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20110179448SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER SPECIFICATION OF ADVERTISING CONTENT - A system and method for providing user specification of advertising content, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.07-21-2011
20120174151PROVIDING ADVERTISING CONTENT TO A USER - A user equipment (UE) includes a location sensing mechanism, a memory for storing identity of a plurality of location co-ordinates visited by a user of the user equipment, a processor for determining preferences corresponding to the user based on the stored locations and a transceiver for communicating the preferences.07-05-2012
20100088720DEVICE FOR CONNECTION TO A TELEVISION SET AND METHOD OF TRANSMITTING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE TELEVISION SIGNAL - The invention relates to a method of obtaining, preparing and visually displaying additional information on a continuous reproduction of electronic media, and picture reproduction and/or sound reproduction respectively, particularly on an ongoing television program, in which program information from the ongoing program and/or of highlighted additional data to the program are analyzed and additional information are obtained from databases, from a public data network and/or from other sources of information subject to the program information, and made available to the television viewer as an additional information and prepared optically and/or acoustically, wherein the obtained data for the additional information are linked with manually and/or is automatically related metadata.04-08-2010
20100088719GENERATING REACH AND FREQUENCY DATA FOR TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes receiving cluster information comprising categories and total numbers of media receivers (e.g. television (TV) viewers) associated with the categories and receiving sample data comprising numbers of advertisements (ads) displayed to sampled receivers (e.g., TV viewers) that are classified within the categories. The method also includes calculating probabilities for numbers of ads displayed to the total numbers of receivers associated with the categories, wherein the calculation is based on the cluster information and the sample data, merging the calculated probabilities associated with two or more of the categories, and outputting an estimated number of ads displayed based on the merged probabilities.04-08-2010
20110191802Systems and Methods for Managing and Distributing Media Content - In accordance with the present invention, a media content management application that allows a user to customize, assemble, distribute, and track one or more versions of media content based on semantic criteria is provided.08-04-2011
20090193458METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMISSION, RECEIPT AND DISPLAY OF ADVERTISEMENTS - An apparatus for the intelligent display of advertisements to a television services user includes a transmitter, a receiver and a display on which an electronic television program guide, television programs, and advertisements are displayed. Advertising and electronic program guide data are transmitted to a receiver used by one or more television service users. The electronic program guide data includes information characterizing television programs listed in an electronic program guide. Similarly, the advertising data includes advertisements and information characterizing the transmitted advertisements. A selection history contains information characterizing those programs selected by a user for viewing. Received advertisements are displayed to the user based upon a comparison between the information characterizing each of the plurality of advertisements and the information in the selection history.07-30-2009
20090193457Systems and methods for providing run-time enhancement of internet video files - Methods and systems are provided for enhancing Internet video files at run-time with supplemental multimedia content constructed in real-time. The supplemental multimedia content may comprise any type of content that cannot be known and practically constructed prior to run-time of an Internet video file. The supplemental multimedia content may include locally and globally derived information, for example, advertising, alerts (e.g. weather, disaster), messaging, user-generated content, and proprietary content. According to one aspect, a browser cookie is stored onto the user's remote computing device. The browser cookie is capable of collecting various types of information about the user's behavior while visiting a web-site including Internet source video. This information collected within browser cookie may be periodically uploaded to a personal profile database for later use in assisting third party content providers with the targeting of future dynamic supplemental content based on the on-going collected demographic, behavioral, and geographical information of users.07-30-2009
20120246676TARGETING ADS IN CONJUNCTION WITH SET-TOP BOX WIDGETS - A network device receives selection of a widget, for execution at a set-top box (STB) associated with a customer, from multiple widgets stored at a server, where each of the multiple widgets includes a software application that the STB can execute to render graphics or images on a screen or to perform other functions associated with the STB. The network device analyzes information associated with the customer and the widget, and selects an ad for the customer based on the analysis, where the ad relates to a product or service available for purchase. The network device causes the selected widget and the selected ad to be delivered to the STB.09-27-2012
20100077428METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT WITH VIDEO MEDIA - The present invention discloses a method and apparatus which processes video media with associated meta data, and filters the meta data according to viewer interests. Meta data which relates to viewer interests is presented to the viewer.03-25-2010
20100115549DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA BROADCASTING APPLICATION FORMAT GENERATING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - Provided are method and apparatus for generating a digital multimedia broadcasting application format. The apparatus includes: generating metadata for DMB contents; and combining the generated metadata and the DMB contents, wherein the metadata includes copyright information for the metadata, user information for a user who consumes the DMB contents, and package table information for describing a package related to the DMB contents.05-06-2010
20130086608SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING ADVERTISEMENTS - A method for displaying interactive advertisements on a television having a controller connected thereto and configured for receiving input from a viewer of the television is disclosed. The controller has a receiver operable to receive advertisements and a processor operable to modify the advertisements. The method generally comprises requesting action by the viewer of the television, modifying an advertisement based on the action of the viewer, and displaying the modified advertisement on the television.04-04-2013
20130081078Method for Tag Insertion and Notification for DVR Addressable Advertisement - A method and computing device that provides viewer impression data for a recorded digital video stream. The method receives a digital video stream as a series of segments, and stores it as a recorded digital video stream having a transition between two consecutive segments at a transition position. The method stores a notification tag that is associated with the transition, and that includes a tag position in the recorded digital video stream, a notification mode, and tag data. During playback of the recorded digital video stream, the method generates a play mode status event, and generates a transition notification when the playback encounters the notification tag and, based on the notification mode, the transition associated with the notification tag. The method collects viewer impression data for one of the two consecutive segments from the play mode status event and the transition notification.03-28-2013
20090055859SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING UNSUPERVISED LEARNING TO ASSOCIATE PROFILES IN VIDEO AUDIENCES - A system and method for providing unsupervised learning to associate profiles in video audiences is provided. The method includes: receiving a zapping log and a broadcast schedule, wherein the zapping log includes records of set top box zapping signatures for at least a portion of the set top boxes of the network; deriving set top box signatures from the zapping log and broadcast schedule; clustering viewer profiles into groups of viewer profiles using the set top box signatures; and associating at least one set top box within the network with at least one viewer profile, wherein the method of performing unsupervised learning does not use data associating demographic or psychographic profiles to the at least a portion of the set top boxes of the network for which the zapping log contains records of set top box zapping signatures.02-26-2009
20090183199Devices, Systems, and Methods Regarding Advertisement on Demand - Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a method, which can comprise, responsive to a signal from a television control device, causing a display of a video advertisement. The video advertisement can interrupt the video broadcast. The signal can be adapted to cause a detection of a determined frame of a video broadcast interrupted by the display of the video advertisement.07-16-2009
20100043022Personalized Ad Insertion During Start Over Service - A method and apparatus is disclosed for inserting targeted/addressable advertisements into video streams delivered to users within the context of a start over service.02-18-2010
20100325660RE-ADDRESSABLE ALTERNATE CONTENT - Providing re-addressable alternate video content to consumers during trickplay modes of operation. For example, providing first video content for standard playback to a consumer; receiving a first consumer request for a first trick mode operation during the standard playback of the first video content; responsive to the first consumer request, providing addressable second video content, different from the first video content, to the consumer; receiving, during providing of the addressable second video content, a second consumer request for a second trick mode operation on the addressable second video content; and responsive to the second consumer request, providing addressable third video content, different from the first and second video contents, to the consumer.12-23-2010
20090158321COMMERCIAL PROCESSING APPARATUS - A commercial processing apparatus which can improve an commercial effect and can arbitrarily select a means used for the improvement is provided. The commercial processing apparatus acquires an AV stream by using a tuner (06-18-2009
20100107193System and Method for Providing Interactive On-Demand Content - A set-top box device includes a network interface module and a client interface module. The network interface module is configured to receive interactive content instructions and an interactive content notification over an Internet protocol data connection, and to receive an associated on-demand content video stream from a television service provider. The network interface module is also configured to connect to a website containing product information for a product associated with the on-demand content video stream. The client interface module is configured to output the on-demand content video stream, to output the interactive content notification concurrently with the on-demand content video stream in response to outputting a portion of the on-demand content video stream and based on the interactive content instructions, and to output the website currently with the on-demand content video stream in response to a selection of the interactive content notification.04-29-2010
20090044217System and methods for network TV broadcasts for out-of-home viewing with targeted advertising - A television broadcasting system and methods that manages the insertion of targeted advertisements and other messages into live satellite or Internet broadcasts or other types of broadcasts into out-of-home locations such as health clubs. The insertion of targeted advertisement and other messages are accomplished by a satellite service provider purchasing live network broadcasting feeds with a license to strip out existing commercial advertisements and replace them with targeted advertisements to match the demographics of the viewing audience at health clubs and other non-home locations nationally, regionally and locally where the viewer is unable to change or delete the targeted advertisements while viewing the live broadcast programming from the networks.02-12-2009
20090307722SYSTEM TO DELIVER TARGETED ADVERTISEMENTS IN A LIVE VIDEO STREAM - A system for inserting video advertisements into a video stream that does not require the inserted video advertisements to be determined at the time of the creation of the video stream. The choice of advertisement to insert is controlled by a targeting mechanism that can use any number of factors to decide which advertisement is displayed. These factors can include characteristics that are specific to individual users. The system is capable of operating over a delivery mechanism where bandwidth must be conserved, such as the Internet.12-10-2009
20090307721PROVIDING CONTENT RELATED TO AN ITEM IN AN INTERACTIVE DATA SCROLL - A system may present video content with a data scroll on a video display device. The data scroll may include data scroll items that are automatically and consecutively presented on the video display device. Each of the data scroll items may include information associated with a particular topic. The system may receive a selection of a softkey corresponding to one of the data scroll items, retrieve, in response to receiving the selection of the softkey, additional content corresponding to the particular topic associated with the one of the data scroll items, and present the additional content on the video display device.12-10-2009
20120192227Cross Media Targeted Message Synchronization - Social media content items and references to events that occur therein are aligned with the time-based media events they describe. These mappings may be used as the basis for sending messages to populations of authors of content items, where the populations are determined based on whether the author has written a content item that refers to a specific TV show or advertisement. TV streams are monitored to detect when and where a specific advertisement for a particular advertiser is shown. Concurrently, social media streams are monitored for content items that refer to or are about specific TV shows and advertisements. Responsive to a specific advertisement being detected as being shown during a specific TV show, a message associated with the advertisement is sent to the authors of the content items associated with that TV show or advertisement. The messages can be transmitted while the advertisement is being shown.07-26-2012
20120192226Methods and Systems for Customized Video Modification - A computer-implemented method for incorporating advertisement information into a video is disclosed. The method may include receiving a request for a modified video and receiving at least one parameter for determining advertisement information to be included in the modified video. Based on the received parameter, the method may select the advertisement information to be included in the modified video. The method may also include determining an advertisement area in a video for the advertisement information to be located, and generating the modified video by integrating the advertisement information into the advertisement area in the video. Further, the method may include sending the modified video to one or more devices.07-26-2012
20120192225Administration of Content Creation and Distribution System - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving and distributing user-generated video content. In one aspect, a method includes displaying an administrator user interface identifying a plurality of videos available for selection, where each of the videos includes user-generated video content received from a user computing device. A selection of one of the plurality of videos for inclusion in a linear television programming transmission is received through the administrator user interface. A file including the selected video is stored for retrieval and inclusion in the linear television programming transmission.07-26-2012
20090094639TARGETED/ADDRESSABLE ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION - A method and apparatus utilizing a fast channel change mechanism to insert targeted/addressable advertisements into video streams delivered to users.04-09-2009
20110067052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION OF SELECTABLE OBJECTS IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM IN AN INFORMATION STREAM INDEPENDENT OF THE TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method for providing information of selectable objects in a television program in an information stream independent of the television program as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090271819SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SENDING ADVERTISING DATA BASED ON DATA ASSOCIATED WITH VIDEO DATA - A computer readable medium is disclosed containing computer executable instructions that when executed by a computer perform a method, the method including but not limited to monitoring video data for advertising data keys; correlating the advertising data keys with penetration data for an end user; and selecting advertising data for the end user based on the correlation. A system is disclosed that is useful in performing the method. A data structure embedded in a computer readable medium is disclosed that contains data used by the system and method.10-29-2009
20090055862SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING REAL TIME TARGETED RATING TO ENABLE CONTENT PLACEMENT FOR VIDEO AUDIENCES - A system and method is provided for providing real time targeted rating to enable content placement for video audiences. The method includes determining if at least one set top box, located within a network having at least one set top box, is on or off, wherein being on is defined as a set top box having a zapping event occur within a predefined time period; determining what one or more viewer profiles are currently consuming content provided by a set top box within the network, wherein currently consuming refers to consuming within the predefined period; and determining targeted rating per a viewer profile that had been identified as currently consuming content via at least one of the set top boxes within the network.02-26-2009
20090055861SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSOCIATING CONTENT TO AT LEAST ONE VIEWER PROFILE IN VIDEO AUDIENCES - A system and method for associating content to one or more viewer profile in video audiences is provided. The method includes obtaining a first set of targeted ratings, wherein the targeted ratings provide a percentage of viewer profiles that consumed content; obtaining a second input set, wherein the second input set contains data showing which of one or more of the viewer profiles are associated with which of one or more set top boxes within the network; and performing operations to identify which of the viewer profiles associated with one or more of the set top boxes from the second input set consumed one or more content that is included in the first set.02-26-2009
20090055860SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TARGETED RATING OF PROFILES IN VIDEO AUDIENCES - A system and method for providing targeted rating of profiles in video audiences is provided. The method includes the steps of deriving a first input set, wherein the first input set contains data showing which viewer profiles are associated with which set top boxes within the network, wherein the data may also include an association between a single viewer profile and a single set top box within the network; deriving a second input set containing data of at least one set top box signature, wherein the data of the at least one set top box signature further comprises a processed zapping log containing information summarizing viewing habits of at least one set top box within the network; and processing the first input set and the second input set assuming that the second input set can be derived by operations, wherein the operations involve data associating the viewer profiles to set top boxes within the network and to the targeted rating of profiles.02-26-2009
20120117594METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING CONVERGED SOCIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE - A method for providing social broadcasting services by a broadcasting station is registered. The method for providing social broadcasting services includes receiving from a social network server like function related information triggering transmission of an interest indicator indicating that a user of a user equipment has an interest in broadcasting programs provided by a content provider; and transmitting both of the broadcasting programs and additional data including the like function related information to the user equipment. By the configuration, the exemplary embodiments of the present invention can share the personal's opinion and thoughts and the additional data associated with the corresponding programs through the social circle while the user viewing the broadcasting programs in real time during the movement.05-10-2012
20120117593System and Method of Delivering Advertisements to a Mobile Communication Device - System and method of delivering advertisements to a mobile computing and communication device is disclosed. The system comprises a digital television system and a mobile communication device. A video program being played by the television system may be transferred to the mobile device when a user intends to move away from the television system. According to one embodiment, an advertising message may be delivered on a display of the mobile device when the digital content of the video program is being transmitted. According to another embodiment, advertising messages may be inserted into predetermined positions of the received video program. The advertising messages may be selected based on the user's identity of the mobile device.05-10-2012
20130067513CONTENT OUTPUT DEVICE, CONTENT OUTPUT METHOD, CONTENT OUTPUT PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING CONTENT OUTPUT PROGRAM RECORDED THEREON - An information providing device associates in advance and stores a characteristic element which is a candidate to be specified from an image, with content. Further, the information providing device is configured to specify a difference between characteristic elements by comparing a characteristic element specified from a currently acquired image with a characteristic element specified from an image acquired prior to (in the past) the image, and acquire content associated with the characteristic element related to the difference, and display the content on a display.03-14-2013
20130067512SYSTEMS AND/OR METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTING ADVERTISEMENTS FROM A CENTRAL ADVERTISEMENT NETWORK TO A PERIPHERAL DEVICE VIA A LOCAL ADVERTISEMENT SERVER - Certain exemplary embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems and/or methods for distributing advertisements from a central advertisement network to one or more peripheral devices at a location via a local advertisement server. In certain exemplary embodiments, the local advertisement server within a location receives advertisements from the central advertisement network and rebroadcasts them to peripheral devices within that location. Advertising information may be tracked and reported, e.g., for accounting, revenue-sharing, and/or other purposes in certain exemplary embodiments. Thus, in certain exemplary embodiments, the distribution of advertisements is provided to peripherals via a non-web- and non-PC-dependent network. Moreover, in certain exemplary embodiments, reporting and advertising related communications are substantially bi-directional regardless of device type. Certain exemplary embodiments provide revenue sharing among some or all of the central advertising network provider, the proprietors of locations, operators tasked with maintaining the local ad server and/or the peripheral devices, etc.03-14-2013
20130067510SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INSERTING ADS DURING PLAYBACK OF VIDEO MEDIA - The solution of the ad delivery platform described herein provides for the marketing and monetizing of media assets via the delivery of advertisement with on-demand video. The ad platform optimizes the delivery of ads by controlling the insertion frequency and format of the ad delivered with video streams. The ad platform provides flexible and configurable ad insertion rules to specify the insertion frequency and format for the composition of ads during playback of on-demand video media. The ad insertion rules may be based on a user profile, user behavior history, topic of the stream to be delivered, duration of the video or ad, and/or the popularity rating of the video or ad. The ad platform includes a reporting tool and usage reports to measure the effectiveness of the ad insertion rules in delivering ads to market and monetize the video media.03-14-2013
20110023060Targeted Video Advertising - A computer-implemented method of providing targeted video promotional material includes transmitting a promotional item for display on a video terminal, determining whether the promotional item was skipped, and updating a profile corresponding to the promotional item or a viewer of the promotional item based on whether or not the promotional item was skipped.01-27-2011
20130067511CONTENT DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM - A system is adapted to manage the distribution of content to one or more cooperating media/substrates. The system receives data representative of environment conditions for one or more cooperating media/substrates adapted to display digital content. The media/substrates may be located in public spaces. The system compares the received data representative of environment conditions with selection criteria to identify content for distribution to the media/substrates. The selected content is distributed to the one or more cooperating media/substrates.03-14-2013
20090265734System and/or methods for distributing advertisements from a central advertisement network to a peripheral device via a local advertisement server - Certain exemplary embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems and/or methods for distributing advertisements from a central advertisement network to one or more peripheral devices at a location via a local advertisement server. In certain exemplary embodiments, the local advertisement server within a location receives advertisements from the central advertisement network and rebroadcasts them to peripheral devices within that location. Advertising information may be tracked and reported, e.g., for accounting, revenue-sharing, and/or other purposes in certain exemplary embodiments. Thus, in certain exemplary embodiments, the distribution of advertisements is provided to peripherals via a non-web- and non-PC-dependent network. Moreover, in certain exemplary embodiments, reporting and advertising related communications are substantially bi-directional regardless of device type. Certain exemplary embodiments provide revenue sharing among some or all of the central advertising network provider, the proprietors of locations, operators tasked with maintaining the local ad server and/or the peripheral devices, etc.10-22-2009
20090235307SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING USERS FOR ADVERTISING DATA IN A COMMUNITY OF END USERS - A computer readable medium is disclosed, containing instructions useful in performing a method for sending advertising data, the method comprising measuring user-to-user connectivity between users within a community of users; determining a plurality of highly connected users (HCUs) based on the user-to-user connectivity; and sending advertising data to selected HCUs based on a zone of influence (ZOI) for each HCU. A system useful in performing the method is disclosed.09-17-2009
20120272266MEDIA PLAYBACK METHOD AND SYSTEM, CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK DEVICE, AND ADVERTISING SERVER - The present invention discloses a media playback method and system, a CDN device, and an advertising server. The method includes: receiving, by a CDN device, a program playback request sent by a user terminal; if the program playback request carries a user identifier of a user in the CDN device, querying, by the CDN device, a corresponding relation between the user identifier and personalized information according to the user identifier to obtain the personalized information of the user; obtaining, by the CDN device, a link of advertisement content that corresponds to the user from an advertising server, wherein the link of the advertisement content is obtained by the advertising server according to the personalized information of the user and a preset advertisement configuration policy; and sending, by the CDN device or the advertising server, advertisement content corresponding to the link of the advertisement content to the user terminal.10-25-2012
20090007171DYNAMIC INTERACTIVE ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION INTO CONTENT STREAM DELIVERED THROUGH IP NETWORK - Tools are provided for supporting dynamic insertion of advertisements into a content stream delivered to a viewer through an Internet Protocol (“IP”) network. A viewer profile that includes at least one item of interest and an advertisement profile that includes a mapping from one or more items to at least one advertisement are maintained. An item in the viewer profile is matched to one or more advertisements based on the advertisement profile. The content stream is retrieved and an advertisement slot into which an advertisement should be inserted is identified. The advertisement to be inserted is selected from the one or more advertisements and the content of the advertisement is inserted into the advertisement slot in the content stream. A video component of the content stream with the content of the advertisement inserted is displayed on a display device.01-01-2009
20080295130Method and apparatus for presenting and aggregating information related to the sale of multiple goods and services11-27-2008
20080295129SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE VIDEO ADVERTISING11-27-2008
20120047529TELEVISION AND SOCIAL NETWORK INTERWORKING SYSTEM AND METHOD - An integrated television delivery and social networking system for improving service to a user. A television delivery system delivers television programs and advertisements to the user, and a social network website enables the user to post social updates for the user's friends and to receive social updates from the friends. An interworking unit interworks between the television delivery system and the social network website. The interworking unit obtains information from the television delivery system or the social network website and automatically provides the information from one to the other. The system may automatically post to the website, an indication of what television program the user is watching; may display to the user how many of his friends liked the television program or advertisement the user is watching; and may use user interests in the user's social network profile to select targeted television advertisements to present to the user.02-23-2012
20120240157SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.09-20-2012
20120110620METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USER SELECTION OF ADVERTISING COMBINATIONS - A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for providing advertisements with a media program transmitted to a user device are described. The method permits the user to control the presentation of advertisements to select prefacing advertisements in lieu of more time consuming or more numerous intervening advertisements presented during the media program.05-03-2012
20120240154SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.09-20-2012
20120017240Targeted television advertisements selected on the basis of an online user profile and presented with television programs or channels related to that profile - In an automatic, computer-implemented method, a selected television advertisement is presented automatically in association with a television program or channel. A relationship is identified between an online user profile and the television program or channel, and the television advertisement is selected based at least in part on information from the online user profile. The selected television advertisement is presented, in association with the television program or channel that is identified as being related to the online user profile, via a set-top box having a corresponding set-top box identifier that is associated with the online user profile.01-19-2012
20110296456APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTENT AVAILABILITY NOTIFICATION - Systems and methods are operable to notify a user of content availability. An exemplary embodiment receives a content availability notification request that specifies at least one content of interest, searches current electronic program guide (EPG) information to identify the content of interest, determines that the information identifying the specified content of interest is unavailable based upon the search of the current EPG information, generates a content availability reminder that is associated with the specified content of interest, monitors a content database to determine an availability of the specified content of interest identified in the content availability reminder, determines that the specified content of interest is available when the monitored content database indicates availability of the specified content of interest, and generates a content availability reminder notification that indicates at least a title of the specified content of interest.12-01-2011
20080250450SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING - Methods of generating recommendations may include obtaining social network data from one or more network resources. Word relationships may be created between selected words in the social network data to produce relationship data. Advertisement or other asset recommendations may be generated for a target user by analyzing browse information of the target user to identify one or more words. Other words in the relationship data may be identified that are related to the words in the target user's browse information. One or more advertisements may be identified having at least one keyword that corresponds to the other words. At least a portion of these advertisements may be selected from a data repository to provide to the target user.10-09-2008
20090133057Revenue Techniques Involving Segmented Content and Advertisements - Revenue techniques involving segmented content and advertisements are described. In an implementation, content, which has one or more advertisements embedded by a content provider, is segmented into a plurality of segments. An identification is performed to determine which of the plurality of segments are program segments. An identification is also performed to determine which of the plurality of segments are advertising segments, at least one of the advertising segments includes at least one of the advertisements. An option is provided to pay to output the program segments without output of the advertising segments.05-21-2009
20090070806Method and System for Addressable and Program Independent Advertising during Recorded Programs - A system and method for delivering addressable or targeted advertising to subscribers during programming that the subscribers have recorded identifies the timing and characterization of programs to be recorded and the probable subscriber of those programs. Using the subscriber profiles of those subscribers, either already developed or generated on-the-fly based on program selection, and ad characterizations/profiles, the system generates a schedule of advertisements to be inserted into the avails (advertising opportunities) of the programming as it is recorded. The schedule generated can depend on correlations or matching between the ad profiles and the subscribers' profile, scheduling requirements (i.e., contracts and sales with advertisers) and timing. This system allows for targeted advertising to be delivered to subscribers during recorded programming and thus provides for additional opportunities for advertisers to reach subscribers in a highly addressable fashion.03-12-2009
20100169917System and Method for Customizing Communication in a Social Television Framework - A system and method for customizing communication in a social television framework is described. The method includes retrieving a current context data set corresponding to multiple users, wherein the current context data set includes a user profile component and a media content component. A customized mark set is determined based on an analysis of the current context data set, and at least one of the marks in the customized mark set is sent to a client end device to be experienced by at least one of the users.07-01-2010
20100169916Systems and Methods For Efficient Messaging And Targeted IP Multicast Advertisement In Communication Networks - Systems, apparatus, methods and computer readable mediums for efficient and unconstrained information distribution and IP multicasting are provided. An exemplary method may include receiving, from a set top box, information indicative of criteria associated with targeted advertisement; and determining, at a set top box, whether the criteria corresponds to a characteristic of a household at which the criteria is received. The method may also include joining, from a set top box, a multicast group associated with the criteria in the event the criteria is determined to correspond to the characteristic of the household at which the criteria is received. The method may also include receiving, via multicast, at a set top box, the targeted advertisement associated with the criteria; and displaying, at a video display device, the targeted advertisement. The exemplary method may allow efficient and unconstrained information distribution leading to improved application quality and performance.07-01-2010
20110219400APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPLACING A BROADCASTED ADVERTISEMENT IN RESPONSE TO AN ATTEMPT BY THE VIEWER TO SKIP OR FAST-FORWARD THROUGH THE ADVERTISEMENT - According to one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus comprises a tuner/demodulation unit, a data storage unit and a data processing unit. The data processing unit is coupled to the tuner/demodulation unit and the data storage unit. The data processing unit is adapted to detect an operation that accelerates playback of an advertisement that is part of incoming digital content received by the tuner/demodulation unit, and in response to detecting the accelerated playback, to retrieve a secondary advertisement from the data storage unit, to display the secondary advertisement and to display an image that allows the user to discern the remaining time for such a display. The secondary advertisement has a playback time greater than a normal playback time of the advertisement.09-08-2011
20110219402APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPLACING A BROADCASTED ADVERTISEMENT BASED ON HEURISTIC INFORMATION - According to one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus comprises a data storage unit and a data processing unit. Coupled to the data storage unit, the data processing unit is adapted to the access heuristic information stored in the data storage unit and transmitting a signal that is used to at least partially control selection of broadcast advertisements being downloaded so that the broadcast advertisements are more suited to the subject matter of interest to the user.09-08-2011
20100269134METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TELEVISION PROGRAM PROMOTION - A computer implemented method and apparatus for determining an optimal time and channel for delivery of television advertising content based on viewer profile information is disclosed. The method and apparatus provide for collecting viewer profile information for a viewer and storing it in a computer memory. Segments of viewers may be defined by viewer profile information thresholds in the computer memory. Viewers may be assigned to an audience segment based on a comparison of the viewer profile information thresholds with the collected viewer profile information. Information describing programs to be promoted, spots in which promotions for such programs may air, and geographic data also may be collected and stored. The computer may determine an optimal time and channel for delivery of the television advertising content to a selected audience segment based on the program to be promoted information, spot information and geographic data. The method and apparatus may be of particular use in determining optimal channels and times for promotion of a television program on a channel/network other than the channel/network on which the program is to air (i.e., cross-network promotion).10-21-2010
20120233638SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING ADVERTISEMENTS - A method for displaying interactive advertisements on a television having a controller connected thereto and configured for receiving input from a viewer of the television is disclosed. The controller has a receiver operable to receive advertisements and a processor operable to modify the advertisements. The method generally comprises requesting action by the viewer of the television, modifying an advertisement based on the action of the viewer, and displaying the modified advertisement on the television.09-13-2012
20100115548PATIENT ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH SUPPLEMENTAL PATIENT-SPECIFIC MEDICAL CONTENT - A medical information delivery system configured for operation in conjunction with an entertainment device (05-06-2010
20090320063LOCAL ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION DETECTION - Local advertisement insertion detection is described. In embodiment(s), a video feed of television media content can be received for distribution to media devices, and the video feed can include national advertisements and spliced-in local advertisements. A splice point in the video feed can be detected that indicates where a local advertisement has been inserted into the video feed.12-24-2009
20090150926Method And Apparatus For Delivering SDV Programming With Targeted Advertising To Selected Groups Of Subscribers - A switched digital video (SDV) system includes an SDV manager for coordinating a SDV session requested by a subscriber terminal and a storage medium on which resides content to be transmitted during the SDV session. The system also includes a plurality of edge devices for receiving a transport stream that includes content provided by the storage medium and transmitting the transport stream over an access network to the subscriber terminal on one of a plurality of SDV channels. The SDV manager is configured to cause different renditions of an SDV program to be provided by the edge devices to subscriber terminals associated with different target groups. The target groups each include a plurality of subscriber terminals that is less than a number of subscriber terminals serviced by a distinct edge device or devices.06-11-2009
20120272267SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DELIVERING EVENT NOTIFICATIONS - A method of delivering event notifications includes receiving data from a network-based calendar system at a notification system. The data indicates that a notification related to a calendar-based event is to be sent to a subscriber. The method also includes receiving presence information related to the subscriber from a presence system. The presence information indicates whether the subscriber is present at one or more of a plurality of subscriber devices. The plurality of subscriber devices includes a set-top box device. Further, the method includes sending an event notification related to the calendar-based event to the set-top box device when the presence information indicates that the subscriber is present at the set-top box device.10-25-2012
20090158320SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND DELIVERING ADS BASED ON CROSS-PLATFORM ACTIVITY - A cross-platform advertising system utilizes viewing data, browsing data, and telephone call data to establish subscriber account profile and, optionally, user profiles for users at the subscriber account. An ad selection processor selects ads based on subscriber account profile and, optionally, the user profile. An ad delivery processor delivers the selected ads to a device associated with the subscriber account.06-18-2009
20120110619METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING USER INFORMATION TO IMPROVE ADVERTISING EXPERIENCE - A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for providing advertisements with a media program transmitted to a user device are described. The method permits the user to manage the provision of user information such as surveys and advertisement feedback to the media program provider to improve the advertising experience.05-03-2012
20090150925System and Method of Providing An Alert - In a particular embodiment, a method of providing an alert related to visual ticker data for display at a display device is disclosed. The method includes receiving media content at a destination device. The media content includes video data, audio data, and visual ticker data. The method also includes generating an alert related to the visual ticker data, providing the media content to a display device and selectively providing data related to the alert to a selected device based on a user preference.06-11-2009
20090150928Video apparatus with picture/text messaging function - A video apparatus with a picture/text messaging function includes a multifunctional decoder, a video decoder, an image processor and a display. The multifunctional decoder receives texts, pictures or videos from an external device, and decoding the texts, pictures or videos to output a text signal and an image signal. The video decoder is connected to the multifunctional decoder to receive the image signal and decode the image signal. The image processor is connected to the multifunctional decoder and the video decoder to receive the text signal and the decoded image signal and to output a picture/text messaging signal. The display is connected to the image processor to receive the picture/text messaging signal to display picture and text messages.06-11-2009
20100122286SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CONSTRUCTING PERSONALIZED CONTEXTUAL VIDEO PROGRAMS - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for dynamically constructing personalized contextual advertisements. The method includes extracting video metadata from a video program displayed on a playback device to a viewer, extracting component metadata from a plurality of video components stored in a media object library, extracting viewer preferences from a viewer profile, receiving synchronization information about the video program, identifying a segment of the video program susceptible to inserting a video component, based on extracted video metadata, component metadata, and viewer preferences, and transmitting the video component to the playback device and a set of instructions detailing how to insert the video component in real time in the segment of the video program. Video components can be one or more of a two-dimensional image, a video clip, a logo, a vector illustration, a three-dimensional model, a color, a character, a texture, and text. Video metadata can be extracted in real time. A viewer profile can be based on demographic information and a log of user behavior. The video program and the video component can be combined before transmitting the video component and the set of instructions to the playback device. A video component can be selected based on which advertiser offers to pay the most. The transmitted video component and set of instructions can be stored as a construction list for future use.05-13-2010
20110197224Methods and Apparatus For Selecting Advertisements For Output By A Television Receiver Based on Social Network Profile Data - Techniques are provided herein for selecting advertisements for output by a television receiver based on social network profile data associated with a user of the television receiver. A user of a television receiver is associated with a social network profile. Social network profile data associated with the social network profile is processed to select advertisements for output by the television receiver in association with other content output by the television receiver.08-11-2011
20100122285SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY CONSTRUCTING AUDIO IN A VIDEO PROGRAM - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for dynamically constructing audio in a video program. The method includes extracting video metadata from a video program displayed on a playback device to a viewer, extracting component metadata from a plurality of audio components stored in a media object library, extracting viewer preferences from a viewer profile, receiving synchronization information about the video program, identifying a segment of the video program susceptible to inserting an audio component, based on extracted video metadata, component metadata, and viewer preferences, and transmitting the audio component to the playback device and a set of instructions detailing how to insert the audio component in real time in the segment of the video program. Video metadata can be extracted in real time. A viewer profile can be based on demographic information and a log of user behavior. The video program and the audio component can be combined before transmitting the video component and the set of instructions to the playback device. An audio component can be selected based on which advertiser offers to pay the most. The transmitted audio component and set of instructions can be stored as a construction list for future use.05-13-2010
20120036531METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AUTOMATIC MEDIA PROGRAMMING THROUGH VIEWER PASSIVE PROFILE - The system described herein works by eliminating the need for a viewer to actively select media. Instead, this new method creates a viewer passive profile by analyzing viewer and media metadata and then provides such media directly to the viewer through the system whenever the system is activated or whenever the user wants to watch it (time preference). Active selection of media by the viewer is no longer necessary. Instead, the viewer automatically receives his or her media profile preferences in a timely fashion.02-09-2012
20100083305Interface Device Having Multiple Software Clients to Facilitate Display of Targeted Information - Advertisements or other types of targeted information are delivered to set-top boxes or other user interface devices of a signal distribution system. In one aspect of the invention, a user interface device comprises at least first and second software clients and a video buffer. The first software client receives packets associated with a first media stream, and the second software client receives packets associated with a second media stream containing the targeted information. The first software client delivers at least a portion of the packets associated with the first media stream to the video buffer. The second software client delivers at least a portion of the packets associated with the second media stream to the video buffer while one or more packets of the first media stream are still in the video buffer. The user interface device switches from the first media stream to the second media stream based on timing information which may be received from an external detection server.04-01-2010
20100083307MEDIA PLAYER WITH NETWORKED PLAYBACK CONTROL AND ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION - A media player enables insertion of advertising content during playback of received content. This facilitates targeted product placement, advertisements, and the like. The media player identifies an advertising insertion event, which may be based on a viewer profile. Upon identification of an advertising insertion event, the media player varies playback of the received content to add advertising information.04-01-2010
20080209467BROADCAST SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A broadcast signal processing apparatus, includes: a signal processor which processes a broadcast signal of a broadcast program to display an image corresponding to the broadcast program, an information receiver which receives source data having predetermined broadcast information on the broadcast program, an information storage unit which stores at least one extraction information to extract the broadcast information included in the source data and a controller which extracts the broadcast information included in the source data based on one of the at least one extraction information stored in the information storage unit corresponding to a format of the broadcast information included in the source data received by the information receiver.08-28-2008
20110126228MEDIA DISPLAYING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A media displaying system includes a displaying unit, a time-of-flight (TOF) camera, and a processing unit. The TOF camera captures an image of an audience, and obtains distance data between a number of points of the audience and the TOF camera. The processing unit builds a three dimension (3D) model of the audience according to the image of the audience and the distance data between the points of the audience and the TOF camera, and obtains demographic information of the audience according to the 3D model of the audience. The processing unit further selects media content according to the demographic information about the audience. The displaying unit displays the selected media content by a displaying unit.05-26-2011
20100100901PLAYER DEVICE - A player device including a processing module and a player module is provided. The player device is adapted for playing an internet broadcasting station or an internet TV station. The player device is connected to at least one server. A user can use the player module of the player device to select and download a station list. The player device is then connected to the selected internet broadcasting station or internet TV station. The player module directly plays a program of the connected internet broadcasting station or internet TV station. The player module may, together with the processing module, record the program of the connected internet broadcasting station or internet TV station or execute a program subscription setting. The player module can also receive advertising information transmitted from the advertisement broadcasting server in accordance with a region where the user is located or an ID code of the player device.04-22-2010
20080276271VOTING AND HEADEND INSERTION MODEL FOR TARGETING CONTENT IN A BROADCAST NETWORK - A system and method is provided for use in connection with delivering content that is targeted to users of a broadcast network. In order to select content that is targeted to users of the broadcast network, signals are received from a plurality of customer premise equipment devices (CPEs) of the network users via a broadcast network interface. Based on the received signals, broadcast assets (e.g., programming, advertisements etc.) are selected from a collection of available asset options. Accordingly, at least a portion of the selected assets are inserted into a content stream of the broadcast network. Once the content stream is broadcast over a broadcast network interface, at least a portion of the selected assets area available for receipt by at least a portion of the CPEs. The CPEs generate reports regarding assets delivered such that asset providers can be billed based on guaranteed targeted impressions.11-06-2008
20080276270SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR IMPLEMENTING TARGETED ADVERTISING IN COMMUNICATION NETWORKS - The present technique detects at least one active user utilizing a set of communication devices over a communication network. The method includes receiving behavior data, fulfillment data and feedback data for the at least one active user of the set of communication devices accessing content over the communication network using an intelligent agent module. The method includes creating a database of a set of demographic profiles based on the received data using a dynamic group and rules editor module. The method further includes grouping a set of the at least one active user of the set of communication devices into their corresponding dynamic group using group creation service module.11-06-2008
20120297417SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING CONTENT TO MOBILE DEVICES - A system for generating an optimized video including in-stream events for video content and advertising content selected at the time of playback is disclosed. The system includes a manifest generating module configured to retrieve video content from a content repository for listing in a content manifest in response to a received request from a mobile device, the content manifest including at least one advertisement insertion point. The system further includes an advertising event correlation module configured to retrieve one or more advertisements based on a correlation between advertisement properties and playback properties and an advertisement serving module configured to provide the retrieved one or more advertisement for insertion into the at least one advertisement event insertion point.11-22-2012
20080216115Method and System for Inserting a New Channel Into a List of Preferred Channels - A first set of channels is provided. The first set of channels is selected based on a predetermined criteria related to a viewing preference of a viewer. A first channel not selected based on the predetermined criteria related to the viewing preference of the viewer is inserted into the first set of channels. In one embodiment, a system operator inserts the first channel into the first set of channels. In one embodiment, insertion is disallowed if a number of channels not selected based on the predetermined criteria related to the viewing preference of the viewer that have been inserted into the first set of channels is greater than a predetermined number.09-04-2008
20080216114SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF CONTENT IN A NETWORK - A content delivery service is described for delivering content over a broadband digital broadcast network. A controller allows the delivery of content to be made in accordance with activity in a public land mobile network. The delivery of content may therefore be effectively scheduled and an appropriate revenue level.09-04-2008
20100146542SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SCHEDULING ADVERTISING CONTENT FOR DYNAMIC INSERTION DURING PLAYBACK OF VIDEO ON DEMAND ASSETS - Described are computer-based methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for scheduling advertising content for dynamic insertion during play of video on demand assets. A virtual linear program channel is generated that is associated with a plurality of video on demand assets, the virtual linear program channel comprising data defining a plurality of predetermined time bins and a forecast number of views of the virtual channel assets within each of the time bins. The virtual linear program channel data is transmitted to a remote scheduling server. Advertising content and linear program channel scheduling instructions are received from the remote scheduling server, the linear program channel scheduling instructions identifying the virtual linear program channel and a selected time bin for insertion of the advertising content. The linear program channel scheduling instructions are translated into scheduling criteria for dynamically inserting the advertising content during playback of any of the virtual channel assets within the selected time bin.06-10-2010
20090150929METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED ADVERTISEMENTS IN INTERNET PROTOCOL TV (IPTV) SYSTEM - Provided are an apparatus and method for providing an advertisement service personalized for each user or for each group. The personalized advertisement providing method includes: a personalized advertisement providing method which is used in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) System, including: receiving at least one broadcasting program of a plurality of broadcasting programs classified according to a plurality of channels; and determining whether a present time is an advertisement broadcasting time, transmitting a received broadcasting program to a plurality of user terminals which selects a channel on which the broadcasting program is provided if the present time is not an advertisement broadcasting time, dividing the plurality of user terminals into a plurality of groups and transmitting an advertisement classified for each group to one or more user terminals belonging to the group if the present time is an advertisement broadcasting time. Therefore, it is possible to enhance use efficiency of bandwidths, to reduce restrictions related to installation, etc. of an apparatus for providing advertisement services, and to reduce the number of apparatuses that have to be installed, resulting in reduction of costs.06-11-2009
20080244638Selection and output of advertisements using subtitle data - Techniques are described to select and output advertisements based on subtitles. In an implementation, one or more keywords are received that are extracted from subtitle data. One or more advertisements are selected based on the one or more keywords.10-02-2008
20100131975Locally Stored Advertisements - The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing supplemental content during a broadcast. The supplemental content is provided by the operation of a interactive application resident on a receiver. The interactive application is initiated through a trigger that is received during a otherwise standard broadcast. The trigger includes an interactive prompt that is to be displayed during a particular portion of the broadcast. The prompt including a means for enabling receipt of a user input. The user input may be a request for further information.05-27-2010
20090119703Mosaic of Alternate Programming During a Blackout - In response to a user requesting content that has been blacked out, a mosaic is presented having images or data indicative of alternate programming. The mosaic may contain a plurality of viewports that each includes streaming video of currently available content. In conjunction with or in addition to the viewports, the mosaic may present metadata having statistics, cast information, program duration, time remaining, or other data associated with the alternate programming. In some embodiments, a set-top box employs a web-based template to present a mosaic that accesses multimedia content for display using at least one uniform resource locator.05-07-2009
20080282286Method and Apparatus for Conducting Real Time Dialogues With Mass Viewer Audiences During Live Programs - Disclosed is a system for conducting real time dialogues with an audience comprising a plurality of remote viewers of a broadcast program, said system comprising: (a) a Real Time Dialog Machine having input ports for enabling substantially simultaneous data input from each of a plurality of viewers in data communicating therewith over at least one data network; (b) a Dialogue Management Console coupled to the Real Time Dialog Machine via a data link, said Dialog Management Console for allowing management of said dialogues by program production personnel; (c) a database of interactive sessions accessible by the dialogue management console and in data communication with the Real Time Dialog Machine via a participation processor for processing aggregated data from the Real Time Dialog Machine, and (d) displaying means for adding derived data and/or visual cues to program for transmission to displays viewable by the viewers.11-13-2008
20100083306ENHANCED CUSTOM CONTENT TELEVISION - The present invention includes a system and method for combining television broadcast programming content with customized or personalized information and educational or entertainment content. The system includes a set-top box capable of receiving data transmissions and locally rendering video animation for display with, instead of and/or synchronized with television broadcast programs in a way that the television viewer sees a coherent seamless merging of the television program content and supplemental content sources in an indistinguishable format. Preferably, the viewer may interact in real-time with the enhanced television programming to provide a higher level of engagement and customization potential.04-01-2010
20100083304SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RENDERING ADVERTISEMENTS BY EMPLOYING PAUSED SCREEN OF TELEVISION - Method is disclosed for delivering targeted advertisements to a user by employing a paused screen of a television terminal, which is connected to an advertising server through a communication network. Furthermore, embodiments for identifying a user from a group of users are disclosed. One embodiment discloses a method of employing a switching-on screen of the television terminal. The screen is divided into multiple user selectable zones, each of which is associated with a user. The user selects a zone to identify oneself by actuating the remote control. Another embodiment is disclosed by utilizing a remote control with a plurality of programmable buttons or touch-pads. Each of them is associated with a user. After a user is identified, targeted advertisements can be delivered accordingly by the use of the paused screen of the television terminal.04-01-2010
20080288976System and Method for Providing Advertisements for Video Content in a Packet Based Network - A system and method of providing advertisements for video content in a packet based communication system is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes storing a plurality of advertisements in a memory, wherein each of the plurality of advertisements is configured to be displayed over a video player and includes a plurality of sections that separate to reveal the video player. The method further comprises receiving a plurality of requests for an advertisement from a plurality of clients and wherein each of the plurality of clients is displaying one of a plurality of web pages that form part of a plurality of web sites. Each of the plurality of web pages includes a hyperlink configured to cause video content to be presented in a video player and the plurality of requests are received as a result of actuation of the hyperlink included in the plurality of web pages. The method further includes transmitting one of the plurality of advertisements to each of the plurality of clients for display. The video content, advertisements, and web pages may be transmitted to the clients via two or more different servers. A request for data resulting from actuation of a hyperlink associated with an advertisement may be logged and redirected to a content provider such as the advertiser. The advertisements may include two or more sections that separate vertically, horizontally, or along another linear or non-linear plane to reveal the video player. Finally, some of the plurality of advertisements may be configured to have multiple sections that come together to cover the video player subsequent to presentation of video content.11-20-2008
20080271071INFORMATION SYSTEM - A system and method for displaying an electronic program schedule guide is provided. The system has areas for displaying program schedule information. In addition, the system also has areas that may be used for advertising programs, products or services. In another embodiment, the system has areas for dsplaying messages to the user.10-30-2008
20080244639Providing advertising - A system for providing advertising includes an electronic video display for displaying advertising disposed in an advertising venue; and a sensor for sensing a number of people in an audience of the electronic video display. A method of providing advertising includes providing an electronic video display at an advertising venue; and providing a sensor with the electronic video display configured to determine a number of people in an audience of the electronic video display.10-02-2008
20100005488Contextual Advertising - A contextual advertising system and method receives video data and multiple advertisements associated with the video data. The system and method identify object content in the received video data and generates a video signal representing the video data. The video signal is communicated to a display device which displays a video image. User interaction with the displayed video image is monitored by the system and method. An advertisement is selected from the multiple received advertisements for display to the user. The advertisement is selected based on the user interaction with the displayed video image and the identified object content in the video data.01-07-2010
20090165039METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENABLING VIEWERS OF TELEVISION TO ENTER INTO CONTACT WITH A SOURCE OF AN ADVERTISED PRODUCT OR SERVICE - A method comprises releasing to at least one television service subscriber a content stream conveying at least one information element deemed to be of potential interest to a multi-subscriber audience that includes the at least one television service subscriber; receiving from a particular one of the at least one television service subscriber an indication of a selection of a particular one of the at least one information element; determining a telephone number associated with the particular television service subscriber; determining a telephone number associated with the particular information element; establishing a first telephony leg on a basis of the telephone number associated with the particular information element; establishing a second telephony leg on a basis of the telephone number associated with the particular television service subscriber; and joining the first and second telephony legs to form an end-to-end telephony link for the particular television service subscriber.06-25-2009
20090083788Advertisement Rotation - A system and method for delivering content over a network is provided. Content may be primary content (e.g., music or a movie) or ancillary content (e.g., an advertisement). The ancillary content may further be classified as universal ancillary content that all users of the present system will receive; targeted ancillary content that particular users of the present system will receive; and context-specific ancillary content that users of the present system and viewing particular primary content will receive. The type of primary and/or ancillary content delivered to the user will depend, in part, on indicia of the user of a device receiving the content. The present invention seeks to ensure that a user has relevant and up-to-date ancillary content notwithstanding the nature or date of the primary content. Feedback data concerning the viewing of the ancillary content may also be generated such that a provider of the advertisement and/or product may provide targeted advertisements and improved products and services.03-26-2009
20090165040MESSAGE PRESENTATION APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - An embodiment of a dynamic messaging system receives a message presentation request from a program distributor, the message presentation request having a first identifier that identifies the receiving device and a second identifier corresponding to one of a fixed message indicator and a dynamic message indicator. In response to receiving the message presentation request identifying the receiving device and the fixed message indicator, the dynamic messaging system retrieves a fixed message from a memory of the receiving device based upon the fixed message indicator. In response to receiving the message presentation request identifying the receiving device and the dynamic message indicator, the dynamic messaging system receives a dynamic message from an information stream communicated from the program distributor.06-25-2009
20090172730SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ADVERTISEMENT DELIVERY OPTIMIZATION - Systems and methods for advertisement delivery optimization are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, of identifying multimedia content associated with a web-user. One embodiment can include, analyzing the multimedia content to retrieve a set of descriptors, comparing the set of descriptors with metadata of a plurality of advertisements, selecting a candidate pool of advertisements from the plurality of advertisements based on relevancy indicated by the comparison, and presenting at least a portion of the candidate pool of advertisements to the web-user.07-02-2009
20090187938Service Substitution Techniques - Service substitution techniques are described. In an implementation, a substitution table is derived that specifies one or more service substitutions to be performed for content and that specifies particular geographic locations to perform at least one service substitution. One or more communications are formed to be streamed over a packet-switched network to a client that is to perform the at least one service substitution. The one or more communications include the substitution table and the content that corresponds to the at least one service substitution.07-23-2009
20090187939Methods and apparatus for user-based targeted content delivery - Methods and apparatus for selecting and delivering advertising or promotional content based on, e.g., the attributes of a desired demographic. In one embodiment, the invention enhances advertising or promotional penetration into a particular demographic of a network subscriber pool by correlating the advertising/promotion (and even the contextual program content) with specific users or groups of users within the pool. This approach decouples the advertising or promotion from any given program or lineup, and gives the network operator flexibility in deciding where, when, and how often to insert advertisements or promotions in order to achieve the desired result. Dynamic network architectures such as broadcast switched architectures can also be leveraged to further enhance flexibility and targeting precision. In effect, the network advertising or promotion model is made results-driven (versus program-centric). Subscriber privacy is also optionally maintained, thus ensuring that stored data is not traceable to a specific user.07-23-2009
20090187940VIDEO BROADCASTING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM - A video broadcasting method includes assigning channels to a video content based on a total number of channels usable for broadcasting the video contents and a playback time of the video content, calculating a broadcast start time interval of the channels assigned to the video content based on the playback time of the video content and number of the channels assigned to the video content setting broadcast start time per channel of the channels assigned to the video content, and broadcasting the video content at the broadcast start time set per the channel.07-23-2009
20090025028SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION VOICEMAIL MONITORING - Systems, methods and computer products for Internet Protocol Television voicemail monitoring. Exemplary embodiments include a method for providing voicemail to an Internet-Protocol-enabled device, the method including receiving a communication that a voicemail to a called party is currently being deposited in a voicemail infrastructure, mapping the called party number to an Internet Protocol-enabled device address of the called party, sending an indication to the Internet Protocol-enabled device and sending the voicemail to the Internet Protocol-enabled device address corresponding to the called party number in response to a communication requesting to monitor the voicemail.01-22-2009
20090210899Methods and apparatus for enhanced advertising and promotional delivery in a network - Methods and apparatus for enhanced advertising selection and delivery in a communications network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and the methods and apparatus enable a viewer to individually select and view advertisements during real-time broadcast program settings, as well as during “trick mode” operation in recorded program settings. Guess-work associated with skipping commercials via manual fast-forwarding through recorded content is eliminated, and a viewer is presented with several options regarding which advertisements to view and when to view them. In one variant, decoupling of advertising or promotions from a previously recorded program is provided, thus affording the network operator flexibility to insert various advertising content options, or selectively replace dated or expired advertisements, or those having less correlation to a current program content stream. In another variant, advertising or commercial skipping is substantially frustrated by presenting a viewer with several viewing options.08-20-2009
20090199233System and process for generating a selection model for use in personalized non-competitive advertising - A process for generating a selection model to be used in providing personalized non-competitive advertising including the steps of collecting data from advertising retail websites regarding product data, collecting data from the originating retail websites regarding user behavior, generating a selection model based on the product data and the transactional data and using the selection model to generate personalized non-competitive advertisements for presentation. An arrangement for the same includes memory for storing product data collected from advertising retail websites and data colleted from originating retail websites regarding user behavior and a controller that generates a selection model based on the product data and the transactional data, wherein the selection model includes data sets identifying similar and popular products, and uses the selection model to generate personalized non-competitive advertisements for presentation to one or more of the users for which user behavior has been collected.08-06-2009
20090049468Targeted television advertisements based on online behavior - In a computer-implemented method, a selected online advertisement is automatically directed to, or online activity is automatically tracked and recorded from, an online user interface device which corresponds, at the time the advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked, to a first online access identifier. The advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked based on information from a user profile that references or includes a first set-top box identifier. That information is derived at least in part from automatically collected data related to user behavior with respect to at least one television advertisement delivered to a set-top box, which set-top box corresponds, at the time of that user behavior, to the first set-top box identifier. The first online access identifier is associated with the first set-top box identifier, by both being referenced or included in the user profile, by being associated in a database, or otherwise.02-19-2009
20090100458System and Method for Instantaneous Information Reporting on Portable Devices - An system and method for instantaneous information reporting on portable devices including a computer server, a wireless device attached to a personal computer, a communication network and one or more display monitors. The wireless device forwards the information retrieved from the computer server via the communication network and send such information to the portable display monitors via wireless communication. Moreover, a method for reporting environmental information to a personal computer of a prescribed user from a computer server via a communication network is disclosed.04-16-2009
20080263588Method and apparatus to synchronize personalized co-cast content with user viewing habits - A method and apparatus designed to permit content providers to insert personalized content into a television signal based upon the user preferences or viewing habits.10-23-2008
20080263587Dynamic Commercials - A method of selecting different viewers in the same broadcast market for different commercials to be displayed at the same time and on the same channel.10-23-2008
20100153990CONTENT OVERLAYS IN ON-DEMAND STREAMING APPLICATIONS - A personalized content overlay is generated and sent for display to a subscriber. The content overlay may be generated in response to a request by the subscriber, such as a request to watch a program. The content overlay can include personalized information tailored to the subscriber based on subscriber information. The content overlay can also include information obtained from a third party, such as an advertiser, that has a preexisting relationship with the subscriber. The content overlay can include one or more triggers that, when activated by the subscriber, enable interactivity between the subscriber and a third party.06-17-2010
20120144419INTERACTIVE TELEVISION - One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for interactive television. A desired contextual probability factor is identified for respective potential interactive content, such as stored in a database, based on information relating to a consumer context. Interactive contextual content is selectively activated to run concurrently with television programming running on a consumer display, where the activated contextual content is selected based on a desired consumer interest probability factor. When the consumer interacts with the contextual content a response is provided, comprising corresponding response information, which can be sent to a consumer device associated with interactive content.06-07-2012
20090210897Method and user interface for downloading audio and video content filters to a media player - A client server arrangement for downloading media content filters from a server device to a client device. The media content filters define portions of a separate audio visual presentation containing potentially objectionable subject matter. Depending on user selections, identified portions of the audio/visual presentation may be skipped and/or muted during play. In one particular implementation, the client device, e.g., a DVD player, is configured to initiate a connection with a server device. Upon successful connection, the server device transmits one or more media content filters to the client device. The client device may be configured to determine whether a particular media content filter is available, to facilitate deletion of some existing media content filters in order to secure adequate memory space, and to ensure that the media player has an active account, before initiating a connection with the server device. The server device may be configured to determine whether the media player is associated with an active user account, whether a requested filter is available, and whether adequate memory space is available at the media player, before transmitting media content filters to the client device. 08-20-2009
20090199235VIDEO CONTEXTUAL ADVERTISEMENTS USING SPEECH RECOGNITION - Embodiments of a computer-implemented advertisement display system are disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes a speech recognition component that processes a video clip and produces a corresponding collection of speech recognition data indicative of an audio portion of the video clip. The system also includes a collection of advertising material. An advertisement selection component selects an advertisement from the collection of advertising material based on the corresponding collection of speech recognition data. The system also includes a display. An advertisement presentation component displays an indication of the selected advertisement on the display during a simultaneous display of the video clip.08-06-2009
20090199234SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING MARKETING CONTENT IN A PERSONAL TELEVISION CHANNEL - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to receive media content from a subscriber of a media communication system, receive marketing content from a marketing information source, and present the media content and the marketing content in a personal TV channel. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-06-2009
20090210901Targeted content delivery system in an interactive television network - An “opt-in” based system for displaying targeted content (e.g., advertisements) to a viewer is described. Viewer profiles and content profiles are automatically generated from forms filled out by viewers and content providers, respectively. In a preferred client-based embodiment, content that best matches a viewer profile is downloaded from a server and stored on the corresponding viewer's set top box. When a trigger signifying a content-insertion break (e.g., a commercial break) is detected, locally stored targeted content is selected and displayed to the viewer via the set top box. In a preferred server-based embodiment, content that best matches a viewer profile is embedded in program content and sent to a viewing unit for display to the viewer.08-20-2009
20090210898METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR SHARING USER PROFILES - Embodiments include methods and apparatus for personalizing access to broadcast content items. One embodiment includes a method comprising detecting physical proximity of a mobile device, receiving data from the mobile device identifying a user of the mobile device, identifying at least one local profile based on the data identifying the user, identifying at least one content item accessed by the user on the mobile device, updating the local profile based on the identified content item, and delivering content items to the user by reference to the user profile. Other embodiments include systems and apparatus configured to perform the method and related functions.08-20-2009
20090210902TARGETED TELEVISION CONTENT DISPLAY - The invention enables and/or facilitates the display of personalized content to content observers by content providers (e.g., advertisers) who disseminate content over a network. In particular, the invention can be used to enable the display of targeted content to television viewers and/or targeted product placements within a television program. The invention can advantageously enable identification of the content observer(s) observing a content display device at a particular time and/or identification of the content display site, and selection of targeted content for display based on a determination of content appropriate for display to those content observer(s) in accordance with a criterion based on the identity and/or a characteristic of the content observer(s) and/or the content display site.08-20-2009
20090249391System and Method of Delivering Event Notifications - A method of delivering event notifications includes receiving data from a network-based calendar system at a notification system. The data indicates that a notification related to a calendar-based event is to be sent to a subscriber. The method also includes receiving presence information related to the subscriber from a presence system. The presence information indicates whether the subscriber is present at one or more of a plurality of subscriber devices. The plurality of subscriber devices includes a set-top box device. Further, the method includes sending an event notification related to the calendar-based event to the set-top box device when the presence information indicates that the subscriber is present at the set-top box device.10-01-2009
20090222853Advertisement Replacement System - An advertisement replacement system monitors a multimedia stream containing digital television content and advertisements for indicators of objectionable advertisement content. Replacement content is substituted for all or part of an advertisement that has at least one indicator (or a threshold level) of objectionable content. Analysis of stored content may also be performed and stored objectionable content may be replaced with approved content. Blank screens, user-provided photographs, user-provided videos, advertiser-provided still images, and substitute advertisements are examples of replacement content.09-03-2009
20100153991METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING LOCALIZED ADVERTISEMENT INFORMATION USING A SET TOP BOX - A system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may receive, at a server, user profile data associated with one or more set top boxes via a network. The system and method may then search for and select local advertisement content based on at least the user profile data. Further, the system and method may transmit, to the one or more set top boxes, the selected local advertisement content.06-17-2010
20080313670Method and system to combine broadcast television and internet television - Provided is a method and system for receiving and displaying video from both an Internet and a broadcast video source. Also provided is a frame controller for receiving video data from an Internet video stream and from a cable broadcast video stream, the frame controller further in communication with a television display and causing the Internet video stream and the cable broadcast video stream to each be displayed in a separate frame on the television display.12-18-2008
20100153989SOCIAL NETWORKING AND PEER TO PEER FOR TVS - A peer-to-peer (P2P) application which can be applied to TVs. The P2P application promotes a social networking aspect by allowing devices connecting to either the home mesh network and/or Internet to share contents and create common-interest channels. The P2P application does not require support from network infrastructure (e.g., no central servers), and consequently is extremely cost-effective and easy to deploy. The distributed nature of this system allows users to join or leave the network at will. It takes advantage of the local home mesh network connectivity, or existing Internet connections. A participant that tunes into a broadcast on an Internet channel is not only downloading a video stream, but also uploading it to other participants watching the program. Data mining systems capture user preferences and create personalized Internet channels on the TV using the P2P network.06-17-2010
20090094640TARGETED ADVERTISING IN UNICAST, MULTICAST AND HYBRID DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM CONTEXTS - Systems and methods are presented for the delivery of targeted assets in a scheduled programming network in the context of several content distribution systems, including switched digital, unicast, multicast, and hybrid unicast/multicast content distribution systems. Assets may be targeted to network users in connection with the scheduled network programming, and further, successful delivery of those targeted assets may be confirmed. In this regard, the systems and methods generally select targeted assets from a remote platform and, in some instances, to deliver those targeted assets from the remote platform. The assets may be selected based on demographic or other information obtained from an external source and/or based on monitoring user inputs. In the latter regard, the classification of an audience can be based at least in part on monitoring communications to the remote platform conventionally used for other purposes.04-09-2009
20100192176STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING PROGRAM CAPABLE OF IMPROVING DEGREE OF FREEDOM AND EFFECT OF CONTENT PROVIDED BY SPONSOR AND INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE - A CPU accesses a content corresponding to a motion picture ID included in designated motion picture information, among contents uploaded to a distribution server. Then, when distribution of the content from the distribution server is started, the CPU carries out streaming-play of the received content. Thereafter, the CPU determines whether a sponsor is brought into correspondence with the reproduced content or not. When the sponsor is brought into correspondence with the reproduced content, the CPU downloads a sponsor content list from the distribution server.07-29-2010
20100186031METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED MEDIA IN VIDEO - A system provides personalized media in video for presentation using a video decoder in a device such as a video recorder, hardware or software player, computer system, or television. The personalized media may be embedded or hidden in a video stream or provided separately. A video decoder determines profile and preference information associated with a viewer, group, or demographic and personalizes commercial content using the profile and preference information. The system includes personalized media by introducing, embedding, overlaying, etc., media on video during commercial breaks. Personalized media may be provided during normal viewing or may be provided when a skip forward or fast forward request is received. The system may also evaluate personalization mechanisms using neuro-response measurements.07-22-2010
20100262992METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR OVERLAYING CONTENT ONTO A COMMON VIDEO STREAM - Described herein are techniques for presenting non-common content in association with common content to end users. A television receiver receives common content as well as one or more portions of non-common content. The television receiver determines whether to present the non-common content based on criteria associated with the non-common content and parameters associated with the television receiver. As appropriate, the non-common content may be overlaid onto the common content, presenting the user with content that may be localized or otherwise personalized for the user.10-14-2010
20100192177INTERACTIVE MEDIA SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING PAUSE-TIME CONTENT - Interactive media systems and methods are provided for substituting pause-time content in place of media that has been paused. The user may pause media such as real-time media, video-on-demand media, near video-on-demand, or recorded media. If the user pauses real-time media or near video-on-demand media, the interactive media application may store the media. The interactive media application may also provide the user with the ability to rewind, resume play of, and fast-forward the media. The pause-time content may be audio or video media and may be an advertisement, trivia, program summaries or any other suitable pause-time content. The interactive media application may provide customized pause-time content specific to the user or specific to the media paused by using media data associated with the media. The interactive media application may also prevent the user from accessing features (e.g., fast-forward) of the system.07-29-2010
20090077580Method and System for Advertisement Detection and Substitution - A television signal substitution system that replaces standard video segments with selected replacement portions. Video segments such as advertisements are detected using techniques such as fingerprinting or manual detection. The detected video segment is replaced with a selected replacement portion and output to an output device.03-19-2009
20090077579SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTIMATING AN EFFECTIVITY INDEX FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING DATA IN A COMMUNITCATION SYSTEM - A computer readable medium containing a computer program is disclosed for performing a method for estimating an effectivity index for targeted advertising data in a communication network, the computer program including but not limited to instructions to correlate impression quality factors categories data with a subscriber activity data profile for purchases and consumption related to an advertising category for the targeted advertising data and instructions to estimate from the correlation the effectivity index in the advertising category for the targeted advertising data. A system for performing the method is also disclosed. A data structure embedded in computer readable medium is disclosed for containing data used by the system and method in estimating an effectivity index for targeted advertising data in a communication network.03-19-2009
20100162301TARGETED ADVERTISING MANAGEMENT - The present invention is directed to a system and method for managing the display of a targeted advertisement. In one embodiment an advancing functionality is inhibited or modified in connection with the display of a stored video or other stored content. In inhibiting or modifying an advancing function a user is forced or otherwise encouraged to watch a directed advertisement. The present invention may include status or indicator information which enables the particular functionality in connection with the targeted advertisement.06-24-2010
20100153993Video Detection and Insertion - A television signal substitution system that replaces known video segments such as advertisements with selected replacement advertisements. Fingerprint data of known advertisements can be stored in a fingerprint database. When new fingerprint data is available, the fingerprint data can be automatically or manually transmitted to subscribers. Various techniques can be used to identify advertisements based on the fingerprint data.06-17-2010
20100242064SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A DYNAMIC USER INTERFACE FOR A SETTOP BOX - Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for providing a dynamic user interface for a settop box, and more specifically, to systems and methods for providing a dynamic user interface for a settop box by utilizing one or more I-frames based on user inputs. In particular embodiments, the systems and methods receive one or more inputs from a user and generate I-frames based on the user's inputs. In various embodiments, the I-frames are sent to the user's settop box and are decoded to generate a signal for displaying images to the user.09-23-2010
20100218211VIDEO INTERACTION WITH A MOBILE DEVICE AND A VIDEO DEVICE - Interactive material is delivered at least partly wirelessly to a mobile device in the vicinity of a video device on which video content is being displayed, the interactive material being related to the video content.08-26-2010
20100251289ADVERTISEMENT INSERTION DECISIONS FOR SET TOP BOX MANAGEMENT OF ADVERTISEMENTS - Methods are disclosed for inserting local ad assets into a video transport stream at the set top box level. The media advertising platform of the present system works in conjunction with existing platforms, such as an advertising decision service and a media platform. The present system further includes a client resident on end user set top boxes. In general, the present system operates by pre-caching advertisements to a set top box or boxes within a household or elsewhere. Each set top box is also assigned to particular groups, based on characteristics of the user of that set top box. Group membership information is also sent to the set top box and stored. The present system sends the set top box a decision matrix based on group memberships to allow the set top box to select and insert an ad asset targeted to the specific set top box.09-30-2010
20100146543INTERACTIVE SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING USER VALUES FOR DEMOGRAPHIC CATEGORIES - An interactive television program guide system for determining user input values for demographic categories is provided. The system includes user television equipment having a receiver for receiving program guide information for the interactive television program guide, a user input receiver for receiving user input from user interface, such as a remote control, a microprocessor which utilizes the user input received to determine user values for demographic categories, and memory for storing the user values determined. In one illustrative use of the system for targeting advertisements to a user of the interactive television program guide, the receiver also receives advertisements, where the advertisements have preselected values for specified demographic categories. The user television equipment, preferably using microprocessor, compares the preselected values for the specified demographic categories associated with the advertisements with values of corresponding demographic categories stored in memory to determine which advertisements should be displayed. Those advertisements determined to be displayable based upon the comparison are then displayed.06-10-2010
20100251291System, Method and Computer Program Product for Processing Video Data - A system, method and computer program product for processing video is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes storing a plurality of transcripts in a memory along with information identifying an associated video content unit, receiving a search request comprising one or more keywords originating from a user, searching at least some of the plurality of transcripts for the one or more keywords, determining search results that comprises a plurality of video content units that satisfy a similarity threshold with the search request, wherein the plurality of video content units that satisfy a similarity threshold with the search request comprise video content units having a transcript that includes at least some of the one or more keywords, and transmitting information identifying at least some of the video content units of the search results to a remote device for presentation to the user. In addition, the method may include prompting users to rate video content units, storing an average user rating for video content units and displaying user ratings as part of the search results. In addition, advertisements may be selected, based on suggested keywords and keywords entered by the user.09-30-2010
20100251290ADVERTISEMENT SCHEDULING IN A PACKET-BASED MEDIA-DELIVERY SYSTEM - In one embodiment, a scheme for the display of targeted and personalized advertisements in a packet-based media-delivery system, such as an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. An Internet keyword-based advertisement-bidding model is used to place the most-appropriate IPTV advertisements for viewers depending on their interests as determined through the users' Internet activities, while maximizing advertising revenue for the IPTV service provider. One method for scheduling an advertisement for rendering in one or more time slots in packet-based media programming comprises: (a) obtaining at least one keyword from one or more Internet sessions corresponding to at least one user; (b) receiving a plurality of bid amounts corresponding to a plurality of available advertisements for the one or more time slots; and (c) scheduling, based on the at least one keyword and at least one of the bid amounts, the advertisement to be rendered to the at least one user in the one or more time slots.09-30-2010
20100125871VIDEO PLAY THROUGH RATES - A request for video advertisements is received and video advertisements that can be provided in response to the request are identified. Performance features associated with the video advertisements are identified and are provided as input to a video advertisement performance model trained to estimate a play through rate for each of the video advertisements. The video advertisements are ranked based on the estimated play through rates for the video advertisements provided by the video advertisement performance model, and one or more video advertisements are provided in response to the request according to the ranking of the video advertisements.05-20-2010
20110067051SYSTEM AND METHOD IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ADVERTISING INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH A USER-SELECTED OBJECT IN A TELEVISION PROGRAM - A system and method in a television system for providing commerce (or advertising) information associated with a user-selected object in a television program, substantially as shown in and/or described in connection with at least one of the figures, as set forth more completely in the claims.03-17-2011
20090019472Systems and methods for pricing advertising - A system for pricing advertising includes an electronic video display disposed in an advertising venue, wherein the display is configured to display advertising; a sensor configured to sense a number of people in an audience of the electronic video display; and a processing element for determining pricing for the advertising. The pricing for the advertising is determined based on the number of people in the audience. A method of pricing advertising, the method includes determining a number of people in an audience of an electronic video display disposed at an advertising venue on which the advertising is displayed; and determining pricing of the advertising based on the number of people in the audience.01-15-2009
20090019471Personalized commercial cache - A method and system of personalized commercial cache, including one or more of the following: obtaining personalized consumer information; identifying commercials corresponding to the obtained personalized consumer information; downloading personalized commercials that are the commercials corresponding to the personalized consumer information; storing the downloaded personalized commercials; and playing the stored personalized commercials by splicing the stored personalized commercials into a television program at a predetermined time in the television program.01-15-2009
20090320064Triggers for Media Content Firing Other Triggers - In accordance with one or more aspects of the triggers for media content firing other triggers, a check is made as to whether a presentation of media content satisfies a criteria portion of a trigger. When the presentation satisfies the criteria portion, one or more actions in a payload portion of a different trigger are performed.12-24-2009
20090320062RETAIL OUTLET TV FEATURE DISPLAY SYSTEM - An automatic feature demonstration mode for TV products that can be used in retail stores. TV features that otherwise would be overlooked by customers or misrepresented by the sales staff are advertised on the TV itself. The system maybe used to convey information beyond TV features.12-24-2009
20090320061Advertising Based on Keywords in Media Content - In accordance with one or more aspects, a trigger including both a criteria portion and a payload portion is accessed, the criteria portion identifying one or more criteria that includes a keyword, and the payload portion identifying one or more actions for presenting advertising content. Data corresponding to media content being presented is also accessed, and a check is made as to whether the data satisfies the one or more criteria. The one or more actions are performed in response to the data satisfying the one or more criteria. The trigger associating the advertising content with the keyword can be received in exchange for compensation.12-24-2009
20090165041System and Method for Providing Interactive Content with Video Content - A system and method of providing contextual content to an end user viewing a video in a video player in a client is provided. In one embodiment the system and method of provides contextual content via an interactive video skin to an end user viewing a video in a client. These video skin may surround the viewing portal and (1) provide contextual information in the areas outside the video viewing area, (2) embody logic that manipulates the video stream to insert audio, text, graphics, and/or video, (3) interact with third party servers, (4) interact with the user via menus, buttons, and/or graphical widgets, or (5) any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the method may comprise determining contextual data for the end user that comprises one or more of: geographical information of the end user; demographical information of the end user; personal information of the end user, video metadata, and technical data related to the end user's computer or the network to which the computer is connected. Next, the method may include determining advertising content to present to the end user based on the contextual data and presenting the advertising content to the end user concurrently with the video player such as along a periphery of the video player. The advertising content may include a user input mechanism configured to receive information from the end user in which case the method may further include receiving information from the end user via the input mechanism, determining secondary content to present to the user based on the received information, and presenting the secondary content to the end user. The method may also include receiving one or more content elements selected based on the contextual data and supplying the one or more content elements to the video player for integration into the video to thereby customize the video.06-25-2009
20120246677INTERACTIVE NETWORK AND/OR DEVICES AND/OR METHODS THEREOF - Networks and/or devices for enabling and/or providing live or non-live interactivity with televised programming and/or its viewers and/or fans and/or hosts and/or actors and/or contestants. In certain (non-limiting) embodiments, mobile or handheld devices (e.g., mobile phones or laptops) communicably connected or connectable to networks having platforms thereon for permitting or providing live or real-time interactivity with televised programming and/or its viewers/fans/hosts/actors/contestants. In other embodiments, methods for performing or providing the interactivity described herein. In still other embodiments, software, residing on a data storage device, which directs a processor to perform actions in accordance with and/or to obtain one or more of the objectives of the technologies and methods described herein.09-27-2012
20090113472System and Method of Delivering Personal Video Content - A method of delivering personal video content via a video head-end office is provided that includes receiving a personal video content upload request at a notification server from a first set-top box device. The personal video content upload request relates to personal video content to be uploaded from the first set-top box device. The method also includes receiving a personal video content sharing request at the notification server from the first set-top box device. The personal video content sharing request identifies a second set-top box device designated to receive the uploaded personal video content. In addition, the method includes sending notification information from the notification server to the second set-top box device. The notification information indicates a first option to store the uploaded personal video content at a data storage device and a second option to stream the uploaded personal video content to the second set-top box device upon selection of the second option.04-30-2009
20080276269User Interfaces For Web-Based Video Player - A system, method and various user interfaces enable association of advertising content with requested shared video content for access via a web-based video player. Advertising content is provided selectively in conjunction with playback of video content. Selection of how and where advertising is displayed is based on a flexibly managed balance between providing sufficiently noticeable opportunities to access advertising information and preserving a satisfying viewer experience in watching requested video content.11-06-2008
20090106792METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ADVERTISEMENT AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION WITH CUSTOMIZED COMMERCIAL INSERTION DURING CHANNEL CHANGE - A method, system, and computer readable medium of inserting advertisement media content into an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system comprises providing media content to a user comprises receiving a first multicast stream containing a first media content at a set top box, displaying the first media content on a display, transmitting a unicast request from the set top box to a remote location in response to a television channel change operation, receiving a second multicast stream containing a second media content at the set top box in response to the unicast request, the second multicast stream including at least one I-frame, and displaying the second media content on the user's display in real-time in response to receiving the at least one I-frame.04-23-2009
20110119704METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING DATA TO USER TERMINALS - Method and system for enabling different information-containing units such as advertisements, to be included in or otherwise presented in conjunction with broadcast content so that individuals receiving the same content can be presented with different information. A suitable information unit for each individual is independently selected based on information about each user. For example, when the broadcast content is on multiple channels and the user's terminal is receiving content on one channel having information that is not suitable for that user, the individual's terminal may be directed to switch to another channel selected from among a plurality of different channels based on the user's settings, profile and/or rules. As such, the information, or data units, being provided to each user can be customized thereby providing an extremely effective form of direct and targeted advertising in the broadcast of various content, such as television programs, radio programs, data, videos and audio.05-19-2011
20090037949Integrated and synchronized cross platform delivery system - A system and method for delivering targeted advertisements to consumers by inserting the targeted advertisements into a content stream. The content stream may be monitored for advertisement placement opportunities, such that the targeted advertisements may be seamlessly inserted into the content stream to replace an advertisement in the content stream. The content stream's owner and/or provider may be identified such that revenues from the targeted advertisement may be shared with the owner's and/or providers. The system and method are further able to use a biometric recognition technique to verify that the targeted advertisement is actually delivered to the targeted consumer. Another aspect allows the targeted advertisements to be delivered across multiple platforms in accordance with an advertising campaign.02-05-2009
20090070805METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTIONAL SUPPRESSION OF TELEVISION BROADCAST LOW-PRIORITY GRAPHIC INTERRUPTIONS - A method for suppressing graphical overlays in video content, includes: generating a digital signal, the digital signal including a primary video feed subject to graphic overlays, a data stream, and an audio stream; wherein the primary video feed is; inserting steganographic information into the primary video feed; inserting alternative video information into the data stream; wherein the alternative video information is free of graphic overlays; substituting the alternative video information within the primary video feed based on the steganographic information; and wherein the substitution of the alternative video information suppresses at least a portion of the graphic overlay information.03-12-2009
20130132998SENDING A MESSAGE WITHIN A TELEVISION-CONTENT DELIVER ENVIRONMENT - Subscribers to a television-delivery service can send and receive messages within a television-viewing environment. A subscriber can create a message, attach content from the television environment, and send the message to a friend, all without leaving the television environment. A television producer controls its rights to the content by allowing subscribers to select and send some content while preventing other content from being incorporated in a message. Rights can be checked at the sender site, at the recipient site, and in between by a message-transport service. In some situations, the recipient may not have sufficient rights to view the entire message. Specifically, the recipient's subscription level may not allow access to some of the message content that was pulled from the sender's television-delivery service. In this case, the recipient may take corrective action or may view the message with the restricted content replaced with alternative content.05-23-2013
20100325659Targeted television advertisements based on online behavior - In a method for delivering targeted television advertisements based on online behavior, IP addresses indicating online access devices and IP addresses indicating television set-top boxes are electronically associated for a multitude of users. Using user profile information derived from online activity from one of the online access IP addresses, a television advertisement is selected, such as by using behavioral targeting or demographic information, and automatically directed to the set-top box indicated by the set-top IP address associated with that online access IP address. Preferably neither the user profile information nor the electronic association of online access and set-top box IP addresses includes personally identifiable information.12-23-2010
20130014160VIDEO-ON-DEMAND AND TARGETED ADVERTISING - A method and apparatus for aggregating the data for a plurality of individualized programs into a single channel, and allocating the channel bandwidth as-needed for provision of short video programs on an “on demand” basis, so that the total bandwidth required to provide the individualized channels and associated video clips is substantially reduced. Also provided is a real-time, single-user-targeted individualized advertising associated with the viewer selection that personalizes the user's iTV experience. The advertisements are targeted in real-time based on an immediate interest revealed by the user in a search request for content. Short duration videos are provided so as not to over-tax the individualized “on demand” channel's limited bandwidth.01-10-2013
20110010737METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NOTIFICATION-BASED CUSTOMIZED ADVERTISEMENT - Systems and methods are provided for realizing fully customized mobile advertisement services based on notifications. Such systems and methods in accordance with various embodiments, allow for full customization of advertisement content, display time, and location. A notification framework may be utilized to transmit and receive notification messages that include information about at least one of a scheduled advertisement period, announcement of the availability of at least one advertisement, and a trigger of presentation associated with the advertisement.01-13-2011
20110030004System and Method for Providing Advertisement Based on Speech Recognition - This invention relates to a system and method for providing dedicated television advertisements based on speech recognition of telephone conversations. The home user makes telephone calls using a landline, cellular phone or VoIP phone. The user may also be watching TV. While doing so, the user is able to see advertisements on part or all of his TV screen, based on words and phrases he may have used during his telephone conversation(s). The system and method may be provided by a triple play or quad play service provider which associates its users' telephone calls with TV advertising. Once the user sees the advertisement he can get more information concerning the advertisement by clicking on it with a pointing device, e.g., a mouse or TV remote control, or by using any other navigation method the TV system provides, to see additional details concerning the advertisements.02-03-2011
20100180296Method and Apparatus for Targeting of Interactive Virtual Objects - A method and an apparatus are used to target interactive virtual objects to subscribers in a television delivery system. Programs are selected and virtual object locations are defined in the selected programs. The virtual objects available for targeting are categorized and the categories are correlated to subscriber information to determine the optimum targeting of the virtual objects. The invention uses upstream data reception hardware, databases and processing hardware and software, and corresponding features in the televisions to accomplish these functions.07-15-2010
20110035771SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFYING ADVERTISEMENT RESPONSIVE TO EPG INFORMATION - A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement.02-10-2011
20110035770SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFYING ADVERTISEMENT RESPONSIVE TO EPG INFORMATION - A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement.02-10-2011
20110119703METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERING SDV UNICAST PROGRAMMING WITH TARGETED ADVERTISING ON A BANDWIDTH-AVAILABLE BASIS - A switched digital video (SDV) system includes an SDV manager for coordinating a SDV session requested by a subscriber terminal. The system also includes a plurality of edge devices for receiving a transport stream that includes programming content and transmitting the transport stream over an access network to the subscriber terminal on one of a plurality of SDV channels. The SDV manager is configured to monitor bandwidth and cause the edge device to deliver the SDV session to the subscriber terminal in a SDV unicast stream when sufficient unused bandwidth is available or as a SDV multicast stream when sufficient unused bandwidth is not available.05-19-2011
20110214143Mobile device application - A system and method for detecting a non-visual code using an application on a mobile device, where the application is capable of associating the non-visual code with at least one item contained in a transmitted presentation and connecting the mobile device to information about the item in a database associated with the transmitted presentation. The non-visual code may comprise a high frequency signal played alone or with another audio or video signal. A mobile device application executing on a processor of the mobile device performs signal processing on the audio signal of the presentation to extract the high frequency signal. Also contemplated is obtaining information about the visual content and presenting the information on the personal device.09-01-2011
20100153992TARGETED ADVERTISING SYSTEM - The invention relates to control of signal decoding in a set of subscriber receivers belonging to subscribers (s06-17-2010
20100242065CONTENT DISTRIBUTION DEVICE, CONTENT DISTRIBUTION METHOD, VIEWER TERMINAL, AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD - A content distribution device includes a first receiver which receives, from the broadcasting station, the program content having the commercial image data and electronic program information; an commercial extractor which extracts the commercial image data and creates commercial metadata based on the electronic program information; a first storage which stores the commercial image data and the commercial metadata that are associated with each other; a second storage which stores distribution contents; a content selector which selects the distribution content according to a request from the view terminal from the second storage; a third receiver which receives, from the viewer terminal, viewing history information of program contents; an commercial inserter which selects the commercial metadata from the first storage based on the viewing history information and inserts the commercial image data corresponding to the selected commercial metadata in the distribution content; and a distribution unit which distributes the distribution content to the viewer terminal.09-23-2010
20120192228SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING TIME-BASED CONTENT - System and method for providing time-based content. In one embodiment, time-based offers are presented to viewers of broadcast content, and may be presented on the same display device being used to display broadcast programming. In another embodiment, time-based offers are commercial offers inviting the viewer to purchase goods or services at a special rate for a limited time. Time-based offers may also be customized based on programming content being viewed and/or viewer profile data. Responses to presented time-based offers may be used to update viewer profile data and/or merchant conversion profile data, which is a measure of how effective the particular offer is.07-26-2012
20110252441Systems and methods for taking action with respect to one network-connected device based on activity on another device connected to the same network - In a method for delivering targeted television advertisements based on online behavior, IP addresses indicating online access devices and IP addresses indicating television set-top boxes are electronically associated for a multitude of users. Using user profile information derived from online activity from one of the online access IP addresses, a television advertisement is selected, such as by using behavioral targeting or demographic information, and automatically directed to the set-top box indicated by the set-top IP address associated with that online access IP address. Preferably neither the user profile information nor the electronic association of online access and set-top box IP addresses includes personally identifiable information.10-13-2011
20100037255THIRD PARTY DATA MATCHING FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING - A broadcast targeting system is provided where third party database information is utilized in conjunction with broadcast network client information to identify households within the broadcast network including one or more desired recipients of targeted assets. In instances where a user equipment device of the targeted household includes multiple users (i.e., a multiple-user device), use of third party data in conjunction with an indication of which household member is currently using the multiple user device (e.g., set top box, etc.) allows for more effectively delivering assets targeted to a specific member(s) of the household02-11-2010
20090217319METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TARGETED TELEVISION ADVERTISING - Method and system for providing a TV viewer with personal advertisements, includes a TV set connected to a television channels provider via a set-top box for displaying TV channels contents. The set-top box is connected to the television channels provider for receiving the television channels contents and enabling them to be displayed on said TV set. A computer is connected to the television channels provider via an adaptor, the computer is further connected to a data network enabling the TV viewer to search the data network by using one or more keywords. A personalized advertisements database stores personal advertisements to be presented to the TV viewer and to other TV viewers of the system. A viewers' queries database stores for each TV viewer his one or more keywords used when searching the data network. One or more software components for: managing the personalized advertisements database and the viewers' queries database; and providing to the TV viewer one or more personal advertisements within one or more time intervals allocated for advertising by the television channels provider. One or more personal advertisements are selected from the personalized advertisements database and related to his one or more keywords stored within the viewers' queries database.08-27-2009
20100058380METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING TARGETED CONTENT BASED ON LOCALLY STORED USER DATA - Targeted content is delivered to and received by at least one user device based on user information stored locally at the user device. Program content and targeted content are received. The targeted content received is associated with user information stored locally on the user device, while the program content is broadcast to multiple users. A determination by a scanning process is made at what position or at what time in the program content to include the targeted content. The program content and the targeted content are rendered, with the targeted content included at the determined position or time in the program content, for presentation to the user.03-04-2010
20110179449FRAGMENTATION OF A FILE FOR INSTANT ACCESS - Techniques for fragmenting a file or a collection of media data are disclosed. According one aspect of the techniques, a file pertaining to a title is fragmented into a header and several tails or segments. The header is a continuous portion of the file while the segments are respective parts of the remaining portion of the file. The header is seeded substantially in all boxes, and none, one or more of the segments are distributed in each of the boxes in service. When a title is ordered, the header is instantly played back while the segments, if not locally available, are continuously fetched respectively from other boxes that have the segments.07-21-2011
20100070995SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RENDERING ADVERTISEMENTS BY EMPLOYING SWITCHING-ON SCREEN OF TELEVISION - Method and system are disclosed to render targeted advertisement to a user by employing a television terminal, which is connected to an advertising server through a computing device. Furthermore, a remote control integrated with a sensory system that senses the user's action of holding the device is disclosed. A signal is sent to the computing device connected to the television terminal when the user is holding the remote controller. The computing device then switches on the terminal and sends an advertisement for displaying on the screen of the terminal. After receiving the user's selection of a TV channel, the programming replaces the displayed advertisement while the displayed message is moved into a “picture-in-picture” with a smaller display window. The user may select the advertisement in the window for further reviewing of more detailed information in a video/audio format. The window and displayed advertisement is removed from the screen after a predetermined period of time if the user is not intrigued by the message. Various embodiments of the sensory systems have been disclosed. In another embodiment, the remote control has the capability to collect biometrical data of the user. The data is sent to the computing device for further analysis to identify a specific user from a group. Targeted advertisements are then delivered based upon the determined user's identity.03-18-2010
20100058381Methods and Apparatus for Dynamic Construction of Personalized Content - Systems and techniques for delivering custom created content to users. As programming content is delivered to a user, the content selected for delivery is continuously monitored. When a point is reached in the delivered content appropriate for delivery of custom created content such as an advertisement, stored user information is examined and analyzed to identify content to which the user is likely to be receptive. Customized content is constructed based on the identification, by collecting and organizing media objects, and the constructed content is placed in the content being delivered.03-04-2010
20110088060INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROGRAM GUIDE SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING USER VALUES FOR DEMOGRAPHIC CATEGORIES - An interactive television program guide system for determining user input values for demographic categories is provided. The system includes user television equipment having a receiver for receiving program guide information for the interactive television program guide, a user input receiver for receiving user input from user interface, such as a remote control, a microprocessor which utilizes the user input received to determine user values for demographic categories, and memory for storing the user values determined. In one illustrative use of the system for targeting advertisements to a user of the interactive television program guide, the receiver also receives advertisements, where the advertisements have preselected values for specified demographic categories. The user television equipment, preferably using microprocessor, compares the preselected values for the specified demographic categories associated with the advertisements with values of corresponding demographic categories stored in memory to determine which advertisements should be displayed. Those advertisements determined to be displayable based upon the comparison are then displayed.04-14-2011
20110088059RESPECTING PRIVACY IN A TARGETED ADVERTISING SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for delivering targeted assets to subscribers using communication media, wherein each subscriber has a set top box, the method comprising the steps of generating a profile of each subscriber at the set top box associated with the respective subscriber, broadcasting an asset to all subscribers along with target information; and delivering the asset only to subscribers whose profiles match the target information. The delivery of the asset, and accumulated information from delivery of the asset to other subscribers, is reported to a user using an asset delivery notification, without identifying the subscriber to the user. A privacy manager is used to strip identification information from the asset delivery notification. The profile, which may include real time information, for example on whether the subscriber set is on and what it is tuned to, is generated by monitoring the viewing habits of the subscriber and storing the information at a set top box.04-14-2011
20120304224Mechanism for Embedding Metadata in Video and Broadcast Television - A video stream is displayed on a display. A particular image displayed in the video stream is detected. A string associated with the detected particular image is determined. A request including the determined string associated is sent to a server. A set of instructions relating to the string is received. The set of instructions includes instructions to execute an application and to display the application concurrently with the video stream. An application is executed in accordance with the set of instructions in response to receiving the set of instructions.11-29-2012
20110078727SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HANDLING ADVERTISEMENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH NETWORK-BASED BOOKMARKING - Systems and methods according to the exemplary embodiments provide for bookmarking of content in IPTV systems. An IPTV control server can subscribe to receive notifications associated with the insertion of advertisements into other content. Upon receipt of a bookmark storing request, the IPTV control server can determine whether the bookmark storing request is associated with an advertisement or with the other content. A bookmark can then be stored by the IPTV control server including a content identifier based on the determination.03-31-2011
20090094638Presentation and Distribution of Web Content Having Intelligent Advertisement Selection System - A data module having data content pertaining to a particular topic for display on a webpage, independent of publisher content displayed on the webpage. The data module can include a link in the data content for allowing a viewer of the webpage to manipulate and interact with the data content. An advertisement can be displayed within the data content, and the advertisement can be selected for display to the viewer based on criteria associated with the viewer. A search field can be coupled to a search engine and displayed within the data content. The criteria can include IP addresses of the viewer and webpage, a URL of the webpage, geographic location of the viewer, type of data content accessed by the viewer, age of the viewer, ethnicity of the viewer, and language of the data content accessed by the viewer.04-09-2009
20110072457SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING SELECTED INFORMATION TO A PERSON UNDERTAKING EXERCISES - The present invention relates to a system for displaying selected information to a person undertaking exercises comprising a physical data assessment unit (03-24-2011
20110072458METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DISTRIBUTING ADVERTISEMENTS - Method and system of distributing advertisements for storage in a network. The stored advertisements being retrievable for insertion within or other association with services provided to a network subscriber. Identifying characteristics of the advertisement may be used to facilitate the storage thereof and identifying characteristics of the customs may be used to facilitate advertisements associated with services accessed thereby.03-24-2011
20110061073SYSTEM AND METHOD OF SELECTIVE ADVERTISING ON A TV CHANNEL - A method and system for providing selective advertising on a television channel is accomplished by downloading appropriate advertisements from an advertising server to a subscriber's set top box over an out-of-band channel. The set top box monitors for events. When an event occurs, the set top box signals the head-end to download ads to the set top box. The ads may be selected using demographic or common channel preference pattern information associated with the set top box.03-10-2011
20130014159Viewer Interface for a Content Delivery System - A viewer interface for a content delivery system is described. In one embodiment, a method for displaying programming content described. This method, occurring in a receiver controller, includes receiving a user identification from an user interface device; in response to the user identification, activating an interactive graphical display personalized for a viewer identified by the user identification; and displaying, in the interactive graphical display, a menu of programming content that can be personalized for the viewer according to the viewer's viewing preferences, wherein the programming content can be received from at least one of a broadcast transmission and unicast transmission. Other embodiments are also described.01-10-2013
20120204209CONTENT PROCESSING DEVICE, TELEVISION RECEIVER, AND CONTENT PROCESSING METHOD - A content processing device (08-09-2012
20110154392METHOD OF PROVIDING SERVICE INFORMATION, SYSTEM THEREOF, AND METHOD OF RECEIVING SERVICE INFORMATION - An information providing system includes: a service provider list provider that receives a service provider list requesting message for a service that a terminal device wants and transmits a service provider list information message including a service provider list including a service provider server providing the service to the terminal device; and a service list provider that receives a service list requesting message requesting a service details list provided by the service provider server included in the service provider list from the terminal device and transmits a service list information message including the service details list provided by the service provider server to the terminal device.06-23-2011
20090210900OUT-OF-BAND DELIVERY OF TARGETED ADVERTISING - A method and system to deliver targeted advertisements to a set-top box including a cable modem by causing the selection for presentation of a targeted advertisement received via the cable modem instead of a default advertisement received via an in-band digital television delivery channel.08-20-2009
20090178075METHOD AND SYSTEM OF DIAGNOSING A VIDEO CONDITION EXPERIENCED AT A CUSTOMER PREMISES - A test controller can be operable to diagnose a video condition experienced at a customer premises. The test controller can include a port coupled to the customer premises. The test controller can also include a processor operable to activate a diagnosis sequence, send a set of questions to equipment at the customer premises, and isolate a cause of the video condition to a portion of the network, in response to receiving test a video access device can include a first port coupled to particular test equipment and a second port coupled to video access devices. The test controller can be part of a system that includes methods used to diagnose the video condition experienced at the customer premises.07-09-2009
20090138907Remote control unit for a personalized video programming system - Systems and methods for a remote control for interacting with a video programming system are described. In some embodiments, a remote control unit for an intelligent video programming system having user-dedicated buttons, biometric identification systems, mechanical identification systems, electromechanical identification systems, or voice-activation identification systems on the remote control unit to allow a user to self-identify that user to the intelligent video programming system. Upon pressing this user-dedicated button or otherwise activating a self-identification system on the remote control unit, content personalized for that user is presented and the user's navigational behavior is tracked to further the presentation of personalized content for that user. Other embodiments are also described.05-28-2009
20110191801System and methods for switching between two or more media streams - Provided herein are systems and related methods for switching to an alternate audio/video signal or stream during advertisement breaks in a media provider's programming signal, or other events detected by the system. The system for switching to alternate stream may include a system to detect an event and switch to an alternate signal or stream. Exemplary components may comprise a client based cue generation system, a server based cue generation system, an advertisement cue handling and stat recorder element, viewer dataminer and categorizer, an alternate signal selector, a personal data backup process and a server based controller and alternate signal storage server.08-04-2011
20110191800METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING PROGRAM-INTEGRATED ADVERTISEMENTS - A method and system for incorporating thematic content from a particular program into product or service advertisements uses program-advancing elements of a program in an advertisement in order to entice viewers to view the advertisements. Increased viewership of advertisements can result in increased revenue generated from advertisements that may be realized by programs, television and movie producers, networks, publishers and advertisers.08-04-2011
20110191799Communications between networked cable services system devices - Communication methods between networked cable services system devices are provided. Two or more cable services system set-top boxes may be networked together in a house, business or other facility. Alternatively, two or more set-top boxes may be networked together where the two or more set-top boxes are located remotely from each other and are networked via a cable services system. A first set-top box may be designated and equipped as a proxy server for managing communications between networked set-top boxes and one or more other set-top boxes may be designated and equipped as client devices for communicating with other networked set-top boxes via the proxy server set-top box. One or more communication applications may be deployed on each of the networked set-top boxes for allowing user-to-user communications via the networked set-top boxes, as well as, user-to-set-top box communication via the networked set-top boxes. Communications between set-top boxes that may be enabled include, but are not limited to, text communications, voice communications, video communications, set-top box control communications, real time gaming, and the like.08-04-2011
20110162003BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING A PERSONALIZED BROADCASTING SERVICE IN THE SAME - A broadcasting system where user's participation is allowed, additional information personalized for each of users/local areas/time is inserted into an AV and the AV including the additional information provides a user and a method of providing a personalized broadcasting service in the same are disclosed. The method of providing a personalized broadcasting service in a broadcasting system includes inserting additional information registered by a first user into an AV, and displaying the AV into which the additional information is inserted for a second user.06-30-2011
20120311629SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING AND EXTENDING VIDEO ADVERTISEMENTS - Video advertisement with targeted and/or interactive and/or transaction enabled capabilities systems and methods are disclosed. The invention separates in time the transactional component of the video ad from the product or service message (e.g. commercial). By separating the transaction component of the video ad from the commercial, the viewer's experience as intended by the video ad creator is preserved. Additionally, the user experience is optimized for the transactional component by allowing the transactional component to take up extra real-estate on the video screen, allowing the viewer to focus on the transactional components without interfering with the commercial, and allowing the owner of the transactional component to add additional aspects, for example an audio track or moving elements, to improve the effectiveness of the transactional component.12-06-2012
20080250449Method of dynamic product placement in prerecorded audio and video - A method of dynamic product placement in prerecorded video or audio is disclosed. The method requires a means to decide when product placement should occur in the video or audio, a way to determine the content of a product placement advertisement in a section of video or audio, and software or hardware to alter sections of the video or audio data such that the new data includes new product placement. A preferred embodiment maintains the integrity of the original recording, allows for the product placement in the current playing of the content to appear different than what appeared in the original recording, and allows for product placement to change at different points in time.10-09-2008
20110078726SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATICALLY GENERATING ADVERTISEMENTS USING A MEDIA GUIDANCE APPLICATION - Systems and methods for automatically generating advertisements using a media guidance application are provided. In some embodiments, an advertisement database is searched to identify a stored advertisement for display in an advertisement display region of a media guidance application display screen. Upon determining that the advertisement database does not include a suitable stored advertisement, a new advertisement may be generated for display in the advertisement display region.03-31-2011
20110138413METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERSONALIZING AND REDIRECTING CONTENT OBJECT - A first terminal sends a message to an application server in order to redirect the same content object to a second terminal. The application server receives the message and forwards it with content object preference of the second user to the content server. The content server redirects distribution of the content object with the advertisement to the second terminal. The advertisement is personalized for the second user based on the content object preference of the second user. The advertisement for the first user is also personalized based on a content object preference of the first user. The first and second users enjoy the same content object with the different advertisement.06-09-2011
20110138412METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED CONTENT ASSOCIATED WITH A MEDIA CONTENT INSTANCE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE - An exemplary method includes presenting, by a media content delivery system, an advertisement for a media content instance that is accessible only at or after a scheduled release time, receiving, by the media content delivery system, a request input by a user to purchase access to the media content instance, and providing, by the media content delivery system in response to the received request, enhanced content associated with the media content instance for experiencing by the user before the scheduled release time. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.06-09-2011
20110093886SUBSCRIBER-BASED ADVERTISING - A method for enabling individual or small business advertisements on a television system may include receiving, at a service provider, advertisement information from a first subscriber. The advertisement information may be stored. Content displayed by a device associated with a second subscriber may be identified. It may be determined whether the content can receive advertisements. The stored advertisement information may be retrieved when it is determined that the content can receive advertisements. At least a portion of the retrieved advertisement information may be inserted into the content for viewing by the second subscriber.04-21-2011
20120210350METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING AVAILABLE IPTV DEVICES ON A NETWORK - An apparatus and a method for determining reachability of a device in a network. The method includes accessing an account from a secondary device and requesting device information of each device associated with the account. Address information of each device is obtained from the device information and a message is transmitted, to each device, requesting an indication of reachability from each device. The message is transmitted according to the address information of the device and the indication of reachability is based on device communication availability. An indication of reachability is received from each device.08-16-2012
20090300675Targeted television advertisements associated with online users' preferred television programs or channels - In an automatic, computer-implemented method, a selected television advertisement is presented automatically in association with a television program or channel, which in turn is selected based at least in part on information from an online user profile that contains information indicating a user's preference for that television program or channel. The television advertisement is selected based at least in part on additional information from the online user profile that is unrelated to the selected television program or channel. The selected television advertisement is presented on or during the selected television program or channel via a set-top box, which has a set-top box identifier associated with the online user profile.12-03-2009
20090293086System and methods for network tv broadcasts for out-of-home viewing with targetedadvertising - A television broadcasting system and methods that manages the insertion of targeted advertisements and other messages into live satellite or Internet broadcasts or other types of broadcasts into out-of-home locations such as health clubs. The insertion of targeted advertisement and other messages are accomplished by a satellite service provider purchasing live network broadcasting feeds with a license to strip out existing commercial advertisements and replace them with targeted advertisements to match the demographics of the viewing audience at health clubs and other non-home locations nationally, regionally and locally where the viewer is unable to change or delete the targeted advertisements while viewing the live broadcast programming from the networks.11-26-2009
20100031285DYNAMIC BANDWIDTH ALLOCATION FOR ADDRESSABLE CONTENT - Systems and methods for push-based dynamic bandwidth allocation deliver addressable, advertising content in a digital network. Bandwidth is allocated on a push basis in response to receiving a cue tone from a broadcast stream. The cue tone contains data indicating an addressable break. A portion of bandwidth is then allocated to an addressable content stream based on the data of the cue tone. The addressable content stream is then streamed to a receiver during the addressable break and the receiver is tuned from the broadcast stream to the addressable content stream for the duration of the addressable break. The additional bandwidth is de-allocated at the end of the addressable break.02-04-2010
20100023966SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTEXTUAL ADAPTIVE ADVERTISING - Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for contextual adaptive advertising. The method for contextual adaptive advertising comprises analyzing a video program, selecting at least one advertisement related to the video program and based on a viewer profile, and displaying the at least one advertisement simultaneously with the video program. One aspect of the method includes advertisements that are one or more of audio, text, images, or video and are displayed in a different modality, in a different location, or on a different device. Contextual adaptive advertisements may be displayed in a partially transparent manner over the video program. Contextual adaptive advertisements may be streamed, stored in advance, or a combination of both. The space and time for advertisements may also be auctioned to interested parties based on a number of parameters.01-28-2010
20100017819Providing Targeted Multimedia Content - Targeted multimedia content stored on a computer system is selected and streamed to users on the network based on requests containing information about the user. A sequence of selected clips is streamed in the order in which they are to be rendered by the user's computing device and delivery of a second clip begins before delivery of the first clip ends, so there is substantially no gap in time between the end of the first clip and the beginning of the second clip from the user's perspective.01-21-2010
20090150927Facilitating interactive advertising in digital television program content through follow-up browsing of selectable advertised offerings presented within such digital television program content - A method for facilitating interactive advertising in Digital Television (DTV) program content through highlighting of advertised offerings comprises a plurality of operations. An operation is performed for creating an entry in a buyable item list during presentation of DTV program content. The offering response data structure entry is created in response to selection of a buyable item that is visually highlighted within the DTV program content. An operation is performed for facilitating an order fulfillment process for the selected buyable item in response to the buyable item entry in the buyable item list being selected.06-11-2009
20090172729METHOD, SYSTEM AND PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR BROADCASTING SERVICES AVAILABLE TO CONSUMERS AT A LOCATION WHEN RELEVANT - A method, system and program product for automatically broadcasting services available at a location within a broadcast area. The method includes inputting, into a tool configured to broadcast, services available at different locations from multiple service providers and broadcasting in a broadcast area covering the different locations the services available from the multiple service providers. The method further includes delivering broadcasts of services available to a consumer at a location within the broadcast area at a point-in-time, the consumer having a device configured to send a respective location of the consumer to the tool and configured to receive delivery of the broadcasts of the services available at the respective location while the consumer is at the respective location, such that, the broadcasts of the services available alerts the consumer of the services available at the respective location at the point-in-time.07-02-2009
20090172728Targeted online advertisements based on viewing or interacting with television advertisements - In a computer-implemented method, a selected online advertisement is automatically directed to, or online activity is automatically tracked and recorded from, an online user interface device which corresponds, at the time the advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked, to a first online access identifier. The advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked based on information from a user profile that references or includes a first set-top box identifier. That information is derived at least in part from automatically collected data related to user behavior with respect to at least one television advertisement delivered to a set-top box, which set-top box corresponds, at the time of that user behavior, to the first set-top box identifier. The first online access identifier is associated with the first set-top box identifier, by being referenced or included in the user profile, by being associated in a database, or otherwise.07-02-2009
20090172727SELECTING ADVERTISEMENTS TO PRESENT - A request to select sponsored content to be presented with a first content item including video is received. A second content item including video is identified. The video included in the second content item has been viewed by at least one viewer of the video included in the first content item. Sponsored content that has been presented with the second content item is identified and selected to be presented with the first content item is selected.07-02-2009
20080313669Targeted Advertisement Insertion with Interface Device Assisted Switching - Advertisements or other types of targeted information are delivered to a set-top box or other user interface device of signal distribution system. In one aspect of the invention, a detection server of the system detects at least one cue associated with a first media stream, and generates timing information from the detected cue. The timing information is signaled to the interface device. An advertisement server of the system generates a second media stream containing targeted information for delivery to the user interface device. The user interface device switches from the first stream to the second stream based on the timing information. The timing information may also be signaled by the detection server to the advertisement server, for use in controlling generation of the second stream.12-18-2008
20120042337PERSONAL BROADCAST SERVER SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A CUSTOMIZED BROADCAST - A personal broadcast server system provides a customized broadcast to one or more users over a transmission media. A data storage device stores a plurality of broadcast elements. A data management system stores a user profile and a user state for each of the one or more users and also stores information associated with each of the plurality of broadcast elements. A broadcast element selector, having at least one broadcast element selector function, selects broadcast elements from the data storage device based on information contained in the data management system. A broadcast server receives the selected broadcast elements from the data storage device and provides the selected broadcast elements to a user over the transmission media. The personal broadcast server system may provide streaming audio, streaming video, or other forms of broadcast signals.02-16-2012
20120047530Targeted television advertisements based on online behavior - In a method for delivering targeted television advertisements based on online behavior, IP addresses indicating online access devices and IP addresses indicating television set-top boxes are electronically associated for a multitude of users. Using user profile information derived from online activity from one of the online access IP addresses, a television advertisement is selected, such as by using behavioral targeting or demographic information, and automatically directed to the set-top box indicated by the set-top IP address associated with that online access IP address. Preferably neither the user profile information nor the electronic association of online access and set-top box IP addresses includes personally identifiable information.02-23-2012
20120159541PLATFORM SHIFTED ADVERTISING AND INFORMATION FULFILLMENT - Users are prompted to request more information via an on-screen message when viewing a television program, commercial, movie, or other video. If accepted by using a remote control or computer input device, the user receives related promotional or informational content to another device, such as a computer, smart-phone or tablet, or platform, such as a social network, for later consumption.06-21-2012
20120159540SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED CONTENT - A personalized content server selects content that is personalized for a user based on watching information and mobile terminal information about the user from among pieces of content associated with broadcasting content being watched by the user through a broadcasting terminal, and transmits the selected personalized content to the mobile terminal of the user through the broadcasting terminal.06-21-2012
20120060183SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE TV ADVERTISING - A system and method for providing interactive television advertising. When a viewer with interactive capability is identified, the system invites the viewer to create an advertisement. When the viewer accepts, the system displays advertisement parameters on the viewer's television or other connected computing device such as a smartphone. The viewer uses a remote control mechanism to select parameters and send them to an interactive advertising unit in a television delivery system. The interactive advertising unit creates the interactive advertisement in accordance with the selected advertisement parameters. The system then shows the interactive advertisement to the viewer during the next commercial break.03-08-2012
20120159539METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PREVIOUSLY RECORDED BROADCAST PROGRAMMING WITH SUBSTITUTE COMMERCIALS - A system is disclosed for providing broadcast programming to subscriber locations including an intermediate video supplier, subscriber location equipment and one or more video sources. The intermediate video supplier includes a video buffer and a video server that processes received subscriber requests and retrieves, according to the subscriber requests, either of currently broadcast programming or broadcast programming previously buffered in the video buffer by the video server. The subscriber location equipment includes a remote control and a local control unit that transmits the subscriber requests to the video server via one or more data links and receives, from the video server, the broadcast programming for display on a local video display via the data link. A subscriber may initiate a restart command with a single action via the remote control to restart a currently viewed program from the beginning even if the currently viewed program was joined in progress.06-21-2012
20120159538TARGETED ADVERTISING BASED ON USER AUTHENTICATION, DEMOGRAPHICS AND USER SELECTION - Methods of delivering a time shifted video program include obtaining an individualized advertisement preference for a viewer of the time shifted video program, selecting an advertisement from among a plurality of available advertisements based on the individualized advertisement preference, inserting the selected advertisement into the time shifted video program, and delivering the time shifted video program including the selected advertisement to the viewer. Related systems are also disclosed.06-21-2012
20120110618METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING DIRECTED ADVERTISING BASED ON USER PREFERENCES - A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for providing advertisements with a media program transmitted to a user device are described. The method permits the user to control the presentation of advertisements.05-03-2012
20110107368Systems and Methods for Selecting Ad Objects to Insert Into Video Content - Various embodiments of the present invention relate to systems and methods for selecting ad objects to insert into video content. In particular embodiments, the systems and methods identity an object in video content that may be used to display an ad object and select an ad object to insert in place of the object in the video content. As a result, the ad object is displayed in the video content for the identified object when the video content is viewed.05-05-2011
20110099576Systems and methods for dealing with online activity based on delivery of a television advertisement - In a computer-implemented method, a selected online advertisement is automatically directed to, or online activity is automatically tracked and recorded from, an online user interface device which corresponds, at the time the advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked, to a first online access identifier. The advertisement is directed or the activity is tracked based on information from a user profile that references or includes a first set-top box identifier. That information is derived at least in part from automatically collected data related to user behavior with respect to at least one television advertisement delivered to a set-top box, which set-top box corresponds, at the time of that user behavior, to the first set-top box identifier. The first online access identifier is associated with the first set-top box identifier, by being referenced or included in the user profile, by being associated in a database, or otherwise.04-28-2011
20120124622SYSTEM AND METHOD OF RENDERING ADVERTISEMENTS BY EMPLOYING PAUSED SCREEN OF TELEVISION - Methods are disclosed for delivering targeted advertisements to a user using a television system including a remote control device. Embodiments for identifying a user from a group of users are disclosed. One embodiment is disclosed by utilizing a remote control with a plurality numeric buttons for selecting a channel and also for identifying a user.05-17-2012
20120124620Information Processing Apparatus and Information Processing Method - An information apparatus is provided with: a comment processing unit that acquires, from an external posting site, a comment of a viewer by using a tag as a search key, the comment is a viewer's feedback on the content of a program being viewed and related to a tag for grouping with other comments; and a display processing unit that generates data to be displayed on a screen, the data include image of a program being broadcast by a first broadcasting station and at least one comment for a program being broadcast by a second broadcasting station different from the first broadcasting station.05-17-2012
20090133059PERSONALIZED VIDEO SYSTEM - A media device suitable for playing video content including television programming is provided. The media device comprises a device usage monitor configured to substantially automatically monitor selected usage information related to video content that is played on the media device; a rating engine configured to substantially automatically generate content ratings for specific video content that has been played by the media device, wherein the content ratings are based at least in part of the usage information; and a user interface suitable for presenting a plurality of content channels to the user, wherein at least some of the presented channels are personalized channels that include video content that is selected based at least in part on the content ratings generated by the rating engine.05-21-2009
20090133058METHOD AND APPARATUS TO PERFORM REAL-TIME AUDIENCE ESTIMATION AND COMMERCIAL SELECTION SUITABLE FOR TARGETED ADVERTISING - Input measurements from a measurement device are processed as a Markov chain whose transitions depend upon the signal. The desired information related to the device can then be obtained by estimating the state of the signal at a time of interest. A nonlinear filter system can be used to provide an estimate of the signal based on the observation model. The nonlinear filter system may involve a nonlinear filter model and an approximation filter for approximating an optimal nonlinear filter solution. The approximation filter may be a particle filter or a discrete state filter for enabling substantially real-time estimates of the signal based on the observation model. In one applications a click stream entered with respect to a digital set top box of a cable television network is analyzed to determine information regarding users of the digital set top box so that ads can be targeted to the users.05-21-2009
20120124621FIELD OF PROGRAMME DELIVERY - A receiver is disclosed, comprising means for receiving a programme stream, and means for replacing portions of the programme stream with a locally stored programme. Other aspects of the invention are also presented.05-17-2012
20120222066CHANNEL NAVIGATION - Systems and methods may include providing, to a user device, first content corresponding to a first channel of a plurality of channels; receiving, from the user device or a device associated with the user device, selection of a second channel, of the plurality of channels, when advertising content is present in the first content; providing, to the user device and responsive to the selection, second content corresponding to the second channel; identifying a conclusion of the advertising content; and generating a notification indicative of the conclusion of the advertising content.08-30-2012
20120222067Method for Enhancing Digital Video Recorder Television Advertising Viewership - A method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership provides a method wherein the first or last number of seconds of a commercial break are carefully authored to provide a “teaser” to entice the viewer to watch multiple commercials during the commercial break instead of skipping the commercial break using the fast forward or jump functions of the DVR. A bookending function displays an advertisement before and/or after a program that has been recorded on the DVR's storage device is played to the viewer. The viewer selects a recorded program from the DVR's storage device to playback. Before the program is played back, an advertisement is retrieved from the storage device and is displayed before the program is run. Another advertisement is retrieved and then played after the program is over.08-30-2012
20120131610METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING AND RECEIVING DATA - According to one implementation a method is provided that involves transmitting from a social network site to a television broadcasting site a stream of data for being broadcast to multiple end-user media devices and also transmitting via a unicast communication from the social network site non-broadcast content for the purposes of being incorporated, integrated or otherwise played in conjunction with the broadcast content in the end-user media devices.05-24-2012
20120131609METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING AND RECEIVING DATA - A method of selecting targeted advertising content. According to one implementation the method includes receiving in a social network site from a computing device of a member of the social network site identifying data of the member and also broadcast data related to broadcast content being played in the computing device. Upon accessing in the social network site member information, the social network site by use of the broadcast data and member information selects targeted advertising content for the purpose of facilitating a transmission of the targeted advertising content to the computing device for it to be played in conjunction with the broadcast content. In one implementation the method further involves the social network site accessing and sending the targeted advertising content to the computing device.05-24-2012
20120131608Remote Healthcare Services Over Internet Protocol Television - A particular method includes communicating a media stream in response to receiving a channel change request (e.g., a request to view an interactive health channel) from a first device associated with a patient. The media stream is received from a second device associated with a healthcare provider and is communicated to the first device via an internet protocol television (IPTV) network. The method further includes communicating patient data received from the first device associated with the patient to the second device associated with the healthcare provider via the IPTV network.05-24-2012
20110185384System and Method for Targeted Advertisements for Video Content Delivery - In accordance with an embodiment, a method of inserting advertisements into video content includes electronically receiving video content metadata from a content provider, matching the video content metadata to advertising content metadata to provide a first list of advertisements, filtering the first list of advertisements according to user preference data to determine a second list of advertisements, and transmitting the second list of advertisements to a user device for insertion into the video content. The video content metadata corresponds to video content being sent to a user device, and the advertising content metadata corresponds to advertising content.07-28-2011
20110185383Enhanced Interactive Television - Interactive programming advertising methods and systems are provided. A selectable menu may be provided with a broadcast programming advertisement. The selectable menu may include one or more selectable functions that may allow for a user to interact with the broadcast programming advertisement. Data regarding the user's interaction or non-interaction with the interactive programming advertisement may be collected and utilized for providing a user with a more customized television viewing experience, for targeted programming advertisements, for measurement of new viewer generation data, as well as for other marketing activities directed to the user.07-28-2011
20120216226Detection System and Method for Mobile Device Application - A system and method for detecting a non-visual code using an application on a mobile device, where the application is capable of associating the non-visual code with at least one item contained in a transmitted presentation and connecting the mobile device to information about the item in a database associated with the transmitted presentation. The non-visual code may comprise a high frequency signal played alone or with another audio or video signal. A mobile device application executing on a processor of the mobile device performs signal processing on the audio signal of the presentation to extract the high frequency signal. Also contemplated is obtaining information about the visual content and presenting the information on the personal device.08-23-2012
20120254913CONVERTING STANDARD DEFINITION TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS TO HIGH DEFINITION FORMAT - A device receives a request for an advertisement from a set-top box (STB) displaying television content in a high definition format, and provides, to the STB, the advertisement in a standard definition format, where the high definition format includes a resolution higher than a resolution of the standard definition format. The device also determines whether the STB converts the advertisement from the standard definition format to the high definition format. When the STB fails to convert the advertisement from the standard definition format to the high definition format, the device generates a first error code and instructs the STB to continue to display the television content, without interruption, in the high definition format.10-04-2012
20120180085METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMICALLY INSERTING CONTENT INFORMATION INTO A MOBILE TV APPLICATION - A method operates a mobile communication device configured for outputting a television application and displaying selected content within a television environment of the mobile communication device. The method includes initiating a TV application using a user interface coupled to the mobile communication device. The method also includes capturing a television signal using a tuning device provided in the mobile communication device. The television signal is one of a plurality of television signals from respective television channels. The method further includes outputting a TV program associated with the television signal for the captured television channel on a display of the mobile communication device. Additionally, the method includes retrieving a configurable content object from a database provided within the mobile communication device. The configurable content object is one of a plurality of configurable content objects numbered from 1 through N, where N is an integer greater than 1.07-12-2012
20090055858SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SUPERVISED LEARNING TO ASSOCIATE PROFILES IN VIDEO AUDIENCES - A system and method for providing supervised learning to associate profiles in video audiences is provided. The method includes: receiving data providing an association of consumer profiles and video decoders to households within a network; recording zapping events (patterns) created by consumers; and associating zapping patterns of consumers with households. The step of associating further includes: collecting external data and converting a format of the external data into an internal format; converting zapping logs into different data models that can be used to provide set top box signatures; providing the set top box signatures; using the set top box signatures with a list of set top boxes and profiles to provide an association rule; and applying the association rule to the set top box signatures to determine a list of profiles of the consumer profiles associated with a specific set top box of the set top boxes.02-26-2009
20120185898METHOD FOR USING BANNER ADVERTISEMENTS DURING COMMERCIAL BREAKS - A method, non-transitory computer readable media, and Apparatus is provided for viewing a second content item while a first content item plays an advertisement. When the first content item is changed to a second content item on a display, a window region displays an advertising item related to the advertisement. The advertising item in the window region is modified when the advertisement has ended, alerting the user the advertisement is over. In another embodiment, the advertisement comprises a first and second commercial played in succession, and the advertising item in the window region comprises a first and second product item. In this embodiment, the window region displays the first product item when the first commercial is played in the advertisement, and the second product item when the second commercial plays in the advertisement.07-19-2012
20120084813TARGETED VIDEO ADVERTISING - A computer-implemented method of providing targeted video promotional material includes transmitting a promotional item for display on a video terminal, determining whether the promotional item was skipped, and updating a profile corresponding to the promotional item or a viewer of the promotional item based on whether or not the promotional item was skipped.04-05-2012
20120084812System and Method for Integrating Interactive Advertising and Metadata Into Real Time Video Content - A system and method for interactive video advertising comprising advertising overlays displayed on a video screen to prompt user interaction and e-commerce. Advertising overlays specifically highlight a particular region of the video content for which advertising or marketing is appropriate. Software is used to associate advertisement tags with video content, and to associate metadata with the advertisement tag. Payment account information is stored in the system and automatically transmitted to vendors. Purchase suggestions are sent to individuals, social media, and mobile media outlets.04-05-2012
20120084811System and Method for Integrating E-Commerce Into Real Time Video Content Advertising - A system and method for interactive video advertising comprising advertising overlays that are displayed on a video screen to initiate user interaction and allow e-commerce. Advertising overlays may promote highlight any video content with which an advertiser wishes to promote user interaction. User interaction with advertising overlays are recorded and displayed in a user interface. The user interface allows for access to an e-commerce interface wherein purchases of items related to advertising overlays may be initiated. Payment account information is stored in the system and automatically transmitted to vendors. User interaction data are saved by the system and used to send suggestions to individuals, social media, and mobile media outlets.04-05-2012
20120084810System and Method for Integrating Interactive Region-Based Advertising Into Real Time Video Content - A system and method for interactive video advertising comprising advertising overlays displayed on a video screen to prompt user interaction. Advertising overlays directly and substantively relate to video content and promote advertising content. Advertising overlays highlight a particular region of the video content for which an advertiser wishes to promote user interaction. Such overlays notify the user that a particular portion of the video content is related to advertising content that may be stored and viewed in a user interface.04-05-2012
20120084809SYSTEM AND METHOD ENABLING VIEWERS TO SELECT BETWEEN A PLURALITY OF SCHEDULED ADVERTISEMENTS - A method and interactive advertisement selection system for enabling a television viewer to select between a plurality of advertisements scheduled for an advertising block of time. The viewer utilizes an advertisement selection mechanism such as a television remote control or other computing device to indicate the desire to skip an advertisement currently being shown. An advertisement selection server receives the skip indication, stops the current advertisement, selects a next advertisement from a list of advertisements scheduled for the advertising block, and starts the next advertisement. The server ensures selected advertisements will fit within the advertising block. Records are maintained of which advertisements were viewed in their entirety, partially viewed, or skipped.04-05-2012
20120227069Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation for Addressable Content - Systems and methods for push-based dynamic bandwidth allocation deliver addressable, advertising content in a digital network. Bandwidth is allocated on a push basis in response to receiving a trigger from a content distribution stream. The trigger contains data indicating an addressable break. A portion of bandwidth is then allocated to an addressable content stream based on the data of the trigger. The addressable content stream is then streamed to a receiver during the addressable break and the receiver is tuned from the broadcast stream to the addressable content stream for the duration of the addressable break. The additional bandwidth is de-allocated at the end of the addressable break.09-06-2012
20130019262MEDIA CONTENT SYNCHRONIZED ADVERTISING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS - The MEDIA CONTENT SYNCHRONIZED ADVERTISING PLATFORM APPARATUSES AND SYSTEMS (“AD-SYNCH”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via AD-SYNCH components, into channel-synchronized product placement advertisement. A system is disclosed, comprising: a memory; a processor disposed in communication with said memory, and configured to issue a plurality of processing instructions stored in the memory, wherein the processor issues instructions for: receiving a user media program selection message from the user mobile device; retrieving an ad tag associated with the user selected media program from TV program schedule listing data; identifying an advertised item embedded in the media program based on the retrieved ad tag; determining an available ad template associated with the retrieved ad tag; generating an ad for the embedded advertised item based on the available ad template; and providing the generated ad to the user mobile device based on a timestamp of the ad tag.01-17-2013
20120240153SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.09-20-2012
20120240159Delivering Personalized Media Items to Users of Interactive Television and Personal Mobile Devices by Using Scrolling Tickers - A system and method of delivering personalized media items to users of an interactive television is disclosed. The system comprises a television terminal, a computing device and a remote control device. The system stores a personal profile for each of its users. Personal mobile devices associated with the users are connected wirelessly to the computing device. Identities of the users may be transmitted from the personal mobile devices to the computing device. Media items are selected based upon the personal profiles according to a predetermined algorithm. Media items may be displayed using scrolling tickers on the television terminal. In one embodiment, a detailed content of a selected media item may be delivered either on the television terminal or on a display of one of the personal mobile device. In another embodiment, scrolling tickers may also be displayed on displays of the personal mobile devices.09-20-2012
20120240158Delivering Personalized Media Items to Multiple Users of Interactive Television by Using Scrolling Tickers - A system and method of delivering personalized media items to users of an interactive television is disclosed. The system comprises a television terminal, a computing device and a remote control device. The computing device further comprises a set top box. The computing device may be connected to a server through a communication network. The system stores a personal profile for each of its users. Personal mobile devices associated with the users are connected wirelessly to the computing device. Identities of the users may be transmitted from the personal mobile devices to the computing device. Media items are selected based upon the personal profiles according to a predetermined algorithm. Selected media items may be delivered using scrolling tickers displayed on the television terminal.09-20-2012
20120240156SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.09-20-2012
20120240155SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.09-20-2012
20120272265PRIORI SCHEDULING OF MULTIPLE ASSETS WITHIN A COLLECTION OF ASSET DELIVERY OPPORTUNITIES - Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for constructing a schedule well before the time of an asset delivery opportunity that associates a collection of one or more assets, potentially from multiple advertisers or asset providers, that are planned to play in each asset delivery opportunity. Specific rules for each device also determine which asset each will play, thereby ensuring that campaigns of total asset delivery and asset delivery pacing are approximately fulfilled. This scheduling can be accomplished using marketing data associated with each user device and can be prepared in a practicable period of time using reasonable processing resources.10-25-2012
20120324506RESTORING PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR CLIPS OF BROADCAST PROGRAMS SHARED ONLINE - To restore context information about a clip that was sampled from a broadcast program, the clip is identified by matching a digital fingerprint of the clip against a database of known digital fingerprints taken from broadcast programs. If the clip can be identified, it is then associated with information about the matching broadcast program. The loss of context data about the clip obtained from a broadcast program is thus remedied, enabling media content available online to be more useable for a variety of purposes, such as media searching, automatic broadcast attribution, and targeting advertisements.12-20-2012
20120278834APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR DISCERNING USER ACTION WITH REGARD TO COMMERCIALS - Systems and methods are described herein for altering the presentation of commercials presented based on user input of their likes and dislikes of commercials. A plurality of commercials are received and stored at a media device. A commercial user interface is presented with at least one commercial. A user selection associated with the presented commercial is received via the commercial user interface, wherein the user selection corresponds to one of a user dislike and a user like of the first commercial. Future presentation of at least one next commercial is altered based on the received user selection and the stored plurality of commercials.11-01-2012
20120331503System and Method for Enhanced Hot Key Delivery - A method includes receiving, at a head-end, content to be provided to a particular subscriber. The method includes creating an indicator configured to provide to a subscriber side system an indication of an availability of alternated content based on the content. The method further includes sending the indicator and the content separately to the subscriber side system over different networks.12-27-2012
20100229192METHOD FOR ADAPTING A COMMON USER PROFILE - The invention concerns user profiles associated with terminals. It consists of a method for adapting a common user profile (09-09-2010
20110321087ADVERTISING METHODS FOR ADVERTISING TIME SLOTS AND EMBEDDED OBJECTS - Disclosed is a process for an advertising bidding system in which advertisers can bid on advertising time slots or enhanced ads that can be inserted in either prerecorded or live television programming. A high degree of flexibility is provided by allowing embedded ads to be purchased and displayed in a very short time period. This allows TV broadcasters to increase revenues and allows advertisers to have more flexibility in advertising. Objects can be inserted in the display video broadcast using enhancements such as by using mark-up language overlay pages or by video combination techniques. The effect of these ads can be evaluated for advertising campaigns.12-29-2011
20110321085SYSTEM AND METHOD OF AD DELIVERY - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device having a controller programmed to store a subscriber selectable preference for advertisements used for selecting advertisements to send to a set top box (STB) and receive a signal from a broadcast stream indicating the location for insertion of an advertisement based on the subscriber selectable preference. Other embodiments are disclosed.12-29-2011
20120102523System and method for providing access to data using customer profiles - A system and method for scheduling the receipt of desired movies and other forms of data from a network which simultaneously distributes many sources of such data to many customers, as in a cable television system. Customer profiles are developed for the recipient describing how important certain characteristics of the broadcast video program, movie or other data are to each customer. From these profiles, an “agreement matrix” is calculated by comparing the recipient's profiles to the actual profiles of the characteristics of the available video programs, movies, or other data. The agreement matrix thus characterizes the attractiveness of each video program, movie, or other data to each prospective customer. “Virtual” channels are generated from the agreement matrix to produce a series of video or data programming which will provide the greatest satisfaction to each customer. Feedback paths are also provided so that the customer's profiles and/or the profiles of the video programs or other data may be modified to reflect actual usage. Kiosks are also developed which assist customers in the selection of videos, music, books, and the like in accordance with the customer's objective profiles.04-26-2012
20100205631SCREEN TEXT MESSAGING - The invention provides a method and system for displaying user communicated messages in conjunction with a video viewable by members of a live audience which is gathered together in a single room. A video is displayed on a display screen viewable by the members of the live audience gathered together in a single room. User communicated messages are received from members of the live audience gathered together in the single room. The messages are then displayed onto the display screen viewable by the members of the live audience gathered together in a single room to provide a fun and interactive experience.08-12-2010
20100199304INTERACTIVE BROADCAST SYSTEM AND METHOD WITH DIFFERENT CONTENT DISPLAYED TO DIFFERENT VIEWERS - In a system and method for providing a television broadcast that displays different content for different viewers, a pool of content items, or particular items from a pool of content items, is integrated with a signal for a television program. The combined signal is transmitted or broadcast in any suitable way, such as by satellite, antenna, cable, or the like. Once the combined signal has been transmitted, or while the signal is being transmitted, different items from the pool of content items are displayed to different viewers. The items may be displayed to viewers during a broadcast of a pre-recorded television program. Rules may be integrated into the combined signal governing how and when items from the pool of content items are displayed. The rules may also govern which items from the pool of content items are displayed. A return channel may be provided so that a viewer may communicate to a content provider.08-05-2010
20100180295METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR CONVEYING PERSONALIZED CONTENT TO A VIEWER - A method, system and apparatus for conveying personalized content to a viewer associated with a receiver are disclosed. In some embodiments, the method comprises generating control data indicative of a receiver-accessible source of personalized content for the viewer and inserting the control data into a plurality of control streams for transmission to the receiver, each of the control streams being accessible to the receiver when in a different respective operational state. The type of personalized content may include, but is not limited to, an instant message, an e-mail message, a file, a personalized report, a new television channel within a system for causing a channel change, a pay-per-view program, a video-on-demand program, a personalized message, etc.07-15-2010
20130014158MEDIA CONTENT SYNCHRONIZED ADVERTISING PLATFORM METHODS - The MEDIA CONTENT SYNCHRONIZED ADVERTISING PLATFORM METHODS (“AD-SYNCH”) transforms TV program schedule listing information and user channel selection via AD-SYNCH components, into TV audience viewing data and ad effects data. A method is disclosed, comprising: obtaining TV program schedule listing data; providing the obtained TV program schedule listing data to a user mobile device; receiving an indication of user channel selection; determining a media program associated with the received indication of user channel selection; determining an ad associated with the determined media program; providing a survey question related to the determined ad to the user mobile device; and receiving a user response to the survey question.01-10-2013
20100131976PROMOTIONAL PHILOSOPHY FOR A VIDEO-ON-DEMAND-RELATED INTERACTIVE DISPLAY WITHIN AN INTERACTIVE TELEVISION APPLICATION - Systems and methods for providing an interactive display having indicators of video-on-demand programs are described. The systems and methods select indicators for inclusion in the interactive display according to a promotional selection algorithm.05-27-2010
20120151522In-Program Content Targeting - In-program content targeting is described. A default data stream containing default content associated with multiple segments of a particular program is generated and transmitted. An alternate data stream containing alternate content for one or more of the multiple segments is also generated and transmitted. A client device receiving the default content via the default data stream detects the availability of alternate content via the data stream. Based on profile data associated with the client device (or a user of the client device) and profile data associated with the alternate content, the client device may access the alternate data stream for one or more segments of the particular program.06-14-2012
20080229354Contextual television advertisement delivery - Various technologies for delivering contextual television advertisement are described. A user selection of a media title is received. The media title has an associated set of contextual metadata that includes information regarding the media title. A request for the media title is forwarded to a first server and an advertisement request including the set of contextual metadata is forwarded to a second server. The second server uses the set of contextual metadata to retrieve contextual television advertisement information. The contextual television advertisement information and the media title are received from the second server and the first server respectively. Also, the contextual television advertisement information and the media title are played.09-18-2008
20120254914SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING OFFERS USING A BILLING STATEMENT - A billing statement according to one aspect of the invention includes a description of a transaction and an offer pointer associated with the transaction, wherein the offer pointer includes information that may be used to review an offer. In one example of this aspect, a telephone number or a hyperlink is provided adjacent to a total amount owed listed on a statement (e.g., an electronically-displayed billing statement). The offers reviewed may be customized, for example, based on details of the transaction such as the product purchased or the amount of the purchase, the identity of the consumer, and/or on other data.10-04-2012
20130091520TARGETED ADVERTISING - A distribution system of programs and ads includes transmitting one or more ad channels to user devices. An ad channel includes ads and ratings that indicate a likelihood of interest of a user for an ad. The ratings are calculated based on ad profiles and user profiles. A user device selects ads to play during an ad insertion period of a program based on the rating.04-11-2013
20130097634SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REAL-TIME ADVERTISEMENT SELECTION AND INSERTION - Methods and devices for implementing real-time advertisement customization and selection. A video program has associated avail metadata, separate from the video program itself, and which is generated to define the avails for the video program. The avail metadata may contain fields specifying the duration, insertion point and type of each avail, and may also specify characteristics of the video program. An avail metadata encoder is configured to customize the avail metadata based on a request to view or play the video program. The customization may be specific to a client device and may reflect various characteristics, including details of the client device, an associated subscriber profile, geographic information, etc. Advertisements are then dynamically selected using the customized avail metadata and links to the advertisements are placed in the customized avail metadata.04-18-2013
20130104168RECOMMENDER SYSTEM WITH CONSISTENT PROFILE APPLICATION - The present invention relates to an apparatus, a method and a computer program product for controlling distribution and processing of content-related metadata of different content sources (04-25-2013
20130125165System and Method for a Customized Media Platform - A customized media platform that combines audio and visual content or programming with customized advertising and client-specific content is provided through a remote server coupled to a communication system that transmits audio and visual content along with signaling for insertion of customized content to a localized end user location where a server receives the audio and visual content and inserts customized content for transmission to one or more viewers.05-16-2013
20110219403METHOD AND APPARATUS TO DELIVER VIDEO ADVERTISEMENTS WITH ENHANCED USER INTERACTIVITY - An advertising system delivers video ads into hypertext documents, where these ads provide enhanced user interactivity features selected and configured by advertisers or other ad sponsors. The system also provides sophisticated tracking and real time reporting of viewer interactivity with the video ads and their enhanced features.09-08-2011
20110219401APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REPLACING A BROADCASTED ADVERTISEMENT BASED ON BOTH HEURISTIC INFORMATION AND ATTEMPTS IN ALTERING THE PLAYBACK OF THE ADVERTISEMENT - According to one embodiment of the invention, an apparatus comprises a data storage unit and a data processing unit. The data storage unit is adapted to store a plurality of advertisements. Coupled to the data storage unit, the data processing unit is adapted to detect an operation that alters playback of an advertisement being part of downloaded digital content, and in response to detecting the operation, to select one of the stored advertisements. The selection is based on heuristic information that is maintained for each of the plurality of stored advertisements.09-08-2011
20110219399APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REGISTERING AND THE SUBSEQUENT SELECTION OF USER SELECTED ADVERTISEMENT DURING PLAYBACK - According to one embodiment of the invention, a method of registering, and perhaps substituting broadcast television advertisements for lesser, time intensive advertisements is described. The method comprises (i) receiving digital content including segments of a audiovisual program separated by at least one broadcast advertisement; (ii) detecting an operation that alters playback of the broadcast advertisement; (iii) in response to detecting the alters playback, retrieving a stored advertisement from a local memory storage unit, the stored advertisement being associated with a genre of advertisements selected by a user; and (iv) outputting for display the stored advertisement in lieu of the broadcast advertisement, the stored advertisement having a playback time less than a prescribed amount of a normal playback time of the broadcast advertisement. Other embodiments are described and claimed.09-08-2011
20080201736Using Triggers with Video for Interactive Content Identification - Access to interactive content at a client device through the use of triggers is disclosed. The client device is coupled to a television communication network and receives an encoded broadcast video stream containing at least one trigger. The client device decodes the encoded broadcast video stream and parses the broadcast video stream for triggers. As the broadcast video stream is parsed, the stream is output to a display device. When a trigger is identified, the client device automatically tunes to an interactive content channel. The client device sends a signal indicative of the trigger through the television communication network to the processing office. The processing office can then use the information contained within the trigger signal to provide content to the client device. The content may be interactive content, static content, or the broadcast program stitched with interactive or static content. The user of the client device can then interact with any interactive content.08-21-2008
20080201735Information processing apparatus and method, and program - In the present invention, there is provided an information processing apparatus for recommending contents. The information processing apparatus may include recommended content extracting means for, when a predetermined condition is satisfied, during a period within a predetermined time from a point in time at which the predetermined condition is satisfied, with one or more contents that are being distributed or whose distribution is to be started from one or more distribution sources, respectively, as processing objects, extracting a recommended content to be recommended to a user from the processing objects on a basis of content information on each of the processing objects and preference information.08-21-2008
20080201734Association of Ads With Tagged Audiovisual Content - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for presenting advertisements. In one aspect, audiovisual content is presented to a user. An indicator is presented together with the audiovisual content to the user. The indicator is associated with one or more tags. Input selecting the indicator is received from the user. An advertisement, associated with the indicator and dynamically selected based at least in part on one or more of the tags, is presented to the user.08-21-2008
20110225608Video Viewer Targeting based on Preference Similarity - Presentation of a video clip is made to persons having a high probability of viewing the clip. A database containing viewers of previously offered video clips is analyzed to determine similarities of preferences among viewers. When a new video clip has been watched by one or more viewers in the database, those viewers who have watched the new clip with positive results are compared with others in the database who have not yet seen it. Prospective viewers with similar preferences are identified as high likelihood candidates to watch the new clip when presented. Bids to offer the clip are based on the degree of likelihood. For one embodiment, a data collection agent (DCA) is loaded to a player and/or to a web page to collect viewing and behavior information to determine viewer preferences. Viewer behavior may be monitored passively by different disclosed methods.09-15-2011
20100287586SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DISTRIBUTING MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - A method includes receiving, at a first server, data from a set-top box device including login information for a user to establish a first session with a multimedia distribution system. The method includes determining at the first server that the user belongs to at least one presence group when the login information is verified. The method includes identifying one or more on-line members that are members of the at least one presence group and have established sessions with the multimedia distribution system. The method also includes sending information from the first server to the set-top box device, the information corresponding to session activity of each of the one or more on-line members. The information includes video content selected by a user of a particular set-top box corresponding to one of the one or more on-line members, where the video content is concurrently sent to the particular set-top box device.11-11-2010
20130152126User control of replacement television advertisements inserted by a smart television - A method is performed using a smart TV, which receives from a television signal source device a television signal feed encoding primary television content and then presents that content. The smart TV receives data via the computer network, including first data representing a to-be-replaced portion of the primary television content and second data representing secondary television content. Using the second data, the smart TV automatically presents the secondary television content in place of the to-be-replaced television content. The method includes the smart TV: (a) automatically monitoring, during presentation of the secondary television content, the television signal feed and comparing it with the first data; and (b) automatically altering presentation of the secondary television content in accordance with a user-control action with respect to the television signal source device, in response to detecting any difference between the television signal feed and the first data indicative of that user-control action.06-13-2013
20130152125METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ADVERTISEMENT CHOICES USING A SECOND DISPLAY DURING CONTENT PLAYBACK - Systems and methods are disclosed that allow users to choose ads to be delivered while viewing content. In addition, the user can choose ads using a second display, thus not interrupting content viewing on a primary device. In this way, users may receive ads or ads within specific categories of their choosing. Ad choice may also take into account ads previously viewed, user preferences and interests, any purchasing history if available (including where items are merely browsed and not purchased, or where item barcodes are scanned, e.g., by a mobile phone camera), the content item playing during ad choice, previous content items played, interests or preferences determined from a social networking profile, and the like. User data as may be compiled is useful to advertisers and provides significant benefits to users because the ads displayed are highly likely to attract user interest upon playback. User choice provides similar benefits.06-13-2013
20100319022PERSONALIZED VIDEO SEGMENT IN BROADCAST WORLD - A personal mobile TV system (T, CP) stores an end-user profile, and it stores and runs a content personalization program controlling the system into automatic selection of a video segment source (BN12-16-2010
20120284748IDENTIFYING ANCILLARY INFORMATION ASSOCIATED WITH AN AUDIO/VIDEO PROGRAM - A system communicates video information including television content associated with a plurality of channels and ancillary information. Information may be transmitted with the ancillary information that is indicative of the type of content included in the ancillary information. This provides the user, in one embodiment of the present invention, with a visual indication of the type of information that accompanies television content. This helps the user to decide whether the user wishes to view the ancillary information and provides the opportunity to select that enhancement for viewing.11-08-2012
20120284747Digital television broadcasting apparatus and method for providing information in a digital television and internet convergent environment - A computer-implemented method, including receiving a first message which is an information or news message transmitted from a communication device associated with a content provider, generating a second message which is an information or news alert message, transmitting the second message to a first user device, receiving a request for information regarding information or news contained in the second message or information regarding an activity or event associated with the information or news message, generating and transmitting, to the first user device or a second user device, a third message containing information responsive to the request for information, and transmitting video information or audio information obtained at the activity or event to the first user device or the second user device, or allowing the user to engage in a video conference or video chat with the content provider, a participant of the activity or event, or another individual.11-08-2012
20120284746System and Method for Targeting Advertisements - Methods and systems for performing targeted advertising are described. In particular, ads are targeted to users based on TV viewing behaviors. This is achieved by linking TV viewing behaviors to anonymous digital identifiers, such as online browser keys or cookies.11-08-2012
20120284745APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING COMMERCIAL PRESENTATION - Systems and methods of providing different commercial viewing options for a media content event are disclosed. An example media device receives a user selection identifying one of a plurality of commercial viewing options associated with a media content event; determines if commercials are to be presented within at least one commercial break of the media content event based on the received user selection; selects commercials for presentation based on the received user selected commercial viewing option if commercials are determined to be presented during the at least one commercial break; presents the media content event; and presents selected commercials during designated commercial breaks during presentation of the media content event if commercials are determined to be presented during the at least one commercial break.11-08-2012
20120284744Automated playlist generation - A method and system for generating playlist includes retrieving a plurality of multimedia content from a multimedia database in response to a selection received from a user and generating a multimedia playlist that identifies an order of the plurality of multimedia content. Additionally, the playlist may be updated with one or more advertisements. A video based on the multimedia playlist may be generated. The video includes the plurality of multimedia content and the at least one advertisement.11-08-2012
20130160050METHOD FOR SIMPLIFYING HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM CONFIGURATION THAT EMPLOYS BIDIRECTIONAL DIGITAL AUDIO/VIDEO INTERCONNECTIONS - A method and computing device for configuring devices connected to a home entertainment network by bidirectional audio/video interconnections. The method selects a profile for a user of a home entertainment network that includes a display device connected to audio/video source devices where the connection to each audio/video source device is a bidirectional audio/video connection, and where the display device includes a preferences manager. The method determines audio/video preferences for the user of the home entertainment network, where the audio/video preferences are based on a user-selected configuration of the preferences manager. The method sends the audio/video preferences to each audio/video source device for configuring each audio/video source device based on the audio/video preferences for the user of the home entertainment network.06-20-2013
20130160051Dynamic Personalized Program Content - Described is a technology by which personalization data is used to select and order video highlight clips for a personalized highlight reel that a user may play to view, such as part of a narrative arranged for that user. The narrative may include introductory content, transition content and/or ending content. The narrative may include advertising content and/or ending content. The narrative may be rearranged in response to an event.06-20-2013
20130160052SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH A MEDIA DEVICE USER SUCH AS A TELEVISION VIEWER - A personalized television or internet video viewing environment, where the user can respond to messages. Messages are received over the internet and overlaid onto the video program. A light and vibrator on the remote control alert the viewer to respond by speaking into a microphone in the remote control unit. Voice recognition techniques are used to interpret the user's response, and biometric voice analysis can be used to identify the user. Successive interactions can be related and tailored to the particular user.06-20-2013
20130160054MULTI-CODED CONTENT SUBSTITUTION - Multiple segment identifiers associated with a single item of content and substitute content associated therewith can be utilized as a mechanism to provide content substitution using multiple content formats by utilizing a segment routing state machine. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.06-20-2013
20130160053SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTENT DELIVERY WITH MULTIPLE EMBEDDED MESSAGES - A digital video program is obtained. The program includes: (i) at least one broadcast segmentation message specifying at least one location for at least one broadcast advertisement, and (ii) at least one time-shifted segmentation message specifying at least one location for at least one time-shifted advertisement. The program is broadcast with at least one broadcast advertisement in accordance with the at least one broadcast segmentation message, and is made available to a subscriber at a time after the broadcasting, with at least one time-shifted advertisement in accordance with the at least one time-shifted segmentation message.06-20-2013
20130185750CONTEXT BASED CORRELATIVE TARGETED ADVERTISING - A method for selectively distributing content from a backend content distribution system (CDS) to at least one subscriber device includes: receiving information from a monitored environment corresponding to a subscriber device of the at least one subscriber device; correlating, using a processor of the backend CDS, a context identified by the received information to one or more specific content; inserting the specific content into a content stream being transmitted to the subscriber device; and transmitting along with the specific content at least one of (a) correlative information explaining a context surrounding why the specific content is being presented and (b) a selectable affordance by which access to the correlative information is provided. The received information includes at least one of (a) sensor information received from a sensor located within the monitored environment and (b) detected subscriber behavior captured by the subscriber device, and (c) subscriber-provided context information.07-18-2013
20130185751INTERACTIVE ADVERTISEMENT - Implementations discussed herein are directed to providing interactive advertisements to a viewer of a broadcast or other program service transmission. Interactive advertisements include product offering advertisements that give details regarding sales of specific products or retailers that offering specific products for sale. A user may create a shopping list or other indicator that specifies which product offering advertisements are displayed. Product offering advertisements may be displayed concurrently with content from a program service transmission. Extended product offering advertisement that provide further details regarding a product for sale may be displayed in response to user selections of particular product offering advertisements. Product offering advertisements and/or extended product offering advertisements may be displayed on a front panel screen of a receiver or on a television or other output device used to display program service content.07-18-2013
20110289528DEDICATED BUTTON OF REMOTE CONTROL FOR ADVERTISEMENT DELIVERY USING INTERACTIVE TELEVISION - Method and system is disclosed for delivering targeted advertisements to a user by employing an interactive television system. A dedicated button of a remote control is used to control the operation of rendering the advertisement to the user with the great simplicity. An icon for advertisement is displayed on the screen when a channel programming is being broadcasted. According to one embodiment, the user can be identified by using of the dedicated button in combination of the channel selection buttons. The buttons are switched into numeric buttons after a specific actuation of the dedicated button is received. According to another embodiment, the dedicated button is integrated with a finger-print sensing system. The advertisements are related to the identified user.11-24-2011
20110296457CONVERGED COMMUNICATION SERVER WITH TRANSACTION MANAGEMENT - A communications server increases the value of cable and communication services by enabling the integration of packet network content with directed advertising in a managed environment. Such services may include Video On Demand and videoconferencing running on a Converged Communication Platform. Content processing within the server enables the combining of streaming content with different types of ads. Content integration is controlled through software negotiations between subscriber, advertiser, and content provider software agents. The rate, selection, placement, and number of advertisements within a television program or videoconference can also be determined. The ability to custom tailor content and advertisements increases the value of advertising, lowers costs to subscribers, improves the viewing experience, and disburdens transaction participants from the manual tasks that would otherwise be required during transaction setup.12-01-2011
20110314495SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO SELECT TARGETED ADVERTISING - Systems and methods to select targeted advertising for display are disclosed. An example method to select targeted advertising for display includes identifying an advertisement corresponding to the first product, identifying a saturation metric for the advertisement, determining a net effectiveness metric based on an opportunity metric and the saturation metric, the opportunity metric being based on a difference between an expected consumption of a first product by the household and actual consumption of the product by the household, and delivering the advertisement to the household via a media transmission when the net effectiveness metric is greater than a threshold.12-22-2011
20130191863Channel Family Surf Control - An interface for an interactive television application includes a graphical representation of a channel changing apparatus and is configured such that in response to a channel change request a channel change event limited to a channel change within a designated family of television channels is initiated. The graphical element may be labeled so as to indicate the presently viewed family of television channels. In various embodiment, the channel content may be scaled to fit within a window or may be full screen, in which latter case the interface may be overlaid on top of the full screen video. In one example, the graphical representation of the channel changing apparatus resembles a pair of channel up/down buttons.07-25-2013
20120291066DATA MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION - Techniques associated with data management and distribution are described, including receiving at a content distribution and management system activity data associated with a user from a client, the client having an interface configured to display commercial content and a player configured to access the content distribution and management system, storing the activity data in a database, displaying the commercial content using the interface, receiving other activity data associated with the user from the client, storing the other activity data in the database, determining other commercial content to display using the activity data and the other activity data, and displaying the other commercial content.11-15-2012
20110321086ALTERNATING EMBEDDED DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT RESPONSIVE TO USER OR PROVIDER CUSTOMIZATION SELECTIONS - A solution for altering content embedded in digital media responsive to user or provider preferences where, upon identifying embedded media content that represents product placement or is linked to specific consumer ratings, the solution can manipulate said embedded media content in accordance with the selection previously made. Playback of the digital media artifact is adjusted accordingly and seamlessly from the viewpoint of the user.12-29-2011
20120030704Digital Ad Insertion for Video-On-Demand - A method including identifying one or more ad break points within digital video and/or audio content, selecting ad content to provide with the video and/or audio content, and generating a playlist referencing the ad content at the one or more ad break points.02-02-2012
20130198775APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THROUGH DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT - A method, an apparatus, and a system for providing additional information through a digital media content are provided. The method includes: detecting an item selected by a user selection when the user selection is sensed in a media content that is being reproduced; judging whether the user selection is a first selection for primarily selecting the item or a second selection for secondarily selecting the item in a set time after the item is primarily selected; and highlighting at least a portion of the item according to a set display format according to whether or not additional information linked to the item is present in the case in which the user selection is the first selection and displaying the additional information linked to the item in the case in which the user selection is the second selection.08-01-2013
20130205338METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SYNCHRONIZATION OF MESSAGES TO CONTENT UTILIZING AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION - An automatic content recognition (ACR) enabled (ACR-enabled) connected TV device may be operable to present, utilizing ACR, an overlay starting at a time that is synchronized to an identified event in presented content. The overlay may comprise one or more messages associated with an online social network. The presented content may comprise a program, a movie, a game or a commercial. The one or more messages may be pre-generated, before presentation of the content, for presentation synchronized to the identified event during the presentation of the content. The one or more messages may be generate during broadcast or streaming of a program or a movie, and the presented content, which comprises the program or the movie, may be presented during a time-delayed playback. The ACR-enabled connected TV device may track, utilizing the ACR, how each of the presented one or more messages is actually being viewed and/or interacted with.08-08-2013
20120096490TRANSMITTING CUSTOM ADVERTISEMENTS TO A CLIENT DEVICE - Systems and methods are provided for transmitting an advertisement to a client device. The method comprises, receiving from a client device via a communication network a profile that includes information concerning a user, selecting, via a processor, an advertisement from a plurality of available advertisements based on the information concerning the user included in the profile and also based on targeting criteria associated with each of the available advertisements, and transmitting to the client device via the communication network the advertisement selected from the plurality of available advertisements so that the advertisement can be presented via the client device.04-19-2012
20120096489Systems and methods for selecting television advertisements for a set-top box requesting an advertisement without knowing what program or channel is being watched - A computer system automatically identifies, in response to receipt of first electronic data indicating selected advertisements are desired for a set-top box, certain television programs/channels that permit or desire selected advertisements, and automatically makes available to a device a set of selected television advertisements. The programs/channels are identified using second electronic data. The programs/channels are available for viewing in a time slot during which the first electronic data was received. Each selected advertisement corresponds to an identified television program/channel. The device has access to third electronic data indicating which program/channel is currently being presented via the set-top box, so that a selected television advertisement can be presented via the set-top box while the corresponding program/channel is being presented. The computer system selects and makes available the first set of television advertisements without access to the third electronic data.04-19-2012
20120096488PROCESSING WORKFLOW FOR RECOMMENDING MEDIA PROGRAMS - A processing workflow method, system, and computer program product provide the ability; to recommend alternative programming during playback of a source media program. A media program player plays the source media program to a first viewer and provides information regarding the first viewer to a recommendation engine. The recommendation engine calculates and sends the media player a list of recommended media program candidates (including identifications of the candidates) based on the information. Prior to reaching an advertising break in the source media program, the media player transmits a request (including the identifications) for an advertisement to an advertising server and in response, receives an advertisement that is played to the first viewer during the advertising break.04-19-2012
20120096487METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECOMMENDING MEDIA PROGRAMS - A method, system, and computer program product provide the ability to recommend, to a first viewer, alternative programming during playback of a first media program. The first media program is played. A second media program of potential interest to the user is identified. During an advertising break, an interface is presented to the user that identifies the second media program. An indication of interest in the second media program is received from the user. If the indication indicates that the user is interested in the second media program, a reference to the second media program is saved as a viewer recommendation for later playback. If not interested, additional input may be received from the user indicating why the user is not interested.04-19-2012
20130212623METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TRANSMITTING VIDEO OBJECTS - A method for transmitting objects in an Internet Protocol based Television System from a distribution network to a destination terminal of a subscriber via an Internet Protocol transmission line includes: determining a subscriber profile; assigning at least one customized spot to an Internet Protocol Television program; assigning one or more objects to the at least one customized spot, the one or more objects being chosen dependent on the subscriber profile; and providing the Internet Protocol based Television Program and the customized spot to the destination terminal. The one or more objects are provided as realistic objects.08-15-2013
20130212622INFORMATION INSERTION METHOD AND SYSTEM - An information insertion method and system are provided. The method includes: determining whether an insertion interval starts when a presentation module presents information from a first information source apparatus; when the interval starts, transmitting information from a second information source apparatus, preferably a local apparatus, into the presentation module for presentation; and when the interval ends, stopping transmission of information from the second apparatus into the presentation module, so that the module stops presenting information from the second apparatus and presents information from the first apparatus, thereby preventing the problem caused by channel switching or network congestion resulting in no image on the screen or temporary appearance of a screensaver image. Therefore, the information insertion can be conducted quickly at the beginning of the interval to provide an easy way for the operators to publish information very quickly or provide potential marketing opportunities for businesses to improve economic performance.08-15-2013

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