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7668440 Recording medium, recording method, reproduction apparatus and method, and computer-readable program  
An AV Clip generated by multiplexing video and graphics streams is recorded on a BD-ROM. The graphics stream is a sequence of PES packets. The PES packets include ODSs (Object Definition Segments)...
7669212 Service platform suite management system  
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for managing the presentation and regulation of E-Commerce, content and service providers access in an interactive television environment...
7669128 Methods of enhancing media content narrative  
In a method of enhancing a viewer's experience of a video program, a plurality of selectable alternative video program scenes are provided for a video program being viewed on a display. The...
7665106 Emergency alert signaling method and DTV receiver  
A terrestrial digital television receiver includes a tuner, a microcomputer, and a demodulator. The microcomputer initially determines whether the DTV receiver is on, a power-on or power-off mode....
7664370 Recording medium, reproduction device, recording method, program, and reproduction method  
An AV Clip generated by multiplexing video and graphics streams is recorded on a BD-ROM. The graphics stream is a sequence of PES packets. The PES packets include ODSs (Object Definition Segments)...
7664516 Method and system for peer-to-peer advertising between mobile communication devices  
Disclosed are a method and system for peer-to-peer advertising between mobile communication devices. A subsidy program is set up based on a profile of an advertiser having at least one advertising...
7653923 Scheduling and presenting IPG ads in conjunction with programming ads in a television environment  
A method and system whereby conventional television advertisements (i.e., those delivered to viewers while they watch television programming) can be delivered in conjunction with and correlated...
7634785 DVR-based targeted advertising  
DVR-based targeted advertising is described. In an embodiment, a targeted advertisement system includes a DVR, an advertisement data store, and an advertisement manager. The DVR records media...
7634786 Interactive television program guide system for determining user values for demographic categories  
An interactive television program guide system for determining user input values for demographic categories is provided. The system includes user television equipment having a receiver for...
7634787 Automatic control of broadcast and execution of interactive applications to maintain synchronous operation with broadcast programs  
An automation server interfaces with broadcast scheduling systems of various types to automatically synchronize the behavior of interactive applications relative to various broadcast programs,...
7624408 Apparatus, method, and system for information processing, and recording medium  
Apparatus, method, and system as well as recording media designed to process information so as to enable individual information to be delivered per user, together with the AV contents. A server...
7614066 Use of multiple embedded messages in program signal streams  
A method of generating a program signal stream comprises creating a sequence of serial programs that include a first event and a second, later occurring event and inserting a plurality of messages...
7603686 Information processing method and apparatus and recording medium  
An information processing apparatus in which television channel setting processing and provider setting processing can be completed expeditiously. The information processing apparatus has the...
7590993 Method and apparatus for gathering programs watched data  
A processor in a television program delivery system receives programs watched information from terminals in a television delivery system. The processor arranges the programs watched information in...
7587747 Telepresence method and apparatus for simultaneous use by multiple active/passive users  
A telepresence server is for connection to a telecommunications network for providing access to a reality engine for a plurality of passive users. The reality engine can be controlled by an active...
7584490 System and method for delivering statistically scheduled advertisements  
A system and method for scheduling advertisements in a television service network environment. An ad scheduler prepares an ad insertion schedule based on channel change statistical information and...
7568210 Method and apparatus for locally targeting virtual objects within a terminal  
A method and an apparatus are used to target virtual objects to subscribers in a television delivery system. Programs are selected and virtual object locations are defined in the selected...
7568211 System and method to implement business model for advertising revenue by detecting and tracking audience members who visit advertiser designated locations  
The invention discloses a system and method to implement a business model for advertising revenue that allows advertising hosts to reliably detect registered audience members who respond to...
7565153 Method and system for delivery of location specific information  
A method and system for delivering location specific information to a receiver without the receiver having to transmit its location. The method includes self-determining a location of a receiver...
7548962 Internet multimedia advertisement insertion system selection architecture  
Architecture is provided for selecting an ad insertion system/server from a plurality of ad insertion systems/server for receiving broadcast transmissions and inserted advertisements. A gateway,...
7546619 Voting and headend insertion model for targeting content in a broadcast network  
A system and method is provided for use in connection with delivering content that is targeted to users of a broadcast network. In order to select content that is targeted to users of the...
7546378 Server-side stream switching  
Server-side stream switching is disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes a server and a client. The server is capable of sending data within a first and a second stream via packets with a...
7536316 Methods and systems for selectively displaying advertisements  
A system, including a planning module, a control module and a receiver module, configured to schedule display of one or more advertising impressions of available advertising inventory. The...
7529856 Delivering multimedia services  
Disclosed is a scalable, hierarchical, distributed network architecture and processes for the delivery of high-performance, end-to-end online multimedia services, including Internet services such...
7519265 Method and apparatus for making archival copies of audiovisual recordings  
Recorded audiovisual programs are aggregated for archival storage on another storage medium, such as a DVD. As related programs are temporarily recorded on a DVR, the lengths of the programs are...
7506349 Method and apparatus for processing television system messages received when a device is in a low power mode  
Methods and apparatus for processing system message data received at an electronic device that is in a low power mode are disclosed. System message data is processed by receiving at least one...
7500258 Advertisement subgroups for digital streams  
A targeted advertising system based on subgroups. Different subgroups are formed based one or more subscriber characteristics, and different targeted advertisements transmitted to the different...
7487525 ***WITHDRAWN PATENT AS PER THE LATEST USPTO WITHDRAWN LIST***
Method and apparatus for gathering programs watched data
 
A processor in a television program delivery system receives programs watched information from terminals in a television delivery system. The processor arranges the programs watched information in...
7487526 Method for object retransmission without a continuous network connection in a digital media distributor system  
The present invention provides a method for object retransmission in an asynchronous environment without a continuous network connection in a digital media distributor (DMD) system. The method...
7487523 Tiered programming television delivery system  
A method is disclosed for delivering television programming, including advertisements, to subscribers using a tiered video system. Advertisements or other video programs are associated with a...
7454773 Television signal receiver capable of receiving emergency alert signals  
A television signal processing apparatus is capable of receiving emergency alert signals and providing alert outputs to notify individuals of emergency events. According to one exemplary...
7451467 Content/service handling and delivery  
An enhanced playback method including receiving real time content from source links connected to a sources, simultaneously storing the real time content as stored content using a fault tolerant...
7444656 Post production visual enhancement rendering  
Disclosed is a method and system that renders enhancement images onto receptor sites of a scene of a pre-existing program. A receptor site defines an area of a scene onto which an enhancement...
7444657 Event masking for television signal receiver having an emergency alert function  
A television signal receiver having an emergency alert function provides a masked list of emergency events during a user setup process for the emergency alert function which makes the setup...
7444658 Method and system to perform content targeting  
A method and system for targeting advertisements. Advertisements are selectively sent to user terminals based on a user classification. According to an embodiment of the present invention, a...
7434247 System and method for determining the desirability of video programming events using keyword matching  
The desirability of programming events may be determined using metadata for programming events that includes goodness of fit scores associated with categories of a classification hierarchy one or...
7383243 Systems and methods for creating and evaluating content and predicting responses to content  
A method of creating new content based on previously experienced content and content ratings, in which content attributes are obtained and analyzed against set-top box events collected as the...
7380259 System and method for integrating weather data into television broadcasts  
A system and method are provided for integrating data representing at least one weather parameter prevailing at at least a first geographic location into a television broadcast related to the...
7360160 System and method for providing substitute content in place of blocked content  
A method for blocking content from being presented at a client device including substitution of alternative content. The client device recognizes and evaluates the received tags and blocks content...
7337456 Advertisement method, advertisement apparatus, advertisement receiver and recording medium  
An advertisement method considers the circumstances of individual users. This invention comprises a received advertisement database which stores advertisement data; a time obtaining section which...
7334249 Method and apparatus for dynamically altering digital video images  
The present invention provides a method and apparatus for dynamically altering a portion of a digital video image based upon a user profile. A source, such as a network feed or video server, sends...
7331057 Grouping advertisement subavails  
Method and system for creating one or more advertising avail sections (subavails) and thereupon aggregating the subavails to form one or more groups of subavails. The advertisement opportunities...
7305691 System and method for providing targeted programming outside of the home  
A system and method for providing targeted programming to a user outside of the user's home. The method of receiving at least one of a user identification and a user profile, selecting a program...
7292604 Device and method for efficient delivery of redundant national television signals  
A method and apparatus of broadcasting is provided that has a geographic identifier memory, an overlay memory storing an overlay, a receiver circuit for receiving a broadcast signal and a control...
7237250 Promotion server using video on demand channel  
Idle Video-On-Demand (VOD) channel capacity is used to deliver promotional content to selected set-top boxes (STBs) in a cable television network. Commercial segment cues are used to instruct a...
7227583 Digital TV method for switching channel automatically  
A digital TV and a method of switching a channel automatically thereof provides a viewer with advance notice of an automatic channel switch using linkage descriptor information on HD broadcasting....
7228555 System and method for delivering targeted advertisements using multiple presentation streams  
A system and method for delivering channels of presentation streams carrying targeted advertisements in a television service network environment. The system includes a generator for generating a...
7225275 System and method for delivering high-performance online multimedia services  
Disclosed is a scalable, hierarchical, distributed network architecture and processes for the delivery of high-performance, end-to-end online multimedia services, including Internet services such...
7222354 Dynamic composition at the set-top box  
A method for displaying on a viewer information processing system with an interface to a display (a device for rendering audio and video), a set of multimedia segments to form a multimedia...
7219173 System for video processing control and scheduling wherein commands are unaffected by signal interrupts and schedule commands are transmitted at precise time  
A method, apparatus, computer medium, and other embodiments for synchronizing control of one or more devices at predetermined times are described. A host scheduler loads a to-do list of...