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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
725031000 With encryption or scrambling of video signal 143
725028000 Of specific program (e.g., based on program rating) 120
725030000 Access via PIN or password 49
725027000 Of specific channel 33
725029000 Time dependent (e.g., time spent viewing program, time of day, etc.) 9
725026000 By mechanical lock 3
20100262988Cable Television Secure Communication System for One Way Restricted Access - Methods and apparatus permit a one-way downloadable security for electronic signals such as cable television, free-to-air, direct broadcast satellite, electronic device enablement, and other services. The system can allow a broadcast transmission capability (10-14-2010
20120151518MEDIA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A media transmission system and method for the transmission of a desired one of a plurality of broadcast media channels to a remote client over a data connection is disclosed. The system includes means for routing data for a first one of the broadcast media channels over the data connection to the remote client and means for routing data for an alternate one of the channels over the data connection following receipt of a channel change request from a user. This allows efficient use of a limited bandwidth data connection.06-14-2012
20100205629Device and method for provisioning or monitoring cable services - A device for controlling cable signals between a network cable and drop cables to customers includes an input for receiving cable signals; a first output connector for sending the cable signals to a first customer; a second output connector for sending the cable signals to a second customer; electronics selectively connecting the input to the first output connector so as to permit or deny a provision of the cable signals to the first customer, and selectively connecting the input connector to the second output connector to permit or deny provision of the cable signals to the second customer; and a cable modem, the cable modem capable of receiving instructions via the input and sending the instructions to the microprocessor and sending information via the input. A device for connecting between a cable tap and drop cables is also provided, as are various methods and cable systems.08-12-2010
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20110209173CONTROLLING ACCESS TO USER-INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS INCLUDING DYNAMIC VIDEO MOSAIC ELEMENTS - The present invention teaches a method of creating and presenting a user interface comprising a Dynamic Mosaic Extended Electronic Programming Guide (DMXEPG) using video, audio, special applications, and service dynamic metadata. The system enables television or digital radio service subscribers to select and display of various programs including video, interactive TV applications, or any combination of audio or visual components grouped and presented in accordance with the dynamic program/show metadata, business rules and objectives of service providers, broadcasters, and/or personal subscriber choices, collectively referred to as mosaic element presentation criteria.08-25-2011
20120266188METHOD FOR ZAPPING CHANNEL AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS APPLYING THE SAME - A channel zapping method is provided. The channel zapping method includes setting a channel group selected from among a plurality of channel groups classified by genre as a target for group zapping, and if a channel zapping command is input, performing channel zapping to a next channel in the channel group to which a current channel belongs, and if a group zapping command is input, performing channel zapping to a channel in another channel group included in the target for group zapping, and the another channel group is a channel group in a highest class or in a sub class which belongs to the highest class in the each genre.10-18-2012
20130047179INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM - An information processing apparatus that can communicate with plural content viewing apparatuses includes a group registering unit that registers users of the content viewing apparatuses in groups, a sharing-level setting unit that sets sharing level information representing an information sharing level among users belonging to an identical group, a viewing-information receiving unit that receives viewing information of the users, a user-viewing-content managing unit that manages a user viewing content database, a discriminating unit that discriminates, when a viewing information request of another user is received, the other users belonging to a group identical with a group to which the user of the content viewing apparatus at the request source belongs, an information extracting unit that extracts viewing information of the discriminated other users from the user viewing content database, and a viewing-information transmitting unit that transmits the viewing information to the content viewing apparatus at the request source.02-21-2013
20130047178VIDEO DISPLAY DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND METHOD THEREOF - A terminal device acquires a part of an audio-visual content regenerated by a video display apparatus. The terminal device acquires contents information of the audio-visual content based on the part of the audio-visual content. The terminal device acquires the available enhanced service based on the contents information and regenerates the available enhanced service.02-21-2013
20090193450SIGNAL RECEIVER SECURITY APPARATUS AND METHODS - Apparatus and methods for denying a user a benefit of information transmitted to a device. The device may be a satellite signal receiver, which may be in the form of a set-top box, or any other device for which location-based security is desired. The method may include disabling a function of the device if the device is in a location at which the user is not entitled to the benefit. The device location may be determined based on the position of at least one beacon, which may be part of a Global Positioning System satellite.07-30-2009
20110202952NETWORK FRAUD PREVENTION VIA REGISTRATION AND VERIFICATION - An apparatus for controlling fraud in a satellite signal delivery system. An apparatus in accordance with the present invention comprises a receive antenna for receiving at least one satellite signal, and a module, coupled to the receive antenna, for selectively delivering the at least one satellite signal to at least one receiver via an output of the module, wherein the module creates an association between the module and the at least one receiver upon installation of the at least one receiver to the output, such that the module delivers the at least one satellite signal to the at least one receiver only when the association is present.08-18-2011
20110202951MULTIMEDIA TERMINAL DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF, AND PERSONAL PORTABLE DEVICE FOR PROVIDING WIRED/WIRELESS RETRANSMISSION SERVICE - A personal portable terminal and an operating method of a multimedia terminal device are provided, and more particularly, a multimedia terminal device, an operating method of the multimedia terminal device, and a personal portable terminal are provided. The multimedia terminal device may receive bidirectional content and additional service information corresponding to the bidirectional content, may classify the received additional service information from the received bidirectional content, and may transmit the classified additional service information to a personal portable terminal that is registered in advance and that is connected wired or wirelessly to the multimedia terminal device.08-18-2011
20130081076System and Method to Enable Access to Broadband Services - A method includes receiving a request at a provisioning system to enable a set-top box device to function at a temporary location. The method includes authenticating the request at the provisioning system. The method includes identifying, at the provisioning system, a broadband service associated with the set-top box device that is available at the temporary location when the request is authenticated. The method also includes sending a configuration message from the provisioning system to the set-top box device to enable the set-top box device to configure the set-top box to receive the broadband service.03-28-2013
20130036436PROCESS AND DEVICE FOR THE PROTECTION AND DISPLAY OF VIDEO STREAMS - A process distributing video streams to a plurality of addressees, comprising a marking step comprising adding at least one visual element to a video stream, which marking step is applied to an original video stream common to all the addressees and which is personalized for each addressee by addition of a visual element specific to the addressee that allows rapid visual identification of the addressee, wherein the added visual element replaces part of the original video stream that is stored in complementary information on a multimedia server.02-07-2013
20090158312SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURELY TRANSMITTING DATA USING VIDEO VALIDATION - A system and method is disclosed for secure transmission of electronic information between two parties. A first data communication session between a first computing device and a second computing device, wherein the first data communication session is via a first communication protocol. Further, the first computing device transmits first information via the first communication protocol that is received by the second computing device via the first communication protocol. During the first communication session, a second data communication session is provided between the first computing device and the second computing device. The second communication session is via a second communication protocol, which is more secure than the first communication protocol. The first computing device transmits second information via the second communication protocol that is received by the second computing device the second information via the second communication protocol. The second information relates at least partially to the first information. Moreover, the second communication session appears to a user of the first computing device to be the first communication session.06-18-2009
20130139196AUTOMATED AUTHORIZATION FOR VIDEO ON DEMAND SERVICE - Providing for automated network-related user authentication in conjunction with video on demand streaming media services is described herein. A network-enabled media playback device, such as a television, can be configured to initiate a network process in response to being powered-on. The network process can facilitate access to a network data store, where stored data indicative of authorization status of one or more user accounts can be obtained, and used for loading account preferences associated with a user. Where no accounts are authorized, a login and authorization message is sent to a communication account associated with the network-enabled playback device to facilitate authenticating and logging a user into the network-enabled playback device. Particular aspects provide for filtering media content based on user preferences and account profile information, and displaying a subset of preferred content, or automatically initiating playback of a selected media program for the user account.05-30-2013
20120210345SYSTEM AND METHOD PROVIDING A FREQUENTLY-ACCESSED SERVICE OR ASSET LIST ON A SECOND DISPLAY - Apparatus and methods are provided to implement a technique for using a second display with a content playback device. In one implementation, this feature provides users a frequently-accessed service or asset list when browsing on a second display. Such systems and methods may be particularly advantageous when a user normally only visits a few services in an entire list of available services on a regular basis. The frequently-accessed list of services or assets may be populated by the user through the second display or may be populated by the server that is tracking service access by the user. The frequently-accessed service or asset list (or both) may be specific to the user account, a user profile within the user account, the second display, or the content playback device. In some implementations, the second display may be a smart phone that can often be found beside the user, a laptop or tablet PC, or the like.08-16-2012
20120210348SYSTEM AND METHODS PROVIDING SPORTS EVENT RELATED MEDIA TO INTERNET-ENABLED DEVICES SYNCHRONIZED WITH A LIVE BROADCAST OF THE SPORTS EVENT - An electronic device can be synchronized with a broadcast of a live sporting event to obtain supplemental sports data over a data network from a server storing data associated with the live sporting event. Supplemental sports data is obtained from the server for display on the electronic device following a triggering activity associated with the broadcast of the live sporting event. Supplemental sports data can be transmitted for rendering on a display associated with the electronic device. Supplemental sports data can include display of an instant replay video of a sports athlete combined with audio of a pre-recorded statement by the sports athlete associated with the instant replay video, an announcement of a score change for a sporting event monitored by the electronic device, and a display of a football widget providing updates on football game status (possession, ball location, current score) monitored by the electronic device.08-16-2012
20130042264METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR UTILIZING MULTIPLE CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORKS FOR DISTRIBUTING CONTENT - A system includes a content management system having a first set of business rules for a first content including a first target and a second set of business rules for a second content including a second target. The system also includes a workflow system that receives the first and second targets. The work flow system obtains first content with a first business rule identification and second content with a second business rule identification. The content management system associates the first content with the first set of business rules and associates the second content with the second set of business rules. A processing system processes the first content to form first processed content in response to the first business rules and processes the second content to form second processed content in response to the second business rules. A content repository stores the first and second processed content.02-14-2013
20100107185User identification using Bluetooth and audio ranging - In certain embodiments, a method of automatically changing an attribute defining operation of a television system involves determining that a short range radio frequency (RF) transceiver device has entered RF range of the television system, the television system having a short range RF transceiver compatible with that of the short range RF transceiver device; binding the short range RF transceiver device to the television set to establish an identity (ID) for the short range RF transceiver device; determining that the short range RF transceiver device is within a predefined distance metric of the television system by use of an audio ping signal; at the television system, looking up a functional attribute associated with the identity; and setting a television parameter at the television using the functional attribute while the short range RF transceiver device is in the RF range as well as within the predefined distance of the television system. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.04-29-2010
20100064308Method and Apparatus for Constrained Distribution of Television Program Material - A method of distributing video program material, includes receiving a first multi-program transport stream (MPTS) containing multiple video services and distribution constraint data specifying at least one of the video services, and creating a second transport stream that contains at least the specified video service and complies with at least one constraint specified in the distribution constraint.03-11-2010
20120192219PREVENTING A NON-HEAD END BASED SERVICE PROVIDER FROM SENDING MEDIA TO A MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM - Systems and methods that prevent unauthorized access in a communications network are provided. In one embodiment, a system that prevents unauthorized access to a network device may include, for example, a network device and a headend. The headend may be coupled to a communications network. The network device may be deployed in a home environment and may be communicatively coupled to the communications network via the headend. The headend may be adapted, for example, to determine whether a request to access the network device is authorized.07-26-2012
20130074112Secure electronic media for in-transit passenger usage - Exemplary methods, systems and components are implemented on a multipassenger transit vehicle to provide passenger access to a pre-assigned interactive electronic media device associated with a passenger identification (ID) code or associated with an on-board situs location. The electronic media device may include a storage component, and a battery module that can periodically be replaced or recharged. Security techniques may provide protection against unauthorized usage of each electronic media device, and also help prevent unauthorized removal of the electronic media device from its approved location in the transit vehicle. Selective content may be accessible or downloaded via a communication node, wherein such content may include application programs or informational data specifically correlated with a media device location or a designated vehicle passenger. Selective content and/or operation capability for the electronic media device may be varied based on predetermined qualifications or passenger request.03-21-2013
20130074111In-transit electronic media with location-based content - Exemplary methods, systems and components are implemented on a multipassenger transit vehicle to provide passenger access to a pre-assigned interactive electronic media device associated with a passenger identification (ID) code or associated with an on-board situs location. The electronic media device may include a storage component, and a battery module that can periodically be replaced or recharged. Security techniques may provide protection against unauthorized usage of each electronic media device, and also help prevent unauthorized removal of the electronic media device from its approved location in the transit vehicle. Selective content may be accessible or downloaded via a communication node, wherein such content may include application programs or informational data specifically correlated with a media device location or a designated vehicle passenger. Selective content and/or operation capability for the electronic media device may be varied based on predetermined qualifications or passenger request.03-21-2013
20090271814METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACTIVATING A DECODER DEVICE - Various embodiments of the invention provide a method for activating one or more secondary decoder devices in a home network. A head-end system activates a primary decoder device and initializes the secondary decoder devices. The primary decoder device activates the initialized secondary decoder device. The secondary decoder device is deactivated upon expiration of a timer value until reactivated by the primary decoder device.10-29-2009
20090089826SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING PARENTAL CONTROL INFORMATION IN MULTIPLE ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES - Parental control settings may be managed between multiple entertainment devices, such as digital televisions (DTVs). A system includes a first entertainment device and a second entertainment device. The first entertainment device is configured to selectively block content based on a first set of parental control settings, and the second entertainment device configured to selectively block content based on a second set of parental control settings. The first entertainment device is configured to receive a parental control modification command from the second entertainment device; invoke a security mechanism in response to the parental control modification command such that the parental control modification command is authenticated or unauthenticated; and modify the first set of parental control settings consistent with the parental control modification command if the parental control modification command is authenticated.04-02-2009
20120227066MEDIA CONTENT INFORMATION PROVISION - A selective provision of content information of media content available at a content provider (09-06-2012
20090235299IMS-Enabled Control Channel for IPTV - An IMS-enabled control channel for an IPTV service is provided by receiving at a Serving Call/State Control Function (S-CSCF) a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) REGISTER message, the SIP REGISTER message identifying the originating user, receiving at the originating user a response from the S-CSCF indicating that the originating user has been authorised, and sending a SIP INVITE message from the S-CSCF to establish an open channel connection with a selected IPTV Application Server (AS). This open channel connection can then be used for the transmission of control messages, such as for starting play, starting recording, stopping play, etc., between the STB and the IPTV applications server, as well as for the delivery of personalized content, such as advertisements, voting responses, personalized voting triggers and targeted interactive events. By maintaining an open control channel with the IPTV AS, this offers a substantial reduction in the setup delay times for different applications.09-17-2009
20130167170SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A USER EQUIPMENT DEVICE - Systems and methods for detecting unauthorized use of a user equipment device are provided. An instruction is transmitted, using communications circuitry of a handheld device, to the user equipment device directing the user equipment device to display a unique identifier associated with the user equipment simultaneously with media content. An image of the media content and unique identifier simultaneously displayed on a display screen coupled to the user equipment device is captured using camera equipment of the handheld device. The image is automatically processed with the handheld device to extract the unique identifier from the image. The extracted unique identifier is cross-referenced, using the handheld device, with user account information associated with the user equipment device to determine whether use of the user equipment device is unauthorized.06-27-2013
20120278831METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COLLABORATIVE UPLOAD OF CONTENT - A collaborative cloud DVR system (ccDVR), which includes a cloud storage system and a plurality of participating DVR client devices, acts collaboratively as a single communal entity in which community members authorize each other to upload, remotely store and download licensed content for time shifted viewing, in a manner which rigorously protects legal rights of the content owners while overcoming the potential physical obstacles of limited bandwidth, power failures, incomplete uploads/downloads of content, limited cloud storage capacity, etc. The collaborative cloud DVR community collaboratively shares bandwidth and cloud storage capacity among DVR viewer/users with each owner/user of a DVR client device authorizing his or her individual DVR client device to be utilized by a cloud storage system server and any other owner/user of a DVR client device in the respective service community, and receiving similar permission in return to promote the convenience of cloud storage in an authorized manner.11-01-2012
20100205628MEDIA PROCESSING METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS - The present technology concerns cell phones and other portable devices, and more particularly concerns use of such devices in connection with media content (electronic and physical) and with other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). Some aspects of the technology allow users to easily transfer displayed content from cell phone screens onto a television screens for easier viewing, or vice versa for content portability. Others enable users to participate interactively in entertainment content, such as by submitting plot directions, audio input, character names, etc., yielding more engaging, immersive, user experiences. Still other aspects of the technology involve a program directory database, compiled automatically from information reported by network nodes that watch and identify content traffic passing into (and/or out of) networked computers. By identifying content resident at a number of different repositories (e.g., web sites, TV networks, P2P systems, etc.), such a directory allows cell phone users to identify the diversity of sources from which desired content can be obtained—some available on a scheduled basis, others available on demand. Depending on the application, the directory information may be transparent to the user—serving to identify sources for desired content, from which application software can pick for content downloading, based, e.g., on context and stored profile data. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.08-12-2010
20100011391Decoder-specific content provision system and method - A system for providing decoder-specific content is provided. The system includes a receiver list system receiving a receiver identifier and transmitting authentication data to a receiver. A receiver authentication system receives the authentication data and transmits content delivery data to a content server, such as data that authorizes the content server to provide content to the receiver. A receiver update system transmits update data to the receiver, such as a list of available channels of content.01-14-2010
20120331500Providing Remote Access to Multimedia Content - Remote access to multimedia content is provided to hardware devices that have been predesignated as approved. For example, a customer premises equipment (CPE) device such as a set-top box may transmit digital television content to a mobile telephone. The multimedia content may be simulcast to multiple remote hardware devices by the CPE device.12-27-2012
20110283310Media Processing Methods and Arrangements - The present technology concerns cell phones and other portable devices, and more particularly concerns use of such devices in connection with media content (electronic and physical) and with other systems (e.g., televisions, digital video recorders, and electronic program directories). Some aspects of the technology allow users to easily transfer displayed content from cell phone screens onto a television screens for easier viewing, or vice versa for content portability. Others enable users to participate interactively in entertainment content, such as by submitting plot directions, audio input, character names, etc., yielding more engaging, immersive, user experiences. Still other aspects of the technology involve a program directory database, compiled automatically from information reported by network nodes that watch and identify content traffic passing into (and/or out of) networked computers. By identifying content resident at a number of different repositories (e.g., web sites, TV networks, P2P systems, etc.), such a directory allows cell phone users to identify the diversity of sources from which desired content can be obtained—some available on a scheduled basis, others available on demand. Depending on the application, the directory information may be transparent to the user—serving to identify sources for desired content, from which application software can pick for content downloading, based, e.g., on context and stored profile data. A great number of other features and arrangements are also detailed.11-17-2011
20110283309Selective Content Presentation Engine - Selective content presentation for the purpose of self-imposed censoring of content is implemented on an electronic device. The selective content presentation involves acquiring a content suppression preference for suppressing content presentation at an electronic device. Subsequently, a content portion and a content selection tag for the content portion are also received at the electronic device. When the electronic device determines based on the content selection tag that a part of content portion is designated for suppression by the content suppression preference, the part of the content portion is obstructed by the electronic device to form a modified content portion. The modified content portion is further presented to a user via the electronic device.11-17-2011
20110302598METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTENT FILTERING IN A BROADBAND GATEWAY - Aspects of a method and system for content filtering in a broadband gateway are provided. In this regard, a broadband gateway may be operable to determine whether to allow access to content based on attributes of the content and based on one or more of: which of a plurality of electronic devices is attempting to access the content, sensor information identifying a user attempting to access the content, and a time at which a user is attempting to access the information. Attributes of the content may be determined by analyzing the content utilizing one or more pattern recognition techniques. The gateway may be operable to allow a first subset of the electronic devices to access the content during a first period of time, and allow a second subset of the electronic devices to access the content during a second period of time.12-08-2011
20120005703MULTI-VENDOR CONDITIONAL ACCESS SYSTEM - The invention provides a smartcard, a head-end system and a conditional access system enabling incompatible receivers to be used in a vendor specific conditional access system. Hereto the smartcard stores an operation mode identifier, which is read upon insertion of the smartcard into the receiver and activation of the smartcard. The operation mode identifier is used to select a protocol for communication with the receiver. If the protocol is incompatible with the receiver, the operation mode identifier is changed and another protocol is selected upon reinsertion of the smartcard in the receiver. The head-end system uses data packet encapsulation to enable the receiver to forward EMMs and ECMs to the smartcard.01-05-2012
20120017234Device-Specific Pre-Provisoining Access-Limiting for a Modem and a Consumer Premise Equipment Device - A method of initializing, provisioning, and managing a cable modem and a customer premise equipment device includes, prior to receiving the configuration file for the cable modem, providing an equipment identification message containing a description of the customer premise equipment device connected to the cable modem. In the case where the cable modem has yet to be provisioned, the configuration file received from the network server is a particular access-limiting configuration file that is selected from a group of access-limiting configuration files. The selection of the particular access-limiting configuration file is based on the description of the customer premise equipment device in the equipment identification message. This allows different devices to have different network restrictions or different walled gardens.01-19-2012
20100005483SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SECURELY PLACE SHIFTING MEDIA CONTENT - Systems and methods are provided for securely providing a place-shifted media stream from a place shifting device to a remote player via a communications network. A request for a connection is received from the remote player at the place shifting device via the communications network. In response to the request for the connection, an authorization credential is requested from a central server via the communications network. Further, in response to the authorization credential received from the central server, the place-shifted media stream between the place shifting device and the remote player can be established over the communications network. At least a portion of the place-shifted media stream may be encrypted based upon the authorization credential.01-07-2010
20100146534System and Method to Authenticate a Set-Top Box Device - A method includes receiving, at a residential gateway, an authentication request from a set-top box device. The method includes accessing authentication data stored at a memory of the residential gateway. The authentication data is associated with the set-top box device. The method also includes authenticating the set-top box device at the residential gateway based at least partially on the authentication data.06-10-2010
20100031283DATA COMMUNICATION DEVICE, DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD, DATA REQUESTING DEVICE, DATA REQUESTING METHOD, AND DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A data communication device is arranged with a setup unit for setting a true title of content data as predetermined data of content data set with viewing restriction, and setting a character string different from the true title of the content data as title data of the content data; a communication unit for performing data communication with a data requesting device; and a control unit for controlling transmission from the communication unit of the true title set as the predetermined data and the character string set as the title data based on whether or not a transmission request received from the data requesting device by the communication unit is a request based on input of predetermined information.02-04-2010
20100169912METHOD AND SYSTEM OF PROVISIONING A FEATURE FOR MULTIPLE MEDIA DEVICES - An approach is provided for the self-provisioning of a feature corresponding to multiple media devices (e.g., set-top boxes). A request to provision a feature on a plurality of set-top boxes is received. It is determined whether the feature is compatible with each of the set-top boxes. The feature is automatically provisioned based on the request and the determination.07-01-2010
20090064217APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING RF SIGNAL IN HYBRID SWITCHING SCHEME AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A switch apparatus using a hybrid switch scheme, a switching method, and a broadcast receiving apparatus using the same are provided. The switch apparatus switches between passing and cutting off a first broadcast signal received through a first communication medium, switches between passing and cutting off a second broadcast signal received through a second communication medium, and performs switching to selectively output one of the passed first broadcast signal and the passed second broadcast signal. Accordingly, a plurality of switch elements are arranged on the path for transmitting a broadcast signal in a hybrid scheme, so the broadcast signal is efficiently prevented from being leaked twofold or threefold, and thus isolation increases.03-05-2009
20110271296AUTOMATICALLY RECONFIGURABLE MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PERSONALITY ADAPTERS - A TV-set is equipped with HDMI and USB connections that allow it to display and run audio-video content from a variety of conventional consumer devices. The TV-set is further equipped to provide a secure HDMI-USB interface that will allow the transfer of licensed high definition content and Internet subscriber services. Such secure HDMI-USB interface also enables a selection of proprietary application modules to be attached. Downloadable user interface templates, much like XML style sheets, are rendered to a user interface displayed on the screen. These are associated with corresponding thumbnails and URI's that allow a user to surf through lists and catalogs of materials, and then to play them in the appropriate formats and provide the machine with a customized controller. A remote commander is simplified, yet expanded to control all the attached devices through interactions with the user interface. The functions of the remote commander's keys change depending on where the user is navigating and what device is being controlled, similar to so-called soft-keys.11-03-2011
20110265112REQUEST SIGNAL OF AN IMAGE PROGRAM ACCORDING TO SPECIFIC INPUT SOURCES BASED ON THE RECEIVED LIST TO THE EXTERNAL DISPLAY DEVICES - A display device having a network function according to an exemplary embodiment is configured to include: a network interface unit that performs data communication with external displays through a network; and a controller that transmits access request signals to the external display devices through the network interface unit and receives a list of input sources information that access is permitted based on the access permission or not according to the access request, wherein the controller transmits a request signal of an image program according to specific input sources based on the received list to the external display devices.10-27-2011
20110197216PROGRAMMING DISTRIBBUTION SYSTEM - A method is provided for distributing programming. A first set of programs is transmitted in real time according to a schedule of programming. A second set of programs is stored on a server, with at least one of the first set of programs having a counterpart in the second set of programs. A request from a user for program control over one of the programs in the first set of programs is detected. A determination whether the requested program has a counterpart program stored on the server is made. If so, the counterpart program form the server is played under the control of the user.08-11-2011
20100122280System and Method for Monitoring and Alarming IP-Based Video Blackout Events - Systems and methods for selecting a video transmission event to be blacked out and storing a data record with instructions to color code an element within a graphical user interface based on the blackout are disclosed.05-13-2010
20130219422SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL VIDEO INTEGRATION WITHIN A HOME VIEWING NETWORK - An improved audiovisual device enables users to watch content delivered over a network with the same ease of operation as a television set. The device is configured to accept an input stream from an IP network connection. Audiovisual content is delivered to the device in a home environment which improves upon current delivery methods by providing the simplicity of broadcast/cable television viewing while delivering content over an IP network connection. Users are enabled to access and view video and other multimedia content in the audiovisual device by means of stored bookmarks. The audiovisual device may be configured to treat all incoming video streams as channels that are accessible to a user in a same manner as television channels. The device may be configured to display incoming signals either in a full screen format or in a format including a plurality of independent screen segments on the display.08-22-2013
20100269128Method and System for Remotely Controlling Consumer Electronic Devices - A media system replaces content in a first sequence of media content. The media system presents the first sequence of media content to an end-user and generates a fingerprint of the sequence of media content. The fingerprint is for comparison with a plurality of reference fingerprints so as to identify the first sequence of media content and determine a reference position within the first sequence of media content. The media system sends a request for a replacement sequence of content to a content replacement system, and receives replacement media content selected based on the identified first sequence of media content. The media system presents the replacement media content to the end-user instead of the first sequence of media content. Presenting the replacement media content begins at a position in the first sequence of media content that is determined based on the reference position.10-21-2010
20110173649BROADCAST AREA AUTHENTICATION - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for authenticating local and remote devices associated with a broadcast area. In one embodiment, an authentication server can transmit a unique broadcast identifier to a broadcast system and a local device. The broadcast system can then transmit a broadcast that includes the unique broadcast identifier. Once the local device receives the unique broadcast identifier from the broadcast and the authentication server, it can be authenticated as being in the broadcast area.07-14-2011
20100122281METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AUTHORIZATION OF SERVICE RESOURCES - A method for controlling authorization of service resources includes: by a Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) entity, receiving a message that carries a list of resources allowed to be used from an SCF entity; and obtaining the list of resources allowed to be used from the message, and controlling authorization of resources requested by a User Equipment (UE) according to the list of resources allowed to be used. A system and device for controlling authorization of service resources are also disclosed. With the present invention, the services accessible to the user are authorized at a single attempt. Therefore, the service switching speed is increased without any impact on the flexibility of the user in selecting the list of accessible services; and the service availability and the user experience are enhanced significantly.05-13-2010
20110145852APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SERVICES AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SERVICES USING THE SAME - An apparatus and method for controlling Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service is provided. The IPTV service controlling apparatus includes a service control unit and a display information providing unit. The service control unit is configured to conduct a user authentication based on user information of an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) terminal, create Electric Program Guide (EPG) information according to a request for EGP information made by an authorized user, transport the created EPG information to the display information providing unit and provide the IPTV terminal with an IPTV service that is requested using the EPG information by the user. The display information providing unit processes the EPG information to correspond to an environment of the IPTV terminal based on information about the IPTV terminal and provides the IPTV terminal with the processed EPG information.06-16-2011
20110173648BROADCAST AREA AUTHENTICATION - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for authenticating local and remote devices associated with a broadcast area. In one embodiment, an authentication server can transmit a unique broadcast identifier to a broadcast system and a local device. The broadcast system can then transmit a broadcast that includes the unique broadcast identifier. Once the local device receives the unique broadcast identifier from the broadcast and the authentication server, it can be authenticated as being in the broadcast area.07-14-2011
20100125866System and Method for Verifying A Conditional Access Blackout In A Video Data Distribution System - A system is disclosed for verifying an occurrence of a blackout event in a data distribution system, the system including but not limited to a processor in data communication with a computer readable medium; and computer program comprising instructions to receive restricted content data at the data distribution system; instructions to receive at the data distribution system, blackout event data indicating at least one criterion for selecting client devices subject to a blackout event for the restricted content data; instructions to place at the data distribution system, client devices into a client device group subject to the blackout event in accordance with the event data criterion; and instructions to correlate at the data distribution system, the blackout event data with the retune activity data to verify the occurrence of the blackout event in the client devices.05-20-2010
20110173650METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING GEOGRAPHICALLY RESTRICTED VIDEO DATA IN AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) SYSTEM - A method for distributing geographical restriction data in an internet protocol television (IPTV) system is disclosed. The method includes accepting at an IPTV server, a request from an IPTV client for the geographical restriction data related to geographically restricted video data, determining at the server, a plurality of geographic restriction zones for the geographically restricted video data and sending from the server to the client a message containing the restriction data related to at least one of the restriction zones.07-14-2011
20110173647BROADCAST AREA AUTHENTICATION - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for authenticating local and remote devices associated with a broadcast area. In one embodiment, an authentication server can transmit a unique broadcast identifier to a broadcast system and a local device. The broadcast system can then transmit a broadcast that includes the unique broadcast identifier. Once the local device receives the unique broadcast identifier from the broadcast and the authentication server, it can be authenticated as being in the broadcast area.07-14-2011
20100125865System and Method of Monitoring Blackout Events - Systems and methods of monitoring blackout events are provided. A particular method includes receiving a server blackout event associated with a scheduled blackout of a first media service. The method also includes receiving at least one client blackout event from at least one set top box (STB) affected by the scheduled blackout. For example, the server blackout event and the client blackout event(s) may be received at a subscriber event transmission interface (SETI). The method further includes storing the server blackout event and the client blackout event(s) at a data warehouse.05-20-2010
20090089825CONTROL OF ACCESS TO MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - A disclosed method of enabling a subscriber to control access to multimedia content received from a multimedia distribution network includes provisioning the network with an access control application. The application is operable to respond to an invocation by a member of a subscriber class by enabling at least one subscriber class function, wherein the subscriber class function enables the subscriber class member to define an access restriction for members of a controlled class. The application responds to an invocation by a member of the controlled class by enabling the controlled class member to access content not subject to the defined restrictions permitting the controlled class member to define preferences from content not subject to the defined restrictions. The definable preferences may include TV channel preferences and interactive games preferences. Restrictions may be defined based on channel identification, a rating associated with requested content, an elapsed viewing time, and a monetary charge.04-02-2009
20110173646Broadcast Area Authentication - Systems, methods, apparatus, and computer program products are provided for authenticating local and remote devices associated with a broadcast area. For example, in one embodiment, a broadcast station can broadcast a first over-the-air broadcast that includes a token. A local device can scan for and identify the token in the first over-the-air broadcast it receives. The local device can then transmit the received token and user registration to an authentication server. The authentication server can use the token and user registration information to create a unique broadcast identifier. The authentication server can then transmit the unique broadcast identifier to the broadcast station and the local device. The broadcast station then broadcasts a second over-the-air broadcast that includes a unique broadcast identifier. Once the local device receives the unique broadcast identifier from the second over-the-air broadcast and the authentication server, it can be authenticated as being in the broadcast area.07-14-2011
20120297413APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING OUTPUT OF PROTECTED CONTENT ON A TELEVISION - An apparatus for a television includes storage areas for storing a key and authentication information, a communication unit to transmit and receive information from a server supplying protected content, and a controller to control output of the protected content from the server based on an authentication procedure. This procedure includes encrypting the stored authentication information with the key, transmitting the encrypted authentication information to the server, and then outputting the protected content received from the server for display after transmission of the encrypted authentication information if determined to be valid.11-22-2012
20120297412Video-On-Demand (VOD) Catalog Search via Image Recognition - A Video On Demand (VOD) system having a VOD catalog that lists VOD movies available for a user to purchase, a database for storing a plurality of reference images associated with the VOD movies in the VOD catalog, and an image processing and lookup system (IPLS) for searching the plurality of reference images in the database utilizing automated image recognition. A user takes a photograph of a movie poster or DVD box cover and sends the image to the IPLS. The IPLS determines whether the user image matches a stored reference image. If so, the IPLS sends an indication to the user that the movie associated with the matching image is available in the VOD catalog. When the received image does not match any image in the database, the IPLS sends an indication to the user that there are no movies in the VOD catalog matching the user image.11-22-2012
20080216110IPTV receiver and methods for processing rating information in the IPTV receiver - A method for rating information in an IPTV receiver may includes downloading content and first rating information identifying rating values of the content, wherein the first rating information includes information identifying whether the first rating information is newly downloadable, downloading second rating information defining rating types defined for rating systems in accordance with the received first rating information wherein the second rating information includes information identifying whether the second rating information is downloadable, and decoding the received content, the first rating information, and the second rating information.09-04-2008
20080216109METHOD OF PROVIDING CONTROLLED-ACCESS INFORMATION AND VIDEO RECEIVING APPARATUS TO USE THE SAME - In a controlled access broadcast system, a method of providing controlled-access information to a user includes determining whether a selected channel is a controlled-access channel, determining whether a smart card mounted in a smart card mounting part is configured to access the selected channel, if the selected channel is determined to be a controlled-access channel, and displaying indicia that indicates the configuration of the mounted smart card with respect to access to the selected channel. Therefore, a user can mount a smart card to access the controlled-access channel, thus increasing user convenience.09-04-2008
20090119699SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING A TELEVISION OVER IP SERVICE IN AN IMS ARCHITECTURE NETWORK - The invention relates to a system for activating a television over IP (IPTV) service in an IMS architecture network (05-07-2009
20100138854METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING RESTRICTION ON VIEWING MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS - There are provided a method and a system for controlling restriction on viewing multimedia contents. In the control of viewing multimedia contents through a terminal, contents transmitted to the terminal are restricted on a network according to a predetermined restriction condition to provide contents based on the user of the terminal. When it is required to change the restriction condition, the restriction condition can be remotely set and changed using a network for a specific user. Accordingly, restriction on viewing contents according to the user can be effectively controlled and the restriction condition can be effectively administrated to provide additional services.06-03-2010
20080244636SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILTERING MEDIA PRODUCTS BASED ON MEDIA PRODUCT INFORMATION - A media control system receives first product information that describes a first media product and receives second product information that describes a second media product. The media control system processes the first product information with a filter to determine if the first media product should be blocked. The media control system selects data from the first product information and modifies the filter based on the data. The media control system processes the second product information with the modified filter to determine if the second media product should be blocked and blocks the second media product based on the modified filter.10-02-2008
20080250444Method For Processing Conditional Access Contents By A User Unit - A method allows a broadcasted conditional access content accessible at the time of transmission to be also accessible at a later time thanks to intermediate storage on a hard disk of a user unit. The processing method includes the steps of receiving at the user unit a data stream encrypted by at least one control word, at least one control message stream containing the control words, forming an index file, each index comprising an identifier of a control message formed by the extraction of data associated to the control messages and an identifier of the part of the content to which the control message is applied; and, at the time of the deferred processing of the content, extracting at least one part of the control messages and resynchronizing the content with the control messages by the use of the index file, the identifier of the control message allowing the selection of the current control message from a set of control messages at the time of the exploitation of the content identified by the identifier of the part of the content related to this control message.10-09-2008
20080250443System and method for providing communication services - Systems and methods for providing communication services are provided. A method of providing communication services may include provisioning at least one first communication service at a network interface unit (NIU) associated with a premises. The at least one first communication service may be associated with a placeholder account. The method also includes receiving, via the at least one first communication service, a request to activate at least one second communication service. The method also includes automatically activating the at least one second communication service.10-09-2008
20090119698SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTROLLED ACCESS - A method for operating a signal receiver which authorizes controlled access, comprising providing an authentication token device having a predetermined usage limit stored therein, providing a reading device for reading the authentication token device, and for implementing the predetermined usage limit while deauthorizing the authentication token device for use with other reading devices, comprising a signal generator for communicating with a signal receiver through a wireless transmission, receiving the wireless transmission at the signal receiver, to permit access based on the received transmission, and upon exceeding the predetermined usage limit, deauthorizing further access.05-07-2009
20090119697DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AND DISTRIBUTION METHOD - A video distribution device that has a distribution judgment reference input function and a distribution judgment function, and can set different viewing limitations for different motion picture titles. Viewing limitations set viewable scenes and unviewable scenes in one motion picture title. Since the range of viewing limitations can be dynamically generated from access history, the motion pictures can be used for promotion, such as automatically extracting popular scenes for limited release. A viewing limitation range is reasonably decided based on more information by an interface for acquiring information such as access history from the outside. Furthermore, by embedding information of a link to another site in motion picture fragments limitedly released, viewers of the motion picture fragments can be guided to another site in which the whole motion picture can be viewed.05-07-2009
20090119696System and Method of Restricting Access to Media Content - A method of restricting access to content delivered via a video distribution network is disclosed and includes receiving a control stream at a service delivery platform. The control stream is related to media content delivered via a video distribution network. The method also includes parsing the control stream and determining, from the parsed control stream, at least one geographical area in which access to programming associated with the video content channel is to be restricted. The method also includes automatically scheduling a conditional access event associated with the media content at least one video head-end of the video distribution network, the at least one video head-end serving the at least one geographical area. In a particular embodiment, the video distribution network can be an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network.05-07-2009
20080209464Mobile Cable Subscription - A system, method and computer readable medium are described that allow a traveler to receive content similar to what that subscriber receives at home. In one case, the subscriber receives local content but at a tier of service that is similar to the tier of service the subscriber enjoys at home. In another case, the head-end in the home region forwards some or all content to the head-end in the remote region for distribution to the subscriber. In yet another case, the subscriber's set-top box located in his home is used to transmit all the content to a set-top box in the remote region. Finally, the subscriber's set-top box located in his home is used to transmit the content, one content service at a time to a set-top box in the remote region.08-28-2008
20090165034METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTELY REQUESTING RECORDING AT A USER NETWORK DEVICE FOR A USER RECORDING SYSTEM - A method and system for recoding content includes a user network device, a user recording device, a partner service provider and a primary service provider communicating program guide data to a partner provider from a primary service provider. The program guide data includes a content identifier. The partner service provider communicates the program guide data to the user network device which is associated with a user identifier. The user network device selects content and communicates the content identifier to the partner provider through a network. The partner service provider communicates the content identifier and a user identifier to the primary provider. The primary service provider generates a recording instruction at the partner service provider in response to the content identifier and the user identifier and communicates the recording instruction to a user recording device associated with the user identifier. The user recording device records the content in response to the recording command.06-25-2009
20090183195Regulatory Environment Adaptation Layer for Content Protection - Aspects of the invention provide apparatuses, computer media, and methods for supporting post-delivery content protection systems, which are used to protect the content of free-to-air (FTA) or clear-to-air (CTA) digital broadcasts after reception against unauthorized use such as Internet redistribution. A receiver circuit of a receiver device obtains a broadcast stream, which contains usage restriction signaling and content. A regulatory determination circuit obtains regulations for the distribution of the content from a regulation database system based on an apparatus parameter such as the country that the receiver device is located. The regulatory determination circuit further obtains the usage state of the content from the regulations and usage restriction signaling by mapping each signaling state to a usage state. The content at the acquisition point is protected in accordance with the usage state.07-16-2009
20090183194METHODS AND APPARATUS TO HANDLE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE CHANGES - Methods and apparatus for handling telecommunication service changes are described. An example apparatus includes a service indicator receiver to receive a first service indicator for a first service and to receive a second service indicator different from the first service indicator for a second service, a converter to convert the first service indicator into a first set of service rules for the first service, to convert the second service indicator into a second set of service rules for the second service, and a rule transmitter to send the first set of service rules and the second set of service rules to a network element.07-16-2009
20090165033Content Viewing as an Incentive for Educational Activities - Described herein are systems and methods for limiting television viewing while using such limited television viewing as a conditional incentive to encourage television viewers to engage in educational activities.06-25-2009
20090138905SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING PARENTAL CONTROL SETTINGS - Parental control settings are provided to a display device by a user. In one embodiment, the display device generates a message, such as a consumer electronic control (CEC) message, which corresponds to the user-provided parental control settings. This message may then be transmitted to one or more source devices to which the display device is connected via an HDMI interface. The HDMI-connected devices may then modify or otherwise conform their own parental control settings in accordance with the parent control data in the received message. In one embodiment, the display device may then receive content from the HDMI-connected devices which has already been pre-filtered in accordance with the parental control settings that were provided directly to the display device.05-28-2009
20080256569System and method for video transmission scheduling - A systems and methods for video transmission scheduling are provided. A method of video transmission scheduling may include selecting a first video transmission event associated with first content to be blacked out based on a first geographic access restriction. The method may also include selecting a second video transmission event associated with second content to be blacked out based on a second geographic access restriction. The method may further include linking the first video transmission event to the second transmission event to control a blackout of the second content based at least partially on a trigger related to the first content.10-16-2008
20090187936Social broadcasting - A method of providing a broadcast is disclosed. One or more network communications is received via a network from each of a plurality of users of a broadcast provided at least in part other than via the network, each indicating a preference of the sending user with respect to a content of the broadcast. The network communications is processed to determine and update dynamically, and to provide for possible inclusion in the broadcast, a broadcast stream that reflects at least in part the network communications received from the plurality of users.07-23-2009
20090083782SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING PARENTAL CONTROL SETTINGS IN MULTIPLE ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES - Parental control settings may be managed between multiple entertainment devices, such as digital televisions (DTVs). A system includes a first entertainment device and a second entertainment device. The first entertainment device is configured to selectively block content based on a first set of parental control settings, and the second entertainment device configured to selectively block content based on a second set of parental control settings. The first entertainment device is configured to transmit the first set of parental control settings to the second entertainment device, and the second entertainment device is configured to receive the first set of parental control settings and to modify the second set of parental control settings such that they are substantially equivalent to the first set of parental control settings.03-26-2009
20090083784CONTENT FILTERING FOR A DIGITAL AUDIO SIGNAL - According to some embodiments, content filtering is provided for a digital audio signal.03-26-2009
20090083783DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - A reception system and a method for processing data in the reception system are disclosed. The reception system includes a baseband processor receiving a broadcasting signal including mobile service data and main service data, the mobile service data including first service data and second service data having a format different from that of the first service data, the second service data configuring a Reed Solomon (RS) frame, and the RS frame including a table which describes the second service data having the format different from that of the first service data and signaling information including conditional access information of the second service data, a table handler parsing the table from the RS frame and extracting the signaling information of the second service data, the extracted signaling information including conditional access information of the second service data in the RS frame, a frame handler extracting the second service data from the RS frame on the basis of the extracted signaling information, a conditional access handler releasing the conditional access of the extracted second service data on the basis of the conditional access information of the extracted signaling information, and a service handler parsing the second service data of which the conditional access is released. Accordingly, it is possible to process service data having a format different from that of the existing MH method in an MH system and provide various services.03-26-2009
20110231871METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR TARGET AREA FILTERING - A method, apparatus, and system for target area filtering are disclosed. The method includes: obtaining a target area and filtering time of service information; obtaining a location of a terminal at the filtering time; and executing target area filtering according to the terminal location and the target area location.09-22-2011
20110231870Play-out Control for a Media Data Stream - A technique for controlling a play-out of a media data stream at a receiving device is provided. The media data stream comprises one or more programs, and each program comprises one or more program components. In a method implementation of the technique, a zone description is defined. The zone description is defined for a media zone for at least one program or at least one program component in the media stream and identifies the media zone for the at least one program or the at least one program component. In a next step, the zone description is associated to a program specific information data segment. The program specific information data segment is part of the media stream and comprises data specifying information at least regarding to the at least one program or at least one program component. The method also comprises transmitting the media data stream towards the receiving device.09-22-2011
20090199228SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SCREENING VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS WITHIN AN INTERACTIVE TELEVISION SYSTEM - Outgoing video communication requests are intercepted and screened by one or more unauthorized recipient lists, authorized recipient lists, caller-specific authorized/unauthorized recipient lists, and/or various combinations of these. The video communication requests may be blocked or forwarded to the recipient depending on whether the recipient is included or not included in one of the various lists.08-06-2009
20090064218CONTENT RECEIVING DEVICE AND METHOD - A content receiving client device has a metadata obtaining unit, a message generating unit, and a message sending unit. The metadata obtaining unit obtains metadata including information used to generate an invite message for prompting establishment of a session for receiving content from a content distribution server. The message generating unit generates, based on the metadata, the invite message. The invite message includes a destination address field storing location information specifying a location of the content. The invite message further includes a body field storing information used to establish the session. The message sending unit sends the invite message to a session control server that controls the session.03-05-2009
20090254936Set Top Box With Firewall - A set top box with a firewall is disclosed. The set top box uses two separate ports to communicate with two respective communications networks. The first port communicates with the first network to receive programming information and the second port communicates with the second network to receive information. A firewall, in communication with one of the ports, is capable of receiving and analyzing information from the port. The firewall helps to prevent harmful or unauthorized information from reaching other components of the set top box. The firewall can receive information before other components associated with the set top box and the firewall can include various different forms of filtering.10-08-2009
20100162291METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FILTERING CONTENT FROM A PRESENTATION STREAM USING SIGNATURE DATA - Described herein are methods and apparatus for the identification of locations in a presentation stream based on metadata associated with the presentation stream. Locations within a presentation stream are identified using signature data associated with the presentation stream. The identified locations within a presentation stream may be utilized to identify boundaries of segments within the presentation stream, such as segments of a show and interstitials (e.g., commercials) of the show. The identified portions of a presentation stream may then be utilized for filtering segments of content during presentation.06-24-2010
20090260029Multi-media target marketing (formerly viewer controlled television target marketing) - A computer (software and/or hardware) controlled electronic device, either freestanding or device controlled, that allows a television viewer, internet user or cellular phone user to choose what kind of commercial or advertising content to allow into their home or onto their device.10-15-2009
20110113442VIDEO CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VIDEO CONTROL APPARATUS - Whether or not HDCP authentication is necessary is determined and managed for each device connected to an HDMI port. In selector control, when switching to an HDMI port to which is connected a video signal output apparatus that requires HDCP authentication, DDC access is turned off by setting an HPD signal to Low. Communication is then resumed after a predetermined amount of time has passed by setting the HPD signal to High and thereby turning the DDC access back on. When switching to an HDMI port to which is connected a video signal output apparatus that does not require HDCP authentication, the HPD signal is kept at High, and video and audio data is output without resuming the DDC access.05-12-2011
20100162290CONTROLLING ACCESS TO BROADCAST PROGRAMMING - A set top box for a television receiver has a paired viewing card. It is also coupled to a hard disc drive for the recording and storage of received broadcasting. If the viewer has a full subscription, the viewer is able to access and view subscription broadcasting by way of the set top box. If the subscription is no longer paid, different usage rights are associated with the set top box so that, whilst the set top box can no longer access the subscription broadcasting, the viewer is still able to access and play any previously stored subscription programming.06-24-2010
20100192174Method and Apparatus for Controlling Time-Scale Modification During Multi-Media Broadcasts - One embodiment of the present invention is a method for broadcasting information to a client device, which device utilizes presentation rates to present information at various presentation rates, and which method includes: (a) broadcasting information; and (b) broadcasting guidance information used to determine presentation rates for use by the client device in presentation of the information; wherein the guidance information is transmitted at or not at a time of broadcast of the broadcast information.07-29-2010
20100242062METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING A PLURALITY OF MEDIA DEVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a web server, comprising a controller to receive a request for authentication from a plurality of set-top boxes operating in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system via a service enablement device; authenticate the plurality of set-top boxes using a remote authentication dial in user service (RADIUS); and enable service to the plurality of set-top boxes based on the authentication using the RADIUS. Other embodiments are disclosed.09-23-2010
20100251282System and Method to Validate Restriction Event Control Streams Sent to a Video Distribution System - Systems and methods to validate restriction event control streams sent to a video distribution system are provided. A particular method includes receiving a control stream from a content provider via a content proxy device. The control stream is associated with a restriction event and directs a media service delivery platform to associate a substitute service with a virtual network for at least one geographical region. The method also includes evaluating validity of the control stream based on content proxy information associated with the content proxy device.09-30-2010
20100235856METHOD, SYSTEM, AND DEVICE FOR REALIZING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SERVICE - A method, system, and device for realizing an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service are provided. The method includes the following steps. A message sent by a user terminal in a protocol format compatible with an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) is received. The message in the protocol format compatible with the IMS is converted to a message in a protocol format compatible with an IPTV system. The message in the converted protocol format compatible with the IPTV system is transmitted to a corresponding entity in the IPTV system according to the content of the message. A conversion device is added between the conventional IPTV system and the IMS, so as to solve the problem in the prior art that a thorough and overall modification must be performed on the existing network system, thereby realizing interworking between the conventional IPTV system and the IMS, and achieving smooth upgrading of the IPTV system in the IMS network.09-16-2010
20100218207METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DETECT PREVIEW OF ENCRYPTED CONTENT - A method and apparatus detects a presence of a change in encryption status of video information, such as a preview, in a video stream. The method and apparatus issues notification information such as through a visual user interface, audibly or in any other suitable manner, that new content, such as a pay per view video information, is either available or unavailable based on the detection of a change in encryption status of the video information. An interactive and automated technique is provided to inform a user while, for example, the user is watching a display device, that a preview of content is now available or that a previously available preview has now changed and is now encrypted and therefore a user must order the previewed content before an expiration period occurs. In this fashion, a user is automatically notified that a free preview is available, while watching television and a broadcaster may increase revenues since preview information is more readily detected and presented to potential customers.08-26-2010
20100251283SYSTEM AND MEHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE CONTENT - A system and method for providing interactive content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving, in a vehicle via a wireless broadcast, audiovisual content and user-requestable content, rendering the audiovisual content, receiving user input indicative of request for the user-requestable content, and rendering, in response to receiving the user input, the user-requestable content. The user-requestable content can include, but is not limited to, additional audiovisual content, climate control data, and navigation data.09-30-2010
20100211968Networked digital media review and play system - A system for the play of digital content in a public establishment includes a digital content play system, a web accessible digital content server, a media center connected to the digital content play system and in communication with the digital content server to receive digital content, and independent web enabled or text messaging enabled devices of users. These independent web enabled or text messaging enabled devices allow a user to access the digital content server and select digital content for play on the in-house digital content play system.08-19-2010
20100235855RECEIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREOF - A representative receiving system is disclosed. The receiving system has sifting functions. The receiving system includes a receiving unit, a processing unit, a storing unit, a user interface and a determining unit. The receiving system uses the storing unit to store a plurality of rating region tables, and provides functions of editing the rating region tables for users.09-16-2010
20090328092PERSONALIZING ANY TV GATEWAY - A system and method for personalizing a TV gateway is disclosed. Specifically, the disclosed system includes a TV gateway authentication infrastructure and a user authentication infrastructure in communication with external networks. The TV gateway authentication infrastructure accesses the external networks and authenticates the TV gateway. The user authentication infrastructure authenticates an end-user via end-user credentials contained in a personal tamper resistant device, which is in communication with the TV gateway. When an end-user is authenticated, an end-user profile containing TV service credentials is loaded on the TV gateway enabling the fruition of authorized end-user TV content on a TV display.12-31-2009
20090328091Method and Apparatus for Real-Time IPTV Channel Searching and Switching - A method of providing real-time channel searching and switching for IPTV is provided. Initially, a first communication is received from an IPTV subscriber at an IPTV application server upon the subscriber logging in to the server via the subscriber's Web-accessible device. The server communicates with a subscriber database to access level of service data for the subscriber and displays a new Web page for the subscriber based on the level of service data. The Web page includes a list of applicable channels based on a keyword search typed by the subscriber via the subscriber's Web-accessible device. The server also determines whether the subscriber has a set-top box that is powered on. Where the subscriber does have a set-top box and the set-top box is powered off, data received from the subscriber is saved in the database. Where the subscriber does have a set-top box and the set-top box is powered on, the subscriber is allowed to perform a switching function for each applicable and currently viewable channel on a search result list. Finally, a signal to the set-top box to change the channel.12-31-2009
20090019468Access control of media services over an open network - To ensure that media services are only provided to those authorized users or receiving devices, various conditional access mechanisms are provided to secure that media services are only received in those authorized. Different from a prior art conditional access system, an entitlement control message containing a master key can be sent directly to an ordering box. Depending on implementation, a secure session may be established between a server and an ordering box, such that all secured information including a master key may be transported. Further an ordering box does not need to possess a key or keys needed to decrypt an entitlement control message, such key(s) may be transported from time to time in a secure session established between the server and the ordering box.01-15-2009
20090204985DEVICE FOR TRANSMISSION OF SIGNAL UNITS - An arrangement for transmission of signal units to at least one receiver may include a receiver being arranged to receive a number of signal units within a frequency range, by which each signal unit includes at least one signal, and a forwarding mechanism being arranged to make possible for at least a portion of the signal units to be forwarded or at least partially be blocked with respect to the receiver.08-13-2009
20110119697SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-HOME SET TOP BOX MANAGEMENT - A video services control system comprises a set top box coupled to a television and a video services network configured to provide video services to the television via the set top box. The video services network includes an application program operable to develop and implement individualized usage restriction profiles for users of the set top box to control video services viewing. The application program is configured to provide a designated administrator with authority to dictate the usage restriction profile for non-designated users. The individualized usage restriction profiles include restrictions on the content of video services shown on the television for viewing by the users. The application program is configured to receive information input by the designated administrator, develop each usage restriction profile based on the input information unique to each user, and implement each usage restriction profile to control video services viewing by the users.05-19-2011
20090106788Procedure for Authenticating a Digital-Content User - The invention concerns a method for authenticating a user possessing a right of access to a digital content via terminal equipment (04-23-2009
20090070800System and Method for Detecting and Reporting Cable Network Devices with Duplicate Media Access Control Addresses - The detection of devices with duplicate media access controller (MAC) addresses in a cable network. A cable network device (CND) having a MAC address is connected by the cable network to a cable modem termination system (CMTS) having a gateway interface address. A centralized storage of historical cable modem MAC address/giaddr tuple data is used to identify CNDs that report duplicate MAC addresses. The cable network tracks the CND MAC address/giaddr tuple data of all CND requests that it receives and stores the MAC address/giaddr tuple data into a datastore (such as a database). When a CND seeks to access the network, the cable network looks into the datastore to determine whether the CND MAC address of the CND has previously been stored with a different associated giaddr, which would imply that there are multiple CNDs attached to different CMTSs where the CNDs share the same MAC address. If such duplication is detected, an appropriate remedial response is taken.03-12-2009
20100306793METHOD, SYSTEM AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETECTING PORNOGRAPHIC CONTENTS IN VIDEO SEQUENCES - A method for detecting the presence of pornographic contents in a sequence of video frames having associated respective motion vectors, includes identifying groups of motion vectors having similar orientation and the presence, in subsequent frames of the sequence, of motion types defined by affiliated groups of motion vectors having homologous motion characteristics in subsequent frames. Thereafter, detection in these motion types of the occurrence of negative affiliations representative of an inversion in the motion of the respective group of vectors. If the number of such negative affiliations counted at a given interval reaches a given count threshold, identified in the sequence of frames is a periodic motion susceptible of having pornographic content. Repetition of the periodic motions may be verified, the image sequence identified as susceptible to having pornographic contents and/or subjected to an optional verification procedure such as “skin detection” type, and transmission may be blocked.12-02-2010
20100325649SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUDITING AUTHORIZATION OF A SERVICE USING DISPLAYED WATERMARKS - Auditing systems and methods detect access authorization of a media device for a service during an audit. An exemplary embodiment receives an audit trigger at a media device communicating the service to a media presentation device, determines whether the media device is authorized to communicate the service to the media presentation device, and communicates a security watermark from the media device to the media presentation device. The security watermark is displayed on a display of the media presentation device and indicates authorization to access the service to an auditor performing the audit.12-23-2010
20130139197Systems and Method of Controlling Access to Media Content - A system and method of controlling access to media content are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a viewing request at a set-top box device at a user premises. The method also includes retrieving a permission policy stored at the set-top box device and identifying a wireless device associated with the permission policy. Further, the method includes fulfilling the viewing request when the wireless device is present at the user premises and is within a first relative proximity to the set-top box device, and not fulfilling the viewing request when the wireless device is present at the user premises and is within a second relative proximity to the set-top box device.05-30-2013
20100325650SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING PLAYLISTS - Systems and methods for automatically generating a playlist of series assets and systems and methods for grouping assets of a playlist in clusters are provided. In one embodiment, series assets may automatically be included into a playlist for that series. In another embodiment, an interactive media guidance application may group assets in clusters based on one or more user selected parameters or may group assets in cluster based on automatically determined parameters. In yet another embodiment, the interactive media guidance application may group assets in clusters and display at least one identifier in connection with each cluster to indicate a basis for forming the cluster. The identifier may be a key word or catch phrase that succinctly identifies a trait or characteristic of assets in a particular cluster associated with the identifier.12-23-2010
20100325651Video Signal Processing Apparatus and Set Top Box - This video signal processing apparatus includes a first resolution conversion portion, a first analog video output portion, a digital video output portion and a control portion. The control portion is so formed as to make the first resolution conversion portion convert a video signal to a digital video signal of high definition and make the digital video output portion output the digital video signal of the high definition when recognizing that connection between the digital video output portion and a display is in an on-state, also in a case where a broadcast signal includes a signal for restricting output of the video signal of the high definition.12-23-2010
20100169913INTERACTIVE TELEVISION TARGETED MESSAGE SYSTEM - An interactive television system is provided in which targeted messages may be sent to users. The interactive television system may use an interactive television program guide or other interactive applications to provide interactive television services to users. An e-mail or other messaging application may be used to receive the messages. The messaging application may be separate from the program guide or other interactive television application or may be part of the program guide or other interactive television application. Messages may be targeted based on the television channels to which the user subscribes or based on which settings the user has established in the program guide or other application or based on any other suitable criteria.07-01-2010
20100333128Control and Monitoring of Content by Access Devices - A device for controlling access to content. The device includes memory for storing data, a processor, coupled to the memory, for authorizing a user and presenting to the authorized user identification of access devices and information regarding the content being accessed by the access devices and a communications interface, coupled to the processor, for enabling data exchange between the processor and the access devices in the network. The processor is configured to initiate a selected control function of a chosen access device upon receiving a command from the authorized user based on the identification of the chosen access device and the information regarding the content being accessed by the chosen access device.12-30-2010
20110029999POLICIES TRANSFER FOR SESSION TRANSFER - A system and method for transferring policies associated with a unicast session from one terminal node to another makes use of the IPTV controller in the network to obtain decryption keys that allow the transfer of viewing policies between the nodes when the program transfer is effected.02-03-2011
20110113441IPTV ACCESS CONTROL, PERSONALIZED ADVERTISEMENT, PERSONALIZED ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE PROVIDING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING FINGERPRINT SCANNER EQUIPPED SET-TOP BOX - Provided is a personalized program providing method and system. The personalized program providing system may provide a view restriction, a personalized advertisement, or a personalized program guide using a set-top box including a fingerprint scanner. The personalized program providing system includes a set-top box to scan a fingerprint using a fingerprint scanner to identify identification information associated with a user and to transmit the identified identification information to an Internet TV service providing server, an Internet TV service providing server to transmit a personalized program guide corresponding to the transmitted identification information to the set-top box, and an Internet TV set to provide the transmitted personalized program guide.05-12-2011
20100153985METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING ACCESS PLANS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a television having a controller to determine an access plan associated with a mobile communication device that is capable of wirelessly receiving broadcast video content, present one or more options for adjusting the access plan where the one or more options include wireless access for the television to the broadcast video content, and receive a selection of the one or more options, wherein the access plan is adjusted based on the selection. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-17-2010
20110055862System and Method to Determine an Authorization of a Wireless Set-Top Box Device to Receive Media Content - A computer-implemented method includes determining, at a set-top box device, positioning data associated with a location of the set-top box device. The computer-implemented method includes determining whether the set-top box device is authorized to receive media content at the location. The computer-implemented method also includes receiving the media content via a wireless transmission from a residential gateway when the set-top box device is authorized to receive the media content at the location.03-03-2011
20110055863METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR DELIVERY OF DATA TO AN END USER - A method for delivery of data to an end user, wherein the method comprises the steps of hosting at a first location a first receiver, specific to the first location, receiving data on said first receiver, forwarding data from the first receiver to a processor, for processing the data, forwarding the processed data to a Content Delivery Network (CDN), with at least one node connected to the Internet, receiving on the at least one node of the CDN a request from the end user to have access to data specific to the first location, verifying the identity of the end user and, where the verification is positive and forwarding processed data from the at least one node of the CDN to the end user via the CDN and Internet.03-03-2011
20110078721DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT FOR MULTIPLE DEVICES AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - Media content is received for a plurality of devices based on a user selection. The media content includes digital rights for the plurality of devices. The media content is transferred to at least one of the plurality of devices in accordance with the digital rights.03-31-2011
20110078720APPLIED AUTOMATIC DEMOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS - A method for managing a data stream that is transmitted from a stream transmitter to a stream receiver disposed in an environment that includes at least one individual is provided. The method includes detecting an action of the individual in the environment and determining a demographic descriptor of the individual based on the detected action. The method further includes correlating the determined demographic descriptor and a content of the data stream to determine whether a predetermined condition is satisfied, and, in response to the correlating the demographic descriptor of the individual and the content of the data stream satisfying the predetermined condition, automatically modifying the data stream.03-31-2011
20100131971ADDRESSING THEFT OF CABLE SERVICES AND BREACH OF CABLE SYSTEM AND SECURITY - Disclosed are a method and apparatus for addressing theft of cable services and breach of cable system privacy and security. In one example, a method for preventing suspect cable modems from stealing cable services and breaching cable system privacy and security includes (i) determining in a cable modem termination system that a cable modem seeking to access cable services is suspect, wherein it is determined that the cable modem is suspect when such cable modem is attempting or performing one or more of a plurality of predefined suspect activities; (ii) categorizing the cable modem as suspect after it is determined that the cable modem is suspect; (iii) indicating to the cable modem that it has been approved for cable services at a first service level after it is determined that the cable modem is suspect; and (iv) providing cable services to the cable modem at a second service level after it is determined that the cable modem is suspect, wherein the second service level is lower than the first service level.05-27-2010
20110179437REMOTE ACCESS TO A DEVICE IN AN IMS SYSTEM WITH A SECOND MEDIA ACCESS CHANNEL - Remote access of content in an IMS system is described. A first IMS channel is established between, for example, a user terminal and an IMS Gateway (IG) for control signaling. A second IMS channel is established between, for example, the user terminal and the IG for conveying the content being remotely accessed. Due to limitations in the network, Quality of Service (QoS, or bandwidth) reservations are handled differently on the originating and terminating sides. For example, on the originating side, a single QoS reservation is used for both the first and second IMS channels, whereas on the terminating side separate QoS reservations can be used for the first and second IMS channels.07-21-2011
20110179438Method and Apparatus for Transmitting Data in a Data Stream - The invention provides a method and apparatus that addresses and resolves the issues currently affecting the ability to offer Enhanced TV, in particular, those issues concerning timing and synchronization, interaction with other modules in the STB, and distribution.07-21-2011
20110179441SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERNET ACCESS TO A PERSONAL TELEVISION SERVICE - A communication system and a family of methods for remote access to personal television service are disclosed. According to this invention, a remote personal TV service center provides centralized program guide information. A user may access to the personal TV service center through a digital video recorder which is connected to the personal TV service center via telephone modem or a network server. A user may access to the personal TV service center through a remote computer terminal or a personal digital assistant which is connected to a computer network. The user selects program events and programs the digital video recorder by using a graphical user interface installed in the front panel of the digital video recorder in case of local programming, or using a similar GUI which is incorporated into the Web pages presented to remote users by a Web server in case of remote programming. The media stream stored in one digital video recorder may be transferred to another digital video recorder. For data security protection during data transfer, all communication are authenticated and encrypted.07-21-2011
20110179439METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING A MEDIA FILE TO A DESIGNATED SET-TOP BOX - Methods of providing a media file include receiving the media file and an identification of a destination set-top box for the media file at a server device. The received media file is transmitted from the server device to the identified set-top box in an Internet protocol television (IPTV) multimedia format.07-21-2011
20100070989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTITY VERIFICATION AND ACCESS CONTROL USING A CELLULAR/WIRELESS DEVICE WITH AUDIOVISUAL PLAYBACK CAPABILITIES - A system and method for qualifying a user of a service or product, a reference source of data, a source of user data, and a qualifying module that compares the data from such reference source to the data from said user data to see if there is a match, in which a user approaches a point of sale, the user contacts a server, the server checks if the user may access the service or product, the server transmits content to the user and to a controller, the controller compares the data from the source of user data to data from the reference source of data, and the controller then qualifies or rejects the user to receive the service or product.03-18-2010
20100064309Broadcast Signal Transmitting Device - The declared object to concern to the devices which are carrying out sale of audio-video of the information and an interactive announcement. The purpose of offered utility model is the possibility: increases of quantity of speakers and consumers, interactive interaction of the speaker and the consumer, carrying out of payments inside of the device in a current mode. In a concrete example the device of transfer of a broadcasting signal consists of blocks of memory which can be executed in the form of a separate microcircuit or the separate cells of memory allocated in a microcircuit. The block of management and the block of calculation of cost, can be executed a kind of the microprocessor which is carrying out alternately functions of the block of management and block of calculation of cost. The speaker can be executed in the form of the device capable to accept-transfer a digital signal which can comprise audio, video data, files, messages. The consumer is executed in the form of the device capable to accept-transfer, interpret (to process and give result in the form of the image and a sound) a received digital signal. The block of the sanction, is executed in the form of the device transferring to the block of management of a command of the sanction or prohibition of any commands and operations.03-11-2010
20110252439METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA STREAMING SERVICE AND RELATED WIRELESS PACKET RELAY APPARATUS AND WIRELESS SET-TOP BOX - A wireless packet relay apparatus is disclosed including: an RF module for receiving a streaming service request from a wireless set-top box; a network interface; and a processing circuit for performing a predetermined network connection authentication with the wireless set-top box via the RF module; wherein the processing circuit transmits the streaming service request to a multimedia streaming server via the network interface if the streaming service request is received by the RF module within a predetermined period.10-13-2011
20120304218System and Method to Validate Restriction Event Control Streams Sent to a Video Distribution System - Systems and methods to validate restriction event control streams sent to a video distribution system are provided. A particular method includes receiving a control stream and determining whether the control stream is valid based on a comparison of first restriction event information included in the control stream to second restriction event information stored in a mapping table.11-29-2012
20120304217SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTHORIZING ACCESS TO CONTENT FOR A TELEVISION RECEIVER - Described herein are techniques for transferring content authorization information between television receivers. Authorization information for content and features associated with a television receiver is securely stored on a portable storage device. The portable storage device may be moved and connected to a different television receiver in order to transfer the authorization information to the different television receiver. The other television receiver accesses information on the portable storage device and allows the user to access the content and features that are authorized on the home television receiver.11-29-2012
20120304216APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTATION MANAGEMENT OF EROTICA-RELATED MEDIA CONTENT - Systems and methods are operable to control presentation of an erotica-related media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives information from a user sensor that is configured to sense a physical characteristic of a user viewing the erotica-related media content event, and automatically changes presentation of the erotica-related media content event based on the received information corresponding to the sensed physical characteristic of the viewing user.11-29-2012
20110016484SPACE-SHIFTING IP STREAMING SYSTEM ACHIEVED THROUGH A VIDEO PLAYBACK METHOD BASED ON A RICH INTERNET APPLICATION (RIA) - The present invention relates to a place-shifting IP streaming system using an RIA-based moving image playback method which increases users' accessibility by removing the difficulties of performing download and setting players for respective client PCs having various environment and enables various types of multimedia to be implemented by facilitating porting to HTML-based websites, and, more particularly, to a place-shifting IP streaming system using an RIA-based moving image playback method which adjusts signals to a moving image (H.264 and WMV) and sound (AAC) codec required by Flash or Silverlight, packages them in MPEG 4 format and sends them in a streaming manner using the moving image encoder of a streaming module so that an Active-X type dedicated moving image player can be implemented using Flash or Silverlight, which is an a Rich Internet Application (RIA)-based general-purpose moving image playback technology, on a client PC.01-20-2011
20120204205Method And Device For Creating A Broadcasting Program For A Display Device - A method for creating a broadcasting program for a display device, such as a television screen, wherein the broadcasting program comprises at least one broadcasting loop, in which a plurality of categories of broadcasts are defined, the categories of the broadcasts being weighted so as to assign a proportion of time within the broadcasting loop to each category, a category sequence being formed with individual sections corresponding to the categories in a predefined order, wherein sections corresponding to one or more of the same category may be contained within each category sequence while observing the proportion of time assigned to the category, different users having different access rights to different categories in the category sequence so as to include broadcasts in the sections of the category sequence corresponding to the categories in order to create the broadcasting loop.08-09-2012
20120278830PRIVACY AND TRENDS - This invention is directed to a television system that supports web-based applications. Individual users may select privacy levels for different types of confidential information, such as Internet usage, TV usage, device interactivity, or other types of information. The privacy levels may be enforced by the local media device. The user thus has control over the level of detail of different types of information that may be obtained by third parties for trend analysis and behavior analysis.11-01-2012
20110161999SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY OBSCURING PORTIONS OF MEDIA CONTENT USING A WIDGET - A widget running on user equipment selectively obscures portions of media content according to user and/or service provider defined criteria. Information regarding potentially objectionable content in media content may be stored in databases. Based on the information regarding potentially objectionable content and the defined criteria, the database may provide censor instructions. The instructions may be executed by the widget to obscure the potentially objectionable content in media content that is accessed by the user equipment.06-30-2011
20120311624GENERATING, EDITING, AND SHARING MOVIE QUOTES - Described herein are systems, methods, and articles of manufacture that facilitate creation, editing, and sharing of video quotes. A video quote can be created based on user input. For example, the video quote can be created based on a time range selected by a user. The video quote can also include comments from the user. In order to create the video quote, the user can be authenticated and/or permissions of the user related to viewing, editing and/or sharing of the video can be verified. If permissions are verified, the user can edit the content of the video quote, for example, by changing the time range and/or including different comments. The video quote can be shared, for example, on a social network and/or via e-mail.12-06-2012
20100281498INFORMATION PROVIDING DEVICE, INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM AND STORAGE MEDIUM - A digital television (11-04-2010
20120174148METHODS 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.07-05-2012
20110072452SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AUTOMATIC PARENTAL CONTROL ACTIVATION WHEN A RESTRICTED USER IS DETECTED WITHIN RANGE OF A DEVICE - Systems and methods are presented for detecting users within a range of a media device. A detection region may be defined that is within the range of the media device and smaller than the range. The detection region may be stored. It may be determined whether a user is within the detection region. The media device may be activated and settings associated with the user may be applied when a user is within the detection region. In some embodiments, settings associated with a user may be compared to provided media content when the user is within the detection region. The content may change when the settings conflict with the media content. Reminders may be provided to or directed to a plurality of users within the range of the media device.03-24-2011
20110138409METHOD OF MANAGING RESTRICTED MEDIA CONTENT IN A TV SYSTEM - A method in a communication network and an IPTV Control Server (06-09-2011
20110093880APPARATUS AND METHOD OF PROVIDING AN INTEGRATED RICH MEDIA ENVIRONMENT - An approach for providing an integrated rich media environment is disclosed. A platform determines to generate metadata relating to media content. The metadata includes a parameter specifying rich media information. The platform also determines to incorporate the metadata into a service guide.04-21-2011
20110179436PARENTAL CONTROL FOR A MIXED VIEWING AUDIENCE USING SHUTTER GLASSES - According to one embodiment, a system for implementing parental control using a plurality of pairs of shutter glasses comprises a digital device and a first and second pair of shutter glasses. The digital device includes a tuner/demodulator unit, a data processing unit and a transmitter. The tuner/demodulator unit receives content being a scene of a program. The data processing unit decodes the scene during playback which includes determining if the scene includes objectionable content that exceeds the plurality of preset ratings on a scene-by-scene basis. If the data processing unit determines that the scene includes objectionable content that exceeds the first preset rating, the transmitter sends a first synchronization signal that identifies the objectionable content to the first pair of shutter glasses, and if the data processing unit determines that the scene includes objectionable content that exceeds the second preset rating, the transmitter sends the second synchronization signal that identifies the objectionable content to the second pair of shutter glasses. The first pair of shutters blocks objectionable content based on the first synchronization signal received from the first receiver and the second pair of shutters block the objectionable content based on the second synchronization signal received from the second receiver.07-21-2011
20120151517Apparatus 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 generate a playlist that identifies multimedia content and to provide access to the playlist in response to a request for access, where the request for access is transmitted over the Internet, and where the multimedia content is stored remotely from the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-14-2012
20090293084Location detector for digital television appliances - A method of auditing operation of a television appliance consistent with certain embodiments involves detecting an event that triggers an audit; generating a fingerprint value, wherein the fingerprint value is function of the television network characteristics at an authorized installation location; comparing the fingerprint value with a stored reference value; if the fingerprint value is within specified limits of the stored reference value, permitting the television appliance to carry out a normal operational function; and if the fingerprint value is outside of specified limits of the stored reference value, inhibiting the television appliance from carrying out a normal operational function. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.11-26-2009
20090293083VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH CONDITIONAL ACCESS MODULE AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A video processing system includes a video device that generates a request corresponding to video content. A conditional access module generates a video signal for transmission to the video device during a first time period, and terminates transmission of the video signal when the request is not authenticated during the first time period. In a further embodiment, the conditional access module generates a video signal for unscrambled transmission to the video device during a first time period, terminates the unscrambled transmission of the video signal at the expiration of the first time period, and continues with scrambled transmission of the video signal after the first time period.11-26-2009
20090293082VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM WITH KEY TABLE AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH - A video processing system includes a video decoder that decodes a first video signal based on at least one first conditional access code. A video control module maintains a key table that includes the at the at least one first conditional access code and at least one second conditional access code for use in conjunction with a second video signal.11-26-2009
20090293081METHODS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PERFORMING SEARCHES AT A PLURALITY OF CONTENT STORING LOCATIONS - Locating content by performing a search at a plurality of content storing locations is provided. A search query is received requesting content. A search is performed for the requested content at a plurality of content storing locations including at least a user content storage device and a network accessible content storage device. If the search locates the requested content, and if the requested content is not stored on the user content storage device, then digital rights management protection is applied to the requested content and the requested content is streamed from the network accessible content storage device to the user content storage device. Digital rights management protection denies access to the requested content until a payment authorization is received.11-26-2009
20110179440SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING EVENT SPECTATORS WITH AUDIO/VIDEO SIGNALS PERTAINING TO REMOTE EVENTS - A system and method for providing content for access by a portable device at an event are provided. The system includes an interface to receive signals from a plurality of sources. The plurality of sources are located at an event and remote from the event. The signals define event content and non-event content. The system further includes a processor for processing the received signals to generate combined signals based upon the received signals from the plurality of sources. The system also includes a transmitter for transmitting to a plurality of portable devices at the event the combined signals. The combined signals are configured to allow a user to select content using the portable device receiving the combined signals.07-21-2011
20080216108Application Blocking System - A set-top box system for blocking signaled applications from being run on a set-top box, the system comprising an audio/video service receiving module to receive at least one audio/video service, an application receiving module to receive an application, an application signaling module to manage a first table including signaling information indicating that the application is a signaled application authorized for being run on the set-top box, and an application blocking module to receive a second table including blocking information to block running of the signaled application on the set-top box, the second table being received from a broadcasting Headend, and block running of the signaled application on the set-top box in response to receiving the second table. Related apparatus and methods are also described.09-04-2008
20120079522Method And Apparatus For Transmitting Video Signals - Disclosed is a method and apparatus for transmitting, multicasting, or broadcasting video signals from a video source to one or more remotely located computers and/or video clients. Specifically, the disclosed method and apparatus effectively digitizes and compresses received video signals such that they may be transmitted with other digitized signals directly or via a network, such as the Internet, to a multitude of computers and/or independent video display devices. The video transmission system is also capable of receiving video signals from a non-networked computer that does not require any hardware or software modifications to be compatible with the video transmission system. The disclosed video transmission system operates independently (i.e., does not require a service provider) and is capable of recording video transmissions.03-29-2012
20120210342POLICY DECISION POINT OVERRIDE FOR CONTENT RATING - A policy decision point override for content rating. Parental controls may be modified at a decision point. A content rating decision point includes memory configured for maintaining content metadata, wherein the memory includes a first field for storing a content provider assigned rating and a second field for storing a locally generated content rating for each of a plurality of content. A processor is coupled to the memory to receive input from a subscriber defining a locally generated content rating for rating presentation and rating-based control of content.08-16-2012
20120210346METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDIRECTING AN IPTV DEVICE - A system and method for receiving user authentication information from a secondary device and sending a list of IPTV devices associated with the user authentication information to the secondary device. IPTV device selection is received from the secondary device and device identification information corresponding to a selected IPTV device is sent to the secondary device. A content selection from an asset list is received at a server and post execution instructions for the selected IPTV device are generated. Next asset information is sent to the selected IPTV device. The asset information includes content associated with the content selection and the post execution instructions. The post execution instructions determine further IPTV device functionality.08-16-2012
20120210344METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANIPULATING VIDEO CONTENT - An apparatus and method for manipulating video content that includes accessing, from a server, a list of one or more Internet Protocol television (IPTV) devices and selecting an IPTV device from the list. The server provides a content list of content that may be played on the selected IPTV device. The secondary device provides a control function and reachability (availability to communicate) of the selected IPTV device is determined by the server. The execution of the control function provided by the secondary device is independent of whether the selected IPTV device is reachable or not.08-16-2012
20120210343METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTENT PLAYBACK USING MULTIPLE IPTV DEVICES - An apparatus and method for resuming playback of media content from more than one Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) device. The playback of a media asset or media content typically contains an asset ID and a start time. Based on the architecture of a second display device (e.g., a second IPTV device) the IPTV system determines the identity of an account and its associated IPTV devices. When a user pauses an asset, the system sends the asset identification (ID) and the stop time to a server operatively coupled to the system. The next time (within a predefined duration) the user requests the same asset ID, the pause time and the asset ID are returned. Using the pause time and the asset ID, the user can resume playback of the asset.08-16-2012
20120047526System and Method for Mapping Audio and Video Streams from Audio/Video Source to Multiple Audio/Video Sinks - System and method for mapping audio and video streams from an audio/video (AV) source to respective ones of a plurality of AV sinks. In accordance with one or more embodiments, the audio and video playback and content protection capabilities of each one of the AV sinks are determined based on AV data received via a video channel interface from each one of the AV sinks. Also determined are the audio and video streams available from the AV source. Respective ones of the audio and video streams available from the AV source are mapped to each one of the AV sinks in accordance with their audio and video playback and content protection capabilities.02-23-2012
20110167440Enhanced Subscriber Authentication Using Location Tracking - Tracking and analysis of the location of user and device access to telecommunications services may be used to validate that a given user or device is part of an authorized subscriber household and is therefore properly accessing those services in accordance with the terms of service. A service provider may determine, based on previously collected data and user information collected while a user accesses a service, whether the user's pattern of access establishes a required pattern of access determined by the service provider, such as access on a minimum periodic basis from the home of an authorized subscriber.07-07-2011
20110167442System and Method to Provide a Unified Video Signal for Diverse Receiving Platforms - A system includes a signal-processing engine configured to generate a video data stream including a plurality of data packets based on a received video signal. A first subset of the plurality of data packets is usable to generate a video display of content having a first quality and all of the plurality of data packets are usable to generate a second video display of the content having a second quality. The second quality is higher than the first quality. The signal-processing engine is further configured to distinguish the first subset of the plurality of data packets from other data packets of the plurality of data packets by applying a tag to particular data packets to form tagged data packets. The system also includes a transmitter coupled to the signal-processing engine and configured to transmit the plurality of data packets of the video data stream.07-07-2011
20110167441AN INTERACTIVE IPTV SYSTEM AND A CONTENT PUSHING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides an interactive IPTV system and a content pushing method thereof. Wherein, the method includes the following steps: the IPTV Service Control Functions requests to transmit the media content in the IPTV Media Functions to the user equipment; the IPTV Media Functions transmits the media content to the user equipment; and the user equipment stores the media content into its own memory. With the technical solution of the invention, it implements the content pushing service in the Next Generation Network, and makes the user able to select the content stored in the user equipment directly to watch the TV program that the service provider recommends.07-07-2011
20120011535WIRELESS TRANSMISSION SYSTEM, RELAY DEVICE, WIRELESS SINK DEVICE, AND WIRELESS SOURCE DEVICE - A wireless transmission system is provided that can minimize the control command transmission amount by operating a plurality of sink devices in conjunction with each other with respect to each group when performing a wireless AV transmission. The wireless transmission system includes: a bridge device (01-12-2012
20120011534System and Method of Providing Media Content - A method includes receiving, from a set-top box device, data that indicates selected media content from a list of available media content. The method includes locating one or more content sources for the selected media content. The method includes selecting a particular content source from the one or more content sources. The method includes locating an access rules source for the selected media content. The method includes instructing the particular content source to send the selected media content to the set-top box device. The method also includes instructing the access rules source to send an access rule associated with the selected media content to the set-top box device.01-12-2012
20120117587SECOND DISPLAY SUPPORT OF CHARACTER SET UNSUPPORTED ON PLAYBACK DEVICE - Systems and methods are provided to allow users to browse services, content items, or the like using the language that is generally most familiar to them, and in particular ones that are not available on an IPTV. Thus, users can browse content offerings on the second display in a language and font set that are personalized to themselves, and they may further send the content item to the IPTV for playback. The disclosed systems and methods provide a way for a group of users to exploit individual “second displays” to view, browse, and navigate content or data service offerings, by service providers, e.g., internet network services, in a preferred language and using preferred fonts, especially one not supported by a content playback device, on behalf of a content playback device, e.g., IPTV, the same having authenticated credentials for playback of such content, and then arrange for a selected content item or items to be played back on the content playback device. The second displays serve as a visual aid to the IPTV, but generally do not require additional investment by the user because the same make use of a device, e.g., a smartphone, laptop computer, tablet computer, an internet appliance, a desktop computer, etc., which most users would already have in their possession. Such a second display is a significant complement to an IPTV because of the second display's strength in supported languages and character font sets, data entry, processing power, and user experience in content management.05-10-2012
20120117586EMPLOYMENT OF MULTIPLE SECOND DISPLAYS TO CONTROL IPTV CONTENT - Disclosed are systems and methods to enable a multiple users browsing content offerings on multiple devices to have their selections played by a content playback device using its own authentication credentials. The users can then continue to browse the content offerings on their multiple second displays without interrupting the content that is playing on the main content playback device. The method is an architecture design and implementation that allows users to navigate, browse, and search content offerings on a second display such as a smart phone, PC, laptop, tablet, internet appliance, or any other device with a capability to couple to a network. Concurrently, while a user is using the content playback device, another user can perform browsing activities on a second display and send a media selection to a primary content playback device of the user's choice for queueing and/or playback.05-10-2012
20120117585METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR APPLYING CONTENT RESTRICTIONS TO RENDERERS IN IDENTIFIED NETWORK VIEWING AREAS - A media broker includes a communication interface communicatively coupling the media broker to one or more media storage devices and one or more renderers and a controller associated with the communication interface adapted to transmit a request for location information to one or more renderers, receive location information from each of the one or more renderers and determine, based upon the received location information, one or more viewing areas each comprising at least one of the one or more renderers. And then applying the media restrictions assigned to the renderers in those viewing areas, while still allowing media storage devices detected in any viewing area to record media of any rating.05-10-2012
20120017233System and method to prevent manipulation of transmitted video data - The aim of the invention is to provide a solution to ensure that the content sent by the IRD is the content effectively displayed on the screen.01-19-2012
20120023518METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADAPTING A PRESENTATION OF MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, identifying a stereoscopic preference from a user profile associated with a user of a viewing apparatus, receiving a stereoscopic media program, generating an adapted media program by adapting one or more presentation aspects of the stereoscopic media program according to the stereoscopic preference, and presenting at a presentation device the adapted media program according to a time-division multiplexing or space-division multiplexing scheme for viewing by way of the viewing apparatus. Other embodiments are disclosed and contemplated.01-26-2012
20120060178Continuable communication management apparatus and continuable communication managing method - A continuable communication management apparatus includes a viewing manage that, upon receiving view information representing a reproduction state of video content from an arbitrary view terminal, registers the view information; a video list provider that, in response to a video list request transmitted from a view terminal, accesses a menu server to acquire the video list, determines if there is video content with a suspended state designated by the view terminal in the view information, and if there is the video content with the suspended state, adds the video content with the suspended state as a candidate of continuable viewing to the video list, and transmit the added video list to the view terminal; and a reporting device that finds an information item containing an indication of a view location of the video content with the suspended state from the view information and transmits the information item to the view terminal.03-08-2012
20120159530Micro-Filtering of Streaming Entertainment Content Based on Parental Control Setting - Enhanced parent control may be provided. In various embodiments, a consumer device may receive a plurality of elementary streams. The consumer device may comprise a decoder capable of extracting and decoding content advisory information directly from the elementary streams. The decoded content advisory information may be compared to user-determined parental control settings. The plurality of elementary streams may then be filtered individually such that a portion less than the entirety of a program contained in the elementary streams is not presented or replaced.06-21-2012
20120210347SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING INCONSISTENT USER ACTIONS AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK - Systems and methods are provided for detecting inconsistent user actions and providing feedback about assets. A user may perform a first action restricting access to a first asset. The system may detect whether a second action performed relative to a second asset that has a similar attribute as the first asset is inconsistent with the first asset. The inconsistency may be detected when the second action removes or is an inaction that does not place access restrictions on the second asset. The system may alert the user about the inconsistency and the user may act on the alert by providing feedback about the inconsistency and/or the first/second asset, ignoring the inconsistency and/or placing an access restriction or other action consistent with the first action relative to the second asset. The user may also provide detailed feedback about an inconsistency or asset through a website accessed on another device.08-16-2012
20120159531DISPLAYING ENCODED VIDEO CONTENT VIA A DISPLAY ADAPTER - A device receives, from a user device, a request to subscribe to a video content service, and receives privileges and a list of authorized users associated with the user device. The device also registers the user device based on the request to subscribe and based on the privileges associated with the user device, and receives a request to register applications associated with the user device. The device further registers, based on the request to register, the applications associated with the user device, and provides, to the user device, at least one registered display adapter that is capable of being used by the user device to display encoded video content.06-21-2012
20120072945TRANSMITTING SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DATA TO WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICES OVER A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK - A method and system for wirelessly providing venue-based data to one or more wireless hand held devices. Venue-based data can be acquired from one or more venues. The venue-based data can be authenticated and wirelessly transmitted to one or more hand held devices through one or more wireless telecommunications networks, in response to authenticating the venue-based data and/or the hand held device(s) and/or a user of the hand held device(s), in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via one or more hand held devices at locations remote from the venue(s).03-22-2012
20120072944METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SEAMLESS VIEWING - An approach is provided for presenting content seamlessly. Content is presented by one of a plurality of set-top boxes to a display for viewing by a user, wherein the plurality of set-top boxes are situated within a plurality of regions of a premise. The one set-top box is situated within one of the regions. The presentation of the content is paused in response to detection of movement of the user to another region of the premise. An inactive state is entered by the set-top box upon determining that another one of the set-top boxes is resuming the presentation of the content, wherein the other one of the set-top box corresponds to the other region.03-22-2012
20110107364METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY OVER A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK - Methods and apparatus for delivery of packetized content (e.g., video, audio, data, etc.) over a content delivery network. In one embodiment, the content is packetized using an Internet Protocol (IP), and delivered by a service provider over both managed and unmanaged networks to subscribers of the provider, so as to provide delivery at any time, at any location, and via any designated user device. The delivered content may originate from the service provider, third-party content sources (e.g., networks or studios), the subscriber(s) themselves, or other sources including the Internet. Use of a common control and service functions within the network afford the ability to integrate or blend services together, thereby affording the service provider and subscriber new service and economic opportunities. Content delivery sessions may also be migrated from one device to another. A network-based user interface infrastructure, and gateway-based client-side architecture, are also disclosed.05-05-2011
20110099573PROGRAM GUIDE APPLICATION INTERFACE SYSTEM - A program guide system is provided that supports a program guide application and multiple non-guide applications. The program guide system has a program guide application interface that allows the non-guide applications to use both device resources and program guide resources. The application interface maintains a list of registered applications and directs control requests from various applications to the current primary application. The application interface also has a user interface input director that directs keystrokes and other user input commands to the appropriate application. If a keystroke for the program guide application is detected while a non-guide application is running, the program guide application is invoked.04-28-2011
20110099572PARENTAL MEDIA PALETTES - Systems and methods for viewing media content are provided. Sets of permitted media content and/or channels that have been screened in advance by parents are created. Content suggestions may also be made. In response to media set creation and activation, permitted programming in the media set may be tuned and presented to a viewer, while access to other media content is restricted.04-28-2011
20120124611TRACKING DETAILS OF ACTIVATION OF LICENSABLE COMPONENT OF CONSUMER ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Instead of buying blanket licenses for all licensable components of its CE devices, a manufacturer enables users to activate licensable components on a device basis and then obtains the necessary licenses individually. Seldom used activation modes and seldom activated licensable components can be pruned from future devices, while widely activated licensable components can be automatically enabled by purchasing a blanket license for those components. Characteristics of license requests and the people making them can be used to focus marketing.05-17-2012
20120124610ACTIVATING LICENSABLE COMPONENT OF CONSUMER ELECTRONIC DEVICE POST-SALE USING UNIFIED SOFTWARE PACKAGE - A unified software download package is deployed to multiple CE device models, and a user of the device can configure the unified software package to the desired configuration. A remote feature activation system allows the device to take advantage of any of the additional features contained in the unified software package that can be supported in the device, even if it was not originally supported in the original configuration data of the CE device itself. When the CE device is ready for activation the user can be given the option to accept new features, and then the CE device can notify a server accordingly so that if additional licenses and their associated royalties are required, license codes can be provided to the CE device and royalty payments adjusted.05-17-2012
20120317596METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION SERVICES OVER A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - In a communications network, a network access point address is determined that is currently associated with at least one of a plurality of subscriber mobile devices associated with a subscription to an information service. Content associated with the information service is formatted to provide subscriber content that is configured to be used by the plurality of subscriber mobile devices. The subscriber content is broadcast from a transmitter at the determined network access point address to the at least one subscriber mobile device over a wireless network.12-13-2012
20120131604SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING TERMINAL PROVISIONING - The present invention relates to a procedure and a method for provisioning technology which ensure an IPTV terminal's easy switch to IPTV enterprisers, and suggests terminal configuration procedures independent of IPTV enterprisers. The present invention includes terminal initial setting in which the terminal is booted and is physically connected to a network and software stacks for terminal provisioning are initialized, network connection performed after an IP address is assigned by transmitting a discovery message to a DHCP server, enterpriser search and selection, enterpriser access, installation of extended packages for each enterpriser, IPTV service initiation, service unsubscribing and the like, as the provisioning procedures of the IPTV terminal.05-24-2012
20120131603Network based digital information and entertainment storage and delivery system - Live television broadcast and other information and entertainment programs, e.g., videos-on-demand (VOD), are provided to a user through a communications network, e.g., a cable network. A processing unit is employed at an headend of the communications network to respond to user requests for PVR-like functions, e.g., pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding, to be performed on the program content being viewed. The processing unit in accordance with the invention causes a delivery of an appropriate version of the program content to meet such user requests.05-24-2012
20120137320SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STREAMING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT VIA A CELLULAR NETWORK TO MOBILE MULTIMEDIA DEVICES - A system and method for streaming multimedia content via a cellular network to mobile multimedia devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, an encoded multimedia stream is received by the cellular network via Internet. The encoded multimedia stream includes content metadata, live content and/or on-demand content. Further, the encoded content metadata, live content and/or on-demand content are routed by a multimedia streaming system in the cellular network. Furthermore, the routed content metadata is sent to one or more of the mobile multimedia devices by the multimedia streaming system via the cellular network. In addition, the routed live content and/or on-demand content are adaptively streamed to the one or more of the mobile multimedia devices by the multimedia streaming system via the cellular network. Also, the adaptively streamed live content and/or on-demand content are adaptively decoded by each of the one or more mobile multimedia devices.05-31-2012
20110185378Systems For Rich Media Channel Distribution - A media distribution system is presented. A channel producer can access a channel distribution portal to construct one or more channels of rich media content. Channels are defined by one or more media arrangement requirements including a schedule for presenting content, placement of content, orientation of content, layers of content, or other requirements. The arrangement can be compiled into media player commands, which can be sent to subscribing media players. The media players present the channel content according to the compiled arrangement in a manner where each media player presents the channel content substantially at the same time. The system can be used to simulate a shared television viewing experience among cell phone users.07-28-2011
20100299696TELEVISION RECEIVER, SERVER, OPERATION SYSTEM FOR TELEVISION RECEIVER, AND OPERATION PROGRAM OF TELEVISION RECEIVER - To provide a television receiver, server, operation system for the television receiver, and operation program of the television receiver for enabling an operator to control the television receiver as intended without causing a conflict between user operation and operator operation without using a gateway, a television receiver 11-25-2010
20100299694Receiver And A Processing Method For Data Broadcasting Signal - A receiver and a method of processing a data broadcasting signal are disclosed. According to the present invention, a storage area is created, with a transfer subject authentication of a permissible application as identification information of a storage area owner. If a received application tries to have access to the storage area, a transfer subject authentication of the application is compared with the identification information of the storage area owner. If they are identical to each other, the received application is permitted to have access to the storage area.11-25-2010
20110191796Media Player-Based Authentication - Computer-implemented method, computer program products and systems for authenticating a user to view content from at least one domain as authorized for viewing by a Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD). Receiving an MVPD identification. Loading and launching a client executable MVPD authentication application specific to the identified MVPD. Authenticating the user for viewing content from a first domain with the identified MVPD using the MVPD authentication application. In some embodiments receiving a first content identifier associated with the first domain of the MVPD, and authenticating the user's access to the identified content from the first domain. In some embodiments receiving a content identifier associated with a second domain associated with the identified MVPD, and playing the content associated with the second domain based on the authentication, and the association of the second domain with the MVPD, without further authentication.08-04-2011
20100011390Method and Configuration for Storing and Playing Back TV Transmissions - An improved method and configuration for operating a network containing a personal video recorder server having measures for receiving several digitally encoded TV channels, for feeding several terminals and for recording storable TV programs. The terminals have measures for selecting storable TV programs and measures for transmitting the choice to the PVR server. The configuration contains a first database in which the index of TV programs stored by the PVR in response to the selection produced by the terminal is recorded. The first database controls authorization or refusal to play back the stored programs on the terminal. A second database stores, for the first terminal, the other terminals authorized to play back the TV programs selected by the user of the first terminal or all TV programs associated therewith by the first data base index. Terminals that are not contained in the second database are not authorized.01-14-2010
20120185891Image 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.07-19-2012
20120185890SYNCHRONIZED VIDEO PRESENTATION - A video control device is disclosed. The video control device includes a communication interface for receiving user inputs and for communicating data to users, a memory for storing information communicated with the users and a plurality of video programs and a processor for processing the inputs received by the communication interface and for streaming video to the users via the communication interface. The communication interface receives a code from a user and from at least one of a plurality of invitees that received the code from the user. The processor streams a video program corresponding to the code simultaneously to the user and to invitees submitting the code and disables navigation functions of user controls for the invitees submitting the code.07-19-2012
20120084803MEDIA CONVERGENCE PLATFORM - Device capabilities, media rights, and content are managed using a convergence platform to allow seamless consumption of content across disparate devices. Media content can be paused on one device having a particular set of capabilities and rights and resumed on a different device having another set of capabilities and rights. A user can play media on a mobile device, continue playing the media on a desktop computer, and subsequently move to a large screen television and capabilities and rights are automatically identified to seamlessly provide the most appropriate authorized content. Personalized media content information can be provided based on maintained information for user playback stoppage events and the user can resume playback of any number of media streams.04-05-2012
20120233635MECHANISM USABLE FOR VALIDATING A COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR ALLOWING USAGE OF TELEVISION RADIO BANDS/CHANNELS - There is proposed a mechanism for validating a communication device such as a UE for allowing usage of television radio bands/channels (TVWS). An identification verification process of the communication device is performed by including a unique identification element into an integrity protected and ciphered message related to a radio resource connection reconfiguration procedure, the unique identification element identifying a certified communication device allowed to use radio resources of a television radio band. The message is transmitted to the communication network for performing an identification verification processing with a TVWS database. Furthermore, a mechanism for a handover scenario is provided where validating of the communication device for allowing usage of television radio bands/channels (TVWS) is performed.09-13-2012
20130019260Combining Television Broadcast and Personalized/Interactive Information - The invention provides an improved method and system for interactive broadcast and web information browsing. In embodiments of the invention, web information is presented in conjunction with a broadcast television image, either at an edge of the image screen or overlaid with the image screen in an opaque, transparent or translucent image. The presented web information is fully interactive and can be interacted with by the user using all known features of interactive web presentation.01-17-2013
20110004894DISPLAY SERVER METHOD AND APPARATUS WITH MONITORING CAPABILITY - The display server apparatus and associated methods provide audio and video data to a plurality of displays. The apparatus and methods enable monitoring of the content being viewed on a secondary display on a primary display. A secondary display may be used to view the content being displayed on a primary display when provided with appropriate authorization information. The apparatus is further capable of scaling and sizing provided audio and video streams in accordance with the characteristics and capabilities of each remote device.01-06-2011
20110004893DEVICES AND TECHNIQUES FOR DETERMINING AND FACILITATING AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTION OF MEDIA CONTENT - A module for use in connection with a media content set-top box is described. The module may include a communications node configured to interface with the media content set-top box that receives media content, a receiver and/or transceiver and control logic. The control logic is configured so as to receive one or more first signals, via the receiver and/or transceiver, carrying corresponding one or more CMRS tower, wireless access point, and/or transmitter identifiers, to determine one or more signal strengths of the one or more first signals, and to obtain a location of the device. The location of the device can then be used to provide location specific media content or information alerts and/or to facilitate the determination of whether a use of the device, a use of an associated media content set-top box, etc., at the location is authorized.01-06-2011
20110131599MEDIA PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A media processing apparatus is provided. The media processing apparatus includes an interface unit which is connected to each of a plurality of terminal devices through a communication interface including a video channel, an audio channel, and a data channel, a processor which receives a control signal from a first terminal device having control rights, a control unit which notifies the first terminal device if there is an access attempt from at least one of a second terminal device and transfers the control rights to the second terminal device if a message to permit the transfer of the control rights is received from the first terminal device. Accordingly, control rights may be transferred and shared in a reasonable manner.06-02-2011
20110131598SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE FOR USER-CREATED CONTENT - A system and method are provided for producing a personalized Electronic Program Guide (EPG), that includes a content server for receiving from a content producer a request for upload of content, transmitting to the content producer a request for information related to the content, receiving from the content producer the content and the information related to the content, and generating a personalized EPG from the content and the information related to the content.06-02-2011
20120240148IPTV System and Implementation Method for Relieving Binding Between an EPG and a Multimedia Node - A method for relieving binding between an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and a multimedia node in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system including: firstly sending an identity authentication request by a user, and then a user homepage authentication request after obtaining an identity authentication of a service processing module; and obtaining information of a multimedia node for serving the user via a node allocation module after receiving the user homepage authentication request, wherein the information of the multimedia node is used for assembling a channel Uniform Resource Locator for use by the user. The system relieves the binding relationship between an EPG and a multimedia node, enables the multimedia node to be dynamically allocated to the EPG when a user logs in, and enables the multimedia node to be used normally when a fault occurs in the EPG, thus improving the utilization rate of the system resource.09-20-2012
20120240147Tracking and Providing Availability Status of Personal Bi-Directional Services - The present invention provides methods and systems for accessing services in a television system. In one embodiment, a DHCT presents a subscriber an EPG presentation containing a plurality of selectable bi-directional services that are purchasable for a period of time and rendered to a buying subscriber on an individualized basis as offered by the cable television system. The subscriber navigates an EPG menu presentation with an input device such as a remote control device and selects a purchasable service by choosing the visual representation that corresponds to the desired service. The DHCT receives the user input, translates the selected command into an executable program call that queries service availability and, if the service is available, initiates the selected bi-directional audiovisual service on a personalized session.09-20-2012
20120240146SERVER MANAGING THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN A SOURCE MOBILE DEVICE AND A PLURALITY OF RECIPIENT TELEVISION DEVICES - A mobile device or a sender's PC, notebook, PDA or laptop creates questionnaires and sends it to other recipient devices. The questionnaire is created by user of mobile device using audio inputs for a questionnaire preamble and for preambles for a question. A server in the network incorporates other generic portions of the questionnaire. It collates results received and send it to user who made/sent the questionnaire. Thus, a user can make adhoc questionnaires, send them to recipients and receive the results. This makes it easy for a user to create, disseminate, conduct questionnaires or surveys on mobile handsets and to collect results for processing and storage.09-20-2012
20120324503SETTOP BOX AND DIAGNOSIS METHOD THEREOF - A settop box is provided. The settop box includes a security shell interface unit which provides secured access by authenticating a terminal when the terminal accesses the settop box through a security shell terminal; a storage unit which stores diagnostic information of the settop box; and a diagnostic information processing unit which provides the diagnostic information stored in the storage unit to the terminal side when a diagnostic information request is received from the terminal.12-20-2012
20120272260IPTV Follow Me Content System and Method - Tools are provided for distributing access-restricted content in an internet protocol television (“IPTV”) environment based on portable entitlement keys. Such tools can include a decoder, an encoder, and a network entitlement handler. The decoder may be configured to receive a key associated with entitlement information, and transmit the entitlement information over a network. The encoder may be configured to receive content from content providers, and to encode the content to create IP-compatible content, with access restrictions based on entitlement. The network entitlement handler may be configured to receive a request for requested content from the decoder; receive the access-restricted content including (including the requested content) from the encoder; and transmit the requested content over the network to the decoder using IP, when the decoder is entitled to receive the requested content.10-25-2012
20120278832COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, COMMUNICATION METHOD, PROGRAM, AND COMMUNICATION CABLE - The present invention relates to a communication system, a transmitter, a receiver, a communication method, a program, and a communication cable for providing high-speed bidirectional communication while maintaining compatibility. When an HDMI (R) source performs bidirectional IP communication with an HDMI (R) sink using a CEC line and a signal line, a switching control unit controls a switch so that, when data is transmitted, the switch selects a constituent signal forming a differential signal output from a converting unit and, when data is transmitted, the switch selects a constituent signal forming a differential signal output from a receiver. When bidirectional communication is performed using only the CEC line, the switching control unit controls the switch so that the CEC signal output from the HDMI (R) source or the receiver is selected. The present invention is applicable to, for example, HDMI (R).11-01-2012
20120331499System and Method for Video Recording, Management and Access - A server-based hosted application used to transmit and manage multiple media across the Internet. Digital video recorders (DVRs) collect media (such as video with or without audio) and record it to a local disk. DVRs are located in sites or stores where they are attached to cameras, microphones and point-of-sale (POS), or other data collection devices. The DVR accesses the Internet through a typical “residential” broadband connection. A hybrid peer-to-peer network allows peers (a DVR and an Internet browser) to directly transmit and receive video and audio (and other information, such as POS data). A hosted infrastructure tracks the presence of DVRs. A server-based application exposes a presence database to users. Users find DVRs via an Internet interface. Viewers can then connect to the DVR and its corresponding media collection devices (such as cameras, microphones and POS devices) and control collection and use of media information directly.12-27-2012
20110321079SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTHORIZING ACCESS TO NETWORK SERVICES USING INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM SUBSCRIBER EQUIPMENT - Systems and methods are described for authorizing access to network service based upon information obtained from a set-top box (STB) or other subscriber equipment associated with the user requesting access to the network service. The network service suitably contacts a subscriber device associated with the user via the network in response to a request for access that is received from the user. Information obtained from the subscriber device is processed to thereby determine if the user is authorized to use the service. If the user is authorized, then the service is provided via the network. Access to an online video stream, for example, can be conditioned upon the requesting user having an appropriate account with a cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) or other service that can be verified through contact with the user's STB or other subscriber equipment.12-29-2011
20120291059Interactive Media Content Presentation Systems and Methods - Exemplary interactive media content presentation systems and methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes an interactive media content presentation system presenting a media content instance on a display screen associated with a media content access device, detecting, during the presentation of the media content instance, an interaction by a user with the media content instance being presented on the display screen and representing a request to access enhanced content related to the media content instance by way of the display screen, and dynamically transitioning, in response to the request, from presenting the media content instance on the display screen to presenting an interactive portal on the display screen, the interactive portal comprising a continued presentation of the media content instance and the enhanced content. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed.11-15-2012
20120291060Methods and Systems for Managing Media Content Sessions - Exemplary methods and systems for managing media content sessions are disclosed herein. As described in more detail below, a media content access device may detect a media content session associated with the media content access device, communicate with one or more other media content access devices by way of a local area network to detect one or more other media content sessions associated with the one or more other media content access devices, and present a graphical user interface configured to facilitate user management of the media content session and the one or more other media content sessions. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.11-15-2012
20100199298DATA READING METHOD, AND A VIDEO TRANSMITTER AND A VIDEO RECEIVER USING THE SAME - The present invention provides a data reading method, and a video transmitter and a video receiver using the same in which there is no video interruption time or a video interruption time is short during rewriting of EDID.08-05-2010
20100192173INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM RELATING TO CONTENT DISTRIBUTION, STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM DIRECTED THERETO, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - A CPU shows animation in which an introduction character appears. In succession, the CPU has a profile of the introduction character displayed. Thereafter, the CPU has a substance of a content displayed, based on a title or the like included in motion picture information downloaded from a distribution server. Namely, the CPU causes a monitor to display the introduction character (a character object) based on obtained character information and outputs information for introducing a specific content in association with the introduction character (the character object) based on obtained content information.07-29-2010
20100131972METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONIZING DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA BROADCASTING BETWEEN TERMINALS - A method and apparatus for synchronizing Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) are provided. An operation method of a first Mobile Station (MS) for synchronizing DMB includes sending a broadcast channel synchronization request message to a second MS, receiving a broadcast channel synchronization request grant message from the second MS, after broadcast channel synchronization, receiving information on a broadcast channel viewed by the second MS, tuning to the broadcast channel viewed by the second MS based on the broadcast channel information received from the second MS, and displaying the broadcast channel viewed by the second MS.05-27-2010
20130024885WATERMARKED MEDIA CONTENT IN IPTV OR iTV NETWORKS - A method that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may embedding a watermark in media content for presentation at a rendering device using an editor to associate the watermark with one or more metadata pointers that point to additional media content according to an embedded link of the watermark to generate a group of one or more metadata pointers where the watermark includes an embedded link to additional media content used to modify the media content based on a content exchange between the rendering device and a computer. The method may further include storing the group of one or more metadata pointers, where a selection of the watermark invokes access to the altered media content containing the additional media content associated with the watermark, thereby producing the altered media content at the one or more user devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-24-2013
20130024884SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR APPLYING TV SETTINGS TO PLURAL TVS THROUGH A NETWORK - A system includes plural TVs, with a master TV accepting user input to establish TV settings. The system also includes a server accessing the TV settings from the master TV to send the settings to at least some of the other plural TVs over a network to establish respective TV settings on the other TVs.01-24-2013
20130024883SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESS OVER A CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK - A system and method for allowing a computing device to associate wirelessly with one or more access points that are connected to a cable TV network when such device is in a range of such access point, even though such wireless device would not generally be authorized to receive content or data from the access point. Signals to and from the wireless device are carried over the cable TV network and transmitted to other devices associated with other access points attached to the cable TV network.01-24-2013
20110247031Methods and Systems for Application Rendering and Management on Internet Television Enabled Displays - Computer implemented methods for managing communication between a display device and a remote server or services is provided. A remote server provides access to widget applications that are to be used on the display device. The method includes receiving a request from the display device, and the request includes data that identifies attributes of the display device. Then, examining the data to authorize access a specific application widget gallery. The specific widget gallery includes widget applications that have passing filter parameters for the request. Then, returning to the display device data for populating attributes or widget application data for rendering on the display device. Furthermore, the methods and systems for providing access to, installing, administering and rendering web-based applications (e.g., widgets) on a display device, which connects to a server, are provided. The server is defined by a system infrastructure of software, hardware and storage that can be distributed, load balanced and securely accessed over the internet from any connected location on the globe. A display device, as used herein, is generally a system, with integrated hardware and software that will enable access to the internet, browsing and connections to remote processing servers and storage. The display device, in one example, is a television set, with integrated hardware, memory and software, which can connect to the Internet.10-06-2011
20080222673Systems, Methods, and Products for Presenting Content - Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for presenting content. Programming content is received having a program and program control data. The program control data may has a default setting followed by a data record comprising a rating value and a content attribute value. Program presentation preferences of a viewer are received that block or modify the program. When, however, the rating value and the content attribute value are missing from the data record, and when the default setting equals or exceeds the program presentation preferences, then modification of the program is not allowed. An instruction to modify the program is, instead, interpreted as another instruction to block the program from presentation.09-11-2008
20130145391INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM, AND INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM - An information processing apparatus that can communicate with plural content viewing apparatuses includes a group registering unit that registers users of the content viewing apparatuses in groups, a sharing-level setting unit that sets sharing level information representing an information sharing level among users belonging to an identical group, a viewing-information receiving unit that receives viewing information of the users, a user-viewing-content managing unit that manages a user viewing content database, a discriminating unit that discriminates, when a viewing information request of another user is received, the other users belonging to a group identical with a group to which the user of the content viewing apparatus at the request source belongs, an information extracting unit that extracts viewing information of the discriminated other users from the user viewing content database, and a viewing-information transmitting unit that transmits the viewing information to the content viewing apparatus at the request source.06-06-2013
20130174193DISPLAY SYSTEM, TELEVISION APPARATUS AND OPERATING METHOD FOR APPLICATION IMPLEMENTING THEREOF - An operating method of application for the television apparatus is provided. Wherein, the operating method includes: receiving a channel selecting instruction; reading a channel list, the channel list includes a plurality of applications (APPs) and a plurality of physical channels corresponding to a plurality of channel numbers, wherein each of the APPs is assigned to one of the channel numbers respectively; mapping the channel selection instruction to one of the plurality of channel numbers in the channel list; and launching and executing a selected APP if the channel selection instruction is corresponding to the channel number of the selected APP.07-04-2013
20130174192METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING UNAUTHORIZED USE OF A SET TOP BOX USING WEATHER PROFILES - A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a set top box that receives a profile of weather conditions in a geographic area, generating a weather log, comparing the weather log and the profile and disabling the set top box from receiving signals in response to comparing. A head end and a plurality of other set top boxes may be used to gather the weather data to form the profile.07-04-2013
20130091516SOFTWARE CONDITIONAL ACCESS SYSTEM FOR A MEDIA DELIVERY NETWORK - A method for purchasing a media service from a media delivery service provider includes sending a request to the media delivery service provider requesting the media service and authenticating a media distribution device by comparing a permanent virtual circuit established between the media distribution device and the media delivery service provider with a predetermined permanent virtual circuit defined and programmed by the media delivery service provider. Upon determining the media distribution device is successfully authenticated, the method includes downloading a software key from the media delivery service provider to the media distribution device and automatically deleting the software key after a predetermined amount of time. Upon determining the media distribution device is not successfully authenticated, the method includes downloading displayable data to the media distribution device from the media delivery service provider.04-11-2013
20130097627METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING MULTIMEDIA SERVICE - A method for receiving a multimedia service is provided. The method includes receiving service specific information for at least one multimedia service provided from different networks, selecting one service based on the service specific information, and receiving the selected service. The service specific information includes one of a first service map table including information about at least one service which is transmitted over a plurality of logical channels, and a second service map table including information about at least one service which is transmitted over a single logical channel. Each of the first and second service map tables includes asset-related information.04-18-2013
20130097625SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF MEDIA OBJECTS - System and method for identification of ownership to media objects through analysis of semantic information in the media objects are disclosed Semantic information is a term that can be used to describe aspects of the content of a media object that are apparent to a human viewing or listening to the content One embodiment of the invention includes extracting semantic information from a specified media object, matching said semantic information of the specified media object against known semantic information of known media objects, and taking action based on the result of the companson.04-18-2013
20130125163METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING DATA DISTRIBUTION VIA CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS UTILIZING AN INTEGRATED FEMTOCELL AND SET-TOP-BOX DEVICE - Aspects of a method and system for controlling data distribution via cellular communications with an integrated femtocell and set-top-box (IFSTB) device are provided. In this regard, a cellular enabled communication device may detect when it is within cellular communication range of a femtocell. Upon detection of the femtocell, the cellular enabled communication device may communicate instructions to a content source instructing the content source to deliver multimedia content to the femtocell. In instances that multimedia content is already being delivered to the cellular enabled communication device prior to the detection, the instructions from the cellular enabled communication device may instruct the content source to redirect the multimedia content to the femtocell. In this regard, the multimedia content may be delivered from the content source to the cellular enabled communication device via the femtocell. The femtocell may deliver at least a portion of the multimedia content to other communication devices.05-16-2013
20130125162Deferring Committing Downloads Until Device has Satisfied Installation Requirements - Operating software commitment may be provided. First, a subscriber device may be configured using a factory software and a service provider software may be downloaded. Next, it may be verified that the subscriber device is properly configured. In response to verifying that the subscriber device is properly configured, the service provider software may then be committed to the subscriber device.05-16-2013
20110061070PARTICIPANT TERMINAL DEVICE, WIRED AND WIRELESS COUPLED SERVER FOR SUPPORTING BROADCASTING PARTICIPATION, AND METHOD OF PROVIDING PARTICIPATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE - Provided are a participant terminal device, a wired and wireless coupled server for supporting broadcasting participation, and a method of providing a participational broadcasting service. The wired and wireless coupled server may include: an information obtainment unit to obtain channel information associated with a broadcast provided to at least one participant terminal device among a plurality of terminal devices in response to a participation request from the at least one participant terminal device; and an information processor to enable the at least one participant terminal device to access a participation control server associated with the broadcasting participation using participation address information corresponding to the obtained channel information by identifying the participation address information and transmitting the identified participation address information to the at least one participant terminal device.03-10-2011
20100287582AUTO DISCOVERY AND AUTO PROVISIONING OF SET TOP BOXES - A system and method for the automatic discovery and provisioning of a video set top box within an IPTV network is provided. When first connected to a residential gateway, the set top box requests the address information of the residential gateway. The set top box then sends a request to a video operations and support server (VOSS) with the identifying information for the set top box and the residential gateway. Once the VOSS determines that the residential gateway is authorized for video service, the VOSS associates the residential gateway with the set top box. The VOSS then communicates the authorization to a middleware server, which downloads client software and encryption keys to the set top box, enabling the set top box to request and receive video content. The set top box may be reconnected to any port on the residential gateway and receive video service without being re-provisioned.11-11-2010
20100287583METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING GEOGRAPHICALLY RESTRICTED VIDEO DATA IN AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) SYSTEM - A method for distributing geographical restriction data in an internet protocol television (IPTV) system is disclosed. The method includes accepting at an IPTV server, a request from an IPTV client for the geographical restriction data related to geographically restricted video data, determining at the server, a plurality of geographic restriction zones for the geographically restricted video data and sending from the server to the client a message containing the restriction data related to at least one of the restriction zones.11-11-2010
20130152119METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERWORKING DEVICES - An interworking service method includes receiving, from an interworking service providing server, a registration request for registering an interworking requesting device and an interworking service that is to be provided by the interworking service providing server, registering information about the interworking requesting device and information about the interworking service in response to the registration request, receiving, from the interworking service providing server, an interworking request including the information about the interworking requesting device and the information about the interworking service and interworking the interworking target device with the interworking requesting device if the information about the interworking requesting device and the information about the interworking service included in the interworking request match with the registered information about the interworking requesting device and the registered information about the interworking service.06-13-2013
20130152120Method and System of Managing and Allocating Communication Related Resources - A system and method for managing communication. The system and method applying to but not limited to settop boxes (STBs) and other devices used to interface services. The management including any number of features and processes associated with achieving Quality of Service (QoS) across different domains and according to network limitations associated with the same.06-13-2013
20130097626Multi-User IPTV Client Device - In embodiments of a multi-user IPTV client device, an IPTV session is initialized with a content distributor that delivers video content to the client device. The client device enforces content viewing rights based on user privilege levels, and receives the video content for display of non-restricted video content based on a default user privilege level associated with the client device. An individual user having an individual user privilege level that is associated with the client device is then authorized, and the individual user privilege level replaces the default user privilege level, allowing playback of restricted video content. The client device continues to receive the video content uninterrupted when the default user privilege level is switched to the individual user privilege level at the client device.04-18-2013
20080307451Remote Controller and Audiovisual Content Access Control - Embodiments of the present invention relate to a remote controller for controlling audiovisual apparatus to playback protected audiovisual content. In the embodiment, the controller comprises means for receiving access information associated with the protected audiovisual content, generator means for generating playback data, using received access information, and transmitter means for transmitting a playback signal, embodying the playback data, for controlling the audiovisual apparatus to playback the protected audiovisual content. The remote controller can be used for accessing a data storage medium storing audiovisual content, the content comprising one or more audiovisual components, including at least one protected audiovisual component, and a menu component, which provides limited access during playback of the content to the protected audiovisual component, via at least one path defined by plural menu buttons, wherein the menu component has an associated time limit, and access to the protected audio-visual content via the path is permitted only within the time limit.12-11-2008
20100299695SYSTEM AND METHOD TO REMOTELY MANAGE AND AUDIT SET TOP BOX RESOURCES - A system and method for determining the resources available or used in a remote device is disclosed. The system can be used to determine whether the remote device is using expected resources as originally configured or to determine whether resources are available to support new or extended services. The method can be used to configure or reconfigure the remote device for its intended use or as reconfigure a remote device for new, different or extended purposes.11-25-2010
20130205329METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CENTRALIZED CONTENT AND DATA DELIVERY - Methods and apparatus for centralized content, media and data delivery and access within a premises such as, e.g., a residence. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a remotely manageable premises device that acts as a centralized client networking platform, providing gateway services such as network management as well as traditional content and high-speed data delivery functions. The device also acts as the shared interne connection for all devices in the premises via a cable modem, sharing personal and DVR content such as video, music and photos (and any associated metadata) throughout the premises, and providing both a wired and wireless network in the home. Telephony services utilizing e.g., embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA) and/or Wi-Fi architectures may also be provided via the device. The device can also provide a trusted domain for content or data, as well as allowing a subscriber total mobility in the home.08-08-2013
20130205328METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AN INTERNET PROTOCOL LNB SUPPORTING POSITIONING - An Internet protocol low noise block downconverter (IP LNB) assembly, which is within a satellite reception assembly, may be operable to determine location information and/or time information of the IP LNB assembly. The IP LNB assembly may provide services based on the determined location information and/or the determined time information of the IP LNB assembly. The location information and/or the time information of the IP LNB assembly may be determined via a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module in the IP LNB assembly. The IP LNB assembly may communicate the determined location information and/or the determined time information to a wireless communication device for determining location information of the wireless communication device. The IP LNB assembly may determine location information of a wireless source device based on a signal received from the wireless source device, the determined location information and the determined time information of the IP LNB assembly.08-08-2013
20100319016METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING BROADCASTING SIGNAL - A broadcast receiving method and apparatus are provided. The broadcast receiving method receives application data for a messaging service, through a data channel. The broadcast receiving method configures a message image with the received application data. The broadcasting receiving method compares personal identification information with identification information which is included in the application data, and when the personal identification information is the same as the identification information of the application data, it receives the application data for the messaging service.12-16-2010
20120284741METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VOICE CALL SERVICES VIA A SET-TOP BOX - An approach is provided for providing telephony services via a set-top box. A provider telephony services system executes an authentication procedure to authenticate a set-top box associated with a user account. Subsequently, the set-top box receives a data stream representing a voicemail associated with the user account, wherein the data stream is selectively transcoded in real-time for delivery to the set-top box.11-08-2012
20130185746SERVER, CLIENT APPARATUS, AND SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A server controlling method is disclosed. The server controlling method includes receiving uploading of a preferable channel list, and reconfiguring a preferable channel list based on location information received from a user and providing the reconfigured preferable channel list, in a case where there is a request by the user.07-18-2013
20130185745METHOD, SYSTEM AND TELEVISION FOR PICTURE REPRODUCTION - A method, system, and television for television picture reproduction via a network is provided. The television receives picture reproduction request information sent from a terminal device, real-time encodes video and audio data inputted from a multimedia server, respectively packs the encoded video and audio data into video data packets and audio data packets, and sends the video data packets and the audio data packets to the terminal device. The terminal device performs playback according to the video data packets and the audio data packets. Thus, the method accomplishes television picture reproduction through a network to fulfill short-distance picture reproduction requirements without occupying resources and network bandwidth of the multimedia server.07-18-2013
20130191858Broadcast Encoding, Recording and Distribution System and Method - A method and system for capturing, storing, and streaming over the air broadcasts based on user requests is disclosed. The system and method utilize an antenna system that receives all the different frequency channels simultaneously. The received signals are then amplified and a series of filters are used to filter the signal to differentiate the different frequencies. The signals are then decoded and duplicated for each user based on user requests.07-25-2013
20130198769CONSUMER ACCESS SYSTEMS AND FOR PROVIDING SAME - Apparatus and methods for providing enhanced consumer access to information sources and controllable entities. An Access device can be a stand alone device such as a DVD player in which the DVD disk contains the back-end information network. Other Access devices obtain the back-end information network from remote sources. By way of a specific example, the consumer can then view a game and interactively select every television camera located at the game venue.08-01-2013
20130198770SYSTEM, METHOD, AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR REAL-TIME LIVE STREAMING CONTENT - Implementations of the system and method use an existing management server infrastructure to deliver video-on-demand or streaming content, including real-time live streaming. Existing client content playback devices, such as IPTVs, may be employed to stream content items, obtain advertisements, track user's viewing behaviors, and the like. By reusing existing client devices, there is no need for additional hardware purchases on the user side. By reusing existing management server infrastructures, capital expenses are also reduced. In such a system, a user can watch both video-on-demand and streaming audiovisual content.08-01-2013
20130198771SOURCE APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD OF A SOURCE APPARATUS, SINK APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD OF A SINK APPARATUS - At least one embodiment provides a source apparatus including: a list display module configured to display a list of reproducible contents; a detecting module configured to obtain, upon receipt of an instruction to send contents list information to a sink apparatus, copyright protection compatibility information from the sink apparatus and detect a content that cannot be reproduced by the sink apparatus based on the obtained copyright protection compatibility information; and an icon information output module configured to output information of an icon that enables discrimination of the detected content that cannot be reproduced by the sink apparatus from an icon of a reproducible content.08-01-2013
20130212612METHODS FOR INCREASING A NUMBER OF MEDIA PLAYBACK DEVICES SERVED BY A COMMUNICATIONS BASE STATION - There is provided methods for increasing a number of media playback devices served by a communications base station. The communications base station may be for transmitting data using a broadcast video band frequency and both transmitting and receiving data using a mobile broadband frequency. The methods enable the communications base station to serve a greater number of media playback devices in the idle mode compared to a lesser number of media playback devices in the active mode. Both the broadcast video band frequency and the mobile broadband frequency may be a data network such as, for example, WiMAX, HSxPA, HSPA+, LTE and so forth.08-15-2013
20130212615GATEWAY REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A gateway is communicatively coupled between content source devices for a home entertainment network and playout devices included in the network, the gateway making use of available user, system, and other preferences of for example, respective control devices in the home entertainment network to enable controlled access of content in the network. For example, a personalized remote control device communicates with a gateway, either directly or indirectly, in a home entertainment network such that a user associated with the personalized remote control can interact personally with the gateway to modify viewing content in accordance with the specifications, preferences, and requirements for that particular user. As such, an entertainment device in communication with the personalized remote control device in the home network can be personalized for a user without the need to program and reprogram each and every entertainment device to a user's respective specifications, preferences, and requirements.08-15-2013
20130212614LOCATION BASED USER AWARE VIDEO ON DEMAND SESSIONS - A system and a method are described herein for enabling a user with a location-aware mobile device to have at least partial control of a closest set top box associated with a closest television. The closest set top box does not need to be associated with the user's home television but instead can be any set top box that is associated with a television located for instance at a stranger's house, an airport, a bar, or wherever.08-15-2013
20130212613Devices, Systems and Methods for Reducing Switching Time in a Video Distribution Network - When switching sources, resolutions or refresh rates in a video distribution network, switching times are reduced by maintaining video lock and security authentication between a video switcher and a video sink. The scaler maintains video lock and security authentication by continuing to generate video timing data during switching events. The scaler also facilitates an aesthetically pleasing transition by generating image content data prior to and after the switching event.08-15-2013

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