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725105000 - VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITH UPSTREAM COMMUNICATION

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20090013364Digital broadcasting system and method for processing data - A broadcasting system and a method for processing data are disclosed. The broadcasting system receives a broadcasting signal including program table information including contents redistribution information, contents edition information and contents protection information and so on. The broadcasting system extracts the received information and stores the contents included in the broadcasting signal, outputs the contents to the outside, or outputs information of the contents in accordance with the extracted information.01-08-2009
20130031590METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a storage medium including computer instructions to receive sensory information at a media device from a first mobile communication device where the first mobile communication device obtains at least a portion of the sensory information from at least one second mobile communication device in response to a broadcast by the first mobile communication device of a wireless signal representing a notice to obtain the sensory information, where the sensory information is associated with an environment of the first mobile communication device, and where the sensory information comprises images of the environment. The computer instructions can enable generating a plurality of personal content utilizing at least a portion of the sensory information, where each of the plurality of personal content includes some of the images captured at different perspectives. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-31-2013
20130031593SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING CREATIVES - A system for presenting a creative including main video content and one or more panels including one or more interactive elements. The system includes a server arrangement coupled via a communication network for communicating the creative to at least one user display device. The user device includes computing hardware for executing a software product, which enables the user device to interact with a user of the user display device and to communicate with the server arrangement via the communication network. The software product presents a substantially central panel on a display of the display device in which main video content from the server arrangement is presented, and one or more adjacent panels adjacent to the central panel for providing the interactive elements. According to timing cues associated with presentation of the main video content, the software product renders the adjacent panels active with associated content corresponding to the timing cues.01-31-2013
20130031592SMART SET-TOP BOX AND OPERATION METHOD FOR SMART SERVICE AND DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICE USING SINGLE OPERATING SYSTEM - A smart set-top box (STB) that provides a smart service and a digital television (DTV) service using a single operating system may be provided. The STB may load applications designed based on an application programming interface (API) of a framework corresponding to the operating system, may load a DTV stack including a DTV service function and a security service function, and may allow communication between at least one of the applications and the DTV stack when the at least one of the applications uses a binder driver included in a kernel of the operating system so as to access the DTV service function included in the DTV stack.01-31-2013
20130031591Internet Protocol Television - An internet protocol television including a TV main chip, an internet module and a micro control processor. The TV main chip receives a TV signal and an internet signal, and outputs a video signal and an audio signal after processing the received TV signal and the internet signal. The internet module receives processes and outputs the internet signal. The micro control processor receives a command signal and accordingly activates the TV main chip to execute corresponding commands. The micro control processor is able to directly control the receiving, processing and outputting of the internet signal by the internet module without activating the TV main chip.01-31-2013
20090193483METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING METADATA OF CONTENT, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIMITING CONTENT USAGE AUTHORITY - Provided are a method and apparatus for limiting a content usage authority scope of a client by using metadata in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service. The method performed by a metadata server adds control information to the metadata and transmits the metadata, wherein the content usage authority scope of the client is defined in the control information. The client of a user limits a content control operation according to a user input by using the control information extracted from the metadata.07-30-2009
20090193482System and Method of Scheduling Recording of Media Content - A method at a set-top box. The method includes receiving a signal including media content. The method also includes determining a signal quality metric of the first signal. The method also includes scheduling recording of the media content via a second signal after determining that the signal quality metric of the first signal is below a specified threshold.07-30-2009
20110202965NETWORK DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SETTING UP AN IPTV SESSION - The present invention concerns a network device and a method at the network device. The network device comprises a connector for connecting to a local network, a server for providing, to a set top box located on the local network, information on a content available and an address in the local network where the content is available from and an IPTV proxy module for matching the content to an IPTV content being accessible from an IPTV server located on a second network, the second network begin connected with the first network with a gateway device, wherein a set top box requesting the content at the address receives an IPTV content from the IPTV server.08-18-2011
20120180099Monitoring Presentation Timestamps - Techniques to monitor presentation timestamps for content are described, which may be used to render content at a client. In an implementation, content is received having timestamps that define expected timing for output of the content at a client. The timestamps may then be monitored and compared to a client clock to determine if the content rendered matches the content expected to be rendered. When a discrepancy is detected, one or more corrective actions may be undertaken to restore output of the content to the timing defined by the timestamps.07-12-2012
20090158370Set-Top Box-Based TV Streaming and Redirecting - A method for redirecting video content includes receiving a video signal at the set-top box and decoding the video signal to produce unrendered video data. The unrendered video data is encoded and provided to the remote device via a wide area network. By encoding unrendered, rather than rendered, video data for transmission to the remote device, the need for an encoding device external to the set-top box is obviated.06-18-2009
20100043040INTERACTIVE VIEWING OF SPORTS VIDEO - A primary video stream of a sporting event may be provided via the Internet. In addition, at least one secondary video stream of the sporting event may be provided via the Internet. Moreover, metadata corresponding to the primary video stream and the at least one secondary video stream may be provided via the Internet. The primary video stream, the at least one secondary video stream, and the metadata may be utilized to provide interactive viewing of the sporting event.02-18-2010
20090158371System and Method for Communicating Among Multicast Transceivers - A group identifier can be used to assign blocks of addresses to the various groups of transmitters and receivers communicating on a single wired LAN. For example, a form-based control (e.g., a text entry box, a radio button, a drop-down box, a list box or a combo box) can be provided in a form controlled by a web server internal to the transmitter. The form enables a configuring user to specify to which of multiple (e.g., 4) groups a transmitter and its receivers (e.g., specified by MAC address) are going to belong. The transmitter thereafter can select its own IP address (based on the group number) and the known range of IP addresses available for its receivers. Once the IP addresses have been assigned to the transmitter and receivers, the transmitter can send (1) control data to the receivers at their receiver-specific IP addresses and (2) AV data to their multicast address.06-18-2009
20090158369System and Method to Display Media Content and an Interactive Display - A method of displaying an interactive display at a set top box (STB) device is disclosed. The method includes receiving a media content stream. The media content stream includes a first content segment and a second content segment, where the second content segment is received at the STB device after the first content segment. The method also includes displaying a first interactive display, where the first interactive display includes at least one field to receive user input. The method also includes displaying a second interactive display after displaying the first interactive display but before displaying the second content segment. The method also includes performing a user-designated transition with respect to the second content segment based on a user input received via the second interactive display.06-18-2009
20090158368CONFIGURING TELEVISION BROADCAST SIGNALS - A system and methods for configuring a television signal SourceType received by one or more tuners. Each of the tuners in the system are initially identified. The signal type is detected, and based on the signal type, a recorder thread is populated with compatible scanners. A weighted scanning order is established within each recorder thread. In one embodiment, the weighted scanning order is based in part on the region where the tuners receive a signal. Once the recorder threads are established, the tuners are scanned in parallel. Based on the scanning results, the television signal SourceType for each tuner is reported.06-18-2009
20130047193Systems and Methods of Providing Broadband Services with Dynamic Resource Allocation - Systems and methods for providing broadband services having dynamic resource allocation are described herein. Example embodiments of the systems involve communication of information between one or more of content provider server(s), a backbone data communication network, a telecommunication service provider broadband distribution network, and one or more subscriber interface device(s) that allocate resources upon request in connection with the delivery of a broadband service. Each device along a data communication path between a service requesting subscriber interface device and content provider server may be enabled for and uses the Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP). During operation, a subscriber interface device (including a set top box or cable modem) may communicate an RSVP reservation message to the content provider server via the path causing various devices along the path to dynamically reserve resources (including, without limitation, bandwidth) and set priority information based upon the requirements for and characteristics of a data flow(s) needed for delivery of the broadband service.02-21-2013
20090044238VIDEO PLAYBACK APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD AND PROGRAM - A video playback apparatus for playing back a recorded program video which is connected with an ECG server for providing information related to a program through a communication network includes a designation information transmitting portion to transmit designation information designating a program containing a specific recorded program video to the ECG server, a related information receiving portion to receive a related information associated with the designated program, which is selected from related information each containing an ECG scenario related to each program video constituting a program and a scheduled time of each program video and stored in association with the program, from the ECG server, and a display/playback control portion to control display of the ECG scenario related to the specific program video in synchronization with playback of the specific program video based on the scheduled time of the program video.02-12-2009
20090307738Web television having a two-way communication bus interconnecting a television controller and an internet module - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.12-10-2009
20090307737WEB TELEVISION HAVING A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BUS INTERCONNECTING A TELEVISION CONTROLLER AND INTERNET MODULE - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.12-10-2009
20090106806Broadcast receiver and system information processing method - A broadcast receiver and a system information processing method are disclosed. The broadcast receiver includes a receiver for receiving entitlement management message (EMM) transfer information including information for reception of an EMM over a cable, a network interface for transmitting and receiving data over Internet, and a controller for parsing the received EMM transfer information to determine whether the EMM is applied, and, when the EMM is applied, identifying a transfer method included in the EMM transfer information and controlling the EMM reception through at least one of the receiver and network interface based on the identified transfer method.04-23-2009
20130061278Method and System for Implementing Interaction between Set-Top Box (STB) and Home Gateway - The present invention provides a Set-Top Box, a home gateway, and a method and a system for implementing interaction between the Set-Top Box and the home gateway, and the method comprises: the Set-Top Box transmitting a subscription message to the home gateway by means of a UPnP protocol message; the home gateway receiving and parsing the subscription message, combining a subscription response event according to the parsed subscription information, and then transmitting the subscription response event to the Set-Top Box by means of a UPnP protocol message; and the Set-Top Box triggering a corresponding operation according to a subscription response event message, after receiving the subscription response event message. The flexible coordination between the home gateway and the Set-Top Box can be implemented in accordance with the present invention, which can achieve the purposes of automatic diagnosis and automatic adjustment of services, and improve the user experience effectively.03-07-2013
20110067078System and Method of Proactively Recording to a Digital Video Recorder for Data Analysis - An Internet Protocol television (IPTV) system includes a selector module adapted to select content items based upon metadata information associated with the content items, send the content items to a respective set-top box, direct each respective set-top box to record the content item and analyze content information associated with the content item to create an index of the content information, and receive from the set-top boxes the indices of the content information. A method includes selecting a content item based upon metadata information associated with the content item, sending the content item to a set-top box on an IPTV network, directing the set-top box to record the content item, and directing the set-top box to analyze content information associated with the content item to create an index of the content information in response to recording the content item.03-17-2011
20090271837APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING BROADCAST CONTENTS IN INTERNET BROADCAST SYSTEM - A method and apparatus for providing content in a broadcast system is provided. Upon receipt of a request for synchronization from a mobile terminal, a set-top box creates a recommended content list based on user information received from the mobile terminal and delivers the recommended content list to the mobile terminal. The set-top box receives from the mobile terminal a content list, selected from the recommended content list and included in a Personal Information Management System (PIMS) updated using the recommended content list. The set-top box determines whether a user of the mobile terminal intends to view content from the received content list at a start time of the content. Upon receipt of view acceptance information from the mobile terminal, the set-top box sends a request for the content to a service provider at the start time, receives the requested content from the service provider, and provides the received content to the mobile terminal.10-29-2009
20120227076METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING BETWEEN A NATIVE APPLICATION AND A SECOND APPLICATION - A system and method for controlling a native application and a second application. The second application may be launched in a mobile device for controlling an IPTV device. The method includes executing the native application that includes a first function to implement a device discovery process and a second function to designate a discovered device as a selected device. The second application is executed according to settings of the native application. For example, the native application may be set as a parent and the second application may be set as a child. The second application and the native application may be synchronized such that second application includes functions for controlling the selected device. Additionally, the native device may transmit information about the selected device to the second application.09-06-2012
20110023074SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR FACILITATING ANTENNA CONFIGURATION - Various embodiments facilitate antenna peaking, such as by assisting a user in configuring the position and/or orientation of an antenna to improve the quality of a received signal. In one embodiment, an antenna peaking system (“APS”) is provided. The APS includes a receiving device, such as a set-top box, and an antenna peaking assistant. The receiving device determines strength of a signal received by an antenna, and transmits information about the determined signal strength to the antenna peaking assistant. The antenna peaking assistant wirelessly receives the transmitted information, and presents an indication of the signal strength. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.01-27-2011
20090013363BROADCAST SYSTEM AND BROADCAST RECEPTION METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF - A broadcast playback method includes receiving a first format of a broadcast stream transmitted by a broadcast station over a first radio network, playing the first format of the broadcast stream through demodulation and decoding processes, receiving a second format of the broadcast stream over a second radio network when the first radio network is unavailable, and playing the second format of the broadcast stream.01-08-2009
20090013362System and Method of Delivering Video Content - A system and method of delivering video content is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving channel selection data from a set-top box device via an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) access network. The channel selection data indicates a selection of an IPTV channel. The method also includes sending a rapid channel change (RCC) request to a distribution switch/router system via a subscriber virtual local area network (VLAN) associated with the set-top box device after receiving the channel selection data. The RCC request indicates the selected IPTV channel.01-08-2009
20090007205USER TERMINAL AND PROXY SERVER OF INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) SYSTEM, AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - A user terminal and proxy server of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), and an operating method thereof are provided. A user terminal of an IPTV system includes a channel information input unit which receives channel information as an input, a channel management unit which transmits the input channel information to a proxy server, and receives from the proxy server a content information that corresponds to the channel information, and a content playback unit which replays a content using the received content information. As a result, viewers can use IPTV contents as easily as they use general TVs.01-01-2009
20130167186VIDEO 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.06-27-2013
20090199254MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT FOR A PERSONAL TELEVISION CHANNEL - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media processor having a controller to categorize media content of a subscriber according to one or more image features, and present at least a portion of the categorized media content in a personal television channel procured by the subscriber from a service provider of a media communication system. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-06-2009
20080295141PERSONALIZED TV APPARATUS11-27-2008
20120174174DELIVERY SYSTEM, GATEWAY, DELIVERY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - A delivery system includes a content conversion device including a capability information recording unit that associates and records terminal unit type information included in a content request message with capability information regarding the capability of a terminal to receive hierarchically encoded data; a receiver that receives a stream or file compression-encoded by means of a hierarchical encoding method based on the content request message; an alteration instructing unit that, based on the terminal capability information corresponding to the terminal unit type information included in the content request message, produces extraction information for extracting at least one hierarchically-encoded portion from the received stream or file; a converter that, in accordance with the extraction information, converts stream or file received from the request destination; and a packet transmitter that outputs the converted stream or file.07-05-2012
20120102535CONTENT STORAGE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHOD AND DEVICE - A system is provided for the storage of content on a network and the delivery of content to subscriber locations. The system includes routers and subscriber set-top boxes in communication with each other and a main content source. Content is delivered over a packet-switching network according to a peer to peer file distribution protocol and is stored in a storage area of the subscriber set-top box, such that each subscriber set-top box is configured to transmit and receive content to and from the main content source and other set-top boxes connected to the network. The set-top boxes may identify a preferred source of content based on various factors, such as geographic distance, Internet Protocol (IP) distance, available bandwidth, integrity of the content, etc. An associated method for accessing content and a set-top box for facilitating the storage and delivery of content are also provided.04-26-2012
20110302619BACKUP AND RESTORE OF NETWORK CONFIGURATION DATA USING A REMOTE CONTROLLER DEVICE - Presented here is a method of operating video services receivers in a network that includes a controller device and at least one member device. Also presented is a controller device that facilitates the method. The method obtains network configuration data at a first video services receiver, where the network configuration data is utilized by the first video services receiver to support data communication with the controller device and the at least one member device. The method continues by establishing a data communication link between the first video services receiver and the controller device, and uploading the network configuration data from the first video services receiver to the controller device via the data communication link. The controller device can thereafter be used to download the network configuration data to a second video services receiver.12-08-2011
20110302620MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM SUPPORTING ADAPTIVE DIGITAL MEDIA PARAMETERS BASED ON END-USER VIEWING CAPABILITIES - Systems and methods that adapt media content are described. In one embodiment, a system may include, for example, a first communications device and a second communications device. The first communications device may be disposed in a first location and may be operatively coupled to a network. The second communications device may be disposed in a second location and may be operatively coupled to the network. The second communications device may receive a device profile relating to the first communications device, adapt media content based upon the device profile of the first communications device, and send the adapted media content to the first communications device.12-08-2011
20120110628Storage of Adaptive Streamed Content - A method consistent with certain implementations involves receiving adaptively streamed data representing the A/V content from a source. The stream contains a high resolution representation of a first portion of the content and a lower resolution representation of a second portion; storing the stream of data to an electronic storage device; determining that the stored stream of data includes the lower resolution representation of the second portion of the content; changing the lower resolution representation of the second portion of the content to a high resolution representation of the second portion of the content; and producing a high resolution output stream of data representing the A/V content by combining the high resolution representation from the storage device with the high resolution representation of the second portion of the content. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.05-03-2012
20110289541PORTABLE SET-TOP BOX - A portable set-top box includes a network connecting module, an AV receiving module, an information receiving module, a AV display module and a controlling module. The network connecting module is utilized for building up a network connection. The AV receiving module is utilized for receiving an AV signal. The information receiving module is utilized for receiving an information from Internet, local PCs, or machines, including sensor devices and peripherals. The AV display module is coupled to the AV receiving module and the information receiving module, and utilized for driving an external display device to display the information or the AV signal. In addition, the controlling module is coupled to the network connecting module and the information receiving module, and utilized for controlling that the information is transmitted via the network connection.11-24-2011
20110296483DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER - A digital broadcast receiver having a conditional access card exchanges information related to broadcast programs with an information server via the Internet. When the conditional access card generates a tuning command in preparation for an exchange of such related information, a controller in the digital broadcast receiver sends the conditional access card a pseudo confirmation response so that the conditional access card can operate as if the related information were to be transmitted and received by conventional out-of-band signaling. Out-of-band signaling circuits, if present in the digital receiver, are powered off when the related information can be transmitted and received via the Internet.12-01-2011
20100169945Virtual Control Device - A method for controlling multiple devices using a virtual device that may be displayed on a screen. The method may include providing the information for the virtual device from a set-top box to the screen. The method may also include using a control device to scroll around the virtual device and make a selection fro the options provided by the virtual device. Additionally, the buttons on the control device may not correspond to the functionality associated with the virtual buttons on the virtual device.07-01-2010
20100031302STREAM DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, STREAM RECEIVING DEVICE, AND STREAM REPRODUCTION METHOD - According to one embodiment, a stream distribution system includes a distribution server that distributes content via streaming through a network, and a stream receiving device that receives the content from the distribution server. The distribution server includes a data distributor that distributes stream data of the content in response to a transmission request from the stream receiving device together with low bit-rate specific reproduction data. The specific reproduction data is tagged with a timestamp equivalent to that of the stream data and generated from the stream data. The stream receiving device includes a reproducer that switches reproduction output between the stream data and the specific reproduction data received from the distribution server while establishing reproduction synchronization between the stream data and the specific reproduction data based on the timestamp.02-04-2010
20090138928MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEM BASED ON SATELLITE SET TOP BOX PLATFORM WITH TELEPHONY DOWNSTREAM AND UPSTREAM DATA PATHS - Systems and methods that provide satellite-based media processing are described. In one embodiment, a system that exchanges media may include, for example, a communications device that may be coupled to a network and to an antenna. The communications device may provide two-way communications with the network and may provide one-way communications with the antenna. The communications may receive media content from the antenna and/or the network. The communications device may send the media content to the network05-28-2009
20100269145ACCESSING RADIO CONTENT FROM A NON-RADIO SOURCE - Systems and methods are provided for accessing broadcast media items and segments from non-broadcast sources. In response to detecting that a user has not finished listening to a broadcast segment (e.g., a radio segment), an electronic device can automatically identify and access an alternate, non-broadcast source for the same broadcast segment (e.g., a corresponding podcast episode). Using the electronic device, a user can play back the segment from the non-broadcast source, starting playback at the last position of the broadcast segment when the user stopped listening to the broadcast. In some embodiments, the electronic device can update library counts (e.g., play counts and new/not new tags) based on media items and segments played back as part of a media broadcast.10-21-2010
20100269146METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VIRTUAL CONTENT OVER A NETWORK - Methods and apparatus for selecting, purchasing and delivering content to users of a network so that the user has “virtual” ownership of and access to the content, thereby obviating the need for physical media (e.g., DVDs or CDs). In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, and on-demand (OD) sessions or broadcast modes are used to deliver the virtual content stored at the head-end (or hub site) to the requesting owner. The purchased content is associated with one or more users when stored, thereby providing the owner(s) unlimited access thereto, without the costs and effort associated with renting/purchasing and maintaining DVDs. The content may also comprise new release content, which would otherwise not be available over the network at that time but for the purchase and delivery mechanisms of the invention. Various other complementary features for enhancing the user's virtual ownership experience are also disclosed.10-21-2010
20110219417Method and Apparatus For Providing Interactive Television - According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a method of providing interactive IP Television to a user terminal 09-08-2011
20100064333Communication system and method - A media appliance and corresponding method, the media appliance comprising a video signal source such as a TV receiver, and signal processing apparatus for generating a corresponding sequence of frames for output to a screen. The appliance comprises a client application programmed to capture one of the frames and use the captured frame to generate an image to represent a user in relation to bidirectional communications over a packet-based network.03-11-2010
20120110630DEVICE AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SERVICES TO A USER OF A TV SET - A communication device is provided for enabling a TV viewer to transmit signals towards a service provider. The communication device comprises: a user interface adapted to receive input signal from the TV viewer; a transceiver adapted to communicate wirelessly with a service provider via a remote server; and a TV interface adapted to allow forwarding of signals received from a TV source and of signals received from a service provider, towards a TV device of the TV viewer. Preferably the signals received from both sources are displayed simultaneously within different viewing windows at the screen of the TV device.05-03-2012
20120110629METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ENSURING RELIABILITY DURING TRANSMISSION OF TELEVISION DATA IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM BASED ON INTERNET PROTOCOL - A coding/transmitter device (05-03-2012
20130219444RECEIVING APPARATUS AND SUBTITLE PROCESSING METHOD - Provided is a receiving apparatus, including: a program receiving section configured to receive broadcast program data; a program reproduction section configured to reproduce the received program data; a clock functioning as a timer; a subtitle-data obtaining section configured to obtain subtitle data via a network, the subtitle data corresponding to the program data, time to display the subtitle data being previously specified; and a reproduction-time shifting section configured to delay, in a case where the time to display the obtained subtitle data is behind time of the clock, time to reproduce the program data by the program reproduction section for at least a time lag between time to display the subtitle data and time of the clock.08-22-2013
20090150952Video apparatus with web processing function and method for web display - A video apparatus with webpage processing function is provided. The present invention comprises a TV signal receiver module, a network connection module, an video processing module, and a display module. The network connection module is used for connecting to the Internet via a network point to capture a web frame. The video processing module is used for receiving a web frame through the network connection module and for receiving a TV frame through the TV signal receiver module, and then outputs the web frame or TV frame to a display module when the network connection module connects to the Internet.06-11-2009
20100037276OPERATING METHOD OF INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION INCLUDING STORAGE UNIT AND INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION ENABLING OF THE METHOD - An Internet Protocol (IP) television (TV) and an operating method thereof are disclosed. The operating method includes storing first content data in a storage medium of the IP TV after receiving and decoding the first content data, detecting information of second content data stored in the storage medium if it is determined that a storage space of the storage medium to store the first content data is deficient, comparing the detected information of the second content data with information of third content data provided from a content server, and deleting the second content data from the storage medium if the information of the second content data is the same as the information of the third content data as a result of the comparison.02-11-2010
20110197243Cable Set-Top Box With Integrated Cable Tuner and MOCA Support - A cable set-top box system with integrated cable tuners and MoCA may implemented on a single integrated circuit, supporting communication over a shared coaxial cable line. The system may include a memory interface shared by DOCSIS and video/audio subsystems. The system may further include an embedded processor in the MoCA subsystem, enabling autonomous operation of the MoCA subsystem and secure flash memory that is not directly accessible by the DOCSIS subsystem.08-11-2011
20100058415METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATION WITH A SET-TOP BOX - A method and system for communication with a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives security information and the security information has identification information for a user assigned to a set-top box, services a request to create a notification preference for the set-top box in response to successful entry of security information, establishes the notification preference for the set-top box and the notification preference has a rule for providing information in a notification on media content available to be received by the set-top box, sends the notification to the recipient in accordance with a notification preference, receives a communication for the set-top box from a user device and the communication comprises a partial command for a set-top box, interprets the partial command in view of the notification, and sends a command to the set-top box based on the partial command and the notification.03-04-2010
20100138886SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REDUCING THE ZAPPING TIME - The present invention concerns a system and a method for zapping in a video receiver and in a video server. The zapping method comprises, in a video receiver, the reception steps of a zapping command to a new program, registration for the reception of a first stream comprising the new programme and a second stream comprising the same programme as the first stream, the second stream being suitable to be processed more rapidly than the first stream by the receiver, reception of the first stream and of the second stream, the second stream being received delayed in respect of the first stream memorization of the first stream during a longer period than the memorization of the second stream, display of the second stream, then display of the first stream in the continuity of the second stream.06-03-2010
20120036546Apparatuses and methods for translating multiple television control protocols at the television side - An apparatus includes a memory, a communications buss coupled to the memory and a processor. The processor is coupled to the communications bus and the processor is programmed to: receive a user command signal, the user command signal is initiated by a user of a television set; pass the user command signal to an external control unit (ECU); receive a television command signal from the ECU in response to the user command signal; translate the television command signal into an IM TV protocol command, wherein a translation protocol is selected for the ECU from n possible translation protocols which are stored in the memory; and transmit the IM TV protocol command to the television.02-09-2012
20090094654Television Channel Display Device and Method Thereof - An Internet Protocol television system includes a set-top box that receives requests to display video streams being transmitted to a household. In response to the request, the set-top box provides a list of the video streams to a display device. The list includes options to terminate transmission of one or more of the streams. This allows a user to determine which video streams should be transmitted when bandwidth limitations are reached.04-09-2009
20110197245DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER AND RECEPTION METHOD - If there is a service provider for which basic registration has already been performed, the processing proceeds to step S08-11-2011
20110197244DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER AND DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEPTION METHOD - Upon start of processing, a digital broadcast receiver can acquire a CDN configuration information file (XML) after newly connected to a CDN by a user's operation. Next, the digital broadcast receiver acquires a PF configuration information file written in the CDN configuration information. The digital broadcast receiver judges whether there is an IP broadcast or not. If there is an IP broadcast, the digital broadcast receiver connects to a multicast address described in the PF configuration information file (XML), and acquires information on all channels in the PF from a SI dedicated stream (all station SI including no video or audio) (channel scan). The URL of a SNTP is described in the CDN configuration information file. Time information is acquired through the SNTP at the same time as (or at a timing near the timing of, such as immediately before or immediately after) the channel scan. The above processing enables easy time acquisition which is a problem peculiar to an IPTV with which viewing of an IP broadcast is possible.08-11-2011
20100100917MOBILE TV SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING THE RENDERING OF STREAMING SERVICES THEREOF - An Internet Protocol (IP)-based mobile TV system and a method for synchronizing the rendering of a streaming service are provided. In the IP-based mobile TV system, a plurality of mobile terminals receives a streaming service from network equipment, along with both a sequence of Network Time Protocol (NTP) time stamps corresponding to the streaming service and a synchronization clock. Each mobile terminal recovers an NTP reference clock for rendering the received streaming service according to both the synchronization clock and a synchronization time difference value, and then renders the received streaming service according to both the recovered NTP reference clock and the received NTP time stamps. Accordingly, the plurality of mobile terminals in the IP-based mobile TV system is able to render the received streaming service synchronously.04-22-2010
20100100916PRESENTATION OF AN AVATAR IN ASSOCIATION WITH A MERCHANT SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an avatar engine having a controller to retrieve a user profile, cause a presentation device to present a user an avatar having characteristics that correlate to the user profile, detect one or more responses of the user, identify from the one or more responses a need to communicate with a merchant system, establish a communication session with the merchant system, receive a notification from the merchant system of a merchant avatar engine, establish communication with the merchant avatar engine, adapt the characteristics of the avatar at least in part according to instructions supplied by the merchant avatar engine, and cause the presentation device to present the user the adapted avatar. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-22-2010
20090094655 WEB TELEVISION HAVING A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BUS INTERCONNECTING A TELEVISION CONTROLLER AND AN INTERNET MODULE - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.04-09-2009
20090165066RF/IP Virtual Channel Mapping for a Digital Video Reciever - Various embodiments of systems, methods, and computer programs for implementing radio frequency (RF) and Internet Protocol (IP) virtual channel maps (VCM) in an integrated RF/IP digital video receiver (DVR) are provided. One embodiment comprises a method for managing virtual channel information in an integrated RF/IP digital video receiver. One such method comprises: receiving a data set associated with at least one IP transport stream; determining at least one virtual channel number (VCN) and at least one corresponding delivery parameter associated with the IP transport stream; and associating the VCN with the delivery parameter in a virtual channel map (VCM).06-25-2009
20120272281METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING MEDIA DATA, AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECEVING MEDIA DATA - An information file pertaining to media data includes reproduction rating information for each of a plurality of segments. The information file is used by a client to determine what segment or segments to request from a server. The server responds to the request by sending the segment or segments to the client. Since the reproduction rating information may be provided for each of the segments, the selection of the segment or segments by the client can take into account a reproduction rating threshold.10-25-2012
20090288126Display Device Detection Of and Response to an Idle Mode of a Remote Sender Device - A method, system and apparatus provide for detection by a display device of an idle mode of a remote sender device. Information received from a remote sender device by a display device is monitored during a normal operating mode of operation of the display device to determine whether the remote sender device is not providing primary content for display by the display device, such as might occur during a sleep or idle mode of the remote sender device. If the display device determines that primary content is not being provided by the remote sender device, then the display device acquires alternate content that may be displayed.11-19-2009
20080244671NOTIFICATION FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT - A system may provide a video program or information associated with the video program on a video display device, and provide an interactive content icon on the video display device. The interactive content icon may indicate that interactive content is available for the video program.10-02-2008
20080209488Network-Extensible Reconfigurable Media Appliance - Extensible reconfigurable media appliance for security and entertainment captures images digitally for storage. Digital effects and filters are applied to incoming video stream on-the-fly or to video data stored in memory. Digital effects and filters are dynamically stored, modified, updated or deleted, providing extensible reconfigurable effects studio. Digital media appliance communicates wirelessly with other media appliances, computers, security systems, video storage, email, chat, cellular services or PDAs to provide seamless integration of captured video stream.08-28-2008
20090282449METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTERFACING CONTENT BETWEEN DEVICES - A communication interface device and method for operating the same includes a communication module receiving a request for a content list from a first user device and a list module generating a content list. The communication module communicates the content list device to the first user device and receives a content selection from the user device. A control module initiates a transfer of content corresponding to the content selection from a content storage device. The communication module receives the content at the communication interface device from the content storage device and communicates the content to the first user device.11-12-2009
20090288127BROADCAST SEEDING FOR PEER-TO-PEER NETWORKS - The distribution of content over a peer to peer (P2P) network can be improved by utilizing at least one broadcast of the content in order to quickly seed the P2P network. When content is first to be distributed across the network, a broadcast can be scheduled that each peer device with broadcast receiving capability and within range of the broadcast is able to receive. As soon as a peer device receives at least a portion of the broadcast content, that peer can begin redistributing the content across the P2P network. Any errors or missing portions of the received broadcast content can be corrected by requesting a copy of the missing or incorrect portion from another peer on the P2P network.11-19-2009
20120297435METHOD FOR SIGNALING BROADCAST VIDEO CONTENT, AND RECORDING METHOD AND DEVICE USING THE SIGNALING - A signaling method of video content and services broadcast by to a multitude of reception devices, the contents being encoded into data packets transmitted in a transport stream associated with a signaling stream is disclosed that comprises an insertion step of a unique identifier associated with each of the video contents or services in the signaling stream; an insertion step of the unique identifier into packets of the transport stream transmitting the video content or service corresponding to the unique identifier. Advantageously, the unique identifier is derived from a characteristic of the content among the title of the video content or service, the date and theoretical continuous broadcast time of the video content or service. A method for recording and a recording device using the signaling is further disclosed.11-22-2012
20120297436Non-Real Time Services - In certain embodiments, a method for receiving non-real time content involves receiving a transport stream containing an Internet Protocol stream of packets containing non-real time content, non-real time service metadata and non-real time content metadata; demultiplexing the Internet Protocol stream of packets to produce: non-real time content, non-real time service metadata, and non-real time content metadata. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.11-22-2012
20090007204METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING BROADCASTING VIDEO PROGRAM - A method and a system for proving a broadcasting video program with the internet are provided. The broadcasting video program provision system includes a first data server, a second data server and a portal site. By the first data server, first broadcasting video program signals broadcast in a first area are received and converted into first stream data. By the second data server, second broadcasting video program signals broadcast in a second area are received and converted into second stream data, wherein the first area and the second area are covered by different broadcasting services. In response to an instruction issued from the user's host through the internet, the portal site transmits the first stream data or the second stream data to the user's host through the internet.01-01-2009
20090007206COMMON MEDIA CONSUMPTION ACROSS MULTIPLE MEDIA PROCESSING SYSTEMS VIA SINGLE USER CONTROL - A system and method for the management of common consumption of media in a media exchange network is disclosed. Various embodiments of the present invention provide for control by a first user at a first location in a media exchange network of the simultaneous consumption of media content by other users at other locations in the media exchange network. The media content consumed may comprise audio, still pictures, video, and data. The first user may consume the media content simultaneous with the consumption of the other users, and the media content may be stored at the location of the first user, or at other locations in the media exchange network.01-01-2009
20100138887TRANSMISSION APPARATUS, INFORMATION TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - On a reception side, display processing and the like is easily performed in synchronization with content data. A cam coder transmits reproduction content data to a television set through a TMDS line of an HDMI cable. The cam coder transmits processing information used to perform the display processing in synchronization with the reproduction content data to the television set through a bidirectional communication path included in the cable before the reproduction content data is transmitted. Index information is added to the processing information for each unit of processing. Index information corresponding to the index information added to the processing information is added to the reproduction content data at a timing when the processing information of each unit of processing is processed. The television set superposes information on a shooting location, a date and time, and the like on an image in accordance with the processing information corresponding to the index information at a timing when the index information is added to the received content data.06-03-2010
20100146572SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING AUDIO SIGNALS RECEIVED BY A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to receive a media program signal from a set-top box (STB), monitor ambient sound, and suppress a portion of the ambient sound according to the media program signal. The media program signal can correspond to a media program presentable at least audibly by the STB. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-10-2010
20110209188IP Media Streaming Service Delivery - A method of ordering the delivery of a media stream to a client terminal coupled to an IP network is described. The method comprises identifying, at a user terminal (e.g. a mobile device), destination address information for the client terminal. The user terminal is authenticated to an application server of an IP Multimedia Subsystem network, and the destination address information is sent from the user terminal to the application server. The media stream is then sent to the client terminal. This enables the media to be delivered to the client terminal on the basis of the authentication of the user terminal.08-25-2011
20090049493SYSTEM FOR DELIVERING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a slave Set-Top Box (STB) receiver having a controller adapted to transmit a request for presentation to a master STB receiver to present one or more media content items stored in the master media STB receiver, select one among the one or more media content items presented by the master STB receiver, transmit to the master STB receiver a request for transmission of a select one of the one or more media content items, and receive from the master STB receiver the requested media content item in a progressive download format so that a portion of the requested media content item can be presented by the slave STB receiver while the remainder of the requested media content item is transmitted. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-19-2009
20100169944SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SET-TOP BOX RECORDING - Embodiments of the present invention disclose an integrated set-top box for recording a voice communication and/or a voicemail. In one embodiment, the integrated set-top box automatically detects communications associated with a monitored communication line and records and stores the voice communications in a data storage unit of the integrated set-top box. In another embodiment, the integrated set-top box may provide voicemail capabilities in addition to other features.07-01-2010
20080282302Open API video system and method of making and using same - A video player unit, system and method, and a video hierarchy. Included are at least one memory device, a plurality of communication access points for receiving at least one program play, an open application programming interface associated with the at least one memory device, wherein a plurality of applications correspondent to the open application programming interface allow a user to manipulate metadata associated with ones of the programs plays, wherein the metadata relates to interframe interactivity with detailed aspects of the ones of the program plays, and at least one correlation engine in communication with the open application programming interface, wherein the at least one correlation engine provides for correlation among at least for the interframes of the program play to ones of the interframes of other ones of the program plays.11-13-2008
20080244672Co-ordinated on-line video viewing - In a method of co-ordinated on-line data file viewing, a user selects an on-line video or other data file, selects a companion viewer, and views the on-line file simultaneously with the selected companion viewer.10-02-2008
20080271100Method Using A Set-Top Box And Communicating Between A Remote Data Network And A Wireless Communication Network - Disclosed are methods and systems for connecting a set-top box (STB) to the Internet over existing and future wireless networks, combining television with wireless Internet access. A conventional television is used in combination with a STB that has a wireless or wired keyboard, a power supply, and audio/visual connections for connecting the STB to the television. In an embodiment, a wireless telephone is placed in a docking station on top of the STB, providing the user with both data (when docked) and voice capabilities (when being used simply for telephone calls). CDMA, CDPD, or other wireless technologies may used for connection to the Internet.10-30-2008
20100138888Receiver and Receiving Method - According to one embodiment, a receiver is connected via a communication network to a broadcast server that transmits a plurality of programs broadcast via the Internet. The receiver includes a storage module, a receiving module, a connection processor, a display module, and a determination module. The storage module stores channels of the programs. The receiving module receives input specifying a first program, from among the programs, to be viewed. The connection processor receives the first program or a second program that is automatically transmitted from the broadcast server from among the programs. The display module displays the first program or the second program. The determination module determines whether the display module displays the first program, and, when determining that the display module displays the first program, stores the channel of the first program in the storage module.06-03-2010
20090031379Method and system for providing a broadcast program and associated web content - There is provided a method for use by a processing device for providing a broadcast program and Web content associated with the broadcast program. According to one embodiment, the method includes selecting a broadcast channel and receiving a broadcast program on the broadcast channel. The broadcast program can be, for example, a movie or a television show. The method further includes determining a Web site associated with the broadcast channel. In one embodiment, the Web site can be a dynamic Web site hosted by a channel link server. The method further includes receiving Web content associated with the broadcast program from the Web site. In one embodiment, the Web content is synchronized with the broadcast program based on a program schedule. The method further includes providing the Web content and the broadcast program to an output display contemporaneously.01-29-2009
20090158372METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING BROADCAST SERVICE INFORMATION IN CABLE NETWORK - Disclosed are a method and apparatus for providing broadcast service information in a cable network. A data transmitting method of the broadcast service information providing apparatus includes receiving IPTV broadcast contents, configuring broadcast service information on the IPTV broadcast contents, assigning a virtual channel to the broadcast service information; and transmitting, to a terminal, the broadcast service information to which the virtual channel is assigned. A data receiving method of a terminal includes receiving broadcast service information to which a virtual channel is assigned, displaying configuration information of the virtual channel, selecting the virtual channel, and decoding the broadcast service information assigned to the selected virtual channel to display the decoded information.06-18-2009
20090165068NETWORK VIDEO SYSTEM FOR A TELEVISION TO BROADCAST A COMPUTER NETWORK VIDEO PROGRAM - A network video system for a television to broadcast a computer network video program includes a peer-to-peer (P2P) video service platform, a computer, a network video decoder, and a television. The P2P video service platform further includes at least a video server, at least a commercial server, and a plurality of peers. The computer forms a P2P network connection with the P2P video service platform so as to download at least one video stream from the video server or the peers and at least one commercial stream from the commercial server. The network video decoder forms a local network connection with the computer so as to receive the video streams and the commercial streams downloaded to the computer. The television is coupled electrically with the network video decoder to display the video streams and the commercial streams received by the network video decoder.06-25-2009
20090165069TRANSFER OF INFORMATION FROM AN INFORMATION NODE TO A BROADCAST PROGRAMMING RECEIVER - A method is provided for transferring information from an information node to a broadcast programming receiver, such as, for example, a satellite or cable set-top box receiving broadcast programming. The information node is coupled with the broadcast programming receiver by way of a communication network, and is configured to receive the information. A command issued from the broadcast programming receiver to the information node indicates a condition under which the information is to be transferred to the broadcast programming receiver. In response to the command, the portion of the information indicated by the condition is transferred to the broadcast programming receiver.06-25-2009
20090100485WEB TELEVISION THAT SWAPS TELEVISION VIDEO AND INTERNET VIDEO IN A PIP AREA - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.04-16-2009
20090165067 Device Method and System for Providing a Media Stream - There is provided a method device and system for providing packetized streaming media content (e.g. audio, video and multimedia) to an IP based media presentation appliance (e.g. set-top box). According to some embodiments of the present invention, there may be provided a media stream generator adapted to generate or otherwise derive from a source media a second media stream including more key frames (e.g. MPEG I-Frames) than present in the source media stream.06-25-2009
20100005500METHOD FOR SIMULTANEOUSLY MANAGING HIGH-SPEED DATA AND VIDEO STREAMS IN A SINGLE MAC PROCESSING ENVIRONMENT - A packet data flow processor applies a first level of Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) processing to packet flows that are not from trusted sources, and applies a second level of DOCSIS processing, simpler than the first level, to packet flows from the trusted sources.01-07-2010
20090019507SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING MEDIA SERVICES - A system for presenting media services is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a portal having a controller element to detect an installation of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) media receiver in an IPTV media system and adapt at least a portion of the portal according to the installation. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-15-2009
20120291082MULTIMEDIA FILE PLAYING SYSTEM, METHOD AND SET-TOP BOX - A set-top box is provided. The set-top box includes a network interface, a wireless communication unit, and a processor. The set-top box connects to a network server through the network interface. The set-top box communicates with a portable device. The processor receives a play request signal including at least one keyword from the portable device through the wireless communication unit. Searches the network server to find at least one multimedia file through the network interface according to the at least one keyword included in the play request signal. Downloads the at least one multimedia file found from the network server, and transmits the downloaded portion of the at least one multimedia file to the portable device through the wireless communication unit.11-15-2012
20090049494DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM OF REGISTERING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION MODULES - Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of registering wireless video communication modules. A method of registering wireless video modules may include, for example, transmitting a first registration message from a first wireless video communication module to a second wireless video communication module, wherein the first registration message includes first information identifying the first module to the second wireless video communication module; receiving at the first module a second registration message from the second wireless video communication module, wherein the second registration message includes second information identifying the second module to the first wireless video communication module; and based on the first and second registration messages, registering the first video communication module at the second wireless video communication module and the second video communication module at the first wireless video communication module. Other embodiments are described and claimed.02-19-2009
20110145874APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING VOICE COMMUNICATIONS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to receive a call request from a set top box that is remote from the server where the call request identifies a telephone number that is presented from video content presented by the set top box where the telephone number is detected based on a combination of image pattern recognition and speech recognition and where the telephone number is associated with a marketing entity, establish a voice communication with a first telephone device associated with the set top box, and establish the voice communication with a second telephone device associated with the telephone number and the marketing entity if the first telephone device accepts the voice communication. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-16-2011
20080301744Method and Apparatus for Locating Content in an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) System - A set top box includes a front-end (e.g., a network interface) for receiving programming content over a broadband communication network and a processor operatively associated with the front-end. The set top box also includes a resolver operatively associated with the processor for determining a network-level multicast address corresponding to a domain name of a virtual channel on which the broadcast programming is available.12-04-2008
20110145875MOBILE SET-TOP BOX AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION SERVICE USING THE SAME - Provided is a mobile set-top box. In the mobile set-top box, a demultiplexer processor separates first metadata from a transport stream corresponding to a broadcasting stream of which a destination is the mobile set-top box, and separates second metadata being transmitted via another channel, among a plurality of transport streams. A metadata processor unifies the first metadata and the second metadata and the image data transcoder processor transcodes image data included in the transport stream of the broadcasting stream into image data decodable by a user terminal. The metadata unified by the metadata processor and the transcoded image data are multiplexed by the multiplexer and then are transmitted to the user terminal. The mobile set-top box provides an Internet protocol television (IPTV) service to portable terminals of passengers boarding in a moving transportation means such as a bus, a train, and a ship.06-16-2011
20090064251System and Method for Troubleshooting a Set Top Box - A method for troubleshooting a set top box is disclosed and can include receiving a trouble ticket from a set top box and initiating a self test at the set top box. The method can also include receiving test results from the set top box and analyzing the test results to isolate a problem.03-05-2009
20120079546CATALOG SLICING IN A VIDEO PROVISIONING SYSTEM - A system, associated with a video provisioning system, may receive a hierarchical representation of categories and subcategories associated with a catalog of video assets; and condense the hierarchical representation of categories and subcategories into a file. The system may further transmit the file to a set top box, where transmitting the file allows the set top box to access the hierarchical representation of categories and subcategories without retrieving, from the video provisioning system, additional information associated with the hierarchical representation of categories and subcategories.03-29-2012
20080263610SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRONIC CONTENT ASSETS OVER COMMUNICATION MEDIA HAVING DIFFERING CHARACTERISTICS - The Electronic Content Asset Publication System operates as an overlay application on the native multi-media communication network to receive individual subscriber requests for a selected electronic content asset and deliver that asset to the requesting subscriber. This system acquires, stores, publishes, distributes, accesses and processes electronic content on demand and delivers this content in the format of the subscriber's communication device over a selected multi-media communications infrastructure. This system provides access to specific subscriber-initiated electronic content assets that are of interest to the subscriber. The electronic content assets comprise individual multi-media streams, multi-media files or streams of multi-media files, initiated and published by individual subscribers rather than the mass media distributed by conventional content sources.10-23-2008
20120144443SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING SOURCE BUFFERING FOR MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT GROUP TRANSMISSION OF REAL-TIME ENCODED SCALABE VIDEO CONTENTS - A system and method for performing source buffering to transmit a real-time encoded scalable video to multiple transmission groups are provided. A streaming system for providing a scalable video bitstream for each multicast group may include an encoder source buffer to receive a scalable video bitstream and to store the received scalable video bitstream, and a plurality of subgroup transmitters, each to receive data of different layers in the stored scalable video bitstream from the encoder source buffer, to packetize the received data, and to transmit the packetized data to a terminal.06-07-2012
20090150951ENHANCED CAPTIONING DATA FOR USE WITH MULTIMEDIA CONTENT - An enhanced captioning module suitable for use in a multimedia reception and display system includes an interface to receive a set of multimedia elements representative of at least a portion of multimedia content, a detection unit to determine a type of at least a portion of the multimedia elements and to assert a trigger signal when the multimedia element has a selected type, and a hash unit to generate a hash value corresponding to the “triggering” multimedia element. The module may further include a message unit to generate an enhanced captioning message that is deliverable to an enhanced captioning database. The enhanced captioning message may include information indicative of the hash value and the enhanced captioning database may include enhanced captioning data corresponding to the multimedia content. The enhanced captioning database may be configured to be indexed by the hash value.06-11-2009
20120198508MULTIPLE DEVICE IPTV CLOUD-BASED RECORDING AND PLAYBACK - A cloud-based internet protocol television (IPTV) system is described here. In this invention, the cloud acts as a personal video recorder for recording and playback of audio, video, and other content. Communications to and from the cloud are transmitted over IPTV. An allowance for resolution and refresh rate conversion allows for high bandwidth content to be converted into lower bandwidth content. In this way, content stored from a high definition television may be converted to a content stream playable by a smart phone of limited capabilities. By using the cloud as storage, local devices may play only the IPTV streams, without the substantial storage capacities required for high definition video. IPTV-based menus are used to select media for recording and playback.08-02-2012
20090241154Method of processing data in internet protocol television receiver and internet protocol television receiver - A method of processing data in an IPTV receiver and such an IPTV receiver are disclosed. The method includes receiving location information necessary to acquire a content corresponding to a content reference identifier (CRID) by using the CRID, requesting an Internet protocol multimedia subsystem Gateway (IG) to transmit a session description protocol (SDP) file of the content, wherein the content is identified by the CRID and an instance metadata identifier (IMI), receiving the requested SDP file from the IG, and controlling a session setup for processing the content by using the received location information and the received SDP file.09-24-2009
20110145876APPARATUS FOR PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF ENTITLEMENT, METHOD THEREOF, AND SETTOP BOX IN IPTV BROADCAST SYSTEM - Disclosed is an apparatus for purchase and delivery of entitlement in an IPTV broadcast system according to an embodiment of the present invention that includes: an entitlement purchase environment provider providing a charged broadcast contents list to the purchaser so that the purchaser can select delivery target contents and providing an IPTV broadcasting service subscriber list to the purchaser so that the purchaser can select one or more entitlement delivery target subscribers to which the entitlement for the delivery target contents is delivered; an entitlement generator receiving information on the delivery target contents from the entitlement purchase environment provider, and then generating the entitlement for corresponding broadcast contents; and an entitlement transmitter delivering the entitlement for the delivery target contents to IPTV settop boxes of the entitlement delivery target subscribers on the basis of information on the entitlement delivery target subscribers.06-16-2011
20090249416SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PRESENTING SUPPORT SERVICES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, system having a controller to receive from a set-top box (STB) a request for assistance, identify a subscriber account associated with the STB, identify from the subscriber account a subscription grade, select one of a plurality of subscriber support services according to the subscriber grade, and establish communications between the STB and the selected subscriber support service. Other embodiments are disclosed.10-01-2009
20100154014NETWORKED-ENABLED MASS STORAGE DONGLE WITH NETWORKED MEDIA CONTENT AGGREGATION - Embodiments of a network-enabled mass storage dongle with networked media content aggregation are discussed. Embodiments provide for a dongle in a consumption mode is inserted into one or more source devices, where the one or more source devices are part of a network and store content to be aggregated for accessing on equipment. In embodiments the equipment has no intrinsic networking capabilities. The dongle allows a user to select one or more directory structures on each of the one or more source devices to be included in the aggregated content. The dongle then creates a file share for each of the selected directory structures. The dongle in an aggregation mode is inserted into the equipment and automatically connects to the network. The dongle aggregates content in the created file shares to present the aggregated content as a single mass storage device to the equipment. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-17-2010
20090138929MOBILE EQUIPMENT HAVING TELEVISION FUNCTION, METHOD OF STORING INFORMATION OF TELEVISION PROGRAM, AND PROGRAM OF STORING THE SAME - A mobile equipment having television function is capable of recording a television program being watched and of rendering the recorded television program to be watched later, even if an Web browser or an application program is started. The mobile equipment having television function includes a tuner control section (05-28-2009
20080313688BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING THE SAME ACCORDING TO CONFIGURATION SETTING VALUES RECEIVED FROM OUTSIDE - A broadcast receiving apparatus and a configuration method thereof are provided in which the broadcast receiving apparatus can be configured according to configuration setting values received from outside. The broadcast receiving apparatus is configured according to configuration setting values of the broadcast receiving apparatus, which are received from outside.12-18-2008
20100162335APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A NETWORK-CONNECTED DEVICE IN ONE PEER NETWORK FROM AN INFRARED DEVICE CONNECTED TO ANOTHER PEER NETWORK USING TCP/IP AND INFRARED SIGNALS - An apparatus and a method for controlling a network-connected device in one peer network from an infrared (IR) device connected to another peer network is disclosed. Regardless of underlying communication protocols used in peer networks, the IR device in a peer network can request a transfer of data or control to a networked device in another peer network. Communication compatibility among the two peer networks are maintained by utilizing a set-top box in each peer network configured to communicate with another set-top box using a transport control protocol (TCP), which may be different from underlying protocols (e.g. X.25, IrDA) between the set-top box and locally connected devices to the set-top box. The set-top box may utilize an intelligent routing scheme based on a packet header and/or payload content examination to route the transfer of data to a “most-appropriate” electronic device connected to the set-top box.06-24-2010
20090125955METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND VIRTUAL SERVERS FOR A VIRTUAL COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT - Methods, computer program products, and virtual servers for providing virtual service are provided. A user of a virtual service is authenticated. An input is received that identifies another user in which to operatively connect for virtual service. Permission is requested to operatively connect to the other user. The user is operatively connected to the other user, in response to receiving an acceptance to operatively connect from the other user. Acquired information is transmitted and received between the user and the other user, while broadcast content is being received by the user and the other user. The acquired information and the broadcast content may be displayed together on a television.05-14-2009
20100186058Method of processing non-real time service and broadcast receiver - A method of receiving and processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver includes receiving a first signaling information table including signaling information of the NRT service and a second signaling information table including announcement information of the NRT service, detecting a duplicate of the signaling information included in the first signaling information table and a duplicate of the announcement information included in the second signaling information table, acquiring the signaling information after processing the first signaling information table if the signaling information included in the first signaling information table is not a duplicate and acquiring the announcement information after processing the second signaling information table if the announcement information included in the second signaling information table is not a duplicate, and receiving and processing NRT service data based on the acquired signaling information and announcement information.07-22-2010
20080216138TELEVISION CONVERTER DEVICE INCLUDING AN INTERNET PROTOCOL INTERFACE - A television converter device is provided which includes a channel selector and an Internet Protocol (IP) interface. The channel selector is configured to receive multiple channels of television programming from at least one of a satellite, cable, and over-the-air broadcasting source, select one of the channels from the multiple channels, and deliver the selected channel to at least one television (TV). The IP interface is configured to receive television programming over an IP connection, and to deliver the television programming received over the IP connection to the at least one TV.09-04-2008
20090100486WEB TELEVISION HAVING A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BUS INTERCONNECTING A TELEVISION CONTROLLER AND AN INTERNET MODULE - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.04-16-2009
20100263008WATERMARKED MEDIA CONTENT IN IPTV OR iTV NETWORKS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller to manage a library of pointers to altered media content, and enable a network element of an interactive media network to access additional media content responsive to detecting a selection of the watermark at the network element. The altered media content is created by embedding a watermark in media content presentable at the network element. Other embodiments are disclosed.10-14-2010
20100263009METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING DYNAMIC MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top-box (STB) comprising a controller to analyze media content provided by a media content provider, wherein the media content is scheduled content with limited temporal accessibility, select at least a portion of the media content and at least one recipient media device to receive the portion of the media content, the selection of the portion of the media content being based on the analysis of the media content, transmit the portion of the media content to a DVR, wherein the DVR stores the portion of the media content, and transmit a metadata pointer associated with the portion of the media content stored in the DVR to a server, wherein a request to accept the portion of the media content is received by the at least one recipient media device via the server, and wherein the portion of the media content is retrieved from the DVR by the server based on the metadata pointer when the at least one recipient media device accepts the request. Other embodiments are disclosed.10-14-2010
20100263007Method and Apparatus for Increasing Quality of IPTV Transmission - In a home network for Internet protocol (IP) television (IPTV), a controller of an IPTV-set-top box (STB) acquires and analyzes of an operation of the home network and data packets in the network. In a home gateway (HG), the statistics are received, and the packets are decoded, and then encodes into data packets, repair packets and according to the statistics to decrease packet loss. That is, the encoded packets have additional error correction codes.10-14-2010
20100192191ALERT MESSAGING IN A TELEVISION SYSTEM - A television system in which a telephone network is used for transmitting to a television receiver from a computer messages in the form of packets of information represented visually as pages. The television receiver is provided with control means for transmitting responses via the telephone network and for selecting a page, and the packets of information are stored by the computer in the form of information blocks each including a first information packet representing the message of a corresponding page and a second information packet representing data relating to the same page. The information blocks further include a third information packet to be received by the computer from a remote terminal via the telephone network and to instruct the computer to make such a transmittal that the data are represented visually at the television receiver as information added to the messages in a chosen subfield of the page. In a preferred embodiment, the computer is provided with a physical security monitoring system and arranged to make the transmittal dependent on local events detected by this system.07-29-2010
20110119722Method and System for Providing Complete Internet Anywhere with Partial Server Processing - A method and/or system are described for providing complete Internet anywhere with partial server processing in which a request may be sent from a set-top-box (STB) to a server communicatively coupled with the STB to process a portion of a web page that is unsupported by a web browser running on the STB. The STB may receive a data stream from the server, wherein the server generates the data stream by processing the unsupported portion of the web page. The web page may be composited in the web browser based on the received data stream. The server may be located in a server computing cloud or may be a local server. The unsupported portion of the web page may comprise a binary plug-in. A supported portion of the web page may be rendered before or concurrently with the overlaying of the data stream during compositing.05-19-2011
20100186059Method of processing non-real time service and broadcast receiver - A method of receiving and processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing an NRT service in a broadcast receiver includes receiving and processing a signaling information table including detail information of each content in the NRT service and indication information indicating whether the content is available on internet, acquiring internet access information of each file belonging to content available on the internet through File Delivery Table (FDT) of File Delivery over Unidirection Transport (FLUTE) based on the indication information, and downloading files belonging to the content by accessing the internet based on the acquired internet access information.07-22-2010
20090077603Mobile terminal - A mobile terminal pre-stores address information of other terminals to be notification destinations of program information related to a television broadcast. During reception and display of the television broadcast, when a notification request for the program information related to the television broadcast being received is input, the mobile terminal generates notification data including the program information relating to the television broadcast while maintaining the reception and the display processing of the television broadcast, reads the address information of other terminals to be the notification destinations from the storage unit to transmit the generated notification data to other terminals on the basis of the read address information.03-19-2009
20090044239Broadcasting receiver and a method of determining an operation mode of broadcasting receiver - A broadcasting receiver and a method of determining an operation mode of broadcasting receiver are disclosed. A host device transmits the resource information including A-mode resource information. And a POD receives the resource information and determining an operation mode based on the received resource information and operation mode setting information. The broadcasting receiver can protect content data received from all the transfer protocols including the wired/wireless network and the IP protocol, using the conditional access provided from the conventional cable card. The broadcasting receiver determines whether the host supports the A-mode and determines a method for receiving broadcast data, such that the operation mode of the broadcasting receiver can be properly established according to the determined result.02-12-2009
20100146573MULTI-REPRESENTATION MEDIA EVENT HANDOFF - A system and method provides transition continuity for an event across a plurality of media representation device types. The system and method allow identification information for a media event such as a sports game, talk show, music, video, etc. to be handed-off between various media presentation devices such as radios, broadcast televisions, cable television set top boxes, an internet connected computer, satellite receivers, and multimedia cellular phones. A multi-representation media event hand-off method includes receiving (06-10-2010
20100242077TV search - A device consistent with certain embodiments has a television receiver and an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) receiver. A decoder decodes television programming from either of the television receiver or the IPTV receiver. A programmed processor(s) retrieves metadata relating to television programming, IPTV content, any installed Widgets, and the television (TV) receiver device's function, all of which are considered search targets. The programmed processor stores tags from the metadata in a database and associates the tags with their targets. A search engine searches the database for tags in response to a search query and to retrieve the associated target on command. The control processor executes the target by either tuning to the target's program content or by launching or resuming a Widget or TV device function. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.09-23-2010
20100154015METADATA SEARCH APPARATUS AND METHOD USING SPEECH RECOGNITION, AND IPTV RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A metadata search apparatus using speech recognition includes a metadata processor for processing contents metadata to obtain allomorph of target vocabulary required for speech recognition and search; a metadata storage unit for storing the contents metadata; a speech recognizer for performing speech recognition on speech data uttered by a user by searching the allomorph of the target vocabulary; a query language processor for extracting a keyword from the vocabulary speech-recognized by the speech recognizer; and a search processor for searching the metadata storage unit to extract the contents metadata corresponding to the keyword. An IPTV receiving apparatus employs the metadata search apparatus to provide IPTV services through the functions of speech recognition.06-17-2010
20100235875IPTV Devices and Methods Adapted for Such Devices - Methods and apparatus for enabling upgrading of a television (TV) device that is connectable to an internet protocol TV (IPTV) system including an operator system and a TV manufacturer system are described. The upgrading is based on a token object and verifies a requested upgrading of the TV device. A token object is generated at the TV manufacturer system in response to receiving a request for upgrading from the TV device, and delivered to the TV device, thus enabling the TV device to complete the requested upgrading process due to possessing a valid token. A TV device, an operator system, and a TV manufacturer system adapted to execute the suggested methods are also provided.09-16-2010
20100251315BROADCAST RECEIVING DEVICE - It is an object to provide a broadcast receiving device capable of shortening the time from turning-on until display of an IP broadcast. A broadcast receiving device 09-30-2010
20090106805Providing a Blade Center With Additional Video Output Capability Via a Backup Blade Center Management Module - A blade center is provided with an additional video output system which includes additional video output capabilities to allow a user to point to another blade within the blade center to work locally on a blade that does not include media tray access. The local access is granted via a control (e.g., a button) on the control panel of the blades or a control on the chassis or management module that allows the user to specify which blade to use for the second video output connection to a KVM console or direct host connect. This video output system advantageously allows more than one blade to be interactively utilized in a graphic environment at any time. Other blades executing local applications can be accessed and/or modified while another blade is accessing the media tray for installations and using one of the video output controls.04-23-2009
20100083329APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SELECTING AND CONFIGURING INTERNET CONTENT FOR BYPASS ENCAPSULATION WITHIN A BYPASS ARCHITECTURE - An apparatus, method and system for delivering Internet content within a system that includes an encapsulation database and a last-hop router as part of a bypass architecture, such as a bypass architecture that transmits IP content from a source to a downstream modulator, such as an EQAM modulator, in a manner that bypasses the system's Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS). The encapsulation database, which typically is controlled by the MSO, but also is in operable communication with the last-hop router and CMTS, is configured to store encapsulation identification information, which is used to identify which portions of the IP content receive bypass encapsulation. The encapsulation database also can include the QoS settings for such identified portions of IP content. The encapsulation database allows the MSO to provide QoS settings for select portions of IP content, such as videos from internet video providers with whom the MSO has made special arrangements.04-01-2010
20090282450Web television having a two-way communication bus interconnecting a television controller and an internet module - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.11-12-2009
20110113459System and Method for Internet Protocol Television Network Status Notifications - A method of running a network status module in a set-top box device is disclosed. A loss of a portion of a signal in an Internet Protocol television network is detected. When interference of the signal is cause over a connection between the set-top box device and the residential gateway, a first icon to indicate a first failure in a connection between the set-top box device and a residential gateway on a display device is displayed. When the interference of the signal is over the wide area network of the Internet Protocol television network, a second icon to indicate a second failure in a wide area network of an Internet Protocol television network is displayed.05-12-2011
20090328121Television Receiver, Method of Controlling the Receiver, and Network Construction Device - According to one embodiment, the present invention is designed to automatically determine the language of the content distributed when connecting to the Web server so as to agree with the language configured at the initial setup. The present invention has following elements. An initial setup module maintains initial setup information that indicates at least a menu language. A setup information association process module which determines a language request signal to request a language the same as the menu language indicated in the initial setup information. And a network control module which accesses the World Wide Web while transmitting the language request signal to determine a browser language.12-31-2009
20090328120ARRANGEMENT FOR CONNECTIVITY WITHIN AN ADVANCED MULTIMEDIA CONTENT FRAMEWORK - Arrangements and methods are provided that allow integration of connected online services within a high-definition interactive framework, and in particular within an advanced content interactivity layer. In this way, the online services may enjoy enhanced features on an advanced content media device. For example, content running on an advanced content media device may be configured to detect an online service's feature and may thus present the user with additional features that interact with the online service. An advanced content media device may detect another user's advanced content media device through a network, and in particular a media service on the network, allowing chat and synchronized playback of content. Advanced content media devices may vary, but may include, e.g., a multimedia player, a media center, a game console, a personal computer, and so on.12-31-2009
20090282448SET TOP BOX AND PARAMETER SETTING METHOD - A set top box communicates with a plurality of configuration servers for obtaining setting parameters from the configuration servers. The set top box includes a configuration server list cache, a selecting module, an obtaining module, and a setting module. The configuration server list cache stores a list of internet protocol (IP) addresses of the plurality of configuration servers onto a memory system of the set top box. The selecting module selects one IP address from the list of the IP addresses. The obtaining module sends a parameter setting request to one configuration server corresponding to the selected IP address and obtaining a parameter setting message from said configuration server, wherein the one configuration server is selected from the plurality of configuration severs. The setting module sets the set top box according to the parameter setting message. A parameter setting method is also provided.11-12-2009
20110067081Switching Between Delivery Methods In An IPTV Communication Network - A method and apparatus for switching from a first IPTV channel arranged to be delivered to a plurality of nodes, such as a broadcast or a unicast, to a second unicast IPTV channel. The first IPTV channel is received at an IPTV receiving node, such as a User Equipment. If it is determined that the first IPTV channel is no longer available, then an IPTV content provider capable of providing the same IPTV channel in a unicast as the first IPTV channel is identified. A message is then sent to an IPTV AS, the message including an instruction to switch to a unicast IPTV channel and an address for the identified IPTV content provider node. The IPTV receiving node then receives the IPTV channel unicast.03-17-2011
20110067080APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT PRESENTATION - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a gateway including a controller adapted to transmit media content to a group of set top boxes that are associated with a premises and that each have a presentation device connected thereto where the presentation devices are in proximity to each other, receive a plurality of streams of the media content from a media server where the streams are of the same media content, and apply a delay compensation to delivery of the plurality of streams to one or more set top boxes of the group of set top boxes to synchronize presentation of the media content at each of the presentation devices, where the delay compensation is based on a transmission delay and a receipt delay, where the transmission delay is between each of the group of set top boxes and the gateway, and where the receipt delay is between the gateway and the media server. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-17-2011
20110067079System and Method of Analyzing Internet Protocol Television Content for Closed-Captioning Information - An Internet Protocol television (IPTV) system includes a selector module that selects a content item and sends a stream of the content item to a set-top box. The set-top box analyzes content information associated with the content item using a speech interpretation algorithm or a text interpretation algorithm to create an index of the content information and determines to record the content item based upon the index of the content information. A method includes sending a content item from an IPTV network to a set-top box, directing the set-top box to analyze content information associated with the content item using a speech interpretation algorithm or a text interpretation algorithm, and directing the set-top box to record the content item based upon the analysis of the content information.03-17-2011
20110067077System and Method of Analyzing Internet Protocol Television Content Credits Information - An Internet Protocol television (IPTV) system is disclosed. The system includes a selector module that is adapted to select a content item based upon metadata information associated with the content item and send the content item to a first set-top box. The content is recorded and video information associated with the content item is analyzed using a video interpretation algorithm, and credits information associated with the content item is obtained from the set-top-box.03-17-2011
20110107384Data broadcasting system, data broadcasting server and data broadcasting program storage medium - A data broadcasting system includes a user device and a data broadcasting server. The user device includes a network connection section that provides a request to transmit link information, accompanied by its own model information. The data broadcasting server includes a content performance determination section that obtains content display performance upon receipt of the model information. The data broadcasting server further includes a secondary link information transmission section that adds, to the link information, information indicating whether the content indicated by this link information is a content requiring content display performance exceeding the content display performance of the user device, and transmits the link information to the user device.05-05-2011
20110131623SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING MOBILE CONTENTS USING SETTOP BOX ON IPTV NETWORK AND METHOD THEREOF - A settop box based on an IPTV according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a home network interface communicating with one or more mobile terminals; a terminal profile manager acquiring and managing a terminal profile from a mobile terminal connected through the home network interface; a contents converter converting contents received from an external contents server through an external network to mobile contents suitable for the corresponding mobile terminal on the basis of the acquired terminal profile; a contents storage storing the contents converted by the contents converter; and a transmitting/receiving controller performing a processing operation to extract the mobile contents stored in the contents storage and transmit the extracted mobile contents to the mobile terminal through the home network interface in accordance with a request from a user.06-02-2011
20090138927WEB TELEVISION HAVING A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BUS INTERCONNECTING A TELEVISION CONTROLLER AND AN INTERNET MODULE - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.05-28-2009
20090113502METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VALUE-ADDED SERVICE IN INTERNET PROTOCOL TV SYSTEM - The invention discloses a method for providing value-added services in an IPTV system, wherein a value added service or a value added service directory is associated with the content provided by IPTV, and a user terminal initiates a request for the value-added service according to the association information. Based on the number of associated value-added services, a value-added service may correspond to a selection ID of the user terminal, may exist in a value-added service root directory associated with the corresponding content, or may exist in a category set in the form of a multi-level directory and the user terminal requests to obtain the link information of the actual value-added service by selecting the directory level by level. The invention also provides an IPTV system, and an IPTV application system and an IPTV user terminal applicable to the IPTV system. The invention allows end users to obtain value-added service information associated with IPTV audio/video programs in real time when using these programs, and thus realizes good interactions between users and played contents.04-30-2009
20120246691METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VIDEO CONTENT DELIVERY - A set top box computer system for delivering video content is provided. The set top box computer system includes a memory device configured to store channel information including a channel identifier and a video source for each of a plurality of video content channels, a user input interface configured to receive a channel selection, and a processor coupled to the memory device and the user input interface, the processor configured to acquire video content based on a comparison of the channel information and the channel selection, the video content acquired from a corresponding video source located on the Internet, the processor further configured to transmit the video content to a media display device such that the transmitted video content is displayed on the media display device without displaying other content from the corresponding video source.09-27-2012
20090113501Distribution Apparatus and Playback Apparatus - A distribution apparatus has an input section 04-30-2009
20090070839SYSTEM FOR ADJUSTING ENCODING RATES BETWEEN COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a first communication device having a controller adapted to determine whether a second communication device is operating within or remote to a local area network of the first communication device, determine an encoding rate according to said determination, and transmit to the second communication device streamed media content according to said encoding rate. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-12-2009
20100306811METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATING AND PLAYING BACK MEDIA CONTENT - An approach is provided for navigating media content by specifying a time to start playback of the media content.12-02-2010
20130145414TERMINAL APPARATUS, SERVER APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND LINKING APPLICATION SUPPLY SYSTEM06-06-2013
20130145415LATE ASSIGNMENT OF RECORDED DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT AT TIME OF PLAYBACK - 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
20110030023INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER CALLBACK FOR SATELLITE SYSTEMS - A method, apparatus, article of manufacture, and a memory structure for delivering purchase information comprising storing purchase information for a purchase of a user in a set top box. The set top box (STB) is configured to receive and display the broadcast signals through a tuner onto a display device. The STB establishes a connection to the Internet through a user initiated action (e.g., when the user accesses the Internet using the STB). A new transmission control/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) connection is obtained using the established user-initiated Internet connection without the user requesting the connection. A secure electronic connection is established with a server through the new TCP/IP connection. The purchase information is then transmitted from the STB through the secure electronic connection to the server.02-03-2011
20110119723Method and System for Reducing Latency for Interactive Content for Complete Internet Anywhere - A method and/or system are described in which a server communicatively coupled with a set-top-box (STB) may predict a location of a pointer on a web browser running on the STB. The server may render the pointer based on the predicted pointer location. The server may send the rendered pointer to the STB, wherein the STB may composite a web page on the web browser based on the rendered pointer. The server may be synchronized with the STB based on event information received by the server from the STB such as, for example, keystroke events, click event, or other like event. The prediction of the pointer location may be based on actual pointer location information provided by the STB. A predetermined number of pointer locations may be predicted based on an actual pointer location and/or on a latency of a connection between the server and the STB.05-19-2011
20110113458APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCT TUTORIALS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top-box (STB) having a controller to present media content supplied by a content provider operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, wherein the media content comprises a tutorial for one of a product and a service, the tutorial comprising steps for utilizing one of the product and the service, access via a graphical user interface (GUI) a client program, wherein the client program presents an overlay that superimposes onto the media content, receive a user-generated comment, wherein the user-generated comment is associated with the media content by the client program, transmit the user-generated comment to a third party for analyzing the user-generated comment and determining parameters for evaluating at least one of the product and service tutorial, wherein replacement media content is generated by the third party based on the determined parameters. Other embodiments are disclosed.05-12-2011
20110113460Media Processing System Based on Satellite Set Top Box Platform with Telephony Downstream and Upstream Data Paths - Systems and methods that provide satellite-based media processing are described. In one embodiment, a system that exchanges media may include, for example, a communications device that may be coupled to a network and to an antenna. The communications device may provide two-way communications with the network and may provide one-way communications with the antenna. The communications may receive media content from the antenna and/or the network. The communications device may send the media content to the network05-12-2011
20110119724Proxy Functionality - The present invention relates to methods and arrangement for an IPTV Set Top Box to access content from an external domain outside the IPTV service provider's domain, which method is characterized by steps of retrieving and converting required content from the external domain into a format that is accessible via the IPTV Set Top Box.05-19-2011
20100023984Identifying Events in Addressable Video Stream for Generation of Summary Video Stream - In one embodiment, a method comprises identifying, by a device, an addressable media stream selected for presentation by a user; identifying, by the device, a user input that is input by the user during presentation of the addressable media stream to the user, the user input identified relative to an identified position within the addressable media stream; defining by the device a media clip from the addressable media stream based on determining the user input demonstrates a favorable affinity by the user toward the identified position, the defining including the device selecting a media clip start position within the addressable media stream and that precedes the identified position, and the device selecting a media clip end position that follows the identified position; and creating by the device a summary media clip of the addressable media stream that includes at least the media clip.01-28-2010
20090313671WEB TELEVISION HAVING A TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION BUS INTERCONNECTING A TELEVISION CONTROLLER AND AN INTERNET MODULE - A web television includes a display, a tuner, an internet module, and a PIP module. The tuner is arranged to select television video for display on the display and to select television audio for display by a speaker of the web television. The internet module is arranged to supply internet video for display on the display and to supply internet audio for display by the speaker of the web television, and the internet video and audio are derived from internet communications between the web television and internet content providers. The PIP module is arranged to provide a PIP area within a main area of the display. The internet video and the television video may be swapped between the PIP area and the main area of the display, and the speaker of the web television may be swapped between the internet audio and the television audio.12-17-2009
20100058414METHODS, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS, AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING BROADBAND TELEVISION SERVICE - Methods, computer program products and apparatus for providing broadband television service (BTS) are provided. The method includes receiving a channel selection at a receiver located at a service location. The channel selection is correlated to an Internet address. Data is requested from the Internet address. The request is made to a digital subscriber line (DSL) network via a modem. Video data packets containing live streaming video content are received from the Internet address in response to the requesting. The video data packets are received from the DSL network via the modem. The video data packets are assembled into video signals for display on a television and the video signals are transmitted to the television.03-04-2010
20090307736METHOD AND BROWSER FOR PROVIDING IPTV TO MULTIPLE IMS USERS - A method and terminal for providing Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and other communication services to a group of users, such as a family, using an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network. A group private user identity is associated with a group public user identity and with a plurality of individual public user identities, each of which is associated with a different user in the group. Utilizing the group private User ID and the group public User ID, a browser registers a group subscription with the IMS network. When an individual user enters an identifier such as a PIN, the individual is then registered with the IMS network, while maintaining the group registration with the IMS network and the IPTV network. Individual users can be changed without having to restart the browser.12-10-2009
20090313670TELEVISION RECEIVER PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM - Provided is a television receiver including a multiscreen function and a web browser function and capable of performing web browser page transition without requiring manual operation of a viewer. The television receiver can perform a multiscreen display, i.e., simultaneously displaying input video data received from a plurality of video sources and a web page associated with the input video data acquired by the web browser from an external web site via communication means on single display means. The television receiver includes browser processing means for specifying an active screen (such as a screen specified by a viewer, a screen in which the video source has been changed, and a screen corresponding to input video data for which audio is output) from the screens in the multiscreen display, acquiring associated information from the input video data corresponding to the active screen, and performing multiscreen display of the web page corresponding to the associated information acquired by the web browser.12-17-2009
20100037277Apparatus and Methods for TV Social Applications - A system for implementing a content-centered chat room operates to display messages received from one or more invitees of a subscriber on the subscriber's TV as program content is displayed on the subscriber's TV. The subscriber and the invitees all watch television, either a common TV program or different TV programs. Participants may be located in the same or in several different locations, and if the invitee-participants are also subscribers, the chat room may also appear on their TV screens. A subscriber invites friends to participate in the chat session for a specific TV program using the set top box (STB) of his television to send invitations, and a dedicated subscriber server coordinates notification of the invitees and directs their message-comments to a chat session displayed with the program content. In one embodiment, participants or the participants who are not also subscribers of the TVChat service or whose televisions are otherwise not chat-enabled, may receive other participants' chat messages by mobile phone.02-11-2010
20100064332SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT OBTAINED FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES - Systems and methods integrate media content provided by any number of different sources for presentation on a television or other external display. A network interface to a digital network and a display interface to the external display is provided. A processor is configured to receive the media content from each of the different sources via the network interface in a first format, to convert the media content a displayable format different from the first format for display on the external device, and to provide the media content in the displayable format to the display interface for presentation on the external display.03-11-2010
20100058418TELEVISION RECEIVING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND DISPLAY METHOD - According to one embodiment, a television receiving apparatus is connected to a server apparatus connected to a plurality of information processing apparatuses, each information processing apparatus includes a first application that is configured to input inputting information to a user who belongs to a group created by the server apparatus and that is configured to output outputting information created by the server apparatus in accordance with the inputting information. The television receiving apparatus includes: a channel transmitting unit configured to transmit channel information that identifies channels to be watched; an output information receiving unit configured to receive the outputting information from the server apparatus for the inputting information inputted by a user of the television receiving apparatus using the first application for transmitting to another user in the group in accordance with the channel information; and a second application configured to display the received outputting information.03-04-2010
20110179462COMMUNICATION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION METHOD, RECORDING MEDIUM, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A communication device includes: a wired communication unit configured to communicate with an external device via a wired communication path; a wireless communication unit configured to communicate with the external device via a wireless communication path; and a communication control unit configured to select one of the wired communication unit and the wireless communication unit, and to cause the selected communication unit to communicate with the external device. The communication control unit includes a link information detecting unit configured to detect link information indicating whether the wired communication path is electrically linked up or linked down, and the communication control unit is configured to select the wireless communication unit and cause the wireless communication unit to communicate with the external device when, in a state where the wired communication unit is selected, the link information detecting unit detects a plurality of times that the wired communication path is electrically linked down.07-21-2011
20100058416METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A WEB-BASED CONTENT FEED FOR A SET-TOP BOX - A method and system for providing a web-based content feed for a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that receives a web-based content feed at a set-top box, receives a television broadcast at the set-top box and the television broadcast has audio and visual content for one or more television programs, identifies a television program from the one or more television programs related to a portion of the web-based content feed, determines if the portion of the web-based content feed is selected for display at a time that coincides with a broadcast time for the television program, and associates a television content identifier with the portion of the web-based content feed and the television content identifier allows for retrieval of the television program in the television broadcast, and retrieves the television content identifier in response to a request to link to the television program within the web-based content feed. Another embodiment is disclosed that receives a web-based content feed with a link to a television program, transmits the web-based content feed for display, receives an indication that the link has been selected, and sends a request to receive the audio and visual content for the television program at the set-top box.03-04-2010
20100064335VIRTUAL SET-TOP BOX - A virtual set-top box (vSTB) for executing a middleware component, designed originally for use with the physical STB, including emulating hardware capabilities of the physical STB to process IPTV content received over a connection for presenting the IPTV content on a display of the electronic device.03-11-2010
20100064336METHOD AND NETWORK DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING IPTV STREAMING SERVICE IN IMS - A method, a network device, and a terminal device for implementing an IPTV streaming service in an IMS are provided. The method for implementing the IPTV streaming service includes: receiving IPTV streaming service switching request information, where the IPTV streaming service switching request information is carried in a SIP signaling; determining information of a program that needs to be switched and information of a target terminal device according to the switching request information; and setting up a connection with the target terminal device through the SIP signaling, and sending IPTV media streams of the program to be switched onto the target terminal device through the connection. The provided method, network device, and terminal device implement switching of an IPTV streaming service.03-11-2010
20100064334Communication system and method - A method of transmitting video data comprising: establishing a bidirectional video channel between a first terminal and a second terminal in a packet-based communication network; beginning a live, face-to-face video call over the established channel by generating first video data from a video camera of the first terminal, transmitting the first video data to the second terminal for display on a screen of the second terminal, receiving second video data generated from a video camera of the second terminal, and displaying the second video data on a screen of the first terminal; generating third video data at the first terminal from a source other than the video camera of the first terminal; receiving a user selection at the first terminal; and in response to the user selection, transmitting the third video data to the second user over the established channel of the packet-based communication network.03-11-2010
20100058417METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING A SOCIAL NOTIFICATION FOR A SET-TOP BOX - A method and system for providing a social notification for a set-top box is disclosed. An embodiment is disclosed that determines media content received by a set-top box and the media content selected for display by a first member of a social network, determines a social notification preference associated with a second member of the social network and the social notification preference has a social notification rule to monitor the media content received by the set-top box and sends a social notification to a recipient based on the social notification preference. Another embodiment is disclosed that determines media content received by a set-top box and the media content selected for display by a first member of a social network, determines a social notification preference associated with a second member of a social network and the social notification rule comprises at least one descriptor of media content, queries a database for usage information for the first member of the social network in accordance with the social notification rule, and sends a social notification to a recipient based on the social notification preference.03-04-2010
20100071015APPARATUS FOR VIDEO AND AUDIO REPRODUCTION - According to an embodiment, displays a message displaying area is able to utilized as a messenger function and a schedule displaying area is able to utilized as a scheduler function in a display device of a television function part based on control information and setting information analyzed by an advanced function control module in a remote control part in accordance with a clock time managed by a clock module when a commercial power is connected with an image processing module, a display, a audio processing module, a audio reproducer, and a graphic processing module through a power supply.03-18-2010
20110088074Multimedia Content Distribution Management - A method of managing distribution of multimedia content is disclosed. The method includes receiving multimedia content from a communications network at a communications gateway associated with a customer premises. The communications gateway encodes the multimedia content based on a heartbeat signal that is superimposed on an alternating current (AC) electrical power signal associated with an electrical wiring system of the customer premises. The communications gateway wirelessly transmits the encoded multimedia content.04-14-2011
20120304238Advanced wireless IPTV set top box - An advanced wireless IP STB is provided with multiple built-in antennas capable of capturing plural downstream transmissions simultaneously on dedicated receivers using different modem technologies without the use of wires to the home. The proposed solution facilitates the advanced wireless IP STB being able to receive multiply sourced data traffic, including, for example, IPTV, digital TV, web TV, radio web, internet chat: written, voice and video, GPS tracking locator signals, media player web support, web based video gaming, You Tube and the like video streaming, TV surveillance, video intercom surveillance, and much more. The advanced wireless IP STB is configured to be able to establish a broadband (internet) session through previously assigned or negotiated channel assignments between one or more modems and plural remote wireless infrastructures widely deployed in a municipality, such as WIMAX, LTE, WCDMA, CDMA 1×, TDSCMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, 5G or the like.11-29-2012
20110078754APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEDIA DETECTION AND REPLACEMENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a server having a controller configured to receive a selection from a computing device during presentation of a media program comprising at least one of audio content and textual content associated with the audio content, wherein the selection identifies media content of interest, receive a selection from the computing device identifying replacement content for the media program, detect whether the media program contains the identified media content of interest, and replace the identified media content of interest with the replacement content if the identified media content of interest is detected in the media program. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-31-2011
20110072478BANDWIDTH REPORTING FOR TELEVISIONS - Techniques for reporting bandwidth in televisions include displaying bandwidth information for receiving one or more instances of the content and receiving a selection of a given instance of the content in response to the displayed bandwidth information. In addition, the techniques include receiving bandwidth usage history for one or more networks and displaying the bandwidth usage history.03-24-2011
20110061085APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top-box (STB) having a controller to join a multicast group having an associated multicast address, wherein the multicast address is associated with a first content type of a plurality of content types, access encoded content associated with the first content type from the multicast address, wherein the encoded content is transmitted by at least one source associated with the multicast group to the multicast address, decode the accessed encoded content, and display the decoded content on a channel mapped to the multicast address. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-10-2011
20130160064Distributed System Architecture for Control of a Set Top Box - A distributed system architecture is described for control of a Set Top Box (STB). The architecture employs server software implemented as JSON middleware, and provided on the STB 06-20-2013
20100313231INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - The present invention relates to an information processing apparatus, an information processing method, and a program that enable easy information acquisition.12-09-2010
20110035780IPTV Session Management - A session management involves registering at least one IPTV application (02-10-2011
20100313232INTEGRATED SATELLITE-TV BROADBAND WIRELESS SYSTEM - Systems and methods for combining a satellite broadcast system with a wireless system are described. The system comprises a satellite receive antenna and a wireless system device coupled thereto, the wireless system device comprising a wireless network antenna, a wireless radio system coupled to the antenna, a networking bridge coupled to the radio system, and a coaxial networking bridge for coupling a satellite signal on the satellite broadcast system with a wireless signal on the wireless network, wherein the coaxial network bridge enables a device to receive the satellite signal and the wireless signal.12-09-2010
20100263011METHOD FOR TRANSFERRING VIDEO AND SOUND DATA DIRECTLY BETWEEN DISTINCT DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS - A method for transferring video and sound data between distinct networks through digital video recorders is provided comprising the steps of recording video and sound data by a first digital video recorder in a first network, sending the video and sound data from the first digital video recorder in the first network through a communications network to a second digital video recorder in a second network and receiving the video and sound data by a second digital video recorder in the second network.10-14-2010
20110154424APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING VIDEO STREAM - A video stream transmission apparatus is provided. The video stream transmission apparatus may register an information flow path through which an Internet Protocol (IP)-based data packet is received from an IP network based on snooping information that is received through a cable modem termination device from at least one subscriber terminal, may receive the IP-based data packet directly from an information supply device through the registered information flow path, and may transmit the received IP-based data packet to a Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC)-based cable network.06-23-2011
20080229376COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM FOR BROADCAST INFORMATION CAPTURE AND ACCESS FOR DATA MINING PURPOSES - A system to enable comprehensive capture of broadcast media information comprising video, audio and text content. The system includes a plurality of antennas to receive a plurality of channels in one location, a channel splitter to split the plurality of channels, a plurality of receivers, each to receive and decode either one channel or a group of channels simultaneously. The system also includes a storage network to archive the previously received broadcast media information content within the plurality of channels and a common Web browser to provide “on the spot” retrieving of airing statistics related to broadcast media information content, such that live analysis of the broadcast media information content of the plurality of channels is enabled.09-18-2008
20090320083Personal Media Viewer - A media viewer includes a housing having a monocular configuration having forward and rearward ends and defining an interior space. The forward end includes a lens through which a user may look into the interior space. A rear wall of the housing encloses the housing. A display is mounted upon an intermediate wall within the interior space and may be viewed by a user through the lens. An electronics area is defined between the intermediate and rear walls of the housing. A battery, central processing unit, and data storage devices are positioned within the electronics housing and are interconnect to one another and to the display. Interactive control buttons are positioned on an external surface of the housing such that programming from the data storage devices may be reviewed, selected, and viewed on the display. Content may be downloaded from subscriber websites onto the storage devices.12-24-2009
20090288125PACKET TRANSMITTING APPARATUS - To provide a packet transmitting apparatus which transmits a content protected with a content protection technique such as DTCP in the form of packets which are widely used, such as IP packets, and which is capable of providing diverse EPG information. Metadata of an A/V stream is utilized to control the output mode, encryption mode, and/or addition of an encryption information header of contents such as video, audio, and data contained in the stream (11-19-2009
20090241153OPEN CABLE APPLICATION PLATFORM SET-TOP BOX (STB) PERSONAL PROFILES AND COMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS - Utilization of stored of personalized information and communication preferences in a profile in a STB in a structured format or via cookies allows at least a combination of feature rich telephony applications, with the personalized data stored in STBs facilitating feature rich communications sessions. Providing advanced multimedia communications applications using personalized data resident in STBs could allow an entity to provide, for example, many previously unavailable services, and therefore provide considerable new business potential. The personal information stored in the STB can convey many exemplary benefits, such as communication preferences, alternate contact modalities, payment preferences, priority preferences, trusted contacts, personal information, as well as multimedia messaging, etc. The integration of the personal information with the intelligent personal agent also enhances the user experience.09-24-2009
20110162024System and method for fast start-up of live multicast streams transmitted over a packet network - A system for multicast streaming of programs over a packet network includes a node having a processor that conditions a video bitstream such that packets containing an I-frame are located near program specific information (PSI) packets, the processor marking a random join point (RJP) in the video bitstream immediately preceding the I-frame and PSI packets, the node outputting the conditioned and marked video bitstream across the packet network. An edge device of the network includes a buffer that caches packets of the conditioned and marked video bitstream video starting at the RJP, and sends the cached packets to a client receiver.06-30-2011
20120311650IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS, INFORMATION TERMINAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DISPLAYING IMAGES - According to one embodiment, an information terminal device including, a user interface unit configured to input an operating mode in which to activate an object apparatus, a command generation unit configured to refer to a list, thereby to generate a control command associated with the operating mode, and a transmission unit configured to transmit, to the object apparatus, the control command generated by the command generation unit.12-06-2012
20090144790Broadcast receiver and method for receiving adaptive broadcast signal - A broadcast receiver and method for receiving an adaptive broadcast signal are disclosed. The present invention includes a network interface unit transmitting/receiving an IP packet via a network, a display unit displaying a broadcast signal included in the IP packet, a control unit controlling an available service information list including size information of a program broadcasted from a service provider to be displayed, the available service information list included in the IP packet, the control unit selecting a target bitrate from the size information included in the available service information list, the control unit controlling the selected target bitrate to be sent to the service provider, and a service control manager controlling a reception of the program having the sent target bitrate.06-04-2009
20090144789SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND COMPUTER PRODUCTS FOR STORAGE OF MUSIC VIA IPTV - Systems, methods, and computer products for storage of music via Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) are disclosed herein. Exemplary embodiments include a network-based method for audio storage. The method includes receiving a request to store audio data, retrieving the audio data through an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) network, and storing the audio data in an audio repository in communication with the IPTV network.06-04-2009
20090144788METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING CONTENT FOR PRESENTATION VIA A SET-TOP BOX - An approach is provided for presenting, via a set-top box, a first media content to a user. The user is prompted with an option to experience a second media content relating to the first media content. The set-top box presents the second media content to the user upon selection of the option by the user.06-04-2009
20110179463SELECTION OF A DATA STREAM - In order to assist the selection of a data stream to be played back on a receiver device from a plurality of data streams received by the receiver device, a plurality of data streams are received in a processor unit simultaneously with auxiliary data respectively associated with said data streams. Then, on the basis of the received auxiliary data, information for assisting selection of what is to be displayed for each data stream is determined. Thereafter, the data streams are linked with the respectively determined selection assistance information. These linked data streams are then transmitted to the receiver device.07-21-2011
20080313687System and method for just in time streaming of digital programs for network recording and relaying over internet protocol network - A settop box for streaming a television program to a network device through a network includes a central processing unit, a network interface device, a direct memory access engine, a buffer, and a memory for storing computer-executable instructions. The stored instructions cause the direct memory access engine to route time-ordered digital media data packets encoding the television program into the buffer, cause the central processing unit to add a network header to the digital media data packets, and cause the network interface device to relay the digital media data packets to a network device through the network, wherein the packets are relayed substantially without latency and with a time-ordering based on the same time-ordering of the packets in the buffer.12-18-2008
20110055884System 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. The first geographical location and the second geographical location are plotted. 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. A first mitigation strategy to limit a first interference of the amplitude modulation broadcasting facility on an IPTV signal provided to the first geographical location when the first distance is less than the first threshold distance is determined.03-03-2011
20110055883METHOD FOR ACTIVE SWITCHING OF CONTENT IN AN IPTV-BASED PLAYLIST - A system and method for switching between content streams in a playlist makes use of a bookmarking and state information saving process to allow an intermediate node in an IPTV network to offer an enhanced user experience. By bookmarking a user position in a content stream before switching to a second content stream, the method and system allow the user to resume viewing the first content stream at a later point over the same user-side channel and at the bookmarked location. This can also provide the user with improved channel switching speeds.03-03-2011
20100333159METHOD OF PRESENTING MULTIMEDIA CONTENTS OF MULTIPLE MULTIMEDIA CHANNELS BY NETWORKING AND RELATED ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM THEREOF - An electronic apparatus includes a tuner, a network interface, and a controller. The tuner is implemented for tuning in one of a plurality of multimedia channels to derive a first multimedia content from a selected multimedia channel. The network interface is implemented for receiving a second multimedia content from a computer network coupled to the network interface, wherein the second multimedia content is derived from at least one of the multimedia channels. The controller is coupled to the tuner and the network interface, and is implemented for controlling operations of the tuner and the network interface, and controlling an output device to present the first multimedia content and the second multimedia content.12-30-2010
20110167462SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF SEARCHING FOR AND PRESENTING VIDEO AND AUDIO - The invention relates to systems and methods for providing video segments over a network. In one embodiment, metadata identifying a video segment is received from a first client device and transmitted to a second client device on a platform different than the first client device, via a network. In another embodiment, metadata identifies a key frame of a video file, which may be used to retrieve and/or playback a portion of the video file via the network. In another embodiment, metadata, generated at a plurality of client devices that are linked via the network, are indexed.07-07-2011
20110072479SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REPORTING A POSITION OF A VIDEO DEVICE AND NETWORK VIDEO TRANSMITTER THEREOF - A system and method for reporting the position of a video device is provided. The system includes a network video transmitter and a network video client. The network video transmitter is configured for capturing a series of video frames and transmitting the video frames via a network. The network video transmitter includes a geographical coordinate detecting device for detecting geographical coordinate information corresponding to the network video transmitter. The network video client is configured for receiving the video frames via the network, wherein the geographical coordinate information corresponding to the network video transmitter is transmitted to the network video client. Accordingly, the system and method is capable of providing the geographical coordinate information corresponding to a video frame captured by the network video transmitter.03-24-2011
20110126251SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE EXCHANGE AND STORAGE OF SET-TOP BOX DATA - A system and method for updating viewing status between a set-top box and one or more social networks. User preferences are set for communicating a viewing status between the set-top box and one or more social networks. A determination of media content viewed by a user is made by a user utilizing the set-top box. The viewing status of the user is posted in response to the user preferences and the determined media content.05-26-2011
20110061086Apparatus and Method for Multimedia Data Reception, Processing, Routing, Storage, and Access Using a Web / Cloud-Computing Synchronization of Personal Multimedia Data - An apparatus and a method for multimedia data handling to a web or cloud-computing service are disclosed. A set-top box can generate a pre-encoded stream of digitized data after receiving a raw incoming multimedia signal or after receiving a pre-processed, decoded, decompressed, and/or decrypted incoming multimedia signal from a service provider-specific signal receiver. The set-top box can also generate streams of encoded multimedia data from the pre-encoded stream of digitized data and segmentize the streams of encoded multimedia data into individually-viewable segments for uploading to the web or cloud-computing service, wherein a size of each segment varies based on a current connection bandwidth availability and/or a workload on the set-top box. By automatically segmentizing the streams of encoded multimedia data into individually-viewable segments for the web or cloud-computing service, a user can start viewing the currently-uploading multimedia data faster than a conventional single stream upload.03-10-2011
20100186057WEB-BASED PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER (PVR)-TYPE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE - A web-based subscription service PVR system. An Internet server maintains, for each subscriber, the subscriber's aggregated content including digital rights management (DRM) rules for each piece of content as defined by the content provider. Pointers to requested content are provided.07-22-2010
20100180313METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COMMUNICATIONS - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top-box (STB) having a controller to operate the STB coupled to an interactive television network as an audio visual answering machine using a digital video recorder forming a part of the STB, use at least one camera coupled to the STB to capture video, use at least one microphone coupled to the STB to capture audio, present video from at least a calling party on a television set coupled to the STB, and present audio from at least the calling party on speakers coupled to the STB. Other embodiments are disclosed.07-15-2010
20100180314IPTV receiver and an method of managing video functionality and video quality on a screen in the IPTV receiver - An IPTV receiver and a method for managing video functionality and video quality on a screen in the IPTV receiver are disclosed. Herein, a method includes downloading a widget application from a server, executing the downloaded widget application at a browser, requesting a video test stream through the executed widget application to the server and managing the video functionality and the video quality on the screen using the video test stream.07-15-2010
20110016501DATA RECEIVING METHOD AND DEVICE FOR APPLICATIONS PROVIDING AN IPTV COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE - A method and apparatus for receiving an application for providing an Internet protocol television (IPTV) communication service. The method includes: acquiring IP address information for initiating an IPTV service provider discovery at an entry point for searching for a service provider; receiving information regarding an IPTV service provider from an IPTV service provider discovery entity apparatus by using the IP address information; and acquiring information regarding the application for providing the IPTV communication service based on the information regarding the IPTV service provider.01-20-2011
20110072480Method and Apparatus for Forwarding Television Channel Video Image Snapshots to an Auxiliary Display Device - A method of processing television content metadata in a communications system. The system includes a consumer device (e.g., a set-top box and/or television) in communication with an auxiliary display device (e.g., webpad). A broadcast television channel video image signal and the metadata are received by the consumer device. A single video image frame of the broadcast television channel video image signal is captured when a predefined indicator is detected in the metadata. The metadata is modified by changing the predefined indicator to an image identifier associated with the single video image frame. The single video image frame is converted to a well-known format, and the consumer device sends the modified metadata and the converted single video image frame to the auxiliary display device for display thereon.03-24-2011
20100115571INFORMATION DEVICE - A device for obtaining, storing and displaying information from a remote server, the device has a modem for establishing communication sessions with the remote server. A memory coupled to the modem stores the obtained information, and a display is coupled to the memory for displaying the stored information. The device automatically and periodically communicates with the remote server for obtaining the information.05-06-2010
20100115570Methods and Devices For Providing Dedicated Bandwidth On-Demand - A media converter that includes a QAM modulator converts and maps packets within RF frequencies to 802.1q VLAN identifications (ID). Use of the media converter solves content delivery, bandwidth capacity issues and simplifies head end design.05-06-2010
20100115569MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION RECEIVING APPARATUS - A multimedia information receiving apparatus receives multimedia information which is transmitted by a broadcast system and receives multimedia information which is simultaneously transmitted by another transmission system such as IP communications, and generates one received information by selecting elements having a few errors from elements of demodulated broadcast system information and elements of demodulated other transmission system information and then arranging the selected elements.05-06-2010
20110093909APPARATUS 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 graphical user interface (GUI) to a media device operating in an interactive television (iTV) network, wherein 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, receive at least one of a plurality of user-generated comments and media content in a temporal vicinity of the plurality of user-generated comments via the client program, receive a request to transmit to a recipient device a portion of the plurality of user-generated comments or the media content in the temporal vicinity of the plurality of user-generated comments, and transmit to the recipient device one of the portion or one or more links to the portion. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-21-2011
20100071014METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DISTRIBUTING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box operating from an interactive television (iTV) communication system having a controller to receive from the iTV communication system media content with metadata, record the media content, detect in the metadata a description of the media content correlating with one or more preferences in a preference profile, present at a media presentation device a first prompt requesting an acceptance or rejection of the media content, present at the media presentation device a second prompt requesting a selection of one or more communication devices to direct in whole or in part the media content thereto, detect the selection of at least one of the one or more communication devices, and transmit in whole or in part the media content to the at least one communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-18-2010
20100263010METHOD FOR SETTING CHANNELS AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A method for setting channels and a broadcast receiving apparatus using the same are provided. In the method, a channel is set by a broadcast receiving apparatus so as to correspond to at least one of an IP address and a domain name. Accordingly, a user can set IP addresses and domain names as channels on the broadcast receiving apparatus.10-14-2010
20090300696Receiving Apparatus, Display Control Method, and Program - A receiving apparatus includes: a receiving means for receiving broadcasted broadcast content and information relating thereto; an acquisition means for acquiring network content and information relating thereto from a predetermined server via a network; and a start-up controlling means for starting up, in a non-display state, a browser which provides a frame display of the broadcast content and the information relating to the broadcast content and also provides a frame display of the network content and the information relating to the network content, and maintaining the start-up condition of the browser, regardless of whether the receiving apparatus is in a broadcast content mode in which at least one of the broadcast content or the information relating to the broadcast content is displayed, or in a network content mode in which at least one of the network content or the information relating to the network content is displayed.12-03-2009
20110191813USE OF PICTURE-IN-PICTURE STREAM FOR INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION FAST CHANNEL CHANGE - A method and apparatus of controlling an Internet Protocol television (IPTV) channel change to a first multimedia stream of an IPTV channel, where the channel change is initiated by a set top box coupled to the network device is described. A network device receives a request from a set top box for a high-resolution multimedia stream from a device downstream and transmits a low-resolution multimedia stream upstream in place of the high-resolution multimedia stream request. The network device receives the low-resolution multimedia stream and forwards the low-resolution stream to the requesting set top box. The set top receives the low-resolution stream and displays this stream. Furthermore, the network device transmits the high-resolution multimedia stream request and receives the high-resolution multimedia stream. The set top box receives the high-resolution multimedia stream and displays this stream.08-04-2011
20100023987IPTV DELIVERY SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for broadcasting content as IPTV may include receiving broadcast feed content. The broadcast feed content may be converted into a first data format for broadcasting to set-top boxes. The broadcast feed content may be converted into a second data format for broadcasting to mobile devices. The converted broadcast feed content may be broadcast to set-top boxes and mobile devices in the first and second data formats, respectively.01-28-2010
20100023986SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A DATA MALL - A system and method for providing content providers with network distribution nodes for distributing content to subscribers of a communications service provider may include maintaining multiple network nodes by the communications service provider, where the network nodes may be in communication with the Internet and be configured to enable subscribers of the communications service provider to access and download content without the content having to be communicated over the Internet. Multiple respective content service providers may be enabled to store content at the network nodes for subscribers local to each respective network node to download the content. Multiple customer databases configured to store information associated with subscribers of the communications service provider may be operated. Limited access to the information stored in the customer databases may be provided to prevent the respective content providers from accessing personal information of the subscribers.01-28-2010
20100023985Host device, a point of deployment (POD), and a method of identifying an operation mode - A host device, a point of deployment (POD), and a method for recognizing an operation mode are disclosed. The host device interfaces with a point of deployment (POD), and includes an interface unit and a controller. The interface unit includes CD01-28-2010
20090106804DETECTING AND PROCESSING CORRUPTED VIDEO RECORDINGS - Embodiments of the invention include a method that comprises recording broadcasted television content and determining if one or more segments of the content is corrupted. The method can also present a notification if the content is corrupted, where the notification can include indicia such as a pop-up window, an icon or symbol in a program guide screen or program recorded content screen, and/or an indicator on the DVR unit. The method can also acquire uncorrupted content to replace one or more segments of the corrupted content.04-23-2009
20110307932INTEGRATING VIDEO SHARE AND TEXT MESSAGING WITH SET-TOP BOX AND ACCESS POINT - System(s), method(s), and device(s) providing converged wireline and wireless services in part by employing a set-top box (STB) with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication are presented. The STB, associated with an access point, such as a femtocell, can be used to send/receive messages, including video, to/from user equipment (UE) via a core network. A monitoring system includes a sensor component that is triggered under specified conditions, and the STB records events in response to the trigger, where a recorded event can be sent as a message to the UE. The STB or associated remote control can indicate a received message to a user, who can view the message on the STB, remote control, or associated television. A meter component is associated with the STB via the femtocell or other desired connection. The STB can receive and store utility meter readings for validation or dispute by the user.12-15-2011
20090172758DISTRIBUTED TV ACCESS SYSTEM - Distributed navigation of broadcast signals is provided through an on-line application connected through a second network connection. A customer receives the broadcast signals through a first network connection, and navigates the broadcast TV content through an on-line application by a browser connected through a second network connection. The present on-line application provides flexible and re-configurable content services, which will need to be customized once for each service provider, but will render consistently on a variety of PC and non-PC client devices. Further, the present on-line application can provide targeted advertising by maintaining an advertising profile for each viewer, determined in part by recording data about the navigating of the content of the broadcast signals, and by recording a plurality of selections of the viewer transmitted to the on-line application. The on-line capability further provides ease for roaming access.07-02-2009
20090172757METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOTE SET-TOP BOX MANAGEMENT - An approach is provided for remotely controlling set-top boxes. A command is received from a computing device for controlling a plurality of set-top boxes. The set-top boxes are configured according to the received command.07-02-2009
20120072962Set-Top Box-Based TV Streaming and Redirecting - A method for redirecting video content includes receiving a video signal at the set-top box and decoding the video signal to produce unrendered video data. The unrendered video data is encoded and provided to the remote device via a wide area network. By encoding unrendered, rather than rendered, video data for transmission to the remote device, the need for an encoding device external to the set-top box is obviated.03-22-2012
20120023537Image Apparatus and Television Set - This image apparatus includes a communication portion connected to a comment information server through a network and a control portion acquiring a plurality of comment data from the comment information server at a time interval of at least a first time and controlling a display portion to display the acquired plurality of comment data while switching the comment data at a second time interval shorter than the first time.01-26-2012
20120023536CHANNEL PATH DISPLAY OF A VIDEO NETWORK - A device may receive selection of a channel provided by a video network, determine equipment, of the video network, associated with the selected channel, determine status information of the associated equipment, determine port level details of the associated equipment, combine the associated equipment, the status information, and the port level details into a path for the selected channel, and provide the selected channel path to a user.01-26-2012
20120023535APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY OVER A BANDWIDTH-EFFICIENT NETWORK - Methods and apparatus for providing packetized content to users via a bandwidth-optimized network. In one embodiment, legacy and IPTV streams are carried over the same switched digital infrastructure, and freely intermixed without regard to their encoding or type. A user's selection for IPTV content is transmitted to an IP proxy (such as a gateway apparatus or a headend server), then on to the switched digital server which causes provision of the requested content back to the proxy for formatting. The formatted content is then delivered to the requesting IP-capable device. The entire carrier class program stream is therefore available as IP-encapsulated content to the IP capable devices (and as legacy content to legacy devices) without any significant modifications to the network infrastructure or bandwidth penalty.01-26-2012
20120023538BROADCASTING RECEIVER, BROADCASTING RECEIVER CONTROL METHOD, BROADCAST STATION IDENTIFYING METHOD, BROADCASTING RECEIVER CONTROL PROGRAM, AND BROADCAST STATION IDENTIFYING PROGRAM - A selected station is identified from the current position and the reception frequency of that selected station (S01-26-2012
20110088073USER-CONFIGURED BACKGROUND CHANNELS IN INTERNET-PROTOCOL TELEVISION - A method and system for implementing background channels includes storing configuration information for a user of a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN). The MCDN user may receive and view a selected channel at an MCDN client. When an exception condition occurs, an indication of a background channel may be displayed to the MCDN user. The configuration information may include user content preferences for matching to metadata in multimedia content to generate the exception condition, as well as an identifier for a desired background channel.04-14-2011
20090138930Media Search Engine For A Personal Media Network - A system providing search functionality supporting the exchange and consumption of media is disclosed. The searching of media on storage belonging to any of a pre-defined group of users of a personal media network is provided. In addition, media stored on designated servers may also be included in a search. The media stored may include audio, still images, video, and data. A user may search the stored media using a number of criteria including the time period of the media, the type of device, and the type of media. The system also provides support for the search of one or more media peripherals, which may be searched when the media peripherals are communicatively coupled to the system.05-28-2009
20100095337METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING MEDIA CONTENT VIA THE INTERNET - A media storage and access system and methodology including a set-top box which receives and processes a plurality of signal sources and makes programming available locally through connected devices or via a data network such as a LAN, WAN, or the Internet. The system also integrates a multimedia storage system that allows programming content to be digitally stored. The system utilizes an integrated digital storage system and operating software to allow users to view a broadcast program (e.g., television, radio, etc.) with the option of instantly reviewing previous segments within the program. In addition, the system allows the user to store selected media programming while the user is simultaneously watching or reviewing another program. The system also allows stored media assets to be accessed locally via a media device connected to the unit or remotely via the Internet.04-15-2010
20120222078METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING RECEIVED STREAMING CONTENT CHANNELS - An apparatus and method is disclosed in which a buffer receives a first content stream carrying a content channel signal. The first content stream carries the content channel signal at a rate substantially greater than the streaming content playout rate, for initially loading the buffer. The buffer switches its reception of the content channel signal from the first content stream to a second content stream. The second content stream is at a rate substantially the same as the streaming content playout rate. Generally, this switch occurs when some predefined threshold of the content channel signal is buffered.08-30-2012
20120216234APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ACCESSING AN INITIAL PORTION OF A MEDIA CONTENT EVENT - Systems and methods are operable to retrieve a previously broadcast initial portion of a media content event. An exemplary embodiment stores a media content event at a first media device as the media content event is communicated over a broadcast system; receives a request at the first media device from a second media device, wherein the request identifies an initial portion of a media content event that has previously been communicated over a broadcast system; identifies the initial portion of the media content event from the stored media content event; retrieves the identified initial portion of the media content event; and communicates the initial portion of the media content event from the first media device to the second media device.08-23-2012
20100205643NETWORK ARCHITECTURE AND METHOD FOR APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT - An application server that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, web interface for receiving a client request from a web server operating within an interactive TV network and application logic operatively coupled to the web interface for executing source code and generating HTML code according to the client request where the application logic is operatively coupled to a database that serves as a repository for executable source code, images and user information indexed according to the client request where the application logic receives the executed source code from the database and supplies the HTML code to the web server by way of the web interface and where the web server submits to a client device that generated the client request the HTML code for rendering a presentation at the client device. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-12-2010
20120137338DECODER VESA MOUNTING ASSEMBLY - A decoder VESA mounting assembly includes a housing that further includes an internal printed circuit board (PCB) mounted in an inverted orientation and where the PCB contains circuitry to receive the audio signal, the video signal, and the control command signals from the network source. The PCB processes and transmits the audio signal, the video signal, and the control command signal to the display device. The housing is compatible with the VESA 100×100 mounting standard. The assembly further includes network connections. The assembly includes power connections. The assembly includes a video out connection. The assembly additionally includes an audio out connection. The assembly includes a control command input connection and output connection.05-31-2012
20120137337System and Method for Providing Video Content Associated with a Source Image to a Television in a Communication Network - A system and method are provided for processing video content, associated with a source image, for display on a television. The source image, such as a web page, and its associated (e.g., linked) video content are retrieved and separately encoded. The encoded source image and the encoded video content are composited together to form a sequence of encoded video frames, where a frame type of the video content is used to determine a type of a composited frame. For example, if all displayed frames of the video content are MPEG I-frames, then the composited frame also may be an I-frame. However, if any displayed frame of video content is an MPEG P-frame or B-frame, then the composited frame may be a P-frame.05-31-2012
20100175099IPTV receiver and method for controlling an application in the IPTV receiver - An IPTV and a method for controlling a video widget in the IPTV are disclosed. Herein, a method for providing a video widget application includes playing-back a video content within an IP packet, executing a video widget application, and selecting a specific area of the video content being played-back, and outputting an object guide including an object list included in the selected specific area. The method also includes selecting at least one object from the object guide, selecting a video filter to be applied to the at least one selected object from the video Widget application, and applying the selected video filter to the at least one selected object.07-08-2010
20120174173STATISTICS RETRIEVAL AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - An interactive Web-feed/television broadcast dual display system that enables a user to access any information currently available on the Internet without disrupting a television broadcast he/she may be currently watching. Web-based content is selected at the will of the viewer and is displayed on a desired area of his/her display screen without changing the television channel. That is, the Internet data a user chooses to display is unique and autonomous from the content being displayed via their broadcast television source. In this way, a user has the freedom to search the Internet, preferably in a desired area of the television screen, without affecting the current television broadcast or input source.07-05-2012
20120174176METHOD 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, the method comprises receiving a broadcast signal including first signaling information and second signaling information, identifying the NRT service based on the first signaling information, parsing the second signaling information to identify an Internet Protocol (IP) address of an NRT service signaling channel, receiving the NRT service signaling channel by accessing the IP address, and downloading a desired NRT service based on the NRT service signaling channel.07-05-2012
20120174175Method, Multimedia System and Network Side Device for Recording Program - The present invention provides a method for recording programs, a multimedia system and a network side device. The multimedia system includes a network side device and a plurality of nodes, wherein the network side device is configured to generate a recording task after receiving a recording request, and send in advance the recording task to each node in which a channel specified in the recording task is stored, and the nodes are configured to record a program on the channel specified in the recording task after receiving the recording task, and return recording result information to the network side device. According to the recording method of the present invention, when the recording is failed, inter-node mutual reconstruction and complementary recording can be performed, which greatly decreases the possibility of failure in the recording of the program, and provides the quality of service of more fluent TVOD for users.07-05-2012
20090125956METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR UTILIZING AN AUDIBLY CODED SIGNAL TO CONDUCT COMMERCE OVER THE INTERNET - A method and apparatus for utilizing a coded audio/video signal to conduct commerce over the Internet. Broadcast information is broadcast from a remote location on a secondary network containing video over the secondary network to a location thereon proximate the location of the user PC. Unique information is encoded in the broadcast information representative of a location on the primary network of the remote node. The broadcast information is received and displayed on a video display at the location on the secondary network proximate the user PC. The user PC is connected to the remote node utilizing the unique information, and in accordance thereto, in response to receiving the unique information encoded within the broadcast information broadcast over the secondary network. The user is prompted to interface with the user PC by displaying a video image on the video display at approximately the same time as broadcast of the unique information over the secondary network in association with the broadcast information.05-14-2009
20120180098IPTV RECEIVER AND CONTENT-DOWNLOADING METHOD FOR SAME - Disclosed are an IPTV, and a content-downloading method for the IPTV. The content-downloading method of the IPTV, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: accessing an IPTV network and receiving Service Discovery and Selection (SD&S) information containing Open Internet Content Delivery (OICD) service information; parsing the OICD service information to obtain location information of an OICD provider; and accessing the OICD provider via the location information of the OICD provider, wherein said OICD service information contains the location information of the OICD provider which provides network information for downloading content using a peer-to-peer scheme.07-12-2012
20100037278APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING BROADCASTING INFORMATION - An apparatus and method for transmitting and receiving broadcasting information transmission in a Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) system are provided. The method for transmitting broadcasting information includes dividing a Program Specific Information (PSI) and/or Service Information (SI) table received from an upper layer into a plurality of sections, generating section numbers with respect to the sections, channel-coding and interleaving the sections, generating a Transport Stream (TS) packet including at least one section, section information and channel coding information, and multiplexing the TS packet together with a data TS packet.02-11-2010
20120185907APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING MULTIMEDIA FRAME IN BROADCAST SYSTEM - An apparatus and a method for transmitting a multimedia frame through a heterogeneous network in a broadcast system supporting a multimedia service based on an interne protocol are provided. The method includes generating header information including a frame identifier distinguishing a multimedia frame and information measuring a quality of a connection service between network layers and end-to-end network capabilities, and combining the header information and multimedia data to configure the multimedia frame.07-19-2012
20120084829CONTENT SUPPLYING APPARATUS, CONTENT SUPPLYING METHOD, CONTENT REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTENT REPRODUCTION METHOD, PROGRAM AND CONTENT VIEWING SYSTEM - Disclosed herein is a content supplying apparatus for supplying a video content to a content reproduction apparatus, including: a production section adapted to produce a video switch command for causing the content reproduction apparatus to execute a process regarding changeover of a video content to be reproduced; a broadcasting section adapted to broadcast a video content, in which the produced video switch command is embedded, through a broadcasting network; and a delivery section adapted to deliver the video content through the Internet.04-05-2012
20120084828System and Method for Linking Web Browsing with Television Viewing - A server receives an IP address associated with an account of a TV subscriber using a TV service. The IP address is associated with a set top box employed by the TV subscriber to display TV content provided by the TV service. The IP address is also associated with computers of a household corresponding to the TV subscriber. The computers use web browsers to view Internet content. The server receives information on TV viewing, including the IP address. The server also receives information on web browsing activity in the household associated with the IP address. The information includes the IP address. The server maintains a TV log of the TV viewing and maintains an Internet log of the web browsing activity in the household associated with the IP address. The server associates entries in the TV log with entries in the Internet log(using IP address), and stores the associations.04-05-2012
20120084827Image Display Apparatus and Sound Output Control Method - According to one embodiment, an image display apparatus including, a communication processing module configured to receive sound and an image over a network, an image processing module configured to output an image signal, a sound processing module configured to output a sound signal, a converting module configured to convert the sound signal output by the sound processing module to an analog signal, and an adjusting module configured to adjust a time difference to be provided to the sound signal input to the converting module by the sound processing module in accordance with the image signal when the image signal output by the image processing module is an image signal input via the communication processing module.04-05-2012
20120227078Systems and Methods of Providing Modified Media Content - A method includes receiving a command to provide media content configured to be sent to a display device for display at a particular scan rate. The media content includes audio data and video data. The method includes identifying high priority segments of the media content based on the audio data. The high priority segments are to be displayed by the display device at a presentation rate such that the high priority segments displayed at the presentation rate correspond to the media content displayed at the particular scan rate. The method also includes sending the high priority segments to the display device to provide video content and audio content of the requested media content for display.09-06-2012
20120227077SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USER DEFINED STREAMS CONTAINING USER-SPECIFIED FRAMES OF MULTI-MEDIA CONTENT - Systems and methods are described that allow a user to mix multiple sources of multimedia content from the Web, such as social network accounts, RSS feeds, and other sources of multi-media content. Each of the sources of content, independent of the format and content, is transformed into a homogeneous content container called a frame, and the frames are organized into a cycling chain of content referred to as a stream. The streams are displayed in real-time on a client device as customized multi-media streams. Users can share frames and/or streams with other users.09-06-2012
20120260297Wireless Control Channel and Back-Channel for Receiver - A method and apparatus for integrating a bi-directional control channel into an entertainment display device to deliver content and exchange control information. The system collects request and response information from the entertainment display device. The system also provides format translation of received and collected content to and from a plurality of formats such as N-PCS technology formats and video display formats in such a manner that the integrated system is independent of broadcasters, satellite, IPTV and cable operators. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.10-11-2012
20120233651IPTV RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONTENT - Disclosed are an IPTV receiver and a method for providing content for same. The IPTV receiver according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a network interface for transmitting and receiving IP packets, a Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) manager for connecting to a home network via the network interface, and a service delivery manager for controlling transmission and reception of data, wherein the UPnP manager connects to a mobile terminal through the home network and receives a content Identifier (ID) from the mobile terminal through the home network by controlling the network interface, and the service delivery manager receives content using the content ID by controlling the network interface, and wherein the content ID includes address information about a content provider from which the content can be received. In addition, a method for providing content at an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) receiver, the method includes connecting to a mobile terminal through a home network, receiving a content Identifier (ID) from the mobile terminal through the home network, and receiving content using the content ID, wherein the content ID includes address information about a content provider from which the content can be received.09-13-2012
20120233650SYSTEM AND METHOD OF DELIVERING VIDEO CONTENT - A method includes receiving at a set-top box device first video content associated with a requested channel from a first source. The method includes, in response to receiving the first content, requesting second video content associated with the requested channel from a second source. The method includes, in response to receiving the second video content, determining whether at least one data packet associated with the requested channel was not received based on a comparison of first data packets corresponding to the first video content and second data packets corresponding to the second video content. In response to a determination that at least one data packet was not received, sending a retry request to the first source. The retry request includes an overhead bandwidth factor.09-13-2012
20080301745System and method of delivering video content - A system and method of delivering video content is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the method includes storing video data packets of an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) channel at an access switch/router system that communicates with an IPTV access network. The method also includes receiving data at the access switch/router system indicating a selection of the IPTV channel from a set-top box device via the IPTV access network. Further, the method includes sending copies of the stored video data packets of the IPTV channel to the set-top box device via the IPTV access network.12-04-2008
20080301743Access to Associated Content - A network (12-04-2008
20110004910Non-real time services - In certain embodiments, a digital television receiving method that receives non-real time (NRT) content involves receiving a transport stream containing an Internet Protocol (IP) stream of packets containing non-real time content, NRT service metadata and NRT content metadata; at a demultiplexer, demultiplexing the IP stream of packets to produce: NRT content that is stored in the electronic storage medium, NRT service metadata, and NRT content metadata; parsing the NRT metadata to produce NRT service metadata, and NRT content metadata; and where the NRT content metadata contains a signal that indicates that an update is available indicating whether or not a referenced content item will be updated periodically. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.01-06-2011
20120266202TELEVISION WITH INTERNAL INTERNET VIDEO STREAMING VIDEO BOX - A television set with a television screen for displaying images. A processor is programmed to cause the images to be displayed on the television screen. An internally mounted Internet video streaming receiver box is connected to the processor and routes information from the Internet to the processor. A power supply provides power to the internally mounted Internet video streaming receiver box and the processor. In a preferred embodiment, the internally mounted Internet video streaming receiver box is a Roku® Internet video streaming receiver box.10-18-2012
20110047584METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SWITCHING SUBSCRIBER CONTENT - Embodiments of the present invention provide that a content provider itself provide subscription content to a device of a second type, rather than to a device of a first type. For example, the device of the second type may be a mobile telephone or the like, whilst the device of the first type may be a set—top box. By providing the content itself the content provider can keep track as to when it is providing content to the device of the second type, and further, in some embodiments, take action to prevent reproduction of the content at the device of the first type, such that whilst the user is viewing the subscriber content on the device of the second type, another user is not able to view the same content on the device of the first type. In order to provide such an arrangement, the content provider is preferably provided with suitable content encoding and streaming server apparatus, which is able to encode the content in a format appropriate for transmission to the device of the second type (such as, for example, transmission to a mobile device.02-24-2011
20110219416Network Time-Shift Methods and Apparatus - Effects of a network delay in handling messages in time-shifting media information streams are eliminated by either the network side's providing a media stream start time to the client side, which uses the media start time to compute a correct time offset for restarting the media stream after a pause, or by the client side's providing the time of a pause request to the network side, which uses the pause request time to compute the correct time offset and provides the offset to the client side.09-08-2011
20110239263METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING NON-REAL TIME CONTENT INCLUDED IN REAL TIME BROADCASTING SIGNAL - A method and apparatus for downloading and storing non-real time content are provided. The apparatus includes a browser driver which drives a browser, and a storage unit. The browser includes a first interface for extracting information about a transmission schedule of non-real time content included in a real time broadcasting signal and transmitting the extracted information to an application, and a second interface for downloading the non-real time content according to a download request from the application based on the transmission schedule. The storage unit stores the non-real time content downloaded by the second interface.09-29-2011
20110321108METHOD AND 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 (12-29-2011
20120102534METHOD AND DEVICE FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING VIDEO STREAM - A method and device for transmitting and receiving a video stream are provided. The transmitting method includes receiving auxiliary information and one or more video streams, and distributing them as one or more pieces of lane data; transmitting the lane data to a receiving device; and receiving a result value that indicates whether a video processing unit for processing one of the one or more video streams works normally. The receiving method includes receiving one or more pieces of lane data that include auxiliary information and one or more video streams; merging the lane data into one or more video streams; selecting a video processing unit based on the auxiliary information, where one or more video processing units process the video streams; generating a result value for the selected video processing unit that indicates whether the video processing unit works normally; and transmitting the result value to a transmitting device.04-26-2012
20130014192Method and System to Provide Interactivity Using an Interactive Channel Bug - A method and system are disclosed to provide interactivity using an interactive channel bug. The interactive channel bug (e.g., an “interactive broadcast channel branding logo”) allows a television user to access a variety of interactive services. The interactive broadcast channel branding logo may be configured to launch a functionality determined by a broadcaster. This functionality may change over time. The form of the interactive broadcast channel branding logo may also change over time in which the availability of new interactive services is indicated.01-10-2013
20100131998Multimedia Frame Capture - A method of communicating image capture commands is provided. The method includes receiving a user command to capture an image. The image to be captured is incorporated in multimedia content delivered by a multimedia distribution system via a network to an end-user device. The method further includes sending an image-capture command to the multimedia distribution system via the network in response to receiving the user command.05-27-2010
20120151543IPTV INTERACTIVE SYSTEM AND DEVICE AND INTERACTIVE METHOD THEREOF - An IPTV interactive system and device and an interactive method thereof are provided. The system includes a user side and a server side. The user side has a digital signal control device and includes: a user side time calibration unit; a display unit, used for playing multimedia information; an operation unit, used for outputting a control signal; and a signal receiving unit, used for receiving the control signal. The server side includes: a server side time calibration unit, used for adjusting a time of the user side to be synchronous with the server side; an application server, used for generating and displaying a widget menu page including multiple operation options; a network server, used for transferring an option of the widget menu page corresponding to the control signal to the user side; and a database, used for storing at least a piece of correlation information corresponding to the multimedia information.06-14-2012
20110162023METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING CORRELATED ADVERTISEMENT FOR COMPLETE INTERNET ANYWHERE - A device (e.g., a server) retrieves a web page based on a request from another device, for example, a set-top-box (STB). The server determines advertising content and/or web page content to deliver to the STB. The server renders and/or encodes the advertising content and the web page content and communicates the content to the STB. The content is decoded and/or displayed by the STB. The advertising content may be determined based on television viewing, recording and/or web browsing via the STB. The advertising content may be determined based on location information and/or user information from a service provider the STB and/or from user input. Advertising may be inserted within a splash screen, a plug-in window, and/or an area within the web page. Web page advertising may be replaced, blocked and/or modified based on user information. The determined advertising may be communicated to the STB prior to communicating a plug-in.06-30-2011
20080235745System and method to provide video communication with a service provider - Methods and systems for providing a video link are provided. A method may include receiving a request to establish a first video link to a healthcare service provider. The method may also include selecting a first healthcare service provider from at least two healthcare service providers and establishing the first video link to the first healthcare service provider.09-25-2008
20080222690TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING BROADCAST INFORMATION - A terminal displays a broadcast program from a first provider, and displays one or more identifiers from additional broadcast providers. Upon selection of one of the identifiers of the additional providers, additional information of broadcasts from the additional provider is also displayed thereby enabling a user to decide whether to continue to display the broadcast program from the first provider or to display a broadcast program from the additional provider.09-11-2008
20080222689System to filter and multicast personal video content - In an embodiment, an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Set Top Box (STB) receives information regarding a personal channel on an IPTV system and information regarding a plurality of viewer IPTV STBs associated with the personal channel. The IPTV STB further receives personal video content, and filters the personal video content. The IPTV STB multicasts the filtered personal video content through a network to a plurality of viewer IPTV STBs.09-11-2008
20130179931PROCESSING, STORING, AND DELIVERING DIGITAL CONTENT - Implementations of the present invention include a Public Cloud, one or more End-Caches and optionally one or more Edge-Caches in computerized architecture that provides digital content, such as entertainment services and/or informational content, to a guest display (i.e., End-Cache connected to in-room TV). Implementations of the present invention also include a Content Distribution Architecture that uses the public Internet to securely broadcast large digital media file(s) simultaneously to all desired locations (e.g., Edge-Caches). Implementations of the present invention further include a Channel Processor that uses a video-input agnostic approach (i.e., composite, sVideo, component, HDMI) to take whatever video signal (i.e., std-def, high-def) and make it better (i.e., all digital, all high-def quality). Implementations of the present invention therefore improve distribution of entertainment to end users, as well as the playback thereof.07-11-2013
20120254930METHOD AND VIDEO DEVICE FOR ACCESSING INFORMATION - A method and video device are disclosed for accessing information. In an embodiment of the present invention, part of data included in a title, being played, read from a storage medium or extracted from a broadcast signal is extracted and sent to a server over a network, and information corresponding to the part of the data (i.e., information related to the data and complete data of the data) is received from the server and played. Rather than the part of the data, information related to a position of the data, (e.g. a time point at which the playing of the data starts within the title or a radial position or a physical address at which the data is located in the storage medium) may be sent. The data may be data that forms audio, a frame-shaped video clip or a frame-shaped picture included in the title.10-04-2012
20120254929Content Extraction for Television Display - Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a display device that, in response to receiving a network address from a personal computing device, retrieves and presents network based electronic media. In one aspect, a method includes receiving at a user device a first resource referenced by a first resource address, and the first resource includes a second resource address referencing a second resource that is content that is displayed in a content display environment in the first resource page. In response to a selection of the display of the content in the content display environment, the method provide the second resource address to the television device in response to determining that a television device in data communication with the user device has a processing capability to retrieve the content from the second resource address and display the content.10-04-2012
20120254928Broadcasting Links to Enhanced Content - A computer-implemented method includes receiving, from a secondary computing device, a request for enhanced content for a media program, the request comprising information indicative of a communication channel through which the media program is being displayed on a primary computing device; receiving broadcast information indicative of enhanced content for a plurality of communication channels; extracting, from the broadcast information indicative of enhanced content for the plurality of communication channels, broadcast information indicative of enhanced content for the communication channel through which the media program is being displayed on the primary computing device; obtaining, based on the extracted broadcast information, a link to enhanced content for the media program; and sending, to the secondary computing device, the link to enhanced content for the media program.10-04-2012
20110271316SET TOP BOX AND METHOD OF ESTABLISHING TV PROGRAM TABLE - A set top box (STB) for establishing a television (TV) program table, and comprises a searching module and a program establishing module. The STB searches a predetermined channel among multiple channels provided by a TV station office server to receive an extensible markup language (XML) file comprising TV program information transmitted by the TV station office server over the predetermined channel. The STB analyzes the XML file to obtain the TV program information and establishes a TV program table according to the TV program information.11-03-2011
20080216137Triggering Enhanced Content - A receiver for an enhanced television system in which video data defining a video stream, enhanced content data defining items of enhanced content, and trigger messages for triggering the play-out of the enhanced content are transmitted to receivers over a data network, the receiver comprising an enhanced content decoder for receiving and playing out enhanced content, and the enhanced content decoder including a cache for caching enhanced content data received from the network; and a play-out controller for controlling the play-out of enhanced content, the play-out controller being arranged to receive trigger messages over the network and on receiving a trigger message that indicates an item of enhanced content for which enhanced content data is stored in the cache and that is to be played out, to play out that item of enhanced content data at a time indicated by the trigger message, and on receiving a trigger message that includes a definition of enhanced content, to play out the enhanced content defined in the trigger message at a time indicated by the trigger message.09-04-2008
20130097648INTERNET-ENABLED SMART TELEVISION - A smart TV is adapted to establish a wireless local area network, and can use wireless local area network to be communicatively connected with one or more wireless internet device. The smart TV includes at least one tuner, a wireless network module, and a codec. Tuner is used for receiving TV signals, the wireless network module is used for transmitting wireless network signals for establishing wireless local area network, and wireless network module can discriminate between types of wireless internet device. Input end of codec is electrically coupled to tuner, and output end of codec is electrically coupled to wireless network module, in which codec performs an encoding function of the television signals according to type of wireless internet device to generate at least one encoded signal. Wireless network module receives encode signals transmitted from tuner, and transmits encoded signal to the wireless internet device.04-18-2013
20130125189MULTIMEDIA CONTENT BROADCAST PROCEDURE - A procedure to broadcast digital multimedia contents to subscribers, where a first digital data transport stream broadcast to subscribers from a head end (12) via a first telecommunications network other than a telecommunications network based on an Internet IP protocol is received in a customer device (05-16-2013
20130125188MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION PROCESSING - Disclosed are methods and apparatus for generating or selecting bookmarks for a multimedia presentation. These bookmarks may be encoded with the multimedia presentation into a multimedia container, which may then be transmitted to an end-user device. Also, these bookmarks may be made available to an end-user device over the Internet. Each bookmark may demarcate a content event and may comprise semantic information for that content event. Bookmarks may be generated automatically (e.g., by performing a media-analysis process) reviewed by a human. The end-user device may use the bookmarks to perform a trick play (e.g., semantic trick play) on the multimedia presentation.05-16-2013
20130152148PEER TO PEER STREAMING OF DVR BUFFERED PROGRAM DATA - Various embodiments are directed to streaming DVR devices that can communicate over an Internet Protocol (IP) network with other streaming enabled DVR devices. Implementing a peer-to-peer type connection, one streaming enabled DVR device may be able to stream buffered video data to another streaming enable DVR device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.06-13-2013
20130152147SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ASSOCIATING ADDITIONAL CONTENT WITH BROADBAND CONTENT - Systems and methods for associating additional content with broadband content are provided. A pairing between a customer premise device configured to output broadband content and a customer device may be identified by a service provider system. Information associated with content output by the customer premise device may be received by the service provider system from the customer premise device. Based at least in part upon an evaluation of the received information, the service provider system may identify additional content to be communicated to the customer device. The service provider system may then facilitate communication of the additional content to the customer device.06-13-2013
20100319043INTERACTIVE TELEVISION ARCHITECTURE - A set top box that is placed in communication with a television is described herein and includes a receiver component that receives viewer-generated data from a portable electronic device, wherein the viewer-generated data is provided by a viewer responsive to display of interactive television content viewed by the viewer on the television. The set top box also includes a transmission component that transmits the viewer-generated data to a data repository managed by a third party service provider and a display component that causes interactive data pertaining to the viewer-generated data to be overlaid on the television content viewed by the viewer on the television.12-16-2010
20120284764METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REQUESTING SERVICES BY A MEDIA DEVICE - A media device receives an Internet protocol (ip) address for an information routing device that is communicatively coupled with at least one server associated with at least one service. The media device sends to the information routing device over an Internet connection using the ip address, a request for one or more services from the at least one service. The media device receives the one or more services via one or more tuners.11-08-2012
20120284763METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF INFORMATION ON A TELEVISION - An apparatus for a display device includes a controller and an interface coupled to at least one network. The controller determines network states for respective ones of a plurality of services and sets display features for corresponding ones of the services based on the detected network states. The network state of a first service is different from the network state of a second service, a display feature for the first service is set to be different from a display feature of the second service, and the display features for the first and second services are simultaneously displayed on the screen.11-08-2012
20130185758RECEPTION APPARATUS, RECEPTION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a reception apparatus including: a reception block configured to receive AV content; a definition information acquisition block configured to acquire definition information defining the life cycle of an application program to be executed in linkage with the AV content; an application acquisition block configured to acquire the application program distributed over a network in accordance with the acquired definition information; and a control block configured to control the performance of the acquired application program.07-18-2013
20090083815GENERATING SYNCHRONIZED INTERACTIVE LINK MAPS LINKING TRACKED VIDEO OBJECTS TO OTHER MULTIMEDIA CONTENT IN REAL-TIME - The method, system and computer program product generate online interactive maps linking tracked objects (in a live or pre-recorded video sequence) to multimedia content in real time. Specifically, an object tracking and link generation (OTLG) utility allows a user to access multimedia content by clicking on moving (or still) objects within the frames of a video (or image) sequence. The OTLG utility identifies and stores a clear image(s) of an object or of multiple objects to be tracked and initiates a mechanism to track the identified objects over a sequence of video or image frames. The OTLG utility utilizes the results of the tracking mechanism to generate, for each video frame, an interactive map frame with interactive links placed in the map frame at a location corresponding to the object's tracked location in each video frame.03-26-2009
20130191876REPRODUCING DEVICE, REPRODUCING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a reproducing device, including: an acquiring portion, a storage control portion and a reproducing portion. The acquiring portion acquires stream data on contents which are streaming-delivered through a network in which a band is changed. The storage control portion controls temporary storage of the stream data thus acquired in an external storage device detachably connected. The reproducing portion reproduces the contents based on the stream data read out from the external storage device.07-25-2013
20120291081TELEVISION WITH IMPROVED GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE - A television set. At least one peripheral electronic device is connected to the television set. The television set includes a processor that is programmed to display images on the television set. The processor is further programmed to connect the peripheral electronic device such that an image is displayed to the viewer so that the viewer can select the peripheral electronic device immediately after turning on the television set. In a preferred embodiment the peripheral electronic device is a Roku® Internet video streaming receiver box.11-15-2012
20110321107System and Method for Interactive Use of Cable Television Devices and Other Devices - Systems, methods, and computer program products are described for sending interactive content from a cable television device to another device such as a mobile device or a computer device. A cable television device receives an input request from a consumer, using a TV remote control, in response, e.g., to an advertisement displayed on a TV. The cable television device transmits the consumer's input request and electronic address (e.g., a telephone number) to a server, which generates content on the server. The server transmits the content to the other device associated with the electronic address. The content may comprise interactive content related to the advertisement displayed on the TV, such as an internet URL or link to content or an item such as a song or software that can be electronically delivered to the device.12-29-2011
20120017252Method And System For Providing Location Aware Tracking And Services Via An IP Multimedia Residential Gateway - In an IP multimedia gateway, locations corresponding to communicatively coupled communication devices are determined and transmitted to a service provider device (SPD) that provides services to the communication devices. Communication devices receive location based service profiles from the (SPD) based on the determined locations. Services content from the (SPD) is communicated with the communication devices and/or with the (SPD), based on the profiles. The determined locations are received from communication devices which may be local or remote. A device location map is generated to be displayed by communication devices. The gateway may be integrated in an STB/DTV that displays the determined locations. Content is communicated to communication devices based on their location. The (SPD) may provide content and/or control information for communication device services. Locations are associated with client devices for detecting cloned client devices where determined locations are different than associated locations and/or for restricting services based on location.01-19-2012
20120066734SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DATA CONTENTS - A method of controlling a display device, which includes receiving, via a receiver over the air, a broadcast program including audio and video data; receiving, via the receiver over the Internet, synchronization data including location data of additional contents data providing additional information about the broadcast program; reproducing, via a display of the display device, the received broadcast program including the audio and video data; receiving, via the controller, a selection signal indicating a request for the additional contents data while the broadcast program is being reproduced; extracting, via a controller of the display device, the location data from the received synchronization data; receiving, via the receiver over the Internet, the additional contents data identified by the location data; and displaying the received additional contents data on the display device.03-15-2012
20120066733Non-real Time Services - In certain embodiments, a digital television receiver method for receiving non-real time (NRT) program content involves receiving a transport stream containing an Internet Protocol (IP) stream of packets containing non-real time program content, NRT service metadata and NRT content metadata; a demultiplexer that demultiplexes the IP stream of packets to produce: NRT program content, NRT service metadata, and NRT content metadata; an NRT metadata parser that produces NRT service metadata and NRT content metadata; and where the NRT service metadata contains an indication whether or not a particular NRT service is to be offered on a subscription basis. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.03-15-2012
20120096507TV SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING TV BROADCASTS SIGNAL AND INTERNET SIGNAL - A TV system for displaying TV broadcast signal and Internet signal. Preferably, the TV system is configured to simultaneously or selectively display the TV broadcast signal and Internet signal.04-19-2012
20120096506METHOD FOR DISPLAYING TV BROADCAST SIGNAL AND INTERNET SIGNAL ON TV - A method for displaying a TV broadcast signal and Internet signal on a a TV. Preferably, a Web link image is displayed on the TV, which a user can select to display IP content.04-19-2012
20120096505METHOD OF DISPLAYING INTERNET SIGNAL ON TV - A method of displaying an Internet signal on a TV. Preferably, at least a portion of the Internet signal is selectively displayed by a remote activation control signal.04-19-2012
20120096504VALIDATION & FAST CHANNEL CHANGE FOR BROADCAST SYSTEM - A method of enabling transmission of a data service from a content server to a terminal using a data channel in a system in which at least part of the data service is transmitted to the terminal using a broadcast channel, the method including: receiving, using the broadcast channel, first data comprising part of the data service; processing the first data using a signature-generating algorithm to derive first signature data; transmitting the first signature data using the data channel to the content server; validating the first signature data by comparing said first signature data with a signature derived by processing data comprising part of the data service using a corresponding signature-generating algorithm; and enabling the terminal to access the data service using the data channel dependent on validation of the first signature data.04-19-2012
20120096503SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING COMPANION SERVICES TO CUSTOMER EQUIPMENT USING AN IP-BASED INFRASTRUCTURE - Disclosed herein are systems and methods for providing companion services to customer premises equipment (CPE) using an IP-based service infrastructure. The infrastructure allows IP-enabled devices such as tablet PCs, smart phones, PDAs, and laptop computers to provide supplementary services to target systems and devices located at customer premises. Target systems and devices (CPE) may be TVs, PCs, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, or other electronics. An embodiment is disclosed which allows a mobile device to provide companion services to a television through a link with a set-top box in a cable TV network using the Internet.04-19-2012

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