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Video Delivery Platform

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A video delivery platform allows an editor to create, and a user to select, from among two or more different durations of a single video. The video delivery platform can include a backend component, which is administration and content creation software running on a server or a cluster of servers (locally or remotely). Using the administration and content creation software, an editor or an algorithm prioritizes segments of the video in order to create two or more different durations of the same video. The video delivery platform can also include frontend player software which deployed across multiple device platforms for the end-user to consume the content. The user can indicate which of the two or more different durations of the same video they want to view using the frontend player.



DISTRIBUTION OF A CONTENT ITEM AND MONITORING THE DISTRIBUTION USING WATERMARKING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of and system for distributing a content item, having a plurality of segments. A composite content item is created by concatenating segments from different content items from different agencies. A segment of the composite content item may or may not already comprise a previously embedded segment watermark carrying a previously embedded segment payload. The method comprises determining if the segment already comprises a previously embedded segment watermark, and if so, logging the previously embedded segment payload in a watermark transaction log associated with the new segment payload; otherwise, embedding the new segment payload as a watermark in the segment. In the case that the segment already comprises a previously embedded segment payload, the previously embedded payload is logged in a watermark transaction log, and the previously embedded segment payload is replaced with a new segment watermark that represents the new segment payload. A method and system for monitoring the distribution of a content item using a transaction log.



Method and System for Power Management in a Frequency Division Multiplexed Network

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A network device may receive a signal from a headend, wherein a bandwidth of the received signal spans from a low frequency to a high frequency and encompasses a plurality of sub-bands. The network device may determine, based on communication with the headend, whether one of more of the sub-bands residing above a threshold frequency are available for carrying downstream data from the headend to the circuitry. The network device may digitize the signal using an ADC operating at a sampling frequency. The sampling frequency may be configured based on a result of the determining. When the sub-band(s) are available for carrying downstream data from the headend to the network device, the sampling frequency may be set to a relatively high frequency. When the sub-band(s) are not available for carrying downstream data from the headend to the network device, the sampling frequency may be set to a relatively low frequency.



AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENT OF USER-DEFINED SETTINGS FOR A VIDEO PROGRAM OR CHANNEL

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of automatically implementing customized settings for an audio-visual device regarding a particular video program and/or channel is disclosed. The method includes determining an identity of a content medium and/or content; identifying a set of user-defined settings created by a user for configuring the audio-visual device for the content medium and/or content; identifying a set of source-defined settings created by a source of the content medium and/or content for configuring the audio-visual device for the content-medium and/or content; selecting one of the two sets of settings to use for configuring the audio-visual device; and configuring the audio-visual device in accordance with the chosen set of settings.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SWITCHING VIDEO PLAYBACK RESOLUTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention discloses a method for switching video playback resolution, including: obtaining a strength of a current network signal as well as a frame rate of a currently-played video; based on the strength of the current network signal, switchable resolutions of the video, and the frame rate of the video, calculating switching time intervals of the switchable resolutions; based the strength of the current network signal, switching the resolution of the video by selecting an optimal switching time interval and the corresponding switchable resolution, and storing the optimal switching time interval and the corresponding switchable resolution in a time interval table which carries the strength of the corresponding network signal at each calculation of the switching time intervals. The present invention further discloses a system for switching video playback resolution and a television having the same.



DYNAMIC CONTENT SELECTION MENU

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A content selection menu is generated and provided to a user. The content selection menu includes a plurality of audiovisual (AV) programs that are provided for user selection. The AV programs may be positioned in the content selection menu in accordance with their associated score for content attributes. Upon providing the content selection to a user, the user may select a program for viewing or the user may indicate interest in a program. If the user indicates interest in a program a second content selection menu is generated based at least in part on the attributes of the program of interest.



METHOD AND DEVICE FOR SAME-SCREEN INTERACTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided are a method and device for same-screen interaction, applicable in a multimedia device transmitter with a same-screen sharing function. The method includes: step A, setting-up a connection with a remote data server upon detecting that the multimedia device transmitter is in a same-screen sharing state (101); step B, obtaining first interaction data associated with a link to a currently played video from table entries of association relationship between links to videos and first interaction data, pres-stored in the remote data server (102); and, step C, controlling the multimedia device transmitter to display the first interactive data (103). The present disclosure allows that the multimedia device transmitter can have interactive functions such as commenting and chatting while using the same-screen sharing function of a multimedia device.



METHOD OF QUALITY ANALYSIS FOR COMPUTER USER BEHAVOURIAL DATA COLLECTION PROCESSES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Embodiments of the present method comprise activating a data recording component on the computing device to receive information relating to the environment of the computer user and executing a quality check module in the computing device operative to analyse the environment of the computer user. The quality check module performs the steps of: assessing a received signal from the data recording component against a predetermined quality metric to ascertain if an informational content of the received signal meets a predetermined minimum quality to permit computer user behavioural data to be collected therefrom, determining and executing a responsive action where the received signal does not satisfy the quality metric, and initiating a computer user behavioural data collection process to computer user collect behavioural data during the interaction between the computer user and the computing device where the received signal satisfies the quality metric.



APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING BROADCAST SIGNALS, APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS, METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING BROADCAST SIGNALS AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a method of transmitting broadcast signals. The method includes, pairing with a companion device; receiving a PDI (Profiles, Demographics, Interests) table via broadcast signals, wherein the PDI table includes plural PDI questions related to personal interests for interactive contents, wherein the PDI table includes an ID identifying the PDI table; obtaining an answer for at least one of the PDI questions; storing the obtained answer in the PDI table; and delivering the PDI table having the obtained answer to the paired companion device.



ENHANCED PROGRAM GUIDE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for producing and displaying an enhanced program guide may include a method including identifying each channel viewed by a user over a period of time at an electronic device. The method may include storing data associated with each channel viewed, and may include producing a list of each channel viewed with the electronic device. The produced list may be ordered from most watched channel to least watched channel. The method may also include receiving a command at the electronic device to display an electronic program guide, and may still include incorporating at least a portion of the list into the electronic program guide at the electronic device for display.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY IN MEDIA ASSET RECOMMENDATION MODELS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for determining an error value based on comparing an expected media asset similarity value corresponding to a first media asset and a second media asset, as determined using a model, to a media asset similarity value determined from user preference information associated with multiple data spaces. User preference information is received from two data spaces that are managed by different content providers. User preference information from the two data spaces is normalized and an indication of similarity between two media assets is determined. The indication of similarity is compared to an expected similarity value received from a model and an error value is determined based on the comparison of the expected similarity value and the similarity value.



Aggregation Of Multiple Media Types Of User Consumption Habits And Device Preferences

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method for the aggregation of multiple media types of user consumption habits and device preferences are described. In embodiments, a connected device is adapted to receive multiple inputs supporting different types of media, aggregating the multiple media types and displaying one or more of the media types on a single display device. Another embodiment of the invention provides for a way of collecting data about user-specific adjustments to or usages of the various electronic devices and/or applications connected to the connected device. Other embodiments are described and claimed.



TARGETED TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENT AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMING CONTROL APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A targeted television advertisement and television programming control apparatus, system and method, may include a biometric viewer tracker, a programming tracking server, and an advertisement server.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUGMENTING MEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, generating narrative descriptions corresponding to visual features, visual events, and interactions there between for media content, where the narrative descriptions are associated with time stamps of the media content, and presenting the media content and an audio reproduction of the narrative descriptions, wherein the audio reproduction is synchronized to video of the media content according to the time stamps. Other embodiments are disclosed.



ELECTRONIC DEVICE, DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic device includes a communicator comprising communication circuitry, and a controller configured to control the communicator to receive a beacon signal including content information, to acquire location information based on the beacon signal, and to transmit a packet to a server, the packet including the content information, the location information, and use log information.



DISPLAY APPARATUS, AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE DISPLAY APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A display apparatus is provided, including: an output including output circuitry and configured to output content; a communicator including communication circuitry and configured to receive a signal including sensing information from a wearable device; and a controller including processing circuitry and configured to determine whether the wearable device is within an available zone to allow a viewer to watch the content, based on a received signal strength and the sensing information.



AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION WITH LOCAL MATCHING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A media device and method execute computer instructions to: generate a first query fingerprint of media content; send the first query fingerprint to a server; and receive, from the server, an identification of a first channel being watched in response to the server finding a match to the first query fingerprint. The media device iteratively receives, from the server, a plurality of fingerprints generated from the media content in locations ahead of where the media content is being received; store the plurality of fingerprints in a local database of a computer-readable storage medium; and compare a second query fingerprint of the media content with the plurality of fingerprints to determine whether the media device remains set on the first channel, without continuously pinging the server. When the media device locally detects a non-match with the second query fingerprint, the process starts over with it finding a match at the server.



AUTOMATIC CONTENT RECOGNITION FINGERPRINT SEQUENCE MATCHING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A processing device and method are disclosed with a computer-readable storage storing a database with frame fingerprints associated with media programs, e.g., frames of originating media content with a corresponding time stamp. The processing device receives, from a media device, a fingerprint of content being consumed by a user that includes an ordered sequence of frames and corresponding time stamps. The processing device queries the database to generate time-based results including a set of points resulting from mapping time stamps of the ordered sequence of frames of the fingerprint to time stamps of the most closely matching frame fingerprints. The processing device executes a pattern recognition algorithm on the set of points to determine a media program corresponding to the content being consumed and sends an identification of the media program to an advertising server (or targeter) with which to target additional content to the user viewing the media program.



INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is an information processing apparatus, including: a broadcast receiver capable of receiving a broadcast signal; and a controller configured to obtain at least information used to control an operation of an application, the application using a broadcast signal received by the broadcast receiver, and an application information table describing information on an expire date, to determine if the expire date of the obtained application information table is expired or not based on information on the expire date, and to invalidate start of the application based on the application information table if the controller determines that the expire date is expired.



TECHNIQUES FOR COMMUNICATING DISPLAY STREAMS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments are generally directed to an apparatus, method and other techniques to discover at least one sink device and at least two or more display devices, and determine capabilities for each of the two or more display devices, perform a configuration for the at least one sink device and the two or more display devices to present a display stream on the two or more display devices, and wirelessly communicate the display stream for presentation on the two or more display devices.



Communication Signaling Engine

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A verbal request for an action to be performed in connection with a user's set-top box may be received by a Program Content Manager (PCM) from a voice-enabled input/output device such as a VoIP-enabled device or a mobile communication device. Alternatively, the user may request an action via email, text message, and the like. The PCM receiving the action request may execute, or schedule the request for later execution, depending on whether the request is for a real-time or future action. The user may also request to send an alert or a program recording request to others. Recipients may be able to request further alerts or confirm a program recording invitation if certain criteria are met.



DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNAL, DIGITAL TELEVISION RECEIVER, AND METHOD OF PROCESSING DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNAL

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A digital television (DTV) receiver for processing a DTV signal, the DTV receiver including a receiver to receive a digital television signal including a plurality of extended text table (ETT) instances that appear in transport stream packets with common PID values, the ETT instances having common table ID values, each ETT instance comprising a section header and a message body, the section header containing a table identification (ID) extension field that serves to establish uniqueness of each ETT instance, the message body containing an extended text message (ETM) which provides detailed descriptions of a virtual channel or an event associated with each ETT instance, wherein the section header further contains a protocol version field indicating a protocol version, wherein the ETT instance further contains a CRC 32 field; a demodulator to the digital television signal; and an identifier to identify at least one pertinent ETT instance from a plurality of ETT instances.



Media Action Buttons

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one embodiment, a method includes determining available media content from one or more content sources, providing at least a portion of the available media content for display on a display device of a user, and determining whether a media action button should be displayed on the display device. The media action button is provided for display on the display device when it is determined that the media action button should be displayed. The media action button is operable to perform an action associated with particular available media content.



Supplemental Services Interface

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Examples are described for integrating interface functionality with other experiences. For example, if a user is interested in a particular item of scheduled or on-demand content (e.g., a television series episode), the user may also be interested in a web page devoted to the television series and/or other extras such as cast interviews, news, related theme apps, and the like. These types of experiences may be integrated into an interface by presenting the experiences as supplemental services that may be presented and/or selected.



SYSTEM, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCED INTERNET BROADCASTING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An internet broadcast system, method and apparatus provides a presentation tool that offers program content to viewers in a rich, interactive and exciting way while still offering the benefits of cost effectiveness, convenience, and which meets or exceeds the experience of live, in-person programming. At least two synchronized images are presented in multiple windows and an editable image selected from one of the at least two synchronized images, wherein the other of the at least two synchronized image(s) adjust to remain in sync with the edited image. A production panel includes an Administrative Section and a Viewer Section. The Administrative Section includes set of production tools which allow an administrator to create and modify programming that a viewer observes and engages with through the Viewer Section via a remote digital viewing device. Information flows between the production panel and viewing devices via the cloud-based software.



METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR REMOTE CONTROL

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mobile device include a processor coupled to memory media, a touch interface coupled to the processor, a wireless interface coupled to the processor, and a display aligned with the touch interface and coupled to the processor. The memory media includes processor executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including remotely controlling a set top box associated with a client of a multimedia service provider and retrieving client-specific information from a client-specific websites provided by the service provider.



Virtual Set-Top Box Device Methods and Systems

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An exemplary method includes virtual set-top box (“STB”) device system receiving a registration request to register a mobile computing device to operate as a virtual STB device, verifying that the mobile computing device is within a predefined vicinity of a dedicated STB device that is located at a user premises, providing, to the mobile computing device, a virtual STB key for use by the mobile computing device to operate as the virtual STB device by leveraging access rights of an end-user account of a media content distribution service to access the media content distributed by way of the media content distribution service, and facilitating sharing of the virtual STB key with a media content processing device for use by the media content processing device to access the media content distributed by way of the media content distribution service. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.



PROGRAM AND DEVICE CLASS ENTITLEMENTS IN A MEDIA PLATFORM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for managing entitlements in a broadcast stream are disclosed. The method includes identifying a program within a received media stream for a channel, receiving entitlements associated with the program, and writing an entitlement block containing the entitlements into a manifest file for delivery to a media client in the broadcast stream.



Apparatus and Method for Managing Media Content

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media server and parsing engine, 3rd party mobile aggregator, client servers, and a plurality of communication devices that are each associated with a user and a user profile. The media server can provide one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to media content, with the access being provided at a time selected by the user. At least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices can transmit a critique of the media content. The media server can award points to the user based on performing the critique, and can transmit the critique and user information from the user profile to the client server. The media server can provide the at least one of the one or more of the plurality of communication devices with access to at least one of services or goods to be purchased with the points. The media server can redeem the points based on a purchase of the at least one of the services or goods using the points. Other embodiments such as the obtaining of end user preferences of content in a natural environment are disclosed.



NONLINEAR MANIFOLD CLUSTERING TO DETERMINE A RECOMMENDATION OF MULTIMEDIA CONTENT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and an apparatus can include a system processor control and a system controller. The system controller can retrieve data from at least one database, the data including information associated with at least one of subscribers, multimedia content, and customer premises equipment. The system processor can formulate an input dataset from the retrieved data, perform nonlinear manifold clustering on the input dataset to formulate clusters, and determine a recommendation of multimedia content, the recommendation of multimedia content being based on a metric distance between a subscriber and a multimedia content. The system controller can transmit, to a customer premises equipment of the subscriber, the recommendation of multimedia content.



PROGRAM AND DEVICE CLASS ENTITLEMENTS IN A MEDIA PLATFORM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for managing entitlements in a broadcast stream are disclosed. The method includes receiving a manifest containing program information for a program in the broadcast stream, with the program information providing a program entitlement block. The method uses entitlements specified in the program entitlement block to enforce entitlements for the program.



SERVER DEVICE FOR SHARING CONTENTS, CLIENT DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR SHARING CONTENTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A contents sharing method includes a step for receiving playback capability information from a client apparatus; a determination step for determining, on the basis of the received playback capability information, whether to carry out partial processing of contents to be supplied to the client apparatus; and a transmission step for processing some frames in the contents to be played in the client apparatus and transmitting the processed frames to the client apparatus if it is determined that the partial processing is to be performed. Accordingly, contents may be efficiently provided.



Price Driven Multimedia Content Reception

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus can include an external interface, a user interface, and an assembly engine. The external interface can receive, from a gateway device, a subscriber content price for multimedia content, the subscriber content price being based on a lead-time of electronic delivery of the multimedia content via at least one transport provider servicing the customer premises equipment, and receive the multimedia content within the lead-time. The user interface can schedule, based on the subscriber content price, electronic delivery of the multimedia content to the customer premises equipment within the lead-time. The assembly engine can retrieve the multimedia content from a storage device and output the multimedia content to a display device.



Price Driven Multimedia Content Transmission

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus can include a system processor control and a system controller. The system processor can determine a subscriber content price for multimedia content based on a lead-time of electronic delivery of the multimedia content to a customer premises equipment via at least one transport provider servicing the customer premises equipment. The system controller can transmit the subscriber content price to the customer premises equipment and schedule electronic delivery of the multimedia content within the lead-time and in response to a subscriber request to deliver the multimedia content to the customer premises equipment.



PRICE DRIVEN MULTIMEDIA CONTENT VIDEO TIME-BANDWIDTH PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT (VTBPI) TRANSMISSION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus can include an external interface, a video aggregator, and a system controller. The external interface can receive multimedia content directed to a plurality of customer premises equipment. The video aggregator can multiplex the multimedia content directed to the plurality of customer premises equipment. The system controller can electronically deliver the multiplexed multimedia content, within a scheduled lead-time, in response to a subscriber request to electronically deliver the multimedia content to a particular customer premises equipment from the plurality of customer premises equipment. A subscriber content price of the multiplexed multimedia content can be based on the scheduled lead-time of electronic delivery.



CONTENT TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND CONTENT TRANSMISSION METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A content transmission device for transmitting a digital content to other device connected via a network, including a receiving unit that receives the digital content accompanied with a piece of copy control information indicating a condition of restricting the digital content from being copied, a communication processing unit that transmits and receives the digital content or control commands to and from the other device, a connection determining unit that determines whether the other device is present on an intra-residential network connected by the content transmission device, and a control unit that controls the receiving unit, the communication processing unit, and the connection determining unit, in which the control unit does not output the digital content received by the receiving unit from the communication processing unit to the other device in a case where the other device is determined not to be installed at an inside of a residence.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY IN MEDIA ASSET RECOMMENDATION MODELS BASED ON USERS' LEVELS OF ENJOYMENT WITH RESPECT TO MEDIA ASSETS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Methods and systems for determining an error value based on the user's expected level of enjoyment with respect to a specific media asset based on the user's level of enjoyment of other media assets, as determined using a model. User preference information is received from two data spaces that are managed by different content providers. User preference information from the two data spaces is normalized and an indication of similarity between two media assets is determined. The user's level of enjoyment with respect to a media asset is compared to an expected user's level of enjoyment with respect to the media asset received from a model and an error value is determined based on the comparison.



FACIAL ANALYSIS FOR VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM METRICS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle entertainment system includes a video display unit, a camera, a communication interface, and a processor. The video display unit provides content to a user. The camera outputs a camera signal containing data representing the user's face. The communication interface communicate with a central content usage analysis computer. The processor processes the camera signal to identify facial features, compares the facial features to defined demographics rules, identifies user demographics based on the comparison of the facial features to the defined demographics rules, correlates the user demographics to a timeline of content consumed by the user through the video display unit to generate enhanced content usage metrics, and communicates the enhanced content usage metrics through the communication interface for delivery to the central content usage analysis computer.



ADAPTIVE STREAMING TRANSCODER SYNCHRONIZATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Techniques for synchronizing streams in an adaptive streaming environment include cross-chassis and intra-chassis synchronization of video and/or audio. In an adaptive streaming system that streams content in segments or chunks at varying levels of quality corresponding to different coding rates, implementations enable seamless switching between output streams. For example, synchronizing multiple output streams for switching between coded adaptive bit rate streams across multiple chassis involve enforcing decisions of a master encoder for inverse telecine, frame rate conversion, and segment boundary to slave encoders associated with the same group of output stream representations.



Intelligent Video Streaming System

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for intelligent video streaming a video controller having at least one processor and non-transitory computer readable media having a set of instructions executable by the at least one processor to receive a playback request from a user device for a live stream, determine, from the playback request, whether source streaming content for the live stream is being transcoded, and allocate an available transcoder to transcode the source streaming content. The system further includes a transcoding having at least one processor and non-transitory computer readable media having a set of instructions executable by the at least one processor to join the multicast stream, retrieve the source streaming content, and transcode the source streaming content, and provide transcoded streaming content for delivery to the user device.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INSERTING, DELIVERING AND TRACKING ADVERTISEMENTS IN A MEDIA PROGRAM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for inserting advertisements into a media program and tracking a delivery of the advertisements is provided. The method includes the following steps: (i) generating a request for the media program; (ii) receiving the request from a user device for retrieving a plurality of advertisements; (iii) obtaining a start time and an end time of a plurality of advertisement slots associated with the media program; (iv) selecting advertisements for delivering at the plurality of advertisement slots within the media program; (v) splitting the media program into a plurality of sub-programs; (vi) splitting the advertisements into a plurality of ad chunks; (vii) creating an URL playlist by stitching URL's of the plurality of sub-programs with URL's of the plurality of ad chunks at the plurality of advertisement slots; and (viii) obtaining the URL playlist to fetch and play content associated with each URL in the URL playlist sequentially.



DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for operating a display device according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of playing back a broadcast program; obtaining a user's watching status while the broadcast program is played back; and providing information of the display device if the obtained user's watching status is obtained as a non-visual watching status in which the user does not watch a display unit of the display device.



Program, recording medium, and reproducing apparatus

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The problem to be solved is to make it possible to download via a network, efficiently manage, retrieve, and reproduce an external content associated with a content recorded on a recording medium. To solve the problem, a program is used which controls reproduction of information located on a recording medium and related information. The program includes the steps of: obtaining from the outside specific information associated with predetermined information recorded on a recording medium; and obtaining medium identification information located on a recording medium; wherein if the specific information has been obtained, a storage unit in a reproducing apparatus is controlled to associate the specific information with the medium identification information for storage.



INFORMATION RELEASE METHOD, APPARATUS, AND SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present disclosure discloses an information release method, apparatus, and system, and relates to the field of Internet technologies. The method includes: receiving, by a server, a release request sent by a first terminal that is playing a live video, where the release request carries audio information; determining, by the server, at least one second terminal that is currently playing the live video; and sending, by the server, a release notification that carries the audio information to the second terminal. The present disclosure can reduce an impact on acquisition of information in a live video.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a network device including a controller programmed to receive security video content associated with a premises where the security video content has been captured by one or more cameras located within or in proximity to the premises and where the premises have one or more digital video recorders, and transmit the security video content to the digital video recorders for forwarding to a communication device that is remote from the premises, where the security video content is wirelessly transmitted over a wireless television channel dynamically selected from available wireless television channels associated with the premises. Other embodiments are disclosed.



METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOBILE DEVICE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a method (20) for operating a mobile device (10). The mobile device (10) is configured to download a media stream comprising a plurality of data segments (S1-Sn) and to playback the media stream during download. The media stream is downloaded as a plurality of blocks of data segments and each block of data segments comprises a set of the plurality of data segments (S1-Sn) representing a corresponding media stream portion of the media stream. According to the method, a required playback time (T) for a next block of data segments to be downloaded is determined depending on a predetermined required minimum playback time (C) which defines a required minimum time duration for playing back the media stream portion provided by the next block of data segments.



INFORMATION DESCRIPTOR AND EXTENDED INFORMATION DESCRIPTOR DATA STRUCTURES FOR DIGITAL TELEVISION SIGNALS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

According to an aspect, there is provided a digital television (DTV) data stream including program and system information protocol (PSIP) data associated with content of the DTV data stream, the PSIP data including a virtual channel table (VCT) and an event information table (EIT), the EIT comprising: a source identification field identifying a source of an associated event in a DTV data stream; an event identification field indicating an identification of the event; a start time field indicating a star time of the event; a title field indicating a title of the event; and a descriptor comprising: a descriptor tag identifying the descriptor as a genre descriptor; a descriptor length indicating a total length of the descriptor; and at least one category code for an associated event in a DTV data stream, each category code specifying genre, program type, or category information of the associated event, wherein the at least one category code specifies at least one of a set of basic categories.



COMMENT INFORMATION GENERATING APPARATUS AND COMMENT INFORMATION GENERATING METHOD

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A comment information generating apparatus includes: a video obtaining unit which receives a video; a comment input receiving unit which receives position information of an object in the video and a comment that is displayed with the object and is caused to track the object starting from a predetermined timing; a target time determining unit which determines, to be a target value indicating a time length, a target time during which the comment is displayed, based on the comment; an object motion determining unit which determines, for the object, a motion trajectory having a time length substantially equal to the target time and along which the comment is caused to track the object; a comment information generating unit which generates comment information including the comment and the motion trajectory of the object; and an output unit which outputs the comment information.



APPARATUS FOR TRANSMITTING BROADCAST SIGNALS, APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS, METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING BROADCAST SIGNALS AND METHOD FOR RECEIVING BROADCAST SIGNALS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides a method of transmitting broadcast signals. The method includes, receiving an uncompressed broadcast content from an external receiving unit, wherein an watermark is embedded in a frame of the uncompressed broadcast content; extracting the embedded watermark from the uncompressed broadcast content; parsing the extracted watermark; generating an URL by using information in the parsed watermark; and launching an application by using the generated URL, wherein the application provides the interactive services related to the uncompressed broadcast content.



METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING CONNECTION BETWEEN BROADCAST RECEIVING DEVICE AND ANOTHER DEVICE CONNECTED BY NETWORK

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for managing a connection between a companion device and a broadcasting reception device over a network. The method may include transmitting a request message for obtaining an application identifier list to the broadcasting reception device, the request message comprising discovery information and discovery field information, obtaining the application identifier in response to the request message, the application identifier identifying a specific application matched with the discovery information, and obtaining specific application information based on the application identifier.