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 new patent  Systems and methods for displaying segments of media guidance data

Systems and methods are provided herein for substituting an updated segment of media guidance data that no longer includes a selected media asset identifier with another segment of media guidance data that includes the selected media asset identifier. A media guidance application may determine, following an update to a segment of media guidance data, that a selected media asset identifier, associated with a given media asset classifier, is no longer included in the updated segment of media guidance data. ... Rovi Guides Inc

 new patent  Systems and methods for adjusting display settings to reduce eye strain of multiple viewers

Methods and systems for reducing eye strain for multiple users are described herein. The method includes calculating, for each viewer, a metric representing a degree of eye strain of the viewer based on eye activity of the first viewer. ... Rovi Guides Inc

 new patent  Systems and methods for resolving ambiguous terms in social chatter based on a user profile

Systems and methods are disclosed herein to provide information to a user based on a symbol with a plurality of interpretations. Each candidate interpretation for the symbol is identified and compared to an attribute of a user profile. ... Rovi Guides Inc

 new patent  Methods and systems for determining duplication in impressions data

Methods and systems for determining advertisement placements are described herein. The method includes retrieving a matrix of access time values, wherein each row is associated with a respective user, each column is associated with a respective media asset, and each access time value represents a length of time for which a respective user accessed a respective media source. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for adjusting the priority of media assets scheduled to be recorded

Systems and methods are described herein for adjusting the priority of media assets scheduled to be recorded to reflect the current behavior and interests of the user. For example, a household with young children may have scheduled recordings for the dvr with a wide variety of television shows of different genres (e.g., children's shows, sports games, and crime procedurals) and as the children grow up, the preference may gradually shift towards other types of shows. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for alerting users of the postponed recording of programs

Systems and methods are provided herein in relation to notifications about alternative viewing opportunities for recording and playback of media programs. In particular, the systems and methods provide users with information related to alternative recorded programming viewing opportunities for programs scheduled for recording by a user.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Search engine for a video recorder

The present invention is directed to a search engine for a video recorder. One embodiment of the present invention operates in an environment that includes one or more set-top boxes connected to or integrated within one or more output devices. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Search engine for a video recorder

The present invention is directed to a search engine for a video recorder. One embodiment of the present invention operates in an environment that includes one or more set-top boxes connected to or integrated within one or more output devices. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Search engine for a video recorder

The present invention is directed to a search engine for a video recorder. One embodiment of the present invention operates in an environment that includes one or more set-top boxes connected to or integrated within one or more output devices. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for managing an interactive session in an interactive media guidance application

Systems and methods to address shortcomings in conventional systems that traditionally provide interactive television services. In some aspects, the systems and methods provide for a method for managing an interactive session in an interactive media guidance application. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for preventing corruption of user viewing profiles

Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional media systems via a novel technique to prevent corruption of a user's viewing profile. In some aspects, a user of an interactive media guidance application may select a media asset for viewing on a user device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Methods and systems for invoking functions based on whether a partial print or an entire print is detected

Systems and methods are described herein for expanding the functionality of a print scanner. The scanner may be programmed to invoke a different function if only a portion of a print is detected rather than a full print. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for episode tracking in an interactive media environment

Systems and methods for monitoring a user's viewing progress of media in a series are provided. The user may setup a media profile containing a list of program series to be monitored. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for identifying a source of a user interface from a fingerprint of the user interface

Systems and methods are provided herein for determining aspects of a user interface, and determining therefrom a service or device that corresponds to the user interface. In doing so, a user's activity can be profiled, and aggregate usage data over a population of particular devices and ott applications can be tracked. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/19/18 / #20180108052

Systems and methods for resolving advertisement placement conflicts

Systems and methods are described herein for resolving advertisement placement conflicts. Specifically, a number of parameters may be entered into a system in order to distribute advertisements into advertisement slots. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/19/18 / #20180107307

Playlists and bookmarks in an interactive media guidance application system

Systems and method are provided for providing a playlist transport bar. The playlist transport bar provides an overlay which graphically represents assets (e.g., programs) of a playlist in a manner that enables a user to simultaneously ascertain a playback position within the playlist and a particular asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103295

Methods and systems of recommending media assets to users based on content of other media assets

Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that provides recommendations to a user viewing a media asset. For example, the media guidance application may provide a recommendation of a media asset based on a user's profile and may modify the user's profile based on the user's actions and keywords in the content of the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/12/18 / #20180103288

Interactive television program guide with simultaneous watch and record capabilities

An interactive television program guide system is provided in which a user may use the program guide to watch one program while simultaneously recording another program without interrupting the recording or viewing process. This interactive television program guide system also allows a user the to utilize all or some of the program guide features while in the watch and record mode depending on the embodiment that is being implemented. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098129

Smart channel entry system

An interactive system is provided in which information is displayed in response to the entry of the digits of a channel number. The interactive system may be implemented on a television, a computer, or a radio system. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/05/18 / #20180098123

Systems and methods for multi-device content recommendations

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that provides content recommendations based on recent activity. For example, the media guidance application determines that the user has stopped using the first device and is using the second device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096382

System and method for expanding a pool of users that are targeted for an advertisement based on advertisement exposure

Systems and methods are described for a more accurate system for targeting specific users for advertising. An advertisement-suitability score associated with each of a plurality of users may be determined and users may be split into subsets. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096221

Systems and methods for receiving a segment of a media asset relating to a user image

Systems and methods that provide for an interactive media guidance application for receiving a segment of a media asset relating to a user image. The interactive media guidance application may receive the user image captured by the user device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

04/05/18 / #20180096202

Systems and methods for recreating a reference image from a media asset

Systems and methods that provide for an interactive media guidance application implemented in a user device, e.g., an app on a mobile phone. The interactive media guidance application uses the geographical location, e.g., longitude and latitude coordinates, and geospatial orientation, e.g., gyroscopic angles, of the user device to allow the user to capture images of the location in the same manner as the location was depicted in his or her favorite film or television program. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/29/18 / #20180091865

Systems and methods for loading interactive media guide data based on user history

Systems and methods for efficiently loading interactive media guide data based on user history are provided. A plurality of asset descriptions associated with a first media asset is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/22/18 / #20180084304

Systems and methods for transmitting media associated with a measure of quality based on level of game play in an interactive video gaming environment

Systems and methods for incorporating online user generated media content (e.g., videos) into an interactive video gaming environment are provided. Media assets that are associated with different measures of quality generated by users are stored on a remote server. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077458

Systems and methods for blocking selected commercials

Systems and methods for blocking inappropriate or undesired media content. Commercials are reviewed and assigned ratings or other attributes. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077127

Methods and systems for managing content subscription data

In some aspects, control circuitry receives, at a content provider server that is associated with a first subscription service, a first authentication key from a content aggregator server that is associated with a second subscription service, prior to the user subscribing to the first subscription service. The control circuitry generates and stores, at the content provider server, the first user account after comparing the first authentication key to acceptable authentication. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070130

Systems and methods for determining subscription data

A media guidance application is provided by which users can view program listings associated with programming that the user may access using other user equipment devices. The media guidance application, implemented on, for example, a remote system, may determine through communications with television equipment whether or not the television equipment is authorized to provide a particular package of television programming to be viewed by the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070128

Systems and methods for presenting background graphics for media asset identifiers identified in a user defined data structure

Systems and methods are provided herein for selecting graphics to use as backgrounds of media asset identifiers. To this end, a media guidance application may determine that a media asset identifier is to be generated for display, and may determine whether the user input an explicit preference for a media asset corresponding to the media asset identifier (e.g., the user added the media asset to his watch list). ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070123

Systems and methods for presenting content simultaneously in different forms based on parental control settings

Systems and methods for identifying objects displayed in a media asset are provided. First and second parental control restrictions associated with first and second users within a perceivable range of a user equipment device are retrieved. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/08/18 / #20180067946

Methods and systems for filtering media content

Method and systems are disclosed for presenting media asset identifiers retrieved based on a user search criteria. User's input of a first information, a second information, and a third information is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063716

Methods and systems for preventing a user input device from controlling user equipment

Methods and systems for preventing a user input device from controlling the user equipment are described herein. The method includes receiving, over a first communication path, by a user equipment, data indicative of a first request to restrict control by the user input device over the user equipment. ... Rovi Guides Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063580

Systems and methods for managing series recordings as a function of storage

Systems and methods are presented for modifying scheduled storage of a series as a function of available storage. For example, a media guidance application (e.g., executed on a set-top box) monitors both the viewing progress of previously stored episodes of the series as well as the amount of available storage remaining on a storage device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/22/18 / #20180054639

Systems and methods for storing a media asset rescheduled for transmission from a different source

Systems and methods for efficiently determining that a media asset scheduled to be stored from one content source has been rescheduled to another content source. For example, by examining the contents of data packets received with a media asset which identify the media asset currently being received (e.g., a field in an event information table), a media guidance application executed on a set-top box or other user equipment device may determine in real-time that the media asset scheduled to be stored is not currently being transmitted from the originally-scheduled content source. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048940

Systems and methods for using a home security system to alert a user about a media event

Systems and methods are provided herein for alerting a user about a media event using a home security application of the user. A media guidance application may determine that a media event is beginning at a given time, and may determine that a user whose profile indicates that the user would enjoy the media event is not consuming media corresponding to the media event at the given time. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048936

Systems and methods for performing adaptive scheduling of media asset recordings

Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in the conventional media systems via a novel technique to update a list of scheduled recordings for a plurality of instances in a set of media assets. The plurality of media assets in the set of media assets may be related to the same competition. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048931

Interactive program guide with graphic program listings

Electronic program guides in which program listings may be graphically presented and in which sponsors and celebrities of those programs may be identified are provided. The electronic programs guides may be passive television program guides, interactive television program guides, and/or on-line television program guides. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035163

Methods and systems for automatically evaluating an audio description track of a media asset

Methods and systems for automatically evaluating an audio description track of a media asset include initializing a rating of an audio description track of a media asset to a default value; receiving a first video frame and a second video frame of the media asset; detecting an object in the first video frame and the second video frame; determining that a difference in a characteristic of the object between the first video frame and the second video frame exceeds a threshold difference; determining that an audio characteristic in a portion of the audio description track that corresponds to the first video frame and the second video frame exceeds a threshold audio characteristic; and increasing the rating of the audio description track by a unit.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032514

Systems and methods for determining an execution path for a natural language query

Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional conversation systems by determining an execution path for a natural language query using questions and answers and selecting the path in a knowledge graph based on the entities in the questions and answers and the user's feedback. In some aspects, the systems and methods described provide for determining an execution path for a natural language query presented to an interactive media guidance application. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032513

Systems and methods for executing a supplemental function for a natural language query

Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in conventional conversation systems by executing a customized supplemental function for a natural language query based on the user's profile. In some aspects, the systems and methods receive a user query for a media asset, determine a query template in the user's profile matching the user's query, and identify and execute a supplemental function corresponding to the query template in addition to responding to the user's query. ... Rovi Guides Inc

02/01/18 / #20180032506

Systems and methods for disambiguating a term based on static and temporal knowledge graphs

Systems and methods provided herein for a determining a meaning of an ambiguous term in a text segment based on a context term, a static knowledge graph and a temporal knowledge graph. These systems and methods access a first knowledge graph associated with the context term to determine a potential term that is the meaning of the unknown term. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027374

Systems and methods for alerting a user to use an alternate device type to access a media asset

Systems and methods for a media guidance application that alerts a user to access the upcoming media asset on an output device of a second output device type, since the media asset will not be available through any output devices of a first output device type. For example, the media guidance application may determine that a user enjoys a media asset, but is too far from an output device of a first output device type (e.g., speakers) to view or listen to the media asset or that other nearby users do not enjoy the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027373

Systems and methods for intelligent audio output

Systems and methods for a media guidance application that adjusts output parameters of media assets delivered to output devices based on user preferences of users near the output devices. For example, the media guidance application may adjust the volume to be higher at a speaker near a first user who enjoys a particular media asset and lower at a speaker near a second user who dislikes the media asset.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/25/18 / #20180027270

Systems and methods for managing available bandwidth in a household

Systems and methods for managing available bandwidth in a household are provided. A request to access a first media asset is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020184

Systems and methods for re-recording content associated with re-emerged popularity

Systems and methods for re-recording content associated with popularity that re-emerged are provided. A plurality of media assets is recorded. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014046

Systems and methods for achieving ad avoidance by selectively switching media streams

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for avoiding playback of an advertisement by selectively switching between media streams. To this end, a media guidance application receives a plurality of media streams from different sources, switches to a first media stream and plays back a first media asset of the first media stream, and determines that an end to playback of the first media asset is imminent. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007418

Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing

An interactive television program guide system is provided in which a viewer may direct a television to simultaneously display a selected television program and a program guide display. A viewer may use the program guide display to browse available video-on-demand (vod) while continuing to view a previously selected program in the background. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007410

Systems and methods for providing blackout support in video mosaic environments

Systems and methods for providing blackout support in video mosaic environments are disclosed. In response to receiving a request for a video mosaic page, screen data, which may include blackout information, is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007155

Methods and systems for alerting users regarding availability of unconsumed content

Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that limits the incentive for authorized users to share content with unauthorized users, while still allowing users to access content virtually anywhere. Specifically, the media guidance application allows an authorized user to receive only a portion of a media asset that he or she is authorized to access on a different device, after a designated time period, and/or when the remaining portion of the media asset is inaccessible.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007148

Systems and methods for ensuring continued access to media of a playlist despite geographic content restrictions

Systems and methods are described herein for detecting information that indicates that a user will be traveling from a first geographic location to a second geographic location, and responsively accessing a playlist indicated by a profile of the user that indicates a plurality of streaming media that the user intends to consume. Control circuitry may then compare data corresponding to each streaming media of the plurality of streaming media to a database to determine whether each streaming media of the plurality of streaming media is accessible to the user at the second geographic location, and may determine that a subset of the plurality of media is not accessible to the user at the second geographic location. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/28/17 / #20170374416

Systems and methods for performing an action based on viewing positions of other users

Systems and methods for performing an action based on viewing positions of other users are provided. Viewing progress in a media asset of each of a plurality of users is retrieved. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/28/17 / #20170374401

Method and systems for enhancing media viewing experiences on multiple devices

Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that enhances the viewing experiences of users consuming media having important content. If a user is prevented from viewing media having important content that will be displayed eminently, the media having the important content may be displayed on a second device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/21/17 / #a system having an adaptive browse feature and an adaptive flip feature is provided. the adaptative browse and flip features may be selected to receive program viewing suggestions. the system may provide a suggestion by displaying an adaptive browse region or adaptative flip region including a program suggestion. the system identifies programs to suggest based on a user=s viewing activity. the system uses different algorithms that are user-selectable and user-adjustable to identify program suggestions. the system may query a program guide database to build a list of programs having attributes similar to the attributes of the current program or the last viewed program. the system may use an adaptive learning algorithm such as a neural network. the neural network may be trained by the program guide by monitoring user-viewing activity.

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12/21/17 / #20170366861

Methods and systems for recommending to a first user media assets for inclusion in a playlist for a second user based on the second user's viewing activity

Systems and methods for providing a first user with recommendations of media assets for inclusion in a playlist for a second user based on the second user's viewing activity. These systems and methods receive, from the second user, an expression of disinterest in a media asset included in the playlist for the second user, update a user profile associated with the second user based on the expression of disinterest, and determine a recommendation for another media asset based on the updated user profile associated with the second user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366859

Systems and methods for overriding crowd-sourced auto-skip commands based on user activity

Systems and methods are provided herein for automatically overriding an auto-skip command embedded in a media asset annotation when a user profile indicates a preference for content that is to be auto-skipped. To this end, a media guidance application may play back a media asset to a user, and detect therein a skip annotation that corresponds to a portion of the media asset that is to be played back. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366837

Interactive television program guide system having multiple devices within a household

An interactive television program guide system based on multiple user television equipment devices in a single household is provided. The system provides a user with an opportunity to adjust program guide settings with a given one of the interactive television program guides. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/21/17 / #20170364520

Approximate template matching for natural language queries

Systems and methods provide a media guidance application that recognizes a plurality of natural language search queries for identifying a set of search results. For example, a user may want to determine when the yankees are playing their next baseball game. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359614

Systems and methods for identifying and storing a portion of a media asset

Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that can cause a specific portion of a media asset to be stored based on a user command. For example, if the user requests the closing scene from a given movie, the media guidance application may detect the command, determine that it comprises an instruction to store a portion of a media asset, identify a source of the portion of the media asset, and cause the portion of the media asset to be stored. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/14/17 / #20170357635

Systems and methods for determining context switching in conversation

Systems and methods are described to address shortcomings in a conventional conversation system via a novel technique utilizing artificial neural networks to train the conversation system whether or not to continue context. In some aspects, an interactive media guidance application determines a type of conversation continuity in a natural language conversation comprising first and second queries. ... Rovi Guides Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353757

Systems and methods for agressively recording content when a user is not at home

Systems and methods for automatically recording media assets not explicitly scheduled for recording by a user when the user leaves his or her home. For example, when the user leaves home, a media guidance application, being executed on a user equipment device (such as a set-top box), schedules to record media assets that the user has expressed interest in, but has not explicitly scheduled for recording. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347164

Systems and methods for enabling quick access to media options matching a user profile

Systems and methods for enabling quick access to media options are provided. A user interaction with a media asset is detected with an application. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347162

Methods and systems for selecting supplemental content for display near a user device during presentation of a media asset on the user device

Methods and systems are provided herein for selecting supplemental content for display near a user device during presentation of a media asset on the user device. Often, the playback of the media asset when displayed at the user's home is limited to a single display, such as on a television or tablet. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347160

Methods and systems for performing non-linear reach optimization by computing reach values

Methods and systems for performing non-linear optimization of reach are described herein. The methods and systems may be used to compute the reach associated with different advertisement campaigns involving different combinations of spots. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170345178

Methods and systems for determining a region near a user device for displaying supplemental content during presentation of a media asset on the user device

Methods and systems are provided herein for a media guidance application for determining a region near a user device for displaying supplemental content during presentation of a media asset on the user device. Traditionally, there is only a single display of content in the room for the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344809

Systems and methods for providing timely and relevant social media updates from persons related to a person of interest in a video simultaneously with the video

Systems and methods are provided herein for identifying an identity of the person of interest in a live video, accessing his profile, and identifying closely related persons. Control circuitry may then identify a subset of the persons who are near a location where the live video is being filmed, compare the identities of each person of the subset to entries of a database of social media profiles, and identify respective social media components that correspond to each person of the subset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344648

Systems and methods for providing timely and relevant social media updates for a person of interest in a media asset who is unknown simultaneously with the media asset

Systems and methods are described herein for detecting that a person of interest is displayed in a live video for a threshold amount of time, attempting to identify an identity of the person determining that the attempting has failed, identifying broadcast times corresponding to a period of time in which the person was displayed in the live video, identifying trending topics in a social media space that relate to the live video, ascertaining an identity of the person of interest based on the trending topics, comparing the identity of the person of interest to a database of social media profiles, identifying a social media component that corresponds to the person, determining whether the person has modified the social media component within a predefined period of time, and providing information relating to a modification of the social media component simultaneously with the video.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/30/17 / #20170344195

Systems and methods for enabling quick multi-application menu access to media options

Systems and methods for enabling quick access to media options are provided. A display of a plurality of icons is generated, wherein each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of applications. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339467

Recommending media content based on quality of service at a location

Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that recommends media content to a user based on the media content likely to be available to a user at a given location and the quality of service at that location.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339466

Recommending media content based on the trajectory of the user

Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that recommends media content to a user based on the media content likely to be available to a user at a given location or on a given device. The media guidance application may also automatically determine the given location or given device based on a current trajectory of the user, and recommend a media asset from the media content available at that location or on that device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339458

Presenting media guidance data based on the trajectory of the user

Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that recommends media content to a user based on the media content likely to be available to the user at a given location and providing media guidance data for receiving the media content from a content provider at the location.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339457

Recommending a location based on quality of service at a location

Systems and methods are described herein for a media guidance application that recommends a location to consume media content based on the quality of service at various locations.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332146

Methods and systems for recommending providers of media content to users viewing over-the-top content based on quality of service

Methods and systems are described for recommending providers of media content to users viewing over-the-top content based on quality of service.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332140

Method and system for transferring an interactive feature to another device

Methods and systems are presented for transferring an interactive feature from a first device to a second device. Two users may be consuming a media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332139

System and method for delivering missed portions of media assets to interested viewers

Systems and methods are described herein for efficiently “catching-up” a user that is interested in a media asset when that user has missed a portion of the media asset while consuming the media asset together with other people. The system may detect that multiple people are consuming a media asset and may determine, based on a respective profile of each person, whether that person is interested in the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332125

Systems and methods for notifying different users about missed content by tailoring catch-up segments to each different user

Systems and methods are described herein for providing a media guidance application that reduces an amount of time required to catch a user up to live media by selectively presenting to the user portions of important content that the user finds most important. For example, a first user and a second user may wish to catch-up on a mutually missed portion of media. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332124

Methods and systems for arranging over-the-top content in user interfaces

Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that arranges media listings in a user interface based on a quality of service associated with a content provider for each media listing.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332123

Methods and systems for presenting media listings based on quality of service at a user device

Methods and systems are described for presenting media listings based on quality of service at a user device.. . ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332036

Systems and methods for resizing content based on a relative importance of the content

Systems and methods are described herein for providing a media guidance application that resizes content based on a relative importance of the content. For example, a display may have first and second content generated for display. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170329397

Systems and methods for navigating a media guidance application using gaze control

Systems and methods are described herein for navigating a media guidance application using gaze control. A media guidance application may have an option to transform the display into a gaze-control mode, which may, for example, change the size, shape, and/or location of certain indicators on the screen to make them easier to select using gaze control. ... Rovi Guides Inc

11/16/17 / #20170326459

Systems and methods for providing a media asset associated with an action that affects a user's fantasy sports score

Systems and methods for providing a user access to media assets associated with actions that affect the user's fantasy sports score. These systems and methods, upon receiving a notification of an action that affects the user's fantasy sports score, generate for display a media asset associated with the action that the user has a right to access by: identifying a media asset associated with the action, determining an access right of the media asset, and determining whether the user has a right to access the media asset based on the access right of the media asset and an access right granted to the user in a user subscription. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/12/17 / #20170293690

Systems and methods for identifying a meaning of an ambiguous term in a natural language query

Methods and systems for identifying a meaning of an ambiguous term in a natural language query. The media guidance application isolates first and second terms from a query received from a user and identifies, in a knowledge graph, first and second pluralities of candidate components associated with the first and second terms. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289641

Systems and methods for providing a playlist of user-relevant content for playback in place of advertisement content

Systems and methods are provided herein for generating and providing a playlist of content relevant to a user that is to be played back instead of advertisement content. In some embodiments, a media guidance application may access a profile of a user, and may generate a playlist comprising a plurality of program content based on data of the profile. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289621

Systems and methods for allowing access to a different version of the media asset

Systems and methods for allowing a user to access a different version of a blocked media asset. These systems and methods allow a first user to request access to the blocked media asset from a second user who has authority to approve access to the blocked media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289591

Methods and systems for efficiently downloading media assets

Methods and systems are described for downloading media assets efficiently and quickly before loss of network connectivity. The method may allow a user to download portions of a media asset in different versions to download a maximum portion of the media asset before loss of network connectivity. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170287056

Systems and methods for acquiring an article of clothing worn by a celebrity featured in a media asset

Systems and methods for acquiring an article of clothing worn by a celebrity featured in a media asset. The media asset featuring the celebrity is received from a media source. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286528

Methods and systems for determining user recovery times to real-life event

A media guidance application may determine user recovery times to real-life events. For example, the media guidance application may track the length of time that a particular user takes to recover from various real-life events.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286425

Methods and systems for determining end dates for user profile modifications based on real-life events

A media guidance application the media guidance application may determine end dates for user profile modifications based on real-life events. For example, as opposed to modifying a user profile for a predetermined about of time, the media guidance application may dynamically determine when to remove a user profile modification (or modify a user profile back to a previous state) based on subsequent user actions.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170286424

Methods and systems for determining how long to modify a user profile based on a real-life event

A media guidance application may determine how long to modify user profiles based on real-life events. For example, in order to keep user profiles up-to-date (e.g., to reflect temporary changes to the tastes of a user), the media guidance application may temporarily change the criteria for recommending content based on real-life events.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285861

Systems and methods for reducing jitter using a touch screen

Systems and methods are described herein for reducing jitter of touch screen inputs. In some embodiments, a media guidance application may receive touch screen inputs for controlling media playback, such as a swipe gesture. ... Rovi Guides Inc

10/05/17 / #20170285860

Systems and methods for controlling playback of a media asset using a touch screen

Systems and methods are described herein for controlling playback of a media asset using a touch screen. In some embodiments, a media guidance application may control media playback based on touch screen input positions that are stored before the user removes his finger from the touch screen. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280196

Methods and systems of facilitating sharing of information among service providers

Methods and systems for a media guidance application that aggregates media content and media guidance data for users. For example, the media guidance application may aggregate content from numerous providers and provide the content through a single interface. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280195

Methods and systems of recommending media assets to users viewing over-the-top content

Methods and systems for a media guidance application that aggregates media content and media guidance data for users. For example, the media guidance application may aggregate content from numerous providers and provide the content through a single interface. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280191

Systems and methods for recording media assets

Systems and methods are provided to record portions of media assets. User request is received to record a media asset together with a criterion for recording portions of that media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277699

Systems and methods for filtering of media data based on to-do list

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for resolving a meaning of an ambiguous calendar entry and recommending broadcast media based on the meaning. To this end, a media guidance application may detect a calendar entry specific to a user, and determine that the calendar entry is ambiguous with respect to an associated period of time. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/28/17 / #20170277402

Systems and methods for accentuating candidate characters of strings relating to promotional content

Systems and methods are provided herein for accentuating candidate characters of strings relating to promotional content. To this end, a media guidance application may receive user input of a character through a user interface. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272825

System and method for locating content related to a media asset

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing content related to a user-selected media asset featuring a person unrelated to that media asset, but that was involved in another media asset together with a person that was involved with the user-selected media. Specifically, a user-selection of a media asset is received and a first person involved in the media asset is identified. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272797

System and methods for automatically obtaining cost-efficient access to a media content collection

Systems and methods for automatically obtaining cost-efficient access to a media content collection are provided. A user selection of a media content collection, which consists of a number of media assets, is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264931

Systems and methods for recommending content

Systems and methods for recommending content to a user are described. A user equipment device may be equipped with a built-in or separately connected image capturing device which may be used to pinpoint the location of the remote control when it is activated, thereby defining the specific location of the remote and the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257676

Systems and methods for acquiring, categorizing and delivering media in interactive media guidance applications

Systems and methods are discussed for providing guidance for internet-delivered media. In some embodiments, information on available media on the internet is gathered. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251272

Systems and methods for performing an action based on context of a feature in a media asset

Systems and methods are provided herein for performing an action based on a feature in a media asset. In many media assets, specific features appear at portions of a program that users find interesting. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251271

Systems and methods for transmitting a portion of a media asset containing an object to a first user

Systems and methods are provided herein for transmitting a portion of a media asset containing an object to a user. In many media assets, specific features appear at portions of a program that users find interesting. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251260

Systems and methods for synchronizing media asset playback on multiple devices

Systems and methods are described herein for recommending media assets for a group. A media guidance application may generate recommendations for media assets along with indications of other users that may be interested in consuming the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251259

Methods and systems of recommending media assets to users based on content of other media assets

Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that provides recommendations to a user viewing a media asset. For example, the media guidance application may provide a recommendation of a media asset based on a user's profile and may modify the user's profile based on the user's actions and keywords in the content of the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251235

Systems and methods for synchronizing media asset playback on multiple devices

Systems and methods are described herein for synchronizing media asset playback on multiple devices. A media guidance application may transmit a media asset for simultaneous display to a first device and a second device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249382

Systems and methods for using a trained model for determining whether a query comprising multiple segments relates to an individual query or several queries

Systems and methods are provided herein for using a trained knowledge graph to accurately determine whether two phrases are conversationally connected. To this end, three phrases are received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249319

Methods and systems for aggregating data from webpages using path attributes

Methods and systems that improve the ability of a media guidance application to aggregate information from one or more sources and one or more mediums. For example, the media guidance application may automatically collect information based on attributes associated with information of a particular type. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/31/17 / #20170249297

Systems and methods for training a model to determine whether a query with multiple segments comprises multiple distinct commands or a combined command

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for training a model to accurately determine whether two phrases are conversationally connected. A media guidance application may detect a first phrase and a second phrase, translate each phrase to a string of word types, append each string to the back of a prior string to create a combined string, determine a degree to which any of the individual strings matches any singleton template, and determine a degree to which the combined string matches any conversational template. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/24/17 / #20170245018

Systems and methods for providing a transport control interface

A transport control interface may be provided by an interactive television program guide application to provide information, control or both for live and recorded video programming. The transport control interface may indicate to the user the time duration of live or recorded program and any time segments of the program that have been recorded. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238064

Systems and methods for recording broadcast programs that will be missed due to travel delays

Systems and methods are described herein for alerting a user that the user will be unable to view a broadcast program based on an estimated time of arrival of the user to a media consumption device, and responsively providing the user with an option to record the broadcast program. These systems and methods are performed at least by identifying a plurality of broadcast programs that are indicated on a profile of a user, receiving an estimated time of arrival of the user to a location of a media consumption device, responsively determining whether the user will be unable to view a broadcast program of the plurality of broadcast programs, responsively providing the user with an option to record the broadcast program, and responsively causing the broadcast program to be recorded.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230722

Interactive television application with navigable cells and regions

An interactive television application with mosaic browsing is provided. Selectable cells that may be associated with entities are used to display information corresponding to the entities. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/10/17 / #20170228550

Systems and methods for allowing a user to access blocked media

Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a user to access a blocked media asset. These systems and methods allow a user to request that a parent, or another user, who can approve access to the blocked media asset approve access to the blocked media asset for viewing. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223421

Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders

An interactive television system is provided in which an interactive television application is used to support network-based or local personal video recorder capabilities. A user may use this application to view lists of program listings. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/03/17 / #20170223088

Systems and methods for enabling users to receive access to content in closed network

Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a plurality of users in a closed environment, such as an environment where users cannot access or have limited access to the internet, to share media while retaining ownership rights to their media, and while ensuring that processing power of their devices is not unduly burdened by the sharing. For example, users may be able to establish a group, and may be able to transfer media amongst one another. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/03/17 / #20170221265

Methods and systems for associating media content with physical world objects

Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that allows users to associate media assets with physical objects in an augmented reality environment. Specifically, the media guidance application may recognize physical objects in an augmented reality environment and allow users to identify media assets to associate with the physical objects.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220810

Systems and methods for ensuring media shared on a closed network is returned to owner when end to closed network connection is imminent

Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a plurality of users in a closed environment, such as an environment where users cannot access the internet, to share media while retaining ownership rights to their media, and while ensuring that processing power of their devices is not unduly burdened by the sharing. For example, using the systems and methods described herein, users may be able to establish a group (e.g., by way of a wireless network hotspot), and may be able to transfer media amongst one another to expand their entertainment options. ... Rovi Guides Inc

08/03/17 / #20170220103

Methods and systems for associating input schemes with physical world objects

Methods and systems are described herein for a media guidance application that allows users to associate input schemes with physical objects in an augmented reality environment. Specifically, the media guidance application may recognize physical objects in an augmented reality environment and allow users to identify input schemes to associate with the physical objects, wherein the input schemes are ways in which users may control presentation of media content by interacting with the physical objects.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201802

Customizable flip and browse overlays in an interactive television system

Systems and methods are provided for customizing the display of interactive television overlays. A condition related to the display of an overlay on top of video for a television channel may be defined for each of a plurality of television channels. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201713

Systems and methods for reducing cut-offs in program recording

A media recording system may be provided. The recording system may include features for reducing recording cut-off of a particular media event due to changes in the start time and end time of what is scheduled to be recorded. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195705

Systems and methods for displaying media content and media guidance information

A system comprises television equipment and a number of portable electronic devices. The television equipment includes a large display and control circuitry. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/06/17 / #20170193546

Methods and systems for determining advertising reach based on machine learning

Methods and systems are provided for determining advertising reach based on machine learning. In particular, a reach calculator is provided to determine reach for advertisement campaigns in real time through the use of machine learning. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188106

Methods and systems for customizing a musical score of a media asset

Methods and systems for customizing a musical score of a media asset. In some aspects, control circuitry receives a media asset including metadata and a video component, a foreground audio component, and/or a background audio component. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188098

Methods and systems for detecting overlaps between calendar appointments and media asset transmission times

Systems and methods are described for a media guidance application that enables a user to distinguish media assets that overlap with the user's appointments from media assets that do not. Specifically, a media guidance application may access the user's calendar application and receive the user's calendar data from that calendar application. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188096

Systems and methods for sorting media assets based on playback information

Systems and methods for sorting media assets are provided. Playback information for each of a plurality of media assets is received, the playback information representing a percentage of a length of the corresponding media asset that each of a plurality of users previously viewed. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/29/17 / #20170186425

Systems and methods for conversations with devices about media using interruptions and changes of subjects

Systems and methods are described herein for providing media guidance. Control circuitry may receive a first voice input and access a database of topics to identify a first topic associated with the first voice input. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/29/17 / #20170182283

Methods and systems for enhancing sleep of a user of an interactive media guidance system

Methods and systems for enhancing sleep of a user. In some aspects, control circuitry receives a first input relating to a first sleep state. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180814

Methods and systems of alerting users viewing over-the-top content

Methods and systems are described for a media guidance application that provides alerts to a user viewing over-the-top content. For example, the media guidance application may aggregate content from numerous providers and provide the content through a single interface. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180808

Methods and systems for displaying a countdown alert for children

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for creating countdown animations. The countdown animations may alert children that they are approaching their viewing limits, wherein the viewing limits are set by parents and/or guardians. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180785

Methods and systems for bypassing preemptions in recorded media assets

Methods and systems for receiving an interruption-free version of a television program for recording on a user equipment device. In one aspect, a device receives from a server a first stream including a television program. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180784

Methods and systems for bypassing preemptions in recorded media assets

Methods and systems for transmitting an interruption-free version of a television program for recording on a user equipment device. In one aspect, a system transmits a first stream including a television program to a user equipment device. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180562

Systems and methods for sharing cost of a video-on-demand subscription with another subscriber

Systems and methods are provided herein for sharing cost of a video subscription of a primary subscriber with a secondary subscriber. These systems and methods provide the secondary subscriber with access to the primary subscriber's video subscription and track a variety of metrics pertaining to access of the video subscription by each subscriber. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180193

System and methods for alerting a user consuming media to the progress of others consuming media

Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a first user to set up an alert that will notify the first user when the first user has caught up to a second user's progress in consuming media. These systems and methods are used to ensure that the first user is informed, while they are consuming media, that they have caught up to the progress of a second user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171631

Methods and systems for customizing a media asset with feedback on customization

Methods and systems are provided herein for a media guidance application that customizes media assets. In particular, the media guidance application may customize the media asset by condensing the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171623

Methods and systems for customizing a media asset with user selections

Methods and systems are provided herein for a media guidance application that customizes media assets for users. In particular, the media guidance application may customize the media asset by condensing the media asset to have a particular play length selected by the user, and to include only parts fitting a content type criterion selected by a user.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171617

Systems and methods for notifying a user when activity exceeds an authorization level

Systems and methods for generating a notification when activity exceeds an authorization level are provided. A determination is made as to whether content currently being presented to a first user exceeds an authorization level associated with the first user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171136

Methods and apparatus for providing notifications in a media system

A system to convey user alert messages is disclosed. The system may have a alert service coupled between alert providers and a number of households. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164040

Systems and methods for recording content from a different source when previous content runs over

Systems and methods for recording content from a different source when previous content runs over are provided. A recording of a first media asset from a first content source is scheduled. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161773

Methods and systems for targeted advertising using machine learning techniques

Methods and systems have been provided for matching advertising requests (e.g., for advertisements in an advertising campaign) to advertising events (e.g., during display of a media asset or within a media guidance application) based on predicted viewership information determined using machine learning techniques. Performance of an artificial neural network (ann) based approach and a support vector machine (svm) based approach have been described, along with a hybrid approach that combines information from the ann and svm approaches. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161772

Methods and systems for targeted advertising using machine learning techniques

Methods and systems have been provided for predicting viewership information for advertising events (e.g., during display of a media asset or within a media guidance application). Performance of an artificial neural network (ann) based approach and a support vector machine (svm) based approach have been described, along with a hybrid approach that combines information from the ann and svm approaches. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161320

Systems and methods for generating smart responses for natural language queries

Methods and systems are described for responding to natural language queries. Specifically a natural language query is received and a query template that corresponds to the natural language query is determined. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/08/17 / #20170161319

Systems and methods for generating smart responses for natural language queries

Methods and systems are provided for generating a response to a natural language query. Specifically, the natural language query is received and a query template that corresponds to the natural language query is determined. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155965

Systems and methods for providing a contextual menu with information related to an emergency alert

Systems and methods are described herein for presenting additional information related to an emergency alert. A media guidance application may detect that a new emergency alert has been received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155938

Systems and methods for managing available bandwidth in a household

Systems and methods for managing available bandwidth in a household are provided. A request to access a first media asset is received. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/18/17 / #a television chat system is provided that allows television viewers to engage in real-time communications in chat groups with other television viewers while watching television. users of television chat system may engage in real-time communications with other users who are currently watching the same television program or channel.

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05/18/17 / #20170142491

Systems and methods for implementing a timeline scroller to navigate media asset identifiers

Systems and methods are provided herein to ease the process of navigating media asset identifiers. Control circuitry may generate a timeline scroller that does not obscure media asset identifiers for simultaneous display with the media asset identifiers. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142490

Series reminders and series recording from an interactive television program guide

An interactive television program guide system with program series reminder and recording capabilities is provided. The system allows a user to set a reminder or schedule a recording for a single episode or for each episode of a program series. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142480

Methods and systems for selecting a preferred viewpoint for media assets

Methods and systems are provided for a media guidance application that customizes media content based on the preferences of a user. In particular, the media guidance application may select a particular viewpoint from which to present the media content to the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142467

Systems and methods for displaying media content and media guidance information

A system comprises television equipment and a number of portable electronic devices. The television equipment includes a large display and control circuitry. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134814

Methods and systems for supplementing media assets during fast-access playback operations

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that enhances the viewer experience by providing supplemental content related to a media asset during a fast-access playback operation. For example, in response to a user input during a fast-forward or rewind operation, the media guidance application may generate for display supplemental content related to the progression point of the media asset at which the user input was received while the fast-forward or rewind operation continues.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134793

Systems and methods for creating rated and curated spectator feeds

Methods and systems for a media guidance application that may enhance viewer experience. The media guidance application may receive video assets from content capture devices at different locations, determine characteristics of the media assets and assign content tags, corresponding to the characteristics, to the media assets. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/04/17 / #20170127143

Program guide system with real-time data sources

A program guide system in which an interactive television program guide is implemented at least partially on user television equipment receives program listings data and real-time data such as sports scores, news data, etc. The real-time data may be stored in a database maintained by the program guide, so that the program guide may access the stored real-time data at a later time. ... Rovi Guides Inc








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