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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TEMPORALLY ADAPTIVE MEDIA PLAYBACK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer readable-media for temporally adaptive media playback. The method for adaptive media playback includes estimating or determining an amount of time between a first event and a second event, selecting media content to fill the estimated amount of time between the first event and the second event, and playing the selected media content possibly at a reasonably different speed to fit the time interval. One embodiment includes events that are destination-based or temporal-based. Another embodiment includes adding, removing, speeding up, or slowing down selected media content in order to fit the estimated amount of time between the first event and the second event or to modify the selected media content to adjust to an updated estimated amount of time. Another embodiment bases selected media content on a user or group profile.



System and Method for Delivering Companion Content

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for providing companion content on a device that downloads content associated with a media presentation playing on a media player and displays the downloaded content at times synchronized to time-offsets (from the start of the program) of the presentation by signals from the media player.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AUDIO-BASED GUIDANCE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for providing audio-based guidance features are provided. A guidance application may provide listings displays having listings for audio-friendly content. The listings may be indicated as listings for audio-friendly content. The guidance application may provide displays dedicated to listings for audio friendly content. The guidance application provides audio-prompts describing display screens. The guidance application may determine a user's identity from a voice command and provide personalized guidance features.



RENDERING ADVERTISEMENTS IN A CLIENT DEVICE FOR UNINTERRUPTED MEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are various embodiments rendering advertisements in a client device in exchange for obtaining uninterrupted media content. A transmission of a first stream of media content for rendering via a media device is initiated, wherein the first stream of media content comprises media with at least one advertisement. A client device is registered with a device management service in response to a request received from the client device. A rendering of at least one advertisement on the client device is initiated. The transmission from the first stream of media content is changed to a second stream of media content for rendering via the media device, wherein the second stream of media content does not include any advertisements.



SUPPORTING TRICKPLAY OF STREAMING DLNA MULTIMEDIA BY HLS ACCESS DEVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods, systems, and computer readable media can be operable to facilitate the generation of a continuous multimedia stream during trickplay operations. When a trickplay request is received by a device that is processing a video stream for delivery to a media player, the device may modify the video stream to create a seamless delivery and playback of the underlying content at the media player. In response to a trickplay request such as a pause request or seek request, the device may identify a seek target based on the request and may initiate a new video stream that begins at the identified seek target. The device may further modify the new stream by trimming from the stream any content that is already stored or cached at the media player, thereby creating a video stream without any discontinuities.



ENHANCED RELIABILITY FOR SATELLITE DATA DELIVERY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A media device may be configured for receiving data from one or more satellites. The media device may include one or more processors and one or more storage devices. A first tuner of a media device may tune to a first data stream that came from a first satellite transponder. A second tuner of the media device may tune to a second data stream that came from a second satellite transponder. The first data stream and the second data stream may be derived from source data based at least in part on a data distribution scheme. The data distribution scheme may include distributing at least portions of the source data with the first data stream and the second data stream. The first data stream and/or the second data stream may be processed to store and/or output for presentation content.



Using Scene-Change Transitions To Output An Alert Indicating A Functional State Of A Back-Up Video-Broadcast System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one aspect, an example method for outputting an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up video-broadcast system involves: a computing device receiving a first video-stream that represents first video-content; the computing device generating a first signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of scene-change transitions included within the first video-content; the computing device receiving a second video-stream that represents second video-content; the computing device generating a second signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of scene-change transitions included within the second video-content; the computing device making a determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack a threshold extent of similarity; and responsive to the determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack the threshold extent of similarity, the computing device outputting an alert.



METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATING AND PROVIDING PROGRAM GUIDES AND CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for identifying, assembling, and publishing content are described. A content item, such as a video, having a first time length, is identified by a system to be included in a program scheduled for a first time period. The video may be hosted on a third party system. A first span of time within the first program is allocated for the video, wherein the first span of time is longer than the first time length. The system determines, prior to or at the first time period, a time difference between a current length of the video and the first span of time. At least partly in response to determining that the video has a time length shorter than the first span of time, the system selects supplemental content based at least in part of the determined time difference to be streamed to user terminals over a data network within the first time period.



TECHNIQUE FOR DELIVERING NETWORK PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER SERVICE AND BROADCAST PROGRAMMING SERVICE OVER A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A resident application and a second application are provided in a set-top terminal to receive a TV broadcast service and network personal video recorder (NPVR) service, respectively. The resident application is suspended in favor of the second application when a user changes from a broadcast channel to an NPVR enabled channel, and vice versa. In an embodiment where a digital video recorder (DVR) set-top terminal is used, a DVR server therein provides trick mode functions (pause, rewind and fast-forward) before an NPVR session, e.g., a Look Back session, is established. In another embodiment, during an NPVR session the DVR server plays back recorded programming content downloaded from a communications network, and provides trick mode functions as well.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ACCESSING TV PROGRAMS AND APPLICATIONS ON SMART TV

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for accessing TV programs and applications on a smart TV may include receiving a channel selection command from a user, and determining an index number corresponding to the channel selected by the user according to the command. The method may also include searching for a program resource or an application corresponding to the determined index number through a preset index table, and starting and displaying the identified program resource or application. A system for accessing TV programs and applications on a smart TV may change a channel management mode of conventional systems of smart TVs and set-top boxes, such that information of TV programs and applications can be displayed together and called conveniently. A user can conveniently and rapidly switch between programs and applications without the need to switch between TV channel and application interfaces.



VIDEO SHARING METHOD AND SYSTEM IN SMART TV

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A video sharing method and system in smart TV, the method comprising: in the process of playing a video by a smart TV, receiving a control instruction to intercept the currently playing video, the control instruction comprising an intercept start instruction and an intercept end instruction to intercept the currently playing video; according to the playback progress of the current video upon receipt of the intercept start instruction and the intercept end instruction, acquiring the start time and the end time of the intercepted video clip in the current video; uploading the identification information of the current video and the start time and the end time to a server, such that the server generates a shared link about the intercepted video clip, and provides the shared link for a user. The present method can share the link of any highlight in a video program played on a smart TV, thus improving the convenience and flexibility of video sharing in the smart TV.



SYSTEM AND METHOD TO IDENTIFY AN ITEM DEPICTED WHEN MEDIA CONTENT IS DISPLAYED

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method includes receiving, at a media device, media content from a media content server. A portion of the media content includes a first item concurrently depicted with a second item. The method includes receiving an input indicating a selection of the second item within the media content. The method includes, in response to the input, sending an identification request for information corresponding to the second item to an identification server in response to the input. The identification request includes data relating to a depiction of the second item. The method also includes receiving the information from the identification server in response to the identification request.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR 3D BROADCASTING SERVICE IN BROADCASTING SYSTEM COMBINED WITH MOBILE BROADCASTING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an apparatus and a method for providing a three-dimensional (3D) broadcasting service that may provide a two-dimensional (2D) fixed broadcasting service using a fixed broadcasting signal or a 2D mobile broadcasting service using a mobile broadcasting signal when a transmitter transmits each of a left image and a right image constituting a 3D image using the fixed broadcasting signal or the mobile broadcasting signal, and the receiver receives the fixed broadcasting signal and the mobile broadcasting signal, or may provide a 3D broadcasting service by composing an image received using the fixed broadcasting signal and an image received using the mobile broadcasting signal into a 3D image.



SMART MECHANISM FOR BLOCKING MEDIA RESPONSIVE TO USER ENVIRONMENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods are described herein for blocking sections of media using censoring techniques adaptive to context of the user environment. For example, by first determining features of the user environment such as location, time of day, attention level of the user, number of users, the type of media system being used, or the layout of a user environment, different methods of censorship and blocking may be implemented. A group of friends watching television with rapt attention may be shown a highlight reel; a single user not paying attention to a movie may be shown a synopsis of the plot; or a child watching a cartoon on a smart-phone may be presented with a social media update to seamlessly distract their attention. Thus unwanted content is blocked in an intelligent fashion, and overall user experience is enhanced.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING TARGETED USER CONTENT BLENDED WITH A MEDIA STREAM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A network system provides delivery of customized target content, such as advertising, to individual users. There is transmission of a common spot content stream to a large group of the users. Each home client user communicates through a telecommunications network, such as the Internet, for connection to a portal to receive continuing media, such as streaming audio or video. The user installs receiver software at his home client processor for receiving both the streaming media and a content stream. The media stream includes spot markers placed at appropriate locations in the media stream by the publisher to designate locations for insertion of spot content and optionally to identify specific characteristics of the media stream. The content stream includes content units, such as audio advertising, together with spot content frames, which include parameters having values designated by the spot content provider to be the target audience. A profile is produced at the home client having parameters with values associated with the home client user, such as geographic and demographic information. The receiver software at the home client matches the spot content frame for each spot content to the profile of the user to select those spot content units which have a match. These selected spot content units are stored at the home user and are blended into the media stream at the locations of the spot markers to produce an information data stream for the user that is customized for that user. A spot auditor at the home client measures the type and quantity of play back of the spot content received by the home user and this is reported to the spot content provider for measurement of the effectiveness in the distribution of the spot content.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT ANALYSIS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Example methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media for audience measurement analysis. An example method includes normalizing first online streaming data, first social media interaction data, and first television broadcast data associated with access to a first episode of first media during a first time period and access to a second episode of the first media during a second time period into first normalized online streaming data, first normalized social media interaction data and first normalized television broadcast data for the first media. The example method includes combining the first normalized online streaming data, the first normalized social media interaction data and the first normalized television broadcast data into first and second equity scores for the first media respectively corresponding to the first and the second time periods. The example method includes determining first and second ratings for television broadcast of the first and second episodes of the first media during the first time period and the second time period. The example method includes producing an engagement model that defines a relationship between (i) the first and second equity scores for the first media respectively associated with the first time period and the second time period, and (ii) the first and second ratings associated with the television broadcast of the first and second episodes of the first media in the first time period and the second time period, and predicting, by executing the engagement model with the processor, a future rating of a television broadcast of a third episode of the first media for a third time period if advertising for at least one of online streaming or television broadcast associated with the first media is adjusted.



METHODS AND APPARATUS TO DETERMINE ENGAGEMENT LEVELS OF AUDIENCE MEMBERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus to determine engagement levels of audience members are disclosed. An example method includes capturing, with a sensor, image data depicting an environment in which a first media device is to present media. Analyzing the image data to determine whether the environment includes a second media device emanating a glow. When the environment includes the second media device emanating the glow, calculating an engagement for a person in the environment with respect to the first media device, the engagement being calculated based on a characteristic of the second media device emanating the glow.



METHODS, SYSTEMS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROVIDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TELEVISION COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of providing communications services to customer premise equipment (CPE) coupled to a television. The method includes operating a network element as a communications terminal server, the network element being part of a communications network. The network element receives from the CPE a request to initiate communications with a diagnostic system coupled to the communications network. The network element accesses a communications application executing on a communications server coupled to the communications network and pushes a communications interface to the CPE. The network element receives message information from the CPE and routes the message information to the communications server to initiate delivery of a message to the diagnostic system.



VIDEO COMPOSITION BY DYNAMIC LINKING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A computer receives one or more media content source locations. The computer determines two or more media content items associated with the one or more received media content source locations. The computer negotiates digital rights associated with the two or more media content items. The computer pre-fetches the two or more media content items from the one or more media content source locations. The computer determines at least one digital characteristic of a first media content item of the two or more media content items does not match at least one digital characteristic of a second media content item of the two or more media content items. The computer resamples the first media content item of the two or more media content items. The computer publishes a composition of the two or more media content items to appear as one linked asset with uniform digital characteristics.



IPTV DIAGNOSTICS SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of testing a video decoding device connected to an IPTV service, the IPTV service having a server, the method comprising tuning the video decoding device to a first channel of the IPTV service, the video decoding device receiving the first channel and decoding video from the first channel, the video decoding device collecting data concerning the decoded video and sending the data to the server, detuning the video decoding device from the first channel, the server analyzing the data to generate results; and the server displaying the results.



DISPLAY APPARATUS AND VIDEO PROCESSING APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

While presenting on a display apparatus videos of high picture quality obtained from portable video processing apparatuses such as a camera and a cellular, it is possible to communicate with the Internet and/or a home network. A display apparatus includes a first radio communication unit capable of receiving video information by radio from an external video processing apparatus, a second radio communication unit capable of connecting by radio to a network, and a control unit for controlling assignment of connection by radio transmission for each of the first and second radio communication units. The control unit assigns connection of the first radio communication unit with higher priority and controls the assignment of the transmission rate such that the transmission rate between the first radio communication unit and the external video processing apparatus is more than that between the second radio communication unit and the network.



System and a method for distributing content via static channel assignment in a mobile content gateway

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for distributing video content to at least one mobile device (411-413) at a customer premises (140) system comprising a plurality of stationary devices (421-423) capable of receiving the video content from at least one content provider (160). The method comprises the steps of: receiving, at the stationary devices (421-423), requests to tune a tuner (512, 513) of the stationary device (421-423) to a requested channel received from the content provider (160); outputting the content, of the channel tuned to by at least one stationary device (421-423), to a mobile content gateway (414) at the customer premises (140) system; handling, at the mobile content gateway (414), a list of video channels (611) comprising data associating each channel of the list with a stationary device (421-423); sending, from the mobile content gateway (414), to the at least one stationary device (421-423) requests to tune to channels assigned according to the list of video channels (611); preparing at least one single-program stream from the content received from the at least one stationary device (421-423); outputting, from the mobile content gateway (414), the at least one single-program stream as at least one adaptive stream; and providing the at least one adaptive stream to the at least one mobile device (411-413) over a wireless data transmission interface.



METHOD FOR PRESENTING DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT AND APPARATUS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for presenting digital media content includes: determining abnormally presented content in the digital media content, where the abnormally presented content includes at least one of content presented at an abnormal speed and presented content that is not watched/read and/or listened to, and presenting, according to a first visual style, a part that is corresponding to the abnormally presented content and on a playback progress interface. In the embodiments of the present disclosure, a part that is corresponding to abnormally presented digital media content and on a playback progress interface is presented according to a predetermined visual style. In this way, the abnormally presented part can be identified and played again according to the predetermined visual style. Therefore, normally presented digital media content can be distinguished from abnormally presented digital media content.



VIDEO-ON-DEMAND CONTENT DELIVERY METHOD FOR PROVIDING VIDEO-ON-DEMAND SERVICES TO TV SERVICE SUBSCRIBERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A video-on-demand (VOD) content delivery system has a VOD Application Server which manages a database of templates for presentation of video content elements of different selected types categorized in hierarchical order. A web-based Content Management System receives content uploaded online in file formats with metadata for title and topical area, and automatically converts it into video data format compatible with the VOD content delivery system indexed by title and topical area. A User Interface for the system delivers listings data to the viewer's TV indexed by title and topical area specified by the uploaded metadata.



METHOD AND SYSTEM TO NAVIGATE VIEWABLE CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system to navigate viewable content in the context of television entertainment is provided. In one example embodiment, the system comprises a presentation module to present main content on a display screen, a communications module to receive a first request associated with a first directional key on a remote control device, a navigation mode detector to determine a navigation mode associated with the first request; a margin menu module to activate a margin menu associated with the determined navigation mode. The margin menu may be presented along one of the margins of a display screen, while permitting viewing of the main content.



APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH MEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for providing information in conjunction with media content, including a receiver, wherein the receiver receives at least one of a transmission of media content and a broadcast of media content, wherein the media content includes at least one of broadcast media content and entertainment media content, and further wherein the receiver receives information regarding the media content, a processor for processing at least one of the received media content and the received information regarding the media content, a display device for visually displaying the information regarding the media content, and/or a speaker device for audibly announcing the information regarding the media content.



METHOD FOR ANNOTATING AN OBJECT IN A MULTIMEDIA ASSET

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method, system and related devices for annotating an object in a multimedia asset, where the multimedia asset comprises at least one image. The method comprises the steps of first determining a category of the object in an image of the multimedia asset by means of classifying the object and subsequently selecting based on the category of the object an appropriate object detector model from at least one object detector model associated with said category. Thereafter a location of the object in the image of the multimedia asset is determined based on the object detector model that is selected, where the object detector model corresponds to the object which step is followed by segmenting the object detected in the image of the multimedia asset based on the location of the object within the said image and optionally based on the object detector. Finally, the object within the image being segmented is annotated with a hyperlink



MULTIMEDIA DEVICE CONNECTED TO AT LEAST ONE ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multimedia device and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which heterogeneous devices are controlled under at least two different communication protocols. The present invention includes displaying a guide message for controlling at least one function of the electronic device, receiving a remote control signal corresponding to a 1st function among the at least one function from a 1st remote controller of the electronic device, saving data for identifying the 1st function and the received remote control signal in a memory by mapping the data and the received remote control signal to each other, displaying a graphic image including the data for identifying the 1st function, if the data for identifying the 1st function is selected by a 2nd remote controller of the multimedia device, extracting the remote control signal mapped to the 1st function, and transmitting the extracted remote control signal to an external device.



TRACKING AND DISPLAYING POPULAR MEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A media content processing system includes a first tuner programmed to receive a first media content signal and a second tuner programmed to receive a second media content signal. A processing device is programmed to receive a popularity signal representing a popularity of a media content instance. The processing device is further programmed to command the second tuner to tune to the media content instance identified by the popularity signal.



SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR A TIME SHIFT FUNCTION IN A MOBILE CONTENT GATEWAY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for distributing video content with a time shift function to at least one mobile device (411-413) at a customer premises (140) system comprising a plurality of stationary devices (421-423) capable of receiving the video content from at least one content provider (160). The method comprises the steps of: receiving, at the stationary devices (421-423), requests to selectively tune a tuner (512, 513) of the identified stationary device (421-423) to a requested channel received from the content provider (160); outputting a content, of the channel tuned to by at least one stationary device (421-423), to a mobile content gateway (414) at the customer premises (140) system; preparing, at the mobile content gateway (414), at least one single-program stream from the content received from the at least one stationary device (421-423); storing, at the storage (640) of the mobile content gateway (414), the at least one single-program stream as a time-shift buffer adaptive stream (1522) comprising a plurality of segments organized in a form of a time shift buffer; outputting, from the mobile content gateway (414), the at least one time-shift buffer adaptive stream (1522) in response to a request received from the at least one mobile device (411-413); and providing the at least one time-shift buffer adaptive stream (1522) to the at least one mobile device (411-413) over a data transmission interface.



EXTENDED RECORDING TIME APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An embodiment for recording a channel that is communicating a program of interest identifies a selected program for recording as a program of interest based upon a characteristic of the selected program, the characteristic of the selected program corresponding to at least one characteristic associated with the program of interest; records an advance period corresponding to a period before a beginning of the program of interest, and records a following period corresponding to a period after a conclusion of the program of interest.



SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING OF VIDEO CONTENT IN A MOBILE CONTENT GATEWAY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for distributing video content to at least one mobile device (411-413) at a customer premise (140) system comprising a plurality of stationary devices (421-423) capable of receiving the video content from at least one content provider (160). The method comprises the steps of: sending, from a mobile content gateway (414), to the at least one stationary device (421-423), requests to tune to particular channels; receiving, at the stationary devices (421-423), requests to tune a tuner (512) of the stationary device (421-423) to a requested channel received from the content provider (160); preparing, at the stationary devices (421-423), at least one single-program stream from the content received by the tuner (512) of that device and sending the single-program stream to the mobile content gateway (414); outputting, from the mobile content gateway (414), the at least one single-program stream as at least one adaptive stream; and providing the at least one adaptive stream to the at least one mobile device (411-413) over a wireless data transmission interface.



SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTING CONTENT VIA DYNAMIC CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT IN A MOBILE CONTENT GATEWAY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for distributing video content to at least one mobile device (411-413) at a customer premises (140) system comprising a plurality of stationary devices (421-423) capable of receiving the video content from at least one content provider (160). The method comprises the steps of: receiving, at the stationary devices (421-423), requests to tune a tuner (512, 513) of the stationary device (421-423) to a requested channel received from the content provider (160); outputting the content, of the channel tuned to by at least one stationary device (421-423), to a mobile content gateway (414) at the customer premises (140) system; creating, at the mobile content gateway (414), a list (671) of most popular channels on the basis of a database (631) of channels recently watched on the mobile devices (411-413); sending, from the mobile content gateway (414), to the at least one stationary device (421-423) requests to tune to channels assigned according to the list (671) of most popular channels; preparing at least one single-program stream from the content received from the at least one stationary device (421-423); outputting, from the mobile content gateway (414), the at least one single-program stream as at least one adaptive stream; and providing the at least one adaptive stream to the at least one mobile device (411-413) over a wireless data transmission interface.



RECOMMENDING A COMPOSITE CHANNEL

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Recommending channels is disclosed. A method for recommending a channel includes identifying multiple component channels of a content platform. The method further includes generating a user interest score for the user for each of the component channels. The method further includes defining a composite channel that includes a subset of the component channels. The method further includes providing a recommendation to the user to subscribe to the composite channel.



METHODS AND APPARATUS TO VERIFY AND/OR CORRECT MEDIA LINEUP INFORMATION

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus to verify and/or correct media lineup information are disclosed. An example method includes accessing, by executing an instruction with a processor, a script received from an audience measurement entity. The method further includes executing, with the processor, the script to tune a set top box to respective ones of a plurality of channels. The method further includes collecting, by executing an instruction with the processor, media identification data associated with the respective ones of the channels. The method further includes transmitting media presentation data to the audience measurement entity, the media presentation data mapping the media identification data to the respective ones of the channels.



ADAPTIVE BROADCASTING OF MULTIMEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of managing a multimedia content suitable for being played back by a terminal of a network connected to a service gateway. The content is suitable for being transcoded at a plurality of initial levels and at least one target level. The method includes receiving a request for playing back the content at a first initial level and updating at least one target level while taking account of the initial level.



METHODS, APPARATUS AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE TO ESTIMATE LOCAL MARKET AUDIENCES OF MEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to estimate local market audiences of media are disclosed herein. Disclosed example methods include accessing set-top box return path tuning data obtained from a plurality of set-top boxes located in a first geographic area. Disclosed example methods also include determining a ratio of (1) a first audience metric determined from audience measurement data associated with a second geographic area different from the first geographic area to (2) a second audience metric determined from a portion of the audience measurement data identified to be associated with monitored sites in the second geographic area having second set-top box characteristics that correspond with first set-top box characteristics of the set-top boxes located in the first geographic area. Disclosed example methods further include processing the set-top box return path tuning data based on the ratio to determine an audience exposure metric in the first geographic area.



METHODS AND APPARATUS TO ADAPTIVELY SELECT SENSOR(S) TO GATHER AUDIENCE MEASUREMENT DATA BASED ON A VARIABLE SYSTEM FACTOR

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and apparatus to adaptively gather audience information data are disclosed. The disclosed methods and apparatus monitor system factor(s) and select one or more sensors from a plurality of sensors positioned to gather audience measurement data based on the monitored factor(s). Thus, the disclosed methods and apparatus adapt to the conditions they face by selecting an amount and/or type of audience measurement data they gather.



INTEGRATING CONTENT ON REMOTE DEVICE ACCESSIBLE VIA INTERNET WITH HOSPITALITY MEDIA SYSTEM

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A hospitality media system includes a media system controller and a plurality of media devices located in a plurality of rooms and coupled to the media system controller. Each room has one or more in-room media devices located therein for performing a media function. A connection port allows a user of a room to establish data communications between the media system controller and a guest device. The media system controller is coupled to the connection port and configured to catalogue guest content available on the guest device to thereby form a guest content list, associate the guest content with one or more associated rooms at least including the user's room, and perform the media function utilizing content selected from the guest content list only on the in-room media devices located within the one or more associated rooms.



Using Aspect-Ratio Transitions To Output An Alert Indicating A Functional State Of A Back-Up Video-Broadcast System

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one aspect, an example method for outputting an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up video-broadcast system involves: a computing device receiving a first video-stream that represents first video-content; the computing device generating a first signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of aspect-ratio transitions included within the first video-content; the computing device receiving a second video-stream that represents second video-content; the computing device generating a second signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of aspect-ratio transitions included within the second video-content; the computing device making a determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack a threshold extent of similarity; and responsive to the determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack the threshold extent of similarity, the computing device outputting an alert.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONIZING PLAYBACKS AT TWO ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for synchronizing playback of a program including a video and associated first audio at a first electronic device with playback of a second audio associated with the program at a second electronic device that also receives the first audio, the method comprising: decoding, by a first audio decoder in the second electronic device, the first audio, and outputting the decoded first audio; decoding, by a second audio decoder in the second electronic device, the second audio and outputting the decoded second audio for playing back by the second electronic device; receiving a user command to synchronize the playback of the video at the first electronic device and playback of the second audio at the second electronic device; responsive to the user command, the method further comprising capturing, by a capturing device in the second electronic device, the playback of the first audio at the first electronic device; determining, by the second electronic device, an offset between the outputted decoded first audio and the captured first audio; and adjusting outputting of the decoded second audio according to the offset, so that the playback of the first audio at the first electronic device is synchronized with the playback of the second audio at the second electronic device.



METHOD FOR GENERATING A TIME MARKING FOR SYNCHRONOUS TERRESTRIAL BROADCASTING

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for generating time marking for synchronous terrestrial broadcasting in at least one single-frequency zone of at least one audiovisual stream via at least one connection in which the at least one audiovisual stream is multiplexed with at least one other audiovisual stream broadcast via the at least one connection, the method including: inserting packets including at least one item of information representing a common reference clock, detecting at least one packet including information representing the number of days elapsed since a predetermined date, calculating the number of loopbacks of a counter during a given period, updating the counter at each packet of the audiovisual stream transmitted, inserting at least one packet including the value of the updated counter in the audiovisual stream in order to form a modified audiovisual stream and transmitting the modified audiovisual stream.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LIVE BROADCAST OF STREAMING MEDIA

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure relates to the field of communications, and discloses a method and an apparatus for interrupting and resuming live broadcast of streaming media. The method includes: buffering, in real time, streaming media data during live broadcast of streaming media; interrupting the live broadcast when a broadcast insertion command is received; playing broadcast insertion information associated with the broadcast insertion command and then playing the buffered streaming media data at a specified speed from a start moment a buffer play start moment for playing the buffered streaming media data, the specified speed being higher than a live broadcast speed of the streaming media, until a playback process of the buffered streaming media data is synchronized with the live broadcast of the streaming media so as to stop the playback process of the buffered streaming media data, and resuming the live broadcast.



SIGNAL TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION APPARATUS AND SIGNAL TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION METHOD FOR PROVIDING TRICK PLAY SERVICE

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a signal transmission and reception apparatus and a signal transmission and reception method. An embodiment of the present invention provides a signal transmission method comprising: a step (S110) of encoding video data; a step (S120) of encoding a file format including the encoded video data, wherein the file format includes pre-filtering information for trick play; and a step (S130) of transmitting data including the encoded file format. According to an embodiment of the present invention, it is possible to provide trick play for an encoded stream more efficiently.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR NONLINEAR VIDEO PLAYBACK USING LINEAR REAL-TIME VIDEO PLAYERS

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for nonlinear media playback using a linear media player are described. In one implementation, a video tree representing a branching video presentation is provided, and a dynamic playlist is provided to a linear video player. A controller component interacts with the linear video player through a standard interface of the linear video player. During playback of a video content segment in the dynamic playlist by the linear video player, an indication of a user interaction with the playing video content segment is received by the controller component and from the linear video player via the standard interface, and the dynamic playlist is modified based on video content segments in a branch of the video tree. In another implementation, an uncompressed media file is selected and combined with a preceding and/or following media file. The combined files are compressed and a portion of the compressed file corresponding to the original media file is extracted.



VIDEO CONTENT DELIVERY OVER WIRELESS ACCESS NETWORKS WITH QUALITY OF SERVICE (QOS) GUARANTEES

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device receives, from a content provider, traffic parameters associated with a video content request received from a fixed user device connected to a wireless access network, and determines, based on the traffic parameters, a trigger for creating a dedicated bearer for the fixed user device in the wireless access network. The device also provides the trigger to the wireless access network, where the wireless access network creates the dedicated bearer for the fixed user device based on the trigger, and the wireless access network assigns quality of service (QoS) parameters, based on the traffic parameters, to video content delivered to the fixed user device.



Delivering Content

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems are disclosed for delivery of one or more channels of programming in an IP network. An edge gateway device may retrieve segments of programming, based on information in a manifest file, and output the segments via multicast to one or more edge devices. Advertising content may be inserted, or replaced if already present, before the segments are multicast. Segments encoded at various bit rates may be available for retrieval. Segments may be selected for retrieval based in part on a quality indicator associated with each segment.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHARING VIDEO DATA VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed are efficient and user-friendly systems or methods configured to capture and share video data in real time, at a later date, or a combination thereof in an authorized manner via social media. In certain aspects, these systems and methods include capturing video, for example, from a “Jumbotron” during a sporting event or other live venue event in an authorized manner (e.g., abiding by applicable copyright laws) and sharing this captured footage with other via social media.



High Quality Multimedia Transmission from a Mobile Device for Live and On-Demand Viewing

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Techniques are provided for transmitting high quality multimedia data from a mobile device for live and on-demand viewing. The mobile device adjusts the quality of a single multimedia data stream based on one or more factors, such as the available bandwidth of a wireless link with a server, whether there are any “live” subscribers of the multimedia data stream, whether any “live” subscribers are interacting with the mobile device, and a change in the privacy settings of the user of the mobile device. Any data that was removed from the multimedia data stream before it was transmitted to a server is subsequently sent to the server. The server generates multiple versions of the multimedia data stream that vary in terms of quality. The server selects which version of the multimedia data stream to transmit to a subscriber of the multimedia data stream based on one or more criteria.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC PRICE DELIVERY

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods of determining a dynamic price of a media content item and delivering the dynamic price of the media content item to a user are disclosed. Cardholder data may be provided by the user and may be associated with payment account data. Data associated with media content item(s) may be acquired. Dynamic price(s) for individual media content item(s) may be determined based on the payment account data, the data associated with the media content and a number of viewers. The dynamic price(s) may be displayed and a media content item selected. After receiving an authorization for a dynamic price for the selected media content item, streaming of the selected media content item may be enabled.