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20090193490Set-Top Box for Converting Media Signals Based on Stored Output Settings - A media presentation device converts media signals based on stored output settings. The media presentation device includes a sink-interaction port to at least partially receive device-specific information of a sink device, a data storage and a processor. The processor determines whether one of the plurality of at least partially stored device-specific information matches the received device-specific information of the sink device, and selects output settings corresponding to the stored device-specific information that matches the received device-specific information of the sink device for use in converting the media signals to an output format supported by the sink device.07-30-2009
20120246694TELEVISION APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a television apparatus includes: a specific receiver configured to receive, from a communication apparatus connected via a network, list information of a plurality of network services each of which provides data, destination information indicating a connection destination for each of the network services, and setting information corresponding to each of the network services and indicating a setting to a display to receive the data from each of the network services; a display controller configured to control displaying of the list information; a selection receiver configured to receive a selection of the network service included in the list information that is displayed; and a setting controller configured to set the display according to the setting information corresponding to the selected network service and configured to control the display to display the data received from the connection destination for the selected network service indicated by the destination information.09-27-2012
20100107212 APPARATUS FOR SWAPPING HIGH-SPEED MULTIMEDIA SIGNALS - An apparatus for swapping output high-speed multimedia signals. In one embodiment the apparatus comprises a plurality of inputs coupled to a multimedia transmitter; a plurality of outputs coupled to a plurality of pins of a multimedia interface connector; and a controller for generating a control signal for configuring an order in which the plurality of inputs are routed to the plurality of outputs, wherein the order in which the plurality of inputs are routed to the plurality of outputs is set to enable un-crossing of one or more conducting wires coupling the plurality of inputs to the multimedia transmitter and to enable un-crossing of one or more conducting wires coupling the plurality of outputs and the plurality of pins of the multimedia interface connector.04-29-2010
20100095346SET-TOP BOX RECEIVER SOFT CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD - A set-top box is constructed including a processor, an input port, an auxiliary input port, and an output port. The input port is electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to receive first control signals from a remote control. The auxiliary input port is also electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to receive second control signals from an auxiliary remote control and send the second control signals to the processor. The output port is electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to send graphical representations of a remote control to a display. The processor is configured to compose a graphical representation of the remote control, receive a second control signal, modify the graphical representation of the remote control in response to the second control signal, and send the graphical representation to the output port for display.04-15-2010
20130047194METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A TRANSCODER - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a transcoder module having a controller to manage power distribution in the transcoder module from power supplied to an HDMI port of the transcoder module, transcode audio-visual information into a digital compatible format used on an external device. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-21-2013
20110023081REMOTE CONTROL ACCESSORY FOR A WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a remote control accessory for a wireless communication system, including a radio frequency (RF) to infrared (IR) converter for receiving RF signals transmitted thereto and converting the RF signals to IR commands, a plurality of IR transmitters for transmitting the IR commands, and a housing assembly for carrying the RF to IR converter and the plurality of IR transmitters. The plurality of IR transmitters are integrated into the housing assembly with no exposed wires. Other embodiments are disclosed.01-27-2011
20090083825Activation systems and methods to initiate HDMI communication with mobile sources - Activation systems and methods initiate High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) communication between an HDMI source and an HDMI sink through an HDMI receptacle of the source. These systems and methods are especially suited for use with mobile sources that generally operate from a battery that cannot provide the +5V signal which the HDMI protocol requires sources to place on the +5V pin of their HDMI receptacles. These systems and methods automatically detect the insertion of an HDMI cable into the source's HDMI receptacle and subsequently generate and apply the required +5V signal to the +5V pin of the source's HDMI receptacle to initiate HDMI communication. Because they are directed to use in mobile sources, the embodiments are configured to minimize current drain.03-26-2009
20090282455Portable Tester for Set-Top Box - A portable tester includes a housing sized to be handheld and adapted to enclose a processor and a non-volatile memory, a communication port adapted to couple a link with a set-top box and a communications port adapted to couple a link with an external computer, and an input/output (I/O) device, non-volatile memory comprising a test initiation application that sends test initiation commands through the communication port over the link to a testing application residing in the multimedia device, non-volatile memory receiving data generated by execution of the testing application and storing the data in non-volatile memory, non-volatile memory further comprising a data download application that sends the stored data through the communication port over the link to the external computer.11-12-2009
20100058430APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box comprising a controller to receive media content over an Internet Protocol Television network, detect Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) content associated with the media content, present an SAP indicator with the media content to a user when the SAP content is detected for the media content, receive a selection of the SAP content by the user, and present the media content with the selected SAP content. Other embodiments are disclosed.03-04-2010
20090150966DIGITAL TELEVISION APPLICATION PROTOCOL FOR INTERACTIVE TELEVISION - A common communication language that can address all the applications running in a multitude of set top boxes (STBs) or client devices and application servers. The present invention, DATP protocol encapsulates a Meta language that provides a generic portable communication application programmer interface that requires light processor utilization and is well suited for a typical STB possessing limited processing power. DATP requires relatively few processing cycles compared to typical Internet communication protocols. DATP reduces the overhead of the communication protocol handler at the STB and makes the communication protocol handler common for all STBs applications. The preferred DATP protocol is portable for all STBs since it is written in a native language that interfaces with the underlying operating system of the STB. A SGW (SGW) performs as a DATP server. The SGW translates between DATP messages and standard communication protocols. SGW enables SP clients at STBs utilizing DATP to communicate with service applications using a variety of communication protocols. A content converter is provided to convert standard Web content into content suitable for display on a client-viewing device, e.g., a TV.06-11-2009
20090199262Signalling Between Encoder and Decoder to Effect Video Program Output - Video processing systems and methods are disclosed. One system embodiment, among others, includes a video compression engine configured to provide reconstructed pictures corresponding to a real-time presentation of a video program and a compressed version of the real-time presentation, a display buffer of the video compression engine, the display buffer configured to store the reconstructed pictures, and a persistent storage device, wherein the video compression engine is further configured to store the compressed version of the real-time presentation to the persistent storage device while simultaneously providing the real-time presentation of the video program.08-06-2009
20090178101METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SELECTING AMONG ALTERNATIVE DATA ITEMS - The method of selecting a data item of the invention comprises the steps of receiving a first data item (07-09-2009
20080313697APPARATUS AND METHODS OF ENHANCING RADIO PROGRAMMING - Apparatus and methods enhancing radio programming include receiving a broadcast radio transmission at a communication device. The broadcast radio transmission includes primary content and supplemental content having a relationship to the primary content. Further, the primary content includes a first audio data, while the supplemental content includes audio data. Additionally, the apparatus and methods include converting the supplemental content into converted supplemental content, maintaining the relationship to the primary content. Moreover, the converted supplemental content includes second audio data converted from the non-audio data. Thus, the described apparatus and methods allow the communication device to output signals for generating audible representations of both the primary content and the supplemental content.12-18-2008
20080288998MULTIMEDIA SIGNAL PROCESSING SYSTEM - A multimedia signal processing system utilizes an easily manipulated, low-cost storage and display system that allows the user to view a television program and instantly review previous scenes within the program. The invention also allows the user to store selected programs while simultaneously watching or reviewing another. A versatile system architecture enables providing the invention in multiple configurations, each adapted to receive input signals from a different source. At the highest level, the system includes an input section and an output section. Across all configurations, the output section remains substantially the same, while the input section varies according to the signal type and the source. Thus, several configurations are provided, each one requiring only minor system board modifications. The system architecture thus simplifies the design and manufacturing challenge presented by producing units to serve different markets, such as digital satellite, digital cable and analog cable.11-20-2008
20090125970Satellite LNB Power Supply Adaptive Load - A method of processing an LNB power supply output signal comprising providing an LNB selection signal to select a first of the plurality of LNB signals as the input signal, superimposing a tone onto the LNB selection signal to select a second of the plurality of LNB signals as the input signal, providing a first transponder selection voltage to select a first set of transponders within the input signal, providing a second transponder selection voltage to select a second set of transponders within the input signal, and activating an adaptive load to preserve the tone if the second of the plurality of LNB signals is selected.05-14-2009
20090089856AURAL INDICATION OF REMOTE CONTROL COMMANDS - A disclosed set top box or other multimedia receiver suitable for use in a multimedia distribution network includes a remote control interface operable to receive a signal from a remote control device and extract a remote control command from the signal, a processor coupled to the remote control interface and operable to detect the remote control command, and a machine readable storage resource containing computer executable instructions operable to: invoke an aural indication application that returns an audio stream suitable for processing by an audio output device, wherein the audio stream, when processed by the audio output device, causes the audio output device to produce an audibly detectable signal indicative of a function corresponding to the remote control command. The application may generate the audio stream by invoking a speech synthesis module or by retrieving an audio file. The application may retrieve electronic programming guide (EPG) data associated with a remote control command and incorporate at least some of the EPG data in the audibly detectable output.04-02-2009
20090031392Systems and Methods of Differentiated Channel Change Behavior - Methods and systems of handling channel changes in a digital home communication terminal are disclosed. An exemplary method comprises: receiving a channel change request; determining whether the channel change request is user-initiated; setting at least one channel change parameter to a value based on the determination; and performing a channel change using the at least channel change parameter having the set value. An exemplary system comprises: a channel acquisition component, memory, and a processor. The processor is programmed by code, stored in memory, to: receive a channel change request; determine whether the channel change request is user-initiated; and instruct the channel acquisition component to perform a channel change using at least channel change parameter. The channel change parameter has a value that is based on the determination.01-29-2009
20090199261System and Method for Video Encoder Extension To a Decoder - Video processing systems and methods are disclosed. One system embodiment, among others, includes a video compression engine configured to provide reconstructed pictures corresponding to a real-time presentation of a video program and a compressed version of the real-time presentation, a display buffer of the video compression engine, the display buffer configured to store the reconstructed pictures, and a persistent storage device, wherein the video compression engine is further configured to store the compressed version of the real-time presentation to the persistent storage device while simultaneously providing the real-time presentation of the video program.08-06-2009
20080263622Digital Broadcasting Receiving Apparatus and Method of Receiving Thererof - Provided is a digital broadcasting receiving apparatus and method. The digital broadcasting receiving apparatus includes an out-of-band signal receiving unit for receiving an out-of-band signal through a cable, a out-of-band signal transmission unit for transmitting the out-of-band signal through the cable, and a control unit for controlling a gain of the out-of-band signal of the out-of-band signal transmission unit in accordance with a level variation of the out-of-band signal received by the out-of-band signal receiving unit.10-23-2008
20090199263Mastering Access to Encoded Picture Buffer During Video Compression to Display Pictures - Video processing systems and methods are disclosed. One system embodiment, among others, includes a video compression engine configured to provide reconstructed pictures corresponding to a real-time presentation of a video program and a compressed version of the real-time presentation, a display buffer of the video compression engine, the display buffer configured to store the reconstructed pictures, and a persistent storage device, wherein the video compression engine is further configured to store the compressed version of the real-time presentation to the persistent storage device while simultaneously providing the real-time presentation of the video program.08-06-2009
20090199260Coordinated Output of Pictures of a Video Program from a Decoder and an Encoder - Video processing systems and methods are disclosed. One system embodiment, among others, includes a video compression engine configured to provide reconstructed pictures corresponding to a real-time presentation of a video program and a compressed version of the real-time presentation, a display buffer of the video compression engine, the display buffer configured to store the reconstructed pictures, and a persistent storage device, wherein the video compression engine is further configured to store the compressed version of the real-time presentation to the persistent storage device while simultaneously providing the real-time presentation of the video program.08-06-2009
20090205010Switched Decoding and Output of a Video Program from an Encoder to Decoder - Video processing systems and methods are disclosed. One system embodiment, among others, includes a video compression engine configured to provide reconstructed pictures corresponding to a real-time presentation of a video program and a compressed version of the real-time presentation, a display buffer of the video compression engine, the display buffer configured to store the reconstructed pictures, and a persistent storage device, wherein the video compression engine is further configured to store the compressed version of the real-time presentation to the persistent storage device while simultaneously providing the real-time presentation of the video program.08-13-2009
20090106813DIGITAL BROADCAST TRANSMITTER/RECEIVER HAVING AN IMPROVED RECEIVING PERFORMANCE AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A digital broadcast transmitting/receiving system, and a signal processing method thereof, includes a randomizer for randomizing a transport stream into a specified position of which stuff bytes are inserted, a stuff-byte exchanger for replacing the stuff bytes included in data output from the randomizer with specified known data, an RS encoder for performing an RS-encoding of data output from the stuff-byte exchanger, an interleaver for interleaving data output from the RS encoder, a trellis encoder for performing a trellis encoding of data output from the interleaver, an RS parity generator for generating a parity by performing an RS encoding of data output from the RS encoder, and outputting the generated parity to the trellis encoder, and a modulator/RF converter for modulating data output from the trellis encoder and performing an RF up-converting of the modulated data. The digital broadcast receiving performance can be improved even in an inferior multi-path channel by detecting the known data from the received signal and using the known data for synchronization and equalization in a digital broadcast receiver.04-23-2009
20100154023METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a mobile communication device having a controller to receive a broadcast of media content from a first media source using a first communication protocol, display the media content on the mobile communication device, determine whether the media content satisfies one or more parameter thresholds when the media content is available to a display device from a second media source that is not the mobile communication device where the one or more parameter thresholds are based at least in part on the media content available from the second media source and where the display device is remote from the mobile communication device, and commence streaming of the media content from the mobile communication device to the display device when the media content exceeds the one or more parameter thresholds. Other embodiments are disclosed.06-17-2010
20100205646Method 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.08-12-2010
20120036548Method for handling of audio/video signals and corresponding device - The present invention generally relates to a method and device for handling of audio/video signals originating from a mix of analog and digital sources of audio/video signals. In particular, the present invention relates to optimization of hardware resources and of wiring needed for the interconnection of various analog and digital sources of audio/video signals.02-09-2012
20090106814ERA-DEPENDENT RECEIVING AND PROCESSING OF PROGRAMS WITH ONE OR MORE VIDEO STREAMS - 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
20130219450VIRTUAL CHANNEL TABLE FOR A BROADCAST PROTOCOL AND METHOD OF BROADCASTING AND RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS USING THE SAME - A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.08-22-2013
20100083344TRANSCODING OF AUDIO METADATA - The invention relates to the field of audio encoding. In particular, it relates to the transcoding of audio metadata between different audio coding schemes. It describes a method and a system for transcoding audio gain metadata related to dynamic range control from first gain metadata of a first audio coding scheme to second gain metadata of a second audio coding scheme, wherein the first and second audio coding schemes use coding blocks and wherein each coding block has at least one associated gain value. The method and the system select a gain value of the second gain metadata based on the gain values of the first gain metadata such that within a time interval around the time instance associated with the gain value of the second gain metadata, the minimum gain value of the first gain metadata is selected.04-01-2010
20110214156SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FAST VIDEO CHANNEL SWITCHING - A video decoding device receives video images encoded as video signal data for a selected one of multiple channels, for example provided by a cable TV or satellite TV service. Responsive to a request to switch from viewing a previously-selected channel to viewing a newly-selected channel, the video decoding device enters a first mode for displaying a preview representation of the video signal data received for the newly-selected channel. In this preview mode, video signal data for the newly-selected channel is received and stored, and a first available image from the video signal data is decoded and provided for display as a preview representation. The preview mode image is replaced by a real time representation of the video signal data once it is determined that the stored video signal data exceeds a threshold amount, for example an amount to compensate for maximum expected jitter.09-01-2011
20100064339METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIPLE AUDIO OUTPUTS - A method for transmitting audio signals. The method of transmitting audio signals may include separately transmitting a video signal and an audio signal. Further, the method of transmitting audio signals may include transmitting a first video signal and a first audio signal to one component, transmitting a second video signal to the same component and separately transmitting a second audio signal to a second component.03-11-2010
20100071023Low Noise Block Control Circuit - One embodiment may take the form of a control circuit that provides a combined power signal and control signal to an LNB of a satellite system. The control circuit output may be transmitted to an LNB by a set-top box (STB) such that the STB may control the LNB. The control circuit may accept an enable signal from the STB to alter the circuit from a transmitting circuit to a receiving circuit. The control circuit may also integrate the functionality of a low pass filter into the communication signal circuit, thereby removing the need for a low pass filter at a power supply output. The control circuit may also provide a low overall power consumption of the circuit by isolating the communication signal from the power supply signal before the signals are combined.03-18-2010
20080229380METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING BROADCASTING INFORMATION USING RESERVED CHANNELS - Disclosed are a method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving broadcasting information. A method of receiving broadcasting information using reserved channels according to an aspect of the present invention includes receiving information of a program schedule that includes a dynamic program having a flexible broadcasting schedule, searching one or more reserved channels that receive broadcasting signals according to a new program schedule changed due to the dynamic program, and receiving the broadcasting signals through the one or more searched reserved channels.09-18-2008
20090210922SYSTEM FOR CONFIGURING SOFT KEYS IN A MEDIA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, set top box (STB) having a controller to record one or more soft key preferences associated with a user of the STB for each of a plurality of media presentation states of a media communication system, receive a request for presentation of a graphical user interface (GUI) associated with one of the media presentation states, select one or more soft keys according to the one or more soft key preferences assigned to the requested media presentation state, and present the selected one or more soft keys in the GUI. Other embodiments are disclosed.08-20-2009
20100293589DIGITAL BROADCASTING SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DATA - A digital broadcasting system and a method of processing data are disclosed. Herein, additional encoding is performed on mobile service data, which are then transmitted, thereby providing robustness in the processed mobile service data, so that the mobile service data can respond more strongly against fast and frequent channel changes. The method of processing data in a transmitting system includes receiving mobile service data, encapsulating the received mobile service data to a transport stream (TS) packet, and outputting the encapsulated mobile service data as a mobile service data packet, and multiplexing a main service data packet including main service data and the encapsulated mobile service data packet, thereby transmitting the multiplexed data packets to at least one transmitter located in a remote site.11-18-2010
20110016506Set-Top Box - An integrated type set-top box includes a first receiver receiving a signal transmittable under high speed download packet access. A second receiver receives a signal transmitted from a digital image transmission platform and outputs a demodulated signal. A decoder is coupled to the second receiver. The decoder receives the demodulated signal from the second receiver and decodes the demodulated signal into a decoded signal. A microprocessor is coupled to the first receiver, the decoder, and a display port. The microprocessor receives the signal from the first receiver and the decoded signal from the decoder and selectively outputs the signal from the first receiver or the decoded signal from the decoder to the display port.01-20-2011
20110138440Downstream output level tilt compensation device between CATV distribution system and CATV user - A downstream bandwidth output level tilt compensation device that can be inserted into a signal transmission line of a CATV system on a premise of a user. The device includes first and second filters to output first and second band signals, respectively. Detectors output a measurement representative of a characteristic (e.g., RF power) in the first and second band signals, respectively. A comparator uses the measurements from the detectors to determine a correction signal. A variable slope adjusting circuit is provided to adjust the gain slope of the downstream bandwidth responsive to the correction signal. The device includes a third filter after the variable slope adjusting circuit to pass a third band signals corresponding to the first and second signals. A second comparator uses measurements from the third signal to adjust the connection signal.06-09-2011
20100333164SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING PLAYBACK TIME FOR STORED TRANSPORT STREAM DATA IN A MULTI-CHANNEL BROADCAST MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - A system is provided for controlling playback time for stored transport stream data content in a multi-channel broadcast multimedia system having a plurality of system components. The system includes a pause packet processor having a memory for storing said stored transport stream data, and at least one receiver is connected to the pause packet processor for receiving the stored data. At least one of the pause packet processor and the receiver includes a command module configured for enabling an oscillator frequency change in the system components for altering the playback time for the stored data at the receiver.12-30-2010
20120017256SMART TV-BAND WHITE SPACE IDENTIFIER - Embodiments of a white space identifier are provided. According to one embodiment, the active channel information of a cable TV can be obtained through receiving and decoding a channel changing operation command from a remote control. The active channel information can then be transmitted to white space devices located within an interference range using a wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter can be set to utilize a narrow fixed bandwidth.01-19-2012
20110107390IMAGE DEBLOCKING FILTER AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE UTILIZING THE SAME - An image deblocking filter comprises an instruction memory. A decision unit executes instructions stored in the instruction memory to decide a first path or a second path of instruction fetching from the instruction memory to an execution unit. The execution unit is operable to execute a first instruction in the decided path the in one clock cycle. The first instruction represents a complex of three arithmetic operations and two bitwise operations for three variable operands and two constant operands. The first and second paths respectively realize deblocking formulae of a first and a second image compression standard.05-05-2011
20100095347BROADCAST INTERACTIVE TELEVISION SYSTEM - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a system having a controller to deliver broadcast channels by way of interactive TV (iTV) edge routers using multicast virtual private networks, share a same multicast state for the broadcast channels and share a same multicast delivery tree for the broadcast channels. Other embodiments are disclosed.04-15-2010
20090083824FAVORITES MOSAIC - A set-top box generates a multimedia signal that includes streaming video for a plurality of currently available multimedia channels. A user configures a plurality of favorite channels. Streaming video from the favorite channels is provided in a plurality of viewports on a display. A user presses a favorites button on a remote control to prompt an application server to signal a content server to provide a compound video signal including streaming video from each favorite channel. The set-top box produces a resultant video signal including the streaming video from each favorite channel in a corresponding viewport. The viewports correspond to a mosaic template that may be hosted by the application server and accessed by the content server.03-26-2009
20100050228DTV with detachable HDMI inputs - A television device has a television receiver residing substantially within a television receiver enclosure. A high definition multimedia interface is (HDMI) coupled to the television receiver. A detachable HDMI switch is operatively coupled to the HDMI interface, the HDMI switch and has at least two user-side HDMI buses connected thereto. The detachable HDMI switch resides in an HDMI switch housing that exposes the at least two user-side HDMI connector ports. The detachable HDMI switch housing is detachably connected to the television receiver enclosure to permit the HDMI switch housing to be either attached to the television receiver enclosure for use at the television receiver enclosure, or to permit the HDMI switch housing to be separated from the television receiver enclosure to permit the HDMI switch housing to be situated remotely from the television receiver enclosure so that the HDMI connector ports are remotely accessible while being selectable by the television device. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.02-25-2010
20100050227Update Process for Interface Device Based Targeted Information Insertion - Advertisements or other types of targeted information are delivered to set-top boxes or other user interface devices of a signal distribution system. In one aspect of the invention, at least one multicast update comprising updated targeted information is sent to the user interface devices during a multicast update period. If a given one of the user interface devices is unable to obtain a complete set of the updated targeted information from the multicast update before timeout of the multicast update period, a unicast update comprising at least a portion of the updated targeted information is sent to the given user interface device during a unicast update period. The unicast update may be sent responsive to a request from the given user interface device for a designated portion of the updated targeted information.02-25-2010
20120180102REALIZATION METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR BROADCAST SERVICE GROUPING - A method, device and system for broadcast service grouping are provided. The method includes: receiving, by a terminal, at least one virtual channel table delivered by a network side, where the virtual channel table includes a first checksum and a data object that are generated by the network side, and the data object includes channel information; using a preset broadcast service group identifier and the data object of the virtual channel table to acquire a second checksum of the preset broadcast service group identifier and the data object of the virtual channel table; and acquiring a virtual channel table that passes check from the at least one virtual channel table delivered by the network side, when the first checksum matches the second checksum.07-12-2012
20120222082Low Noise Amplifier and Method of Input Impedance Control for Terrestrial and Cable Modes - A low noise amplifier (LNA) for use in a receiver circuit includes an adjustable impedance network including an input for receiving a radio frequency signal, a plurality of control inputs, and an output. The LNA further includes a controller coupled to the plurality of control inputs and configured to control an impedance of the adjustable impedance network. The controller controls the adjustable impedance network to provide a relatively low impedance in a terrestrial mode and to provide a relatively high impedance in a cable mode.08-30-2012
20090019513METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CHANGING CHANNEL IN DIGITAL BROADCASTING RECEIVER - A method and apparatus for changing a channel in a digital broadcasting receiver and for hiding a delay that occurs due to the change of the channel are provided. The method includes receiving broadcasting data of at least one channel except for a current channel by using a time division method, based on a pre-set schedule; storing the received broadcasting data; and when a control signal for changing a channel is input, outputting broadcasting contents of the changed channel, which corresponds to the control signal, to the display device by using the stored broadcasting data.01-15-2009
20080301752BROADCASTING RECEIVING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A broadcasting receiving apparatus includes: a signal receiving unit which receives a first signal and a second signal different from the first signal; a signal processing unit which processes the first and second signals; a communication unit which communicates with an external device to output a sound; and a controller which controls the signal processing unit and the communication unit to process a video signal of the first signal to be displayed and to process an audio signal of the second signal to be transmitted to the external device if the first signals contains the video signal and the second signal contains only the audio signal.12-04-2008
20120266207SET TOP BOX AND POWER MANAGEMENT METHOD THEREOF - A set top box (STB) constructs a relation table for storing a plurality of playback modes of the STB each corresponding to a certain frequency of the processor, and stores the relation table in a storage medium. The STB starts to time a predetermined time period after the STB is powered on. The STB determines if the STB receives any control signal during the predetermined time period. The STB detects a current playback mode of the STB, obtains a frequency corresponding to the current playback mode of the STB by looking up the relation table, and adjusts the operating frequency of the processor to the required frequency when the STB does not receive any control signal during the predetermined time period.10-18-2012
20110321116TV SIGNAL SWITCHING BOX AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF - A TV set signal switching box is provided. The switching box is connected between a TV set and a plurality of signal sources to enable the signal sources to transmit media signals with the TV set interactively. The signal switching box comprises a first interface and a second interface, the first interface is electrically connected to and communicates interactively with the TV set, and the second interface is electrically connected to a plurality of signal sources and outputs a power supply signal and a control signal to the signal sources.12-29-2011
20120102538METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DECODING MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT AUDIO STREAMS USING A SINGLE AUDIO DECODER - An embodiment of the present invention discloses a system and method for decoding multiple independent encoded audio streams using a single decoder. The system includes one or more parsers, a preprocessor, an audio decoder, and a renderer. The parser extracts individual audio frames from each input audio stream. The preprocessor combines the outputs of all parsers into a single audio frame stream and enables sharing of the audio decoder among multiple independent encoded audio streams. The audio decoder decodes the single audio frame stream and provides a single decoded audio stream. And the renderer renders the individual reconstructed audio streams from the single decoded audio stream.04-26-2012
20130014205IMAGE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING VIDEO SIGNAL - An image apparatus and a method for receiving a video signal are provided. The image apparatus includes dedicated input terminals for receiving only particular video signals, and a common input terminal for receiving diverse video signals, and determines the format of video signals input through a corresponding input terminal and then displays the determined format on a screen. Accordingly, the number of input terminals can be reduced and the user can identify the format of the video signal input through the common input terminal01-10-2013
20130014204VIRTUAL CHANNEL TABLE FOR A BROADCAST PROTOCOL AND METHOD OF BROADCASTING AND RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS USING THE SAME - A virtual channel table for broadcasting protocol and a method for broadcasting by using the virtual channel table includes identification information identifying and permitting discrimination of active and inactive channels contained in the virtual channel table. At a receiver, the virtual channel table transmitted from the transmitting side is parsed, thereby determining whether the current received channel is an active or inactive channel.01-10-2013
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20080222691SYSTEM AND METHOD OF ELIMINATING OR MINIMIZING LO-RELATED INTERFERENCE FROM TUNERS - Systems and methods of eliminating or reducing interference resulting from harmonics of local oscillator frequencies of mixers are shown. In one embodiment, a determination is made as to a zone or zones within an intermediate frequency band associated with undesired spurs. Inter-tuner spurs and intra-tuner spurs may be identified such that frequency information of the identified spurs may be utilized to define a plurality of exclusion zones. Local oscillator frequencies may subsequently be efficiently selected in view of the exclusion zone information. Embodiments may also determine a score for identified spurs which may be used to optimally select from within a set of spur-generating local oscillator frequencies.09-11-2008
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20110314511Provision of Marked Data Content to User Devices of a Communications Network - The invention refers to a method to be used in a telecommunication network for providing individually marked digital signals (S12-22-2011
20120030728DIGITAL BROADCAST RECEIVER AND SOFTWARE STARTUP METHOD - A digital broadcast receiver schedules the startup of its software on the basis of the number of data transfer channels and core processing units available to transfer the necessary programs into main storage and execute them, the execution priority order of the programs, the time required to transfer each necessary program into main storage, and the time required to initialize each program. If a snapshot startup option exists for a program, the initialization time is compared with the time required for transferring the snapshot of the program's working data and for further post-processing. Consideration of the data transfer times and initialization times as well as execution priority enables the shortest schedule to be determined.02-02-2012
20120030727APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING MEDIA CONTENT - A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a set top box having a controller to receive two-dimensional image content comprising a plurality of images, identify an object in a first image of the plurality of images, identify the object in a second image of the plurality of images, determine a perspective angle difference between the first and second images, generate a third image using the first and second images when the perspective angle difference satisfies a three-dimensional angle threshold, generate three-dimensional image content using the first image and the third image, and provide the three-dimensional image content to a display device operably coupled with the set top box. Other embodiments are disclosed.02-02-2012

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