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Systems and methods for providing remote-control special modes

A receiving device may assign a remote-control device of the receiving device to a special mode by storing an association of an identifier unique to the remote-control device with the particular special mode. The receiving device may receive a command from the remote-control device and determine that there has been... Echostar Technologies L l c

System and method to silence other devices in response to an incoming audible communication

A user's set top box detects the ringing of a telephone, mobile device or other type of audible notification of an incoming call or message and, in response, sends a command causing a current audio level of the television programming or other media currently being played to decrease such that... Echostar Technologies L l c

Content delivery optimization using adaptive and dynamic dns

Systems, methods, and computer program products for determining network characteristics are provided. The network characteristics may be used to facilitate changes to how content is delivered over a network, such as to avoid network congestion, to provide improved throughput, or to provide a good (or better) user experience, such as... Echostar Technologies L l c

System and methods of managing multiple video players executing on multiple devices

Systems, devices and methods are provided to arbitrate network bandwidth that is shared between multiple video players executing concurrently on one or more client platforms that each have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network. An amount of bandwidth available from the data network is determined.... Echostar Technologies L l c

Uninterrupted satellite communications during vehicle movement

A satellite receiver in a vehicle continues to receive satellite communications even when line-of-sight to the satellite becomes obscured by obtaining a stream of the satellite broadcast via an ad hoc network. When the satellite receiver determines that the satellite broadcast signal is being lost (or is about to be... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for finding wireless signals sufficient for installation of wireless home automation devices

Various embodiments provide a systems and methods for finding wireless signals sufficient for installation of wireless home automation devices. Before such home automation devices are installed, or during the process of installing such home automation devices, the remote-control device of a wireless home automation hub may detect whether a suitable... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for picture quality monitoring

A receiving device performs an action that results in a corrective measure being taken to address a picture quality issue detected in real time in the frames currently being displayed on a television or other device. The receiving device or a remote system compares indications of video frames currently being... Echostar Technologies L l c

Integrating broadcast media streams with user media streams

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for integrating a broadcast media stream with media streams from one or more amateur sources. In one implementation, a method includes receiving, at a stream integrator, one or more user media streams captured by one or more user capture devices, receiving... Echostar Technologies L l c

Light converting device

A light converter apparatus can receive a first light beam originated from a first Li-Fi device with a first wavelength. The first light beam may have data encoded therein. The light converter apparatus can receive the first light beam and convert the first wavelength to a second wavelength, and transmit... Echostar Technologies L l c

Collecting media consumer data

A computer including a processor programmed to receive audio data from sensors. Based on the audio data, the computer identifies a media content item. The computer is further programmed to detect the end of the media content item based on the audio data. Upon detecting the end of the media... Echostar Technologies L l c

Recording of multiple television channels

Various arrangements for recording multiple television channels are presented. A plurality of sets of television channels may be identified. An interface may be output for presentation, the interface presenting indications of each of the plurality of sets of television channels and a plurality of input elements associated with the plurality... Echostar Technologies L l c

Apparatus, reducing time required for a media content event channel change

Systems and methods of a media device are operable to perform a channel change operation. An exemplary embodiment receives a first data table from a data table server, wherein the first data table comprises first control information used to perform a channel change operation such that the media device reconfigures... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for satellite-based on-board autonomous device deactivation

Various arrangements relating to on-board autonomous device deactivation systems are presented. A status signal may be output to a transceiver and transmitted via a satellite antenna to a satellite. A timer may be executed that indicates a time duration that has elapsed since receiving a previous permissible operation message via... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for updating non-networked autonomous devices

Various arrangements for servicing autonomous devices via satellite-based communication links are detailed herein. A satellite transponder stream of data may be monitored via a tuner for an identifier indicative of an autonomous device. An update linked with the identifier may be acquired from the satellite-transmitted transponder stream of data. The... Echostar Technologies L l c

Event-based media playback

Particular portions or events of recorded television programming identified as having especially significant or interesting detail may be played-back at normal speed without user input; whereas other portions or events of the recorded television programming may be played-back at greater than normal speed.... Echostar Technologies L l c

Methods and systems for content navigation among programs presenting advertising content

Systems and methods for aiding user content navigation are described. An exemplary system may include an electronic device configured to receive audiovisual content and/or user inputs. The electronic device may additionally include one or more outputs coupled with a display device. The electronic device may further include one or more... Echostar Technologies L l c

Video output based on user and location monitoring

Techniques described herein relate to providing and controlling the output of physical conditioning video resources based on user and location monitoring data. In various embodiments, a receiver may receive physical conditioning videos from one or more video content providers. After receiving the physical conditioning videos, the receiver may analyze and... Echostar Technologies L l c

Dynamic 3d object recognition and printing

Three-dimensional (3D) object manufacturing systems and methods are operable to manufacture printed 3D objects corresponding to user-selected physical objects of interest shown in a media content event that have been viewed by a user, wherein at least one 3D printer that is accessible by the user of the media device... Echostar Technologies L l c

Trusted user identification and management for home automation systems

Various arrangements for determining and setting an authorization level for an unknown person are presented. Facial recognition may be performed on a received video stream. An authorized user may be recognized in the video feed. Additionally, an unknown person may be identified in the video feed. A provisional authorization level... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for suppressing unwanted home automation notifications

Various arrangements for handling a home automation notification are presented. A home automation event may be determined to have occurred based on wireless data received from a home automation device. An authorized user may be determined to be present at a home at which the home automation host system is... Echostar Technologies L l c

System and minimizing network bandwidth retrieved from an external network

A system and method are provided of minimizing network bandwidth used from an external network by client peers in a local network. The method can include the operation of organizing a plurality of clients each having media streamlets and a client parent in a structure within the local network. Mapping... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems and methods for limiting remote-control device mode changes

Various embodiments provide a systems and methods for a remote-control device to limit changes from one mode to a plurality of different modes. In response to a particular button press, sequence of button activations, time-dependent button presses and/or other type of input being entered on the remote-control device indicative of... Echostar Technologies L l c

Fan mount

A computing device fan mounting system includes a chassis, a fan housing, and a fan mount. The chassis includes a receiving opening. The fan housing defines a first opening and a second opening. The fan mount includes a first peg engaged with the first opening, a second peg engaged with... Echostar Technologies L l c

Automated detection of washer/dryer operation/fault condition

Discussed herein is a system for detecting an operating condition of a clothes washing machine or a clothes drying machine, which can include a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensor, the MEMS sensor being physically attached to the clothes washing or drying machine and a computerized controller, such as a home automation... Echostar Technologies L l c

Midair tethering of an unmanned aerial vehicle with a docking station

Unmanned aerial vehicle docking systems and methods are presented herein. A UAV may hover in a hovering position above a docking pad of the UAV docking system based on positioning measurements. An on-board camera may image a machine-readable code present on the docking pad. The hovering position of the UAV... Echostar Technologies L l c

Customized channel

Various arrangements generating a customized channel are presented. A customized channel may be generated for a user. The programming for the customized channel may be gathered from different sources. The programming may be selected and scheduled based on user preferences, interests, and viewing habits of the user. The user viewing... Echostar Technologies L l c

Apparatus, accessing information based on an image presented on a display

Systems and methods are operable to control operation of a portable media device based on machine readable information of a graphical artifact shown on a display concurrently with presentation of a video portion of a media content event. A portable media device, using a portable media device provisioned with an... Echostar Technologies L l c

Systems, methods and converting between wireless protocols

Various embodiments of systems, devices, and methods are described for wireless communication. In one example a first wireless signal is received in a first radio frequency spectrum using a first antenna exterior to a building. The first wireless signal is associated with a first wireless protocol. The first wireless signal... Echostar Technologies L l c

Methods and systems for delivering lte-u communications via satellite distribution system

Systems, devices, and methods are described for wireless communication. In one example a first wireless signal is received in a first radio frequency spectrum using a first antenna exterior to a building. The first wireless signal is associated with a first wireless protocol. The first wireless signal is converted into... Echostar Technologies L l c

Multi-component communication devices and methods

Various arrangements of communication devices are presented. A combined battery and processing unit may be present that includes a housing, a battery, one or more processors; a microphone, and a speaker. The battery and the one or more processors may be permanently installed within the housing. The communication device could... Echostar Technologies L l c

Placeshifting of adaptive media streams

Systems, devices and methods are provided to support placeshifting of adaptive media streams. A home device acts as an intermediary that passes requests for segments of an adaptive stream from a remote device to a content source. The content source responds with the requested segments, which are forwarded to the... Echostar Technologies L l c

Smartphone bluetooth headset receiver

Systems and methods are provided for allowing a user with a Smartphone to pair the Smartphone with another Bluetooth device to receive audio that is played to the user over headphones or through speakers on the Smartphone. Further, an audio processing module is used to modify the audio presented to... Echostar Technologies L l c

External accessibility systems and methods

Described are systems, methods and computer program products for generating accessible interface elements to facilitate presentation of alternative versions of a user interface or portions thereof to a user, such as a user having a disability. The disclosed systems, methods, and products allow users having a disability to more easily... Echostar Technologies L l c

Provider-defined live multichannel viewing events

Various arrangements for providing a multichannel viewing event are presented. A definition of the multichannel viewing event may be broadcast to multiple television receivers. A television receiver may, as part of an electronic programming guide, provide a single-selection option to activate the multichannel viewing event based on the broadcast definition.... Echostar Technologies L l c

Methods and systems for location specific operations

Systems and methods for performing user accommodations are described. An exemplary system may include an electronic device configured to receive audiovisual content and/or user inputs. The electronic device may further include one or more processors as well as memory, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause them... Echostar Technologies L l c

01/04/18 / #20180005495

Outdoor messaging display for home automation/security systems

An outdoor messaging display for a home automation system can include an arrival detection device for detecting a visitor's arrival. The system can also include a display device attached near a door that is capable of displaying text to the visitor. The system can also include a home automation controller... Echostar Technologies L l c

01/04/18 / #20180007415

Tracking user interaction from a receiving device

Measuring and tracking user interaction with a television receiver, such as a set top box or cable box. The television receiver may create and display a matrix code that includes temporal information, user identification information, geographic information, and/or a user selection. The matrix code may be captured by a matrix... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/28/17 / #20170368456

Media consumer data exchange

A computing device includes a processor is programmed to determine that communications from users relate to the same subject included in a stored list of subjects. Each of the communications includes an audio portion. The computing device is further programmed to determine a score for each of the communications based... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/28/17 / #20170374124

Methods, systems, and presenting participant information associated with a media stream

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a media stream with a receiving device, receiving event data associated with the media stream, generating identification data based at least in part on the... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/28/17 / #20170374312

Apparatus, accessing missed media content

Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/28/17 / #20170374409

Apparatus, satellite system fast channel change

Fast channel change systems and methods are operable to change channels to a newly selected media content event in response to a user request. An exemplary embodiment communicates a previously stored low resolution version segment of the newly selected media content event to a presentation system while the media device... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/21/17 / #20170364065

Unmanned aerial vehicle transponder systems with integrated disablement

Various systems and methods for disabling UAVs are presented. An interrogation system may transmit an identifier request message to a UAV. The interrogation system may receive, in response to the identifier request message, a response message that indicates a UAV identifier. The interrogation system may access one or more UAV... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/21/17 / #20170366594

Apparatus, system, and multi-bitrate content streaming

An apparatus, system, and method for maintaining a programming lineup of adaptive-bitrate content streaming is provided. The apparatus includes a timeline module configured to maintain a programming lineup of media content available over a network. The media content may comprise a plurality of streamlets. The apparatus also includes at least... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/21/17 / #20170366806

Set top box health and configuration

Disclosure is directed to determining a condition of the television receiver and communicating information regarding that condition to end-points that are external to the television receiver. The television receiver may create a two-dimensional barcode with information regarding the receiver condition and output the two-dimensional barcode for display on a display... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/21/17 / #20170366909

Systems and methods for audio calibration using acoustic measurements

Various arrangements for providing audio calibration are presented. A remote control may determine that it is in position for an audio-based command to be received by the remote control from a user. Via a condenser microphone incorporated as part of the remote control, a calibration sound may be output. The... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/14/17 / #20170359188

Remote sound generation for a home automation system

Various arrangements for sound generation based on remotely-enforced rules are presented. A rule definition for a rule may be received that defines a sound event to be remotely output in response to an occurrence of a home automation event. A home automation host system may monitor home automation data received... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/14/17 / #20170359626

Automatic control of video content playback based on predicted user action

Various methods and systems for controlling the operation of a media playback device are presented here. An exemplary embodiment of a control method receives user interaction data that indicates content consumption behavior of at least one user of a media services delivery system. The user interaction data is processed to... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/14/17 / #20170359627

Use of audio signals to provide interactive content to end users via smart devices

Various arrangements for providing interactive content to viewers of television programming are presented. A television service provider system may supplement broadcast television programming with a supplemental audio signal. The supplemental audio signal may not part of the broadcast television programming as received by the television service provider system from a... Echostar Technologies L l c

12/07/17 / #20170353767

Systems and methods for communications between client devices of a broadcast system

Systems and methods may provide for communication between a plurality of client devices of a broadcast system. The communication may be, for example, a recommendation of a program that is communicated from one subscriber to another subscriber or subscribers via their client devices. The communication also may be a comment... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/30/17 / #20170347156

Methods and selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a request to render the media stream. The media stream is accessed through a first media source. A content identifier is identified for an event... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/23/17 / #20170337401

Dual purpose press-bar and heat sink for high data transfer integrated circuit card reader

Various embodiments provide a dual purpose press-bar and heat sink for an integrated circuit card (ICC) reader. The dual purpose press-bar and heat sink provides two functions. First, the dual purpose press-bar and heat sink conducts and dissipates internal heat generated by a high data transfer ICC inserted in to... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/23/17 / #20170339067

Systems, methods and restricting network access

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for restricting user devices from accessing a communication network. In one implementation, multiple user devices are assigned to a user profile. At least one access parameter is designated for the user profile. An access device monitors data usage, time usage, and... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/23/17 / #20170339452

Account-specific encryption key

One embodiment takes the form of a method and apparatus for creating a customer-specific encryption key for encrypting digital information. The encryption key may be based on a customer number and may be associated with several devices such that the devices may encrypt and decrypt the digital information. Because each... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/16/17 / #20170332072

Detection and marking of low quality video content

A mobile electronic device and a related method of processing video information are presented herein. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, the method of processing video information captures video data with a source device, and determines that a segment of video content conveyed by the video data does not satisfy... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/16/17 / #20170332119

Systems and methods for automatically recording content based on user web activity data

Systems and methods for automatically recording content based on user web activity data are provided. One such method includes receiving, by a receiving device, user web activity information associated with a user of the receiving device. The receiving device further receives content information associated with program content that will be... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/09/17 / #20170322947

Providing media content based on media element preferences

A computing device is programmed to receive data collected from communications of a user. The computer identifies portions of the collected data including a keyword selected from a list of media content elements or lists of keywords associated with each of the media content elements. The computer associates each portion... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/09/17 / #20170323552

Systems, methods and determining button degradation of a user input device

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for A user input device, such as a remote control device. In one implementation, the remote control device includes at least one pair of electrical contacts, at least one button configured to electrically connect the at least one pair of electrical... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/02/17 / #20170312635

Systems, methods and identifying preferred sporting events based on fantasy league data

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for identifying a preferred sporting event. A receiving device receives fantasy league data, sports data, and programming information for candidate sporting events. The receiving device then analyzes the programming information for one or more preferred sporting events based at least in... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/02/17 / #20170318324

Facilitating placeshifting using matrix codes

A method for providing a user of a target device with placeshifted content. The method includes detecting, utilizing the target device, a matrix code associated with an audio/visual program. Data encoded in the matrix code includes program identifying information and elapsed time information with respect to the program. The method... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/02/17 / #20170318340

Systems, methods and identifying preferred sporting events based on viewing preferences

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for identifying a preferred sporting event. A receiving device receives viewing preferences from a user, sports data from a sports data provider, and programming information for candidate sporting events from a content provider. The receiving device then analyzes the programming information... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/02/17 / #20170318345

Reduce blue light at set-top box to assist with sleep

In some embodiments, a method, system, or computer-readable storage device including instructions for reducing the blue light component of displayed video can include one or more of the following features: receiving, at a set-top box, a video signal having a white color balance, the white color balance including a red... Echostar Technologies L l c

11/02/17 / #20170318353

Indoor over the air antenna systems

Described are systems and methods for providing improved indoor reception of OTA (Over-the-Air) broadcast signals. The systems described include antenna systems with one or more network interfaces for providing a transport stream received by an antenna to a network.... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/26/17 / #20170310606

Aggregated adaptive bit rate streaming

Systems, methods and devices provide efficient bandwidth allocation on a satellite, mobile telephone or other data connection by allowing nodes to share bandwidth for commonly-requested data. A transmission center, uplink or other gateway suitably recognizes when content requests from multiple different nodes are simultaneously requesting delivery of the same content.... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/26/17 / #20170311026

Apparatus, control of media content event recording

Systems and methods are operable to record a user-specified media content event at a media device. An exemplary embodiment grabs a series of subsequently received image frames from a preceding broadcasting media content event after a monitored real time reaches a closing credits monitor time, wherein the closing credits monitor... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/26/17 / #20170311048

Adaptive multicast delivery of media streams

Various systems, methods and devices adaptively manage the multicast delivery of multiple media programs. Each of the media programs is encoded into multiple media streams, each stream having a different bitrate, frame rate, resolution or other encoding parameter. A computer receives feedback about the delivery of the multiple streams and... Echostar Technologies L l c

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10/12/17 / #20170294209

Systems and methods for generating and presenting virtual experiences

Various embodiments facilitate the creation and presentation of a virtual experience. In one embodiment, the virtual experience is assembled from user model data corresponding to a three-dimensional representation of a user, user movement data corresponding to at least one movement characteristic of the user, user voice data corresponding to at... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/12/17 / #20170295389

Delay of social media during time-shifted viewing of multi-media presentations

A method that provides a delay of social media feeds during time-shifted viewing of multi-media presentations including the steps of receiving a media presentation, time-shifting the media presentation for a period of time, receiving a social media message regarding the media presentation, and delaying presentation of the social media message... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/12/17 / #20170295407

Apparatus, media mosaic management

Systems and methods for managing media mosaics are described. One embodiment provides a media mosaic management method in a media device. The method generates a mosaic filter based on a program selected from a first media mosaic. The mosaic filter is used to identify related programs for presentation in a... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/05/17 / #20170289496

Transcoding and caching for off air television programming delivery

Techniques are disclosed for capturing, transcoding, and caching off-air programming at a location local to the consumer. According to certain embodiments, a device is provided that receives off-air (e.g., broadcast) and/or cable (e.g. ClearQAM) programming via one or more antennas and caches the programming in various streams having various bit... Echostar Technologies L l c

10/05/17 / #20170289637

Dynamic content selection menu

A content selection menu is generated and provided to a user. The content selection menu includes a plurality of audiovisual (AV) programs that are provided for user selection. The AV programs may be positioned in the content selection menu in accordance with their associated score for content attributes. Upon providing... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/28/17 / #20170279863

System and managing multiple video players

A system and method are provided for managing multiple video players executing on a client software platform. The method includes the operation of displaying a plurality of video players viewable by an end user. Each video player can have at least one video data stream supplied over a data network.... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/28/17 / #20170280200

Direct capture and sharing of screenshots from video programming

A method of operating a video services receiver involves the processing of video data for presentation on a display element associated with the video services receiver. During presentation of the video event, a screenshot command is received at the video services receiver. The screenshot command originates from a remote control... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/21/17 / #20170266329

Systems and methods for disinfecting a remote control using ultraviolet light

A remote control having an ultraviolet light emitting device for disinfecting the outer surfaces of the remote control is disclosed. In particular, the remote control may include an ultraviolet transmissive housing and internal ultraviolet emitting light emitting diodes. The ultraviolet transmissive housing allows the light from the internally mounted ultraviolet... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/21/17 / #20170272684

Personalized multimedia content driven by user preferences

One embodiment may take the form of an apparatus for providing personalized multimedia content to a user of a television system based on the user's preferences. In one implementation, a television receiver of a television system may monitor the habits and usage of the users of the system. The information... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170262458

Augmented mobile media

In an item of media content, one or more essential segments and one or more non-essential segments are identified. One or more essential segments is selected for inclusion in playback of the item of media content. At least one of the one or more non-essential segments is identified for inclusion... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170264920

Apparatus, control of sporting event presentation based on viewer engagement

Systems and methods are operable to present a sporting event on a display based on a determined level of viewer engagement and a determined team preference of the viewer. An exemplary embodiment presents a neutral viewpoint video content segment on the display during the first period of game play when... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170264947

Television receiver communication and resource sharing

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for communication, collaboration, and resource sharing between television receivers operating at separate locations. In some embodiments, a television receiver device may be configured to identify and transmit various receiver data to other associated television receivers at separate physical locations. In order to transmit data... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170264950

Online backup and restoration of television receiver storage and configuration data

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for backing up and restoring data and programs at television receiver devices. In some embodiments, various types of data stored locally by television receiver devices may be backed up by uploading the data to a television provider server, cloud-based storage system, and/or other remote... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170264956

Television broadcast dynamic recording calibration

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for dynamically calibrating digital video recordings of television broadcasts based on analyses of changes to time data and channel data associated with live television broadcasts. In various embodiments, television receivers may transmit sets of recording schedule data to television broadcast monitor devices, which may... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/14/17 / #20170264965

Television receiver authorization over internet protocol network

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for programming and authorizing television receivers and other subscriber equipment via Internet Protocol (IP) networks. In some embodiments, a television receiver device (e.g., a satellite television receiver, cable television receiver, etc.) may detect and establish a connection to an IP network. After connecting to... Echostar Technologies L l c

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09/07/17 / #20170255263

Haptic feedback remote control systems and methods

Haptic feedback remote control systems and methods are provided. A method for providing haptic feedback to a user of a haptic feedback remote control device includes receiving, by a receiving device, an electronic command issued from the haptic feedback remote control device. The receiving device transmits a haptic feedback command... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/07/17 / #20170257595

Network-based event recording

A system includes a media device including a processor programmed to receive sensor data indicating a field of view of a user and adjust a field of view of a video capture device in the media device to correspond to the field of view of the user. The processor receives... Echostar Technologies L l c

09/07/17 / #20170257665

Television content management with integrated third party interface

Systems, methods and devices manage second screen media content that is associated with live or previously-recorded television programming while the programming is being viewed by a user. A control application provides an HTML5 or other application program interface (API) that allows advertisers, retailers or other third parties to access the... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/31/17 / #20170249291

Systems and methods for processing shorthand items in electronic communications

System and methods are disclosed that replace shorthand items such acronyms, abbreviations, jargon, slang, codes, shortcut expressions, emojis, stickers, ideograms and emoticons in an electronic message with expansions, which are definitions or meanings of the shorthand items. Based on a number of times previous messages to the recipient included an... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/31/17 / #20170251236

Method and biometric identification of a user in a broadcast communication receiver

In a method for identifying a user in a network of broadcast communication receivers, a physical characteristic of a user is analyzed in association with the user accessing a first of the receivers. First biometric information based on the characteristic as analyzed in association with the user accessing the first... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/31/17 / #20170251279

Apparatus, distribution of addressable content

Systems and methods are operable to distribute targeted assets to a plurality of media devices. An exemplary embodiment generates an asset file defined by an asset file time period, wherein target assets are selected for saving into the asset file when the intended initial presentation time of a target asset... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/24/17 / #20170244147

Hitch mount for antenna systems

Various embodiments provide an antenna hitch mount for securing an antenna, such as a satellite dish, to a vehicle. According to one embodiment, the hitch mount includes a hitch mounting portion, a plate, and an antenna mounting portion. The hitch mounting portion is configured to be inserted in to a... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/24/17 / #20170243474

Remote control with microphone used for pairing the remote control to a system and using the same

According to the principles as disclosed herein, a remote control contains a microphone. The microphone inside the remote control picks up the audio content of all surrounding sound in the room in which is it located. Specifically, if a program is being presented for viewing and listening on a particular... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/17/17 / #20170235331

Magnetically-coupled multi-component communication devices and methods

Various embodiments of two-way communication devices and tracker devices are presented. Such a device may include a processing unit, comprising: a housing, one or more processors; a microphone, a speaker; and a first electrical connector for receiving power, wherein the one or more processors, the microphone, and the speaker are... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/17/17 / #20170237458

Swappable multi-component communication devices and methods

Various activity tracker and communication devices are presented. Such devices may include a processing unit and a battery unit. Such devices may also include a flexible band unit, that includes a first band and a second band that removably couple with each other and a component housing that defines a... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/17/17 / #20170237736

Private information management system and methods

In some embodiments, a method is provided for storing data in a storage device associated with a first electronic device. The first electronic device can receive a request for data from a remote electronic device. The request for data can include pairing information, which can be used to confirm the... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/17/17 / #20170238034

Geographically independent determination of segment boundaries within a video stream

A method for creating an announcement stream for a geographic region is provided. The method receives, at a designated computer system, characterizing metadata for a first audio/video stream; analyzes a second audio/video stream to obtain characterizing metadata for the second video stream; compares, with the computer system, the characterizing metadata... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/03/17 / #20170220570

Adjusting media content based on collected viewer data

A system including a media device including a processor programmed to display a first media content item on a display device. The processor is further programmed to collect sensor data during display of first media content item. The data sensor data is related to one or more users determined to... Echostar Technologies L l c

08/03/17 / #20170223092

Providing media content based on user state detection

A system includes a computing device including a processor programmed to receive data identifying a mental state of a user, the data including at least one of a user physical condition and a user communication. Based on the mental state data, the processor is programmed to assign one or more... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/27/17 / #20170214457

Systems, methods and assembling a transport stream from satellite transponder signals

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for assembling at least one transport stream from satellite transponder signals. In one example, the method includes capturing at least one satellite feed, the at least one satellite feed including a plurality of transponder signals; demodulating each of the plurality of... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/20/17 / #20170208357

Apparatus, configuring a mosaic of video tiles

Media device systems and methods are operable to generate mosaic video formats that are each configured to generate corresponding mosaic videos that present video content in video tiles. An exemplary embodiment receives a selection of one of a plurality of mosaic video templates, receives a specification of a video mosaic... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/20/17 / #20170208369

Automated identification of video program content

Various systems, devices and methods automatically identify advertisements or other portions of television or other media content prior to broadcast using automated content analysis. Information about identified content may be used for any number of different purposes, including advertisement identification; advertisement replacement; second screen browsing or augmentation of identified content;... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/13/17 / #20170201745

Detection and marking of low quality video content

A mobile electronic device and a related method of processing video information are presented herein. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, the method of processing video information captures video data with a source device, and determines that a segment of video content conveyed by the video data does not satisfy... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/13/17 / #20170201776

Over-the-air television gap filler using television-white-space channels via wireless local area networks

Embodiments are directed towards a television system that utilizes a host device and television receiver to receive content via over-the-air television channels where the television receiver cannot directly receive over-the-air transmissions. The television receiver selects an over-the-air channel and provides the selection to the host device. The host device selects... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170191693

Methods and systems for control of home automation activity based on user preferences

The present technology relates to systems and methods for control of home automation activity based on user characteristics. More specifically, the present technology relates to using a home automation system to control home automation activity based on user characteristics and weighting home automation sensors based on priority. Example embodiments include... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170191695

Methods and systems for control of home automation activity based on user characteristics

The present technology relates to systems and methods for control of home automation activity based on user preferences. More specifically, the present technology relates to using a home automation system to control home automation activity based on user preferences. Example embodiments include receiving an input from a user including a... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170194719

Systems, apparatus, and methods for selecting antennas

According to principles of the embodiments as disclosed herein, a device that determines its own orientation and selects an appropriately oriented antenna based on the device's orientation is provided. The device may include a housing including an interior having a base and a top and a first sidewall extending from... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170195130

Personalized home automation control based on individualized profiling

Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory, machine-readable media that facilitate personalized home automation control based at least in part on individualized protocol. First sensor data may be received, and may be indicative of an identified individual that is sensed by a set of sensors. A particularized pattern of activity of... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170195235

Systems and methods for bandwidth estimation in oscillating networks

A method for estimating bandwidth associated with an oscillating network includes determining a set of first average bandwidths within a corresponding set of first sliding windows, wherein each of the first sliding windows has a first duration. A second sliding window is defined such that it includes the set of... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170195701

Programming disruption diagnostics

Various arrangements for monitoring and utilizing solar conjunction events are presented. An occurrence of a solar conjunction event caused by the sun being substantially aligned with the satellite antenna through which a television receiver receives signals from one or more satellites may be monitored. A prediction of a future solar... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170195715

Advance decryption key acquisition for streaming media content

Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. The decryption key transponder stream may include a plurality of decryption keys for a plurality of television channels that are transmitted to the television receiver via... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170195731

Media systems for temporally and contextually relevant recommendations

Multimedia systems and related methods and devices are provided for recommending media programs to a user. Viewing characteristics of the user are determined based on usage information detailing preceding viewing sessions for the user. In one or more embodiments, the user's current interest in one or more currently available media... Echostar Technologies L l c

07/06/17 / #20170196121

Self-adjustable heat spreader system for set-top box assemblies

Systems, electronic devices, and methods are directed to a self-adjustable heat spreader. A spring system may include one or more spring members and a contact surface adapted to contact a circuit board component. Each spring member may include a thermally conductive material. A thermal spreader plate may be coupled to... Echostar Technologies L l c








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