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Personal content server apparatus and methods

Personal content server apparatus and associated methods that allow a user (e.g., cable or satellite network subscriber) to access content, such as a video program, from a location outside the subscriber's network. In one embodiment, a personal content server streams the content to the subscriber over a network connection from the local e.g., (subscription) network to a remote network upon authorization by a content manager process. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Wireless session configuration persistence

A wireless access point employs a wireless configuration database for retrieving a stored wireless profile corresponding to a subscriber device from a remote location that enables the user to establish an internet connection using their subscriber device with the same network identifiers and settings employed from the home wireless profile. The network identifier is typically an ssid (service set identification), and labels the wireless configuration using a mnemonic name familiar to the user. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Methods and apparatus for implementing multi-device pause function

Methods and apparatus that support implementing a pause, e.g., of a broadcast, on a device, recording the paused program and resuming playback of the paused program on a device associated with a user's account, are described. The pause function allows a user to pause a broadcast on a device and initiate recording of the paused program, e.g., to network storage. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Apparatus and methods for rights-managed content and data delivery

Methods and apparatus for providing access to content across a plurality of devices and environments. In one embodiment, a downloadable rights profile is utilized in order for a user device to determine whether to provide content to a subscriber. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Apparatus and methods for enabling location-based services within a premises

Apparatus and methods for enabling location identification and related services in a premises. In one embodiment, location identification services are provided via a gateway device using data extracted from a wireless signal. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Apparatus and methods for automated secondary content management in a digital network

Apparatus and methods for generating secondary content scheduling and product offerings for users of a managed content distribution network, such as a cable, satellite, of hfcu network. In one embodiment, the secondary content comprises advertising content to be distributed across a plurality of content networks carried by the managed content distribution network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Methods and apparatus for providing voice mail services

Methods and apparatus for retrieving and providing voice mail messages from a server are described. In accordance with the invention voice mail messages may be retrieved via requests made via a set top box. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Media bridge apparatus and methods

Methods and apparatus for content, media and data delivery and access between devices of a premises and one or more portable media devices. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a media bridge between a portable media device (pmd) and a user's home network and/or home devices (e.g., set-top boxes, dvrs, etc.)). ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Methods and apparatus for premises content distribution

Apparatus and methods for protected content access, browsing and transfer over a network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a premises (e.g., residential) local area network (lan), and the apparatus comprises a server and renderer consumer premise equipment (cpe). ... Time Warner Cable Inc

End-to-end quality of service control for a remote service gateway

Systems and methods of performing end-to-end qos control during the access of wi-fi-enabled communications devices to remote networks. The systems and methods employ a bandwidth manager, a policy server, a near-end gateway located within a wi-fi network, and a far-end gateway located within a service provider network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Technique for providing programming content through a communications network having limited bandwidth

In a cable television system, a specific carrier is assigned to deliver programming content of a program channel to a service area for a period, defined as a function of viewership of the program channel during that period. For example, the program channel is assigned the specific carrier during the time when it has a generally strong viewership. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Wireless media usage, channel aggregation, and full-duplex communications

A wireless network includes a channel allocation manager and multiple wireless access points. The wireless channel allocation manager receives a request from a first wireless access point amongst multiple wireless access points for allocation of a wireless channel. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

Multicast video program switching architecture

Multicast video program switching architecture. In one embodiment, a user makes a request for service. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

System and method for pushing smart alerts

An alert notification is received and evaluated by a processor. An identifier of a subscriber who is registered to receive the first alert notification is identified. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020190

Method and apparatus for multi-band distribution of digital content

A method and apparatus to create and transmit transport multiplexes comprising one or more levels of service over a network. In one embodiment, the level of service comprises high definition (hd) content or programs, and the transmitted multiplexes are distributed over a plurality of downstream rf carriers in a cable network simultaneously. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014041

Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames in encrypted content

Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames. In one embodiment, an encoded video file is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/11/18 / #20180013492

Broadband optical network apparatus and method

Methods and apparatus for providing enhanced optical networking service and performance which are particularly advantageous in terms of low cost and use of existing infrastructure, access control techniques, and components. In the exemplary embodiment, current widespread deployment and associated low cost of ethernet-based systems are leveraged through use of an ethernet csma/cd mac in the optical domain on a passive optical network (pon) system. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/28/17 / #20170374104

Apparatus and methods for provisioning in a download-enabled system

Apparatus and methods for provisioning of customer premise equipment (cpe) equipped with a secure microprocessor to receive e.g., digital video content by entering unique identification of the cpe at one or more servers located at the headend or other location of a content-based network. In one embodiment, the cpe comprises a download-enabled (e.g., dcas) host with embedded cable modem and embedded set-top box functionality, and the provisioning includes enabling docsis functionality of the cpe, assigning an ip address to the cpe and providing the cpe with a client image for the conditional access system chosen by the network operator. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366986

Monitoring and management of links in a wireless network

A wireless communication link can include an uplink and a downlink between a wireless access point and a computer device. The uplink supports communications from the computer device to the wireless access point. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366983

Apparatus and methods for monitoring and diagnosing a wireless network

Apparatus and methods for monitoring a wireless local area network (wlan) to identify inoperative or degraded devices and restore network connectivity to end users. In one embodiment, the network includes one or more access points (aps) in data communication with a cable modem, which in turn communicates with managed network entities via a backhaul connection. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/21/17 / #20170366839

Multi-lingual audio streaming

Digital video data and digital multiple-audio data are extracted from a source, using a hardware processor in a content source device within a premises. The extracted digital video data is processed for display on a main display device in the premises; and the extracted digital multiple-audio data is processed into a primary soundtrack in a primary language, to be listened to within the premises in synchronization with the displayed extracted digital video data. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/14/17 / #20170359851

Network management and wireless channel termination

According to one configuration, an access point control resource receives channel allocation information indicating a change to allocation of channels in a wireless band currently used by multiple wireless access points to communicate with multiple communication devices in a network. The access point control resource uses the channel allocation information to identify a particular wireless channel (such as a de-allocated wireless channel) to be terminated from use by the multiple wireless access points. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353768

Cloud-based digital content recorder apparatus and methods

Apparatus and methods for the storage and delivery of content over a network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a managed content distribution network, and the apparatus comprises a “cloud” digital video recorder (cdvr) server which stores, processes and assembles content prior to its delivery in a way that obviates superfluous storage, and gains significant network efficiencies. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353752

System and method for delivering media based on viewer behavior

Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

12/07/17 / #20170353346

Methods and apparatus for determining and/or controlling backup power in a communications system

Methods and apparatus for detecting whether network nodes and cpe devices serviced by the network nodes are in the same region of a utility power grid are described. Methods and apparatus for using the result of the determination to control, e.g., automatically, backup power resource allocation are also described. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

11/30/17 / #20170347357

Resource allocation in a wireless mesh network environment

A mesh network management resource receives connectivity status information indicating wireless connectivity amongst multiple wirelessly interconnected access points in a mesh network and multiple clients. Based on the received connectivity status information, the mesh network management resource allocates portions of wireless bandwidth in the mesh network to wirelessly communicate between a root access point in the mesh network and each of the multiple interconnected access points. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339651

Methods and apparatus for synchronized viewing experience across multiple devices

Methods and apparatus for synchronizing devices corresponding to a customer are described. A plurality of devices are associated with a customer record. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

11/23/17 / #20170339438

Distribution and management of content from a multi-tier content distribution system

A multi-tier content distribution system includes a first repository, a second repository, and a third repository from which to distribute content. The first repository serves as a first choice from which to distribute requested content to a requesting party. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

11/16/17 / #at least a first goal is assigned to a media asset including content and metadata. for at least two of a plurality of processes of a workflow engine relevant to said at least first goal, said media asset is simultaneously polled from time-to-time to determine whether prerequisites of said at least two of said plurality of processes have been met.

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11/16/17 / #20170332135

Method and apparatus for initiating a playback pause operation on one device and resuming playback on another playback device

Methods and apparatus that support implementing a pause, e.g., of a broadcast, on a device, recording the paused program and resuming playback of the paused program on a device associated with a user's account, are described. The pause function allows a user to pause a broadcast on a device and initiate recording of the paused program, e.g., to network storage. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

11/16/17 / #20170332120

Content management and control based on tracking of prior content playback behavior

According to one configuration, a content management resource receives feedback indicating playback commands applied to different portions of a given content stream (such as video content) played back by multiple viewers. The feedback can include video playback commands (such as fast forward commands, rewind commands, play commands, etc.) applied by the multiple users to the different portions of the given content stream. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/26/17 / #20170311023

Tv playlist

A playlist server application is provided on a server at a first network node. A playlist local application is provided for a remote device. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/26/17 / #20170310722

Methods and apparatus for providing alternative content

Methods and apparatus that facilitate providing alternative content to customer devices in systems supporting dash streaming are described. Various features relate to dynamically modifying and providing media presentation description (mpd) information to customer devices. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/26/17 / #20170308681

Methods and apparatus for secondary content management and fraud prevention

Methods and apparatus for secondary content management, including preventing viewing fraud, are disclosed. In one embodiment, apparatus of the present disclosure includes an advertisement decisioning service (ads) and manifest manipulator (mm) configured cooperate to receive client requests for secondary content, select one or more secondary content elements (e.g., advertisements), and generate and transmit one or more identifiers that uniquely identify the client's request for a session. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/12/17 / #20170295395

Digital video recorder state cache

A digital video recorder control database is maintained for a digital video recorder in communication with a plurality of set-top boxes. The database includes program content, associated programming metadata, and a recording schedule. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289626

Methods and apparatus for enhancing network reliability and/or enabling phased deployment of video services

Methods and apparatus for automatically transitioning program delivery/reception between alternative sources, e.g., from a non-ip channel to an ip video source or between two alternative ip sources are described. The transition maybe triggered by a detected problem with the delivery via the non-ip channel or because of scheduled service. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

10/05/17 / #20170289122

Wireless gateway, network access, and management

A wireless gateway controls access through a communication portal to a shared communication link. By way of non-limiting example, the wireless gateway receives input (such as a passcode) from a user operating a communication device in a subscriber domain. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280183

Apparatus and methods for enabling media options in a content delivery network

Apparatus and methods for providing media options over a network. In one embodiment, the media options are presented in conjunction with a promotion or advertisement for particular content. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/28/17 / #20170280101

Apparatus and method for video-on-demand playlist

A method of providing programming content from a video server to a client coupled to the video server by a video content network includes the steps of sending, to the client, a playlist describing an interrelationship between at least one program segment and at least one related segment; sending, from the video server to the client over the video content network, video content comprising the at least one program segment and the at least one related segment; and modifying the playlist via communication to the client. The steps of sending the playlist, sending the content, and modifying the playlist are all accomplished within a single video-on-demand session per user.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272846

Methods and apparatus for asymmetric distribution of mixed content via a network

Methods and apparatus for asymmetric distribution of mixed content via a network. Current optical fiber-based access network technologies are multiplexed onto the same fiber for delivery via a common optical distribution network (odn). ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272831

Content distribution and encoder testing techniques

According to one configuration, to test an encoder resource, a user controls operation of both a mobile communication device and a corresponding video management device. For example, the user inputs a command to a test control application executing on the mobile communication device to test encoding of content by the encoder resource. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/21/17 / #20170272790

Variability in available levels of quality of encoded content

A server resource provides notification to subscribers in a respective network environment that the content is available for retrieval at a particular bit rate (e.g., a promotional bit rate) or particular level of quality (e.g., promotional level of quality) amongst multiple levels of quality for a limited duration of time. For example, an especially high level of quality (or bit rate) of the content may be available only for the limited duration of time. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264960

Content management in a network environment

An analyzer resource monitors content access information indicating availability of different types of content available to multiple subscribers over a shared communication link. To facilitate selection of content by respective subscribers, the analyzer resource sorts the available content into different classes (genres) based on a respective subject matter of the corresponding available content. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/14/17 / #20170264696

Publish-subscribe messaging in a content network

A plurality of subscribers are registered to receive, from a publisher component, at client devices, via a broker component, at least one of messages and content pertaining to a first topic. Each of the subscribers is caused to generate one of n random numbers. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

09/07/17 / #20170257750

Apparatus and methods for dynamic open-access networks

Apparatus and methods for providing information via an open-access network such as a wireless local area network (wlan). In one embodiment, the information provided is contextually relevant to one or locations, more users or devices receiving the information. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/31/17 / #20170251026

Apparatus and methods for centralized message exchange in a user premises device

Methods and apparatus for providing a messaging server within a premises device e.g., a home or enterprise gateway device. In one embodiment, a system is described that includes a premises device that acts as a centralized client messaging platform providing messaging services between a content provider and client devices, and also between client devices within a premises network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/24/17 / #20170244988

Methods and apparatus for content caching in a video network

Methods and apparatus for selectively caching (and de-caching) video content in network so as to reduce content transformation requirements and also cache storage requirements. In one embodiment, a content caching controller associated with a content server differentiates content requests based on content attributes such as the requested codec format (e.g., mpeg or windows media), resolution, bitrate, and/or encryption type or security environment. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238240

Communication management systems and expanded use of unique network identifiers

According to one configuration, a wireless access point receives a unique network identifier value. The wireless access point assigns the unique network identifier value to a respective wireless network supported by the first wireless access point. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/17/17 / #20170238025

Methods and apparatus for revenue-optimized delivery of content in a network

Methods and apparatus for optimizing the distribution and delivery of multimedia or other content within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a broadcast switched cable television network, which utilizes a network optimization controller (noc) that processes subscriber program viewing requests to identify options available to fulfill the request (including, e.g., the creation of one or more “microcasts” specifically targeting one or more users), and evaluate these options to determine one that optimizes network operation. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/17/17 / #20170237767

Apparatus and methods for mitigation of network attacks via dynamic re-routing

Apparatus and methods for mitigating network attacks, such as by dynamically re-routing traffic. Various disclosed embodiments manipulate path-based routing of the backbone network to insert a scrubbing appliance within the backbone network topology, rather than using traditional network addressed tunnels in the edge network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230813

Access point management and usage in a network environment

A network management application receives input from a subscriber operating a computer device to add a new wireless access point to a network environment. The input specifies a geographical location in which the subscriber requests installation of the new wireless access point in the network environment. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230717

System and method for providing program-related content in a multi-services distribution system

In an embodiment of the present invention, programming content and program-related content (prc) cues are delivered to a subscriber via an interactive multi-service distribution network. The prc cues comprise interactive visual elements that may be used to create a prc object that is selectable by a subscriber. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230702

Apparatus and methods for recording, accessing, and delivering packetized content

Apparatus and methods to manage recording of streaming packetized content (such as for example live ip packetized content) for access, retrieval and delivering thereof to one or more users. In one embodiment, the foregoing is accomplished via communication between a recording manager and a receiver/decoder device. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/10/17 / #20170230513

Automated bulk provisioning of primary rate interface and sip trunk telephone numbers

A broadband provisioning system configured for bulk provisioning of communications services is provided. The system includes an order manager that includes machine executable instructions stored on machine readable media, the instructions for: receiving a request to provision a plurality of telephone numbers with communications services; creating details for the request and setting an initial state for the request; and upon commencement of processing of the request, updating the state of the request to indicate ongoing processing, provisioning each telephone number in the request by associating resources therewith, and updating a status for each telephone number provisioned; and upon completion of processing, changing the state of the request to indicate completion.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

08/10/17 / #20170229008

Remote controller and selective key illumination

According to one configuration, a remote controller device wirelessly controls a remote media system. The remote controller device includes multiple selectable control buttons, multiple optical sources, and controller hardware. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/27/17 / #20170215085

Wireless access point installation analyzer and reporting

An analyzer resource receives usage information collected by an application executing in a roaming mobile device; the usage information indicates geographical regions (and potentially specific locations) in which the roaming mobile communication device wirelessly accesses a remote network (such as the internet) using any of one or more different wireless access services. The analyzer resource is further operable to receive resource information indicating locations of physical network resources available to support installation of wireless access points in the geographical regions and the location of any existing wireless access points already installed. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/27/17 / #20170214666

Apparatus and methods for content transfer protection

Methods and apparatus for ensuring protection of transferred content. In one embodiment, content is transferred while enabling a network operator (e.g., mso) to control and change rights and restrictions at any time, and irrespective of subsequent transfers. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/20/17 / #20170208632

Apparatus and method for wireless network services in moving vehicles

Apparatus and methods for providing backhaul access connectivity to e.g., a vehicular hotspot. In one embodiment, a wireless network of access points comprises so-called “parent access points” (paps), “child access points” (caps), and “transit access points” (taps). ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201806

Methods and apparatus for dynamic management and bandwidth allocation for content delivery

Methods and apparatus for content delivery and managing and conserving network bandwidth in a content delivery system are described. In accordance with one aspect of some embodiments, when the number content playback devices, e.g., ip set top boxes, ipads, etc., in a region or service group receiving the same program content via individual unicast streams over a first network, e.g., cable network, exceeds a threshold number large, the ip capable playback devices are instructed to switch to receive the same programming content from a local device, e.g., a gateway device, via a home network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/13/17 / #20170201804

Addressing and locating in-line coaxial cable devices within customer premises in cable-based networks

An exemplary apparatus for use in a cable-based network includes passive circuitry coupled with an input of the apparatus and configured to generate an output signal having frequency response characteristics controlled as a function of a value of at least one component in the passive circuitry. The apparatus further includes active circuitry coupled with the input of the apparatus. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195732

Content consumption and management in a network

A data analyzer engine can be configured to receive feedback indicating different content currently consumed by subscribers in a cable network environment. The data analyzer engine analyzes the feedback to identify most popular consumed content amongst the different content and produces a content guide to include multiple selectable channels from which content is available for retrieval over a shared communication link in the cable network environment. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195447

Methods and apparatus for serving content to customer devices based on dynamic content popularity

Methods and apparatus for processing requests for content received from customer devices are described. A decision on how to respond to a request for content is made at an edge node based on a locally maintained popularity list. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

07/06/17 / #20170195126

Upstream rf input level scaling

Embodiments include systems and methods for scaling power level of an upstream signal by a device processor of a head-end device in a communication network. In embodiments, the device processor may determine a power level of the signal received at the head-end device from a client device. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/22/17 / #20170181038

System and method for end-to-end quality of service control for a remote service gateway

Systems and methods of performing end-to-end qos control during the access of wi-fi-enabled communications devices to remote networks. The systems and methods employ a bandwidth manager, a policy server, a near-end gateway located within a wi-fi network, and a far-end gateway located within a service provider network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/22/17 / #20170177321

Technique for efficiently upgrading software in a video content network

At a carousel origin server, an indication is obtained that at least one of a plurality of consumer premises equipment connected to a video content network requires a software upgrade. Responsive to obtaining the indication, the carousel origin server loads onto a carousel at least one image required for the software upgrade. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164416

Apparatus and method for wireless network extensibility and enhancement

Apparatus and methods for extending and enhancing wireless networks. An exemplary wireless network configured according to the disclosure uses in-service wireless network clients (wncs), such as mobile phones, laptops, etc., to extend and enhance the wireless network coverage via peer-to-peer sub-networks. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/08/17 / #20170164378

Apparatus and methods for selective data network access

Wireless data network access architecture and methods enabling location-specific and/or user-specific provision of services or resources. In one embodiment, an end-user device makes a request for service within a wireless lan (wlan). ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156093

Wireless communication management and handoffs

To facilitate a handoff of a communication session in a wireless network, a first wireless access point at least temporarily emulates a second wireless access point, spoofing a target communication device that communications transmitted from the first wireless access point appear to be transmitted from the second wireless access point. According to a first configuration, the communication session is handed off from the first wireless access point to the second wireless access point. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/01/17 / #20170156090

Wireless communication management and handoffs

A first wireless access point notifies a handoff management resource that a second wireless access point is a potential handoff candidate. Subsequent to authentication of the second wireless access point as being a valid handoff candidate, the handoff management resource notifies a mobile communication device that the second wireless access point is a valid handoff option to receive a communication session from the first wireless access point. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

06/01/17 / #20170155941

Apparatus and methods for monitoring and optimizing delivery of content in a network

Methods and apparatus for delivering content to a user so as to optimize and enhance the “experience” of the content. In one embodiment, an optimization and monitoring entity (ome) is used which determines, evaluates, and provides notification and/or recommendation of alternative content delivery platforms which are available to a user. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

05/11/17 / #20170135007

Handoffs between access points in a wi-fi environment

Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for providing active mobility of wi-fi enabled devices within a given wireless local area network (wlan). In general, techniques include dynamically commanding wi-fi enabled devices to disconnect from a corresponding access point in response to meeting predetermined conditions. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134772

Multi-format distribution of content

A content delivery resource in a cable network receives a request for specified content. The content delivery resource retrieves profile information assigned to the subscriber domain. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/27/17 / #20170118638

Method and apparatus for passpoint eap session tracking

Systems and methods of tracking authentication sessions performed between wi-fi-enabled devices and authentication servers via wireless access points in wi-fi networks that allow authentication messages to be easily correlated to determine the authentication sessions to which the authentication messages belong. The systems and methods employ a tracking tag that an authentication server can insert into each authentication message that it sends to a wi-fi-enabled device via a wireless access point in an authentication session. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/27/17 / #20170118629

Methods and apparatus for managing and/or configuring base stations which include sensors

Sensor based information from a base station is received by a configuration management device and is used to determine orientation, altitude and/or location. In some embodiments, the configuration management device compares measurement based information to corresponding expected values in a deployment plan to determine whether or not the base station has been correctly deployed. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/27/17 / #20170118497

Methods and apparatus for controlling content distribution

Methods and apparatus for controlled distribution of program content are described where program content for certain regions may be selectively blocked. The described methods and apparatus allow content distribution to authorized regions while providing control to the content provider to effectively block program content delivery to regions not entitled to receive the program content.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/27/17 / #20170116059

Anomaly detection, alerting, and failure correction in a network

In furtherance of providing uninterrupted network service, a data analyzer engine in a network environment aggregates real-time feedback from multiple resources that collectively provide delivery of content to multiple subscribers in a network environment. According to one arrangement, the multiple resources are disposed along a network communication path between a content delivery source and the subscriber. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111851

Method and apparatus for automatic geoaware access point provisioning

Systems and methods of discovering and registering with a wifi controller by a wireless access point that can provide location awareness in the wifi controller discovery and registration process. The systems and methods employ a dns server that can receive a dns query containing the fqdn of a wifi controller from an access point, and compare the fqdn of the wifi controller and the source ip address of the dns query against a mapping table, which maps fqdns of wifi controllers and ranges of source ip addresses of dns queries to groups of wifi controllers. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111842

Communication management and wireless roaming support

A user-operated communication device stores security association information that is initially used to wirelessly connect the user-operated communication device to a first wireless access point made available by a first private wireless network service provider. Assume that the user-operated communication device roams out of a first wireless coverage region supported by the first wireless access point into wireless range of a second wireless access point operated by a second private wireless network service provider. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111783

Wireless network management and online signup of services

A wireless access point receives configuration information assigned to a particular service provider. The configuration information includes information indicating a wireless network identifier (such as a network name or ssid value) assigned to the service provider. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111694

Apparatus and method for conflict resolution in remote control of digital video recorders and the like

At least one server is queried to obtain program data. Dvr data is obtained from a digital video recorder, substantially in real time, over a content-based network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/20/17 / #20170111428

System and method for managing the delivery of targeted content

A system and method for managing the delivery of targeted content. When a user desires to opt-out of receiving targeted content, the user registers with a do-not-target (dnt) registry and is issued a dnt cookie. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/13/17 / #20170105110

Management frames and usage in a wireless network environment

Instead of monitoring a wireless region for beacons, to learn of availability of different wireless access points in a particular geographical region, an end user-operated communication device generates a network discovery request message. The communication device initiates wireless broadcast of the network discovery request message from the user-operated communication device to any of one or more listening non-beacon-generating wireless access points in a wireless network environment. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/13/17 / #20170104644

Methods and apparatus for hardware registration in a network device

Methods and apparatus for control of a client device (e.g., consumer premises equipment in a cable network) using applications. In one aspect, an improved hardware registry is provided within the device with which the application(s) can interface to both identify and control available hardware resources. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/06/17 / #20170099512

Apparatus and methods for automated highlight reel creation in a content delivery network

Methods and apparatus for the automated creation of targeted or focused content extractions and/or compilations (e.g., highlight reels). In one embodiment, the extractions or compilations are created for use in a content delivery network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/06/17 / #20170099212

Packetized content delivery apparatus and methods

Apparatus and methods for delivery of content in a packetized network. In one embodiment, content and/or services can be associated with an ip address. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

04/06/17 / #20170099136

Encryption management, content recording management, and playback management in a network environment

Management of key information as described herein enables a respective service provider to distribute encrypted content to subscribers, preventing improper use of the content without authorization. For example, the service provider can distribute encrypted content for recording by a subscriber at a remote location. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

03/09/17 / #20170070698

Apparatus and method for remote wireless control of digital video recorders and the like

At least one server is queried from a wireless device to obtain program data, and to obtain dvr data from a digital video recorder. The program data is received from the server and the dvr data is received from the digital video recorder. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064403

Methods and apparatus that support easy access and browsing of program and channel listings in a program guide

Methods and apparatus for improving channel browsing experience for users by presenting an automatically appearing and automatically scrolling program guide are described. The methods and apparatus are well suited for use with remote control devices with limited numbers of input buttons, e.g., under five buttons, but can be used with remote controls with more buttons. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064394

Trending analysis, notification, and control in a network

A data analyzer engine receives content consumption feedback associated with multiple subscribers in a cable network environment. In accordance with one embodiment, the data analyzer engine provides notification of popularly consumed content. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/23/17 / #20170055013

Methods and apparatus for device capabilities discovery and utilization within a content distribution network

Methods and apparatus for determining and selecting digital coding and/or decoding technology, delivery bitrates, and resolution parameters for programming and data delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an hfc cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (cpe), and/or associated client devices, each having different display resolution, bitrate, and/or decoding capabilities profiles. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/16/17 / #20170048873

Methods and apparatus for using bandwidth subject to cellular interference

Methods and apparatus for using communications channels corresponding to frequency bands subject to cellular network, e.g., lte, interference and/or other interference are described. The methods are well suited for use of cable networks where communications over a coax cable or via cable device may be subject to lte interference. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/16/17 / #20170048595

Methods and apparatus for supporting trick play functions in devices without local storage

Methods and apparatus for providing playback devices with trick play functionality are described. The system includes a playback device, e.g., without recording capability, and a gateway device with multiple tuner-demodulators and/or a cable modem and recording capability. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/16/17 / #20170048536

Methods and apparatus of encoding real time media content

Methods, apparatus and systems of parallel encoding and publishing media content in a plurality of encoded formats. One exemplary embodiment includes the steps of receiving at least a first portion of a first content stream; communicating the first portion of the stream to a plurality of encoders including a first through nth encoder, operating said first through nth encoders in parallel to perform different encoding operations in real time to generate first through nth encoded versions of said first portion of content; monitoring the encoding status of each of the first through nth encoders; determining when at least the first through nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, and publishing, in response to determining that the first through nth encoders are done processing the first portion of the stream, at the same time, the successfully encoded versions of the first portion of the stream.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/16/17 / #20170048357

Apparatus and methods for content distribution to packet-enabled devices via a network bridge

Apparatus and methods for providing content to packet-enabled devices in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, a network architecture is disclosed which enables delivery of content to ip-enabled devices such as mobile smartphones and tablet computers using a traditional high-speed data connection. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041791

Provisioning of wireless security configuration information in a wireless network environment

A network environment includes a message-processing resource that receives a communication originated by a communication device and transmitted from the communication device over a wireless communication link. By way of non-limiting example, the communication can be a request for retrieval of content from server resource disposed in the network environment. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041679

User selection of software components in a television set-top box

A method for allowing user selection of interactive video software components in a television stb operatively coupled to a video content network includes the steps of: affording the user a selection of interactive video software components to run on the set-top box; and loading selected interactive video software components onto the set-top box. The selected interactive video software components are delivered from a remote node over the video content network to which the stb is coupled.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/09/17 / #20170041106

Sub-partitioning of wireless wideband channel and usage

A communication management resource associated with a wireless access point in a network environment allocates use of a wireless channel and sub-channels over time to multiple communication devices in communication with the wireless access point. For example, during use, from a first communication device of the multiple communication devices competing for wireless bandwidth, the communication management resource receives a request for allocation of wireless bandwidth to communicate over a wireless communication link with the wireless access point. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

02/02/17 / #20170032652

Systems and methods for providing event notifications

Methods and apparatus for providing indications of received emergency alert messages to devices within a consumer premises are disclosed. In one embodiment, a consumer premise equipment (cpe) receiving one or more emergency alert messages from a content provider or managed network determines one or more alert responses for one or more devices of the consumer premise network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/26/17 / #20170026712

Apparatus and methods for delivery of multicast and unicast content in a content delivery network

Methods and apparatus for providing delivery of content to client devices of a network via both multicast and unicast mechanisms. In one embodiment, a system for use in a managed content delivery network is described to bridge multicast to unicast, so that the total network bandwidth consumption is significantly lower than a corresponding unicast-only delivery solution, yet which still provides improved quality of service and user viewing experience as compared to a multicast-only delivery solution. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/19/17 / #20170019307

Methods and apparatus for predictive capacity allocation

Methods and apparatus for dynamically adjusting capacity allocation; e.g., to a group of services in a multimedia distribution network. In one embodiment, bandwidth allocation is adjusted by predicting bandwidth utilization of the group of services based on historical bandwidth utilization information. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013305

Multi-lingual audio streaming

Digital video data and digital multiple-audio data are extracted from a source, using a hardware processor in a content source device within a premises. The extracted digital video data is processed for display on a main display device in the premises; and the extracted digital multiple-audio data is processed into a primary soundtrack in a primary language, to be listened to within the premises in synchronization with the displayed extracted digital video data. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013232

Transitioning video call between devices

A flip signal is received from a first device, at a signaling server, during a video chat between the first device and a second device. The flip signal indicates that media packets from the second device intended for the first device are to be sent to a third device. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/05/17 / #20170006317

Secondary content insertion apparatus and methods

Apparatus and associated methods that allow a user (e.g., cable or satellite network subscriber) to access content, such as a video program, from a location outside the subscriber's network, with dynamic or adaptive insertion of secondary content (e.g., advertisements or promotions) that are more relevant for that context. In one embodiment, a personal content server streams the content to the subscriber over a network connection from the local e.g., (subscription) network to a remote network upon authorization by a content manager process; secondary content is evaluated and selectively inserted or replaced depending on factors such as the user's remote location, the configuration of their platform, the date and time of their access request, and/or the subject matter of the primary content.. ... Time Warner Cable Inc

01/05/17 / #20170005884

Dynamic changing tier service on test device

A test device is located within a broadband communications network. The test device is interconnected with a policy enforcement point of the broadband communications network. ... Time Warner Cable Inc








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