US Patent No: 5,600,364

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Network controller for cable television delivery systems

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A novel network controller for use with a digital cable headend capable of monitoring and controlling set top terminals in a television program delivery system is described. The invention relates to methods and apparatus for a network controller that manages a configuration of set top terminals in a program delivery system. The invention is particularly useful in program delivery systems with hundreds of channels of programming, a menu driven program selection system, and a program control information signal that carries data and identifies available program choices. Specifically, the invention modifies a program control information signal at the cable headend before the modified signal is transmitted to each set top terminal. This signal is used with polling methods to receive upstream data from the set top terminals. The invention initiates such upstream data retrieval, gathers all data received and compiles viewer demographics information and programs watched information. The invention processes this data and information to generate packages of advertisements, as well as account and billing reports, targeted towards each set top terminal. The invention uses upstream data reception hardware, databases and processing hardware and software to accomplish these functions.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COMCAST IP HOLDINGS I, LLCPHILADELPHIA, PA183

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Bonner, Alfred E Bethesda, MD 43 5872
Hendricks, John S Potomac, MD 98 7978

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Pioneer Electronic Corporation (4)
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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, INC. (4)
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STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC. (4)
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* 5,353,121 Television schedule system 821 1993
 
NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH, INC. (3)
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MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (2)
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* 5,339,315 Cable broadcasting system and the transmission center for on demand program services 108 1992
 
U.S. PHILIPS CORPORATION (2)
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* 5,223,924 System and method for automatically correlating user preferences with a T.V. program information database 569 1992
 
UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC. (2)
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Zenith Electronics Corporation (2)
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ACTIVEVIDEO NETWORKS, INC. (1)
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Adexpress Company (1)
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ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD. (1)
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ARVIS CORPORATION, INC. (1)
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BROADCOM CORPORATION (1)
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Cable Electric Products, Inc. (1)
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CHICAGO VENTURES, INC. OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (1)
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COMCAST IP HOLDINGS I, LLC (1)
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GARNET DIGITAL, LLC (1)
* 5,327,554 Interactive terminal for the access of remote database information 255 1990
 
H. LEE BROWNE D/B/A GREENWICH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES (1)
* 5,253,275 Audio and video transmission and receiving system 421 1992
 
HANNY MAGNETICS (B.V.I.) LIMITED (1)
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HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY (1)
* 5,015,829 Key pad and front panel assembly for an electronic instrument 58 1989
 
HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
* 5,375,068 Video teleconferencing for networked workstations 303 1992
 
HITACHI, LTD. (1)
* 5,027,400 Multimedia bidirectional broadcast system 677 1989
 
KOWA COMPANY, LTD. (1)
* 5,182,639 Real-time analytic pseudocolor encoder system 52 1991
 
MAAST PARTNERS LTD, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (1)
* 4,484,217 Method and system for remote reporting, particularly for pay television billing 294 1982
 
MASPRODENKOH KABUSHIKIKAISHA (1)
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Multivision Products, Inc. (1)
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NAGRA PLUS S.A. (1)
* 5,144,663 Method of interactive communication between a subscriber and a decoder of a system of pay-television and decoder thereof 265 1990
 
nView Corporation (1)
* 5,293,540 Method and apparatus for merging independently generated internal video with external video 70 1991
 
PACIFIC PAY VIDEO LIMITED (1)
* 5,355,162 Multi-standard cable television system 106 1993
 
Picker International, Inc. (1)
* 5,237,311 Hingedly supported integrated trackball and selection device 172 1991
 
REISS MEDIA ENTERPRISES, 1 DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA, NY, NY, 10017, A CORP. OF DE. (1)
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ROBERT BOSCH GMBH (1)
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RUF GMBH & KG ELEKTROTECHNISCHE SPEZIALFABRIK (1)
D314383 Remote-control transmitter 52 1987
 
SASKTEL (1)
* 5,172,413 Secure hierarchial video delivery system and method 595 1990
 
TECHNOLOGY RIGHTS LICENSING COMPANY, LLC (1)
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THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
D331760 Remote control 97 1990
 
Tiltrac Corporation (1)
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TV GUIDE ON SCREEN (1)
* 5,253,066 TV recording and viewing control system 612 1991
 
VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC. (1)
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VIDEO-ON-DEMAND VENTURES LLC (1)
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Viewfacts, Inc. (1)
* 4,829,558 System and device for data transmission, and related method 123 1988
 
Viscorp (1)
* 5,404,393 Method and apparatus for interactive television through use of menu windows 335 1992
 
VTRAN MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (1)
* 4,995,078 Television broadcast system for selective transmission of viewer-chosen programs at viewer-requested times 288 1989
 
WACKER-CHEMIE GMBH (1)
5,250,106 Process for water-repellent impregnation of masonry 34 1992
 
WATSON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
* 5,289,271 Cable television-usage system 67 1991
 
Zing Systems, L.P. (1)
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UNITED VIDEO PROPERTIES, INC. (115)
* 6,157,413 Interactive special events video signal navigation system 163 1995
* 6,064,376 Adjustable program guide display system 126 1997
6,604,240 Interactive television program guide system with operator showcase 70 1997
6,564,379 Program guide system with flip and browse advertisements 122 1998
6,661,468 Electronic television program guide schedule system and method 66 1998
6,396,546 Electronic television program guide schedule system and method 82 1998
6,665,869 Program guide application interface system 93 1998
6,742,183 Systems and methods for advertising television networks, channels, and programs 79 1998
* 6,072,460 Systems and methods for presenting a television program guide 60 1999
* 6,588,013 Promotional material distribution system with automatic updating of promotional material selection algorithms 101 1999
7,603,684 Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing 17 1999
6,563,515 Program guide system with video window browsing 129 1999
6,342,926 Interactive special events video signal navigation system 44 1999
7,051,360 Interactive television program guide with selectable languages 27 1999
* 6,526,577 Enhanced interactive program guide 186 1999
6,865,746 Electronic program guide with related-program search feature 140 1999
6,542,169 Systems and methods for presenting an interactive user interface 15 2000
6,922,843 Interactive television program guide system with multiple account parental control 64 2000
8,578,403 Systems and methods for improved audience measuring 0 2001
8,255,961 Systems and methods for caching data in media-on-demand systems 1 2001
6,606,128 Interactive special events video signal navigation system 40 2001
8,156,528 Personal video recorder systems and methods 3 2002
7,039,935 Program guide system with flip and browse advertisements 63 2002
6,799,326 Interactive television program guide system with local advertisements 127 2002
7,398,541 Electronic television program guide schedule system and method 18 2003
7,047,547 Electronic television program guide schedule system and method 29 2003
7,493,646 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 11 2003
7,385,586 Systems and methods for presenting an interactive user interface 2 2003
7,814,421 Program guide system with video window browsing 5 2003
8,296,802 Interactive program guide systems and processes 0 2003
7,624,410 Program guide application interface system 2 2003
7,984,468 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 7 2003
7,503,055 Systems and methods for advertising television networks, channels, and programs 21 2004
8,713,595 Interactive program guide systems and processes 0 2004
7,493,643 Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing 9 2004
7,254,823 Apparatus and method for constrained selection of favorite channels 9 2004
* 7,634,786 Interactive television program guide system for determining user values for demographic categories 16 2004
8,046,801 Interactive television program guide with remote access 37 2004
8,762,492 Electronic mail reminder for an internet television program guide 0 2004
7,287,267 Program guide system with advertisements 26 2004
8,806,533 System and method for using television information codes 0 2005
8,006,263 Interactive television program guide with remote access 7 2005
7,603,685 Program guide system with combination category search 36 2005
8,613,024 Cross-platform predictive popularity ratings for use in interactive television applications 0 2005
7,487,527 Interactive television program guide with selectable languages 21 2006
8,457,475 Systems and methods for interactive program guides with personal video recording features 1 2006
8,613,020 Program guide system with flip and browse advertisements 2 2006
8,010,979 Electronic program guide using markup language 3 2006
7,890,490 Systems and methods for providing advanced information searching in an interactive media guidance application 7 2006
8,832,742 Systems and methods for acquiring, categorizing and delivering media in interactive media guidance applications 0 2006
8,209,424 Systems and methods for providing remote access to interactive media guidance applications 0 2006
8,087,047 Systems and methods for providing remote access to interactive media guidance applications 6 2007
7,913,278 Interactive television program guide with remote access 14 2007
7,571,453 Apparatus and method for constrained selection of favorite channels 5 2007
8,843,963 Interactive television system with programming-related links 0 2007
8,768,147 Systems and methods for interactive program guides with personal video recording features 0 2007
8,578,423 Interactive television program guide with remote access 1 2007
8,392,948 Interactive program guide systems and processes 0 2007
8,087,050 Client-server electronic program guide 1 2007
7,827,582 Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing 9 2007
* 7,774,812 Interactive television program guide system with pay program package promotion 8 2007
8,327,403 Systems and methods for providing remote program ordering on a user device via a web server 4 2007
8,107,977 Cross-platform messaging 0 2007
8,739,210 Systems and methods for presenting an interactive user interface 0 2008
8,589,976 Program guide system with real-time data sources 0 2008
8,146,117 Program guide system with real-time data sources 2 2008
8,601,526 Systems and methods for displaying media content and media guidance information 0 2008
8,505,049 Interactive television program guide system and method with niche hubs 0 2008
8,732,758 Television system with aided user program searching 0 2008
* 7,930,719 Interactive television program guide with selectable languages 6 2008
7,779,445 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 30 2009
8,352,978 Systems and methods for advertising television networks, channels, and programs 0 2009
7,779,440 Apparatus and method for constrained selection of favorite channels 0 2009
7,873,973 Program guide system with combination category search 2 2009
8,589,975 Electronic program guide with advance notification 2 2009
8,301,632 Systems and methods for providing advanced information searching in an interactive media guidance application 0 2009
8,677,400 Systems and methods for identifying audio content using an interactive media guidance application 0 2009
8,555,315 Systems and methods for navigating a media guidance application with multiple perspective views 0 2009
8,359,616 Systems and methods for automatically generating advertisements using a media guidance application 2 2009
8,161,071 Systems and methods for audio asset storage and management 3 2009
8,117,564 Systems and methods for generating a media guidance application with multiple perspective views 7 2009
7,805,742 Program guide application interface system 2 2009
8,863,170 System and method for metadata-linked advertisements 0 2009
8,291,461 Systems and methods for managing the distribution of on-demand media 0 2009
8,612,310 Method and system for commerce in media program related merchandise 0 2010
8,255,952 Interactive television system with programming-related links 5 2010
8,893,194 Personal video recorder systems and methods 0 2010
8,528,032 Client-server based interactive television program guide system with remote server recording 1 2010
8,281,345 Personal video recorder systems and methods 3 2010
8,370,884 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 1 2010
8,024,763 Interactive television program guide system with pay program package promotion 3 2010
7,971,222 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 15 2010
7,937,727 Apparatus and method for constrained selection of favorite channels 0 2010
8,161,514 Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing 1 2010
8,856,844 Systems and methods for automatically purchasing and recording popular pay programs in an interactive media delivery system 0 2010
8,397,259 Program guide system with advertisements 2 2010
8,479,233 Interactive television program guide with selectable languages 5 2011
8,620,769 Method and systems for checking that purchasable items are compatible with user equipment 0 2011
8,381,248 Program guide system with combination category search 0 2011
8,887,184 Systems and methods for providing remote access to interactive media guidance applications 0 2011
8,799,971 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 0 2011
8,904,441 Systems and methods for providing program suggestions in an interactive television program guide 0 2011
8,555,316 Interactive program guide systems and processes 0 2011
8,595,767 Methods and systems for selecting a package of videos 2 2011
8,584,172 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2011
8,578,413 Interactive television program guide with remote access 1 2011
8,565,797 Cross-platform messaging 0 2011
8,776,126 Client-server based interactive television guide with server recording 0 2012
8,850,499 Systems and methods for caching data in media-on-demand systems 0 2012
8,572,654 Program guide system with combination category search 0 2013
8,806,546 Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders 0 2013
8,768,148 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2013
8,755,666 Interactive television program guide with remote access 0 2013
8,904,439 Program guide system with combination category search 0 2013
8,732,779 Interactive television program guide system with pay program package promotion 0 2013
 
BROADCOM CORPORATION (51)
6,927,783 Graphics display system with anti-aliased text and graphics feature 6 1999
6,744,472 Graphics display system with video synchronization feature 28 1999
6,738,072 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 15 1999
6,700,588 Apparatus and method for blending graphics and video surfaces 58 1999
6,661,427 Graphics display system with video scaler 28 1999
6,630,945 Graphics display system with graphics window control mechanism 11 1999
6,608,630 Graphics display system with line buffer control scheme 9 1999
6,570,579 Graphics display system 65 1999
7,446,774 Video and graphics system with an integrated system bridge controller 13 2000
6,975,324 Video and graphics system with a video transport processor 54 2000
6,853,385 Video, audio and graphics decode, composite and display system 70 2000
6,798,420 Video and graphics system with a single-port RAM 43 2000
6,768,774 Video and graphics system with video scaling 35 2000
6,636,222 Video and graphics system with an MPEG video decoder for concurrent multi-row decoding 65 2000
6,573,905 Video and graphics system with parallel processing of graphics windows 107 2000
* 6,538,656 Video and graphics system with a data transport processor 149 2000
6,529,935 Graphics display system with unified memory architecture 5 2000
6,819,330 Graphics display System with color look-up table loading mechanism 1 2001
6,781,601 Transport processor 59 2002
6,721,837 Graphics display system with unified memory architecture 7 2002
8,913,667 Video decoding system having a programmable variable-length decoder 0 2003
6,870,538 Video and graphics system with parallel processing of graphics windows 19 2003
7,057,622 Graphics display system with line buffer control scheme 1 2003
7,277,099 Video and graphics system with an MPEG video decoder for concurrent multi-row decoding 7 2003
7,530,027 Graphics display system with graphics window control mechanism 4 2003
7,538,783 Graphics display system with video scaler 7 2003
7,002,602 Apparatus and method for blending graphics and video surfaces 4 2003
7,015,928 Graphics display system with color look-up table loading mechanism 1 2004
6,879,330 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 3 2004
7,991,049 Video and graphics system with video scaling 4 2004
* 7,227,582 Graphics display system with video synchronization feature 2 2004
7,365,752 Video and graphics system with a single-port RAM 12 2004
8,063,916 Graphics layer reduction for video composition 1 2004
7,110,006 Video, audio and graphics decode, composite and display system 33 2004
7,071,944 Video and graphics system with parallel processing of graphics windows 5 2005
7,098,930 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 5 2005
7,184,058 Graphics display system with anti-aliased text and graphics feature 4 2005
7,667,710 Graphics display system with line buffer control scheme 2 2006
7,659,900 Video and graphics system with parallel processing of graphics windows 3 2006
7,667,715 Video, audio and graphics decode, composite and display system 10 2006
7,310,104 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 5 2006
7,746,354 Graphics display system with anti-aliased text and graphics feature 0 2006
7,545,438 Graphics display system with video synchronization feature 2 2007
7,848,430 Video and graphics system with an MPEG video decoder for concurrent multi-row decoding 10 2007
7,554,553 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 4 2007
7,554,562 Graphics display system with anti-flutter filtering and vertical scaling feature 2 2007
7,920,151 Graphics display system with video scaler 6 2009
8,390,635 Graphics accelerator 0 2010
8,493,415 Graphics display system with video scaler 0 2011
8,199,154 Low resolution graphics mode support using window descriptors 0 2011
8,848,792 Video and graphics system with video scaling 0 2011
 
SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA (33)
8,051,446 Method of creating a semantic video summary using information from secondary sources 0 1999
8,028,314 Audiovisual information management system 5 2000
7,055,168 Method for interpreting and executing user preferences of audiovisual information 47 2000
8,020,183 Audiovisual management system 3 2001
7,647,340 Metadata in JPEG 2000 file format 3 2001
7,499,077 Summarization of football video content 1 2001
7,904,814 System for presenting audio-video content 22 2001
8,214,741 Synchronization of video and data 2002
7,203,620 Summarization of video content 23 2002
7,657,836 Summarization of soccer video content 2 2002
7,657,907 Automatic user profiling 43 2002
8,606,782 Segmentation description scheme for audio-visual content 0 2004
7,509,580 Audiovisual information management system with preferences descriptions 6 2004
7,424,677 Audiovisual information management system with usage preferences 13 2004
7,424,678 Audiovisual information management system with advertising 6 2004
7,197,709 Audiovisual information management system with multiple user identifications 1 2004
7,194,687 Audiovisual information management system with user identification 16 2004
7,194,688 Audiovisual information management system with seasons 2 2004
7,181,691 Audiovisual information management system with presentation service 2 2004
7,178,107 Audiovisual information management system with identification prescriptions 10 2004
7,310,589 Processing of video content 11 2004
8,018,491 Summarization of football video content 0 2005
7,639,275 Summarization of football video content 0 2005
8,028,234 Summarization of sumo video content 0 2005
8,356,317 Presence based technology 1 2005
7,594,245 Networked video devices 13 2005
7,853,865 Synchronization of video and data 1 2005
7,793,205 Synchronization of video and data 4 2005
7,653,131 Identification of replay segments 1 2005
8,689,253 Method and system for configuring media-playing sets 0 2006
8,156,531 Receiving device, server, television receiver, mobile terminal, system, receiving method, information processing program, and storage medium 2 2006
8,479,096 Content display device, television receiver, content display method, content display control program, and recording medium 0 2008
8,776,142 Networked video devices 0 2009
 
PRIME RESEARCH ALLIANCE E., INC., A CORPORATION OF BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS (32)
7,240,355 Subscriber characterization system with filters 13 2000
6,820,277 Advertising management system for digital video streams 150 2000
6,704,930 Advertisement insertion techniques for digital video streams 127 2000
7,500,258 Advertisement subgroups for digital streams 33 2000
6,615,039 Advertisement subgroups for digital streams 155 2000
7,949,565 Privacy-protected advertising system 13 2000
8,151,295 Queue based advertisement scheduling and sales 7 2000
8,180,675 System and method for automatically managing avail inventory data and avail pricing 0 2000
7,039,932 Queue-based head-end advertisement scheduling method and apparatus 63 2000
7,653,923 Scheduling and presenting IPG ads in conjunction with programming ads in a television environment 4 2000
7,328,448 Advertisement distribution system for distributing targeted advertisements in television systems 14 2000
7,331,057 Grouping advertisement subavails 15 2000
7,228,555 System and method for delivering targeted advertisements using multiple presentation streams 31 2000
7,260,823 Profiling and identification of television viewers 95 2001
7,810,114 Advertisement filtering and storage for targeted advertisement systems 18 2005
7,152,237 Delivering targeted advertisements to the set-top-box 31 2005
7,870,576 Targeted advertising through electronic program guide 9 2006
7,584,490 System and method for delivering statistically scheduled advertisements 9 2007
7,690,013 Advertisement monitoring system 14 2007
7,984,466 Advertising management system for digital video streams 7 2007
8,046,798 Profiling and identification of television viewers 14 2007
8,087,045 Grouping advertisement subavails 0 2008
8,443,385 System and method for delivering statistically scheduled advertisements 3 2009
8,042,131 Scheduling and presenting IPG ads in conjunction with programming ads in a television environment of application 0 2009
7,962,934 Advertisement monitoring system 2 2010
8,225,347 Advertisement filtering and storage for targeted advertisement systems 0 2010
8,484,677 Advertisement monitoring system 0 2011
8,671,426 Scheduling and presenting IPG ads in conjunction with programming ads in a television environment 0 2011
8,667,536 Profiling and identification of television viewers 0 2011
8,677,401 Grouping advertisement subavails 0 2011
8,789,091 Queue based advertisement scheduling and sales 0 2012
8,813,126 Method and system for targeted advertisement filtering and storage 0 2012
 
COMCAST IP HOLDINGS I, LLC (29)
* 6,738,978 Method and apparatus for targeted advertising 269 1996
6,539,548 Operations center for a television program packaging and delivery system 145 1997
7,269,841 Digital cable headend for cable television delivery system 6 1997
* 7,590,993 Method and apparatus for gathering programs watched data 25 1998
6,578,201 Multimedia stream incorporating interactive support for multiple types of subscriber terminals 43 1998
* 7,134,131 Digital broadcast program billing 69 2000
7,669,223 Apparatus and method for packaging programs in a television program delivery system 2 2000
7,168,084 Method and apparatus for targeting virtual objects 26 2000
7,743,330 Method and apparatus for placing virtual objects 19 2000
7,207,053 Method and apparatus for locally targeting virtual objects within a terminal 7 2000
7,793,326 Video and digital multimedia aggregator 43 2001
7,836,481 Set top terminal for generating an interactive electronic program guide for use with television delivery system 3 2001
8,060,905 Television delivery system having interactive electronic program guide 9 2001
7,770,196 Set top terminal for organizing program options available in television delivery system 10 2001
* 7,721,307 Method and apparatus for targeting of interactive virtual objects 41 2001
* 7,836,467 Interactive user interface 5 2003
8,739,218 Data structure and methods for providing an interactive program guide 0 2003
7,913,275 Method and apparatus for switching targeted advertisements at a set top terminal 7 2003
8,578,419 Server-centric customized interactive program guide in an interactive television environment 1 2005
7,568,210 Method and apparatus for locally targeting virtual objects within a terminal 6 2007
7,930,715 Operations center for a television program packaging and delivery system 2 2009
7,865,926 System for interactively distributing information services 0 2009
8,117,635 Method and apparatus for targeting of interactive virtual objects 3 2010
8,661,465 Apparatus and method for combining realtime and non-realtime encoded content 1 2010
8,245,259 Video and digital multimedia aggregator 1 2010
* 8,522,277 Interactive user interface 0 2010
8,683,508 System for interactively distributing information services using randomization 0 2010
8,578,410 Video and digital multimedia aggregator content coding and formatting 0 2010
8,621,521 Video and digital multimedia aggregator 0 2012
 
CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (28)
7,975,277 System for providing alternative services 5 2000
7,934,232 Navigation paradigm for access to television services 22 2000
7,992,163 Video-on-demand navigational system 16 2000
8,516,525 Integrated searching system for interactive media guide 0 2000
7,962,370 Methods in a media service system for transaction processing 16 2001
8,006,262 Graphic user interfaces for purchasable and recordable media (PRM) downloads 13 2001
7,861,272 Networked subscriber television distribution 13 2001
7,849,486 Networked subscriber television distribution 10 2002
7,908,625 Networked multimedia system 11 2003
8,127,326 Proximity detection using wireless connectivity in a communications system 4 2003
8,161,388 Interactive discovery of display device characteristics 5 2004
8,020,184 Channel control system for exiting from an interactive program guide 5 2004
7,545,935 Networked multimedia overlay system 14 2004
8,094,640 Full duplex wideband communications system for a local coaxial network 4 2004
8,745,656 Tracking of presented television advertisements 0 2004
8,046,806 Multiroom point of deployment module 11 2005
8,189,472 Optimizing bandwidth utilization to a subscriber premises 6 2005
8,069,259 Managing removal of media titles from a list 5 2005
* 8,037,504 Video on demand system with selectable options of configurable random-access control 8 2005
8,707,153 Displaying comment data corresponding to a video presentation 0 2007
8,627,385 Systems and methods for operating a peripheral record playback device in a networked multimedia system 1 2007
8,230,470 Full duplex wideband communications system for a local coaxial network 2 2008
8,006,273 Updating download options for unavailable media content 8 2008
7,961,643 Optimizing data rates for video services to a subscriber 13 2008
7,865,925 Optimization of a full duplex wideband communications system 0 2008
8,640,172 System and method for characterization of purchasable and recordable media (PRM) 0 2009
8,549,567 Media content sharing over a home network 1 2009
8,739,212 Configuration of presentations of selectable TV services according to usage 0 2012
 
SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, LLC (25)
7,917,920 System for providing alternative services 0 2000
7,882,524 Navigation paradigm for access to television services 0 2000
7,882,516 Video-on-demand navigational system 0 2000
7,930,717 Graphic user interfaces for purchasable and recordable media (PRM) downloads 0 2001
7,516,470 Locally-updated interactive program guide 15 2002
7,934,235 Channel control system for exiting from an interactive program guide 0 2004
7,916,709 Full duplex wideband communications system for a local coaxial network 0 2004
* 7,810,131 Control system with global control stream for controlling a plurality of decoders 0 2005
* 7,805,750 Storage control system 0 2005
7,970,921 Managing removal of media titles from a list 0 2005
8,056,106 Video on demand system with dynamic enablement of random-access functionality 7 2005
7,934,240 Video on demand system with dynamic enablement of random-access functionality 0 2005
7,934,241 Video on demand system with selectable options of configurable random-access control 0 2005
8,032,914 Systems and methods for dynamically allocating bandwidth in a digital broadband delivery system 11 2008
7,934,242 Systems and methods for dynamically allocating bandwidth in a digital broadband delivery system 0 2008
7,886,325 Systems and methods for dynamically allocating bandwidth in a digital broadband delivery system 0 2008
7,966,635 Updating download options for unavailable media content 0 2008
7,903,577 Optimizing data rates for video services to a subscriber 0 2008
8,280,229 DVD playback over multi-room by copying to HDD 2 2008
7,870,584 Interactive program guide with selectable updating 10 2009
7,992,166 Providing alternative services based on receiver configuration and type of display device 6 2009
7,930,713 Providing alternative services based on receiver configuration and type of display device 0 2009
7,886,319 Providing alternative services based on receiver configuration and type of display device 0 2009
8,191,093 Providing information pertaining to audio-visual and personal bi-directional services 5 2009
7,904,937 Uplink signaling for global decoder control 0 2010
 
TIVO INC. (23)
* 5,872,588 Method and apparatus for monitoring audio-visual materials presented to a subscriber 377 1995
7,889,964 Closed caption tagging system 19 2000
7,779,437 Method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership 16 2000
7,558,472 Multimedia signal processing system 25 2001
8,380,041 Transportable digital video recorder system 1 2002
8,577,205 Digital video recording system 0 2003
* 8,036,514 Closed caption tagging system 1 2005
7,986,868 Scheduling the recording of a program via an advertisement in the broadcast stream 1 2005
8,176,512 Method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership 2 2005
7,934,170 Method and apparatus for displaying branded video tags 5 2005
8,380,049 Playback of audio/video content with control codes 1 2007
7,668,435 Multimedia signal processing system 10 2008
8,824,865 Digital video recorder system with an integrated DVD recording device 0 2008
8,438,596 Automatic contact information transmission system 0 2009
8,526,781 Multiple output digital video recording system 1 2009
8,457,476 Multimedia signal processing system 0 2009
8,453,193 Closed caption tagging system 3 2009
8,538,241 Multimedia signal processing system 0 2010
8,660,410 Closed caption tagging system 0 2011
8,620,144 Closed caption tagging system 0 2011
8,781,298 Closed caption tagging system 0 2011
8,719,862 Method for enhancing digital video recorder television advertising viewership 0 2012
8,893,180 Automatic contact information transmission system 0 2013
 
STARSIGHT TELECAST, INC. (21)
* 6,453,471 Electronic programming guide with movie preview 113 1997
* 6,002,394 Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 682 1997
6,323,911 System and method for using television schedule information 251 1997
7,487,529 Electronic program guide system with advertising messages in pop-ups 57 1998
6,505,348 Multiple interactive electronic program guide system and methods 306 1999
8,850,477 Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 0 2001
7,421,724 Systems and methods for displaying information regions in an interactive electronic program guide 20 2002
* 8,793,738 Television system with downloadable features 0 2003
7,493,641 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 39 2003
7,480,929 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 45 2003
7,552,459 Information system 15 2003
8,205,232 Interactive computer system for providing television schedule information 1 2004
8,566,871 Multiple interactive electronic program guide system and methods 0 2005
8,869,204 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 0 2007
8,776,125 Method and system for displaying advertisements in an electronic program guide 0 2007
8,615,782 System and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 0 2007
8,181,200 Method and system for displaying advertising, video, and program schedule listing 0 2007
8,112,776 Interactive computer system for providing television schedule information 15 2007
8,453,174 Method and system for displaying advertising, video, and program schedule listing 1 2010
8,646,005 Information system 2 2010
8,806,538 Information system 0 2014
 
BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (20)
* 6,718,551 Method and system for providing targeted advertisements 406 1999
7,587,323 System and method for developing tailored content 16 2001
7,212,979 System and method for identifying desirable subscribers 27 2001
7,086,075 Method and system for managing timed responses to A/V events in television programming 25 2001
7,020,652 System and method for customizing content-access lists 32 2001
8,086,491 Method and system for targeted content distribution using tagged data streams 12 2001
8,677,384 Methods and systems for network based capture of television viewer generated clickstreams 0 2003
7,617,508 Methods and systems for collaborative capture of television viewer generated clickstreams 14 2003
8,132,202 Methods and systems for providing targeted content 10 2004
7,269,835 Method and system for managing timed responses to A/V events in television programming 20 2005
8,640,160 Method and system for providing targeted advertisements 0 2005
7,802,276 Systems, methods and products for assessing subscriber content access 2 2005
7,593,858 System and method for identifying desirable subscribers 17 2006
8,812,363 Methods, systems, and products for managing advertisements 0 2007
8,219,411 Methods, systems, and products for targeting advertisements 2 2009
8,224,662 Methods, systems, and products for developing tailored content 1 2009
7,934,227 Methods and systems for capturing commands 0 2009
8,856,841 Methods, systems, and products for customizing content-access lists 0 2010
8,548,820 Methods, systems, and products for targeting advertisements 0 2012
8,700,419 Methods, systems, and products for tailored content 0 2012
 
MICROSOFT CORPORATION (19)
6,698,020 Techniques for intelligent video ad insertion 645 1998
7,168,086 Proxy for video on demand server control 11 1998
7,051,351 System and method of inserting advertisements into an information retrieval system display 87 1999
6,374,402 Method and apparatus for installation abstraction in a secure content delivery system 281 1999
7,730,169 Business method and system for serving third party software applications 4 2000
* 7,673,315 System and method for providing program criteria representing audio and/or visual programming 35 2000
7,383,564 Video on demand methods and systems 9 2001
7,392,532 Interactive video programming methods 30 2003
7,386,874 Video on demand methods and systems 14 2004
7,363,646 Video on demand methods and systems 2 2004
7,913,283 Video on demand methods and systems 2 2004
7,916,631 Load balancing in set top cable box environment 2 2005
7,885,517 Scheduling the recording of television programs 1 2005
7,676,138 Television program pause for interactive sessions 1 2005
7,493,647 Video on demand 8 2005
8,099,758 Policy based composite file system and method 6 2005
7,865,919 Proxy for video on demand server control 0 2005
7,793,325 Video on demand methods and systems 0 2008
8,612,514 Serving software applications from servers to client computers 0 2010
 
INTEL CORPORATION (18)
7,313,806 Method and apparatus for channel surfing through multiple sources based on user-definable preferences 9 1998
* 6,671,880 Method and apparatus for customized rendering of commercials 22 1998
7,167,895 Signaling method and apparatus to provide content on demand in a broadcast system 52 2000
7,185,352 Method and apparatus for combining broadcast schedules and content on a digital broadcast-enabled client platform 24 2001
7,055,165 Method and apparatus for periodically delivering an optimal batch broadcast schedule based on distributed client feedback 32 2001
7,020,893 Method and apparatus for continuously and opportunistically driving an optimal broadcast schedule based on most recent client demand feedback from a distributed set of broadcast clients 29 2001
7,328,455 Apparatus and method for enabling secure content decryption within a set-top box 14 2001
7,363,569 Correcting for data losses with feedback and response 9 2001
7,047,456 Error correction for regional and dynamic factors in communications 6 2001
* 7,703,118 Delivery of feedback information to scheduling service to determine optimum broadcast times based upon client platform tuner contention 0 2001
7,231,653 Method for delivering transport stream data 3 2001
8,621,517 Method and apparatus for channel surfing through multiple sources based on user-definable preferences 0 2003
7,269,775 Correcting for data losses with feedback and response 4 2004
7,962,573 Method and apparatus to determine broadcast content and scheduling in a broadcast system 0 2007
8,209,574 Correcting for data losses with feedback and response 0 2008
8,214,867 Delivery of feedback information to scheduling service to determine optimum broadcast times based upon client platform tuner contention 2010
8,108,542 Method and apparatus to determine broadcast content and scheduling in a broadcast system 3 2010
8,839,298 Method and apparatus to determine broadcast content and scheduling in a broadcast system 0 2012
 
SONY CORPORATION (14)
* 6,314,576 Video and audio signal editing and transmitting apparatus and method of same 11 1997
* 6,169,570 Two-way information transmission system, two-way information method, and subscriber terminal device 13 1997
* 6,266,813 Digital broadcasting system and digital broadcasting method 18 1999
* 7,434,245 Electronic program guide system using images of reduced size to identify respective programs 13 1999
* 8,108,886 Receiving apparatus and receiving method, broadcasting apparatus and broadcasting method, information processing apparatus and information processing method, bidirectional communication system and bidirectional communication method, and providing medium 5 2000
* 7,124,428 Information providing system, information terminal device, information server device and information providing method 1 2001
* 7,673,320 Information transmission/reception system and method and information processing method and apparatus for automatic detection of data for commercial messages 1 2001
* 8,191,090 Communication apparatus, communication system, and method of same 0 2001
* 8,065,701 Information broadcasting method, information broadcasting system, and receiving apparatus for transmitting data other than program through digital broadcasting 1 2001
* 8,332,891 Information processing apparatus and method, and program 0 2003
* 7,913,276 Data-providing system, transmission server, data terminal, apparatus, authoring apparatus and data-providing method 1 2005
* 2005/0240,957 Information processing apparatus and method, and program 5 2005
8,266,651 Information providing system, information terminal device, information server device and information providing method 0 2005
* 8,271,388 Image commercial transactions system and method, image transfer system and method, image distribution system and method, display device and method 2006
 
APPLE INC. (12)
* 5,754,939 System for generation of user profiles for a system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects 1158 1995
8,712,382 Method and device for managing subscriber connection 0 2006
8,595,851 Message delivery management method and system 0 2008
8,478,240 Systems, methods, network elements and applications for modifying messages 2 2008
8,719,091 System, method and computer program for determining tags to insert in communications 0 2008
8,898,217 Content delivery based on user terminal events 0 2010
* 8,504,419 Network-based targeted content delivery based on queue adjustment factors calculated using the weighted combination of overall rank, context, and covariance scores for an invitational content item 1 2010
8,640,032 Selection and delivery of invitational content based on prediction of user intent 0 2010
8,510,309 Selection and delivery of invitational content based on prediction of user interest 1 2010
8,799,461 System for collecting, analyzing, and transmitting information relevant to transportation networks 0 2012
8,812,494 Predicting content and context performance based on performance history of users 1 2013
8,737,952 Advertisement scheduling 0 2013
 
GOOGLE INC. (12)
* 5,812,929 Bidirectional cable television system, cable television distributing device and processing terminal device 17 1996
7,039,599 Method and apparatus for automatic placement of advertising 284 1998
RE44724 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 0 2000
7,444,658 Method and system to perform content targeting 44 2001
8,566,154 Network for distribution of re-targeted advertising 0 2002
8,676,644 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 0 2002
7,930,207 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 6 2004
7,844,488 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 26 2004
7,827,062 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 10 2004
7,945,928 Methods, systems, and products for classifying subscribers 3 2009
RE44899 Method of delivery, targeting, and measuring advertising over networks 0 2011
* 8,739,207 Demographic classifiers from media content 0 2012
 
INDEX SYSTEMS, INC. (12)
6,177,931 Systems and methods for displaying and recording control interface with television programs, video, advertising information and program scheduling information 1274 1998
7,003,792 Smart agent based on habit, statistical inference and psycho-demographic profiling 174 1999
7,814,511 Systems and methods for digitizing video related to products 5 2003
* 8,156,529 System and method for preprogrammed purchasing of television offered products 0 2003
7,328,450 Method and system for displaying targeted advertisements in an electronic program guide 80 2003
8,265,458 System and method for generating video taping reminders 2 2004
8,689,259 Home entertainment system and method of its operation 0 2004
7,941,818 System and method for utilizing EPG database for modifying advertisements 2 2007
8,272,011 Method and system for displaying advertisements between schedule listings 4 2010
8,321,896 Systems and methods for capturing and storing a product-related video frame 2010
8,792,776 System and method for generating video taping reminders 0 2012
8,793,742 Systems and methods for capturing and storing an advertisement-related video clip 0 2012
 
OPENTV, INC. (12)
* 5,819,034 Apparatus for transmitting and receiving executable applications as for a multimedia system 138 1994
* 5,848,352 Compact graphical interactive information system 192 1995
* 6,530,082 Configurable monitoring of program viewership and usage of interactive applications 191 1998
* 5,969,715 Compact graphical interactive information system 83 1998
7,079,176 Digital interactive system for providing full interactivity with live programming events 112 2000
* 7,757,265 System and method for local meta data insertion 1 2001
7,305,691 System and method for providing targeted programming outside of the home 42 2001
RE44685 Apparatus for transmitting and receiving executable applications as for a multimedia system, and method and system to order an item using a distributed computing system 0 2001
7,448,063 Digital interactive system for providing full interactivity with live programming events 64 2002
7,075,899 System and method for providing private in-band data to digital set-top boxes in a broadcast environment 8 2002
7,409,437 Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated Internet information segments 27 2002
7,930,716 Techniques for reinsertion of local market advertising in digital video from a bypass source 0 2002
 
ROVI GUIDES, INC. (12)
6,239,794 Method and system for simultaneously displaying a television program and information about the program 179 1995
* 6,028,599 Database for use in method and apparatus for displaying television programs and related text 128 1996
7,996,864 Method and apparatus for displaying television programs and related text 3 2003
8,761,584 System and method for searching a database of television schedule information 0 2004
8,582,946 Systems and methods for recording programs using a network recording device as supplemental storage 1 2005
8,407,737 Systems and methods for providing a scan transport bar 0 2007
8,799,954 Systems and methods for providing custom media content flipping 0 2007
8,745,661 Systems and methods for providing enhanced sports watching media guidance 0 2007
8,640,165 Systems and methods for providing enhanced sports watching media guidance 0 2007
8,281,341 Systems and methods for providing media guidance planners 2 2007
8,624,908 Systems and methods of transitioning from buffering video to recording video 0 2008
8,490,138 Channel searching by content type 0 2009
 
PINPOINT INCORPORATED (10)
* 5,758,257 System and method for scheduling broadcast of and access to video programs and other data using customer profiles 985 1994
* 5,835,087 System for generation of object profiles for a system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects 1045 1995
* 5,754,938 Pseudonymous server for system for customized electronic identification of desirable objects 775 1995
* 6,088,722 System and method for scheduling broadcast of and access to video programs and other data using customer profiles 527 1997
* 6,020,883 System and method for scheduling broadcast of and access to video programs and other data using customer profiles 382 1998
7,630,986 Secure data interchange 386 2000
7,483,871 Customized electronic newspapers and advertisements 72 2002
8,056,100 System and method for providing access to data using customer profiles 2 2005
7,853,600 System and method for providing access to video programs and other data using customer profiles 16 2005
8,171,032 Providing customized electronic information 11 2008
 
THOMSON LICENSING (10)
* 6,588,018 Method for automating updating of configuration/status information in master control switcher 2 1999
8,495,679 Method and apparatus for delivery of television programs and targeted de-coupled advertising 3 2001
8,302,127 System and method for personalized TV 1 2001
8,046,797 System, method, and software application for targeted advertising via behavioral model clustering, and preference programming based on behavioral model clusters 27 2002
8,352,984 System and method for generating and managing user preference information for scheduled and stored television programs 1 2002
8,087,051 Database management system and method for electronic program guide and television channel lineup organization 0 2002
8,351,765 Television program recording with user preference determination 0 2002
8,818,871 Method and system for electronic purchases using an intelligent data carrier medium, electronic coupon system, and interactive TV infrastructure 0 2002
8,351,763 Television program recording with user preference determination 0 2002
8,850,465 System, method, and software application for targeted advertising via behavioral model clustering, and preference programming based on behavioral model clusters 0 2011
 
ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES L.L.C. (8)
8,165,450 Methods and apparatus for filtering content in a video stream using text data 1 2007
8,165,451 Methods and apparatus for displaying information regarding interstitials of a video stream 1 2007
8,156,520 Methods and apparatus for presenting substitute content in an audio/video stream using text data 7 2008
8,588,579 Methods and apparatus for filtering and inserting content into a presentation stream using signature data 0 2009
8,510,771 Methods and apparatus for filtering content from a presentation stream using signature data 0 2009
8,407,735 Methods and apparatus for identifying segments of content in a presentation stream using signature data 0 2009
8,437,617 Method and apparatus for modifying the presentation of content 0 2009
8,726,309 Methods and apparatus for presenting substitute content in an audio/video stream using text data 0 2012
 
INVIDI TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (8)
8,108,895 Content selection based on signaling from customer premises equipment in a broadcast network 19 2006
7,730,509 Asset delivery reporting in a broadcast network 23 2006
8,065,703 Reporting of user equipment selected content delivery 1 2006
7,698,236 Fuzzy logic based viewer identification for targeted asset delivery system 28 2007
8,272,009 System and method for inserting media based on keyword search 2007
7,849,477 Asset targeting system for limited resource environments 2 2008
8,146,126 Request for information related to broadcast network content 0 2009
8,776,115 National insertion of targeted advertisement 0 2009
 
TVWORKS, LLC (8)
* 6,668,278 Information retrieval system using an internet multiplexer to focus user selection 30 1999
8,296,792 Method and system to provide interactivity using an interactive channel bug 5 2001
* 8,046,792 Multi-channel audio enhancement for television 1 2002
7,072,948 Information retrieval system using an internet multiplexer to focus user selection 2 2003
8,650,480 Method and system for transforming content for execution on multiple platforms 0 2010
8,667,387 Method and system for transforming content for execution on multiple platforms 0 2011
8,433,898 Trust information delivery scheme for certificate validation 0 2011
8,667,530 Method and system to provide interactivity using an interactive channel bug 0 2012
 
COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (7)
* 6,314,572 Method and apparatus for providing subscription-on-demand services, dependent services and contingent services for an interactive information distribution system 135 1999
8,347,345 Television terminal modem 0 1999
8,276,183 Television terminal data storage 1 1999
7,735,106 Method for providing subscription-on-demand services 1 2001
7,571,451 Method and apparatus for performing session based conditional access 1 2003
* 8,255,956 System and method for delivery of short-time duration video segments 0 2006
8,001,560 Method for providing subscripton-on-demand services 0 2010
 
FACEBOOK, INC. (7)
6,807,558 Utilization of information "push" technology 197 1998
* 8,028,092 Inserting advertising content 10 2002
8,572,278 Generating multiple data streams from a single data source 1 2007
* 8,762,575 Inserting advertising content 0 2011
8,769,151 Adding advertising content to media content 0 2012
8,904,026 Time-shifting streaming data 0 2012
8,843,559 Modifying payloads of digital streams for digital conferencing 0 2012
 
GEMSTAR DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (7)
6,477,705 Method and apparatus for transmitting, storing, and processing electronic program guide data for on-screen display 118 1996
6,756,997 Systems and methods for displaying and recording control interface with television programs, video, advertising information and program scheduling information 295 2000
8,635,649 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 3 2002
8,732,757 System and method for targeted advertisement display responsive to user characteristics 0 2006
8,448,209 System and method for displaying advertisements responsive to EPG information 0 2007
8,336,071 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 5 2010
8,726,311 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2010
 
INTERVAL LICENSING LLC (6)
7,778,519 Iterative, maximally probable, batch-mode commercial detection for audiovisual content 7 2005
8,910,199 Targeted television content display 0 2009
8,185,923 System and method for selecting advertisements 6 2010
8,630,536 Iterative, maximally probable, batch-mode commercial detection for audiovisual content 0 2010
8,522,274 System and method for selecting advertisements 0 2012
8,724,967 Iterative, maximally probable, batch-mode commercial detection for audiovisual content 0 2012
 
SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA, INC. (6)
* 5,734,822 Apparatus and method for preprocessing computer programs prior to transmission across a network 42 1995
* 6,792,616 System and method for providing a plurality of programming services in a television system 83 1998
6,738,982 Method and system for uniform resource identification and access to television services 45 2000
7,487,532 Optimization of a full duplex wideband communications system 38 2004
* 7,721,318 Uplink signaling for global decoder control 0 2005
7,876,998 DVD playback over multi-room by copying to HDD 10 2005
 
BENEFICIAL INNOVATIONS, INC. (5)
7,496,943 Network system for presenting advertising 89 2000
6,712,702 Method and system for playing games on a network 198 2001
RE44323 Method and system for playing games on a network 0 2008
8,065,702 Network advertising and game playing 2 2009
RE44566 Advertising system for the internet and local area networks 2 2010
 
FERNANDEZ, DENNIS S. (5)
* 6,339,842 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 77 1998
7,221,387 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 11 2003
7,917,937 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 4 2006
7,900,235 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 0 2009
8,032,915 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 0 2009
 
NETWORK COMPUTERS, INC. (5)
6,604,242 Combining television broadcast and personalized/interactive information 53 1998
6,577,351 Anti-aliasing television signals for display 5 1998
6,400,371 Television signal chrominance adjustment 7 1998
6,381,741 Secure data downloading, recovery and upgrading 66 1998
6,513,116 Security information acquisition 26 1998
 
RPX CORPORATION (5)
* 5,913,040 Method and apparatus for transmitting and displaying information between a remote network and a local computer 580 1995
* 5,835,717 System and method for saving state information in an interactive television system 47 1995
* 6,457,177 Dual port interactive media system 17 1999
6,317,789 Method and apparatus for transmitting and displaying information between a remote network and a local computer 78 1999
* 6,829,782 System for accessing a remote processor on a network 1 2000
 
HITACHI MAXELL, LTD. (4)
* 6,021,231 Video retrieval method and apparatus 24 1997
6,192,151 Video retrieval method and apparatus 7 1999
6,567,550 Video retrieval method and apparatus 5 2002
6,766,057 Video retrieval method and apparatus 2 2003
 
IRDETO USA, INC. (4)
* 5,940,738 Video pedestal network 146 1995
6,738,983 Video pedestal network 35 1997
6,594,826 Video pedestal network 47 1997
* 7,278,152 Video pedestal network 8 1998
 
QUALCOMM INCORPORATED (4)
6,731,295 Graphics display system with window descriptors 6 1999
6,661,422 Video and graphics system with MPEG specific data transfer commands 61 2000
7,256,790 Video and graphics system with MPEG specific data transfer commands 23 2003
7,598,962 Graphics display system with window descriptors 2 2004
 
TWO WAY MEDIA LIMITED (4)
7,266,686 Multicasting method and apparatus 26 2002
* 7,080,153 Multicasting method and apparatus 23 2004
7,600,120 System for delivering media 25 2006
8,539,237 Methods and systems for playing media 0 2006
 
AOL INC. (3)
7,849,160 Methods and systems for collecting data for media files 21 2001
8,595,475 Method of disseminating advertisements using an embedded media player page 1 2012
8,819,404 Method of disseminating advertisements using an embedded media player page 0 2013
 
APTIV DIGITAL, INC. (3)
7,853,120 Video recorder having user extended and automatically extended time slots 2 2004
8,176,516 Video recorder having user extended and automatically extended time slots 0 2009
8,532,466 Video recorder having user extended and automatically extended time slots 0 2010
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (3)
* 6,118,976 Asymmetric data communications system 69 1997
6,983,478 Method and system for tracking network use 163 2000
8,839,314 Device, system, and method for managing television tuners 0 2013
 
NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH, INC. (3)
7,587,728 Methods and apparatus to monitor reception of programs and content by broadcast receivers 17 2006
8,151,291 Methods and apparatus to meter content exposure using closed caption information 0 2007
8,732,738 Audience measurement systems and methods for digital television 0 2011
 
NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS GMBH & CO. KG (3)
* 6,101,535 Process for selecting and requesting multimedia services 12 1998
7,363,643 Real-time audience monitoring, content rating, and content enhancing 34 2001
8,006,259 Real-time audience monitoring, content rating, and content enhancing 8 2007
 
SOFTRICITY, INC. (3)
7,690,039 Method and apparatus for content protection in a secure content delivery system 4 2004
7,707,641 Method and apparatus for secure content delivery over broadband access networks 4 2006
7,797,372 Serving software applications from servers for client computers 3 2008
 
AREPA.COM, INC. (2)
7,017,188 Method and apparatus for secure content delivery over broadband access networks 106 1999
6,763,370 Method and apparatus for content protection in a secure content delivery system 125 1999
 
ARRIS ENTERPRISES, INC. (2)
8,281,333 Smart carousel 0 2009
8,843,982 Smart carousel 0 2012
 
BOX WORLDWIDE, L.L.C., THE (2)
* 5,914,712 Interactive video system 171 1995
* 6,124,854 Interactive video system 70 1997
 
BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING LIMITED (2)
* 8,572,650 Receivers for television signals 0 2008
* 2009/0049,483 RECEIVERS FOR TELEVISION SIGNALS 3 2008
 
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING, LLC (2)
* 6,314,573 Method and apparatus for providing subscription-on-demand services for an interactive information distribution system 91 1998
* 6,305,019 System for interactively distributing information services having a remote video session manager 74 1998
 
COMCAST MO GROUP, INC. (2)
* 6,889,382 Remote TV control system 35 1999
7,721,305 Remote TV control system 2 2005
 
DISH NETWORK L.L.C. (2)
8,136,140 Methods and apparatus for generating metadata utilized to filter content from a video stream using text data 11 2007
8,606,085 Method and apparatus for replacement of audio data in recorded audio/video stream 0 2008
 
DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC. (2)
7,702,752 Method and apparatus for redirection of server external hyper-link references 7 2005
8,117,286 Method and apparatus for redirection of server external hyper-link references 1 2010
 
FERNANDEZ, DENNIS (2)
7,880,762 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 0 2008
8,072,480 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 0 2008
 
HITACHI CONSUMER ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (2)
6,424,744 Video retrieval method and apparatus 5 2001
7,203,366 Video retrieval method and apparatus 7 2004
 
INDIVIDUAL NETWORK, LLC (2)
7,124,091 Method and system for ordering an advertising spot over a data network 6 2000
7,117,516 Method and system for providing a customized media list 30 2002
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (2)
* 7,249,366 Control of a system for processing a stream of information based on information content 64 1999
7,003,789 Television commerce payments 11 1999
 
LOGITECH EUROPE S.A. (2)
8,266,667 Systems and methods for awarding affinity points based upon remote control usage 5 2009
8,646,019 Systems and methods for awarding affinity points based upon remote control usage 0 2012
 
MEEVEE, INC. (2)
7,444,660 System and method for generating metadata for video programming events 15 2001
7,367,043 System and method for generating metadata for programming events 33 2001
 
MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC. (2)
* 5,945,988 Method and apparatus for automatically determining and dynamically updating user preferences in an entertainment system 416 1997
7,275,254 Method and apparatus for determining and displaying the service level of a digital television broadcast signal 15 2000
 
N2 BROADBAND, INC. (2)
7,757,261 Systems and methods for providing flexible provisioning architectures for a host in a cable system 10 2003
* 7,627,868 Systems and methods for distributing software for a host device in a cable system 5 2003
 
NL SYSTEMS, LLC (2)
8,239,682 Method and system for digital rights management of documents 0 2005
8,677,126 Method and system for digital rights management of documents 0 2012
 
ODS PROPERTIES, INC. (2)
6,735,487 Interactive wagering system with promotions 20 2000
7,264,546 Interactive wagering system with promotions 25 2004
 
QWEST COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL INC. (2)
* 7,152,200 Internet-based database report writer and customer data management system 9 1997
* 6,411,992 Method and apparatus for broadcasting information over a network 77 1999
 
ROVI SOLUTIONS CORPORATION (2)
8,438,601 Resource management for a networked personal video recording system 2 2003
8,737,801 Methods and apparatus for client aggregation of television programming in a networked personal video recording system 0 2008
 
SCHULTHEISS, CHRISTOPHER J. (2)
* 6,545,722 Methods and systems for providing television related services via a networked personal computer 113 1998
6,678,004 Methods and systems for providing information to a plurality of set-top boxes via a personal computer using set-top box identifiers 15 1999
 
THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC. (2)
7,773,860 Video data recorder with personal channels 9 2003
* 8,572,639 Broadcast advertisement adapting method and apparatus 0 2005
 
THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC (2)
7,742,737 Methods and apparatus for identifying a digital audio signal 2 2002
8,548,373 Methods and apparatus for identifying a digital audio signal 1 2010
 
TV GUIDE NETWORKS, INC. (2)
7,185,355 Program guide system with preference profiles 194 1998
8,806,536 Program guide system with preference profiles 0 2012
 
VULCAN PATENTS LLC (2)
6,968,565 Detection of content display observers with prevention of unauthorized access to identification signal 15 2000
7,661,116 Auction for targeted content 6 2007
 
YAHOO! INC. (2)
* 6,298,482 System for two-way digital multimedia broadcast and interactive services 221 1997
* 7,516,092 System and method for performing purchase transactions utilizing a broadcast-based device 1 2007
 
ACTIVEVIDEO NETWORKS, INC. (1)
* 5,883,661 Output switching for load levelling across multiple service areas 33 1995
 
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* 6,859,828 Bi-directional test system for network analysis 7 1997
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, INC. (1)
8,468,556 Methods, systems, and products for evaluating performance of viewers 0 2007
 
BLACKARROW, INC. (1)
7,519,273 Content with advertisement information segment 18 2001
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
* 6,460,056 Method and apparatus for displaying sign language images corresponding to input information 7 1994
 
CIENA CORPORATION (1)
* 8,645,990 Dynamic advertising control 0 2006
 
COGENT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
* 6,029,045 System and method for inserting local content into programming content 471 1997
 
CORE WIRELESS LICENSING S.A.R.L (1)
6,918,131 Systems and methods for characterizing television preferences over a wireless network 34 2000
 
CROSS ATLANTIC CAPITAL PARTNERS, INC. (1)
6,519,629 System for creating a community for users with common interests to interact in 148 2001
 
CSC HOLDINGS, LLC (1)
* 7,716,237 System and associated methods for remotely enabling features 0 2004
 
DENNIS S. FERNANADEZ (1)
7,355,621 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 5 2005
 
DENNIS S. FERNANDEZ (1)
7,802,275 Digital television with subscriber conference overlay 0 2006
 
DI-WALKOR III SERVICES LLC (1)
* 8,676,619 Online system enabling control of educational and advertising content 0 2010
 
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT (1)
* 6,188,398 Targeting advertising using web pages with video 123 1999
 
DIRECT SOURCE INTERNATIONAL, LLC (1)
7,394,347 Locking device for electronic equipment 4 2003
 
ERICSSON TELEVISION INC. (1)
7,958,505 Systems and methods for distributing software for a host device in a cable system 2 2009
 
EVOLVE COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (1)
8,769,598 Program guide on a remote control 0 2002
 
GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC (1)
* 5,892,910 CATV communication system for changing first protocol syntax processor which processes data of first format to second protocol syntax processor processes data of second format 59 1995
 
HUGHES ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
* 5,978,649 Method and apparatus for dynamic conditional channel authorization in a broadcast system 48 1996
 
INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (1)
* 5,819,286 Video database indexing and query method and system 38 1995
 
INFORMATION BROADCASTING LABORATORIES, INC. (1)
* 6,546,556 Video clip identification system unusable for commercial cutting 78 1998
 
INTERAD TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (1)
8,813,123 Content with customized advertisement 0 2003
 
ITVTRAX, LLC (1)
* 6,286,140 System and method for measuring and storing information pertaining to television viewer or user behavior 169 1997
 
LG ELECTRONICS INC. (1)
* 8,327,397 Method for providing information during a channel change in a digital broadcast receiver 1 2005
 
LIBERATE TECHNOLOGIES A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE (1)
* 5,991,799 Information retrieval system using an internet multiplexer to focus user selection 183 1996
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
* 5,923,361 Multiple subscriber video-on-demand system 37 1996
 
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8,495,680 System and method for behavioral model clustering in television usage, targeted advertising via model clustering, and preference programming based on behavioral model clusters 1 2002
 
MUSIC CORPORATION (1)
* 6,025,869 Video viewing supervision system 131 1996
 
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6,651,253 Interactive system and method for generating metadata for programming events 61 2001
 
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8,544,036 Methods and apparatus for scheduling broadcast commercials 0 2003
 
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* 6,266,812 Addressable CATV end-user payment collection management system 1 1999
 
NOKIA CORPORATION (1)
7,889,662 Charging in telecommunications network 0 2001
 
Open TV, Corp. (1)
7,243,139 Enhanced video programming system and method for incorporating and displaying retrieved integrated Internet information segments 40 2004
 
RASEBORG COMMUNICATIONS LLC (1)
* 6,160,988 System and method for managing hardware to control transmission and reception of video broadcasts 41 1996
 
RAVEN INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
* 5,999,795 RF GPS long cable driver 10 1997
 
RICOH COMPANY, LTD. (1)
7,216,360 Device management system, management client, controller server, method for managing usage context of device, and recording medium which records the method 12 2001
 
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7,908,627 System and method to provide a unified video signal for diverse receiving platforms 4 2005
 
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7,911,483 Graphics display system with window soft horizontal scrolling mechanism 1 1999
 
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7,487,525 Method and apparatus for gathering programs watched data 0 1998
 
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6,771,268 Video skimming system utilizing the vector rank filter 29 2000
 
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6,651,208 Method and system for multiple column syndrome generation 10 2000
 
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8,627,356 Method and apparatus for television program promotion 0 2010
 
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7,690,022 Video distribution system for digital and analog subscribers 4 2003
 
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6,263,501 Systems and methods for linking television viewers with advertisers and broadcasters 267 1999
 
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8,892,495 Adaptive pattern recognition based controller apparatus and method and human-interface therefore 0 2013
 
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7,730,513 Systems and methods for provisioning a host device for enhanced services in a cable system 0 2006
 
Thomson Licenging (1)
8,538,892 Method and system for electronic purchases using an intelligent data carrier medium, electronic coupon system, and interactive TV infrastructure 0 2006
 
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* 7,757,251 Technique for providing program guide data through a communications network delivering programming content 7 2003
 
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* 6,160,570 Digital television system which selects images for display in a video sequence 169 1998
 
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* 8,826,365 Media playout system 0 2003
 
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* 7,636,846 Global conditional access system for broadcast services 7 1998
 
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* 6,169,542 Method of delivering advertising through an interactive video distribution system 150 1998
 
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7,360,159 System for creating media presentations of computer software application programs 9 2003
 
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* 6,564,381 Automatic digital information and content scheduling and barkering system 14 1998
 
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8,756,644 System and method for supplying supplemental audio information for broadcast television programs 0 2013
 
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8,402,500 System and method for supplying supplemental audio information for broadcast television programs 0 2008
 
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8,875,196 System for network and local content access 0 2006
 
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6,983,255 Television commerce payments 2 2004
 
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* 6,073,160 Document communications controller 158 1996
 
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7,877,766 Method and system of providing a non-skippable sub-advertisement stream 9 2000
 
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6,209,939 On-site media trailer 22 1999
6,938,268 Video stream sharing 33 1999
8,918,812 Method of sizing an embedded media player page 0 2001
8,108,894 Internet-based submission of cable network content 0 2003
* 8,458,756 Videophone over cable networks 1 2006
8,918,800 Receiving apparatus and receiving method, broadcasting apparatus and broadcasting method, information processing apparatus and information processing method, bidirectional communication system and bidirectional communication method, and providing medium 0 2010
8,539,021 Method of delivering information over a communications network 0 2010
8,918,428 Systems and methods for audio asset storage and management 0 2012
8,918,811 Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing 0 2012
8,918,818 Television chat system 0 2014
8,918,807 System and method for modifying advertisement responsive to EPG information 0 2014
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