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725105000 - VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITH UPSTREAM COMMUNICATION

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725110000 Connection to external network at receiver (e.g., set-top box) 284
725111000 Cable modem 51
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20100088735Video Branching - In certain implementations, a method of displaying a branched chain of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) video content involves providing a first stream of video content, the first stream of video content having a plurality of video features that appear during a plurality of associated time intervals in the first stream of video content; providing a collection of affiliate video streams related to the plurality of time intervals; providing a set of metadata that associates the time intervals with one of the plurality of affiliate video streams; playing the first stream of video content on an IPTV compatible player device to sequentially reveal the plurality of features of the first stream in their respective time relationships in the first stream via a display driven by the IPTV compatible player device; at the IPTV compatible player device, receiving a selection signal during the associated time interval that selects the video feature being displayed; upon receipt of the selection signal, the IPTV compatible player device accessing the metadata to identify a particular one of the collection of affiliate data streams that is associated with the time interval of the selected video feature; and the IPTV compatible player device ceasing to play the first stream of video content and beginning playing the associated one of the collection of affiliate data streams that is associated with the time interval of the selected feature; whereby, the viewer directly navigates from one stream of video content to an affiliate video. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.04-08-2010
20110191812Video Download Mechanism for Transferring Large Data - A content delivery system stores large content as frames of video that can be served by content servers already optimized for streaming video. Instead of storing image tiles in separate files, the system treats each tile as a frame of a video and stores the tiles in a video format. This allows transfer of large data from a publisher to a content server by transferring a single file or a small handful of files (rather than thousands or millions of files). Web servers such as MICROSOFT Internet Information Server (IIS) include smooth streaming support that can return individual images as video frames as though the images were stored in separate files. Thus, the content delivery system provides easier management of large data for publishers while continuing to provide a smooth experience consuming the data for clients.08-04-2011
20090193481METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A BROADCAST TV - A method for realizing video live broadcast, includes: receiving a request for creating conversation from a user equipment, the request carrying indication information for identifying video live broadcast BTV service packet, the BTV packet includes several channel program with the same authentication attribute and the same accounting attribute; sending BTV service control information corresponding to BTV service packet to a network marginal equipment corresponding to the user equipment UE; creating the conversation between an IPTV server and the user equipment UE according to the request; sending the channel program that the UE need access to the UE according to the BTV service control information. Corresponding equipment and system also are provided. The invention can ensure flexible authentication and accounting capability, meanwhile it also ensure the user can switch channel quickly according to the present invention.07-30-2009
20090193480BI-DIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION SERVICES OVER CABLE NETWORKS - The present invention provides methods and systems for accessing services in a television system. In one embodiment, a DHCT presents a subscriber an EPG presentation containing a plurality of selectable bi-directional services that are purchasable for a period of time and rendered to a buying subscriber on an individualized basis as offered by the cable television system. The subscriber navigates an EPG menu presentation with an input device such as a remote control device and selects a purchasable service by choosing the visual representation that corresponds to the desired service. The DHCT receives the user input, translates the selected command into an executable program call that queries service availability and, if the service is available, initiates the selected bi-directional audiovisual service on a personalized session.07-30-2009
20090193479Method and apparatus for automatically notifying a renter of digital content when the rental period has expired - Digital content contained on physical media rented to a customer who fails to return said media once the rental term has expired. Date information encoded onto the media or encoded within the content is used to determine that the rental period has expired. If the media containing the expired content is residing in a media player, the user is notified through a plurality of notification schemes. Customers of expired digital content can also be notified if the media player is connected to the internet even if the media containing the content is not currently residing in the media player. This invention solves several problems currently effecting content rental services and allows the rental services to conserve costs normally associated with notifying customers that their rental has expired.07-30-2009
20100011399VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS, VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD IN VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS - There are provided a video processing apparatus, a video processing system, and an information providing method in the video processing apparatus. The video processing apparatus includes: a communication part performing communication with a service providing server providing broadcasting services; a video processing part performing video processing with respect to the broadcasting services; an output part outputting information on the broadcasting services; and a controller controlling the communication part, the output part and the video processing part to transmit user information and viewing information with respect to the video processing apparatus to the service providing server, to receive recommendation information based on the user information and the viewing information from the service providing server, and to output the received recommendation information, respectively.01-14-2010
20080271099Content transmission apparatus, content reception apparatus, and content transmission/reception system - Disclosed herein is a content transmission apparatus connected to a content reception apparatus at a remote place via a network, the content transmission apparatus including: a broadcast signal reception section configured to receive a broadcast content on one or more channels; a recording/reproducing section configured to compress and record data of at least 24 hours of broadcast content on each channel, and reproduce the recorded compressed data; a communication section configured to transmit the compressed data to the content reception apparatus via the network; and a delay control section configured to control the recording/reproducing section to control a delay time between a broadcasting time of the content and a time at which the compressed data is transmitted. The delay time is set in accordance with time difference information indicating a time difference between places where the content transmission apparatus and the content reception apparatus are placed.10-30-2008
20120246690Apparatus and Method for Tuning to a Channel of a Moving Pictures Expert Group Transport Stream (MPEG-TS) - A method and apparatus for tuning to a channel of a Moving Pictures Expert Group transport stream (MPEG-TS), for example used in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network, are provided for optimising a channel change procedure. The method comprises the steps of receiving a MPEG transport stream at a first bit rate, the MPEG transport stream comprising a plurality of television channels. Program clock reference (PCR) values are identified in the received MPEG transport stream, and one or more of the program clock reference (PCR) values are adjusted. The MPEG transport stream, including the adjusted program clock reference values, are transmitted at a second bit rate, for example to a receiver device such as a set top box, thereby enabling the set top box to perform a channel change procedure more quickly.09-27-2012
20090158366Method for optimising the transmission of DVB-IP service information by partitioning into several multicast streams - The present invention relates to a broadcast server of service information data streams, comprising a first step consisting in partitioning at least one part of the service information between the different streams, and a second step consisting in broadcasting the partition from the first step on at least two separate streams to a plurality of terminals.06-18-2009
20130042288METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR PLAYING OUT A MEDIA OBJECT - A method and arrangement in a media equipment (02-14-2013
20130042287METHOD FOR TRANSMISSION/RECEPTION OF INTERNET-BASED CONTENT AND TRANSMITTER/RECEIVER USING SAME - The present invention relates to a method for transmitting/receiving contents through a network such as the Internet, and to a transmitter/receiver using same, the transmission method comprising: converting content stored in a file format into a delivery format; and including the content converted into the delivery format in a payload of an IP packet and transmitting same, wherein the delivery format includes composition information on at least one program that configures the content, wherein the program composition information further includes version information for expressing the version of the program composition information that is delivered through the IP packet.02-14-2013
20120210379METHOD AND APARATUS FOR SHARING INTERNET ASSETS OR CONTENT URLs VIA A SECOND DISPLAY DEVICE - A user can share Internet assets or content URLs via a second display device with other Internet content service users. Thus, the other users will be able to view the same content on their own internet protocol televisions (IPTV), as first display devices, without the need to search for the content in the content providing service. When the shared content is URLs, the recipient can even preview the content from the URL on the second display device before sending it to the recipient's internet protocol television (IPTV).08-16-2012
20130042286Apparatus and Method for Transmitting Media Content - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device having a controller to transmit a client program having a GUI to a media device, where the client program presents an overlay that superimposes onto media content received by the media device and enables the media device to associate a user-generated comment with the media content received at the media device. The controller can receive user-generated comments and media content in a temporal vicinity of the user-generated comments via the client program, and can receive a request for the user-generated comments. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-14-2013
20130139209Context Relevant Interactive Television - Methods, systems and computer readable medium with program instructions for providing contextually relevant information for multimedia content streaming through a rendering device, includes detecting a selection of the multimedia content for rendering on the rendering device. An audio signal of the multimedia content is retrieved and analyzed to generate an audio fingerprint. The generated audio fingerprint is used to identify the multimedia content that is selected for rendering. Contextually relevant content for a portion of the multimedia content being rendered on the rendering device is dynamically retrieved from one or more sources and mapped to data associated with the portion of the multimedia content. The mapping results in the rendering of the relevant content during the rendering of the portion of the multimedia content and provides additional information that is contextually relevant to the portion of the multimedia content that is currently being rendered on the rendering device.05-30-2013
20100043039SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTEGRATING MESSAGING WITH A TELEVISION - An application for a digital television platform includes a display, a television receiver operatively coupled to the display and a processor operatively coupled to both the display and to the television receiver. A memory and a non volatile storage medium is communicably coupled to the processor. A communication link is also communicably coupled to the processor and a communication event is detected signaling reception of a communication on the communication link. Responsive to the communication event, a set of instructions is executed by the processor, the set of instructions is configured to receive the communication and to process the communication with respect to a set of user preferences.02-18-2010
20090158367Intelligent video network protocol - Software capabilities of a video analytics device are obtained. The software of the video analytics device is configured. An output from the video analytics device is received. The output is sent to a user device.06-18-2009
20100107206COMBINED BROADCAST AND BACKCHANNEL DELIVERY OF STREAMING CONTENT - Streaming content may be delivered through a combination of broadcast and a backchannel. Related apparatus and methods for receiving and distributing streaming content are described. A receiving device may receive a packet of information in the form of a broadcast signal from a broadcast source. The packet of information may contain one or more streamlets and a table of contents associated with the streamlets. A desired streamlet may be selected from the packet of information and presented with a display. A remainder of a data stream associated with the streamlet may be requested and received from via a backchannel while the desired streamlet is being presented. The remaining data stream may then be presented with the display.04-29-2010
20100107205METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RESUMING, TRANSFERRING OR COPYING A MULTIMEDIA SESSION - Methods and systems for resuming, transferring or copying an IMS session associated with a first terminal or user at a second terminal in e.g., a same household are described. If a session is to be transferred, resource reservations associated with establishing a second IMS session for the transfer can be bypassed by informing the IMS system, either explicitly or implicitly, of the relationship between the terminals involved in the transfer. A controller can select a content server to support the resumed session and coordinate session identities associated with the selection.04-29-2010
20100107204DYNAMIC IPTV GROUP PROFILE CREATION AND MANAGEMENT - An IPTV group profile is dynamically generated based on individual IPTV user profiles, whenever a user joins or leaves a shared IPTV session at an IPTV Terminal Function (ITF). The IPTV group profile may be implemented as a modification to the IPTV user profile of each user. In one embodiment, a “group” branch includes the additional access privileges and/or restrictions from the IPTV user profiles of other group members. The modified IPTV user profiles of users in the group are placed on a network entity such as an XDM Server (XDMS), to which the ITF subscribes via XCAP. As users join or leave a shared IPTV session at an ITF, the IPTV-AS updates the IPTV user profiles on the XDMS, which notifies the ITF of the changes. Each user's IPTV user profile at the ITF thus reflects group access privileges, preferences and restrictions for the duration of the shared IPTV session.04-29-2010
20100107203METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING DYNAMIC WEBPAGES IN A MEDIA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an Internet Protocol Television system having a controller to create a template defining a format of presentation of an webpage or HTML page using an iTV or IPTV application system, receive a request for the page from a subscriber of the iTV or IPTV system. The system can access application system subscriber data for the subscriber and a presentation of the page is dynamically adapted according to the application system subscriber data. In one alternative at, the page can be dynamically adapted by changing in content or by changing a look and feel of an HTML page or webpage. In another alternative, the webpage or HTML page can be dynamically adapted by modifying graphic user interface elements based on the application system subscriber data. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-29-2010
20100064330Bidirectional signal transmission apparatus and method - The present invention relates a bidirectional signal transmission apparatus and method, wherein said apparatus comprises a processor unit connected in signal communication with an Ethernet, an RF modulation/demodulation unit, and an RF frequency conversion unit connected in signal communication with a coaxial cable network. The data signal input from the Ethernet is modulated into standard IEEE802.11 signal by means of said signal processing unit and RF modulation/demodulation unit, and then down-converted from 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz standard IEEE802.11 signal to a range of 500 MHz to 2000 MHz, and preferably to a range of 900 MHz to 1200 MHz. The bidirectional transmission apparatus further includes a frequency band selector for selecting different frequency bands so as to broaden the bandwidth of the signal and a real broad band data transmission is accomplished.03-11-2010
20090307735SPLIT PERSONAL COMPUTER SYSTEM - A cable television interface box for interconnecting a television display unit to a cable television connection. The cable television interface box includes a television accessory unit in communication with the television display unit and the cable television connection. The television accessory unit interfaces with a remote portion of a split personal computer system and outputs input data signals to the remote portion for performing input portions of personal computer tasks, and receives video signals from the remote portion indicative of video and output portions of personal computer tasks.12-10-2009
20120192239CONTENT 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 receiving video data from a client computing device, where the video data is captured using a camera connected to the client computing device in accordance with instructions executed on the client computing device to provide the video data in accordance with predetermined constraints. The video data is automatically transcoded into at least one different format based on user credentials associated with a user of the client computing device and/or attributes associated with the video data. At least one format of the transcoded video data defines a video file in a format appropriate for inclusion in a linear television programming transmission. The transcoded video data is uploaded to a server for distribution.07-26-2012
20090094653METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUS CONFERENCING AND INTERACTIVE DISPLAY AND CONTROL OF VIDEO OVER A DISTRIBUTED NETWORK - A video is played simultaneously at different nodes of a distributed network. The simultaneous playing is controlled through an intermediary server, which receives playback instructions from one or more of the different nodes and then sends simultaneous playback commands each of the different nodes in response to the playback instructions. The different nodes then play the video in accordance with the playback commands.04-09-2009
20130061277SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAPPING POTENTIAL INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION INTERFERENCE - A method is disclosed for determining a mitigation strategy to limit a potential source of interference on an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) system. A new user installation request is received at a server in the IPTV system. A first geographical location of a customer premises associated with the new user installation request is received. A second geographical location of an amplitude modulation broadcasting facility is received. A first distance between the first geographical location and the second geographical location is determined. A first signal transmission power rating for the amplitude modulation broadcasting facility is retrieved from a database. A first mitigation strategy causing filters to filter an IPTV signal according to a frequency range associated with the amplitude modulation broadcasting facility to limit a first interference on the IPTV signal provided to the first geographical location when the first distance is less than the first threshold distance is determined.03-07-2013
20130061276Transmitting Signals Using Directional Diversity Over a Network - Methods and systems are disclosed for using a common frequency spectrum for simultaneous upstream and downstream communications in a network by implementing directional diversity techniques. Non-reciprocal coupling devices, such as circulators, may be configured in the network to provide unidirectional transmission of each signal to prevent interference. In some embodiments, feed-forward interference cancellation is utilized to increase signal isolation of upstream and downstream signals.03-07-2013
20120117604USER PROFILING - A method, in a communications network, of collecting profile data related to at least a first type of service a user is supplied with and making that data available to at least a second different type of service the user is supplied with over the network.05-10-2012
20130067524VIDEO TRANSMISSION WITH ENHANCED AREA - A video transmission method includes receiving a selected area from an input device. The selected area includes a first portion of a video image received from a video device. The video image includes a second portion, at least some of which is not included in the selected area. The first portion of the video image is transmitted at a first resolution over a network for display. The second portion of the video image is transmitted at a second resolution over the network for display. The second resolution is lower than the first resolution, which allows the system and method to utilize available transmission bandwidth to transmit the video image with the first portion, which may be a portion of interest in the video image, at a higher quality than the second portion, which may be a portion in the video image of less interest than the first portion.03-14-2013
20090235321TELEVISION CONTENT FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES - Television content from multiple sources is described. In embodiment(s), a television client device includes an interface to receive television media content in multiple streaming video formats. A television media service implemented in the television client device can process television media content when received in a first streaming video format, and render the television media content for display. In addition, the television media service can process additional television media content when received in a second streaming video format, and render the additional television media content for display.09-17-2009
20090235320IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An image processing apparatus with a display unit includes: a communication unit which communicates with a server that stores therein content organization information of a video content; an input unit through which a video signal contained in the video content is input; a processing unit which processes the video content; and a controller which controls the processing unit to display the video content based on the content organization information on the display unit.09-17-2009
20120272279APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION BROADCASTING CONTENTS, USER TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION BROADCASTING CONTENTS INFORMATION - An apparatus and method for providing IPTV broadcasting contents information is provided. The apparatus and method is capable of easily providing a user terminal with related information that is associated with IPTV broadcasting content contents. The apparatus includes a content generator configured to generate an IPTV broadcasting content by use of a broadcasting content and a Quick Response (QR) code including related information that is associated with the broadcasting content, and a transmitter configured to transmit the IPTV broadcasting content.10-25-2012
20090013361METHOD OF PROCESSING HYBRID SERVICE AND HYBRID DIGITAL CABLE RECEIVING APPARATUS - A method of processing a hybrid service and a hybrid digital cable receiving apparatus are provided. The hybrid digital cable receiving apparatus includes a transmitting/receiving unit for receiving a hybrid signal, an Internet protocol television (IPTV) service processing unit for processing data corresponding to an IPTV service that is included in the received hybrid signal, and a cable service processing unit for processing data corresponding to a cable broadcasting service that is included in the received hybrid signal.01-08-2009
20130167183IPTV DATA COLLECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD BASED ON MULTI-CAST - Disclosed is an Internet protocol television (IPTV) data collection apparatus including: a transmission path setting unit acquiring a transmission path of an IPTV provider and setting a communication path with respect to a terminal of the transmission path; a message transmitting and receiving unit transmitting a multicast message to at least one terminal belonging to the transmission path and receiving a response message including information related to the IPTV provider and corresponding to the transmitted multicast message; and a data storing unit storing the information related to the IPTV provider, and a method thereof.06-27-2013
20130167184METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING INTERNET-BASED CONTENT AND TRANSMITTER/RECEIVER USING SAME - The present invention relates to a method for transmitting/receiving through a network such as the Internet, and to a transmitter/receiver using same, the transmission method comprising: converting content stored in a file format into a delivery format; and including the content converted into the delivery format in a payload of an IP packet and transmitting same, wherein one or more mdats, which are included in an mdat box of the file format, are cut according to a time window and sequentially included in the delivery format in the transforming step.06-27-2013
20130167185System and Method of Multiple Context-awareness for a Customized Cloud Service Distribution in Service Level Agreement - This disclosure relates to a system for performing multiple context-awareness to distribute customized cloud services under a service level agreement, and relates to a method for the same. Specifically, the system and method for performing multiple context-awareness to distribute customized cloud services under a service level agreement provide customized cloud services in accordance with the determination of a service level agreement (SLA) and of a cloud service complying with the agreement so as to reliably process services in open architecture.06-27-2013
20090241152DIGITAL BROADCAST RETRANSMISSION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A receiver unit demodulates a digital broadcast wave and reproduces an MPEG2 transport stream. When a contents change is detected in the MPEG2 transport stream, a network processor adds identification information to the frame corresponding to the MPEG2 transport stream of the contents change. The MPEG2 transport stream to which the identification information is added is accumulated in a storage unit. A network processor reads out the MPEG2 transport stream making use of the identification information and transmits it to the IP network through a switch.09-24-2009
20120272280VIDEO PROCESSOR AND VIDEO PROCESSING METHOD - According to one embodiment, a video processor includes: a server function module configured to function as a server to provide data through a network; a renderer function module configured to function as a renderer to control displaying of data provided by another server in the network; a memory configured to store therein data that can be provided to the renderer function module; a receiver configured to receive, from an external device, identification information used to identify a server providing corresponding data; a determination module configured to determine whether the server identified by using the identification information is the server of the video processor; and a display controller configured to control displaying of the data stored in the memory if it is determined that the server identified by using the identification information is the server of the video processor.10-25-2012
20090100483COMMON KEY FRAME CACHING FOR A REMOTE USER INTERFACE - Common key frames are provided to a client during initialization to provide more efficient remoting of user interface graphical information. By storing the common key frames at the client, the common key frames may be loaded quicker and more efficiently at the client without having to resend graphical information for each common key frame each time a common key frame is used to provide a new frame. Differences between a selected common key frame and the new frame are encoded as delta commands. A payload containing a common key frame command, which identifies a common key frame at the client, and delta commands which encode differences between the selected common key frame and new frame is sent to the client. The client receives the payload, sets a cached common key frame as the current frame, applies the delta commands to the selected common key frame, and renders the new frame.04-16-2009
20110302618FRAGMENTED FILE STRUCTURE FOR LIVE MEDIA STREAM DELIVERY - Media files such as MPEG-4 files are fragmented to allow for media and live media creation and delivery. A MPEG-4 standard description box includes synchronization information, end of file information, and chapter information to provide signaling information for near live playback of fragments. Playback can begin upon receiving a first MPEG-4 file fragment. A second MPEG-4 file fragment can be requested using information included in the first MPEG-4 file fragment.12-08-2011
20120023534ORGANIZING SOCIAL ACTIVITY INFORMATION ON A SITE - A system and method for organizing social activity information on a website is disclosed. The system comprises a feed serving module and a presentation module. The feed serving module is configured to receive one or more user inputs for one or more activities associated with the social activity information. The feed serving module aggregates the social activity information based at least in part on the one or more user inputs to form aggregated social activity information. The presentation module is communicatively coupled to the feed serving module and is configured to receive the aggregated social activity information from the feed serving module. The presentation module generates a graphic associated with the aggregated social activity information and sends the graphic to a client.01-26-2012
20110289540IMAGE QUALITY ESTIMATION APPARATUS AND IMAGE QUALITY ESTIMATION METHOD - An image quality estimation apparatus is provided that solves the problem of the need for a large-capacity memory. An FEC packet analysis unit (11-24-2011
20110289539Multimedia content production and distribution platform - A system for producing and distributing multimedia content. The inventive system includes a camera at a remote shooting location for generating a video feed, a first mechanism for distributing the video feed to a plurality of viewers, a second mechanism for receiving inputs regarding a content of the video feed from the viewers, and a third mechanism for creating the video feed in accordance with the viewer inputs. In an illustrative embodiment, the system includes a distribution server for transmitting the video feed and a web server adapted to receive the viewer inputs and in accordance therewith generate a control signal or message to create the desired content indicated by the viewer inputs. In a particular embodiment, the viewer inputs are used to control the camera filming the video feed, either automatically via electronic control signals or via a text message, web pop-up, or other notification to the camera operator.11-24-2011
20120240173VIDEO SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT AND METHOD APPLICABLE THERETO - A video signal processing circuit includes: a transport stream (TS) decoding unit, decoding a demodulated analog radio frequency (RF) signal for generating a first TS signal; and a TS bit rate control unit, deciding whether to insert a null packet stream into the first TS signal to generate a second TS signal.09-20-2012
20090150949METHOD OF PROVIDING CONTINUOUS STREAMING SERVICE USING IPTV AND APPARATUS THEREFOR - Provided are a method and an apparatus for providing a continuous streaming service using an Internet protocol television (IPTV). The method comprises: receiving a request for the streaming service to be provided continuously to a different terminal while the streaming service is being provided to one terminal; converting contents data that is being provided to the terminal into contents data which is to be provided to the different terminal based on subscription information and terminal information of the different terminal in response to the request from the different terminal; and providing the streaming service of the converted contents data continuously to the different terminal. Accordingly, the streaming service which is being provided to the terminal can be continuously provided to the different terminal in real-time.06-11-2009
20110296482Method and System for Establishing Digital Media Streams - Methods in an access node for establishing digital media streams between a media server and terminals in a customer premises network are provided. The method includes receiving, from the terminal, a request for establishing a first digital media stream by joining an already established digital media stream; determining transmission resources allocated to the customer premises network; comparing a sum of transmission resources required for the first digital media stream and the already established digital media streams between the media server and the customer premises network with the transmission resources allocated to the customer premises network; and establishing a digital substitution media stream replacing the first digital media stream. The digital substitution media stream is adapted to provide the same content as the first media stream but further adapted to require less transmission resources, so that the sum of transmission resources required for the digital substitution media stream and the already established digital media streams does not exceed the transmission resources allocated to the customer premises network. The substitution media stream is established by joining an already established digital media stream that requires less transmission resources.12-01-2011
20110296481PREMISES GATEWAY APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE IN A CONTENT-BASED NETWORK - Apparatus and methods for premises gateway functions that integrate or unify functions typically distributed across multiple devices within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the out-of-band (OOB) signaling functionality normally provided in each of a set-top-box (STB) and digital video recorder (DVR) are unified into a common OOB (e.g., DOCSIS) capable premises gateway device, thereby obviating OOB tuners and related components from each device. In another variant, the premises gateway is adapted for all-IP operation, such as for use with IP-based computers and IP set-top boxes, etc. Fully unified variants are also disclosed, wherein the DVR and/or STB functions are physically integrated within the premises gateway.12-01-2011
20110296480SYSTEM, TERMINAL, SERVER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING RICH APPLICATION BASED MULTI-SCREEN IPTV SERVICE - A system, terminal, server, and method for providing a rich application-based multi-screen IPTV service are disclosed. The system for providing a rich application-based multi-screen IPTV service includes: an IPTV system providing an IPTV service to two or more terminals; and a multi-screen management server supporting a multi-screen service of the IPTV service provided by the IPTV system by interworking with a multi-screen management module provided in the terminals.12-01-2011
20110296479Video Processor and Video Processing Method - In one embodiment, there is provided a video processor that includes: an access module configured to access a Web site on internet; an analyzing module configured to analyze information about the Web site so as to calculate processing load for displaying the Web site; and a display controller configured to switch between a first display mode and a second display mode depending on the processing load, wherein only the Web site is displayed in the first display mode, and wherein both the Web site and a certain image are displayed together in the second display mode.12-01-2011
20110296478DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SERVICE INSERTION DURING CONTENT DISPLAY - A system, device and method for service insertion during a video display. A client device detects a video request input, and in response, selects and initiates an advanced service asset while the player buffers the requested video data. The output of the player is displayed in a background field while the media display data of the advanced service asset is displayed in a foreground field. The player display data may be brought to the foreground after a preset time or when the player is ready to display the requested video.12-01-2011
20110296477NETWORK MANAGEMENT - A system and method are disclosed for managing networks. Devices in a neighborhood may communicate with a termination server (TS) at a local office. The devices may also communicate locally with one another using a second, localized network. As an alternative to obtaining network communication and initialization data from the TS, the devices may consult with devices on the local network to determine if such devices have the initialization data available for use. Through the local network, the devices may also share tuning resources with one another, so that neighboring devices may use each others' resources to render or record additional content when their own resources are otherwise unavailable.12-01-2011
20110173670METHOD FOR REDUCING CHANNEL CHANGE TIME OF INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) AND IPTV SERVICE PROVISION SERVER FOR IMPLEMENTING THE SAME - The present invention provides a method for reducing channel change time of an IPTV and an IPTV service provision server for implementing the same, which comprise: determining the type of each of individual channels to be provided to a user and the number of additional intraframes required to be inserted into video data to be provided via the channels; inserting the additional intraframes corresponding to the determined number into the video data; encoding the video data; and transmitting the encoded video data to a first router or a second router according to the determined channel type, before receiving a channel request signal from the user.07-14-2011
20100095336METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING DVB-H SIGNAL HAVING DESIRED BIT RATE - A method of creating a DVB-H signal having a desired bit rate includes the steps of preparing a TS signal of DVB-H Standard in conformity to a first bit rate (04-15-2010
20090187957Delivery of Media Assets Having a Multi-Part Media File Format to Media Presentation Devices - Improved techniques and systems for electronic delivery of digital media asset files to electronic devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a media item can be stored in a multi-part media item file. The multi-part media item file for the media item can be delivered to a host device that can thereafter support a plurality of different media presentation devices that have different media presentation capabilities. The host device can distribute customized (or optimized) versions of the multi-part media item file to different media presentation devices. In one embodiment, the multi-part media item file can include at least a plurality of video streams. When the media item is to be presented by one of the media presentation devices, the media presentation device can decode the plurality of video streams from the multi-part media item file into decoded video frames and then combine the decoded video frames from the different streams for presentation of video of the media item.07-23-2009
20110219411BANDWIDTH CONSERVATION - A request to establish a switched digital video session with high-definition content is received from a subscriber of a video content network offering a switched digital video service. A determination is made that the subscriber only has capability of viewing standard definition content. Responsive to the request and the determination, the subscriber, in the session, is provided a signal with a standard definition version of the requested high-definition content. An exemplary switched digital video control apparatus and an exemplary system are also disclosed.09-08-2011
20110219413CAPTURING AND SHARING MEDIA CONTENT - A media device allows users to watch and capture portions from a media stream. Users may then share the captured media content with other users. In one embodiment, the media device receives a media stream, plays the media stream, and caches a portion of the media stream as it is being played. A user can define a media clip by selecting its boundaries in the cached portion of the media stream. The media device creates the media clip based on the user's input and enables the user to transmit the media clip to another system, such as a community website for sharing it with other users.09-08-2011
20110219415METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECEIVING BROADCASTING PROGRAM - Provided is a broadcasting receiving method and device. The method detects the time of a televised broadcasting program, and provides the broadcasting program to the user from the start thereof. More specifically, the method requests transmission of the broadcasting program before a first time through the second network at the first time of the broadcasting program before a first time through the second network at the first time of the broadcasting program received through the first network, and stores the broadcasting program received through the first network at the first time. The broadcasting program, which was broadcasted before the first time, received through the second network from the first time to the second time is displayed and the stored broadcasting program after the second time is displayed.09-08-2011
20110219414METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR SWITCHING CHANNELS - A method, an apparatus and a system for switching channels are disclosed. The method includes: buffering a multicast Internet Protocol (IP) packet of a live channel; receiving a channel switching request sent by a client for switching to the live channel, and pushing the buffered multicast IP packet to the client; and judging whether the pushed multicast IP packet is synchronous to a real-time multicast IP packet of the live channel; and stopping pushing the buffered multicast IP packet to the client and sending the real-time multicast IP packet to the client if the pushed multicast IP packet is synchronous to the real-time multicast IP packet. The embodiments of the present invention involve no modification of the user terminal and improve the universal applicability and extensibility of the channel switching solution.09-08-2011
20110219412Emulated Television Tuner - Television tuner emulation techniques are described. In an implementation, a television tuner is emulated through execution of software on a processing system by a computing device, the emulated television tuner includes functionality to obtain television content over an Internet Protocol (IP) based network. The functionality of the emulated television tuner is exposed to one or more applications that are executed by the computing device such that the application is not aware that the television tuner is emulated through execution of the software.09-08-2011
20110126250SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCOUNT-BASED STORAGE AND PLAYBACK OF REMOTELY RECORDED VIDEO DATA - A user interacts with a data storage service which enables one or more feeds from video and or web cameras to be streamed to the data storage service. The data storage service then provides storage and/or playback services to the subscriber (e.g., for a monthly fee or a usage fee). Once the video streams have been established between at least one camera and the data storage facility, the user may access the recorded data from any one of several sources, such as a world wide web browser or a cellular phone). The interface may provide a matrix of displays such that the user can see multiple areas or multiple parts of the same area simultaneously.05-26-2011
20100083324Synchronized Video Playback Among Multiple Users Across A Network - Synchronized video playback among multiple users across a network provides a fully social experience where people in different locations may be enabled to watch the same video in a “virtual living room.” The users may be represented graphically, as avatars, in front of the video, and may be enabled to use animations, text chat, and voice chat to interact with each other. Thus, a group of people may be enabled to share the experience of watching a video together as if they were in the same room, without being physically present together.04-01-2010
20090178095MOBILE RECEIVING DEVICE AND METHOD, AND DEVICE FOR SELECTING MEDIA STREAMS being a Continuation of PCT International Application No. PCT/CN2007/070494, filed August 15, 2007 - A mobile receiving device includes: a first interface data processing unit, adapted to extract a first media stream signal from a first interface; a second interface data processing unit, adapted to extract a second media stream signal from a second interface; and a selector, adapted to select one of the first media stream signal and the second media stream signal for output. A mobile receiving method and device use a timestamp or a frame sequence number during the switching to maintain the continuity of frames and implement seamless switching, thus ensuring that the mobile receiving device can receive multimedia broadcast signals with better quality in the indoor or outdoor environment.07-09-2009
20110271315System, Method, and Computer Readable Recording Medium for Providing Two-Way Service in Digital Cable Broadcasting Environment - The present invention relates to system, method, and computer readable recording medium for providing two-way service in a digital cable broadcasting environment. One embodiment of the invention provides a system for providing a two-way service in a digital cable broadcasting environment, comprising: a ubiquitous server that generates contents to provide two-way service in a digital cable broadcasting system; a ubiquitous network manager that monitors the usage volume in a cable network and manages the transmission of the contents generated by the ubiquitous server; and a QAM system that sends the contents generated by the ubiquitous server as digital cable broadcasting signals, so that the contents can be received at a receiver terminal where a flexible browser is driven.11-03-2011
20090150950Process and device for delivering a channel - A channel has a plurality of subchannels, and is sent to a media terminal through a network. The channel is sent over a single multicast tree of the network, where the multicast tree includes nodes. The media terminal sends an update message to a node in order to indicate subchannels the media terminal wishes to receive. The node selects indicated subchannels and sends only those subchannels to the media terminal.06-11-2009
20110197242UNIVERSAL METHODS AND DEVICE FOR HAND-HELD PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES - A method and system for auxiliary data detection. Data is received on a hand-held device from a display of a signal on a monitor. The signal is visually displayed on the monitor at a frequency. A modulated video signal is received on the hand-held device from a display device. The modulated video signal contains auxiliary data modulated within a video signal in a substantially invisible way. The modulated video signal is demodulated to obtain the auxiliary data. At least one of the data or the auxiliary data is processed to identify a promotional opportunity available through the hand-held device. The user of the hand-held device is notified of availability of the promotional opportunity through the hand-held device.08-11-2011
20100125886NETWORK DIAGNOSTICS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a controller to automatically check lower level layer test results of an IPTV or iTV network, automatically retrieve inventory data from an inventory system, automatically retrieve a Layer 4 data from a live router by executing a show Class of Service (COS) interface command, automatically compare a COS value with a value from the inventory system to determine a mismatch, and automatically create an alert if the mismatch exists. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-20-2010
20110179460SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IPTV NODE RECOVERY - A system and method for failure recovery for a node in an IPTV network makes use of the ability of an IMS Gateway, an Open IPTV Terminal Function, and an IPTV Control Server to provide each other with information about a session to be recovered in a manner which allows the control session state to be reconstructed without impacting the user's viewing experience.07-21-2011
20120036545METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OBTAINING ADDRESS OF VIDEO TRANSMISSION MANAGEMENT SERVER - A method, a system and an apparatus for obtaining an address of a video transmission management server are disclosed. The method includes: sending a request for obtaining location information of the video transmission management server to a host parameter configuration server, where the video transmission management server is an ARQ server, a FCC server or a FEC server, or any combination thereof, and the host parameter configuration server is a DHCP server or a PPP server; and receiving a response returned by the host parameter configuration server, and obtaining the location information of the video transmission management server. In this way, the interaction procedure is simplified and the user experience is improved.02-09-2012
20100083328CLIENT CONFIGURATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR FAST CHANNEL CHANGE OF MULTIMEDIA SERVICES - A method of configuring and managing a user equipment client in an IPTV network (or cable or Internet TV) is disclosed, comprising installing a personalised service profile at the UE which is representative of fast channel change/retransmission service configuration data or other data available to the UE by virtue of at least its location, the service profile including a list of channels available for FCC/Retr and, for each channel, the address from which that service is achievable.04-01-2010
20100100915FAST-START STREAMING AND BUFFERING OF STREAMING CONTENT FOR PERSONAL MEDIA PLAYER - A personal media broadcasting system enables video distribution over a computer network and allows a user to view and control media sources over a computer network from a remote location. A personal broadcaster receives an input from one or more types of media sources, digitizes and compresses the content, and streams the compressed media over a computer network to a media player running on any of a wide range of client devices for viewing the media. The system may allow the user to issue control commands (e.g., “channel up”) from the media player to the broadcaster, causing the source device to execute the commands. The broadcaster and the media player may employ several techniques for buffering, transmitting, and viewing the content to improve the user's experience.04-22-2010
20100083327TRANSFER DEVICE, TRANSFER METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A transfer device includes: a first network connection control section that controls connection to a first network enabling transfer of content data and/or control data using a first address assigned by a key device in the network; a second network connection control section that controls connection to a second network enabling transfer of content data and/or control data using a second address assigned by a device having a routing function; and an address table that stores the correspondence between the first address of devices on the first network connected via the first network connection control section and the second address of the devices on the second network connected via the second network connection control section.04-01-2010
20100100914VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND VIDEO DISTRIBUTION METHOD - A video distribution system according to the present invention includes a user terminal, an SIP session controller, and a video distribution server. When the SIP session controller receives a request to establish a session, the SIP session controller establishes a session between the user terminal and the video distribution server, and controls a bandwidth controller to reserve a bandwidth for the distribution of video content in a communication path between the user terminal and the video distribution server. The video distribution server sends a bandwidth changing request for requesting the SIP session controller to change the bandwidth to reserve a bandwidth depending on a fraction of the bandwidth that is needed for distributing video content. In response to the bandwidth changing request, the SIP session controller further secures a bandwidth for the distribution of video content in the communication path between the user terminal and the video distribution server.04-22-2010
20100100913Method for processing a channel request in an IPTV system - The present invention relates to a method for processing a channel change request in a television system operating according to the IP protocol. This method is implemented in a digital decoder of the subscriber and its purpose is to avoid overloading the access network in the case of burst zapping and avoid penalising the reactivity time of the system in the case of simple zapping. According to the invention, in the case of reception of a burst of channel change requests separated by a time interval less than the duration of the predetermined timeout (T04-22-2010
20090222870PERSONALIZED VIDEO GENERATION - A personalised video generation system, including: (i) a digital asset manager for storing a video project file marked with references to content groups and content substitution rules; (ii) an editing tool for accessing the file and displaying content of the file grouped based on the groups, and generating an interface for substituting content across a video corresponding to the file, the interface adjusting the references for the digital asset manager; and (iii) a content generation engine for processing the file and the rules, based on personal data for intended recipients, to access content items and generating a plurality of video project files for rendering as corresponding videos for the recipients. The system can also include (iv) a distribution engine for communicating with a least one distribution gateway for a delivery platform; and (v) a least one render engine for receiving the video project files, causing rendering of the videos for a respective delivery platform, and forwarding the videos to the distribution engine for distribution of the videos for the respective delivery platform.09-03-2009
20080209486System For Live Television Broadcasting From a Mobile Telephone - The invention relates to a system for live television broadcasting from a mobile telephone. The inventive system comprises: a mobile telephone (08-28-2008
20090113499METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN ON-PREMISES DIGITAL MEDIA DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for controlling an on-premises digital media distribution system is described. One embodiment places a device in a registration mode responsive to user input, the device being configured to decode and modulate received digital media content for distribution in analog format within a premises; receives in a wireless remote control unit a registration input from the user; transmits, responsive to the registration input, a registration message from the wireless remote control unit to the device, the registration message including a unique identifier associated with the wireless remote control unit; binds the wireless remote control unit to a media processing unit within the device such that the media processing unit responds to only those command messages subsequently received from the wireless remote control unit containing the unique identifier associated with the wireless remote control unit; and terminates the registration mode and resumes an operating mode in the device.04-30-2009
20090282447Distributed diagnostics for internet video link - In one embodiment consistent with the invention, an Internet Ptotocol Television (IPTV) information collector device has an Internet interface for communication with an aggregator via the Internet and for communication with IPTV service providers. A processor functions to carry out a process of: conducting a query of an IPTV service and at least one IPTV channel supplied thereby; gathering quality of service (QOS) information from the at least one IPTV channel of the IPTV service as a result of the query; and reporting the QOS service to an aggregator device. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.11-12-2009
20080271098SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VIDEO CONVERSATIONS - This disclosure describes methods and systems for viewing a collection of media objects, such as a video clip and associated responses (video, audio and text), in a seamless way. Provided with a media object and a series of responses and counter responses, a real time media combining methodology is coupled with a text and audio conversion process to generate a media stream, or downloadable media object, that contains the original media object and some or all of the associated responses. The media content is formatted into the stream so that ancillary content, like text associated with a particular video response, may also be displayed. Advertisements may be inserted into the stream between responses or overlaying some portion of the viewing area during rendering of the stream.10-30-2008
20080276292Releasing System, Releasing Method Of Internet Television And Internet Television Client - A releasing system and releasing method of Internet TV, an Internet TV client. The system includes a program releasing unit for releasing programs of an Internet TV channel; a switching information recording unit for recording and monitoring switching information of a channel, and issuing an activating instruction to the channel program switching unit according to monitored information; a channel program switching unit for receiving the activating instruction, and switching program source of the corresponding channel at the program releasing unit according to switching information of the channel. When the current time reaches the pre-determined time, operations such as switching, startup or tuning in a channel can be automatically performed, thus the system is more convenient for operating and stable in operation.11-06-2008
20080276291PRODUCING SPECIAL EFFECTS TO COMPLEMENT DISPLAYED VIDEO INFORMATION - A hierarchical publish/subscribe network is employed to produce and distribute special effects to users to complement displayed video information. A top level broker in the network receives a plurality of data streams corresponding to a respective plurality of primary special. A service provider makes a subscription request for one of said primary special effects and receives the corresponding selected data stream. The selected data stream is transformed into at least one further data stream, corresponding to a further special effect. The further data stream is published to a lower level broker associated with the service provider. In response to a user subscription request for the further special effect, the lower level broker publishes the further data stream to a user interface for presentation to the user in association with the displayed video information.11-06-2008
20100005499Method, Apparatus, and Computer Program Product for Dynamic Bandwidth Management in An IP-Network - The present invention refers to a method, an apparatus and a computer program product for dynamic bandwidth management in an IP-network, wherein a channel identifier indicating a channel for a program content is detected (S01-07-2010
20080244669Method and system for marking video signals for identification - An apparatus for generating an output signal includes a receiving system 10-02-2008
20080250466METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR VIDEO SHARING - A method for video sharing, which realizes video sharing between an originating UE and a terminating UE when the terminating UE is not IMS core network registered. The method includes the following steps: an originating UE sends a video sharing request containing a URI of callee to an application server; the application server determines that the terminating UE of the callee is not IMS core network registered and notifies the terminating UE to register; the terminating UE activates a GPRS connection and registers with the IMS core network; the originating UE and the registered terminating UE set up a sharing session via the application server; the originating UE and the terminating UE share video information. A system and apparatus for practicing this method is also disclosed.10-09-2008
20110271313Multi-Mode Modem - A modem system may include modems that have multiple upstream transmitters for transmitting signals upstream in a communication network. In some embodiments herein, one or more of those upstream transmitters may be retasked to transmit downstream signals for reception at devices within a modem's premises. The downstream signal may be modulated differently from its original modulation as received by the modem, and may be modulated in a manner that can be received by legacy components on the premises, such as analog televisions.11-03-2011
20090265747SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING WEB BASED SELF SERVICED VIDEO MONITORING AND SECURITY FEATURES FOR SYSTEMS COMPRISING IP VIDEO TERMINALS AND SERVERS - A video security system having a server and a video terminal device includes: at least one database for storing network and physical configuration information relating to the terminal device operable to remotely communicate with the server through a distributed network; and one or multiple storage servers for storing video data received from the terminal devices.10-22-2009
20090265748HANDHELD MULTIMEDIA RECEIVING AND SENDING DEVICES - A handheld multimedia device connect to the internet to obtain internet content and transmits formatted content, including internet content, to a display, such as a television. Thus, users of the multimedia device have a platform for watching internet television or movies, listening to internet music, and otherwise experiencing internet content without the need to connect a conventional computer to the television. Moreover, in some embodiments, multimedia device allows for seamless interaction with the internet by using the devices as a pointing device—users point the device where they desire a cursor to be on the screen.10-22-2009
20090265746METHOD AND APPARATUS IN A MEDIA PLAYER - A method and arrangement for switching between a common media stream and a selective media stream of a media session received in a media player including a media buffer entity. Media frames of either a common media stream or a selective media stream are received and buffered in the media buffer entity. A switch at the media buffer entity is then controlled so that the output of the media buffer entity is changed from delivering common media frames to delivering selective media frames, or vice versa, upon detecting a stream switching trigger frame in the received media frames.10-22-2009
20080209487Remote control for video media servers - Systems and methods are described for remote control of a media server computer from a controller device, typically a laptop computer, where remote operation of the media server, including the selection of videos and other digital media may be performed from the controller while normal TV programming (cable, satellite, or broadcast) is viewed on the TV. Other embodiments describe background operations performed on the controller device, the media server, or both, such that new videos may be located on the web or locally on the LAN while a current video is playing on the media server and viewed on the TV. Methods are also described for more reliably establishing network connections between the controller and media server, and systems and methods are described for implementing a multi-video display on the media server where videos to be displayed on the media server are displayed on and selected by a controller device.08-28-2008
20100138885Prioritized Retransmission of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Packets - A method and system for improved error resiliency in Internet protocol Television (IPTV) are provided. Received media stream is encoded in a real-time protocol. The RTP media stream is then reordered in a homogeneous arrangement (e.g., video packets together, audio packets together) such that each RTP packet, which contains video contains data from a single video frame. Furthermore, each RTP packet contains a RTP header extension, which specifies the priority of the data. Audio frame and intra-coded frames (I-frames) are marked as highest priority frames, predictably coded frames (P-frames) are marked as high priority frames, bidirectionally coded frames (B-frames) are marked as lower priority frames with anything else occupying the lowest priority. The media stream is forwarded to the plurality of users, in accordance with the priority of each packet. A subscriber's device requests retransmission of any missing packets.06-03-2010
20100146571METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DATA PROCESSING, AND SYSTEM COMPRISING THE DEVICE - A data processing method has a first system provide first program information and the first program information is also provided for at least one first terminal. Second program information is determined on the basis of the first program information, the second program information is provided for a second system. The second system has at least one function for providing the second program information for at least one second terminal. Furthermore, a device is provided for performing the method and a system with such a device.06-10-2010
20110209187System and Method for Optimization of Network Delivery of Streaming Data - A system and method for optimizing network delivery of streaming data is provided. Streaming delivery of data using point-to-point transmitters and broadcast transmitters can be dynamically controlled to maximize the usage of network resources. Current usage of respective systems can be analyzed, as can projected usage be analyzed. Network resources can be reallocated, and connecting devices can be redirected as needed to maintain high efficiency of allocated resources.08-25-2011
20090125954STREAMING VIDEO TRANSMISSION FROM PC TO REMOTE MONITOR - An apparatus and method to transfer streaming video from a personal computer to a remote monitor includes the personal computer reading a compressed streaming video data from a source, transmitting the compressed streaming video data to a remotely located Ethernet stream video converter, the Ethernet stream video converter decoding the compressed streaming video data and displaying the decoded streaming video data on a remote monitor connected to the Ethernet stream video converter.05-14-2009
20090178094Broadcasting receiver and method of transmitting / receiving broadcasting signal - A method of transmitting/receiving a broadcasting signal and a broadcasting receiver are disclosed. A rating region table (RRT) including a rating value identifier identifying rating information is stored, and, when broadcasting contents are received, the rating value identifier is obtained from a descriptor (or service discovery information) including the rating information of the contents. Then, the received broadcasting contents can be blocked according to the rating value identifier obtained from the descriptor and the rating value identifier of the RRT. Accordingly, although the RRT is changed, the broadcasting contents can be conveniently blocked using the unchanged rating value identifier.07-09-2009
20090133082AUDIO/VIDEO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - An audio/video communication system includes a large number of nodes connected in a balanced binary tree structure. In constructing a group in a balanced binary tree structure, a root node performs the following process: if a left lower node connector of the root node is vacant, the root node connects a new node to the left lower node connector and increases left weight information by “1”; if the left lower node connector of the root node is occupied and if a right lower node connector of the root node is vacant, the root node connects a new node to the right lower node connector and increases right weight information by “1”; if both of the left lower node connector and the right lower node connector of the root node are occupied and if the left weight information of the root node is equal to or less than the right weight information of the root node, the root node sends a request for an addition of a new node to its left lower node and increases the left weight information by “1”; or if both of the left lower node connector and the right lower node connector of the root node are occupied and if the left weight information of the root node is greater than the right weight information of the root node, the root node sends a request for an addition of a new node to its right lower node and increases the right weight information by “1”. Accordingly, it is possible to provide an audio/video communication system that permits simultaneous communication among a large number of nodes and that performs flexible management of adding a new node to the system and removing a node from the system.05-21-2009
20090138926Interactive Session Establishment Based on Initiation Failure Detection - Systems and methods for implementing a communication mode for a communication terminal are provided. An embodiment of a method for implementing a communication mode includes receiving a plurality of messages from a remotely located network control system and implementing one of a plurality of communication modes responsive to the plurality of messages.05-28-2009
20090138924METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR TELEVISION DISPLAY OF WEB FEED CONTENT - A system and method are described that provide television content broadcast system subscribers with convenient access to aggregated web feed content. In one embodiment, a television content broadcast system (05-28-2009
20090049492Network Architecture and Devices for Improving Performance of Hybrid Fiber Coax Cable Data Systems - Provided is a communications system including a first segment configured to (i) serve one or more end users and (ii) utilize analog signals modulated to carry digital data. The communications system also includes a second segment connectable to a headend, a protocol configured to control communication of data between the end users and the headend, and a first device configured to (i) connect the coaxial cable segment and the digital fiber-optic segment, the first device terminating the modulation and (ii) communicate over the digital fiber-optic segment to a second device. The second device is located at the headend and configured to perform other functions in accordance with the protocol.02-19-2009
20090019502SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GATHERING INFORMATION FROM USERS OF MOBILE AUDIOVISUAL BROADCAST CONTENT - A method of interactive broadcasting may include broadcasting audiovisual content for receipt by mobile electronic devices that are present within a communication range of a wireless access point. An information submission mechanism may be made available to the mobile electronic devices over the wireless access point. Users of the mobile electronic devices may submit information using the information submission mechanism to a server. The submitted information may be responsive to a request for user input related to the audiovisual content.01-15-2009
20110225617COLLABORATIVE RECORDING NETWORK SYSTEM AND METHOD - Collaborative video recording method that allows a plurality of networked digital video recorder (DVR) devices to distribute the tasks of receiving and storing digital video content data. To do this, the invention defines a new type of point-to-point (P2P) overlay network, termed a “Fair Use P2P network” designed to facilitate networking among those DVR devices that have legally equivalent access to the same video program content. Here DVR devices will seek out peer DVR devices on the Fair Use P2P overlay network, and advertise their capabilities. A user's DVR, upon determining that its own resources to record the desired program are overly limited, will contact other DVR devices request remote recording and storage services. To view, the user's DVR sends messages to the one or more remote DVR units requesting playback of the stored program data. This data will then be streamed back to the user and replayed.09-15-2011
20090260046METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM FOR REDUNDANCY BACKUP OF VIDEO SERVICES - A method, apparatus and system for redundancy backup of video services are provided. The method includes: receiving a data stream from a video server; stopping delivering the data stream to an Internet Protocol (IP) network if determining that the data stream is abnormal; and triggering the IP network to change delivery of the data stream over to a redundant video server. With the method provided by the present disclosure, when the data stream played by the Near Video on Demand (nVOD) system is detected as abnormal, a route changeover can be completed so that the program stream of a redundant nVOD server is delivered to the IP network.10-15-2009
20090019504Method for Managing Multimedia Data and System for Operating The Same - A method for managing multimedia data includes receiving video data corresponding to a program, analyzing the video data for generating at least a sequence of streaming data corresponding to at least a predetermined content of the program, and outputting at least a sequence of streaming data to an electronic device via Internet, completely or selectively.01-15-2009
20090199253System and Method for Accessing Internet Via TV and PC Connecting Set and a TV Connecting Set - A system and method of television internet and interactive entertainment, as well as a computer PC box and a television TV box for realizing the television internet and interactive entertainment are provided. Via the computer interface module in the computer PC box and the television interface module in the television TV box, the computer and the television are connected, and the television internet and the interactive entertainment are realized.08-06-2009
20090064249DISTRIBUTION NETWORK AND METHOD - There is disclosed a distribution network and method. This is particularly advantageous because the network allows highlight clips to be generated and distributed quickly. Additionally, the highlights are more consistent because the user selects the event (from which the highlight is formed) from a list of possible event selections. This also has the advantage that there is the reduced likelihood of the individual generating the events missing any other incidents requiring highlighting.03-05-2009
20090064248SYSTEM AND METHOD OF MONITORING VIDEO DATA PACKET DELIVERY - Systems and methods of monitoring packet delivery are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method is disclosed that includes querying multiple network devices for performance metrics corresponding to video data packets sent from a video server. The network devices may include multicast branching points between the video server and the destination. A delivery failure may be identified based on the performance metrics, and a response to the delivery failure may be initiated.03-05-2009
20120079545EFFICIENT BANDWIDTH UTILIZATION - A method including providing content to one or more customer premises equipment (CPEs); receiving a content request for content from a requesting CPE; determining whether the content is already being delivered to at least one of the one or more CPEs; selecting a primary CPE to satisfy the content request when it is determined that the content is already being delivered to the at least one of the one or more CPEs; providing a network address of the primary CPE to the requesting CPE; and providing the content from the primary CPE to the requesting CPE.03-29-2012
20120144442RESIDENTIAL GATEWAY AND METHOD FOR REDUCING CHANNEL ZAPPING TIME - A method for reducing channel zapping time is executed by a residential gateway. The method comprises predicting the next channel the client device will request and storing the most recent I-frames of each channel adjacent to the current channel in the same frequency band into a buffer. While a current channel is tuned by one tuner, using the other tuner for locking onto the frequency of the predicted channel if the predicted channel and the current channel are not in the same frequency band. If the prediction is correct, the total channel zapping time is reduced by saving tuner locking time. If the predicted channel and the current channel are in the same frequency band and the prediction is correct, the total channel zapping time is reduced by presenting the stored I-frame immediately.06-07-2012
20090205003SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYING MEDIA OBTAINED VIA THE INTERNET ON A TELEVISION - Systems for browsing media that is accessible via the Internet are described. In many embodiments, the system includes a browsing application that identifies media within pages retrieved via the Internet by performing document analysis. The document analysis identifies pieces of media referenced by the page and, in a number of embodiments, also identifies pieces of media referenced by pages linked to by the original page. The identified pieces of media can be used to generate playlists that can then be played for a user via a television. In several embodiments, the browsing application is configured to render a playback page that shows pieces of media queued in a playlist and facilitates user navigation to other sites using a typical television remote control. One embodiment of the invention includes a server connected to a network, where the server hosts at least one page of information including embedded media, and a computing device connected to the network and to a display device, where the display device is configured to receive instructions from a remote control device. In addition, a browser application configures the computing device to retrieve a page hosted on the server, the browsing application further configures the computing device to perform page analysis, where page analysis includes identifying hyperlinks within the page, inspecting the hyperlinks to identify embedded media, and adding the embedded media to a playlist, and the browsing application further configures the computing device to generate a playback guide user interface in which the playlist of media is displayed, and to display the generated playback guide via the display device.08-13-2009
20090138925Content distribution system - The present invention is directed to systems and methods for distributing and managing media assets arranged as a collection of media content. In one preferred embodiment, the collection of media content is distributed to a storage location where it is accessible for viewing over a communications network by consumers for a selected interval of time. In another preferred embodiment, media content is downloaded to a client content database and made accessible for a selected interval of time by client software at the consumer's location.05-28-2009
20090222869ADDRESSING METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING DATA ON A TELECOMMUNICATION NETWORK, CORRESPONDING ADDRESS STRUCTURE SIGNAL, GATEWAY AND COMPUTER PROGRAMME - A method is provided for transforming a first transport level address into a second transport level address: the first address representing at least one digital data broadcasting service from at least one non-meshed broadcasting network and comprising data identifying the at least one digital data broadcasting service; the second address including a source field and/or a destination field in datagrams addressed to at least one communication network. The method includes the following steps: recovering data identifying the at least one digital data broadcasting service; inserting at least part of the identifying data in the second address of the datagrams.09-03-2009
20110088072Distributed Diagnostics for Internet Video Link - In one embodiment consistent with the invention a method of quality of service (QOS) data aggregation and service management for Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) involves receiving data from a plurality of DDRIVL collector devices representing QOS service for sets of IPTV content providers assigned to each collector device, with each collector device being in a separate specified region of Internet service; evaluating from a geographic and interconnection perspective the data from the plurality of collector devices to isolate IPTV receivers located in areas where problems with IPTV service is likely to be occurring; and populating the isolated IPTV receivers with channel set tuning information that either excludes or flags the channels that may be having problems with IPTV service. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.04-14-2011
20090254957System and Method for Presenting Location Data for Broadcasted Media - System and method for providing location data associated with broadcasted media to a display device. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving broadcasted media data over a communication network connection, displaying the received media data on a display device and receiving location data associated with the broadcasted media data. The method may further include displaying a graphical representation of the location data on the display.10-08-2009
20100162333READY ACCESS TO UNIFORM RESOURCE IDENTIFIERS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH TELEVISION CONTENT - The present invention provides a technique for making uniform resource identifiers (URIs) that are associated with television content that has been viewed by a viewer readily accessible to that viewer. Television content that is being viewed at any given time is monitored, and URIs that are associated with television content that has been viewed are automatically identified without human intervention and subsequently made available to the viewer via a content service. The content service may be a web server that is accessible by the viewer via a browser application running on the viewer's communication terminal. The viewer may access the content service to retrieve the URIs, which may be used to retrieve web content associated with television content from an appropriate web server via the communication terminal.06-24-2010
20080307475SHARING A STREAMING VIDEO - A video segment can be shared over a computer network by first receiving the video segment at a receiving computer on the network. The receiving computer assures that the video segment is in a streaming video format, and creates at least one identification tag for the video segment. The receiving computer also stores the video segment, and communicates the identification tag to another computer on the network. Upon subsequent receipt of that identification tag, the receiving computer streams the video segment to a destination computer on the network.12-11-2008
20080307476URL ACCESS METHOD AND MOBILE TERMINAL THEREOF - A method, mobile terminal and computer program product for automatically accessing a specific URL, and a mobile terminal thereof. The method comprises outputting a broadcasting screen by receiving a broadcasting signal; when the broadcasting screen is not displayed, automatically accessing a preset specific URL; displaying a broadcasting list including one or more URL lists; selecting one or more URLs included in each item of the broadcasting list; and accessing a web site or a server of the selected URL.12-11-2008
20100154013Method and Arrangement for Improved Channel Switching - In a method of providing a channel/client status register to enable improved channel switching in an Internet Protocol network with a plurality of client nodes each capable of receiving video sessions over a plurality of channels from at least one video provider system, initially arranging S06-17-2010
20100154012TELEVISION BOOKMARKING WITH MULTIPLATFORM DISTRIBUTION - A system includes a content processing device in communication with a control device, the content processing device is configured to receive multi-media content from a network, and create a bookmark representing at least a portion of the multi-media content upon receiving a signal from the control device.06-17-2010
20080307477SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SERVER-SIDE FILTERING - Some embodiments of the invention are directed to, among other things, systems, computer readable media, methods and any other means for requesting information from a server. In some embodiments, a client generates a URL request that is provided to the server. The URL request includes a format identifier that is specific to the server's type. The format identifier is also associated with the data format of a video stored on the server that the user is interested in. The server may then provide data that is associated with the format identifier.12-11-2008
20120198507Multichannel Video Player System - An example multichannel video player includes a digital processor, random access memory coupled to the digital processor, a plurality of video outputs coupled to the digital processor and non-volatile memory coupled to the digital processor. The non-volatile memory includes program instructions which are transferrable to the random access memory and are executable on the digital processor. The non-volatile memory also includes a plurality of multichannel video tracks. An example method for providing a multichannel video system includes storing on a server a plurality of video tracks, where each video track includes a plurality of synchronized video segments, transferring at least one video track from the server to a player computer over the Internet and storing the at least one video track in non-volatile memory of the player computer.08-02-2012
20100263005METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EGNAGING INTERACTIVE WEB CONTENT - The present invention engages interactive web content across a plurality of communication platforms including receiving an initiation request for viewing interactive web content across a first communication platform and determining profile information regarding a user's narrowcast identification information. If the profile information does not include the identification information, the method and system includes receiving the identification information directly from the user and beginning the interactive web content including distributing a video feed providing a video display to the user across the first communication platform. When the interactive web content reaches a first engagement point, generating a narrowcast communication directly to the user via a second communication platform based on the narrowcast identification information. In response to the narrowcast communication, the method and system includes receiving a first response from the user via the second communication platform and maintaining the interactive video display to the first user.10-14-2010
20100192190METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEDIA ADAPTION - A method includes receiving a media request for a target device. The signaling information may be received from the target device and a media server. At least one attribute of the target device and the media server may be identified using the signaling information. At least one attribute of the target device and the media server may be evaluated against a service level objective to select a media format. The service level objective may include consideration of the target device and available bandwidth over a provider network. The media may be provided in the selected media format over the provider network to the target device.07-29-2010
20090300695SYSTEM AND METHOD OF IDENTIFYING EVENTS SCHEDULED AT A MEDIA RECORDER - A system and method of identifying events scheduled at a media recorder. In a particular embodiment, a system to identify events scheduled at a media recorder is disclosed. The system includes an identification module to determine a time interval and an address and to identify one or more media content items scheduled for recording within the time interval. The system also includes a notification module to send a message to the address, the message including scheduling information related to the one or more media content items scheduled for recording within the time interval.12-03-2009
20100186056Lecture Capture and Broadcast System - An end-to-end lecture broadcast system (LBS) is described. The LBS system typically comprises three modules: a schedule module, a capture module and a transmission module. The schedule module is comprised of a scheduler that is implemented as a software add-on on the lecture host's computing device, a schedule server, and a schedule agent component in the uploading peer to provide for channel based management. The capture module is comprised of a video camera for capturing video content, one or more microphones for capturing audio content, and a VGA signal capture for capturing presentation materials. The transmission module is comprised of an uploading peer and a web server. The uploading peer is responsible for transmitting video/audio content to the Internet/intranet using peer-to-peer (P2P) streaming technology. The web server is responsible for the delivery of captured presentation materials and for ensuring the synchronous play back of video/audio content and presentation materials.07-22-2010
20100229211FAST CHANNEL CHANGE SYSTEM USING MULTIPLE MULTICASTS IN IPTV NETWORK AND METHOD THEREOF - Provided are a fast channel change apparatus based on multiple multicasts communication in an IPTV network, and a method thereof. In the fast channel change system, after separately generating at least one multicast stream obtained by applying different time delays respectively to original multicast stream to be broadcast, a channel server dynamically analyzes information regarding the at least one multicast stream. After querying the channel server for information regarding an optimal multicast stream and receiving the response to the query, a user terminal joins a multicast group on the optimal multicast stream through a router. After a predetermined time is elapsed, the user terminal joins a multicast group of the original multicast stream. Thus, it is possible to easily and inexpensively embody a fast channel change function network based on multiple multicasts communication in an IPTV network.09-09-2010
20090077602METHOD FOR USING SCHEDULED HYPERLINKS TO RECORD MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - A method of establishing communications with one or more devices located in an environment using a wireless communication device is disclosed. The wireless communication device comprises a short-range transceiver that is able to communicate with a short-range transceiver located in the environment. A communication is received from the short-range transceiver of the wireless communication device that includes a request to establish communications with one or more device located in the environment. A request is transmitted to an environment directory server to determine if a user associated with the wireless communication device has permission to access any of the devices in the environment. A response is received from the environment directory server in response to the request. A communication is made to the short-range transceiver of the wireless communication device indicating whether the device can communicate with any of the devices in the environment.03-19-2009
20090077601Method and system for providing image, video and audio data to remote users - A system and method of notifying a remote client of a sensor triggering event and providing data related to the sensor triggering event to the remote client. The method has the steps of receiving a first notification signal indicating that a sensor has been triggered; identifying a data recording device associated with the triggered sensor wherein the data recording device records video data; identifying a client device designated to receive the video data when the sensor has been triggered; transmitting to the client device a second notification signal indicating that the sensor has been triggered; receiving an acknowledgement signal from the client device; and transmitting the video data to the client device.03-19-2009
20100235872VIDEO QUALITY AND AUDIO QUALITY ADJUSTMENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to allocate between a video and audio quality in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) presentation and to utilize a resultant bandwidth as a result of allocation to enhance an audio or video quality in the IPTV presentation in response to a user selection among levels of video quality and audio quality. Other embodiments are disclosed.09-16-2010
20100229210REAL-TIME MULTI-MEDIA STREAMING BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT - A multi-media method, system and apparatus are provided to optimize a network bandwidth and enhanced video experience. Each of a plurality of environmental views are encoded and the encoded multi-media streams are subsequently transcoded in accordance with respective encoding characteristics. The resulting video streams are then provided to a user for selecting preferred views. The user's multi-media preferential attributes are determined from the viewer's feedback. In response to the viewers' feedback, a video manager communicates to the cameras/encoders encoding characteristics and to the transcoders transcoding characteristics associated with corresponding encoded multi-media streams. A transport processor encodes for transport each of a plurality of the transcoded video streams and communicate towards viewers the transcoded video streams.09-09-2010
20100242076SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROGRAMMING VIDEO RECORDERS - The invention relates to a method for programming video recorders (09-23-2010
20100242075Method and Device for Wireless Transmissions of Internet Protocol TV - The invention relates to a method for transmitting a television data stream via a wireless network connection. The method comprises receiving at least one television data stream via the User Datagram Protocol (UDP); converting the at least one UDP television data stream into a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) data stream; and transmitting the TCP data stream via the wireless network connection over a point-to-point link.09-23-2010
20100146570WEB SERVICE GATEWAY FOR IPTV SERVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - A Web service gateway for an IPTV service is provided. The Web service gateway for an IPTV service includes: an IPTV request notification processor for transmitting, when IPTV service progress information is transmitted from an IPTV network, IPTV request notification corresponding to the progress information to a content provider server; an IPTV service request processor for controlling, when a request for an IPTV service is transmitted from the content provider server, the IPTV network so that the requested IPTV service is transmitted to an IPTV terminal; an information request processor for receiving, when information related to the IPTV service is requested from the content provider server, information requested from the IPTV network and transmitting the information to the content provider server; and an execution request processor for transmitting, when an execution request related to the IPTV service is transmitted from the content provider server, the execution request to the IPTV network. Therefore, by using a Web-based content provider, various IPTV services can be provided.06-10-2010
20100235874METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED INTERACTIVE TELEVISION PROCESSING - A method and system for providing a transactional environment including a server and one or more set-top boxes in communication with the server. The server stores product information data, which is updated in the server as soon as the product information data changes. The set-top boxes receive the product information data as well as navigable displays in a single transmission, which guide a user through a product ordering process on his or her television. The user may navigate and complete the ordering process in a real-time basis using a television remote control. The product information, e.g., available inventory, is updated as soon as the product information changes, and the set-top boxes replaces outdated navigable page data on a real-time basis.09-16-2010
20100235873VIDEO SERVER APPARATUS - A video server apparatus includes an interface unit configured to receive a video data file, memory units configured to store data files received by the interface unit, a line concentrator configured to receive the data files retrieved from the memory units and packetized, decoders configured to decode a packetized data file transmitted from the line concentrator and to output video data, a switch configured to switch signal paths between the line concentrator and the decoders, a data transmission controller configured to control data transmission by packet transmission over a standardized general-purpose local area network among the interface unit, the memory units, the line concentrator, the switch, and the decoders, and a timing controller configured to generate time slots for the memory units and causes a packetized data file to be transmitted from at least one of the memory units within a corresponding time slot to the line concentrator.09-16-2010
20130219443METHOD FOR ESTIMATING THE TYPE OF THE GROUP OF PICTURE STRUCTURE OF A PLURALITY OF VIDEO FRAMES IN A VIDEO STREAM - A method for estimating the type of the GoP structure of a plurality of video frames in a video stream by estimating their frame types includes: capturing frame sizes in bytes of every video frame subsequent to an initial I-frame to obtain an array of frame sizes by exploiting features of a transport layer carrying the video stream; converting, after a number of frames, the array of frame sizes into an array of zeros and ones; matching the binarized array of frame sizes to a number of predefined short basic binary patterns, said predefined binary patterns depicting all GoP structures to be considered; converting the result of said matching to form a single score value; and determining the particular pattern of the number of predefined patterns of binaries having the best score value, according to a predefined metric.08-22-2013
20110067076METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MULTI-DISPLAY OF WEB FEED CONTENT - A system displays web feed content on television. A web feed content aggregation system retrieves syndicated web feed content on a web subscription basis, wherein the web feed content aggregation system includes a library that is organized in a web genre tree format including a root node branching to at least one website node, and cataloged by website classes, feed categories and topics. A television content broadcast system broadcasts television content on a television subscription basis. The web feed content aggregation system and the television content broadcast system are interfaced as a function of an account association between a web feed content aggregation subscription account and a television content broadcast subscription account. The system facilitates user management of a television display of the web feed content as a function of the account association of the web feed content aggregation subscription account and the television content broadcast subscription account.03-17-2011
20110067075APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING A MEDIA DEVICE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile device having a controller to detect a location of a user by detecting at least one of a network associated with the user and a location of the mobile device, wherein the location of the user includes a media processor, transmit a request for an audio command intended for the media processor to a server on a communications network after detecting the location of the user, wherein the audio command is transmitted by the server to the media processor, detect an audio signal emitted from the media processor, wherein the audio signal is caused by the audio command, and determine an identity of the media processor by associating the detected audio signal with the media processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-17-2011
20090254958VIDEO SYSTEM - A network node apparatus is disclosed for the capture, storage and replay of video data at separate respective nodes of a communications network arranged to operably couple the node apparatus. The node apparatus may include a video capture node operable to capture video data and to transmit captured data via the communications network to a video storage node. The video storage node is arranged to store captured video data, and to transmit stored data via the communications network to a video replay node which renders an image therefrom. The video storage node transmits video data to the video replay node only if the content of a transmit buffer therein matches or exceeds a predetermined lower content value and the content of a receive buffer in the replay node does not exceed a predetermined upper content value.10-08-2009
20090249415METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING SERVICES - A method for providing a service on a device. The method includes instantiating a service provider that provides the service, where the service provider implements a service provider interface (SPI) corresponding to the service and where the SPI is defined by a service provision framework for providing services to Xlets. The method further includes using the service by a first Xlet, where the first Xlet uses the service provider interface (SPI).10-01-2009
20110131621Tiered service resell mechanism for IPTV - A media backend server deployed within an IPTV system and operated by a hosting operator enables tiered reselling of IPTV services to a hosted operator. The media backend server receives a web service call for a plurality of media content from a branch server operated by the hosted operator. The media backend server proxies the web service call to a head end server to retrieve media metadata for at least a portion of the media content. In addition, the media backend server provides filtered media metadata corresponding to media content purchased by the hosted operator from the hosting operator to the branch server.06-02-2011
20090113500Secure implementation of network-based sensors - Sensing apparatus includes a network camera, which is configured to capture images of a scene and to output a sequence of data packets containing digitized video data responsively to the images. A one-way link is coupled to the network camera so as to transmit the data packets from the network camera to a packet communication network.04-30-2009
20110113457DISTRIBUTED PLATFORM OF TELEVISION BROADCASTING SYSTEM STRUCTURE BASED ON INTERNET PROTOCOL NETWORK - A distributed interne protocol television network system is provided which can expand its bandwidth and support an unlimited number of content and program providers because encrypted and packetized video is streamed by the content and program providers directly to the end user through a broadband network and not through a network operations center that is part of the system. The video will appear to the end user as if it came from the network operating center but it does not. The network operating center has a management function that requires less bandwidth. The distributed network structure will include broad-caster servers supplied to each of the content or program providers and acting in cooperation with management software in the network operating center that supports operation of the network.05-12-2011
20100306809 METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING A FILE CONTENT OF AN INTERACTIVE NETWORK TELEVISION SYSTEM - The present invention discloses a distributing method for a file content of an interactive network television system, including the following steps: a content preparation function module transmitting a distributing request of a file content to a content distribution and position control function module; the content distribution and position control function module producing a distributing task based on a distributing strategy after it receives the distributing request of the content preparation function module; after selecting the content delivery and storage function module, the content distribution and position control function module forwarding the file content distributing request from the content preparation function module to the content delivery and storage function module; and based on the response of the content delivery and storage function module transmitted by the content distribution and position control function module, the content preparation function module transmits the file content to the content delivery and storage function module. The respective parts of the interactive network television system, enhanced by the present invention, become less costly, more reliable and more expansible, and thus the core competence of the IPTV system is improved.12-02-2010
20130133017CONTENT DOWNLOADING METHOD AND APPARATUS USED BY MOBILE DEVICE - A content downloading method and apparatus of a mobile device employing an Internet protocol television (IPTV) are provided. The content downloading method and apparatus allow an IPTV to provide a mobile device with content information received from a service provider, allow a user to input content desired to be downloaded to the mobile device, and allow a user to download the content to the mobile device from the service provider via the IPTV, thereby quickly and easily downloading desired content to the mobile device without a complicated process of browsing and copying the content.05-23-2013
20100306810METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FORMAT SELECTION FOR NETWORK OPTIMIZATION - Method and apparatus for optimizing network bandwidth utilization by delivering to users only the minimum number of programs required by service provider policies. In one embodiment, the method comprises switching some users from lower quality versions of programs to higher quality versions of the same programs, and removing those lower quality versions of programs from a given service group. In another embodiment, some users are switched from higher quality versions of programs to lower quality versions of those same programs, and the higher quality versions of programs removed from a given service group.12-02-2010
20130139210MULTICASTING IN A WIRELESS DISPLAY SYSTEM - This disclosure relates to techniques to establish a multicast communication session between a source device and multiple sink devices in a Wireless Display (WD) system. Two or more sink devices may be interested in receiving the same media data from the source device. According to the techniques, the source device establishes a multicast session with the sink devices in the WD system, and sends a single copy of multicast media data for the multicast session to the interested sink devices using a receiving multicast port. The source device selects a receiving multicast port number as a destination identifier for each multicast session. The sink devices interested in receiving the media data of a given multicast session bind on the receiving multicast port for the multicast session. This disclosure describes several exemplary multicast subscription procedures to ensure correct binding on the receiving multicast port at each of the sink devices.05-30-2013
20100325677TV Network-Based Ethernet Data Transmission Method and Physical Layer Transmission Apparatus - Embodiments of the present invention provide a television, TV, network based Ethernet data transmission method and a physical layer, PHY, transmission apparatus. The method includes: determining in advance data transmission speed according to bidirectional frequency spectrum width reserved in a TV network; setting working speed of transmitting and receiving of a PHY transmission apparatus according to the determined data transmission speed to make the working speed match the data transmission speed; receiving and transmitting, by the PHY transmission apparatus, data with the transmission speed; performing, by the PHY transmission apparatus, speed matching for the data according to speed of a Media Access Control, MAC, layer interface; receiving and transmitting, by the MAC layer interface, the data after completing the speed matching. The PHY transmission apparatus includes: a transmitting unit, a receiving unit and a variable speed control unit.12-23-2010
20100333158Analysis of Packet-Based Video Content - A system for receiving and decoding packet-based video signals, and method of operation and computer program product for such system are disclosed. The system receives a packet-based data stream encoding a video or television signal. The content is analysed in accordance with user-editable rules to find matches between conditions specified in the rules and corresponding actions to be taken. On detection of a match with the received content, a corresponding action is implemented by issuing a command to control a component which is under the control of said receiving and decoding system.12-30-2010
20110030022System and Method of Collecting Video Content Information - Aggregated information is accessed on a computing device. The aggregated information includes video content information associated with video content and related end destination information. The aggregated information is further processed to render at least a portion of the aggregated information on a publically-accessible information medium. Thus, published content is generated.02-03-2011
20110119720Set Top Box With Capability to Support User Identification - A method for performing a service action on a particular set top box based on a particular private identifier associated with the particular set top box is disclosed. At a database associated with a service provider, a user record is created. The user record includes a public identifier and a private identifier for each set top box that is available to the user. The public identifier for a particular set top box is accessible by the user and may be used to determine the private identifier for the particular set top box.05-19-2011
20110247043Real Time Bit Rate Switching for Internet Protocol Television - A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for delivering television programming to a subscriber. In one aspect the method includes receiving one or more channels of program content, and encoding each channel a plurality of times, each time at a different rate producing multiple rate encoded signals for each channel. The method can further include transmitting the multiple rate encoded signals to a central office over a network, determining an available bandwidth of a downstream link to a subscriber and a current bit rate available for transmission to the subscriber. The method can further include selecting a best available bit rate from the multiple rate encoded signals for a requested channel and transmitting the selected rate encoded signal to the subscriber.10-06-2011
20110126249System and method for time shifting delivery of media content - A subscriber unit is provided to receive a streaming feed of the media selection from first source upon determining that a broadcast time of the program selection falls within a current broadcasting time slot. The subscriber unit is configured to receive a streaming feed of a media selection from a second source where it is determined that the media selection falls within a time slot that has already elapsed.05-26-2011
20090313669Method of transmission of digital images and reception of transport packets - Method for transmission of images comprising:12-17-2009
20090313668TIME-SHIFTED TRANSPORT OF MULTI-LATTICED VIDEO FOR RESILIENCY FROM BURST-ERROR EFFECTS - An apparatus for facilitating robust data transport. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a first mechanism for selecting plural lattices of an input video signal, processing plural decimated video signals, and time shifting corresponding portions of plural video streams in accordance with a second relative temporal order. A second mechanism changes an initial relative temporal order to the second relative temporal order.12-17-2009
20100023983METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING IPTV COMMUNICATION SERVICE - Provided are a method and apparatus for performing an internet protocol television (IPTV) communication service. The method includes: acquiring an application message providing the IPTV communication service from an external input with respect to a general-purpose web application by using plug-in application programming interfaces (APIs) of a web browser which are independent of an IPTV communication service provider; sending the application message to an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) gateway (IG) functional entity apparatus; and receiving a response message comprising a result of processing the application message as a response to the sending of the application message, from the IG functional entity apparatus.01-28-2010
20120036544Signaling Attributes for Network-Streamed Video Data - In one example, an apparatus for signaling information for video data includes a processor configured to receive video data for two or more views of a scene, form a representation comprising a subset of the two or more views, and send, to a client device, as a part of a manifest of the representation, information indicative of a maximum number of views in the representation that can be targeted for output. An apparatus for receiving information for video data may receive the manifest including the information indicating the maximum number of views and request at least a portion of the video data of the representation based at least in part on a maximum number of views that can be output by the apparatus and the information indicative of the maximum number of views in the representation that can be targeted for output.02-09-2012
20100083326SERVICE CONFIGURATION AND MANAGEMENT FOR FAST CHANNEL CHANGE AND RELIABLE DELIVERY OF MULTIMEDIA SERVICES - A data network comprising a node serving a local area, the node comprising an FCC/Retr (fast channel change/retransmission) server having a means for installing a location based FCC/Retr service profile, wherein the service profile is self-discovered by the module. Methods for configuring the profile are discussed.04-01-2010
20090031378MEDIA DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING BROADCAST PROGRAM - A media device and a method for transmitting broadcast programs are provided. The media device includes an external interface which is communicably connected to an external device, a broadcast receiving unit which receives a broadcast program, a storage unit which stores the broadcast program received by the broadcast receiving unit, and a control unit automatically transmits a certain broadcast program to the external device connected via the external interface if the certain broadcast program, which is previously selected by a user from among broadcast programs received by the broadcast receiving unit, is stored in the storage unit. Accordingly, the latest broadcast programs can be transmitted without the user identifying the broadcast programs and personally transmitting broadcast programs to the portable media player every time.01-29-2009
20090217332Sharing Video Recording Resources Over A Network - A method of sharing recording capability on a network, the network having a server supporting at least a recording DVR and a receiving DVR, the recording and receiving DVRs being in different households, the method comprising: (a) determining that the receiving DVR is unable to record the content at a certain time; and (b) identifying that the recording DVR is able to provide the receiving DVR with a recording of the content; (c) recording the content on the recording DVR at the certain time; and (d) transmitting the content from the recording DVR to the receiving DVR after the certain time.08-27-2009
20100037274METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to detect a selection of media content from a media content source, detect that the selected media content comprises a plurality of media content types, present a plurality of media content type options, each option corresponding to one of the plurality of media content types or combinations thereof, detect a selection from the plurality of media content type options, submit a request to a targeted communication device to accept or decline the selected media content according to the selected media content type option, retrieve one or more metadata pointers from the media content source for retrieving the selected media content responsive to receiving an acceptance from the targeted communication device, and store the one or more metadata pointers and the selected media content type option. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-11-2010
20090217333Method and system for discovering vacant DTV channels using DHCP server location - A wireless client device (e.g. a WSD) discovers vacant DTV channels using location information acquired from a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. In one aspect of the invention, a wireless client device discovers vacant DTV channels through direct communication with a local DHCP server and a remote primary user database server. In another aspect of the invention, a wireless client device discovers vacant DTV channels from an access device that communicates with a local DHCP server and a remote primary user database server.08-27-2009
20100058412METHOD FOR MIGRATING A VIDEO SESSION BETWEEN A FIXED MULTIMEDIA DEVICE AND A MOBILE MULTIMEDIA DEVICE - The invention relates to a method for migrating a video session between a migrating device (03-04-2010
20100058411SYSTEM AND METHOD SUPPORTING DYNAMIC DELIVERY OF PROGRAM TIME TABLES AND BROADCAST PROGRAMS - A broadcast service provider must transmit broadcast programs by dynamically reflecting real-time reconfiguration of broadcast timetables and broadcast programs of a plurality of broadcast program providers and the broadcast service provider.03-04-2010
20100050221Image Delivery System with Image Quality Varying with Frame Rate - An image delivery system responds to limits of bandwidth by changing the resolution of the delivered image according to the frame rate required. For a motion picture image, the resolution is reduced in order to maintain the frame rate, and if the image is paused, a maximum image resolution is loaded instead during the time the image is not being updated. For immersive imaging systems, there is a similar adjustment of resolution according to frame rate and the bandwidth requirements, and the user is free to look around, either inside a motion picture at reduced resolution or a paused image at a higher resolution. This higher resolution is typically seen in a movable region of interest window extracted from the larger immersive image.02-25-2010
20100064331Hybrid Premium Terrestrial Television Service - A method for the provision of a hybrid premium television platform using terrestrial broadcasting. The system allows for enhanced services to subscribers using a terrestrial broadcast signal. The enhanced services are similar to those enjoyed by more expensive providers such as cable and satellite television providers.03-11-2010
20100058410System and method for self management of a live web event - A system, method, and computer program for self management of a live web event is provided. In exemplary embodiments, an individual associated with a channel may schedule a web event. Upon scheduling, a user, such as one or more presenters, may be provided a management interface through which content may be prepared for the live web event during a self preparation process. In exemplary embodiments, the user may upload content (e.g., images such as slides) and generate content (e.g., polling questions and answers) autonomously.03-04-2010
20100071013IDENTIFYING EVENTS OF INTEREST WITHIN VIDEO CONTENT - Instant messages sent by a viewer of a video while the video is perceivable to the viewer may be monitored. An event of interest occurring in the video may be identified based on the monitored instant messages. Metadata that describes the event of interest may be generated and assigned to the video. A request for video content associated with the video may be received from a user. An indexed collection of videos that includes the video may be searched for the requested video content. Based on the search, it may be determined that the video satisfies the user's request. The event of interest occurring in the video may be identified based on the metadata assigned to the video. User perception of a scene from the video that includes the event of interest may be enabled.03-18-2010
20100071012System and method for determining a cache arrangement - In an IPTV network, one or more caches may be provided at the network nodes for storing video content in order to reduce bandwidth requirements. Video content titles may be stored in the cache in accordance with a calculated cache arrangement that minimizes the total incremental transport cost of the content traffic.03-18-2010
20110088071SYSTEM OF PROVIDING DATA FOR ENTERTAINING PRESENTATIONS TO AT LEAST ONE AUDIENCE - The present invention relates to a system and to a method for providing data for entertaining presentations to at least one audience, such as data for video and audio presentations in cinemas, theater rooms or the like. In particular data for computer-based entertainment such as so-called theater gaming shall be provided. The system of the invention comprises: at least one content server providing content data, the data representing at least content information for a video presentation to be displayed to the audience; and at least one computing server computing output data from said content data, the output data representing at least a video signal for controlling a display device. The computing serves can be part of the Internet to form an “Online Gaming Server Cloud” or can be installed at the locations of each cinema to form “Local Gaming Server Clouds”.04-14-2011
20110154420Data Feed Resource Reservation System - An embodiment of a method includes receiving a subscription request specifying one or more destination sites to receive a video feed and respective times at which to deliver the video feed to each of the one or more destination sites over a terrestrial network, wherein respective delivery times are within a publication time range in which the video feed will be available, and configuring available resources to deliver the requested video feed to the one or more destination sites at the respective times.06-23-2011
20110154423SPLIT PERSONAL COMPUTER SYSTEM - A cable television interface box for interconnecting a television display unit to a cable television connection. The cable television interface box includes a television accessory unit in communication with the television display unit and the cable television connection. The television accessory unit interfaces with a remote portion of a split personal computer system and outputs input data signals to the remote portion for performing input portions of personal computer tasks, and receives video signals from the remote portion indicative of video and output portions of personal computer tasks.06-23-2011
20110083154METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UTILIZING DYNAMIC BANDWIDTH ALLOCATION FOR RECORDING CONTENT - An approach is provided for utilizing dynamic bandwidth allocation for recording content. A recording manager generates a request for bandwidth for a future recording of a programming content to be delivered to a set-top box. The recording manager then receives a response indicating a dynamic bandwidth allocation for the future recording and schedules the future recording of the programming content based on the dynamic bandwidth allocation.04-07-2011
20110107383METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CELEBRITY DISPLAY OF WEB FEED CONTENT - A system displays web feed content on television. A web feed content aggregation system retrieves syndicated web feed content on a web subscription basis, wherein the web feed content aggregation system includes a library that is organized in a web genre tree format including a root node branching to at least one website node, and cataloged by website classes, feed categories and topics. A television content broadcast system broadcasts television content on a television subscription basis. The web feed content aggregation system and the television content broadcast system are interfaced as a function of an account association between a web feed content aggregation subscription account and a television content broadcast subscription account. The system makes additional content available to the user based on content they are watching, have saved for later viewing, have scheduled for future recording, or have searched for.05-05-2011
20110154421METHOD FOR DECIDING RADIO BEARER OF MOBILE IPTV SYSTEM - In a mobile IPTV system, a multicast coordination entity (MCE) acquires information for radio resource allocation for satisfying all terminals through a counting procedure, and determines a radio bearer by considering a share of usage anticipation subcarrier for respective identifiers of contents. A scheduling subject is variable by a characteristic of the determined radio bearer.06-23-2011
20110088070ACCESSING REMOTE VIDEO DEVICES - A control server receives a local input to control a remote video device and sends an indication of the local input to the remote video device to control, access, or operate the remote video device. Video data indicative of images provided by the remote video device in response to the local input are relayed to the control server by the remote video device or associated components. A plurality of remote video devices can be simultaneously controlled, accessed, or operated. Control code sets for remote video devices are mapped to a local interface control set. Local input is translated to a remote video device command based on such mappings.04-14-2011
20120304237CONTENT 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 receiving video data from a client computing device, where the video data is captured using a camera connected to the client computing device in accordance with instructions executed on the client computing device to provide the video data in accordance with predetermined constraints. The video data is automatically transcoded into at least one different format based on user credentials associated with a user of the client computing device and/or attributes associated with the video data. At least one format of the transcoded video data defines a video file in a format appropriate for inclusion in a linear television programming transmission. The transcoded video data is uploaded to a server for distribution.11-29-2012
20110078753System and method for providing media content enhancement - There are provided systems and methods for providing media content enhancement. A system for providing enhancement of media content displayed by a presentation unit of the system comprises the presentation unit configured to receive and display the media content, and a content enhancement module stored in a memory of the presentation unit. The presentation unit also includes a processor configured to control the content enhancement module to enhance the media content. A method for use by the content enhancement module comprises reading a context data received by the presentation unit, the context data describing a media content provided for display by the presentation unit, processing the context data to identify the media content, requesting an enhancement data corresponding to the media content, and executing instructions received in the enhancement data to enhance the media content displayed by the presentation unit.03-31-2011
20110061084METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REDUCING CHANNEL CHANGE RESPONSE TIMES FOR IPTV - The invention includes a method and apparatus for improving a channel change response time. A method includes propagating a plurality of media streams toward at least one user terminal using a respective plurality of multicast groups and propagating a meta channel toward the at least one user terminal for conveying information adapted for use in selecting one of the media streams in a manner tending to improve the channel change response time. The media streams include an original media stream conveying media content and at least one auxiliary media stream, generated from the original media stream, where each of the at least one auxiliary media stream conveys the media content of the original media stream, where each of the at least one auxiliary media stream is offset in time with respect to the original media stream. The information conveyed by the meta channel is associated with the media streams. A user device may receive the meta channel information and select one of the media streams using the meta channel information in response to a channel change request from the user terminal, or a network device may select one of the media streams for a user terminal in response to a channel change request from the user terminal.03-10-2011
20130160063NETWORK DELIVERY OF BROADCAST MEDIA CONTENT STREAMS - The delivery of multimedia content is disclosed. An input stream of the multimedia content in a first predetermined format, and including encoded video data and audio data is received from a broadcaster server system. The input stream is converted to a second predetermined format, and split into an audio data stream and one or more video data streams. Segments of the audio data stream and the video data streams are generated, with each segment representing a predetermined number of time-sequenced signal samples and frames of the respective audio and video. Each of the generated segments of the audio data stream and the video data streams is transmitted to a data storage system.06-20-2013
20130145413Transforming Uncompressed Video Traffic to Network-Aware Ethernet Traffic with A/V Bridging Capabilities and A/V Bridging Extensions - Aspects of a system for transforming uncompressed video traffic to network-aware Ethernet traffic with A/V bridging capabilities and A/V bridging extensions may include a graphics processing unit (GPU) that may enable encapsulation of uncompressed video data and/or auxiliary channel data within a Display Port protocol data unit (PDU). A LAN subsystem may enable encapsulation of the Display Port PDU within an encapsulating PDU. The LAN subsystem may enable determination of a traffic class designation associated with the encapsulating PDU. The LAN subsystem may enable transmission of the encapsulating PDU via a network based on the traffic class designation.06-06-2013
20110154422SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MULTI-TERMINAL CONTEXT-BASED CUSTOMIZED BROADCASTING SERVICE IN NETWORK - A system and method for providing a broadcasting service in a multi terminal context in an IP based network are provided. A subscriber of a customized convergence broadcasting service organizes a personal program log, and a broadcast server provides a broadcasting service to the subscriber according to the personal program log. In order for the subscriber to receive broadcasting services using various types of heterogeneous terminals, a service control server controls customized convergence broadcasting services according to information about the status of each terminal possessed by the subscriber and a degree of preference to a terminal preferred by the subscriber among the terminals.06-23-2011
20080235744Digital broadcast transmission/reception system and digital broadcast transmission/reception method - A digital broadcast transmission/reception method and a digital broadcast transmission/reception system are disclosed. The digital broadcast transmission/reception method includes requesting connection information including information about a server storing contents guide information based on priorities, transmitting the connection information, receiving the connection information and accessing the server storing the priority-based contents guide information, using the connection information, and receiving the priority-based contents guide information from the accessed server.09-25-2008
20100083325Closed-Loop Community Influenced Broadcast Media Generation - A broadcast system comprises a broadcast device, a receiving device, and a content management system. The broadcast device is configured to transmit media over-the-air to a first user device. The receiving device is configured to receive over a network from a second user device a user input regarding the media. The content management system is configured to evaluate the user input and to select media for the broadcast device to broadcast based on the evaluation.04-01-2010
20100058413APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO DATA FOR IPTV - A method for providing audio and/or video data for Internet Protocol Television includes receiving source material. Encoded source data is generated by encoding the source material in a target format. The encoded source data is transmitted to a memory that is configured to output the encoded source data.03-04-2010
20100037275SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING CACHE MEMORY SIZE AT A NETWORK NODE OF AN IPTV NETWORK - In an IPTV network, cache memory assigned to each DSLAM, Central Office (CO) or Intermediate Office (IO) can be determined by defining a network cost function having cache memory per DSLAM, cache memory per CO and cache memory per IO as decision variables. The network cost function can be minimized to determine the optimal cache memory size for the network. The network cost function can be subject to boundary constraints that the cache memory is between zero and a maximum cache memory size for each network node type, allowing the network cost function to be solved as a 3-ary tree.02-11-2010
20100005498SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PUBLISHING AND/OR SHARING MEDIA PRESENTATIONS OVER A NETWORK - In accordance with one or more embodiments of the present disclosure, systems and methods for publishing and/or sharing media presentations over a network comprise communicating with a user and one or more distribution channels via the network, gathering media resources based on user input, creating a media presentation with the media resources based on user input, and publishing the media presentation by distributing the media presentation to the one or more distribution channels via the network. In one aspect, publishing comprises directly emailing the media presentation to one or more other users via the network. In another aspect, publishing comprises providing a link to one or more other users via the network for direct access to the media presentation. In still another aspect, publishing comprises obtaining and embedding source code for the media presentation in a web page associated with one or more of the distribution channels via the network.01-07-2010
20100005497Duplex enhanced quality video transmission over internet - A system for sending and receiving full motion, live, full duplex video of broadcast quality, with associated audio data, over the Internet. The system comprises software that ties together audio and video packets and transmits them as a smooth continuous stream of video and audio data. The system is capable of functioning over a secure peer-to-peer backbone.01-07-2010
20110162022METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PUSHING INFORMATION BASED ON INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION - The present invention provides a method, device and system for pushing information based on Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). In this method, the IPTV serving control functions initiatively send a session initiation request of broadcasting information to the user equipment. After receiving the session initiation request, the user equipment determines to accept broadcasting the information, interacts with the transport processing functions, joins the multicast channel of the information, and receives the multicast stream sent by transport processing functions to broadcast the information.06-30-2011
20080320535Ip-Enabled Terminal for Combined Video-Based Entertainment and Communication Services - An IP-enabled terminal for combined video-based entertainment and communication services is provided. Hardware and software components are integrated into one terminal to support video-based communication and entertainment services.12-25-2008
20090144786METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING MEDIA CHANNEL SERVICES - Methods, systems, and computer program products for providing media channel services are disclosed. A method includes provisioning an Internet-Protocol (IP)-enabled media channel in response to a request to create a media channel account, which includes creating an account record for the media channel account, assigning a media device identifier to the account record, assigning a network address to the IP-based media channel, and storing the network address in the account record. The method also includes populating a storage system with editable and non-editable content. The editable content is received and controlled by a user of the media channel account via a media device, and the non-editable content is controlled by a network media services application. The method further includes creating and presenting a media channel page that includes the editable and non-editable content in response to a request by the user to initiate a session for the channel.06-04-2009
20110179461SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OITF RECOVERY - A system and method for failure recovery for a node in an IPTV network makes use of the ability of an IMS Gateway, an Open IPTV Terminal Function, and an IPTV Control Server to provide each other with information about a session to be recovered in a manner which allows the control session state to be reconstructed without impacting the user's viewing experience.07-21-2011
20090100484SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING OUTPUT MULTIMEDIA STREAM FROM A PLURALITY OF USER PARTIALLY- OR FULLY-ANIMATED MULTIMEDIA STREAMS - A system for generating an output multimedia stream user multimedia streams each comprising partially- or fully-animated images that track the movement, orientation, and facial expression of respective users, a non-user multimedia stream (e.g., television broadcast), graphic elements, and video and audio effects. The system includes a multiplexer that generates a multiplexed stream from a plurality of user multimedia streams, a selector for selecting one or more user multimedia stream from the multiplexed stream, a multimedia director device for generating the output multimedia stream from the selected streams, non-user multimedia stream, and added graphics and video effects. The output multimedia stream may be sent to the user devices for generating an interactive experience, such as an online gaming experience. These systems may be organized in a hierarchical manner, whereby regional systems provide multimedia streams to a central system that generates an output stream from the regional streams.04-16-2009
20090019505STREAMING VIDEO OVER MULTIPLE NETWORK INTERFACES - The preferred embodiments provide a system and/or method that exploits the presence of multiple interfaces to provide high quality video streaming (or real time streaming). The proposed solution includes three specific strategies 1) receiver buffer management, 2) selective re-transmission of packets and 3) dynamic load balancing across interfaces to achieve high quality video streaming across multiple interfaces.01-15-2009
20110016500METHOD FOR BROADCASTING CUSTOMISED INFORMATION ON AN IPTV NETWORK AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD - A method for broadcasting personalized information, for a determined type of information, within a television-over-IP network, which method comprises: 01-20-2011
20100293584SYSTEMS, METHODS AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR INSTANT MULTI-CHANNEL VIDEO CONTENT BROWSING IN DIGITAL VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS - Techniques for delivery and presentation/display of audio-visual signals over electronic communications network channels are disclosed herein. In an exemplary embodiment, a video server for an IPTV system is disclosed. The system includes a video extractor/transporter (shortly referred to as video extractor) for extracting encoded audio-visual signals from at least one video source, and distributing the signals over the electronic communications network channels. The system also includes control logic which can receive control messages from receivers and invoke the video extractor to extract audio-visual signals therefrom.11-18-2010
20100293585FILE CONTENT DISTRIBUTION METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM - The present invention discloses file content distribution method, device and system, wherein, the method includes: a content preparing means selecting one or more content location and distribution global controlling means, and sending a file content distributing requests to the selected content location and distribution global controlling means; after receiving the file content distributing request, the content location and distribution global controlling means selecting one or more content delivery and storage controlling means according to a predetermined distributing strategy, and transmitting the file content distributing requests to the selected content delivery and storage controlling means; after receiving the file content distributing request, the content delivery and storage controlling means selecting one or more content delivering and storing means according to the predetermined distributing strategy, and transmitting the file content distributing request to the selected content delivering and storing means; and after receiving the file content distributing request, the content delivering and storing means establishing a link to the content preparing means and distributing file content.11-18-2010
20110119721PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER DEVICE MANAGEMENT - A method and system for distributing multimedia content includes a unified storefront (USF) application providing access portals to a multimedia content distribution network, including an Internet-protocol television access portal, a web access portal and a mobile access portal. The USF application may further communicate with a media agent to access a portable media player (PMP), allowing multimedia content to be sent to the PMP from any of the access portals.05-19-2011
20110138432Media Bookmarks - Specific instances in time, e.g., scenes, in a program or other media content can be marked in an unambiguous manner. A scene's marking information, which can be called a bookmark, is preferably stored in communication network as a part of a user's service profile. With such a bookmark, a user can, among other things, resume watching a program from the bookmarked point onwards on the same or a different media device, and send the bookmark to others, e.g., as a link in chat or other social networking interactions, so that they can watch the program from or around the bookmarked scene (provided, of course, that they have rights to access that content).06-09-2011
20110138431POLICIES FOR CONTENT DOWNLOADING AND CONTENT UPLOADING - Methods and arrangements for setting up a policy for downloading of IPTV media content from a Content Server (06-09-2011
20100263006NETWORK AV DEVICE AND AV NETWORK SYSTEM - A digital TV in accordance with the present invention searches for a server in step S10-14-2010
20110258675SYNCHRONIZED TRANSMISSION OF AUDIO AND VIDEO DATA FROM A COMPUTER TO A CLIENT VIA AN INTERFACE - A method for controlling data transmission between a computer and a video client via an interface, the method comprising: the computer polling the interface a first time to determine the size of the buffer on the interface; receiving a first buffer size value from the interface; sending a plurality of frames of video and audio data to the buffer on the interface such that a delay period exists between the sending of each frame; the computer polling the interface a second time to determine buffer size after the frames are sent to the interface; receiving a second buffer size value from the interface; and modifying the amount of time between the transmission of frames.10-20-2011
20110258673SERVICE INFORMATION PROVISION APPARATUS AND SERVICE INFORMATION ACQUISITION APPARATUS - A service information provision apparatus is provided with a data service information table configured from a service discovery information table showing association of specific information of a service provider and service discovery information as service content information provided by the service provider, and a service offer information table showing association of the service discovery information of the service discovery information table and data contents corresponding to the service discovery information.10-20-2011
20120151539Pre-Buffering Audio Streams - One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for identifying and pre-buffering audio/video stream pairs. The method includes the steps of predictively identifying for pre-buffering at least one audio/video stream pair that may be selected for playback by a user subsequent to a currently playing audio/video stream pair, computing a first rate for pre-buffering an audio portion of the at least one audio/video stream pair and a second rate for pre-buffering a video portion of the at least one audio/video stream pair, downloading the audio portion at the first rate and downloading the video portion at the second rate, and storing the downloaded audio portion and the downloaded video portion in a content buffer.06-14-2012
20100162334Method for receiving a broadcast signal - A method of receiving a broadcast signal including a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of receiving a broadcast signal including a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service, the method comprises receiving a broadcast signal including an NRT content and NRT service guide information, the NRT service guide information including a content fragment, identifying a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session delivering the NRT content from the broadcast signal, detecting a first content identification information from a File Description Table (FDT) of the FLUTE session, and detecting a second content identification information of the content fragment matched with the first content identification information.06-24-2010
20110265134Switchable multi-channel data transcoding and transrating system - A video transport stream over IP (TS/IP) server system comprises a set of video server blocks. A video server block comprises a pair of codecs and a primary FPGA, the codecs based on a fully programmable high speed DSP processor. The video server block further comprises a pair of VioIP engines for translating transport streams into IP packet streams. The video TS/IP server can perform transcoding, transrating and statistical multiplexing functions between ingress and egress transport streams. The video TS/IP server can ingress or egress HD-SDI and DVB-ASI data streams to or from an IP network via TS/IP. A host subsystem is embedded in a stand-alone embodiment. Multiple video TS/IP servers can be hosted by a PC in a PC host embodiment.10-27-2011
20100017832NETWORK DIGITAL TELEVISION MIDDLEWARE - A digital television middleware, comprising: an application program description information finding unit for requesting application program description information from a first network and a second network; an application program description information converting unit for converting the received application program description information for the second network into description information in a format of an application program information table (AIT) which can be used by the first network; and an AIT table buffering unit for buffering the converted description information so as to download the requested application program description information for the second network used by the first network.01-21-2010
20120210377SOCIAL NETWORKING FEEDBACK VIA SECOND DISPLAY SELECTIONS - Systems and methods are disclosed for publishing data to one or more social networking services in which data pertaining to the user's behavior in browsing, selecting, and playing media, from particular sources on a particular IPTV platform, is tracked so that a feed representative of such behavior may be transmitted to the social networking services for publication. Accordingly in response to the feed, information pertaining to the user, the platform, the selected media, and the service providing the media may be presented on one or more pages provided by the social networking service. By embedding special tags in the feed that are compliant with protocols and methods that are supported by an API exposed by a server in the social networking service, the data from the feed can be displayed on the pages with the same look and feel and user experience as native social networking content.08-16-2012
20090125953SYSTEMS, METHODS AND GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES FOR MONITORING AN INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) NETWORK - Systems, methods and graphical user interfaces monitoring an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network are provided. A particular method includes receiving IPTV process data. The IPTV process data includes information about a plurality of processes executing at a plurality of servers of an IPTV distribution network. The method also includes analyzing the IPTV process data to determine process operational information. The process operational information is descriptive of the operation of at least a first process of the plurality of processes and operation of at least a second process of the plurality of processes. The method also includes generating a display based on the operational information. The display includes an aggregate display element representing the operation of the at least one first process and the operation of the at least one second process.05-14-2009
20120042350Systems and Methods for Processing Media Content Requests - A method for processing media content requests includes receiving, at a multimedia distribution computing device, a request for a media stream to be provided to a media device. The method includes determining, at the multimedia distribution computing device, whether media content of the media stream is for time-shifted viewing. The method includes sending a unicast transmission including at least a portion of the media content to the media device when the media content is not determined to be for time-shifted viewing. The method includes joining the media device to a multicast group associated with the media stream without sending the unicast transmission to the media device when the media content is determined to be for time-shifted viewing.02-16-2012
20120042349BROADCAST/DIGITAL NETWORK SWITCHOVER SYSTEM AND METHOD - A technique is provided for the parallel communication of digital content via broadcast channels and two-way data communications channels. Mobile devices may receive the digital content by the broadcast channels, and depending upon user preferences, signal quality, signal strength and other factors, coordinated switchover may be made from reception and playback of the content from a broadcast channel to reception and content from a two-way data communications channel.02-16-2012
20090064250TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSIGNING TRANSMISSION CHANNEL - A transmission terminal measures an error rate by periodically transmitting an error rate measuring packet to all transmission channels and all transmission paths. Content to be transmitted is classified, so that a transmission channel of the best transmission quality is assigned to content requiring real-timeness and a wide transmission bandwidth. According to the type of the content, a required communication protocol is selected to perform processing thereof. The transmission bandwidth for the content requiring a wide transmission bandwidth is assigned at a peak rate, while the transmission bandwidth for the content requiring a narrow transmission bandwidth is assigned at an average rate.03-05-2009
20120072961PROCESS AND SYSTEM FOR MANAGEMENT OF A CONTINUOUS BROADCAST SESSION OF A POSTED DIRECT VIDEO STREAM - A process and an associated system for management of a live streaming session posted directly on terminals connected to a communications network, the process includes stages of: 03-22-2012
20090089848MOVING PICTURE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, SUBSCRIBER LINE TERMINATION DEVICE, MOVING PICTURE DISTRIBUTION METHOD, MOVING PICTURE DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - The present invention provides a moving picture distribution system, a subscriber line termination device, a moving picture distribution method, a moving picture distribution program, and a recording medium, that may sufficiently distribute moving picture data according to a link speed by an IP multicast manner. The moving picture distribution system includes a subscriber line termination device connected to a moving picture distribution network to perform a terminating process of a subscriber line; and an image reproduction device connected to the subscriber line termination device through a domestic termination device, wherein the subscriber line termination device selects a server according to a link speed with the domestic termination device and transmits moving picture data of a same content to the domestic termination device at the link speed by a multicast manner.04-02-2009
20120159561SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING IP-BASED VIDEO, MOBILE & REMOTE QUALITY INFORMATION - Video content information associated with video content is received, by at least a first computing device, wherein the video content is delivered utilizing internet protocol. End destination information associated with a reception instance of the video content is received, by at least the first computing device, wherein the end destination information includes experience information that, at least in part, includes information relating to a quality of the reception instance of the video content and a location of an end destination associated with the reception instance of the video content. At least a portion of the video content information and at least a portion of the end destination information, which includes at least a portion of the information relating to the quality of the reception instance of the video content, is selectively aggregated, by at least the second computing device, to generate aggregated information.06-21-2012
20120159560SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING AND COLLECTING INTERNET-BASED VIDEO SERVICE QUALITY INFORMATION - Video content information of video content is received by a first computing device. The video content is received from web sites and the video content information includes one or more of a video identifier, an identity of the web sites, and an identity of an internet service provider related to accessing the one or more web sites. End destination information associated with a reception instance of the video content is received. The end destination information includes experience information that, at least in part, includes information relating to a quality of the received video content and a location of an end destination associated with the reception instance of the video content. The video content information and the end destination information are selectively aggregated by another device to generate aggregated information. The video content information includes at least a portion of the information of the quality of the reception instance.06-21-2012
20120017251Method and device for reducing interruption time of internet protocol television multicast stream - The present invention discloses a method for reducing interruption time of an internet protocol television multicast stream, comprising the steps of: after the kernel of a home access gateway is restarted, detecting whether the network port connected to the access equipment side is started; when started, sending an Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) query command to the access equipment through the network port; then establishing a multicast forwarding table which is from the home access gateway to the access equipment according to the identification information of the access equipment which responds to the internet group management protocol query command, and then reporting the multicast forwarding table to an internet group management protocol multicast source. The present invention further discloses a device for implementing the method above. The present invention can reduce the interruption time of the internet protocol television multicast stream, improve the Quality of Service (QoS) of the IPTV system, and be implemented simply.01-19-2012
20120210378METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IDENTIFYING CONTENT USING IPTV DEVICES - A method and apparatus for identifying content using one or more Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) devices by accessing a user's account using a secondary device and selecting content provided by a service provider. The service provider sends an identifier that specifies the selected content to a first IPTV device that will display content. The selected content is added to a user's content list in the user's account; and played on the first IPTV device. During the time of playback on the first IPTV device, the user is able to browse content using the secondary device or another IPTV device. Thus, the user is able to browse and search for additional content without disturbing the display of the selected content.08-16-2012
20120023533METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DELIVERY OF INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SERVICE - A method and apparatus for delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV) service are provided. The method may include receiving an IPTV unicast video stream of a select video content from an IPTV server associated with a third party IPTV service provider at a proxy server within a core network associated with an internet access provider, converting the select video content from the IPTV unicast video stream to an IPTV multicast video stream at the proxy server, and sending the IPTV multicast video stream of the select video content from the proxy server to each of multiple subscribers of the third party IPTV service provider at a respective subscriber device associated with the corresponding multiple subscriber via the core network using a multicast IP addressing scheme. The apparatus may include a proxy server with a third party IPTV interface module, a conversion module, and a subscriber interface module.01-26-2012
20120023532SERVING FROM A THIRD PARTY SERVER TO A CONTROL DEVICE A WEB PAGE USEFUL FOR CONTROLLING AN IPTV CLIENT WITH NON-PUBLIC ADDRESS - An IPTV may be controlled in part by a second user consumer electronic (CE) device using a web page served from a third party server even though the third party server cannot function as a proxy to the IPTV.01-26-2012
20110107382System and Method for Interacting with Social Networking in an Internet Protocol Television System - In an Internet protocol television network, a set-top box includes a social network interface module and a remote control interface module. The social network interface module receives a first selection of a content item from the remote control interface module, and receives a second selection of a comment from the remote control interface module. The social network interface module also posts the second selection on a social network system.05-05-2011
20120124631Content upload method and content delivery function entity - The present disclosure discloses a method for uplinking contents and a content delivery function entity. The method is used for uploading the contents or uplinking a media stream generated by a UE to one or more CDN nodes of CDN, and comprises the following steps: after receiving a session initiation request for uploading contents or uplinking a media stream, allocating by a CDN control function entity one or more CDN nodes, and sending a session request to a cluster control function entity of the CDN node; selecting, by the cluster control function entity which receives the session request, a content delivery function entity, establishing a session for uploading the contents or uplinking the media stream between itself and the selected content delivery function entity, and returning session acknowledgement information to the CDN control function entity; and returning, by the CDN control function entity, the received acknowledgement information to a user equipment; uploading the contents or uplinking the media stream according to the acknowledgement information by the user equipment to each content delivery function entity selected by the cluster control function entity. According to the present disclosure, the content delivery network in the next generation network can support user-generated contents.05-17-2012
20120124630METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR MEDIA CONSUMPTION - Methods and apparatus for increasing media consumption are disclosed. The present invention can provide viewers increased access to content of interest across various platforms, such as online articles, online audio and video clips, and television and radio broadcasts. In an embodiment, an individual viewing content online, such as a news article, is given a link. The link provides the viewer access to a list of content related to the article being viewed. The related content is not limited to the platform related content across, and allows the user to view the content, automatically set the content to be recorded by a digital video recorder, or reserve the content for future viewing. Accordingly, by providing the user with convenient access to content across platforms, based on their interests, they are more given media content they are more likely to enjoy. Accordingly, viewership of this content will increase, through this connection of individuals with content that aligns with their interests.05-17-2012
20120317606METHOD FOR RECEIVING A BROADCAST SIGNAL AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method of receiving a broadcast signal including a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of receiving a broadcast signal including an NRT service, method comprises receiving a broadcast signal including first signaling information and second signaling information, identifying the NRT service based on the first signaling information, identifying an Internet Protocol (IP) address of an NRT service signaling data based on the first signaling information and the second signaling information, receiving the NRT service signaling data by accessing the IP address, and downloading a desired NRT service based on the NRT service signaling data.12-13-2012
20120222077SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATING AND CAPTURING DESIRED MEDIA CONTENT FROM MEDIA BROADCASTS - A media agent that monitors multiple broadcast transmissions and a method for the same. The media agent establishes connections with broadcast transmissions and then identifies characteristics of the media content contained within the broadcast transmission. The association between the identified characteristic of the media content and the connected broadcast transmission is maintained to allow the information gathered from the broadcast transmission to be used meaningfully.08-30-2012
20120317605METHOD OF STREAMING COMPRESSED DIGITAL VIDEO CONTENT OVER A NETWORK - A method of streaming content includes encapsulating and packetizing HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) content into a MPEG private data Packet Identifier (PID) at a headend of a QAM network. This data service is multiplexed with compressed digital broadcast video content to produce a MPEG transport stream for being transmitted over the network to subscribers. The HLS content is provided to the subscriber in the form of data. At the subscriber location, the MPEG transport stream is received over the QAM network with a tuner that detects HLS content available from the MPEG transport stream in a form of a MPEG private data PID of the MPEG transport stream. The HLS content is buffered from the MPEG private data PID and made available to a wireless IP client device via a local area network connection.12-13-2012
20120131627SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES TO REDUCE CHANGE LATENCY IN PLACESHIFTED MEDIA STREAMS USING PREDICTIVE SECONDARY STREAMING - Systems, methods and devices are provided to reduce change latency and/or to provide a picture-in-picture (PIP) feature within a placeshifted media stream. As the viewer receives a primary stream containing selected programming, secondary programming that is likely to be of interest to the user is predicted. A secondary stream containing the predicted content is obtained at the same time as the primary stream selected by the user. The secondary stream may be of lower quality than the primary stream to preserve network bandwidth. If the user subsequently selects the predicted secondary content, the previously-obtained content can be quickly provided as an output to the display. Alternately, the primary and secondary streams may be simultaneously output to the display in PIP or another manner.05-24-2012
20120131626METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR DELIVERING AND RECEIVING DATA - Methods, apparatus and systems are provided that enable a user of a computing device to alter, augment or replace broadcast transmitted content destined for or received in the computing device with on-line content from the internet. In some implementations an application program, purchasable or otherwise downloadable from the internet (e.g., from an application store), facilitates in the computing device the manipulation of broadcast transmitted content that changes the manner in which content from a broadcast transmission source (e.g., television or cable transmission sources) is presented by the computing device absent the intervention of the application program. In one implementation an application program downloaded from the internet to the computing device alters the presentation of broadcast transmitted content by substituting broadcast advertising with non-advertising content from the internet.05-24-2012
20120167156MODULAR ARCHITECTURE HAVING REUSABLE FRONT END FOR PROCESSING DIGITAL VIDEO DATA - A device is described that includes an encoder/decoder (CODEC) in which functionality is partitioned between a video front end (VFE) and a video back end (VBE). The VFE encapsulates functionality and image processing operations to support a variety of applications, and presents a flexible inter-processor by which an external master device can easily control these operations. The video back end (VBE) operates as an encoder and/or a decoder to generate encoded and/or decoded video sequences. The VFE and VBE may execute within an operating environment provided by a slave device.06-28-2012
20120167155METHOD FOR PROVISIONING A MULTIMEDIA SERVICE - The present invention relates to a method for provisioning a multimedia service to a multimedia rendering device RD by a multi media application server. The multimedia application server is coupled to the rendering device over a communication network, The method of the present invention further comprises the step of determining at least one additional multimedia service associated with the multimedia service provisioned by the multimedia application server to the rendering device and the subsequent step of selecting an additional multimedia service of the at least one additional multimedia service by a communications device associated with the multimedia service provisioned to the rendering device or selected by the rendering device.06-28-2012
20120167154SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SOCIAL NETWORK SERVICE TO MULTIPLE SCREEN DEVICES - A system for providing a social network service to multiple screen devices is disclosed. The system includes an integrated address book generating unit configured to generate an integrated address book based on contact information stored in at least one of the multiple screen devices or contact information stored in an accessible server, a personal page providing unit configured to provide a personal page to at least one of the multiple screen devices, a message managing unit configured to display a message, which has been transmitted from at least one of the multiple screen devices, on other screen devices of the multiple screen devices, and a personal content managing unit configured to display content, which has been uploaded from at least one of the multiple screen devices, on other screen devices of the multiple screen devices.06-28-2012
20120167153SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING BROADCAST SERVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING BROADCAST SERVICE - Disclosed are a system for providing a broadcast service and a method for providing a broadcast service. An example of the method for providing a broadcast service includes receiving a broadcast signal including broadcast contents and side information to provide the broadcast contents; reading out at least one of objects from question data that is input regarding the broadcast contents and primarily analyzing the read-out object to read out a subject of the question data; searching a social media site and collecting social media data relating to the subject from the searched social media site; secondarily analyzing the social media data and the side information in the broadcast signal on the basis of the subject; and configuring answer data corresponding to the subject using the analysis result and providing the answer data, and provides information which is extended and varied in real time.06-28-2012
20120131625Multistream Placeshifting - Disclosure is directed to managing more than one placeshifting transmission at a target device. The target device may be configured to receive a first video from a first placeshifting source and a second video from a second placeshifting source. The target device may additionally be configured to simultaneously output the first and second video on an output device, using various display screen configurations such as picture-in-picture, split screen, windows, and so. The first and second placeshifting sources may be content receivers having integrated placeshifting functions or may be content receivers provided in association with stand-alone placeshifting devices. A dual-tuner content receiver may also provide both the first and second placeshifting sources to the target device.05-24-2012
20120216233VIRTUAL NETWORK CONSTRUCTING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A virtual network constructing apparatus and a virtual network constructing method are provided. The virtual network constructing method includes constructing a virtual network on the basis of a Multi-Depot Ring-Star with 2-Depots per Ring (MDRS-2DR) topology, applying the virtual network to an actual network environment, and reflecting a result of the application to reconstruct the virtual network.08-23-2012
20120216232SET TOP BOX VIDEO STREAM MERGING/PASS THROUGH - A gateway includes a communications interface and processing circuitry and establishes communications with at least one service provider device and with a serviced client device. The gateway receives serviced client device display structure instructions from a cloud server. The gateway then receives first streamed content from the cloud server, the first streamed content comprising images of an Internet session hosted by the cloud server and having a video program hole formed therein. The gateway receives second streamed content from the cloud server, the second streamed content comprising a video program corresponding to the video program hole of the first streamed content. Based upon the serviced client device display structure instructions, the gateway combines the first streamed content with the second streamed content to form merged streamed content and transmits the merged streamed content to the serviced client device. The client device may alternately receive and merge the video streams.08-23-2012
20100205642SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING A SESSION ACROSS DOMAINS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS - A system and method for transferring a session between IPTV Control Servers, or between IMS subscriptions, allows the IPTV Control Servers involved in the transfer to connect to each other and facilitate a transfer of session transfer information. This session transfer information allows the recipient of the transfer to connect to the same content distribution network and resume the session using the same content servers where appropriate.08-12-2010
20110185393FAST-START STREAMING AND BUFFERING OF STREAMING CONTENT FOR PERSONAL MEDIA PLAYER - Systems and methods allow playback of a media stream received via a network. The media stream is received and stored in a buffer prior to playback. Responsive to receiving the user command to change the content of the media stream, the buffer is flushed prior to receiving the changed content in the media stream.07-28-2011
20100175098TV-CENTRIC SYSTEM - A TV has a TV processor and a display presenting a map showing the topology of the home network of which the TV is a part. Upon initial energization the TV discovers network devices in the home, uploads this information to an Internet server, which in turn sends back to the TV necessary information for configuring the network, without any user interaction to configure network devices.07-08-2010
20100175097METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR USING IP NETWORK TO CONNECT A TELEVISION AND A COMPUTER TO PROCESS INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT - A system and a method for interactive entertainment with a television and a computer connected by the IP network are provided. The system includes a computer, a TV set and an IP network, and particularly a computer PC box and a television TV box. The display output interface and the communication interface of the computer are connected to the computer PC box. The computer PC box communicates with the television TV box via the IP network. The audio-video signal of the television TV box is outputted to the TV set. Other input/output devices on the TV side are connected into the system via a corresponding interface of the television TV box. The communication medium adopted for the IP network can be selected from the group consisting of a category 5 cable, a power line, wirelessness or a fiber. The present invention, establishing the IP network by making use of the existing domestic local area network, the indoor power line or the wireless communication, realizes two-way transmission of the audio-video signal and the control signal between a computer and a TV set inside a house, and greatly facilitates arrangement of the domestic on-line entertainment system with a computer as the center.07-08-2010
20100175096TRANSMISSION METHOD, TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, RECEPTION APPARATUS OF DIGITAL BROADCASTING SIGNAL AND TRANSMISSION FRAME-FORM THEREOF - The present invention relates to a transmission method, a transmission apparatus, a reception method, and a reception apparatus of a digital broadcasting signal that can add frame header information to a front portion of a transmission frame in a transmission system for digital broadcasting to thereby determine a different transmission mode, modulation level, hierarchical modulation, error correction code, and the like for each temporally different transmission frame, and a transmission frame structure thereof. The transmission frame structure includes a frame header containing multiplexing information of the transmission frame, and a frame body containing data information associated with a service provided by the transmission frame. Also, the frame header may include a frame synchronization signal unit including synchronization signal information for extracting a start position of the transmission frame and a frame information unit including multiplexing information of data contained in the transmission frame. The multiplexing information denotes information associated with a transmission mode, a modulation level, a hierarchical modulation, and an error correction code of the data contained in the transmission frame.07-08-2010
20100299714PERSONALIZED CONTENT IN A UNIDIRECTIONAL BROADCAST STREAM - User input associated with a user object can be received at a first computing environment connected to a bidirectional network. The user input can specify content from one or more source computing environments connected to the bidirectional network and can request that the content be included in a channel of a unidirectional broadcast stream. The content can be compiled into a bundle that is formatted to be included in the broadcast stream, and the bundle can be transmitted for inclusion in the broadcast stream.11-25-2010
20120180097SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISTRIBUTING SOFTWARE FOR A HOST DEVICE IN A CABLE SYSTEM - Flexible systems and methods are disclosed that may be used for provisioning, configuring, and controlling a host embodied in a cable set top box or other digital device attached to a digital communication network, such as cable distribution network. An enhanced services system maintains various host files for various types of hosts that a cable subscriber may purchase and connect to the cable network. The Enhanced Services Server interacts with the host using the host files. The host files may be downloaded from the host manufacturer into a database that distributes the modules as required to the various enhanced services systems. The host may be purchased by the cable subscriber and provisioning may be initiated by the retailer at the time of purchase using a provisioning network interacting with the appropriate cable system serving the subscriber. This abstract is not intended to limit or construe the scope of the claims.07-12-2012
20100011398Method and System for Automatic IP TV Program Generation - According to this invention content can be uploaded by an upload device (01-14-2010
20120185906Scalable Video Controls Bandwidth Allocation to Data Services - An amount of bandwidth is allocated to a transport of content information as data via a data connection before initiating the transport. The content information is encoded in a layered coding scheme using a base layer and at least one enhancement layer. First it is determined if the data connection is in use for a further transport of further content information as further data via the data connection. Then one or more further attributes are determined of the further transport. Then, a number of the one or more enhancement layers of the content information are determined for the transport under control of a pre-determined policy depending on the one or more further attributes of the further transport.07-19-2012
20120185905Content Overlay System - A system for associating overlay content with video programming and for allowing viewers of video programming to view the associated overlay content during playback of the video program, and methods for operation of video equipment, associated display devices and network servers to provide overlay content are disclosed. The overlay content is associated with specific passages of the video program while the content itself may be asynchronous or synchronized to the frames of the video programming. Users are able to identify what content is available and to determine how it will be played and on what devices.07-19-2012
20100293583LOAD CONTROL FOR A TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A method for distribution of media content 11-18-2010
20120084826Channel switching processing method, system, and related devices - A channel switching processing method, system, and related devices are provided. The method includes: receiving, by a switching server, a channel switching request sent by a receiving end; and when the switching server determines that current switching resource information does not meet a switching condition according to the channel switching request, performing, by the switching server, an exception handling procedure, and sending channel switching instruction information to the receiving end, in which the channel switching instruction information is configured to instruct the receiving end to perform a channel switching operation corresponding to the channel switching instruction information. A channel switching processing system and related devices are also provided. Therefore, the channel switching efficiency may be effectively improved.04-05-2012
20120084825PROVISIONING AN ENHANCED TELEVISION (ETV) APPLICATION - A method includes detecting, from an Enhanced Television (ETV) Integrated Signaling Stream (EISS), an indication that an ETV application is available to be downloaded; downloading, in response to the indication, the ETV application from a video stream identified by the indication, where the ETV application does not conform to an ETV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) standard; detecting, from the EISS, another indication that the ETV application is to be started; executing, in response to the other indication, the ETV application to generate an ETV page, where the ETV page includes information that is not permitted by the EBIF standard; and displaying the ETV page on a video display device to enables a user to interact with the ETV page.04-05-2012
20080313686HANDHELD CAMCORDER ACCESSORY WITH PRE-PROGRAMMED WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS FOR SIMPLIFIED WEBCASTING AND HANDHELD CAMCORDER WITH BUILT-IN PRE-PROGRAMMED WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS FOR SIMPLIFIED WEBCASTING AND METHOD OF COMMERCIALLY SUPPLYING AND SUPPORTING SAME - A handheld camcorder or camcorder accessory and designated webpage combination is provided, wherein the camcorder records onto a designated medium and the camcorder or camcorder accessory has an integrated wireless transmitter and receiver unit, an integrated web browser, and wherein the camcorder or camcorder accessory is pre-programmed, by default, to allow for webcasting to the designated web page; and wherein the designated webpage is programmed to receive and display the video transmission from the camcorder. The handheld camcorder or camcorder accessory having wireless internet access allows for a pre-programmed, one button webcasting, whereby a user that is familiar only with the basic operation of the camcorder can effectively webcast.12-18-2008
20090019506Apparatus and method for reproducing digital content using network - An apparatus and a method for reproducing a digital content using a network capable of accessing a remote digital programming via the network such as Internet are disclosed. In accordance with the apparatus and the method, a remote digital programming such as a video/audio stream and a menu data is downloaded via the network to provide a user with contents that is not included in a storage medium at a time of manufacturing thereof.01-15-2009
20090019503Enabling users of peer to peer clients to socially interact while viewing videos - Embodiments of the present invention pertain to enabling users of peer to peer clients to socially interact while viewing videos. According to one embodiment, a first client and a second client are physically remote from each other. A first video and a second video are for the same show but are in different formats. The first client accesses the first video and the second client accesses the second video. The users of the first client and the second client are enabled to socially interact with each other using peer to peer communications between the first client and the second client.01-15-2009
20120233649Feeder Cam - A Game Or Livestock Or Other Farm/Wildlife Animal Feeder With DVR's/Cameras/Routers/Batteries/Solar Panels In Which Live And Recorded Video Can Be Transmitted By Aircard/Satellite/Or Other Wireless Connection To Be Viewed Via Internet Or Smart Phone. Cameras/Components Hidden And Or Exposed To Be Used With Or Without External Power. Able To View Live Or Recorded Video/Pictures/Audio From Other Location As Well As Locally Router To Allow WiFi Service To Devices Within Range. Multiple Users Simultaneously. Can Be For Entertainment, Hunting, Surveillance, Security, Weather, Spying, Anti-Terrorist , Activity, Nature Observing, Climate, Monitoring, Construction Activities, Poaching, ETC.09-13-2012
20130174208METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE COMMUNICATION - The present disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for electronic device communication. A method includes translating monitor control commands to an internet protocol (IP) format to produce IP formatted monitor control commands, and communicating the IP formatted monitor control commands to an IP port dedicated for communicating IP formatted monitor control commands.07-04-2013
20110131622METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMMEDIATE DISPLAY OF MULTICAST IPTV OVER A BANDWIDTH CONSTRAINED NETWORK - In a packet based multicast video streaming network, a method for minimizing delay in displaying video on a TV set in response to a viewer changing the channel is disclosed. For each live multicast video stream, one or more reference frames and corresponding compressed frames are temporarily stored in a memory in anticipation of the viewer switching to that particular program. When the viewer changes channels, the previously stored reference and compressed frames are immediately read from the memory and rendered for display on the TV. This eliminates the need to wait for the next available reference frame. In other words, this eliminates a temporary blank TV screen each time the channel is changed. Certain compressed frames are dropped and blank frames can be inserted in order to catch up to and synchronize with the live video broadcast. The particular frames to be dropped and the number of blank frames to be inserted is a function of the bandwidth limitation imposed by the last mile of the network.06-02-2011
20120240174METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURING CONTENT IN A BROADCAST SYSTEM - A method and an apparatus are provided for configuring content in a broadcast system. The method includes encapsulating a plurality of Access Units (AUs) transmitted from a higher layer to generate a Data Unit (DU); rearranging the AUs within the DU; and inserting a header into the DU to transfer the DU to a lower layer. The header includes DU description information and AU structure description information indicating a structure of the plurality of AUs.09-20-2012
20120266201Cloud Based Location Shifting Service - A method and system for enabling users to access video capture services from a home market while temporarily located in outside of it, i.e., roaming. The user temporarily located outside of their home market uses a regional system as a proxy in a home market in which the user is able to receive regional content. The regional system then transfers the regional content to the roaming user.10-18-2012
20110047583INTEGRATED WIRELESS MOBILEMEDIA SYSTEM - An integrated wireless MobileMedia system is provided. One embodiment includes a wireless media system for distributing media content, the wireless media system including; a base unit that includes: (1) a WWAN modem for receiving the media content over a WWAN network; (2) a router in communication with the WWAN modem; and (3) a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting the media content to one or more wireless receivers, wherein a first wireless receiver is configured to wirelessly receive the media content from the transmitter and push the media content to a video device. In some embodiments, the wireless media system further includes a TV tuner device for receiving live video content. Another embodiment is a method for distributing media content using a base station with a WWAN modem, a router, a controller, and a transmitter, the method including: receiving, over a WWAN network, the media content at a WWAN modem; transmitting, by way of the router, the media content from the WWAN modem to the controller; coordinating, using the controller, the delivery of the media content to one or more wireless receivers; and transmitting the media content to a first wireless receiver.02-24-2011
20120324521METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING CONTENT IN A BROADCASTING SYSTEM - A method for creating content in a broadcasting system that provides an Internet protocol (IP) based multimedia service, the method comprising combining multiple assets into a package, the multiple assets being transferred from an upper layer and having multiple contents, and adding configuration information for multiplexing the multiple assets to the package and then transferring the package to a lower layer, wherein the configuration information comprises a list of assets contained in the package, composition information including information about relationships among the multiple assets, and a transport characteristic relating to delivery paths of the multiple assets.12-20-2012
20120324520METHOD, SYSTEM AND DEVICE FOR SYNCHRONIZATION OF MEDIA STREAMS - Methods and systems for synchronizing a first and second media stream are describe, wherein said first and second media stream are being transmitted by at least one media source in a network via a first and second media path to one or more terminals. The method comprises: measuring timing information associated with arrival times of media packets in said first and second media stream using a measuring module positioned at a first location in said first and second media paths; in said network generating buffer instructions for at least one buffer on the basis of said timing information, said buffer being positioned at a second location in at least one of said first or second media path; and, delaying one or more media packets transmitted over said media path to said one or more terminals such that arrival times of media packets at said one or more terminals are substantially synchronized.12-20-2012
20090144787METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEARCHING FOR IPTV SERVICE RELAY DEVICES AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INTERACTING WITH DEVICES - Provided are method and apparatus for searching for a second device relaying at least one IPTV service included in the same residential network as a first device, wherein the searching is performed by the first device, and receiving the IPTV service provided from outside of the residential network through a found second device.06-04-2009
20110239262CHANNEL SWITCHING METHOD, CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE, AND CHANNEL SWITCHING SYSTEM - A channel switching method, a channel switching device, and a channel switching system are provided. The method includes that: a network buffer apparatus determines whether a buffered video stream burst in unicast is synchronous with a channel video stream pushed by a network node to a client in multicast; notifies the client of sending a request for joining a multicast group, so as to implement fast channel switching; and dynamically adjusts the speed of pushing the video stream in unicast, so that the number of concurrent connections of the client and the channel switching efficiency are increased, and the deployment and operation cost of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system is decreased. In this case, the channel switching scheme achieves universality and expandability, and the level of user experience is improved.09-29-2011
20110239261MOTION IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, MOTION IMAGE DISTRIBUTION METHOD, SERVER FOR MOTION IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, AND USER TERMINAL FOR MOTION IMAGE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM - A motion image distribution system includes a server and a use terminal. The server generates a feature quantity table CHT09-29-2011
20110239260AV DEVICE, SERVER, OPERATION SYSTEM FOR AV DEVICE, AND OPERATION PROGRAM FOR AV DEVICE - Without using a gateway, an AV device is controlled as intended by an operator without causing a conflict between an operation by a user and an operation by the operator. An AV device operable via a network includes: an operation-instruction receiving section 09-29-2011
20110277007EMBEDDED BROWSER-BASED PLAYBACK METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A BACKGROUND SOUND AND KEY NOTE - A method and system for playing background music and key tone based on an embedded browser, and a digital television receiving terminal. The method comprises: analyzing and downloading web data, intercepting protocol registration events, and sending a background music start command when the background music need to be played; analyzing transport stream (TS) data pushed by a server, obtaining data required for playing the background music, and playing the background music; and receiving a key operation command from a user, analyzing the TS data pushed by the server when playing the background music, obtaining data required for playing key tone, and playing the key tone instructed in in the key operation command. With the preceding method, system and digital television receiving terminal, defects in concurrently playing multi-channel audio data are overcome and the background music and key tone can be played concurrently.11-10-2011
20110277006ENABLEMENT OF PREMIUM CONTENT FOR INTERNET VIDEO CLIENT - A device is enabled to display Internet TV by accessing a management server and receiving back from the server a user token and a service list of predefined content servers. A user can select a content server on the service list which causes the device to upload its user token to the management server, which in turn sends back the network path to the content server along with a content server-user-unique service token (SUIT) that the device uses to access the content on the content server, in some embodiments on per-title PPV access, per-content category PPV access, or per-service PPV access.11-10-2011
20110277005GEOGRAPHIC INTERNET ASSET FILTERING FOR INTERNET VIDEO CLIENT - A device is enabled to display Internet TV by accessing a management server with a secret unique ID and receiving back from the server, assuming the ID is approved, a user token and a service list of content servers with knowledge of the user token. A user can select a content server which causes the device to upload its user token and in response receive a content list from the content server, from which content can be selected for display. Neither list may be modified by the device and the device can access only content on a content list. The service list may be tailored for the geographic location of the device.11-10-2011
20100229212METHOD AND TERMINAL FOR SHARING INFORMATION IN IPTV SERVICE SYSTEM - A method and a terminal for sharing information in an IPTV service system are disclosed herein. A method includes generating a recommendation email which carries a mailbox identifier of the recommendation recipient and an index of the recommended content and sending the recommendation email according to the mailbox identifier. Another method includes sending an email receiving request according to a preset recommendation receiving policy, receiving an email, judging whether the received email is a recommendation email and, if the received email is a recommendation email, resolving the recommendation email to obtain information about recommended content, and obtaining media stream data of the recommended content according to the information about the recommended content. The embodiments of the present disclosure implement the information sharing service without deploying any IM subsyste, thus reducing the cost.09-09-2010
20110321106TRANSMITTER, RECEIVER, COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, TRANSMISSION METHOD AND RECEPTION METHOD - To reduce the time required for communication of a video image data, as well as to prevent deterioration of image quality caused by compression and decompression. A clock control means 12-29-2011
20120291079Two-stage processed video link aggregation system - Methods and systems for presentation of content through an interface to provide personalized video feeds to a user. A video feed is harvested from feed items gathered at various Internet sources. The feed items are filtered to remove those that do not link to video content. A criteria specified by the user is used to filter the feed items.11-15-2012
20120291080IMAGE DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH IMAGE QUALITY VARYING WITH FRAME RATE - An image delivery system responds to limits of bandwidth by changing the resolution of the delivered image according to the frame rate required. For a motion picture image, the resolution is reduced in order to maintain the frame rate, and if the image is paused, a maximum image resolution is loaded instead during the time the image is not being updated. For immersive imaging systems, there is a similar adjustment of resolution according to frame rate and the bandwidth requirements, and the user is free to look around, either inside a motion picture at reduced resolution or a paused image at a higher resolution. This higher resolution is typically seen in a movable region of interest window extracted from the larger immersive image.11-15-2012
20100199320MULTIMODAL ESCALATION TO ENDPOINTS IN ENHANCED COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS - Subscribers and endpoints of enhanced multimodal communication systems are enabled to direct call requests and escalations during an existing conversation based on capabilities of endpoints. A list of communication mode/endpoint identifiers are exchanged when a conversation is established, enabling the endpoints to direct requests to for particular communication modes to endpoints capable of facilitating the communication mode at any point during the conversation. Additional capabilities/endpoints are added to the list through updates during the conversation.08-05-2010
20130014190CONTENT ITEM RECEIVER MODULE AND METHOD - The present invention relates to a content item receiver module and method. The content item receiver module is operative for a content item delivery system, configured to operate in a first and second mode: said first mode operative to drive a display apparatus to display a received content item; said second mode operative for a specified time window to display on a display apparatus a sequence of linked content items in said specified time window, each of said linked content items having a duration less than said specified time window, and to respond to a prompt signal to initiate a display option.01-10-2013
20130014191INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - Information on an event is collected from a video with an announcement of the event, and, when the collected information contains information on an unsettled schedule, the information settled about the schedule is acquired from an external network.01-10-2013
20100131997SYSTEMS, METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR MEDIA INTEGRATION AND DISPLAY - The invention, according to at least one embodiment, broadly contemplates systems, methods and apparatuses for preparing media from a plurality of media sources for display. The media sources include, but are not limited to, component media sources and related media sources. Identification of media is supported, as is the selective combined display of media from the plurality of media sources utilizing an instruction set allowing for the selective modification of the plurality of media.05-27-2010
20120151542Bandwidth Sharing and Statistical Multiplexing between Video and Data Streams - Systems and methods can provide bandwidth sharing and statistical multiplexing between video and data streams. In some implementations, such systems and methods can associate and allocate input data streams to enable prioritization logic and parameters. Such systems and methods can multiplex on a per-packet basis and/or over a transmission interval T. The multiplexing function can then combines with varying optimization methods such as bandwidth sharing, statistical multiplexing, channel bonding, and rate shaping, thereby increasing efficiency while maintaining quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE).06-14-2012
20120151541SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR COMPOSING AND DIRECTING PARTICIPANT EXPERIENCES - The present invention contemplates providing an experience platform within a CDN, as well as sentio or experience codecs, and experience agents for supporting the experience platform. The experience platform may be provided by a service provider to enable an experience provider to compose and direct a participant experience. The service provider monetizes the experience by charging the experience provider and/or the participants for services. Alternatively, the experience platform may be provided by the CDN, either as an integrated component of the CDN, or a supplemental complimentary aspect. The participant experience can involve one or more experience participants. The experience provider can create an experience with a variety of dimensions and features. As will be appreciated, the following description provides one paradigm for understanding the multi-dimensional experience available to the participants. There are many suitable ways of describing, characterizing and implementing the experience platform contemplated herein.06-14-2012
20120151540SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRIORITIZATION OF DATA FOR INTELLIGENT DISCARD IN A COMMUNICATION NEWWORK - Systems and methods for optimizing system performance of capacity and spectrum constrained, multiple-access communication systems by selectively discarding packets are provided. The systems and methods provided herein can drive changes in the communication system using control responses. One such control responses includes the optimal discard (also referred to herein as “intelligent discard”) of network packets under capacity constrained conditions. Some embodiments provide an interactive response by selectively discarding packets to enhance perceived and actual system throughput, other embodiments provide a reactive response by selectively discarding data packets based on their relative impact to service quality to mitigate oversubscription, others provide a proactive response by discarding packets based on predicted oversubscription, and others provide a combination thereof.06-14-2012
20130179930METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VISUALIZING AN ADAPTIVE SCREEN ACCORDING TO A TERMINAL - The present invention relates to a method and system for providing a presentation virtualization service to a user terminal through a web based on system profile information received from a cloud device through a communication network in which the cloud device generates a list of candidate presentation virtualization technologies from the system profile information and provides a presentation virtualization service to the user terminal which uses a presentation virtualization technology based on a determination of the capability of processing each virtualization technology from the device load and outputs data related to the presentation virtualization service on a screen. The system comprises: a user terminal for transmitting system profile information to a cloud device which generates the list of candidate presentation virtualization technologies from the system profile information, and determines a device load to provide the presentation virtualization service.07-11-2013
20130145410REMOTE STORAGE DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDER FOR MULTIPLE BITRATE DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT - A remote storage digital video recorder (RS-DVR) system is disclosed. The RS-DVR system includes a network interface to communicate data between the RS-DVR system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates, and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. The RS-DVR carries out a number of functions and operations to service multiple subscribers and associated subscriber systems, such as various storage device management operations, file structure techniques, assignment of recorded media to subscribers, file system indexing, and supporting shared and per-subscriber content rights.06-06-2013
20130145412System for Acceleration of Web Page Delivery - A method comprising running a web browser on one or more servers of a service center, and hosting files for a web page on a storage unit associated with the one or more servers. Upon receiving user input from a client device to the web browser at the service center, streaming interactive video web page is transmitted to the client device with substantially no detectable latency.06-06-2013
20120254927METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC SHARING AND CHANGE OF TV CHANNEL INFORMATION IN A SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - According to certain embodiments, a method of sharing broadcasting channel information of a mobile device in a Social Networking Service (SNS) includes, if a user comment is posted for a broadcasting program, acquiring broadcasting program information from a Television (TV), uploading the broadcasting program information to a handover broker, acquiring access information that is configured to access the broadcasting program information from the handover broker, and uploading the access information and the user comment to an SNS server.10-04-2012
20110271314Web-Based Video Broadcasting System Having Multiple Channels - A video broadcast system comprising a web page having a web page address and being in communication with a host system to permit users and a content providers to access the host system. The host system is programmed to permit the content provider to register at least one channel and associate the channel with the content provider, selectively upload to the host system a video file and associate the video file with the channel, and associate a link source address with the channel, wherein the link source address is different from the web page address. The host system is further programmed to permit the content provider to determine which of the channels registered with the host system are accessible by the user accessing the host system from the link source address.11-03-2011
20130125187METHOD FOR TRANSCEIVING MEDIA FILES AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING USING SAME - A method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving an MPEG-2 TS-based media file are provided. In the method of transmitting an MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS)-based media file, a Presentation Time Stamp (PTS) of a Presentation Unit (PU) is mapped to a Media Presentation Time (MPT) for synchronization with other media with respect to at least one program element forming a program included in the media file; and synchronization information including the mapped media presentation time is transmitted together with the media file, wherein the media presentation time is provided for a first PU in a segment of the transmitted media file.05-16-2013
20130125186METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING MEDIA AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING USING SAME - Methods and apparatuses for transmitting/receiving a media transport stream by using an internet protocol (IP) based transport system are provided. The transmitting method includes removing some data from media transport stream to be transmitted; configuring at least one entry box including information for reinserting the removed data into the media transport stream; configuring a media data (mdat) box including the media transport stream from which the data has been removed; and positioning and transporting a compression information box including the at least one entry box before the mdat box.05-16-2013
20130125185Method and Apparatus for Managing Communication Sessions - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server operably coupleable to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem network and an interactive television system, where the server receives a session transfer request from a first communication device, where the session transfer request includes identification information associated with a second communication device, and where the server transmits a message to the second communication device and transmits a media adjustment message to a media resource server of the internet protocol multimedia subsystem network. The media content is adjusted and transmitted to the second communication device responsive to the media adjustment message, where the adjusted media content is generated by the media resource server based on the identification information associated with the second communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-16-2013
20130125184System and Methods for the Simultaneous Display of Multiple Video Signals in High Definition Format - A scaling engine, blending mechanism, memory controller, frame buffer and video driver are included within a semiconductor, such as a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), to provide broadcasting of signals at a high resolution format by combining two or more low resolution video signals to create a high resolution signal in real-time High Definition format, such as 1080 p. The high resolution signals can be concurrently displayed as one or more image areas on a display device in any contemplated size, number and arrangement.05-16-2013
20130133016PROVIDING A REGIONAL CHANNEL IN A DIGITAL BROADCAST ENVIRONMENT - A method and system of broadcasting a regional television channel to a user. A digital subscriber line access multiplex (DSLAM) receives a broadcast of multicast channels intended for delivery to the user. The multicast channels include national channels and a regional channel. The DSLAM broadcasts the multicast channels to the user and receives a regional channel control signal specifying a broadcast during a specified period of time of the regional channel instead of a national channel previously scheduled to be broadcast to the user during the specified period of time. The DSLAM switches the multicast channels broadcasted to the user during the specified period of time from the national channel to the regional channel such that the regional channel is in a specific channel slot of the national channel during the specified period of time during broadcasting the multicast channels to the user.05-23-2013
20080320536System and Method for Providing Personalized Datat Broadcasting Service, User Terminal and Method for Using Personalized Data Broadcasting Service, and Data Broadcasting Application Structure Therefor - Provided is a system and method for providing a personalized data broadcasting service, a user terminal and method for using a personalized data broadcasting service, and a data broadcasting application structure therefor, to provide a desired broadcasting service to a viewer anytime and anywhere by using diverse terminals. The user terminal includes: a data broadcasting middleware for receiving unidirectional data broadcasting contents transmitted through a broadcasting network; a personalized broadcasting middleware for receiving bidirectional data broadcasting contents transmitted through a communication network; and a contents storing means for storing the unidirectional data broadcasting contents and the bidirectional data broadcasting contents, wherein the data broadcasting middleware executes the unidirectional data broadcasting contents and bidirectional data broadcasting contents. The present invention provides a fast and stable data broadcasting service through a communication-broadcasting integration personalized data broadcasting service. Also, it provides diverse data broadcasting services to each user through a targeting personalized data broadcasting service.12-25-2008
20080201751Wireless Media Transmission Systems and Methods - The present invention relates to a media transmission and reception system that is implemented, in the form of programs stored in a satellite device having a memory, an input mechanism for receiving commands from a user, and a transceiver capable of wirelessly accessing a network, and in a computing device having a memory and a transceiver capable of accessing a network. The program stored in the memory of the satellite device causes user commands to be processed, causes the satellite device to connect to the computing device through the network, and causes the satellite device to transmit command instructions, derived from the commands, to the computing device through the network. The program stored in the memory of the computing device causes the computing device to access media stored in a memory, causes the computing device to process the media, captures the processed media, compresses the media, and causes the computing device to transmit the compressed media to the satellite device. The media access, media processing, media compression, and media transmission occurs in real-time and in response to the command instructions.08-21-2008
20130145411FILE STRUCTURE TECHNIQUES FOR STORING MULTIPLE BITRATE CONTENT - A remote storage digital video recorder (RS-DVR) system is disclosed. The RS-DVR system includes a network interface to communicate data between the RS-DVR system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. The RS-DVR carries out a number of functions and operations to service multiple subscribers and associated subscriber systems, such as various storage device management operations, file structure techniques, assignment of recorded media to subscribers, file system indexing, and supporting shared and per-subscriber content rights.06-06-2013
20110258674CHANNEL SWITCHING METHOD, CHANNEL SWITCHING DEVICE, AND CHANNEL SWITCHING SYSTEM - A channel switching method, a channel switching device, and a channel switching system are provided. The method includes that: a network buffer apparatus determines whether a buffered video stream burst in unicast is synchronous with a channel video stream pushed by a network node to a client in multicast; notifies the client of sending a request for joining a multicast group, so as to implement fast channel switching; and dynamically adjusts the speed of pushing the video stream in unicast, so that the number of concurrent connections of the client and the channel switching efficiency are increased, and the deployment and operation cost of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system is decreased. In this case, the channel switching scheme achieves universality and expandability, and the level of user experience is improved.10-20-2011
20080244670System and Method for IPTV Service Prompting - The embodiment of the present invention discloses a system for IPTV service promoting. And the system includes: a first subsystem, for storing program information of each user; a second subsystem, for determining the program information needed to be prompted according to the program information stored in the first subsystem. The embodiment of the present invention also discloses a method for IPTV service promoting. According to the embodiment of the present invention, the user is timely prompted to get the IPTV program.10-02-2008
20130152146METHODS, DEVICES, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING INSTANT MESSAGING IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN AUDIOVISUAL, VIDEO, OR AUDIO PROGRAM - Methods, devices, and computer program products for providing instant messaging in conjunction with an audiovisual, video, or audio program are provided. The methods include providing an audiovisual, video, or audio program to a user. Viewer/listener input is received requesting activation of a program-based instant messaging function. A viewer/listener identifier corresponding to the viewer/listener is associated with a program identifier that uniquely identifies the audiovisual, video, or audio program being provided to the user to thereby generate a program viewer/listener record. The program viewer/listener record is transmitted to an electronic database. A list of other users who are viewing or listening to the program in addition to the viewer/listener is acquired from the electronic database. The list of other users is transmitted to the viewer/listener.06-13-2013
20130152145SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-STANDARD BROWSER FOR DIGITAL DEVICES - The present invention provides a method of rendering a thin client application in a network device, for parsing the internet data so as convert the internet data into a common data format which can be rendered in set-top box using any type of middleware. The invention would be equipped to handle any type of application and also would be cost-efficient to be developed in a middleware layer of a network device like set-top box.06-13-2013
20120284762SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING AUDIO PODCASTS VIA IPTV - Systems, methods, and computer products for providing podcasts via Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) are disclosed herein. Exemplary embodiments include a network-based method for providing digital media podcasts. The method includes receiving a request to render at least one podcast on a communications device authenticated on an IPTV network, retrieving the at least one podcast from the IPTV network, and providing the at least one podcast to the communications device.11-08-2012
20120284761AUTOMATIC DISPLAY OF MESSAGES ON DISPLAY SCREEN - A method, Internet protocol television (IPTV) enabled communication device, and computer program product for automatic message services are provided. A processor executes instructions from a memory. An input and output (I/O) device is for transmitting and receiving, respectively. A client application is stored in the memory and configured to provide the automatic message service. The client application receives input of a message to be presented at an appropriate time, receives input of an action associated with the message, receives input of a recipient for the message, and presents the message for display to the recipient at the appropriate time.11-08-2012
20110296476SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SOCIAL MASHUP IN A CONTENT PROVIDER ENVIRONMENT - Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for providing a social mashup in a content provider environment. In particular embodiments, the systems and methods provide a mashup that may be published for viewing by a plurality of subscribers of the content provider and may allow for content to be posted by various subscribers.12-01-2011
20130191875Systems And Methods For Remote Web Query And Image Selection Exchange To Video Screen - Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving a request to display, on an external display device, a media file, where the request comprises a first logical address for accessing the media file at a first storage location, transmitting to a set-top box, a second logical address for accessing a copy of the media file at a second storage location, where the second logical address differs from the first logical address, and where the second storage location differs from the first storage location. Other embodiments are disclosed.07-25-2013
20130191874SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION RESOURCE INFORMATION - A system for communicating resource information may include a resource reservation proxy module to receive a first signal including resource request information. The resource reservation proxy module may be associated with a first environment associated with a requesting application. The resource reservation proxy module may process the received resource request information into a resource request packet, and communicate the resource request packet utilizing an environmentally independent communication protocol. A resource reservation handler module may receive the communicated resource request packet. The resource reservation handler module may be associated with a second environment associated with a resource management application. The resource reservation handler module may process the received resource request packet into a second signal including the resource request information.07-25-2013
20120291078SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODIFIED RERUNS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device having a controller programmed to receive a rerun of a video program in an editable digital format streamed in an Internet Protocol Television system where the rerun has an identifier, initiate a search of a rerun database for video clips matching the identifier, retrieve a rerun descriptor file associated with the identifier, determine an insertion point on the rerun for inserting a video clip matching the identifier using the rerun descriptor file, and substitute at the insertion point, a portion of the rerun with the video clip matching the identifier. Other embodiments are disclosed.11-15-2012
20120011555Watch new released movies online synchronizing with new released movies shown in cinemas - A new way of watching new released movies at home or on the road through personal computers and TV is invented. With this invention people can choose and watch any new released movie in any cinema in the city, metro area, and other cities in the state or even out of the state.01-12-2012
20130198790METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCESSING SERVICE DISCOVERY METADATA - Provided is a method and apparatus for accessing service discovery metadata. Advance Internet Protocol Television (AIT) devices may access discovery metadata of different schemes using a generic protocol based on the moving picture experts group (MPEG) Extensible Middleware (MXM). According to the above access scheme, end-user devices, description service provider devices, and IPTV service provider devices may exchange metadata. Subsequent modification and addition of a metadata scheme may be supported.08-01-2013
20120066732System And Method Of Presenting An Interactive Video Package - The present invention is a system and method by which a user can request specific media be sent to one of a number of different media display devices which the user owns or operates in real time. The display device, and thus the type of data stream supplied to the device, may be changed as often as desired by the user without loss of data transfer or video picture. The system automatically adapts to the display device to provide the best quality picture available for display on the particular device.03-15-2012
20120304236CHANNEL CHANGING METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM - Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a channel changing method, apparatus, and system. A network side device records in real time a timestamp of a media packet of a multicast media stream which enters a buffer, and a key frame which enters the buffer; when a terminal's channel changing request has been detected, obtains a first timestamp of a media packet which enters the buffer at a channel changing request moment, and a second timestamp of a media packet in which a key frame which is of the target channel and is the last to enter the buffer is located in the media packet; determines a timestamp difference between the first timestamp and the second timestamp; and transmits the timestamp difference and a burst media stream of the target channel to the terminal. In the embodiments of the present disclosure, a delay in playing the multicast media stream by the terminal is reduced.11-29-2012

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