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725 - Interactive video distribution systems

725105000 - VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM WITH UPSTREAM COMMUNICATION

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725133000 With diverse device (e.g., personal computer, game player, VCR, etc.) 39
725134000 Having particular storage feature 39
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20100058426ATSC SIGNAL RECORDER/PROCESSOR - ATSC TV signals are monitored for user-defined search terms and content, including both audio-video and non-audio-video content, is recorded when header tags in the files are determined to match the terms.03-04-2010
20100037282DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVER AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The digital broadcasting receiver has: a station-select control section including a station-select receiver input unit, a station-select-process control unit, and a station select information presuming unit; a transport stream (TS) information-capture unit; a decode control unit; and a data-storing unit. In response to a request for selecting a station from a user, the station-select control section sets station select information in the TS information-capture unit. In the data-storing unit, a station-select managing table is prepared, and station select information received after selecting a station is stored in the station-select managing table. The station select information contains a program title datum and more than one packet identifier. In response to the action of selecting a station by a user, the station-select control section reads out more than one packet identifier from the station-select managing table, and sets them in the TS information-capture unit as station select information.02-11-2010
20130081097BROADCASTING RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING BROADCASTING SIGNAL RELATION INFORMATION - A broadcasting receiving apparatus and a method for providing broadcasting signal relation information are provided. The broadcasting receiving apparatus, which accesses a server through a network, includes a broadcasting signal receiver which receives a broadcasting signal; a channel identifier which identifies a change of a channel of the broadcasting signal, generates a fingerprint corresponding to the broadcasting signal of the changed channel, and receives identification information of the changed channel from a matching server based on the generated fingerprint; and a relevant information provider which receives conditional information that indicates a condition for receiving relevant information of the broadcasting signal if the channel is changed, receives the relevant information based on the conditional information and displays the received relevant information.03-28-2013
20080209495AUDIO VIDEO NETWORK SYSTEM , SET-TOP BOX, IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OFFERING USER INTERFACE - A home audio video network system for providing a remote user interface (UI) to image display apparatuses coupled to a set-top box, a set-top box, an image display apparatus and a method for offering a UI are provided. The system includes a set-top box which analyzes an event and outputs user interface (UI) data corresponding to the event; and an image display apparatus which renders and displays a UI according to the UI data. The set-top box includes a storage unit; an application unit; a UI process unit; and a UI offer unit. The image display apparatus includes a UI transmission and reception unit; a UI rendering unit; and a display unit. The method includes analyzing an event and transmitting UI data corresponding to the event to the image display apparatus; and rendering and displaying a UI according to the UI data by the image display apparatus.08-28-2008
20080263617Portable Media Player - A portable media player has a decoder, an encoder, and a wireless transmission module. The decoder is used to convert an audio and video signal into a video stream and an audio stream. The encoder is used to encode the video stream and the audio stream to an audio and video stream signal. The wireless transmission module is used to transmit the audio and video stream signal to a display device having a wireless signal receiver.10-23-2008
20090158382System and Method for Using Mobile Media Players in a Peer-to-Peer Network - In one embodiment, a system comprises a first mobile media player and a second mobile media player. The first mobile media player stores first media files, and the second mobile media player stores second media files. The first mobile media player and second mobile media player communicate with one another in a peer-to-peer network to generate a playlist and to play media files from the playlist.06-18-2009
20090158381ENDURANCE TESTING OF A CONTENT PROCESSING DEVICE - A content processing device is configured to selectively receive a media signal from a media signal provider. A distribution device is configured to selectively receive a media signal from the content processing device, and to selectively provide one or more command signals to the content processing device. A computer is configured to selectively receive the media signal from the distribution device, and to selectively provide commands to the distribution device. The distribution device is further configured to provide the received one or more commands to the content processing device via the one or more command signals.06-18-2009
20090158380SET TOP TERMINAL PERFORMING SERVICE GROUP NUMBER AUTODISCOVERY DURING INITIALIZATION OR BOOT-UP PROCESS - A set top terminal is provided that includes a receiver having at least one tuner for receiving programming content over a content delivery system and a processor operatively associated with the receiver. The set top terminal also includes a switched digital video (SDV) application module operatively associated with the processor. The SDV application module is configured to perform an autodiscovery process by tuning to prescribed autodiscovery frequencies received by the tuner while the SDV application module is being initialized.06-18-2009
20090320087METHOD FOR MAPPING BETWEEN SIGNALING INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENT INFORMATION AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method for mapping signaling information to announcement information and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of providing a Non-Real-Time (NRT) service, the method comprises extracting identification information of first signaling information and second signaling information based upon a program specific information/program and system information protocol (PSI/PSIP) table, receiving the first signaling information and second signaling information based upon the extracted identification information, constructing and displaying a service guide using the received first signaling information, acquiring first content identification information as a content selected from the displayed service guide, accessing a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session using the received second signaling information, acquiring second content identification information matched with the acquired first content identification information from the accessed FLUTE session and receiving and storing one or more file constructing corresponding content based upon the acquired second content identification information.12-24-2009
20120192244DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER AND DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD - A digital broadcast receiver includes an affiliated station storage unit that stores affiliated station information in which broadcasting stations are associated with information identifying affiliated stations of the broadcasting stations and reception service areas to which the affiliated stations broadcast, and a switching history storage unit that stores switching history information in which each reception service area is associated with information identifying other reception service areas; when the signal of the program being viewed/listened to becomes currently unreceivable, a tuning control unit identifies, from the switching history information, another reception service area to which switching was performed from the reception service area to which the broadcasting station broadcasting the program being viewed/listened to is broadcasting, determines an affiliated station in the identified other reception service area that is an affiliated station of the broadcasting station broadcasting the program being viewed/listened to, and tunes to the identified affiliated station.07-26-2012
20090094659Identification of Streaming Content and Estimation of Playback Location Based on Closed Captioning - Apparatus for identifying an audiovisual content stream received from an audiovisual content source includes an audiovisual content display that displays the audiovisual content stream to a user. A closed captioning receiver receives a first plurality of consecutive closed captions from the audiovisual content stream substantially at a playback position. A comparator identifies the audiovisual content stream by matching the first plurality of closed captions to a database having a second plurality of closed captions. The database includes an identification of audiovisual content for each of the second plurality of closed captions. A presentation unit presents additional information related to the identification of the audiovisual content to the user. The database may include a playback location in the audiovisual content for each of the second plurality of closed captions, the comparator may estimate the playback position, and additional information related to the estimated playback position may be presented to the user.04-09-2009
20130061279DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEPTION DEVICE AND DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEPTION METHOD - When an additional audio generation section (03-07-2013
20090187960IPTV receiving system and data processing method - An internet protocol television (IPTV) receiving system and a method of processing data are disclosed. The IPTV receiving system according to present invention comprises a signal receiving unit for receiving an IPTV signal including respective scalable video streams for IPTV services of a plurality of layers including a base layer and at least one enhancement layer, the respective scalable video streams of the plurality of layers having different identifiers and program table information for the scalable video streams, a demodulating unit for demodulating the respective scalable video streams of the plurality of layers and the program table information of the received IPTV signal, a demultiplexer for identifying and outputting the demodulated video stream of the base layer with reference to the demodulated program table information and identifying and outputting the demodulated video stream of at least one enhancement layer, and a decoder for performing video decoding on a video stream of at least one layer identified and outputted by the demultiplexer.07-23-2009
20090241162Method 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 transmitting a request signal for resolution of a content reference identifier (CRID) corresponding to a content, receiving location information including a session initiation protocol-uniform resource identifier (SIP-URI) and a session description protocol-uniform resource locator (SDP-URL), wherein the SIP-URI and the SDP-URL correspond to the CRID, requesting a server corresponding to the SDP-URL to transmit a session description protocol (SDP) file by using the received SDP-URL, and receiving the SDP file from the server.09-24-2009
20090241158OPEN 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
20090013369Device and Method for Initializing Decoder in Digital Broadcasting Receiver - Disclosed is a digital broadcasting transmitter/receiver. The digital broadcasting transmitter/receiver includes a tuner for selecting a channel of a received digital broadcasting signal through channel selection by a controller unit, a demodulator for demodulating a signal of the selected digital broadcasting channel, a demultiplexer for separating audio, video and data streams of a selected program identifier from the demodulated broadcasting signal to demultiplex the streams to corresponding decoders, respectively, and issuing a decoding operation command when a frame header is detected in the respective streams, a video decoder for decoding a demultiplexed video frame when the decoding operation command is issued, an audio decoder for decoding a demultiplexed audio frame when the decoding operation command is issued, and a display unit for displaying decoded video and audio data.01-08-2009
20090007212MANAGEMENT OF MULTIMEDIA DISPLAY CONTENT IN A MEDIA EXCHANGE NETWORK - A system and method for managing multimedia display content in a communication network is disclosed. An embodiment of the present invention may support the selection, scheduling, and delivery of media from a set top box at a first location to a multimedia display at a second location, using a communication network. The selection and scheduling may be performed via a user interface having at least one view comprising a representation of at least one media channel. The media delivered may comprise at least one of audio, a still picture, video, real time video, and data. The multimedia display may comprise a liquid crystal display, a plasma display, “electronic paper”, or a light emitting diode (LED) display. The multimedia display may be communicatively coupled to a set top box at the second location via a wireless link, and may comprise at least one sensor for detecting conditions such as, for example, the movement of a viewer. The display may change if the sensor detects the condition.01-01-2009
20130167189DETERMINATION OF RECEIVING LIVE VERSUS TIME-SHIFTED MEDIA CONTENT AT A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A method of determining whether live media content or time-shifted media content is received at a computing device such as a server or media player is presented. Attribute information concerning media content received at a communication device at a specific time is received and compared schedule information. The received media content is determined to be live media content if the media content identity agrees with the schedule information. The received media content is determined to be time-shifted media content if the media content identity does not agree with the schedule information.06-27-2013
20110030026DIGITAL BROADCAST TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING BROADCAST THEREOF - A digital broadcast receiver is provided. The receiver includes a reception unit to select an aggregation channel providing access information regarding at least one broadcast channel and a control unit to control the reception unit to select a broadcast channel using access information provided by the aggregation channel.02-03-2011
20110283333SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENDING MEDIA CONTENT TO A USER DEVICE FROM A NETWORK OF SET-TOP CELLS - Systems and methods for streaming media content on a user device from a wireless network of set-top cells. Set-top cells with overlapping wireless transmission ranges create a network within which a user may roam and receive continuous streaming media content. Each user device and set-top cell in the network is associated with a media account for a user. A user device may be associated with a media account for a user and may be authorized to access media content from the network of set-top cells. The user may use the user device to access media content from a set-top cell in the network associated with a media account for a different user.11-17-2011
20080301750Networked antenna and transport system unit - A networked antenna transport system unit receiving at least broadcast transmissions is described. In one embodiment, an apparatus for redirecting content includes an antenna element array for receiving content from a broadcast transmission. This antenna element array is coupled to receiver electronics via an amplifier and a switch for processing the received content; the receiver electronics is further coupled to a sender module which is remotely coupled to a receiver module in a receiver controller via a local area network; and the sender module is configured to transmit the processed received content via the local area network to the receiver module in the receiver controller for storage and selective display on a display device. Other embodiments are also described.12-04-2008
20130024904System and Method to Manage a Content Stream - A method of managing bandwidth usage at a customer premises includes receiving a content stream at a set-top box device coupled to a display device. The method also includes receiving a signal at the set-top box device from an external power interface. The signal indicates that a low power state has been detected at a power outlet of the external power interface, the power outlet associated with the display device. Further, the method includes sending a signal to a source of the content stream in response to receiving the signal indicating the low power state. The signal indicates that the source is to cease sending the content stream to the set-top box device.01-24-2013
20080301749SELECTION OF ELECTRONIC CONTENT AND SERVICES - A system and method to facilitating selecting or otherwise providing access to electronic content and services. Access to the content and services may be provided in such as a manner as to facilitate access to higher quality forms of the content. The higher quality forms of the content may be relate to any number of characteristics associated with displaying, transmitting, compressing, securing, and/or otherwise manipulating the content to more suitable forms relative to another form.12-04-2008
20090144797Method and Apparatus for Delivering SDV Programming With Multiple Advertisements - A set top terminal is provided that includes a receiver/tuner for receiving (i) switched digital video (SDV) programs over a broadband access network, at least one of the SDV programs including a primary advertisement and (ii) a plurality of alternative advertisements that are each substitutable for the primary advertisement. The set top terminal also includes a processor operationally associated with the receiver/tuner. The processor is configured to selectively cause a first of the alternative advertisements to be rendered instead of the primary advertisement when the first alternative advertisement better matches a prescribed condition than the primary advertisement.06-04-2009
20100031307VIDEO RECEIVING APPARATUS AND VIDEO RECEIVING METHOD - A video receiving apparatus includes, a detecting unit configured to detect an error occurrence position on which an error occurs when a video stream received from a video distribution apparatus is supplied to a video reproducing unit to reproduce a video, a determining unit configured to determine reproduction start time based on a positional relationship between the detection position obtained by the detecting unit and a predetermined synchronization code in the video stream; and a control unit configured to designate the reproduction start time determined by the determining unit and to request the video distribution apparatus to transmit the video stream.02-04-2010
20100031306MEDIA SOURCE MONITORING AND PARENTAL AWARDS - A content processing device selectively queries at least one remote device in response to a message received from a user device. The message includes an instruction to modify information in at least one user data set stored on a remote device. Modifying information includes providing an award to one or more users associated with the one or more data sets.02-04-2010
20090193488DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVING APPARATUS AND SCRAMBLE CHANNEL DECIDING METHOD CAPABLE OF SHORTENING TIME REQUIRED FOR SCRAMBLE DECISION - In a digital broadcast receiving apparatus, a receiver receives video packets or audio packets configuring a program of digital broadcast. A selector selects a part of the video packets or the audio packets of each channel received by the receiver. A determination unit determines whether or not decoding of the part of the packets selected by the selector has been completed normally. A decision unit decides requirement for descramble processing of each channel based on the determination result of the determination unit.07-30-2009
20090125965Method for updating resident software in different appliances and appliances adapted to be updated by same - The invention concerns a method enabling different software versions addressed to different decoders to be mixed in a common stream. The principle consists in defining a unique data format enabling a decoder to be updated from a stream transporting the binary segments of several software versions of the resident software, said binary segments consisting of segments common to several software versions of the resident software, said binary segments consisting of segments common to several software versions and segments specific to each of the software versions.05-14-2009
20090064258System and Method for Sending and Receiving Text Messages via a Set Top Box - A method for sending text messages from an IPTV receiver is disclosed and includes detecting that a text button is pressed at an IPTV remote control device associated with the IPTV receiver and displaying a text window at a display device coupled to the IPTV receiver. Text messages can be sent and received via the text window.03-05-2009
20100275239DTV RECEIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DTV SIGNAL - A digital television (DTV) receiving system includes an information detector, a timing recovery unit, a carrier recovery unit, and a phase compensation unit. The information detector detects position information of a known data sequence periodically repeated in a DTV signal and estimates an initial frequency offset value. The timing recovery unit performs timing recovery an the DTV signal by detecting timing error information from the DTV signal using the position information. The carrier recovery unit performs carrier recovery on the DTV signal using the position information. The phase compensation unit compensates a phase offset of the DTV signal using the position information.10-28-2010
20100125890System and Method to Manage a Content Stream - A method of managing bandwidth usage at a customer premises includes receiving a content stream at a set-top box device coupled to a display device. The method also includes receiving a signal at the set-top box device from an external power interface. The signal indicates that a low power state has been detected at a power outlet of the external power interface, the power outlet associated with the display device. Further, the method includes sending a signal to a source of the content stream in response to receiving the signal indicating the low power state. The signal indicates that the source is to cease sending the content stream to the set-top box device.05-20-2010
20080320544HARDWARE-IMPLEMENTED VIDEO BROADCASTING RECEIVER - A hardware-implemented video broadcasting receiver is described. The hardware-implemented video broadcasting receiver includes a radio frequency (RF) tuner, a demodulator connected to the RF tuner, link layer logic connected to the demodulator, and a power manager connected to the RF tuner, the demodulator and the link layer logic. The power manager is configured to receive delta-T values extracted from a transport stream by the link layer logic, to determine whether each of the RF tuner, the demodulator and the link layer logic can be powered down based on the delta-T values, and to power down the RF tuner, the demodulator and the link layer logic based on the determination, thereby reducing the average power consumed by the video broadcasting receiver.12-25-2008
20090070848DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA IN THE DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM - A digital broadcasting system and a data processing method are disclosed. The receiving system of the digital broadcasting system includes a receiving unit, a main service data processor, a mobile service data processor, a controller, and an output controller. The receiving unit receives mobile service data and main service data including the same A/V broadcast signal and receives retransmission channel information. The main service data processor demodulates and error-corrects the received main service data and temporarily stores the processed data. The mobile service data processor demodulates and error-corrects the received mobile service data and temporarily stores the processed data. The controller generates and outputs a control signal based upon the received retransmission channel information and a receiving environment of the receiving system. And, the output controller selects any one of the A/V broadcast signal for the main service and the A/V broadcast signal for the mobile service based upon the control signal of the controller.03-12-2009
20100083335AUTOMATIC PROVISIONING OF SET-TOP BOXES - A set-top box (STB) detects activation of the STB, and performs, in response to the activation of the STB, a health check of the STB. The STB also detects connection of the STB with a network, and performs, in response to the connection of the STB, the following: a pre-provisioning of the STB, a provisioning of the STB, and a service check of the STB.04-01-2010
20100083336METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING RICH MEDIA SERVICE - A method and apparatus for providing rich media service that is capable of serving rich media contents in adaptation to terminal capability and condition using the information on the complexity of the content and the operation level and memory space required to render the content is provided. The rich media service provision method includes defining scene component elements composing a rich media content and attributes of the scene component elements; calculating operation amount required to render the rich media content; generating the rich media content composed of the scene component elements and attributes, the operation amount being contained one of the scene component elements and attributes; and encoding and transmitting the rich media content.04-01-2010
20090070846METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING A LOCAL COLLECTION FACILITY FROM A REMOTE FACILITY USING AN ASYNCHRONOUS TRANSFER MODE (ATM) NETWORK - A system of local television signals includes a plurality of local collection facilities. Each a local collection facilities includes a plurality of primary receiver decoder circuit modules comprising a first receiver decoder circuit module. The first receiver decoder circuit module receives a first channel signal and forms a first decoded signal. The local collection facility also includes an encoder in communication with the first receiver decoder circuit module forming an encoded signal. A multiplexer multiplexing the first encoded signal into a multiplexed signal and a network switch communicating the multiplexed signal through a network. Collectively, the plurality of local collection facilities communicates a plurality of multiplexed signals through the network. The system also includes a remote collection facility in communication with the plurality of local collection facilities that generate an output signal in response to the plurality of multiplexed signals. The multiplexed signal may be formed into ATM signals before communication through the network.03-12-2009
20090125966DIGITAL CABLE BROADCASTING RECEIVER INCLUDING SECURITY MODULE AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATING THE SAME - A digital cable broadcasting receiver and a method of authenticating the digital cable broadcasting receiver, the digital cable broadcasting receiver includes: a security module unit to perform a device authentication process using two-way communication with a Head End (HE) system, and to transmit authentication verification information generated by the device authentication process to a receiver central processing unit (CPU); a demodulation unit to demodulate a broadcasting signal received from a tuner based on the authentication verification information, and to extract transport stream data; the receiver CPU to control power of the demodulation unit based on the authentication verification information; and a decoding unit to restore the transport stream data into image data.05-14-2009
20090049500RECEIVING DEVICE - A receiving device is one capable of processing a first application received from a broadcast station and a previously built-in second application, including: a first application management unit operable to control the first application; a second application management unit operable to control the second application; an operation management unit operable to hold operating states of the first application and the second application; and a duplicate function management unit operable to hold exclusion/sharing information showing priorities of the first application and the second application, and operable to make the first application management unit or the second application management unit perform an exclusion control based upon the exclusion/sharing information or the operating state managed by the operation management unit, in which the duplicate function management unit terminates the second application in activation, upon activation of the first application.02-19-2009
20090138934DIGITAL BROADCAST SYSTEM, RECEIVING APPARATUS AND TRANSMITTING APPARATUS - The receiving apparatus of the present invention includes: a reception unit which receives a broadcast; an output unit which outputs a service included in the received broadcast; an execution unit which executes an application program included in the received broadcast; an extraction unit which extracts, from service information included in the received broadcast, a font identifier which is information for identifying font data corresponding to the service; a switch detection unit which detects that a currently outputted service is switched; a connection unit which adopts, as font data to be used by the application program, font data identified by the font identifier corresponding to the currently outputted service that is detected; and a rendering unit which renders the font data to be used by the application program.05-28-2009
20120297440System and Method for Remote Device Pairing - A system and method for optimizing pairing between a remote device and a plurality of devices including establishing a list of pairing-capable devices, the list comprising a portion of the plurality of devices, measuring a plurality of link qualities between the remote device and the pairing-capable devices, comparing, with a processor, the plurality of link qualities with one another and determining a highest link quality, selecting, by a computing device, an available pairing-capable device having the highest link quality, pairing with the selected device, and controlling a presentation device, the controlling including checking if the selected device is the associated device and where the selected device is not the associated device, relaying commands via the network to the associated device.11-22-2012
20090037971BROADCAST RECEIVER AND USER INPUT DEVICE HAVING ITEM MATCHING FUNCTION, AND METHOD THEREOF - A broadcast receiver and a user input device having an item matching function, and an item matching method are provided. The user input device includes a polyhedral key. Various items can be matched to faces of the polyhedral key. The polyhedral key is displayed in a screen of the broadcast receiver so that the user can check and edit the setting of the items.02-05-2009
20100146578SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN EMBEDDED TEST SIGNAL FROM A MULTIMEDIA PROCESSOR - A computer readable medium is disclosed containing computer program instructions that when executed by a computer concurrently send a plurality of test signals from a multimedia processor, the computer program instructions including but not limited to instructions to accept a test initiation signal at the multimedia processor; and instructions to concurrently send at least one of a plurality of test signals from each one of a plurality of output ports on the multimedia processor.06-10-2010
20100058428BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS CAPABLE OF COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING CONTENT - A broadcast receiving apparatus capable of communicating with an external apparatus, and a method for using content in the broadcast receiving apparatus are provided. The broadcast receiving apparatus transmits a broadcast signal corresponding to content, a user desires to receive, to the external apparatus, and the user turns off a display unit of the broadcast receiving apparatus using the external apparatus. Therefore, it is possible for the user to use desired content regardless of location and time, and it is also possible to prevent power from being consumed unnecessarily.03-04-2010
20080307483INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE, VIDEO PLAYBACK METHOD, PROGRAM, AND VIDEO PLAYBACK SYSTEM - A video playback system includes a video distribution server and at least one information processing device. The video distribution server includes a video distribution portion that performs streaming distribution of a video stream, an alternative video distribution portion that distributes an alternative video, and a control information distribution portion that distributes control information. The information processing device includes a receiving portion that receives the video stream, the alternative video, and the control information, a storage portion that stores the alternative video and the control information, a video stream playback portion that performs streaming playback of the video stream, an alternative video playback portion that plays back the stored alternative video, and a playback switching control portion that, based on the stored control information, controls switching between the streaming playback and the playback of the alternative video.12-11-2008
20080209496POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM OF SET-TOP BOX, AND POWER MANAGEABLE SET-TOP BOX - A power management system of a set-top box includes a display module, connected to the set-top box via a video terminal, for transmitting video terminal information, produced by video terminal selection of a user, to the set-top box; and the set-top box, when the video terminal information is received from the display module, allowing the detected video terminal, corresponding to the video terminal information, to output video signals, and preventing other video terminals from outputting video signals. The power consumption of the set-top box can be reduced by receiving the information of a connected video terminal from a TV and controlling the other video terminals based upon the information.08-28-2008
20080271107IN-HOME RECEIVING TERMINAL SYSTEM - Provided is an in-home receiving terminal system capable of detecting that a receiving terminal device is outside a subscriber's house, and restricting viewing of cable television broadcasting by the receiving terminal device outside the subscriber's house. In the in-home receiving terminal system comprising a main terminal device and a sub-terminal device for receiving digital cable television broadcasting, the main terminal device and the sub-terminal device being connected to an in-home network, a link detecting portion of the sub-terminal device detects the status of a link connection with the in-home network, and a terminal control portion of the sub-terminal device controls activation/deactivation of a television reception tuner based on the detected status of the link connection.10-30-2008
20100138890DEVICE TO ALLOW CONTENT ANALYSIS IN REAL TIME - The invention relates to an electronic device for processing input stream data including capturing, watching, digitising compressing, storing and/or analysing analogue or digital stream data consisting of at least one TV tuner and an encoder or a decoder, wherein the encoder or the decoder comprises a terminal or pin providing data of a content analysis.06-03-2010
20100146579SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM RECONFIGURATION - A method for reconfiguring an entertainment system to restore audio/video content to a user is presented. In the method, a request to reconfigure the entertainment system is received at a first component of the entertainment system. In response to the request, an indication of a configuration command for a second component of the entertainment system is transmitted from the first component to a remote control device. In response to receiving the indication of the configuration command at the remote control device, the configuration command is transmitted from the remote control device to the second component.06-10-2010
20090089852Automated Multimedia Channel Error Reporting from Viewer Premises - Multimedia data representative of a multimedia channel is received at a set top box (STB) device located at a viewer's premises from a service provider. The multimedia data is processed at the STB device for presentation of the multimedia channel at a display device located at the viewer's premises. The STB device identifies an artifact during the processing of the multimedia data that is expected to affect the presentation of the multimedia channel and generates an error indicator based on the artifact. The STB device provides the error indicator for reception by the service provider. The error indicator then may be used by the service provider to identify and correct any related errors or malfunctions.04-02-2009
20090165073INPUT BASED FUNCTION PREVIEW APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS - An exemplary system includes a processing subsystem. The system further includes at least one sensing facility and a control facility within an input device configured to communicate with the processing subsystem. The sensing facility is configured to detect a first type of user input and a second type of user input. The control facility is communicatively coupled to the sensing facility and is further configured to provide a first control signal in response to detection of the first type of user input, and a second control signal in response to detection of the second type of user input. The processing subsystem is configured to execute a function associated with the sensing facility in response to the second control signal, and to provide a preview event for the function in response to the first control signal. In certain embodiments, the preview event includes information descriptive of the function.06-25-2009
20080256589Reproduction controlling method and receiving apparatus - A method of controlling reproduction for a stream containing video data and/or audio data is disclosed. A mute process is performed for a decoded output of the stream. A first decode process is performed to decode a partial region of the stream from a beginning thereof and obtain attribute information from the stream. Parameters with which the stream is reproduced are set on a basis of the attribute information. The mute process is stopped after the parameters have been set. A second decode process is performed to decode the stream from the beginning thereof.10-16-2008
20080256588Integrated digital broadcasting receiver system - An audiovisual processing system comprises a signal receiving circuit and a host device. The signal receiving circuit comprises a tuner and a demodulator. The tuner generates a tuned signal based on a radio frequency signal. The demodulator generates a digital signal based on the tuned signal, generates a frequency down-converted signal based on the digital signal, generates an audio processing signal based on the frequency down-converted signal in an audio processing mode, generates a demodulated video signal based on the frequency down-converted signal in a video processing mode, generates an output signal based on the audio processing signal in the audio processing mode, and generates the output signal based on the demodulated video signal in the video processing mode. The host device receives the output signal, and generates a demodulated audio signal based on the output signal in the audio processing mode.10-16-2008
20090044244Apparatuses and Methods for Scanning Digital and Analog Television Channels - Apparatuses and methods for scanning channels in a television signal receiver. The apparatuses generally include a first acquisition circuit, a second acquisition circuit, and a controller. The first acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a first time period, whether a selected radio frequency channel has a first format and to produce a first acquisition indicator in response thereto. The second acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a second time period overlapping the first time period, whether the selected radio frequency channel has a second format and to produce a second acquisition indicator in response thereto. The controller is generally configured to scan a plurality of radio frequency channels by operating the first acquisition circuit and the second acquisition circuit for each one of the plurality of radio frequency channels. Embodiments advantageously provides for faster scanning and acquisition of television signals in a mixed-format (e.g., analog and digital) television distribution environment.02-12-2009
20090019511Network-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.01-15-2009
20090178100Method and Apparatus for Acquiring Program Information - A process receives content from a recording device. The content is provided through a transmission from a distribution system to the recording device and recorded by the recording device on a storage medium associated with the recording device. Further, the process receives, from the recording device, transmission data corresponding to the recorded content. The transmission data indicates one or more transmission identifiers that identify the transmission. In addition, the process sends the transmission data to a server. Finally, the process receives, from the server, program data that is descriptive of the content.07-09-2009
20090064263BROADCAST-RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OUTPUTTING DATA BY A BROADCAST-RECEIVING APPARATUS - There is provided a broadcast-receiving apparatus and a method of outputting data by a broadcast-receiving apparatus capable of outputting media content and real-time broadcasting data at the same time. According to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a broadcast-receiving apparatus, including a receiving unit which receives a data broadcasting signal through a data broadcasting channel, an extracting unit which extracts data from the received data broadcasting signal, and a merging unit which merges the extracted data with media content that is being output.03-05-2009
20090064264Broadcast receiving apparatus and method, method and storage medium for inhibiting receiving - A broadcast receiving apparatus and method capable of setting a receiving reservation at one time for a program shown several times. The broadcast receiving apparatus includes a keyword holding unit which holds a keyword to determine whether a program is desired to be received by the user, a program information obtaining unit which obtains program information of each broadcast before respective broadcasts of a plurality of broadcast programs for which the receiving reservation is performed are received, a determining unit which determines whether the program information of the respective broadcasts obtained includes the keyword, and an inhibiting unit which inhibits the reception of the respective broadcasts when determining that the keyword is included in the program information of the respective broadcasts.03-05-2009
20090064261METHOD FOR PROVIDING USER INFORMATION AND BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS USING THE SAME - A broadcast receiving apparatus and a method for providing user information are provided. The broadcast receiving apparatus transmits user information stored in a storage medium to a broadcast station. Therefore, a user may participate in data broadcasting more conveniently.03-05-2009
20090199257METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT FROM AN OPTICAL DRIVE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to read media content from an optical storage medium inserted into an optical drive of the communication device, obtain one or more preferences of a set top box for presentation of the media content, adjust the media content from a current format into a target format based at least in part on the one or more preferences, and transmit the media content in the target format to the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-06-2009
20090049499TELEVISION RECEIVING SYSTEM - A television receiving system has a plurality of setup-data including wireless settings, which can be selected by user's choice the optimum wireless setting for every position where the display is located. This configuration can create a stable signal-receiving environment no matter where the display is located.02-19-2009
20090044243Television Printing Device and Methods Thereof - A set-top box (STB) of a television system receives web-based content, such as a web page, from a wide area network such as the Internet. The web-based content is provided to the STB for display. In response to an instruction, the STB provides all or a portion of the web-based content to a printer for printing. The printer can be connected to the STB via a network or through a computer connected to the STB on the same network. By providing an option to print the web-based content, the usefulness of the content is enhanced.02-12-2009
20090064259System and Method for Providing Feedback from a Set-Top Box - A method for monitoring video delivery performance at an IPTV receiver is disclosed and can include recording video delivery performance data in a memory buffer at the IPTV receiver. Further, the method can include displaying a problem report window at a display device coupled to the IPTV receiver when a problem button is pressed. The trouble report window is configured to allow real-time reporting of trouble from a user.03-05-2009
20120079554High Definition Television Signal Compatibility Verification - A system for providing television (TV) service including high definition television (HDTV) service, and for providing verification that a subscriber has connected an HDTV to the system includes a TV service provider headend and a set top box (STB). The HDTV may have an HDTV digital video interface (DVI) interconnect. The STB may be electrically coupled to the headend and have an STB DVI interconnect. When the HDTV DVI interconnect is initially electrically coupled to the STB DVI interconnect, the HDTV generally presents a data signal to the STB and the STB generally presents the data signal to the headend.03-29-2012
20080263616Method and Device for Transferring Predictive and Non-Predictive Data Frames - A method and a device for transferring service data stream such as compressed video signal including both non-predictive and predictive data frames of a common data type. Larger non-predictive frames are transmitted on demand only (10-23-2008
20100017840FEATURE ENABLEMENT AT A COMMUNICATIONS TERMINAL - In one embodiment, a method for electronic enablement of features at a communication device that includes receiving a feature token, validating the feature token, and changing the enablement state of one or more features at the communication device in accordance with a valid feature token.01-21-2010
20090100493System and Method for Display Format Detection at Set Top Box Device - A set top box (STB) device receives a data stream comprising video content data and meta data. The data stream can include, for example, an H.264-compliant data stream transmitted to the STB device via a packet-switched network, such as an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) network. The meta data comprises an indicator of a display format for the video content data. The STB device accesses the indicator from the data stream and processes the video content data to generate a first display data having the first display format. The STB device can include a preset static display format configuration that is overridden by the STB device in response to accessing the indicator.04-16-2009
20090205008SYNCHRONIZING PRESENTATIONS OF MULTIMEDIA PROGRAMS - Synchronization is provided for set-top boxes that display multiple instances of a single multimedia program. Embodied set-top boxes request the transmission of a multimedia program and determine the play point of a remote set-top box. Embodied set-top boxes set a local play point to correspond to the remote set-top box's play point. More than two set-top boxes may be synchronized in accordance with disclosed embodiments, and some systems implement master and slave set-top boxes for purposes of synchronization.08-13-2009
20090199256System and Method of Receiving Over-The-Air Television Content - A method of receiving over-the-air television content is disclosed and includes receiving input indicating a requested channel at a set-top box device. The set-top box device is coupled to a television via a first connection adapted to send television content to the television and via a second connection adapted to send data to, and receive data from, the television. The method also includes sending a control command from the set-top box device to the television via the second connection. The control command indicates that the television is to tune an over-the-air tuner at the television to the requested channel.08-06-2009
20090106812PROCESSING DIFFERENT COMPLEMENTARY STREAMS OF A PROGRAM - Methods and systems for the efficient and non-redundant transmission of a single video program in multiple frame rates, optionally employing a combination of video coding standards, in a way that is backwards-compatible with legacy receivers only supportive of some subsection of frame rates or of some subsection of video coding standards.04-23-2009
20090249426SUPPLEMENTING BROADCAST SERVICE WITH NETWORK CONTENT - A broadcast interactive television service provides broadcast content received through a broadcast and supplemental content retrieved over a network. The broadcast content may include a broadcast markup language (BML) file which is parsed to provide an interface to the user. If the BML file contains information regarding the location or other information for supplemental content, the supplemental content can be retrieved from over a network and provide through the interface. Once presentation of the supplemental content has completed, the state of the interface may return to that associated with the BML file.10-01-2009
20080313693SET TOP BOX, DIGITAL BROADCAST VIEWING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DIGITAL BROADCAST VIEWING SYSTEM - A set top box in combination with an analog TV 12-18-2008
20080313692BROADCASTING SIGNAL RECEIVER AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING BROADCASTING SIGNAL - The present invention relates to a digital broadcasting system, when transmitting mobile service data. In order to do so, the present invention performs additional encoding on the mobile service data and outputs the additionally encoded data. Accordingly, robustness is provided to the mobile service data, thereby enabling the mobile service data to respond swiftly and strongly against noise and channel changes.12-18-2008
20080313695Broadcast Signal Receiving Apparatus - A broadcast signal receiving apparatus 12-18-2008
20080313691Premises gateway apparatus and methods for use in a content-based network - Apparatus and methods for premises gateway functions that integrate or unify functions typically distributed across multiple devices within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the out-of-band (OOB) signaling functionality normally provided in each of a set-top-box (STB) and digital video recorder (DVR) are unified into a common OOB (e.g., DOCSIS) capable premises gateway device, thereby obviating OOB tuners and related components from each device. In another variant, the premises gateway is adapted for all-IP operation, such as for use with IP-based computers and IP set-top boxes, etc. Fully unified variants are also disclosed, wherein the DVR and/or STB functions are physically integrated within the premises gateway.12-18-2008
20110145883TELEVISION RECEIVER AND METHOD - A television receiver, comprises an optical character recognizer to identify text in a received video image and a hypertext link generator to generate a hypertext link responsive to respective identified text, wherein the television receiver is operable to form a connection to a network in accordance with the hypertext link, in which the hypertext link has a default target that comprises as an argument at least part of the content of the respective identified text, and the default target is selected according to the context of the received video image.06-16-2011
20100162341APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SUPPORTING EXCESS TRANSPORT STREAMS IN SET-TOP-BOX - An apparatus and a method for processing excess transport streams in a broadcast receiver are provided. The apparatus for processing the excess transport streams in the broadcast receiver includes a controller for determining whether a number of received transport streams exceeds a maximum number of transport streams, a memory for, when the number of the received transport streams exceeds the maximum number of the transport streams, storing one or more excess transport streams, and a cablecard for descrambling and processing the stored one or more excess transport streams when the cablecard has spare capacity. Thereby, there is no need to install an additional cablecard to process the one or more excess transport streams.06-24-2010
20080307482SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ACCESSING MULTICAST DIGITAL VIDEO BROADCASTS - A system and method of accessing and recording digital video broadcasts is disclosed. In one form, a method can include receiving a multicast digital video broadcast (DVB) signal and demodulating the multicast DVB signal to access a plurality of DVB data streams. The method can include initiating a processing the plurality of DVB data streams using a first DVB decapsulation module to detect a first DVB data stream and a second DVB data stream. The method can include detecting a first index frame within the first DVB data stream and detecting a second index frame within the second DVB data stream. The method can include storing a second index frame pointer identifying the second index frame and initiating an outputting of the first DVB data stream to a first display window.12-11-2008
20100263014APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING BROADCASTING DATA IN IP BROADCASTING RECEIVER - A method of processing broadcasting data in an IP broadcasting receiver such as an IP television (IP-TV) or an IP set-top box (IP-STB) for receiving various contents and Browser broadcasting streams through Internet is provided. A broadcasting data processing device in an IP broadcasting receiver includes: a packet filter for separating and outputting a bit stream of the specific channel with reference to IP header information of a selectively received bit stream among bit streams that are provided through Internet; an IP tuner for receiving a separatedly output bit stream of the specific channel; and an IP stack for separating and outputting the remaining bit streams except for a bit stream of the specific channel to the corresponding program.10-14-2010
20090077611SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION OF UNCOMPRESSED VIDEO HAVING REED-SOLOMON CODE ERROR CONCEALMENT - A system and method for wireless communication of uncompressed video data are disclosed. One embodiment of a method of wireless communication for video data includes concealing corrupted portions of video data. The method includes receiving a plurality of video packets transmitted over a wireless channel. Each of the video packets includes a plurality of data blocks, and the data blocks in the plurality of video packets together form video data representing at least part of a video frame. Each of the data blocks is encoded with an error correction code (ECC). The method also includes determining whether any of the plurality of data blocks in the video packets has been corrupted while being transmitted over the wireless channel; and replacing a corrupted data block with an uncorrupted data block selected from the plurality of data blocks in the plurality of video packets. The corrupted data block includes a first displayable element on the video frame and the uncorrupted data block includes a second displayable element on the video frame. The uncorrupted data block is selected at least partially based on proximity between the first and second displayable elements on the video frame.03-19-2009
20100223652DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSMITTER AND METHOD OF CODING DATA IN DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSMITTER - A pre-processor pre-processes enhanced data packets by coding the enhanced data packets for forward error correction (FEC) and expanding the FEC-coded data packets. A data formatter adds first null data into first place holders within each pre-processed enhanced data packet. A first multiplexer multiplexes the main data packets with the enhanced data packets having the first null data. A holder inserter inserts second null data into second place holders within an enhanced data packet outputted from the first multiplexer. A data interleaver replaces the second null data with parity data. A data generator generates at least one known data sequence. A symbol processor replaces the first null data included in an output of the data interleaver with the known data sequence(s). A non-systematic RS encoder generates the parity data by performing non-systematic RS-coding on an output of the symbol processor, and provides the parity data to the data interleaver.09-02-2010
20090293096METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE AUTHENTICATION - A method and system for authentication an electronic device is provided. One implementation involves obtaining a set of authentication parameters; prioritizing the authentication parameters into: express-parameters defining one or more express check points, and post-parameters defining one or more post-check points; authenticating each express check point; upon successful authentication of each express check point, commencing authentication of the post-check points; wherein the electronic device is authenticated when all the express check points and post-check points are successfully authenticated.11-26-2009
20090106811INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND RECORDING MEDIUM ON WHICH SUCH PROGRAM IS RECORDED - Disclosed is an information processing apparatus that includes an obtaining unit obtaining first contents and second contents, a storage storing the first contents and second contents obtained by the obtaining unit, and an information processor reading the first contents and second contents from the storage and outputting the second contents, while causing the second contents to precede the first contents a predetermined time, to be superimposed on the first contents.04-23-2009
20110067083Fully Integrated Tuner Architecture - An integrated receiver with channel selection and image rejection substantially implemented on a single CMOS integrated circuit is described. A receiver front end provides programmable attenuation and a programmable gain low noise amplifier. Frequency conversion circuitry advantageously uses LC filters integrated onto the substrate in conjunction with image reject mixers to provide sufficient image frequency rejection. Filter tuning and inductor Q compensation over temperature are performed on chip. The filters utilize multi track spiral inductors. The filters are tuned using local oscillators to tune a substitute filter, and frequency scaling during filter component values to those of the filter being tuned. In conjunction with filtering, frequency planning provides additional image rejection. The advantageous choice of local oscillator signal generation methods on chip is by PLL out of band local oscillation and by direct synthesis for in band local oscillator. The VCOs in the PLLs are centered using a control circuit to center the tuning capacitance range. A differential crystal oscillator is advantageously used as a frequency reference. Differential signal transmission is advantageously used throughout the receiver.03-17-2011
20080288996METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVISIONING MEDIA CONTENT IN A MULTI-USER ENVIRONMENT - A method and apparatus for provisioning media content in a multi-user environment is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a Set-Top Box having a controller element to: receive multimedia content from a communication system; configure individual access to the multimedia content among a group of users in accordance with individual user profiles, wherein each of the individual user profiles has a separate service package provided by one or more broadband providers; and provision a delivery of the multimedia content to a media device in accordance with access settings defined at least in part in the individual user profiles. Additional embodiments are disclosed.11-20-2008
20120144447DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNAL, DIGITAL TELEVISION RECEIVER, AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNAL - A digital television (DTV) signal for use in a DTV receiver includes an extended text table (ETT) which includes a header and a message body. The header includes a table identification extension field which serves to establish uniqueness of the ETT, and the message includes an extended text message (ETM). If the ETT is an event ETT, the table ID extension field includes an event identification which specifies an identification number of an event associated with the ETT. On the other hand, if the ETT is a channel ETT, the table identification extension field includes a source identification which specifies a programming source of a virtual channel associated with the ETT. A section-filtering unit included in the DTV receiver is able to use table identification extension fields of a plurality of ETTs for section-filtering a pertinent event or channel ETT from the ETTs.06-07-2012
20090106810Ultra wideband communications protocols - A distributed reservation protocol for medium access control in a multiband OFDM ultrawideband communications network having a band group comprising a plurality of transmission bands, a device in said network having a mode in which it uses a selected one of said bands to communicate, and a band hopping mode, and wherein the protocol comprises allowing a device in a group of devices to make a combined time-frequency reservation, said time-frequency reservation comprising a reservation of a combination of a subset of said bands in a said band group and one or more data communications timeslots in which the device is allowed to use said reserved band for data communications such that multiple said devices in said group are able simultaneously to use one or more of the same or overlapping said reserved timeslots in different reserved frequency bands of said band group.04-23-2009
20090070849BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE APPARATUS - A broadcast receiving apparatus determines whether a broadcast signal that is being played back and that includes print information is a broadcast signal that is being broadcasted or a broadcast signal that is played back by a recording apparatus. The broadcast receiving apparatus also determines whether the print information included in the broadcast signal that is being played back includes acquisition instructing information instructing acquisition of a print content item transmitted from an external server. If it is determined that the print information included in the broadcast signal that is being played back includes the acquisition instructing information and the broadcast signal that is being played back is played back by the recording apparatus, the broadcast receiving apparatus notifies a user that a print content item which the print information included in the broadcast signal that is being played back intended to acquire during broadcasting cannot possibly be acquired.03-12-2009
20130133020Protocol for Control of Network or Bus Attached Cable TV Set-Top Box Front-End Functionality - A processor for a cable television set-top box has an interface for coupling the processor to a second processor. The processor also has a port that is coupleable to control a tuner, a demodulator and a DOCSIS module with or without DSG support. The tuner has an output coupled to the demodulator input, and the demodulator has an output to the DOCSIS module input. The demodulator's output is also coupled to a conditional access module controlled by the second processor. The processor issues commands via the port to control at least one of the tuner and the demodulator based on instructions received via the interface from the second processor.05-23-2013
20100319046SYSTEM AND METHOD TO EXPAND CATV TRANSMISSION SPECTRUM USING HIGH FREQUENCY SPECTRUM OVERLAYS - A system and method for the expansion of the spectrum by the generation and introduction of high frequency spectrum overlays is disclosed. In an electronic content distribution system a plurality of input stream are combined at a head end into two combined signals having separate frequency band ranges. The signals are transmitted to the network and are dynamically combined into a single signal where the spectral composition of the signal is controlled by pre-defined parameters. The first signal carries a plurality of existing channels while the second signal could carry an additional set of channels. The second signal could carry spectral overlays generated from specific input streams the in accordance with pre-defined system parameters. The spectral overlays are selectively extracted from the second signal and introduced into the combined signal in the network in accordance with pre-defined subscriber-specific information.12-16-2010
20130139212INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND SOFTWARE START-UP METHOD - An apparatus using a software start-up method, selects execution-targeted software data to be used for starting execution of the start-up processing, out of software data stored in a first storage device; starts the execution of the start-up processing by using the execution-targeted software data; searches for another software data other than the execution-targeted software data, from software data stored in the first storage device; determines whether the another software data is changed from its initial-state; and, if the another software data is changed, selects initial-state software data as the initial state of the another software data from said at least one software data stored in a second storage device, reads the initial-state software data from the second storage device, and replaces the another software data stored in the first storage device with the read initial-state software data by overwriting.05-30-2013
20130145416DIRECT CURRENT VOLTAGE OUTPUT CIRCUIT AND SET TOP BOX - When the conduction state of at least one MOS transistor of a PMOS transistor (P06-06-2013
20130145417SERVICE EXECUTING APPARATUS - A broadcast receiving terminal, which implements a service executing method, includes a receiver operable to receive a service that uses a plurality of resources, a recording medium, and a service executer operable to execute a service that uses the plurality of resources in a service execution environment intended for the service. The terminal also includes an associater operable to associate the service execution environment with resource set information indicating the plurality of resources used by the service, when an application requests the service executer to execute the service, and a storager operable to store a plurality of service execution environments together with the associated resource set information. The terminal further includes a resource manager operable to provide, to a selected service, the plurality of resources indicated in the resource set information in the associated service execution environment.06-06-2013
20100333162System and Method to Provide an Extensible Storefront - A computer implemented method includes receiving a search query at a computing device of a private media delivery network. After receiving the search query, the computer implemented method includes performing a first search with respect to first content available from a first platform within the private media delivery network and performing a second search with respect to second content available from a second platform that is external to the private media delivery network. The computer implemented method includes sending search results for display at a display device. The search results are based on the first search and based on the second search.12-30-2010
20090070845SYSTEM FOR EXCHANGING MEDIA CONTENT BETWEEN A MEDIA CONTENT PROCESSOR AND A COMMUNICATION DEVICE - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media content processor having a controller adapted to detect an event associated with recorded media content derived from one among a plurality of media content sources, select a communication device of a subscriber of the media content processor, retrieve a portion of the recorded media content, generate a notice describing the event, and transmit the notice with the portion of the recorded media content to the communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-12-2009
20090031385System and method of organizing video content - A method of organizing video content is disclosed that includes receiving video content title amendment data at a video content organizing server from a set-top box device. The video content title amendment data indicates that a first title of the video content has been changed to a second title of the video content. The method also includes receiving a request at the video content organizing server from a remote device to access data relating to the video content. Further, the method includes sending video content second title data to the remote device in response to receiving the request. The video content second title data indicates the second title of the video content.01-29-2009
20090031386Multi-Antenna Digital Television Box and the Receiving Method Thereof - A multi-antenna digital television box includes a plurality of receiving antennas, a comparator connected to the receiving antennas and a digital television chip. Each receiving antenna has a receiving signal. The comparator may be used to compare the receiving signals and select a stronger receiving signal from the receiving signals. The stronger receiving signal may be inputted to the digital television chip to be converted to an audio and video signal to output. A receiving method of the multi-antenna digital television box is also disclosed.01-29-2009
20100058424SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SIGNAL TRAFFIC PEAKS ON A VIDEO INTERACTIVE NETWORK - A system and method for controlling the transmission of signals within an interactive network which transmits audio/visual (A/V) information on at least one channel to a user and including a transmission source configured to transmit the A/V information on the at least one channel is provided. The system includes at least one set-top box and at least one random number generator. The set-top box is configured to record the A/V information on a channel at a predetermined recording time and to transmit a change channel request signal to the transmission source prior to the predetermined recording time to change the channel to record the A/V information at the predetermined recording time. The random number generator is configured to generate a time value such that the at least one set-top box transmits the change channel request signal to the transmission source at the time value prior to the predetermined recording time.03-04-2010
20090217339FAST ADAPTIVE CHANNEL CONVERTING METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM FOR EXECUTING THE FAST ADAPTIVE CHANNEL CONVERTING METHOD - A fast adaptive channel converting method and apparatus, and a computer readable recording medium having recorded thereon a program to execute the fast adaptive channel converting method. The fast adaptive channel converting method includes generating adjacent channel data by pre-signal processing an adjacent channel signal of a reference channel, receiving a channel change request from a user, searching for channel data corresponding to a changed channel in the adjacent channel data, and reproducing the searched channel data. Unlike a conventional technology, the fast adaptive channel changing apparatus and method prevents a screen blank time that may occur while changing a channel in a digital broadcast receiving apparatus, and thus boredom or inconvenience of a user can be removed. Also, when a channel is changed by using a preferred channel list, a channel search time can be remarkably reduced, and the user can easily watch a program of a preferred channel.08-27-2009
20100058425SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING SETTOP BOX ARCHITECTURE - A system and method for updating a settop box (STB) architecture that can be used to immediately update a device without requiring the device to be reset/restarted. The device may be any type of device that simultaneously supports multiple applications. The architecture may be used to update one of the applications with new functionality in a seamless manner that allows the applications including the one application to continue to operate without interruption.03-04-2010
20100058427METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A MEDIA PROCESSOR - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set-top box (STB) having a controller to manage power distribution in the STB from power supplied by a port of a presentation device, decode audio-visual information into a presentation format, and transmit a signal to the presentation device containing decoded audio-visual information. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-04-2010
20100071019EFFICIENT MOBILE RECEIVER AUTOPROGRAMMING - A mobile receiver is programmed with available channels by initially searching for all potentially available channels and autoprogramming the receiver with channels that are detected by the receiver. Subsequently, only potentially available channels that have not been programmed into the receiver are searched for to reduce autoprogramming time when, e.g., the mobile receiver is carried to a higher elevation.03-18-2010
20120304242CONTROL APPARATUS, METHOD OF CONTROLLING CONTROL APPARATUS, AND DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS - A control apparatus which is inexpensive and highly effective in shortening a start-up time, a method of controlling the control apparatus, and a digital broadcast receiving apparatus are provided. The control apparatus includes: a control microcomputer; at least one device; and a ROM which stores a simple control program, a main body program, and a boot loader. The simple control program includes an interrupt program having an interrupt for starting the at least one device so that the at least one device is activated, accepts an interrupt signal requesting for the interrupt from the at least one device during loading of the main body program, and performs the interrupt.11-29-2012
20100313235PROVIDING SYNDICATION FEED CONTENT ON A TELEVISION SET-TOP BOX WITH LIMITED DECODER CAPABILITY - Techniques are afforded for providing syndication feed content on a television STB with limited decoder capability. A request is initiated for syndication feed content from a networked content source through the STB. The syndication feed content is obtained through a proxy device in communication with the networked content source. When the syndication feed content is in a first format usable by the STB, the proxy device passes the syndication feed content in the first format to the STB. When the syndication feed content is in a second format unusable by the STB, the syndication feed content is first converted from the second format to the first format usable by the STB and then the syndication feed content is passed, in the first format, to the STB.12-09-2010
20100100923RECEIVER - A delay controller performs a delay control so as to stepwise increase a first delay amount in a first delay generator or second delay generator so as to minimize the delay amount of a video signal and an audio signal output from a first AV decoder and a second AV decoder. Thus, immediately after channel selection, the first video signal and the first audio signal or the second video signal and the second audio signal are output without a delay. This can provide a receiver capable of synchronizing the video signal output and the audio signal output between a plurality of receivable broadcast methods.04-22-2010
20100058429TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING BROADCAST SIGNAL IN TRANSMITTING/RECEIVING SYSTEM - A receiving system and a method of processing broadcast signal. The receiving system includes a signal receiving unit, an equalizer, a block decoder, and an RS frame decoder. The signal receiving unit receives and demodulates a broadcast signal. The equalizer channel-equalizes a data group included in the demodulated broadcast signal. The block decoder performs turbo-decoding on mobile service data of the channel-equalized data group. And, the RS frame decoder determines a number of CRC errors of an RS frame including the turbo-decoded mobile service data, generates a reliability map including reliability information corresponding to each data byte of the RS frame. Herein, the reliability information is set-up as a soft value. Also, for each column, when the number of the determined CRC errors is greater than a number of RS parity bytes of the RS frame, the RS frame decoder sets a predetermined number of erasure points in the corresponding data bytes starting from the lowest reliability value for the corresponding column, and performs RS-erasure decoding on the column.03-04-2010
20090094660Method and apparatus for configuring a device from a network - An IP settop box for use in a network is described, including the apparatus and a method for updating the apparatus in a network. The method includes interfacing the device to a network, launching a service related to interfacing the network to the device, determining if the service is operating properly, requesting information related to the service if it is not operating properly, and updating the service using the requested information without restarting the device. The apparatus includes a network interface for communicating with a network including a request for an update related to a service and an updated value related to a service, a memory for storing a value related to the service, and a processor operatively coupled to the network interface and memory for managing the update related to the service in the apparatus by allowing a change to the value in the memory without restarting the apparatus.04-09-2009
20090241161Method 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 transmitting a request signal for resolution of a content reference identifier (CRID) corresponding to a content, receiving location information including a session description protocol (SDP) file, and a session initiation protocol-uniform resource identifier (SIP-URI) corresponding to the CRID, and controlling a session setup for processing a content by using the received SDP file.09-24-2009
20090241160OPEN 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
20090241159OPEN 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
20080320543Digital rights management for multiple devices with and methods for use therewith - Media content is received for a plurality of devices based on a user selection. The media content includes digital rights for the plurality of devices. The media content is transferred to at least one of the plurality of devices in accordance with the digital rights.12-25-2008
20080320542Method and apparatus for programming a remote control using broadcast data - A set top box 12-25-2008
20080313694CABLE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND CABLE COMMUNICATION METHOD12-18-2008
20090070850SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SEARCHING VIDEO SIGNALS - There is provided a system and method for searching video signals for content. More specifically, in one embodiment, there is provided a method comprising receiving video programming containing text data and video data, wherein the text data is associated with the video data, extracting the text data from the video programming, determining time information for the extracted text data, and generating an index file containing the extracted text data and the time information for the extracted text data.03-12-2009
20080282311Subscribing to Programming Packages - Methods and systems for enabling users visiting a friend or family member to subscribe to a TV programming package that the friend or family member currently subscribes to. In one embodiment, the method includes generating a user-interface (UI) via the friend's set-top box to enable entry of visitor user identification information. This information, along with programming identification information is then sent to the service provider for the programming package. The service provider retrieves or generates information by which a UI may be generated to easily enable the visitor to setup and activate the programming package and sends it to the visitor's home set-top box. In another embodiment, programming package identification information is stored on a portable storage medium and carried to the visitor's home set-top box, where it is read to retrieve the identification information. The information is then sent to the service provider, which sends back appropriate data to generate the UI.11-13-2008
20110055888CONFIGURABLE TELEVISION BROADCAST RECEIVING SYSTEM - A configurable television broadcast receiving system includes an analog to digital converter that receives a broadcast television (TV) signal and converts it from an analog signal to a digital signal. A communication interface receives the digital signal and communicates it to a general purpose programmable processor. The processor processes the digital signal by performing arithmetic processes to the signal to create a processed signal. A display device is communicatively coupled to the processor, receives the processed signal and displays a video rendition according to the processed signal.03-03-2011
20110016505INFORMATION 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.01-20-2011
20100115573METHODS AND APPARATUS TO VERIFY PRESENTATION OF MEDIA CONTENT - Example methods and apparatus to verify presentation of media content are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus for use with a set-top box (STB) and a media presentation device includes an audio input interface to receive a first audio signal associated with a program selected by a user via the STB, a microphone to receive a free-field radiating second audio signal output by at least one of the media presentation device or an audio system associated with the media presentation device, a comparator to compare the second audio signal to the first audio signal to form an output, and an output interface to provide a value indicative of whether the program selected by the user via the STB is presented at the media presentation device.05-06-2010
20100115572SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING DIGITAL CONTENT - A method of providing access to content based upon one or more adequately-credentialed keys being proximate to a certain location, said method comprising: (a) acquiring credential information from at least one key tagged with credential information using a credential acquisition device (CAD) at said certain location; (b) confirming that said credential information meets requirements for receiving said content; and (c) providing access to said content after steps (a) and (b).05-06-2010
20090293097TV SLIDESHOW - A system may include a set-top box to detect a trigger and capture a first snapshot from a first television channel in response to detecting the trigger and based on a set of slideshow configuration parameters. The system may further provide the first snapshot to a display as a part of a television slideshow.11-26-2009
20100023992Method and Apparatus for Managing Presentation of Media Content - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to monitor for a triggering event that is associated with viewing of media content, retrieve a screen saver from a remote server when the triggering event is detected, and apply the screen saver to a display device connected with the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-28-2010
20090172766BROADCAST RECEIVING APPARATUS AND BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD - A broadcast receiving apparatus includes: a display module displaying a volume setting menu correspondingly showing volume during reproduction and set volume; an input module inputting the set volume based on the displayed volume setting menu; a generation module generating a table correspondingly showing a broadcast channel, the inputted set volume, and a reproduction start time; and a reproduction module reproducing a broadcast based on the generated table.07-02-2009
20090172765METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONIC COMMERCE USING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION (IPTV) AND MOBILE TERMINAL - An electronic commerce method and system using an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and a mobile terminal are provided. In an electronic commerce method and system, an IPTV or mobile terminal transmits binding information to a server where a purchaser selects product information, the server determines a purchaser authority using the received binding information, and transmits sales information for the selected product information to the mobile terminal in response to the purchase authority being valid, and the mobile terminal makes an offer to purchase the product to the server using the received sales information.07-02-2009
20090172764BROADCAST RECEIVING DEVICE, BROADCAST RECEIVING METHOD AND DATA BROADCAST SCREEN PRESENTATION PROGRAM - In a broadcast receiving device, a broadcast signal of a data broadcast program that is tuned in to by a tuner is demodulated into a transport stream by a demodulator, and a data broadcast content is acquired by an information acquisition unit from the demodulated transport stream. The acquired data broadcast content is stored in a storage device, and a data broadcast screen based on the stored data broadcast content is presented by an information presentation unit. When a reception state is a poor state, a presentation state of the data broadcast screen is held by the information presentation unit. When the reception state changes from the poor state to a good state and the data broadcast programs received in the good states before and after the poor state are the same, the presentation of the data broadcast screen based on the stored data broadcast content is restarted by the information presentation unit.07-02-2009
20120042352SET TOP BOX AND AUTO STANDBY METHOD THEREOF - A set top box transmits a connection request to a TV to request a number of response signals therefrom. The response signals are read when the TV is in a working state, and an idle signal is output if the response signals are not read in a predetermined time. State of the TV is determined according to the response signals or the idle signal, and the set top box is controlled to be in the working state according to the starting signal, or placed a sleeping/standby state according to the standby signal.02-16-2012
20120011558METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PRESENTING MEDIA VIA A SET-TOP BOX - An approach is provided for presenting media via a set-top box. A set-top box detects a wireless device according to a predetermined communication protocol. A communication channel is established with the wireless device according to the communication protocol. A command message is received, according to the communication protocol, from the wireless device over the communication channel, wherein the command message specifies playback of media resident on the wireless device via the set-top box.01-12-2012
20120011557BANDWIDTH AND SERVER RESOURCE SAVINGS THROUGH USE OF LEGACY CLIENT CAPABILITY IN A REMOTE USER INTERFACE SYSTEM - A server receives a request for delivery of media from a client, and determines if the client has a capability to tune to a quadrature amplitude modulated (QAM) channel carried by a first network. The server sends a message to the client to instruct the client to tune to the QAM channel to receive the media via the first network if it is determined that the client has the capability to tune to the QAM channel. The server sends the media to the client if it is determined that the client does not have the capability to tune to the QAM channel.01-12-2012
20120060197RECEIVING DEVICE, RECEIVING METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed herein is a receiving device for receiving an AV content broadcast by a broadcasting wave, including: an obtaining section adapted to obtain a description document described in a predetermined computer language for displaying another content different from the AV content; a determining section adapted to determine whether the obtained description document is managed by a broadcaster which broadcasts the AV content or is managed by a different operator other than the broadcaster; and a controlling section adapted to control execution of the obtained description document in response to a result of the determination by the determining section.03-08-2012
20090064260Methods and systems for implementing a universal set top box - A system is disclosed. The system has a first receiver, a second receiver, and an input device configured to transmit a command signal in response to user input. The system also has an input waveguide having a first end in communication with the input device and terminating at the first receiver, and a second end in communication with the second receiver. The input waveguide is arranged to receive and route the command signal to the second receiver. The system also has an output waveguide having a first end in communication with the first receiver, and a second end in communication with the second receive. The second receiver is configured to determine whether the command signal is directed to the first receiver and/or the second receiver based a code contained in the command signal. The second receiver is further configured to execute the command signal when it is determined that the command signal is directed to the second receiver, and relay the command signal through the output waveguide to the first receiver for execution when it is determined that the command signal is directed to the first receiver.03-05-2009
20100095345SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACQUIRING AND DISTRIBUTING KEYFRAME TIMELINES - Embodiments of keyframe analysis and distribution from broadcast television are disclosed. For example, embodiments include methods and systems of sharing video frame data over a data network to provide features that may include improved program guides, parental or other monitoring of televisions or other video receivers, and sharing of user identified frames or scenes of video programs.04-15-2010
20120124636System and Method for Selectively Transcoding Signal from One Format to One of Plurality of Formats - A device is provided for use with an input signal and a selecting signal. The input signal has a first format, and the selecting signal has a first state and a second state. The device comprises a receiving portion and a transcoder portion. The receiving portion can receive the input signal and output a received signal. The transcoder portion is arranged to receive the selecting signal and can output a first transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the first state and can output a second transcoded signal when the selecting signal is in the second state. The first transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a second format. The second transcoded signal is based on the received signal and is in a third format, wherein the first format is different from the second format, the first format is different from the third format and the second format is different from the third format.05-17-2012
20090133089System and Methods for Advanced Parental Control - A set top box includes a processor. The processor is configured to receive a digital video stream and identify an I-Frame within the digital video stream. The processor is further configured to receive rating information for the I-Frame and to block playback a portion of the digital video stream in response to the rating information.05-21-2009
20120317608NETWORK RECEIVER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A network receiver includes a first variable resistor, a second variable resistor, a first processing unit, a second processing unit and an adjusting circuit. The first variable resistor is coupled to a first transmission line via a first terminal for transmitting a first signal. The second variable resistor is coupled to a second transmission line via a second terminal for transmitting a second signal. The first processing unit is utilized for obtaining a difference according to the first signal and the second signal, and processing the difference to generate first data. The second processing unit is utilized for obtaining a summation according to the first signal and the second signal, and processing the summation to generate second data. The adjusting circuit is utilized for adjusting resistance(s) of at least one of the first variable resistor and the second variable resistor according to the first data and the second data.12-13-2012
20100175101Content Distribution Systems and Methods - A content distribution system and method receives data from a data source and identifies at least one unused channel in the received data. The unused channel is filtered and identified as an available content transmission channel. Content is then received from a content source and encoded to generate encoded content. The encoded content is modulated to generate modulated content, which is distributed within a distribution environment using the available content transmission channel.07-08-2010
20120216237SIGNAL ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A receiver comprises a first signal acquisition unit for acquiring a first type of signal block formatted according to a first format, wherein the first type of signal block is interleaved with a second type of signal block formatted according to a second format, the first signal acquisition unit comprising one or more parameter estimation units for estimating from received signals of the first type one or more signal parameters related to acquisition of the first type of signal block at a respective frequency memory arranged to store data relating to the or each estimated parameter for said respective frequency, and a controller arranged to initialise parameter estimation for subsequent received signals on a revisited frequency based upon data stored for that respective frequency.08-23-2012
20080216145System and Method for Media Transmission - System and method for transmitting and protecting media data set in a data communication medium. The invention provides encryption of media data and authorization prior to the media data being accessible on the end-user device. A Set Top Box provides for storage of media data downloaded through an access point, with security structures built in to the downloaded media data. The Set Top Box sends media data through a network to end-user devices that are recognized as authorized end-user devices. The system may further include limitations on the availability of the media data at the end-user device based upon wired, wireless, physics-based and location based security.09-04-2008
20100011405Method and Apparatus for Audio Selection - Method and apparatus for providing alternate audio data for a received broadcast media stream. In one embodiment, a method may include receiving a broadcast media stream including video data and audio data and detecting a channel setting of the receiving device, wherein the channel setting includes audio data associated with a channel of the broadcasted media stream. The method may further include detecting an audio setting associated with the channel of the broadcast media stream, wherein the audio setting corresponds to a user preferred audio data for the channel and outputting the video data and the audio data of the received broadcast media stream based, at least in part, on the user preferred audio data.01-14-2010
20090077610APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to generate a playlist that identifies multimedia content and to provide access to the playlist in response to a request for access, where the request for access is transmitted over the Internet, and where the multimedia content is stored remotely from the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-19-2009
20090070847Positioning with Time Sliced Single Frequency Networks - Apparatus having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprise an input circuit to receive a transport stream of data, wherein the transport stream has periodic synchronization boundaries; a signal generator to provide a ranging signal, wherein the ranging signal represents a transmitter identifier; and a ranging time slice inserter to insert ranging time slices into the transport stream, wherein each ranging time slice is inserted into the transport stream at the same predetermined offset from a respective one of the periodic synchronization boundaries, and wherein each ranging time slice includes the ranging signal.03-12-2009
20090019510DEVICE AND METHOD FOR STORING AUDIO/VIDEO DATA IN A HOME NETWORK - The invention relates to a method and a device for storing audio/video data in a home network. They allow addition of storage possibilities to apparatuses of the set-top box type which do not have or cannot develop them so as to extend the functionality of the apparatus without a software update, dependent on connections/disconnections of peripheral storage equipment. To this end, the invention provides a virtual management of the storage possibilities within one and the same apparatus. An abstraction layer is realized above the physical storage support by software storage means co-operating with control means so as to hide details on the used peripheral storage unit or units from the application. For an application requiring storage of audio/video data, the operation is transparent. The peripheral storage units are detected when they are “hot”, dependent on their connection/disconnection, and are taken into account by the control means at the level of the available storage capacity. The application conducts a dialogue only with a single interface for its storage needs, while the control means co-operate with the software storage means for managing the transfer of data to and from the different peripheral storage units.01-15-2009
20110047587DIGITAL TELEVISION RECEIVER - A digital television receiver for use in a digital television broadcast system in which a plurality of digital television data streams can be provided in respective streams of television broadcast packets forming the lowest layer of a layered digital television structure and also in respective streams of Internet protocol packets forming the lowest layer of a layered Internet protocol structure, the streams of television broadcast packets being broadcast with a plurality of tables indicating where data of one layer of one structure can be found in another layer of one or other of the two structures, the received plurality of tables being used to determine where data contained in one layer can be found in an adjacent layer so as to construct tree structures or a new table allowing determination of in which stream of television broadcast packets the television data of a selected stream of Internet protocol packets is found.02-24-2011
20120324525System and Method of Receiving Over-The-Air Television Content - A method and apparatus of receiving over-the-air television content is disclosed and includes receiving input at a media processor. The media processor is coupled to a presentation device and includes processing logic and memory storing instructions executable by the processing logic to perform operations including sending a control command to the presentation device via a second interface having a data connection where the control command instructs the presentation device to tune an over-the-air tuner at the presentation device to a requested channel and receiving the over-the-air television content from the over-the-air tuner in the presentation device via the data connection. Other embodiments are disclosed.12-20-2012
20100229213METHOD OF PROCESSING TRAFFIC INFORMATION AND DIGITAL BROADCAST SYSTEM - A digital broadcast transmitting/receiving system and a method for processing data are disclosed. The method for processing data may enhance the receiving performance of the receiving system by performing additional coding and multiplexing processes on the traffic information data and transmitting the processed data. Thus, robustness is provided to the traffic information data, thereby enabling the data to respond strongly against the channel environment which is always under constant and vast change.09-09-2010
20110321113LOCATION-BASED SERVICE GROUP DISCOVERY FOR SWITCHED DIGITAL VIDEO - A broadcast system and method that includes a video content network that connects a video server, a discovery server, a switched digital video service, a switched video manager, and a set-top box. The set-top box receives and stores an assigned location identifier, and receives a mapping from the discovery server, where the mapping includes records, each record associating a location identifier and a service group. The set-top box matches the assigned location identifier to the mapping to determine an assigned service group for the set-top box. The set-top box receives an address from the discovery server that identifies the switched video manager that is associated with the assigned service group. The set-top box operates in the broadcast system by communicating with the switched digital video service, and the switched video manager.12-29-2011
20120102537Method and Apparatus for Interaction Between Parties in a Commercial Transaction - A method and apparatus for auctioning the time of an individual. The method includes the steps of receiving from an individual a desired set of characteristics. The desired set of characteristics includes at least an indication of one or more periods of time during which the individual is available to receive content, a minimum charge for receiving the content, and a method by which the individual wishes to receive the content. The desired set of characteristics indicated by the individual is presented in the form of an auction. A bid is received from one or more bidder to present content to the individual in accordance with the desired set of characteristics. An agreement n received from the individual to receive the presented content at the bid price.04-26-2012
20120102536Method and Apparatus for Interaction Between Parties in a Commercial Transaction - A method and apparatus for matching a consumer and a brand marketing organization. The method includes the steps of receiving from a consumer, a desired set of characteristics associated with content to be received from a brand marketing organization, presenting the desired set of characteristics indicated by the consumer to the brand marketing organization, and receiving from the brand marketing organization an indication of a desire to present content to the consumer in accordance with the presented desired set of characteristics. After acceptance, the content is received from the brand marketing organization and is presented to the consumer in accordance with the desired set of characteristics.04-26-2012
20120291085METHOD OF RECEIVING A BROADCASTING SIGNAL AND RECEIVING SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING A BROADCASTING SIGNAL - A broadcast signal reception method and a reception system are provided. The reception system includes a first processor, a second processor, and a storage medium. The first processor receives and processes a signaling table, the signaling table comprising first signaling information including access information of Non-Real-Time (NRT) service data and second signaling information including media object association information of the NRT service data. The second processor receives the NRT service data and processes a file including the received NRT service data based on the access information and the media object association information processed by the first processor. The storage medium stores the processed file of the NRT service data.11-15-2012
20130014202METHOD OF PROCESSING NON-REAL TIME SERVICE AND BROADCAST RECEIVER - A method of processing a non-real time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver is disclosed where the method includes receiving signaling information including the NRT service information and access information which indicates files of a content item can be accessed by Internet, receiving File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) files through a FLUTE session, wherein File Delivery Table (FDT) instance of the FLUTE session for each file belonging to the content item includes information for content location of the file, the information for content location including an Uniform Resource Locator (URL), and providing the NRT service using the files belonging to the content item, wherein the files are accessed through the Internet using the URL indicated in the information for content location of the file or accessed through a storage in the broadcast receiver.01-10-2013
20130014201METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING AMONG MULTIPLE TUNERS - A system or method selects among multiple tuners to tune a particular channel. A request is received to tune a first channel. In response to this request, a first tuner is assigned to tune the first channel. A request is received to tune a second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is not being recorded, the first tuner is assigned to tune the second channel. If the program tuned by the first tuner is being recorded, the second tuner is assigned to tune the second channel.01-10-2013
20120151549User Assistance Via Customer Premises Equipment Media Files - A particular customer premises equipment (CPE) device includes a display interface, a processor, and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory includes a plurality of media files that include user assistance information. The memory also includes instructions executable by the processor to access a media file of the plurality of media files and, in response to a user request for assistance, send content of the media file to a display device via a display interface.06-14-2012
20130024905EXTENSIBLE ENCODING FOR INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE ELEMENTS - Detailed herein is a technology which, among other things, allows for storage and playback of interactive user elements in a television stream. In one approach to this technology, a content data stream, including a television program and a user experience element, is received. This content data stream is transformed, and the transformed data stream is examined, to identify which packets are associated with the user experience element. Those packets are then passed to a handler appropriate for the user experience element.01-24-2013
20090064262TV RECEIVER USING CABLE CARD FOR ABSTRACTING OPEN CABLE APPLICATION PLATFORM (OCAP) MESSAGES TO AND FROM THE HEAD END - A TV receiver such as a set-top box has an Open Cable Application Platform (OCAP) programming interface that communicates with interactive digital video applications such as pay-per-view applications to enable a viewer to communicate requests, purchase orders, and the like to a head end. A cable card provides both decryption of incoming video from the head end as well as translation functionality that transforms standardized messages into a proprietary protocol recognizable to the head end. The OCAP has an API that interfaces with the application and that directs standardized messages from the application to the standardized interface of the removable cable card ensuring common reliance on the translation functionality built in to the cable card.03-05-2009
20130125195INTERACTIVE WEB-BASED CODESET SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT TOOL - A web server uses selection criteria for identifying an electronic consumer device to identify a codeset likely to be appropriate for communicating with the electronic consumer device and data indicative of at least one code of the identified codeset is provided to a remote control device whereupon the data indicative of the at least one code of the identified codeset is automatically activated by the remote control device.05-16-2013
20080201757APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE SERVICE TO DEVICE USING DIFFERENT DIGITAL BROADCAST MIDDLEWARE STANDARDS - An apparatus and method for providing an interactive service to devices using different digital broadcast middleware standards are provided. The apparatus includes an execution information providing module which provides execution information regarding an application that has been executed in a first device using a first middleware standard so that the application can be executed in a second device using a second middleware standard; and a request execution module which receives a request issued by the second device during the execution of the application in the second device, and performs an operation corresponding to the received request.08-21-2008
20130160071DIGITAL BROADCAST TRANSMITTER, DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER, AND AUDIO DESCRIPTION DESCRIPTOR PROCESSING METHODS THEREOF - A digital broadcast receiver is provided. The digital broadcast receiver includes a broadcast reception unit which receives a digital broadcast signal; a signal separation unit which separates a main audio signal, an auxiliary audio signal, and an audio description descriptor from the received digital broadcast signal; an extraction unit which extracts auxiliary information from the audio description descriptor; a mixing unit which generates an audio signal by mixing the main audio signal and the auxiliary audio signal based on the auxiliary information; and an audio output unit which outputs the audio signal.06-20-2013
20120072964STB Messaging System - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a video terminal device having a processor adapted to submit a query to a mobile device to determine whether to redirect one or more mobile messages destined for the mobile device to the video terminal device, receive from the mobile device an affirmative response to the query, transmit a request to a wireless carrier system to redirect transmission of the one or more mobile messages to the video terminal device, receive from the wireless carrier system the one or more mobile messages while the mobile device remains communicatively coupled to the video terminal device. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-22-2012

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