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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

06/29/17 / #20170185810

Smart card reader with electrostatic discharge protection

Various embodiments provide a smart card reader that includes a smart card reader body and smart card contacts. The smart card reader body is a single, contiguous piece of electrically dissipative material. As a smart card is inserted in to the smart card reader body and makes contact with portions... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170187993

Unmanned aerial vehicle integration with home automation systems

Various arrangements are provided for using an unmanned aerial vehicle with a home automation system. The home automation host system may determine that a home automation event has occurred. The system may determine to perform unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance of the home in response to the home automation event.... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188059

Dynamic content delivery routing and related methods and systems

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network involves transmitting one or more portions of the media content to a client device via a delivery route between a content delivery source and the network, determining... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188060

Remote storage digital video recorder streaming and related methods

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming or otherwise delivering media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network using a RS-DVR system involves receiving, at the RS-DVR system, a request for a portion of the media content from a media player on... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188065

Methods and systems for assisted content delivery

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of assisted streaming of media content over a network involves detecting, by a media player at a client device coupled to the network, a first condition with respect to streaming the media content, and... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188072

Methods and systems for adaptive content delivery

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network involves obtaining, at a client device coupled to the network from a device coupled to the network, a prioritized list of a plurality of content delivery sources... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188075

Using closed captioning elements as reference locations

Various arrangements for using closed captioning data in controlling content recording are presented. An indication of one or more closed captioning elements and corresponding positional data may be received. The content instance comprising closed captioning elements may also be received. A recording time period may be defined for the content... Echostar Technologies L l c

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06/29/17 / #20170188080

Associating a control device with an electronic component

A method and device for associating a remote with a component. The method and system may include receiving a control command from the remote. Upon receiving the control command, an identification signal may be transmitted to a display. The identification signal may include information for identifying the component. The remote... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/29/17 / #20170188116

Methods and presenting advertisements during playback of recorded television content

A method for operating a programming receiver is provided. The method displays, by the programming receiver, a sequence of recorded video content comprising a video presentation and a plurality of segments of interstitial content; receives, at the programming receiver, a command to skip one of the plurality of segments of... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/22/17 / #20170176961

Home automation control based on individualized detector profiling

Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory, machine-readable media that facilitates home automation control based on individualized audio differentiation of carbon monoxide detectors. Audio characteristics may be determined based on first sensor data. Attributes may be defined based on the audio characteristics. Second audio characteristics may be determined based on the... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/22/17 / #20170178682

Systems and processes for efficiently storing and retrieving video content

Methods, systems and devices are described to improve the storage and retrieval of video content. The general concepts set forth herein could be used in any video storage system that uses disk drives to store video content, including remote or local storage digital video recorders (DVRs) and the like.... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/22/17 / #20170178693

Adaptive media content recording

A media content processing system includes a receiver configured to receive a media content signal, associated with a media content instance, from a plurality of sources including a first source and a second source. The media content processing system further includes a processing device programmed to generate a first recorded... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/22/17 / #20170180786

Apparatus, deleting recording timers of a media device

Systems and methods are operable to manage timers that control recording of media content. An exemplary embodiment compares a retrieved stale timer criteria with a retrieved timer attribute; determines whether the timer is stale based on the comparison of the retrieved timer attribute and the stale timer criteria, wherein the... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/15/17 / #20170168469

Home automation data storage system and methods

In some embodiments, a home automation data storage system is provided. The home automation data storage system can include a plurality of home automation components, each component including a storage device. The system can also include a controller database for storing control data for the home automation system. The system... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/15/17 / #20170171582

Systems, methods and modifying over-the-air channels for coaxial distribution

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for modifying over-the-air (OTA) channels for coaxial distribution. In one example, a method includes capturing at least one set of over the air (OTA) channels, each OTA channel being associated with a broadcast frequency within an OTA frequency spectrum; selecting a... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/15/17 / #20170171597

Systems and methods for programming a remote control device

A method for programming a first remote control device associated with a first electronic device that includes receiving, by the first electronic device, a first electronic command signal issued from a second remote control device. The first electronic command signal includes a key code indicative of a first key entry... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/15/17 / #20170171600

Methods and apparatus to synchronize second screen content with audio/video programming using closed captioning data

A method for synchronized utilization of an electronic device is provided. The method receives closed captioning data from an audio/video content receiver for a set of audio/video content; retrieves detail for a first event occurring in the set of audio/video content, wherein the first event is indicated by the received... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/08/17 / #20170164022

Addressable advertising insertion for playout delay

A computer implemented method for inserting advertisement content into a program content stream includes receiving, by a headend content server, the program content stream. The program content stream includes an advertisement insertion cue. The method further includes detecting the advertisement insertion cue in the program content stream, and the advertisement... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/08/17 / #20170164032

Mosaic focus control

Various arrangements for controlling presentation of the video mosaic are presented. A television receiver may store a front-end switching condition and a back-end switching condition. The front-end switching condition may define criteria occurring within a piece of content that triggers when focus is to switch from the piece of content... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/08/17 / #20170164035

Live video recall list

A method and apparatus for display of a recall list is disclosed. In the method and apparatus, a content receiver receives a first recall command from a remote control and presents, on a display screen, a recall list. The recall list includes a plurality of live video streams of a... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/08/17 / #20170164058

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

06/08/17 / #20170163335

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

06/01/17 / #20170155910

Audio splitting with codec-enforced frame sizes

A method and apparatus for splitting the audio of media content into separate content files without introducing boundary artifacts is described. A computing system for streaming media content including audio and video comprises a database to store a plurality of content files and a server coupled to the database to... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/01/17 / #20170155948

Set future video recordings from audiovisual content

Embodiments are directed towards analyzing content, such as Timed Text data that separately accompanies program content, to detect a future program. When a future program is detected in the content, a tag or other data structure is generated with identifying information for the future program. The tag is stored and... Echostar Technologies L l c

06/01/17 / #20170155963

Recommend future video recordings for users from audiovisual content

Embodiments are directed towards analyzing content, such as Timed Text data that separately accompanies program content, to detect a future program. When a future program is detected in the content, a tag or other data structure is generated with identifying information for the future program. The tag is stored and... Echostar Technologies L l c

05/25/17 / #20170146964

Hvac health monitoring systems and methods

Identifying errors with home HVAC systems and notifying the homeowner of the error and potential remedial steps can be useful. In some embodiments, a method is provided including receiving, at an electronic device, a temperature value and an airflow value from sensors located at a vent grate of the HVAC... Echostar Technologies L l c

05/25/17 / #20170148490

Content-triggered highlight recording

Systems and methods for selectively recording and bookmarking a portion of broadcast media content include receiving a video stream containing the broadcast media content, determining a video segment of the video stream to be output to a display device, and performing OCR on characters present within the video segment. The... Echostar Technologies L l c

05/25/17 / #20170149806

Network intrusion mitigation

A request is received to reestablish a connection to an end device in a network. At least one datum is identified indicating an error condition, the at least one datum including one or more of a bit error rate (BER), a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) value, and a foreign... Echostar Technologies L l c

05/25/17 / #20170150087

Switcher for wireless display devices

A media switching device includes a computer including a processor programmed to actuate the media switching device to select, based on a first input received from a user, a first media content item from one or more received media content items. The processor is further programmed to transmit a first... Echostar Technologies L l c

05/25/17 / #20170150231

Media content delivery selection

A device, such as for example and without limitation, a set-top box, is programmed to receive metadata relating to available media content. At least one item of media content is identified as selected to be provided to a display upon activation of the display. The at least one item of... Echostar Technologies L l c








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