording is complete, a request is automatically sent to a content source to turn off the video stream. When the recording is not in progress, a warning is transmitted for display at a display device that the video stream will be turned off after a timeout period. After the timeout period has elapsed, the request is automatically sent to the content source to turn off the video stream.11-25-2010
20100299692Media Content Search Results Ranked by Popularity - Media content search results ranked by popularity is described. In embodiment(s), a search request for television media content can be initiated by a viewer, and television media content that is relevant to the search request can be identified. The relevant television media content can then be ranked based on a popularity rating and the relevant television media content can be displayed in an ordered list that is ordered by popularity rankings.11-25-2010
20100050202METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONSTRUCTING AND PRESENTING A CONSUMPTION PROFILE FOR A MEDIA ITEM - A method and system for constructing and presenting a consumption profile, a rating profile, or both a consumption profile and a rating profile for a media item are provided. In general, consumption of a media item by a number of first users is tracked. Thereafter, before and/or during playback of the media item by a second user, a consumption profile for the media item is constructed and presented to the second user. In addition to or as an alternative to tracking consumption of the media item by the first users, ratings for the media item may be obtained from all or a subset of the first users. Thereafter, before and/or during playback of the media item by the second user, a rating profile for the media item is constructed and presented to the second user.02-25-2010
20080209463Information management system and method, center processing apparatus and method, program and recording medium used therewith, and information processing apparatus and method, and program and recording medium used therewith - The present invention provides users with functions matching their preferences. In an information processing apparatus, a user-information analyzing unit analyzes user information and calculates a variation in parameter. A procedure selecting unit classifies, based on the calculated amount, the user into a predetermined group, and acquires, from a procedure database, a procedure corresponding to the group of the user. A basic part producing unit records, in a product's ROM, various set values. Based on the result of analysis by the user-information analyzing unit, a unique part producing unit records an initial parameter value in the product's ROM. A system controller controls a storage unit to store a characteristic amount extracted by an image-characteristic-amount extracting unit and setting conditions on the image processing which are supplied from a remote control signal receiving circuit so that both are associated to each other. The present invention may apply to television receivers.08-28-2008
20120272258METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DISPLAYING CONTENT - An indication that a user is accessing an online resource is received from a user terminal. The online resource provides an item of primary content for display on the user terminal with an associated size control, wherein the associated size control, when activated by the user, is configured to cause the item of primary content to occupy substantially all of the display area. The operation of the size control is modified, wherein at least partly in response to the user activating the size control: the item of primary content will be increased in size but will not occupy substantially all of the display area so as to leave room on the user terminal display area to display a first plurality of items of supplementary content or representations thereof, or the plurality of items of supplementary content or representations thereof will be caused to overlay the primary content.10-25-2012
20120180081Image Recognition of Content - Techniques are described to employ image recognition techniques to content. In an implementation, one or more images are identified in content using a signature derived from the one or more images. Metadata associated with the content is then supplemented based on the identified one or more images.07-12-2012
20120180080METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK BANDWIDTH CONSERVATION - Methods and apparatus for conserving bandwidth within a network based on two or more different service levels. In an exemplary embodiment, programming that is simulcast on two or more program channels is mapped to one physical channel during periods when the programming is scheduled at only one service level (e.g., standard definition), thereby conserving bandwidth on the network that would otherwise be consumed by the simultaneous broadcast on the two or more channels. When the programming service level becomes heterogeneous across the channels (e.g., SD and HD simulcast), physical channel(s) supporting the HD content are provided within a local service area only “on-demand” using, for example, a switched digital channel allocation. Accordingly, no HD broadcast occurs within a given area until at least one user requests it, thereby further conserving network bandwidth.07-12-2012
20100011389SYSTEM FOR GATHERING TV AUDIENCE RATING IN REAL TIME IN INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION NETWORK AND METHOD THEREOF - A system for surveying audience ratings in real-time in an Internet protocol TV (IPTV) network and a method thereof are provided. The system for surveying audience ratings in real-time includes an electronic program guide (EPG) server providing channel information and audience rating survey server information to an IPTV client; the IPTV client outputting periodically reception information including channel and subscriber information, the channel being received after being selected based on the channel information; and an audience rating survey server surveying audience ratings based on the reception information. According to the system and method, the addition of any information in a broadcasting stream is not required for an audience rating survey, additional devices are not requested to be installed in the houses of viewers or listeners, and without the necessity of their cooperation, audience ratings can be automatically performed in real-time.01-14-2010
20090077577Method and Apparatus for Determining Bandwidth Savings Achieved By Transforming Selected Broadcast Channels to Switched Digital Video Channels in a Content Delivery System Without Transformation of the Selected Channels - A method is provided for acquiring channel viewership information in a content delivery system. The method begins by receiving a plurality of messages over an access network each indicating that a subscriber is switching to a specified broadcast channel. The information obtained from the messages is aggregated to generate channel viewership information identifying a number of subscribers tuned to each broadcast channel over a period of time. The channel viewership information is presented in a selected format.03-19-2009
20100293566ANALYZING MEDIA CONTENT INTERACTION - A method includes receiving a transport stream, the transport stream including a content identifier associated with an instance of media content. The method further includes receiving a monitoring request that specifies at least one instance of media content. The method further includes determining if the specified instance of media content is currently being experienced by a user. If the specified instance of media content is currently being experienced by a user, then the method includes developing a set of interaction data by analyzing the user's interaction with the specified instance of media content in part by monitoring commands received from a control device, and providing the set of interaction data to another device.11-18-2010
20120084802RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, TRANSMISSION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND BROADCASTING SYSTEM - A reception apparatus for receiving transmitted AV (Audio/Video) content includes: an extraction section configured to extract trigger information associated with control of an application program transmitted with the AV content to be executed in cooperation with the AV content; and a control section configured to control processing associated with the application program in accordance with a command indicated by the extracted trigger information, wherein the application program in an active status started up in accordance with the command indicated by the extracted trigger information executes at least one of processing of generating view status information indicative of a user view status and processing of uploading the view status information to a predetermined server.04-05-2012
20120084801System and Method for Providing Real Time Television Viewing Information and Popularity to Viewers - A method providing real-time popularity information regarding TV programs, performed during a short period of time at a server with one or more processors and memory. The server receives current TV viewing information from a plurality of distinct households. The current TV viewing information for a household identifies one or more TV programs that are now showing at the household. The server aggregates the current TV viewing information, thereby identifying one or more currently popular TV programs. The currently popular TV programs have more household viewers than less popular TV programs. The server receives a request from a household seeking identification of currently popular TV programs. The server selects one or more of the currently popular TV programs identified during the aggregation, and sends information to the household. The information identifies the selected one or more currently popular TV programs.04-05-2012
20120227065MOVIE ADVERTISING PLACEMENT OPTIMIZATION BASED ON BEHAVIOR AND CONTENT ANALYSIS - An ad is placed in a movie, by analyzing inherent characteristics of the movie, analyzing viewed characteristics of the movie, analyzing viewer characteristics of a viewer of the movie, obtaining advertiser preferences for placement of the ad in the movie, determining costs of placing the ad in the movie based on the inherent characteristics of the movie, the viewed characteristics of the movie, the viewer characteristics and the advertiser preferences, and placing the ad in the movie in accordance with the inherent characteristics of the movie, the viewed characteristics of the movie, the viewer characteristics, the advertiser preferences and the determined costs.09-06-2012
20120260279Methods, Systems, and Products for Tailored Content - Methods, systems, and products tailor content to users. Clickstream data is merged with a user attribute and content information. A merged record is compared to advertising attributes of advertisements. When the merged record matches an advertising attribute, an advertisement associated with the advertising attribute is retrieved and sent to the user.10-11-2012
20120260278Estimating Demographic Compositions Of Television Audiences - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for estimating demographic compositions of television audiences. In an aspect, audience demographics are estimated from viewing device log records and household demographic data describing demographic segments to which members of the households belong.10-11-2012
20120260277Multimedia Test Systems - A system for monitoring the quality of DRM-protected multimedia data streams, the system comprising at least one computer having a network connection to receive at least one said DRM-protected multimedia data stream, program memory, working memory, and a processor coupled to said program memory, working memory, and wherein said program memory stores processor control code for a media player for said multimedia data stream and code to control said processor to: play said DRM-protected multimedia data stream to provide at least a decrypted video data output stream for display on a monitor; capture still image data from a succession of still images from said video data output stream; process said still image data to detect greater than a threshold difference between at least two of said still images; and output fault data identifying a potential video quality fault responsive to absence of detection of said greater than a threshold difference.10-11-2012
20130174190METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-PURPOSE METERING - Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.07-04-2013
20110131596VIDEO STREAM MEASUREMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM - A video stream measurement method and system. The method includes receiving by a computing system, a video stream comprising plurality of timestamps located at specified intervals of the video stream. The computing system broadcasts the video stream for a user and decodes a first time stamp broadcasted during a first time period. The computing system monitors a user interaction function performed by the user and associated with the video stream. The computing system generates and transmits a report comprising a description associated with the user interaction function. The computing system receives an analysis associated with the report.06-02-2011
20120240143Method and system for verifiable two-way communication and interaction with audiences using multiple media formats - A system and method for verifiable two-way communication and interaction with audiences using Visual Cues and images to enable an audience, irrespective of size, to interact with multiple media formats, using smart devices such as smartphones and smart cameras. Allows interactions with viewers in real-time that will provide richer data that can be used to measure an audience more reliably.09-20-2012
20120240142Content Provision - A system is disclosed for providing a user with access to augmented media content. A set-top-box is provided to pass live broadcast content to a user device. A software module is arranged to receive augmentation content that is associated with the live TV, and the software module can augment the live TV by, for example, controlling the placement of graphics over or alongside video programs. A back-channel is provided from the user device to content providers and a server so that a user can interact with the augmentation content.09-20-2012
20120240145SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING A STATUS CHANGE OF A MULTIMEDIA ASSET IN MULTIMEDIA DELIVERY SYSTEMS - Systems and methods are disclosed which detect a change in the status of a multimedia asset in a multimedia delivery system, and take steps to make the multimedia asset available after the status change. The multimedia asset can then be locally recorded on the user's digital video recorder (DVR) before the status changes. Alternatively, the user can be directed to an equivalent asset, for example, video-on-demand (VOD). The user may also receive a notification, which can be displayed on a TV or computer monitor or send to a remote device, for example to a mobile phone as an email or a short message. The user may be able to purchase the asset and/or initiate recording the asset. The status can be, for example, an expiration date of an asset, or a change of the source or format of an asset.09-20-2012
20120240144CONTENT PROVISION - An apparatus for displaying live television is described in which live television can be received and output to a user on one or more display devices. A user analysis module is configured to acquire data concerning television content being viewed contemporaneously by other users in a network, and the user's set-top-box can output content related to the acquired data to one or more display devices so that it can be viewed by the user. In addition the set-top-box is connected to a server including an extractor configured to extract data from the live television. A selection tool is configured to select augmentation content using the extracted data, and the set-top-box is configured to output the selected augmentation content to one or more display devices.09-20-2012
20110047565Data Transmitting and Receiving System - Disclosed is a data transmitting and receiving system including: a data transmitting device; and a data receiving device connected to the data transmitting device through an HDMI, wherein the data transmitting device includes: an extracting section to extract contents information of a video; and a transmitting section to transmit contents information to the data receiving device, and the data receiving device includes: a receiving section to receive contents information; an acquiring section to acquire keyword and/or category information from the contents information; a storing section to store the keyword and/or category information; a determining section to compare the keyword and/or category information stored in the storing section with EPG data and to determine whether or not there is a match; and a display section to display with highlight program information of the EPG data determined by the determining section to match with the keyword and/or category information.02-24-2011
20120324496METHODS AND APPARATUS TO COUNT AUDIENCE MEMBERS - Methods and apparatus to count audience members are disclosed. An example method includes identifying a first audience member present at a first time, incrementing a stored first count of a number of times the first audience member is present during a day part corresponding to the first time, incrementing a stored tuning occasion count, identifying a second audience member present at a second time, incrementing a stored second count of a number of times the second audience member is present during the day part, incrementing the stored tuning occasion count, determining a probability that an unidentified audience member is the first audience member based on the first count, the second count, and the tuning occasion count, and counting the first audience member based on a comparison of the probability to a threshold.12-20-2012
20120324497CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING MULTIPLEXED TRANSPORT CHANNELS - A content distribution system includes a distribution center, a processor, a switch, and first and second multiplexers. The distribution center receives and applies program content on program channels. The processor identifies subsets of the program channels in response to a respective score associated with the program channels. The switch couples the distribution center to the multiplexers. The switch applies program channels to respective inputs of the first and second multiplexers in response to the processor. A method for optimizing a multiplexed transport channel includes the steps of identifying a set of program channels designated for distribution via the multiplexed transport channel, arranging the set of program channels in subsets, the program channels within a subset grouped in accordance with a viewing score, multiplexing the program channels of the subsets to a respective transport channel and applying the respective transport channels to a distribution medium for delivery to the destination.12-20-2012
20120272259VIDEO CONTENT ANALYSIS FOR AUTOMATIC DEMOGRAPHICS RECOGNITION OF USERS AND VIDEOS - A video demographics analysis system selects a training set of videos to use to correlate viewer demographics and video content data. The video demographics analysis system extracts demographic data from viewer profiles related to videos in the training set and creates a set of demographic distributions, and also extracts video data from videos in the training set. The video demographics analysis system correlates the viewer demographics with the video data of videos viewed by that viewer. Using the prediction model produced by the machine learning process, a new video about which there is no a priori knowledge can be associated with a predicted demographic distribution specifying probabilities of the video appealing to different types of people within a given demographic category, such as people of different ages within an age demographic category.10-25-2012
20120324495DETECTING AND DISTRIBUTING VIDEO CONTENT IDENTITIES - Embodiments related to distributing an identity of a video item being presented on a video presentation device within a video viewing environment to applications configured to obtain content related to the video item are disclosed. In one example embodiment, an identity is transmitted by determining an identity of the video item currently being presented on the video presentation device and responsive to a trigger, transmitting the identity of the video item to a receiving application while the video item is being presented on the video presentation device.12-20-2012
20110239244DEMAND BROADCAST CHANNELS AND CHANNEL PROGRAMMING BASED ON USER VIEWING HISTORY, PROFILING, AND REQUESTS - A system and method for scheduling media for consumption via a demand broadcast channel based upon notifications received during user consumption of media. An embodiment of the present invention may employ notifications generated when users select media for consumption, to calculate one or more statistics. The statistics may be calculated and used by a media provider to schedule media into a demand broadcast channel in which the frequency of repetition or time of availability of the media is set according to a ranking of the relative frequency of requests for the media. The statistics may also be shared with a third party, to enable a third party media provider to arrange the scheduling of media availability according to the relative frequency of requests for the media.09-29-2011
20120278826SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HIGHLY SCALABLE AUTOMATED TESTING AND MONITORING OF RECEIVING DEVICES - In various embodiments, a plurality of automated monitoring and control system modules (automated monitoring and control system module) are individually connected to respective receiving devices via the audio and video output ports of each respective receiving device. Each automated monitoring and control system module may be configured to receive a testing program from a centralized monitoring system for the receiving device based on identification data of the receiving device and execute the received testing program for the receiving device. Each automated monitoring and control system module is connected to the centralized monitoring system over a local area network (LAN) or the Internet in order to send testing results, diagnostic data and captured video and audio data for further processing by the centralized monitoring system.11-01-2012
20120278827Method for Personalized Video Selection - Methods in which image metadata identifying video objects in video data files is recorded; access to video data files by an end user of an access device is monitored; and a record of the concentration of personal video preferences is compiled from the monitored accesses and the image metadata of the video data files accessed by the end user. This record is then used to create summarizations of videos considered for prospective viewing by an end user and/or to select commercial messages such as advertisements to be delivered to the end user.11-01-2012
20120089996CATEGORIZATION OF A MOBILE USER PROFILE BASED ON BROWSE AND VIEWING BEHAVIOR - A system for categorization of a mobile user profile based on a browse and viewing behavior of a user includes (a) using data of a wireless provider to ascertain a plurality of web browser activities as performed on a mobile communication facility of the user; (b) storing the plurality of mobile web browser activities relating to the user; (c) accessing from the wireless provider a viewing history of television content of the user, wherein the wireless provider has provided the television content; (d) analyzing the plurality of mobile web browser activities and the viewing history of television content to determine a relationship thereamongst; (e) creating a category of user profile based at least in part on the analysis; (f) associating the category of user profile with the user; and (g) transmitting content corresponding to the category of user profile to the mobile communication facility for display thereon.04-12-2012
20120331498COOPERATIVE SYSTEM FOR MEASURING ELECTRONIC MEDIA - A cooperative electronic media measurement system is disclosed that measures the electronic media usage of one or more individuals by a media research entity. The media research entity defines at least one specialized task useful to the media research entity. The at least one specialized task is performed by a media handler provided by another entity and concerns a handling of electronic media by the media handler. The individual is tracked with at least one software agent of the media research entity. At least one software agent obtains a product of the specialized task performed by the media handler via at least one defined interface that provides interoperability between the media handler and the at least one software agent. Cooperative media handlers automatically obtain information from, or otherwise obtain information about, presented media objects including identification tags, if present, and other information, for collection by the research data collection agents.12-27-2012
20120331496METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING SOCIAL NETWORK CONTENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIDEO CONTENT - Methods and apparatus for generating, distributing, and/or presenting social networking content in conjunction with video content are described. In accordance with various embodiments, social networking related information, e.g., comments, remarks and/or a twitter feed, are displayed in conjunction with the display of video to which the social networking information relates. The social networking related information may be displayed on the same or a different device from that which is used to display the video comments. In some embodiments, the social networking information, e.g., comments on a program, event or broadcast, are displayed on a personal computer or other device such as a mobile telephone, while video content is being viewed, e.g., on a television which is provided video content via a set top box. A knowledgeable moderator can review, supplement, add and delete comments in real time enhancing the overall social networking session.12-27-2012
20120331497Digital Television Channel Trending - Channel trending, including determining a number of viewers watching a multimedia program, is achieved in a digital television network. Cached multimedia frames that correspond to portions of the multimedia program are maintained, for example, on a device located on an edge (i.e., in a network edge device) of the digital television network. In response to a request from a client device (e.g., a set-top box) to receive the multimedia program, cached multimedia frames are fed from the edge device to the client device. Upon a seamless transfer or handoff resulting in a simulcast replicator or multicast replicator providing further portions of the multimedia program, a signal (e.g., a simple network management protocol TRAP statement) is sent to a viewership statistic server for incrementing a counter.12-27-2012
20100229190CONTENT RECOMMENDING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - A content recommending method and apparatus therefor. The content recommending method involves obtaining location information by tracing movement of a user; analyzing a preference of the user by using the location information; and selecting content to be provided to the user according to the preference.09-09-2010
20110321078FORECASTING AND CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK - PLANNING OF NARROWCAST SERVICES - A method and a non-transitory computer readable medium for evaluating a configuration change of a cable television network, the method may include: receiving, a model of a cable television network, the cable television network comprises multiple service groups, multiple transmitters and at least one session management unit; wherein each service group comprises multiple user devices; receiving or generating, viewers' activity information about viewing patterns of viewers that belong to the multiple service groups; receiving a request to perform a requested change in a current configuration of the cable television network; simulating, by a simulator, based on the model, the viewers' activity information and the requested change, a provision of services to the multiple service groups given the requested change to provide simulation results that represent an effect of the requested change, prior to a deployment of the change in the cable television network.12-29-2011
20110321077VIEWING IMPRESSION REPORT COLLECTION, STORAGE, AND REPORTBACK OF INSERTED CONTENT WITH DVR PLAYBACK - A method and system that computes viewing statistics for a digital video content stream received at a set-top box. The digital video content stream includes a first segment of video content, a second segment of video content, a third segment of video content, a first timing mark that indicates a transition from the first segment to the second segment, and a second timing mark that indicates a transition from the second segment to the third segment. The method initiates a transmission of the digital video content stream at the set-top box, monitors the transmission of the digital video content stream relative to the first timing mark and the second timing mark, and computes view data for the second segment based on the monitoring of the transmission. The method stores the view data at the set-top box.12-29-2011
20120102516COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM - Supplementary data associated with a broadcast transmission (04-26-2012
20120102515METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MONITOR AUDIO/VISUAL CONTENT FROM VARIOUS SOURCES - Methods and apparatus to monitor audio/visual content from various sources are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises determining first information based on a video signal corresponding to monitored media content, determining second information based on an audio signal corresponding to the monitored media content, and identifying a selected one of a plurality of media content sources based on a decision tree comprising a plurality of decision nodes, a first decision node of the decision tree corresponding to a first classification decision resulting from processing at least one of the first information or second information, and a second decision node of the decision tree corresponding to a second classification decision resulting from processing at least one of the first information or second information, the second decision node of the decision tree being selected for evaluation based on an outcome of evaluating the first decision node of the decision tree.04-26-2012
20120102514INTERNET-BASED SUBMISSION OF CABLE NETWORK CONTENT - A cable network content delivery system providing advertising information via a cable network and an advertising content interface are described. An advertiser submits advertising content over an internet which is then adapted for a cable network. A data gateway stores the advertising information. The system processes a user command received via the cable network, including an advertising information search command, and provides advertising information retrieved via the cable network.04-26-2012
20120102513METHOD FOR MEASURING AUDIENCE DATA, CORRESPONDING TOKEN AND TERMINAL - The invention relates to a method for measuring audience data. The data is broadcast and received by at least one terminal. The data is relative to at least one channel included within the broadcast data. According to the invention, the terminal determines at least one piece of configuration data relating to at least one channel consumed by a terminal user, the at least one piece of configuration data comprising a first time difference between two time references, a first time reference relating to an exit from a channel and a second time reference relating to an access to the channel. The invention relates also to corresponding terminal and token.04-26-2012
20120291057PROBABILISTIC-BASED CONTENT RECOMMENDER - A method including providing a television service to customers; identifying a customer when the customer uses the television service; tracking content viewed by the customer; calculating probabilities based on the customer's viewing of contents, wherein the probabilities pertain to features applicable to the viewed contents and the features include genres of the viewed contents; selecting one or more upcoming contents, available at a future date to the customer, to recommend to the customer based on one or more features applicable to the upcoming content that correspond to one or more features applicable to the viewed contents; and providing a user interface to permit the customer to select from the one or more upcoming contents recommended to the customer.11-15-2012
20100199296METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR USING LOCATION INFORMATION TO MANAGE SPILLOVER IN AN AUDIENCE MONITORING SYSTEM - Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for using location information to manage spillover in an audience monitoring system are disclosed. In an example method, a first location signal and a second location signal are received substantially simultaneously at a portable metering device. The first location signal is emitted via a first device located at a first location and includes a first signal characteristic associated with the first location. The second location signal is emitted via a second device located at a second location and includes a second signal characteristic associated with the second location. The first location signal or the second location signal is selected based on the first and second signal characteristics. Media monitoring information is generated based on the selected signal.08-05-2010
20100199295Dynamic video segment recommendation based on video playback location - A system and method for dynamically providing video segment recommendations to a user based on video metadata, current playback position within the video, and/or the user's previous viewing history or patterns. The system/method also provides the user with a simple mechanism to enable/disable receipt of these recommendations with the click of a button within the display interface.08-05-2010
20100169909METHODS 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 receive an audio signal. A packaging detector generates a frequency spectrum of the detected audio signal, determines an energy of a first frequency associated with the generated frequency spectrum, determines an energy of a second frequency higher than the first frequency and associated with the generated frequency spectrum, and compares the difference between the energy of the first frequency and the second frequency to a muffling threshold to determine whether the device is located within a package.07-01-2010
20130014149Electronic Apparatus and Display Process - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes an acquiring module and a display process module. The acquiring module is configured to acquire information regarding a plurality of persons using information of video content data, the plurality of persons appearing in a plurality of sections in the video content data. The display process module is configured to display (i) a time bar representative of a sequence of the video content data, (ii) information regarding a first person appearing in a first section of the sections, and (iii) information regarding a second person different from the first person, the second person appearing in a second section of the sections. The first area of the time bar corresponds to the first section is displayed in a first form, and a second area of the time bar corresponds to the second section is displayed in a second form different from the first form.01-10-2013
20130014150METHOD FOR PROVIDING PREVIOUS WATCH LIST OF CONTENTS PROVIDED BY DIFFERENT SOURCES, AND DISPLAY DEVICE WHICH PERFORMS SAME - A display device and a method of providing a contents list are provided. An apparatus/method is provided. The method includes: playing contents; determining whether the contents are played more than a predetermined time; when the contents are played more than the predetermined time, storing contents information including source information on the contents in a previously-viewed-contents list; and displaying the stored previously-viewed-contents list according to a user's input.01-10-2013
20100131969Methods and apparatus for audience research in a content-based network - Methods and apparatus for accurate, secure and uniform exchange of audience research data. In one embodiment, viewership data is provided in real-time and offers the ability to monitor audience activities regarding, among others, broadcast, VOD or DVR content. A standardized message configuration is optionally used also to permit maximum uniformity and accessibility of the data. Accuracy of data exchange is enforced by implementing a method of detecting system failures, and the transmission of incomplete messages. Subscriber privacy and anonymity is also maintained via e.g., hashing or encrypting data relating to the CPE and/or subscriber, thus ensuring that stored data is not traceable to a specific user account. The methods and apparatus may also be utilized in conjunction with systems enabling the insertion and/or recommendation of content or advertising based on data collected regarding user actions or events. Business methods are also disclosed.05-27-2010
20110145851CHANNEL CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PRE-JOINING CHANNELS USING THE SAME - A channel control apparatus for an Internet protocol television (IPTV) broadcasting service, which selects and pre-joins channels based on data regarding a channel zapping pattern of a user, thereby effectively reducing channel zapping time, and a method of pre-joining channels using the channel control apparatus are provided. The channel control apparatus comprises: a pattern information collection unit configured to collect data regarding a channel zapping pattern of a user for a cycle of a previously set period; a bandwidth management unit configured to set a pre-joining bandwidth, which is an allowable bandwidth for channels to be pre-joined, based on the collected data; a channel selection unit configured to select channels to be pre-joined according to channel preference of a user; and a channel pre-join unit configured to pre-join the channels selected by the channel selection unit within the set pre-joining bandwidth.06-16-2011
20130024880WEB-BASED MUSIC PARTNER SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Systems and methods for media content development and deployment are disclosed. An example system includes a development platform and content delivery platform, the platforms including a processor and a memory. The example development platform is to provide an interface to accept media content from a provider to be certified for delivery via the delivery platform. The example development platform is to facilitate testing of the media content by the provider via the interface according to testing tools and an application programming interface provided in conjunction with the development platform. The example development platform is to process the media content for monitored beta test by users via the content delivery platform. The example development platform is to evaluate the monitored beta test to determine suitability of the media content for release. The example development platform is to facilitate release of the media content for general availability via the content delivery platform.01-24-2013
20130145388SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING A DATABASE TO VIDEO MULTIMEDIA - A system and method for applying a database to video multimedia is disclosed. Certain embodiments provide media content owners the capability to exploit video processing capabilities using rich, interactive and compelling visual content on a network. Mechanisms of associating video with commerce offerings are provided. Video server and search server technologies are integrated with ad serving personalization agents to make the final presentations of content and advertising. Algorithms utilized by the system use a variety of techniques for making the final presentation decisions of which ads, with which content, are served to which user.06-06-2013
20130145389FRAMEWORK FOR PROVIDING DIGITAL HOME SERVICES - The systems and methods of the present invention provide for a number of improvements to the TV consumption process, including personalization, community viewing, shared presence and context, messaging, access to ratings and recommendations (including community reviews), alerts, etc. One method that the present invention provides allows for the indication of a given user's context to be provided to other users, such as users in the given user's social network. The method comprises generating an indication of a change in context for a given user, the context comprising information regarding an action of the given user. The indication of the change in context for the given user is propagated to one or more users in the social network for the given user. The indication of the change in context of the given user is presented to users in the given user's social network in conjunction with TV content.06-06-2013
20120254910SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAL TIME MEDIA CONSUMPTION FEEDBACK - Systems and methods for providing users with a real time or near-real time indications of media channels or programs that are currently receiving the most usage or consumption within a defined population of users are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method receives media usage data for currently airing media while the media is being aired and creates an ordered list of media channels or programs for presentation, based at least in part on the media usage data. The method then presents the ordered list of media channels or programs while the media is being aired. In an embodiment, a system further provides the ability to easily select and tune one of the indicated channels or programs in an interactive interface. In an embodiment, the selected media channels or programs are sold on demand or as part of a service upgrade if they are not included in a user's current subscription.10-04-2012
20130097624SYSTEM FOR RECOMMENDING FAVORITE CHANNEL/PROGRAM BASED ON TV WATCHING PATTERN AND METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed are a system for recommending a favorite channel/program based on a television (TV) watching pattern and a method thereof. The present invention provides a system and a method for recommending a favorite channel/program by learning a television (TV) watching pattern using a Bayesian network, by extracting recommended candidate favorite channel/programs by applying an entropy theory to the learned Bayesian network, and by applying a fuzzy logic operation to the extracted candidate favorite channel/programs.04-18-2013
20130104158SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURING AND TESTING SET-TOP BOXES - A system and method for testing multiple set-top boxes. One of the multiple set-top boxes is engaged in a testing platform of the test fixture. The testing platform includes an adapter for interfacing the set-top box with the test fixture. The multiple set-top boxes are automatically tested in parallel. Test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are measured. The test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are displayed to a user.04-25-2013
20130125159MEDIA 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.05-16-2013
20130125158NETWORKED SYSTEM FOR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION AND REMOTE MONITORING OF INDIVIDUALS - A system for remotely monitoring an individual. The system includes a server system for generating a script program from a set of queries. The script program is executable by a remote apparatus that displays information and/or a set of queries to the individual through a user interface. Responses to the queries that are entered through the user interface together with individual identification information are sent from the remote apparatus to the server system across a communication network. The server system also includes an automated answering service for providing a series of questions from a stored set of questions for an individual at the remote apparatus to respond to, storing responses to each provided question in the series of questions and providing a service based on the individual's response to the questions.05-16-2013
20130125157METHOD OF COLLECTING USAGE INFORMATION - A method and system for micro-cloud computing is described. An application serving node, which is a specifically configured piece of customer premises equipment such as a set-top box, is the server for a micro-cloud network. Various user devices that form part of the micro-cloud network, such as television sets and smart phones, communicate with the application serving node. The application serving node is configured with software that allows various heterogeneous types of data to be obtained and streamed to the user devices in multiple ways. The application serving node performs much of the processing necessary for such content streaming itself and thus represents an edge-based network architecture.05-16-2013
20130125156INTERACTIVE ADVERTISEMENT - Interactive advertisement by capturing images from the content, including: enabling an end user device to capture an image on a screen when a user viewing content on the end user device notices product or service which interests the user; receiving and processing the captured image by generating tags of the captured image and category information of the tags; sending the category information to the end user device to display it to the user, wherein the user selects a category from the category information; receiving and processing the selected category and corresponding tags; and obtaining and sending detailed information related to the processed tags to the end user device. Keywords include interactive advertisement.05-16-2013
20130132991METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FREQUENCY AGILE BAND-PASS FILTERING OF BROADCAST SIGNALS - Example frequency agile band-pass filtering methods disclosed herein include monitoring reception quality of a media broadcast signal received at a headend including a frequency agile band-pass filter to receive the media broadcast signal, sending a first set of commands to cause the frequency agile band-pass filter to tune to and attenuate a first channel included in the media broadcast signal, the first set of commands being sent in response to determining that the first channel is experiencing a degradation of reception quality determined to be caused by a first type of channel interference, and sending subsequent second set of commands over the communication network to the frequency agile band-pass filter to override attenuation processing invoked by the first set of commands in response to determining that the degradation of reception quality is caused by fading in addition to the first type of channel interference.05-23-2013
20130132990Efficiently Identifying Television Stations in a User Friendly Environment - An entertainment unit is configured to receive broadcast signals for a plurality of television stations may display folders. Each folder may comprise one or more as the folder. Furthermore, the entertainment unit may display one or more indications associated with one or more television stations based on content-based input from the viewer. Upon the viewer selecting a particular indication, the television station associated with that indication may be displayed.05-23-2013
20130132989Method and Device for Collecting Audience Information - Various embodiments provide a method for collecting audience information of a group of users in an audience measurement. The method may include each user dividing its private information into a private portion and a predetermined number of exchange portions; each user transmitting each of its exchange portions to a respective user of the predetermined number of users selected from the group of users; each user aggregating its private portion and exchange portions received from other users of the group of users, thereby producing randomized information; and aggregating the randomized information of the group of users, thereby producing aggregated private information for the group of users.05-23-2013
20130179913FREQUENCY CAPPING OF ADDRESSABLE CONTENT - Systems and methods for frequency capping of content are described herein. For example, frequency cap information may be configured to indicate a content exposure limit for a content presentation. The number of exposures to the content presentation at a particular household may be monitored. If the number of exposures is equal to or greater than the content exposure limit, the content may be prevented from being presented to the household. The frequency cap information may be used alone or in combination with other information, such as household demographic, timeframe, and day-part information.07-11-2013
20130145387SYSTEM FOR OUTPUTTING A CHOICE RECOMMENDATION TO USERS - System for outputting a choice recommendation to one or more users based on earlier choices made by them. A data record is made per choice per user, each data record including a representation of the user, a representation of the choice and a representation of any other user involved with that choice, such as other users that watched a program with the user. The data record may include a representation of the user, a representation of the choice and a representation of no more than one other user involved with that choice, where more records are made when more other users are involved. The data record may include a representation of an environment linked to the choice, e.g. of a localization and/or hardware and/or software linked to the choice. The recorded representation of other users involved with the choice, such as other users that watched a program with the user, is used later to compute the choice recommendation. A synthetic set of watching events for a detected group of users may be determined for this purpose, based on the identity of the members of the group and the representation of “watch with” users of the watching event.06-06-2013
20100287580CONTENT SYNDICATION IN WEB-BASED MEDIA VIA AD TAGGING - Methods and systems for providing advertisements for inclusion in video content. In one embodiment, a video is formatted into a specific format for advertising purposes. The format describes a standard for advertisement placement opportunities within a video in which a client device may select advertisements for display during these opportunities.11-11-2010
20110239243EXPOSURE BASED CUSTOMIZATION OF SURVEYS - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for panel surveys. In one aspect, a method include accessing television history data for viewing devices associated with panelists and that describes, for each viewing device, television advertisements that were presented by use of the viewing device; a proper subset of panelists are selected based on the determinations of television advertisements that were presented and television advertisements that were not presented by use of the viewing device associated with the panelists, and for each of the selected panelists, a survey for the panelist is generated, the survey including one or more questions, each of the questions having been selected based on the television advertisements that were presented and television advertisements that were not presented by use of the viewing device associated with the panelist.09-29-2011
20130152117METHODS AND APPARATUS TO MAINTAIN AUDIENCE PRIVACY WHILE DETERMINING VIEWING OF VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PROGRAMS - Methods and apparatus to maintain audience privacy while determining viewing of video-on-demand (VOD) programs are disclosed. An example method disclosed herein comprises obtaining subscriber metering data from a site metering device monitoring presentation of VOD content at a first subscriber site, obtaining server metering data from a VOD server, the server metering data including identification information for a plurality of subscriber sites to identify particular VOD content provided uniquely to each of the subscriber sites, the identification information manipulated to preserve anonymity of the plurality of subscriber sites, manipulating at least a portion of the subscriber metering data to determine a first manipulated identifier to identify the first subscriber site, and using the first manipulated identifier to cross-reference the manipulated identification information included in the server metering data to merge the subscriber metering data and the portion of the server metering data uniquely associated with the first subscriber site.06-13-2013
20130152116MONITOR WITH RATINGS SURVEY CAPABILITY - A monitor with ratings survey capability is provided, including a monitor, characterized in that the monitor is equipped with a data collecting means and the data collecting means is connected to a signal resource for collecting viewing history of the monitor during a period from monitor start-up to monitor shut-down. The data collecting means can transmit the collected viewing history back so that the monitor is provided with a function of ratings survey for the convenience of ratings survey of various programs, time slot ratings survey, or recording viewing habit of the family.06-13-2013
20130152115Video Loading Control - The specification and drawings present a new method, apparatus and software related product (e.g., a computer readable memory) for controlling loading (e.g., pre-filling) of video data to a user equipment by a wireless network (e.g., from internet) while the video is played by the user equipment using an additional pre-filling based on predicted degradation of connectivity of the user equipment with the wireless network to avoid interruption or deterioration of playing the video and/or to reduce video data loading cost.06-13-2013
20100319014Multimedia Mobile Personalization System - A multimedia mobile personalization system allows a user to record and play multimedia content on a set top box at a location other than his home using the user's preferences from his home DVR.12-16-2010
20120284737System and Method for a Video Content Service Monitoring and Provisioning Architecture - According to one example embodiment a storage medium having computer instructions which, responsive to being executed by at least one processor, cause the at least one processor to perform operations. The operations can include analyzing data from data sources of an internet-protocol television network where the data provided by the data sources includes set-top-box data having voice over internet protocol usage for a plurality of subscribers of the internet protocol television network in a geographic area and correlating video provisioning information obtained from the data sources, individual subscriber channel viewing information, internet-usage data, subscriber data and demographic data to produce correlated information. The operations can include generating one or more reports associated with the plurality of subscribers in the geographic area based on the correlated information. Other embodiments are disclosed.11-08-2012
20120284736System and Method of Selecting a Multimedia Stream - A particular method includes detecting a channel change request at a set-top box. The channel change request specifies a requested channel that is associated with a plurality of multimedia streams, where each multimedia stream has a corresponding content format. A particular multimedia stream is selected based on an available bandwidth of a service to a premises of the set-top box. Alternately, or in addition, the particular multimedia stream may be selected based on an output setting of the set-top box, scheduled recordings at a digital video recorded associated with the set-top box, available storage space at the digital video recorder, and other factors. In one example, the method may implement channel proxy functionality, reducing redundancy and complexity at an electronic program guide and simplifying a channel selection process for a user.11-08-2012
20130160040Method To Enable Cooperative Processing And Resource Sharing Between Set-Top Boxes, Personal Computers, And Local Devices - A system and method for resource sharing are provided. The method includes storing an electronic programming guide (EPG) application and an EPG, determining when local memory of a local video device lacks capacity to download additional time of the EPG, and communicating with another device to transmit a resource request to the other device to download the additional time of the EPG to storage in the other device. The method also includes processing for display monitoring data that indicates remaining storage space in the storage of the other device, querying the other device to determine what programming is being viewed, and processing controls included in the EPG application that enable access to the storage of the other device to interact with the EPG stored on the other device through the local video device to schedule a programming event at the local video device.06-20-2013
20110283307BROADCAST TRANSMITTER, A BROADCAST TRANSMITTING METHOD AND A BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD - In one embodiment, a broadcast transmitter includes: a viewer information memory configured to store viewer information regarding a viewer who signs up for a subscription; a generator configured to generate individual information regarding a conditional access of a content including a first expiration time indicating an expiration time of the individual information and a second expiration time set independently of the first expiration time for each the viewer who signs up for the subscription based on the viewer information; and a transmitter configured to transmit a broadcast signal including the generated individual information.11-17-2011
20110307916BACKWARDS-COMPATIBLE FREQUENCY TRANSLATION MODULE FOR SATELLITE VIDEO DELIVERY - A frequency translation module for delivering satellite signals to Integrated Receiver Decoders (IRDs). The module comprises at least one input for receiving polarized satellite signals, wherein at least one input is coupled to at least one low noise block amplifier (LNB), at least one legacy output, the legacy output coupled to the input through a multiswitch, wherein each legacy output selects a polarization of a satellite signal based on a Legacy IRD command directly to the multiswitch, and at least one combined output, the combined output coupled to the multiswitch through an interface, wherein at least one new IRD selectively commands the frequency translation module such that each new IRD receives a portion of a satellite signal based on commands received from each IRD.12-15-2011
20110314486AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION - A television audience measurement system measures viewing of a television program viewed on digital television located in a statistically selected site by (i) retrieving an audience measurement data packet from a television set in order to identify the television program, (ii) detecting an audio code embedded in the television program in order to identify the television program, (iii) extracting an audio signature from the television program in order to identify the television program, (iv) identifying the television program through use of a software agent, and (v) selecting at least one of the retrieving means, the detecting means, the extracting means, and the software agent in order to identify the television program.12-22-2011
20110314485Systems and Methods for Automated Extraction of Closed Captions in Real Time or Near Real-Time and Tagging of Streaming Data for Advertisements - System and methods for finding and accessing desired audio content from audio content sources, including means and methods for extracting captions from a broadcast; aggregating the captions in a database; indexing the database content; searching the captions for a mention of at least one target; analyzing the results for desired content; indexing into the database to extract the desired content; thereby providing a method for quickly finding and accessing desired audio and video content from a large number of sources12-22-2011
20120023517Method and System for Measuring an Internet Protocol Television Channel Zapping Delay - A method for measuring an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) channel zapping delay to be implemented using a system that includes a scheduling unit, a remote controller, a stream providing unit, a set-top box, and a packet analyzing unit, said method comprising: a) configuring the scheduling unit to control the remote controller to transmit a channel change signal to the set-top box, whereby the set-top box initiates communication of a plurality of packets with the stream providing unit; b) configuring the packet analyzing unit to capture the packets communicated between the set-top box and the stream providing unit; and c) configuring the packet analyzing unit to compute an IPTV channel zapping delay corresponding to the channel change signal on the basis of the packets captured in step b). A system for measuring an IPTV channel zapping delay is also disclosed.01-26-2012
20120030697DISPLAY CONTROL APARATUS, DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - In the conventional program recommend method, there is a problem that the user misses to view a program being wanted to view or a problem that the information is redundant to the user. A display control apparatus of the present invention includes a preference information acquisition unit which acquires a preference information of a viewer from the broadcast reception apparatus, a program information acquisition unit which acquires the program information of a preference target program which suits the preference information, from the server, a reception apparatus state detection unit which detects an instruction of a power supply off to the broadcast reception apparatus, a program information display unit which displays at least a part of the program information, and a display control unit which controls a start of a display of the program information, on the basis of the instruction of the power supply off.02-02-2012
20130198767METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING QUALITY OF SERVICE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, obtaining regression coefficients that quantify a relationship between premises feedback and first network and premises performance indicators, obtaining second network performance indicators for the network elements, obtaining second premises performance indicators for the customer premises equipment, and predicting customer complaints by applying the obtained regression coefficients to at least the second network performance indicators and the second premises performance indicators. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-01-2013
20130104159TELEVISION AUDIENCE TARGETING ONLINE - Users receive a data feed that has information relating to a first media and extracts events from the received data feed. The method generates a profile relating to a first item in the first media, and processes behavior of a first group of users of a second media. The behavior of the first group of users is modeled to generate a scoring function. A system for targeting a user includes a data feed, an event extractor, one or more profiles, a behavior processor, and a model. The data feed has information relating to a first media. The event extractor receives the data feed and extracts particular information based on a second media to generate profile(s). The behavior processor compares the profile to a first group of users of the second media. The model space models user behavior by using the profile.04-25-2013
20120066707SECURING PROPERTY - Methods, systems, and apparatuses for securing property are presented. Video content viewed by a user may be detected, and the user may be automatically prompted to change settings on a security system based on the detecting. A comparison of the current time with the duration of the video content may serve as the basis for such prompting. Additionally, a premise security system may be placed in a learning mode. Changes in position of a security sensor may be detected and used to set a permitted range of motion for the sensor. Further, a plurality of security sensor profiles may be stored, and each profile may identify a different predefined permitted range of motion of a sensor. The addition of a new sensor to a premise may be detected, and a user may be prompted, on a display, to identify a profile to be used for the new sensor.03-15-2012
20120066706SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING MEASUREMENT OF VIEWING PATTERNS BY SET TUNERS AND ADVERTISEMENT OPTIMIZATION - A system and method for improving measurement of viewing patterns by set tuners and advertisement optimization are described. The present disclosure presents an improvement to existing set tuners that uses an uploaded application code to expand the reporting capabilities of pre-existing set tuners. The present disclosure also presents a method for increased optimization of advertising by correcting inefficiencies of existing set tuners and, optionally, further analyzing psychographics or demographics in conjunction with improved, non-invasive reporting mechanisms.03-15-2012
20130205316METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A REWARD PROGRAM BASED ON AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION - An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device coupled to an ACR system may be operable to detect, utilizing the ACR system, interaction with and/or watching of certain content by a viewer. A reward may be presented by the ACR-enabled connected TV device, utilizing the ACR system, based on the detected interaction and/or watching. The certain content may comprise a program, a commercial, a movie or a game associated with a network that is being presented. The reward may be redeemed to unlock additional features and/or content. The interaction may comprise sharing by the viewer, information on the certain content with one or more other viewers. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may then present the reward based on the sharing. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may be operable to present, utilizing the ACR system, information on alternative content with a higher reward value for the viewer to interact and/or watch.08-08-2013
20130205314METHODS AND APPARATUS TO SELECT MEDIA BASED ON ENGAGEMENT LEVELS - Methods and apparatus to select media based on engagement levels are disclosed. An example method includes generating an engagement level based on information related to an audience member in a media exposure environment; and selecting, based on the engagement level, one of a plurality of media collections from which a piece of media is to be select for presentation in the media exposure environment.08-08-2013
20130205317METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION FOR CONTENT TRACKING - An automatic content recognition (ACR) enabled (ACR-enabled) connected TV device may be operable to collect viewing data, utilizing ACR. The viewing data may comprise viewer interaction information and/or content presentation information associated with the ACR-enabled connected TV device and/or a paired device. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may store the collected viewing data in the ACR-enabled connected TV device. The stored viewing data may be communicated to one or more network providers, by the ACR-enabled connected TV device, for determining customized services for the ACR-enabled connected TV device. The viewing data may be used to determine how to manage advertisements associated with the ACR-enabled connected TV device and/or at a network level associated with the one or more network providers. The viewing data may be used to determine user profiles. The viewing data may also be used to determine programming and/or advertisements targeted to the ACR-enabled connected TV device.08-08-2013
20130205320APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING THE PROGRAM FOR RELATED RECOMMENDATION OF TV PROGRAM CONTENTS AND WEB CONTENTS - Disclosure relates to an apparatus, system, and method for related recommendation of TV program contents and web contents that enable plentiful information acquisition and effective TV watching by discovering and recommending Internet web contents having a high association with the TV program contents when a TV is watched using a TV terminal connected to the Internet, and to a computer-readable recording medium having a program recorded thereon for executing the method. The apparatus includes: an user profile unit that produces and updates an user profile of a smart TV; a first information collection unit that collects first information that is TV program contents metadata from a smart TV network; a second information collection unit that collects second information that is web contents information from a web; and an integrated content database that stores third integrated information structured with correlation discovered between the first information and the second information.08-08-2013
20130205313Method and Apparatus for Transmitting and Receiving a Measured Report Frame in a Wireless Local Area Network System - A method of transmitting and receiving a measurement report frame in a wireless local area network (WLAN) is disclosed. A method of transmitting a measurement report frame form a first station to a second station in a regulatory domain where a licensed device and an unlicensed device are permitted to operate together in a wireless local area network (WLAN) comprising: receiving, at the first station, a measurement request frame from the second station; and transmitting, to the second station, the measurement report frame including a Primary Service Signal Map field indicating which TV channels are occupied by a primary service signal, wherein the primary service signal is a signal that requires protection by regulation.08-08-2013
20130205315METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTEXTUAL ADVERTISEMENT REPLACEMENT UTILIZING AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION - An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to identify, utilizing ACR, viewer interaction and/or viewer information. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may present, utilizing the ACR, a variant of an advertisement in a next ad pod during presentation of content, based on the identified viewer interaction and/or the identified viewer information. The viewer information may comprise customized preferences profile, default preferences setting, viewing habits, time of day and/or location. The viewer information may also comprise objects and/or events captured by an associated camera. When an identified stored episode of a show is presented via DVR playback, the ACR-enabled connected TV device may present, in a next ad pod, a new version of an advertisement, where the new version of the advertisement may be associated with a new episode of the show and presentation of the new version may result in a C3 rating credit.08-08-2013
20130205318METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION BASED ON CUSTOMIZED USER PREFERENCES - An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be operable to identify, utilizing an ACR system, content in a presented program. An event category related to the identified content may be identified by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system. The ACR-enabled connected device may determine, utilizing the ACR system, whether to present an overlay associated with the event category, based on a user profile associated with the ACR-enabled connected device. The overlay for viewer interaction may be presented, based on the determination, by the ACR-enabled connected device utilizing the ACR system. The user profile may comprise information on categories of events that may be preferred by the viewer. The user profile may be determined based on input from the viewer. The user profile may also be determined based on viewing history and/or behavior associated with the ACR-enabled connected device.08-08-2013
20130205319METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR LINKING CONTENT ON A CONNECTED TELEVISION SCREEN WITH A BROWSER - An automatic content recognition (ACR)-enabled connected TV device may be associated with a paired device and the paired device may comprise a browser. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may be operable to enable, utilizing an ACR system, the browser to display, within a section of a browser window, interactive content related to certain content being presented by the ACR-enabled connected TV device. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may be operable to enable, utilizing the ACR system, a viewer to interact with the interactive content. The section of the browser window may be changed dynamically. The certain content may comprise an advertisement of a particular product and the interactive content may comprise a link to a website and/or other information related to the particular product. The certain content may comprise a program associated with a network and the interactive content may comprise information on polling questions related to the program.08-08-2013
20120304212METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ADJUST SIGNATURE MATCHING RESULTS FOR AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT - Methods and apparatus to adjust signature matching results for audience measurement are disclosed. An example method to adjust a signature matching result associated with monitoring a media presentation disclosed herein comprises obtaining, from a monitoring device, an audio signature representative of the monitored media presentation, obtaining, from the monitoring device, an environmental characteristic associated with the audio signature, and adjusting the signature matching result using an adjustment value when the audio signature is determined to match a reference signature representative of reference media, the adjustment value being selected from a plurality of adjustment values based on the matched reference signature and the environmental characteristic.11-29-2012
20120096482METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING MEDIA CONTENT USING TEMPORAL SIGNAL CHARACTERISTICS - Methods and apparatus to identify media content using temporal signal characteristics are disclosed. An example method to identify media content includes generating a first signature based on a media content signal, the first signature comprising a plurality of first normalized features, each normalized feature corresponding to a signal peak and located at a temporal location of the signal peak in the audio signal, correlating the first signature to a reference signature comprising second normalized features to obtain an index, and determining that the first signature represents the same media content as the reference signature when the index is greater than a threshold.04-19-2012
20130212608SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING PRIORITIZED ADVERTISING DATA DURING EXECUTION OF VIDEO TRICK PLAY COMMAND DATA - A non-transitory computer readable medium containing computer executable instructions that when executed by a computer perform a method, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to track a portion of the advertising data forwarded from a first end user device to a second end user; instructions to generate, based on the tracking, penetration data indicating an extent to which the first end user device forwards and propagates the portion of the advertising data to other end users; and instructions to present a portion of the advertising data in a picture in picture display window on the end user device based on the prioritizing of the advertising data during execution of the trick play command data.08-15-2013

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