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9043826 User based parental controls  
User-based parental controls (UBPC) are provided. UBPC are provided to users according to a user profile associated with a specific user. Parental controls may be tailored to meet a parental...
9043848 System and method for interactive spatio-temporal streaming data  
System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to...
9043837 Media content discovery in an integrated media service that distributes media content by way of a plurality of different media distribution models  
An exemplary method includes a media service provider system 1) providing an end user of an integrated media service with access to a media program by way of a plurality of different media...
9038109 Methods, systems, and products for enhanced electronic programming guides  
Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for generating an enhanced programming guide. Programming events are associated as packages of programming. The programming guide is generated as a...
9038102 Cable television system with integrated social streaming  
A cable television system with integrated social streaming. The cable television system with integrated social streaming includes a set-top box in communication with a camera and/or a microphone...
9032448 System and method for broadcasting advertisements and rewarding the consumption of the advertisements  
A broadcast system provides consumers with inducement to consume portions in which they may not have an active interest, such as commercials. To dissuade consumers from leaving the vicinity of the...
9027067 System and method for interactive spatio-temporal streaming data  
System and method for providing a probabilistic order of tiles relative to a current section of a video that a user is viewing. A cache implementation uses this ordering to decide what tiles to...
9026034 Automatic detection of broadcast programming  
According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a method for the detection of broadcast programming, the method comprising acts of receiving audio signals from a user over a...
9024864 User interface with software lensing for very long lists of content  
A user interface with software tensing may be described. An apparatus may include a user interface module to display an index list, a software lens list, and an aperture box. The index list may...
9021531 Video searching using TV and user interfaces therefor  
Using a TV, a viewer watching broadcast TV or Internet video content on a display can select a “Video Search” application indicating viewer desire to obtain information about a currently playing...
9021533 Method and apparatus to purchase contents by using portable storage medium or via network  
Users of a method and apparatus to purchase (e.g., rent or buy) contents using a portable storage medium, via a network or the like. Contents purchased using embodiments of a method and apparatus...
9021517 Systems and methods for providing video on demand in an intelligent television  
An intelligent television can provide various interfaces for providing video-on-demand (VOD). The user interfaces include unique visual representations and organizations that allow the user to...
9021526 Video navigation preview  
A method is described for providing a navigation preview file for a video. The method may include identifying a number of content images that may be associated with a video. An arrangement of the...
9015286 Digital downloading jukebox system with user-tailored music management, communications, and other tools  
A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing...
9015746 Interest-based video streams  
Embodiments related to delivering a video stream to a requesting viewer are disclosed. In one example embodiment, a video stream is delivered by receiving a request for the video stream from a...
9015780 Video transmission system having unicast and multicast modes and methods for use therewith  
A video transmission system includes a video server module that selectively operates in a unicast mode and a multicast mode, wherein the video server module generates a video signal that includes...
9013637 Set-top box receiver soft control system and method  
A set-top box is constructed including a processor, an input port, an auxiliary input port, and an output port. The input port is electrically coupled to the processor, and is configured to...
9015751 Image display device and method for operating same  
The present invention relates to an image display device and to a method for operating same. The method for operating the image display device according to one embodiment of the present invention...
9015759 Interactive map and related content for an entertainment program  
A system and method for providing interactive content that is correlated to events of an entertainment program.
9015287 Digital downloading jukebox system with user-tailored music management, communications, and other tools  
A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing...
9009759 Terminating enhanced television broadcasts  
An enhanced television broadcast system may enable the transmission and reception of a real-time event when a new program is about to begin. The real-time event may control access to enhancements...
9009760 Provisioning interactive video content from a video on-demand (VOD) server  
A system may send a request for video content to a server device; obtain, in response to the request, control information, associated with the video content, where the control information may...
9003450 Method of processing non-real time service and broadcast receiver  
A method of processing a non-real time service of a broadcast receiver, which receives and processes a service being transmitted in non-real time, and a broadcast receiver are disclosed. Herein,...
8997155 Locally stored advertisements  
The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing supplemental content during a broadcast. The supplemental content is provided by the operation of a interactive application...
8988495 Image display apparatus, method for controlling the image display apparatus, and image display system  
A method for controlling an image display apparatus includes determining a type of a video signal included in an input signal, determining whether three-dimensional (3D) format information is...
8989561 Systems and methods for alerting users of the postponed recording of programs  
Systems and methods are provided herein in relation to notifications about alternative viewing opportunities for recording and playback of media programs. In particular, the systems and methods...
8984563 Identifying ancillary information associated with an audio/video program  
A system communicates video information including television content associated with a plurality of channels and ancillary information. Information may be transmitted with the ancillary...
8978071 Multi-purpose display device having a channel scan interface and method for controlling the same  
A multi-functional display device having a channel scan interface and a method of controlling the same are disclosed herein. The method may include registering a first individual at the...
8973082 Interactive program system  
An interactive program system includes a device that receives program data and Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) data associated with an interactive application; identifies the EBIF...
8972468 Method for distributing a certified application employing a pre-certified master application template  
A computer system is used to distribute an application using a data resource. An application using a data resource is created using an authoring environment. The application is converted into a...
8973028 Information storage medium storing metadata and method of providing additional contents, and digital broadcast reception apparatus  
Disclosed are an information storage medium storing metadata for providing additional content during a broadcast program, the metadata including information indicating whether to insert second...
8966533 Receiving apparatus, information processing method, program, transmitting apparatus, and application interlocking system for acquiring and executing an application in conjunction with reproduction of content  
Disclosed herein is a receiving apparatus including: an extracting part configured to extract signature data representing a feature of reproduced content from the content; a profile generating...
8966542 System and method for providing media content and interactive content  
A method includes receiving an indicator from a service provider via a network. The indicator is received with first media content and includes data to cause a selectable image to be displayed...
8966371 Metadata for providing media content  
Providing digital media content is disclosed. A metadata file and a plurality of data files are received. The metadata file is used to process the plurality of data files. The processing of the...
8959099 Multimedia content search and recording scheduling system  
Techniques described herein enable searching for multimedia content and for downloading or scheduling the recording of the multimedia content. The multimedia content may have been previously...
8955011 Location-based movie identification systems and methods  
The illustrative embodiments described herein provide systems and methods for movie identification based on a location. In the embodiment, a method includes locating a mobile communication device...
8949906 Interactive television program guide system with pay program package promotion  
A system is provided that allows a user to select a pay program for purchase from a program guide. The program guide determines whether the selected program is part of a package of pay programs....
8949911 Broadcast receiving device to report purchasing information and a reporting method thereof  
A broadcast receiving device and a reporting method thereof are disclosed. If a request to purchase a pay service is received, a signal received from a remote control device within a preset...
8949910 Apparatus and method for media content presentation  
A method that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, accessing, by a system comprising at least one processor, a content display configuration corresponding to...
8943539 Enabling a friend to remotely modify user data  
The present invention allows users to interact with people, who have interacted with other people, and obtain media files and recommendations from those having common interests, thereby creating...
8943543 System and method bridging cloud based user interfaces  
Systems and apparatus providing UI functionality at a client device via a video decoder/renderer operates to decode a compressed video stream bearing UI imagery and a messaging proxy is adapted to...
8938764 Systems and methods for creating aggregations of episodes of series programming in order  
A viewer of an episode of a series such as a television series may wish to access episodes of the series that the viewer missed when they were originally broadcast. Interactive applications may...
8935723 System and method for a communication exchange with an avatar in a media communication system  
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a processor that causes a STB to present an avatar. The processor can receive from the STB a response of...
8930977 Tracking user affinity through interactions with media files  
A user's interactions with a media player during the playing of a media file may provide a variety of information regarding the user's interests in the media file, or in any objects, images,...
8930990 System and method for selecting advertisements  
A method for displaying interactive advertisements on a television having a controller connected thereto and configured for receiving input from a viewer of the television is disclosed. The...
8930504 Digital downloading jukebox system with user-tailored music management, communications, and other tools  
A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing...
8931015 System and method for providing information of selectable objects in a television program in an information stream independent of the television program  
A system and method for providing information of selectable objects in a television program in an information stream independent of the television program as shown in and/or described in...
8918485 Digital downloading jukebox system with user-tailored music management, communications, and other tools  
A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user, including services for creating playlists, communicating with others, accessing...
8918818 Television chat system  
A television chat system that allows television viewers to engage in real-time communications in chat groups with other television viewers while watching television. Users of the television chat...
8913199 System and method of displaying content  
A method includes receiving, at a computing device, a first selection of first video content. The method also includes sending the first video content to a display device. The method further...