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Echostar Technologies Llc patents (2015 archive)


Recent patent applications related to Echostar Technologies Llc. Echostar Technologies Llc is listed as an Agent/Assignee. Note: Echostar Technologies Llc may have other listings under different names/spellings. We're not affiliated with Echostar Technologies Llc, we're just tracking patents.

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12/31/15 / #20150381686

Adaptive data segment delivery arbitration for bandwidth optimization

Systems, devices and processes are described to adapt segment requests placed by an autonomous media player during media streaming to compensate for fluctuations in the bandwidth consumed by the requested segments due to variances in the underlying video content. By providing predictive data about the bandwidth consumption of upcoming video segments, client devices can adapt requests for future segments accordingly. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

12/24/15 / #20150373415

Apparatus, systems and methods for content availability notification

Systems and methods are operable to notify a user of content availability. An exemplary embodiment receives a content availability notification request that specifies at least one content of interest, searches current electronic program guide (epg) information to identify the content of interest, determines that the information identifying the specified content of interest is unavailable based upon the search of the current epg information, generates a content availability reminder that is associated with the specified content of interest, monitors a content database to determine an availability of the specified content of interest identified in the content availability reminder, determines that the specified content of interest is available when the monitored content database indicates availability of the specified content of interest, and generates a content availability reminder notification that indicates at least a title of the specified content of interest.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

12/17/15 / #20150365234

Methods and systems for user authentication

Methods and systems are provided for authenticating a user for access to restricted content. An exemplary method involves providing a plurality of selectable regions on a display, authenticating the user based at least in part on a user input that corresponds to a selectable region that includes a portion of authentication information, and providing the restricted content to the display after authenticating the user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150358688

Systems and methods for viewer-incentivized targeted commercials

Various arrangements, including systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable mediums for incentivizing content viewer feedback are detailed herein. In some embodiments, a first television program with at least one commercial break is output. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150358687

Systems and methods for viewer decision-based targeted commercials

Various arrangements for targeting advertising to a television viewer are presented. A user interface may be output for presentation that permits the television viewer to select from among a plurality of advertising options. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

12/10/15 / #20150358661

Customized channel

Various arrangements generating a customized channel are presented. A customized channel may be generated for a user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/26/15 / #20150338876

System and method for employing a controlled-modification current time value

A method for employing a controlled-modification current time value is presented. In the method, the current time value is maintained. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150334471

Multiple simultaneous audio video data decoding

A system includes a server configured to receive a data stream and at least one client device configured to receive the data stream from the server. The server is configured to synchronize playback of a media content instance by the server, one or more of the client devices, or both, in accordance with a timestamp associated with the data stream.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/19/15 / #20150334468

Apparatus systems and methods for securely sharing content with a plurality of receiving devices

Various embodiments facilitate secure content sharing between a plurality of receiving devices, such as set-top boxes. One embodiment is a system with a distribution server communicatively coupled via a satellite communication system to a plurality of set-top boxes that are located at different customer premises. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150327092

Signal measurement using paired remote device

A system includes a remote device, a client device, and a server. The server is configured to measure a signal strength of the client device relative to the server and transmit signal strength measurement data representing the signal strength. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150326942

Apparatus, systems and methods for monitoring the transmission of media content events

Systems and methods are operable for monitoring the transmission of media content events. An exemplary embodiment receives a media content stream at a media device from a media content transmission device at a first transmission rate, wherein the media content stream comprises at least one media content event selected for presentation on a media presentation device; stores at least a portion of the media content stream in a media device buffer; calculates a buffer metric; transmitting the buffer metric to the media content transmission device; and receives the media content stream from the media content transmission device at a second transmission rate based on the transmitted buffer metric.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150326912

Selective placement of progress bar

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for selecting the placement of a progress bar that is displayed on top of audiovisual content being presented on a display device when a viewer issues a “trick-play” command to change the rate at which the audiovisual content is being presented, such as rewind, pause, or fast-forward. The placement of the progress bar is selected such that it does not obscure audiovisual content used by the viewer to determine how long to issue the trick-play command.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/12/15 / #20150326891

Provisioning commercial-free media content

Provisioning commercial-free or break-free media content. Example types of media or media content may include advertising media, broadcast media, social media, news media, and etc. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/05/15 / #20150319484

Electronic system informing a first electronic device of user remote control activity involving a second electronic device

An electronic system is presented which includes a remote control device and a first electronic device. In one embodiment, the remote control device is configured to accept a user input signifying a command for a second electronic device, as well as generate the command for the second electronic device, and an indication of the command. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150312620

Method and apparatus for recording a video program for user instruction

The present invention is a method and apparatus for providing the user instructional information describing the operation of their television receiving device system.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150312597

File structure techniques for storing multiple bitrate content

A remote storage digital video recorder (rs-dvr) system is disclosed. The rs-dvr system includes a network interface to communicate data between the rs-dvr system and a subscriber system via a network, a file system module coupled to the network interface, an ingest agent coupled to the file system module to receive encoded media segments that represent media content files encoded at a plurality of different bitrates; and a storage architecture coupled to the file system to store the encoded media segments, resulting in stored media segments. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150312513

Using idle resources to reduce channel change times

Arrangements for preparing a television channel for presentation are presented. A tuner of a television receiver may tune to a first television channel and the first television channel may be output for presentation. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/29/15 / #20150310199

Secure data entry

A first computing device is configured to receive a request for validation, to generate, based on the request, a virtual data entry mechanism that includes randomly arranged data entry elements, and to provide the virtual data entry mechanism to a second computing device.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150303980

Multi network radio with shared transmitter

A multi-network transceiver includes two or more receiver modules for simultaneously monitoring traffic broadcast on different networks, but a shared transmitter that switches between the different networks as needed for transmitting data. The shared transmitter reduces the circuitry that would otherwise be required to transmit on multiple networks while the multiple receiver modules preserve the ability to monitor traffic on multiple networks.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/22/15 / #20150302890

Pausing and resuming media play

A request to play a second item of media content is received while playing a first item of media content. A determination is made whether a location for resuming play of the second item of media content is stored. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150281824

Methods to conserve remote batteries

A wireless headset receives audio data wirelessly from a television receiver and outputs audio to the user through earphones. The wireless headset includes an inertial sensor that detects an orientation of the user's head. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150281757

System and method for creating, receiving and using interactive information

Systems and methods are provided for implementing and using interactive information. In one embodiment, a user may specify certain information that should be collected by the embodiment. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150281625

Predicting end of battery life for a remote controller device

A remote control is powered by multiple batteries connected in series. The remote control includes a voltage comparison circuit configured to compare a midpoint voltage from a node connecting two of the batteries to a reference voltage. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/01/15 / #20150280385

Cable crimp and trim device and methods to use the same

A crimp tool for concurrently crimping and trimming includes a first jaw member and a second jaw member pivotally coupled to the first and second jaw members moveable between a crimp position and a release position. The crimp tool also includes a first crimp die coupled to the first jaw member and having a first recessed surface and a second crimp die coupled to the second jaw member and having a second recessed surface, the first and second recessed surfaces being complementary to each other and forming a crimping opening in the crimp position to receive a connector having a conductor received therein. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150271572

Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing and synchronizing presentation of media content and supplemental media rich content

Media rich content server systems and methods are operable to provide access to supplemental media rich content at a portable media device. An exemplary embodiment communicatively couples a portable media device to a media device that initially receives a media content stream comprising at least one supplemental media rich content trigger, wherein the supplemental media rich content trigger includes access information configured to access at least one media rich content server; receives a portion of the media content stream with the supplemental media rich content trigger at the portable media device; establishes a communication link between the portable media device and the media rich content server based upon the access information in the received supplemental media rich content trigger; receives supplemental media rich content from the media rich content server; and presents at least the received supplemental media rich content on a display of the portable media device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/24/15 / #20150271552

Apparatus and methods for resolving recording conflicts of a digital video recorder

Apparatus and methods are provided which facilitate the resolution of recording conflicts of a digital video recorder (dvr). A dvr identifies a recording conflict between a first recording timer associated with a first television program and a second recording timer associated with a second television program. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150264443

Apparatus, systems and methods for facilitating shopping for items shown in media content events

Techniques for facilitating shopping for items shown in media content events are described. Some embodiments provide a shopping facilitator as part of a media device, such as a set-top box. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/17/15 / #20150264323

Channel tuning redirect

Various arrangements for presenting an electronic programming guide are detailed. An indication of a first television channel for tuning may be received by a television receiver. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150256884

Notification controls for television viewing

Notification controls regarding television viewing are disclosed. According to certain embodiments, a notification condition can be created and by one or more components of a notification system. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150256878

Systems and methods for reducing disruptions in recorded programming

Various embodiments reduce disruptions in recorded programming, by automatically recording retransmissions of prior programming. In one embodiment, a recording manager is provided for execution on a receiving device, such as a set-top box. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/10/15 / #20150256585

Apparatus, system, and method for multi-bitrate content streaming

An apparatus for multi-bitrate content streaming includes a receiving module configured to capture media content, a streamlet module configured to segment the media content and generate a plurality of streamlets, and an encoding module configured to generate a set of streamlets. The system includes the apparatus, wherein the set of streamlets comprises a plurality of streamlets having identical time indices and durations, and each streamlet of the set of streamlets having a unique bitrate, and wherein the encoding module comprises a master module configured to assign an encoding job to one of a plurality of host computing modules in response to an encoding job completion bid. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150245113

Altering presentation of received content based on use of closed captioning elements as reference locations

A content receiver receives an captioning element and positional information regarding segments of a content instance. The captioning element corresponds to a component of captioning data included in content that can be utilized with the positional information to locate where the segments stop and/or start. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/27/15 / #20150244480

Emergency responder systems and methods

Systems and methods for aiding emergency responders are described. An exemplary system may include a primary device and a secondary device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150237455

Image steered microphone array

A system includes a microphone array having a plurality of microphones. The system further includes a camera configured to capture stream video and a processing device configured to steer the microphone array based at least in part on the video acquired by the camera. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/20/15 / #20150237204

Customer service call routing

Customer service calls to media service providers are addressed by remotely monitoring and diagnosing the customer's installed equipment. Such remote diagnosis decreases the need for assistance from customer service representatives and on-site repair technicians. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150230004

Temporary subscription access via an alternate television receiver

Various arrangements that permit temporary subscription porting are presented. A temporary subscription port request may be submitted by a subscriber. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/13/15 / #20150228305

Transfer of television programs from channel-specific files to program-specific files

A television receiver including a tuner and one or more processors may be presented. The television receiver may be configured to tune the tuner to a television channel. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150215670

Acquiring network configuration data for a television receiver

Various arrangements for acquiring network configuration data are presented. In response to a television receiver being booted, the television receiver may determine if it can communicate with a service provider's server. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150215667

Timer distribution across multiple client devices

Various arrangements for managing digital video recorder timers are presented. A timer management computer system may receive a timer associated with a user account, wherein the timer specifies a television channel, a date, and a time period for recording. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/30/15 / #20150215665

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

A method for synchronized utilization of an electronic device is provided. The method receives closed captioning data from an audio/video content receiver for a set of audio/video content; retrieves detail for a first event occurring in the set of audio/video content, wherein the first event is indicated by the received closed captioning data; and presents content to a user, using the electronic device, based on the retrieved detail.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150208119

Television receiver storage management

Various arrangements are presented that may involve receiving from a television service provider, timers that are used to record a managed channel array. Each of these timers define a television channel, a time period, and a date. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150208062

Apparatus, systems and methods for synchronization of 3-d shutter glasses to one of a plurality of presentation devices

Three dimensional (3-d) program content viewing system in a media environment with different media presentation devices detects a first synchronization signal transmitted from a first synchronization signal source, wherein the first synchronization signal is associated with first 3-d program content and includes a first signal identifier. The system detects a second synchronization signal transmitted from a second synchronization signal source, wherein the second synchronization signal is associated with second 3-d program content and includes a second signal identifier. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/23/15 / #20150208013

Methods and systems for ignoring unintentional key presses

Various arrangements are described for ignoring inadvertent remote control key presses. A remote control may detect multiple key presses associated with various commands. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/16/15 / #20150201252

Locally stored advertisements

The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing supplemental content during a broadcast. The supplemental content is provided by the operation of an interactive application resident on a receiver. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/09/15 / #20150195478

Multi-tuner device integration

A secondary television receiver device includes one or more television tuners that can be integrated into a whole-home television receiving system. The secondary device that is enhanced with tuner capability registers the tuners with a primary receiver, which allocates tuners from available sources as needed. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150189382

Multi-source assisted content delivering system

While receiving content from a source via a first connection, a receiver determines the connection is interrupted, selects an alternative source, and continues to receive the content from the alternative source via a second connection. In some implementations, the alternative source may be a server. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150189379

Location profiling

One or more of a system, method, apparatus, and computer-program product to identify or approximate or estimate where a particular television receiver is geographically located using spot beam transport information as described in the specification and/or shown in any of the drawings.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150189376

Transponder loss and join-in-progress channel monitoring

A set top box includes a first tuner configured to receive a first signal representing media content transmitted at a first resolution and a second tuner configured to receive a second signal representing the media content transmitted at a second resolution. A processing device is configured to monitor the second tuner to determine if the second tuner is receiving the second signal.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150189361

Use near field communication (nfc) to transfer dvr timers

A mobile device running a mobile application accesses a remote content receiver to request the remote content receiver to retrieve a particular recording timer, and upon receiving the recording timer from the remote content receiver, establishes a radio communication link with a second mobile device and transfers the recording timer to the second mobile device over the established radio communication link. The radio communication link is preferably the near field communication (nfc) link.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/02/15 / #20150188841

Aggregated adaptive bit rate streaming

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

06/25/15 / #20150181484

Methods and systems for placeshifting data with interference mitigation

Methods and systems are provided for placeshifting data. An exemplary method of transmitting data from a source device to a destination device over a first communications channel involves identifying interference with transmission of the data from the source device to the destination device and initiating operation of a third device on a second communications channel after identifying the interference, wherein the operation of the third device is configured to mitigate the interference with the data transmission over the first communications channel.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181367

Communications via a receiving device network

A receiving device system arranged to distribute voice communications includes first and second receiving devices, each having a personal area network (pan) transceiver, a programming transceiver to receive multimedia content, and a local area network (lan) transceiver. The second receiving device is configured to accept input data via its pan transceiver from a communications device, initiate communications with the first receiving device via the lan, and communicate voice data received via the second pan transceiver to the first receiving device via the lan. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181337

Dynamically adjusted stereo for portable devices

A mobile device includes an orientation sensor configured to detect an orientation of the mobile device and at least two speakers, each configured to output sound according to an audio signal. The mobile device further includes a processing device configured to group at least two of the speakers into a speaker pair based on the orientation detected by the orientation sensor.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181306

Smartphone bluetooth headset receiver

Systems and methods are provided for allowing a user with a smartphone to pair the smartphone with another bluetooth device to receive audio that is played to the user over headphones or through speakers on the smartphone. Further, an audio processing module is used to modify the audio presented to the user, extract closed captioning text to be displayed to the user, find information relevant to the audio to be displayed to the user, and pause audio content sent to the smartphone when phone calls or other smartphone interruptions occur.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181300

Media content bookmarking

Systems and methods that enable satellite television subscribers to bookmark and annotate sections of recorded media content, and also to share and access bookmarks with and created by others.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181293

Mixed mode television receiver

Systems and methods that enable satellite television subscribers to simultaneously watch video associated with a primary television channel and listen to audio associated with a different secondary television channel.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181279

Mosaic focus control

A television receiver may be configured to receive, from a user of the television receiver, a set of viewing rules that define a focus preference of the user. The television receiver may output, to a presentation device, a video mosaic comprising a plurality of pieces of content presented as a plurality of tiles. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181275

Virtualized content sourcing

Systems and methods that enable simultaneous or concurrent access to, either for display or storage, an increased number of television programs of specific interest when compared to other systems having a similar or even greater number of tuners.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181151

Systems and methods for multiple users changing channels on multiple displays

Systems and methods are provided enable multiple users who are in an area containing multiple display devices presenting audiovisual content to easily change the channel on a selected display device by using a conditional access device to arbitrate the channel-changing requests in an organized and fair way.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150181132

Customized video mosaic

Various arrangements for outputting a customized video mosaic are presented. Based on received user input, it may be determined that a customized video mosaic is to be output for presentation. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150180678

Accessing devices via an electronic program guide

A map that associates each device in a set of devices, and each channel of media content in a set of channels of media content, with a respective channel number in a set of channel numbers. Input is received that includes a channel number. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150179222

Recorded content repair

A television receiver may detect at least one gap in content within an instance of recorded programming. The television receiver may send to a computer system a request to repair the at least one gap in content within the instance of recorded programming. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/25/15 / #20150179221

Recorded content repair

A television receiver may detect during a primary recording of particular programming degradation of a received signal quality associated with the particular programming to at or below a predetermined threshold value. The television receiver may instantiate a secondary recording of the particular programming during the primary recording when the particular programming is accessible over at least one terrestrial network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150173178

Thermochromic solder mask for electronic devices

An electronic device is disclosed herein. In accordance with certain implementations, the electronic device includes a printed circuit board having electrically conductive traces formed thereon. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150172748

Systems and methods for customized preview videos

Various arrangements are presented for creating a customized preview video. A television receiver may compile viewing statistics based on a plurality of pieces of content output for presentation. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150172742

Methods and systems for location specific operations

Systems and methods for performing user accommodations are described. An exemplary system may include an electronic device configured to receive audiovisual content and/or user inputs. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/18/15 / #20150172406

Performance enhancing proxy

One embodiment of the present invention may take the form of a method and a system for performance enhancing proxy (pep). A pep system may include a configuration of software components and hardware devices to increase the performance of a two-way satellite broadband service. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163651

Home automation communications

A system mobile computing device is at a first geographic location different from a second geographic location of a customer premises. The mobile computing device is configured to receive from the customer premises information including data indicating a status of the customer premises and an identifier for the customer premises. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163566

Enhanced experience from standard program content

Methods and apparatus are disclosed for enhancing the viewing experience of video content by analyzing the content to determine where enhanced sensory experience events may be appropriate, by identifying devices at the viewing location and devices personal to the viewer that can be controlled to provide an enhanced sensory experience, and by activating those devices in a way that is synchronized with the presentation of the content.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163560

Credit-based television commercial system

Various arrangements are provided for earning and using credit. Via one or more tuners, a first commercial may be received and stored, wherein the first commercial comprises video and audio. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163545

Identification of video content segments based on signature analysis of the video content

A video services receiver and related operating methods are disclosed here. In accordance with one disclosed methodology, the video services receiver receives a segment of video content, and processes a plurality of contiguous sub-segments of the segment of video content to generate a corresponding plurality of characterizing signatures. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163535

Home automation system integration

Enabling an end-user to access home automation features or functionality directly from or via one or more interfaces that might normally be used to access satellite television-related programming and services.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163412

Home monitoring and control

Various arrangements for monitoring and control applications are presented. A television receiver may be configured to monitor sensor reading and or provide signals to control units for monitoring and home automation applications.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150163411

Home monitoring and control

Various arrangements for monitoring and control applications are presented. A television receiver may be configured to monitor sensor reading and or provide signals to control units for monitoring and home automation applications.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150162006

Voice-recognition home automation system for speaker-dependent commands

Systems and method for controlling a device in a home automation system based on a speaker-dependent command may include receiving a voice command for controlling the device connected to the home automation system, performing a voice recognition analysis to determine a speaker identity of the received voice command, and performing a speech recognition analysis to identify the device in the home automation system that is intended to be controlled. The systems and methods may include determining a permission status to control the identified device, whereby the determined permission status is based on the determined speaker identity and the identified device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150161882

False alarm identification

Methods and systems, such as home automation gateways and television receivers, are disclosed for distinguishing between false alarms and actual events. Aspects include transmitting sensor data, such as a video feed from a closed-circuit video system, to a display to allow a user to confirm whether an alarm event is a false alarm or an actual alarm event. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150161856

Systems and methods for home automation integration with a doorbell

Various doorbell monitoring devices and methods are presented herein. Such arrangements may be configured to be integrated with a previously-installed doorbell and a previously-installed chime unit. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150161452

Home monitoring and control

Various arrangements for monitoring and control applications are presented. A television receiver may be configured to monitor sensor reading and or provide signals to control units for monitoring and home automation applications.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160663

Detection and mitigation of water leaks with home automation

Automation control for water leaks is provided. First sensor readings from first sensors disposed about water supply lines at a home to detect a first type of metrics indicative of water flow may be received and recorded over a first time period. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160636

Home monitoring and control

Various arrangements for monitoring and control applications are presented. A television receiver may be configured to monitor sensor reading and or provide signals to control units for monitoring and home automation applications.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160635

Multi-tiered feedback-controlled home automation notifications

Various arrangements for providing home automation notifications to users are detailed. A selection of a home automation event to trigger transmission of a home automation notification and a first group of users may be received. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160634

Home automation bubble architecture

Systems and methods for controlling a plurality of devices in a home automation system may include providing a device proxy for a device connected to the home automation system and setting a new value in a value box of the device proxy, whereby the value box corresponds to at least one of a sensor, control, and metadata of the device. The systems and methods may further include determining one or more rules associated with the device proxy and running the determined one or more rules, whereby the determined one or more rules are indicative of interactive relationships between the device proxy and one or more other device proxies corresponding to one or more other devices connected to the home automation system.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150160623

Maintaining up-to-date home automation models

Embodiments detailed herein may involve a first status update of a home automation device installed as part of a home automation system in a home being received. An entry of a plurality of entries in a master home automation model may be updated based on the first status update of the home automation device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/11/15 / #20150159401

Integrated door locking and state detection systems and methods

Arrangements of integrated door lock and position sensor devices are presented. A wireless interface may be configured to wirelessly communicate with one or more remote computerized devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150150051

Systems and methods for providing predefined category-based channel lists

Various embodiments facilitate generation, distribution, and presentation of category-based predefined channel lists. In one embodiment, an electronic program guide (“epg”) manager is provided for execution on a receiving device, such as a set-top box. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150149366

Methods to notify user of dead remote batteries

A method for providing technical support to a user of an electronic device includes requesting that the electronic device transmit a status message to a technical support network. The status message indicates that a component of the electronic device needs attention. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150146879

Multiuser audiovisual control

Various audiovisual presentation arrangements are described. In some embodiments, a headset is configured to output audio to a user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/28/15 / #20150146625

Mitigating wireless interference

A system includes a server configured to monitor wireless interference between at least two media content delivery devices. The server coordinates communication with the media content delivery devices to reduce wireless interference, and the communication is coordinated according to requirements of media content requests received from the media content delivery devices. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150143420

Remote control audio link

One embodiment may take the form of a voice control system. The system may include a first apparatus with a processing unit configured to execute a voice recognition module and one or more executable commands, and a receiver coupled to the processing unit and configured to receive a first audio file from a remote control device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/21/15 / #20150143407

Incremental transmission of data

In one form, the present teachings provide a method and apparatus for broadcasting an event. The method includes receiving data related to an event via an uplink. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150128203

Energy saving set top box

A system includes a satellite receiver and a set top box. The set top box is configured to receive signals from the satellite receiver and output a signal to a display device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/07/15 / #20150127780

Apparatus, systems and methods for providing edge cached media content to media devices based on user history

Systems and methods provide media content events to media devices. An exemplary system receives a request for a media content event from a first media device; communicates the media content event to an edge server that is communicatively coupled to the first media device based on an identifier of the requesting media device; identifies a second media device based on preferred media content event characteristics associated with the second media device, wherein at least one media content event characteristic of the requested media content event corresponds to at least one of the preferred media content event characteristics of the second media device, and wherein the second media device is able to communicatively couple to the edge server; and in response to identifying the second media device, communicates an identifier of the second media device to the edge server, wherein the requested media content event is communicated to the second media device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150121430

Epg realignment

Arrangements detailed may cause a television channel received via the tuner to be recorded for a period of time to create a channel-specific file. The channel-specific file may include multiple television programs. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150121428

Set-top box proximity detection

A first location of a user in a customer premises may be determined. A display is provided of a user interface that includes an adjustable element. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/30/15 / #20150115030

Radio frequency antenna carried on a smart card

A smart card apparatus and related systems are presented here. The smart card apparatus includes a dielectric substrate forming a card body, a card circuit module carried by the dielectric substrate, and a radio frequency (rf) antenna arrangement carried by the dielectric substrate. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/09/15 / #20150099476

Multi personal area network (pan) radio with shared transmitter

A multi-personal area network (pan) transceiver includes two or more receiver modules for simultaneously monitoring traffic broadcast on different pans, but a shared transmitter that switches between the different pans as needed for transmitting data. The shared transmitter reduces the circuitry that would otherwise be required to transmit on multiple pans while the multiple receiver modules preserve the ability to monitor traffic on multiple networks.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/02/15 / #20150095948

Satellite-based content targeting

Various arrangements are present for targeting content in a television distribution system. A multiregional television channel may be transmitted to television receivers. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/26/15 / #20150089551

Environmental adjustments to perceive true content

Methods and systems to evaluate the ambient light in a local viewing environment where video content is being displayed, and to make adjustments to the ambient light, video display device, and/or video content to cause the perception of the color and brightness of the video content to the viewer to be true to what the video content producer intended the viewer to perceive.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/26/15 / #20150089548

Field-programmable low-noise block downconverter

A field-programmable low-noise block downconverter. The low-noise block downconverter may, as part of a system install or upgrade for example, be programmed in the field to source channels containing programming to a particular television receiver based on the particular configuration of the receiver.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/26/15 / #20150089545

Systems and methods for setting a timer via an interactive trigger

Systems and methods may provide for setting a timer via an interactive trigger. The interactive trigger may be combined with a video stream and detected when the video stream is to be displayed. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/26/15 / #20150089536

Wireless tuner sharing

A system includes a server in communication with a first set top box and a second set top box. The server receives a request from the first set top box to access an available tuner of the second set top box, accesses account information associated with the first set top box, and commands the second set top box to stream content from the available tuner to the first set top box according to the account information. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/19/15 / #20150077224

Apparatus, method and article for security by pairing of devices

A functionality of an accessible device such as a set-top box, computer, mobile device, media device, is unlocked or otherwise made available to a user by a security system dependent on an external paired device, such as a mobile device, a key fob or radio frequency identification (rfid) device paired to the accessible device being in a particular wireless communication range of the accessible device. When an authorized user carries the external paired device, this provides the authorized user of the accessible device the ability to conveniently restrict the use of the accessible device and access to various functionalities of the accessible device, such as access to particular television programming or streaming media at times when the authorized user is not in close proximity or in the same general area of the accessible device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/19/15 / #20150077021

Easy-install home automation light switch

A light switch plate includes a wireless transmitter for transmitting control signals to a smart light assembly. The light switch plate is placed over a conventional light switch and prevents a user from further manipulating the conventional light switch. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/12/15 / #20150074725

Hybrid electronic programming guide

A hybrid, expandable electronic programming guide that may allow broadcast programming customers to view both broadcast programming options and over-the-top service options in a single electronic programming guide.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/12/15 / #20150074720

Providing remote access to segments of a transmitted program

A method for providing remote access to segments of a transmitted program is presented. The program is recorded, and then stored at a communication server. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/05/15 / #20150065097

System and method to track and log mobile communication device call status when the device is not in possession

A mobile device logging and tracking system permits a communicative association between a mobile device and a receiving device. When the mobile device communicates data including an indication of an unanswered call to the receiving device, the receiving device is configured to store the data in a memory. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/05/15 / #20150060616

Adjustable television nook mount

In various embodiments, a television wall mount is provided that may be installed at a position in a television wall nook such that when the television monitor is bolted, screwed or hung on the television monitor mounting bracket, the television is located in front of and outside the television wall nook. In this manner, a television monitor that is too wide to fit in the television wall nook may be installed over the television wall nook by mounting the television on the television wall mount installed in the television wall nook.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/26/15 / #20150058890

Television receiver enhancement features

One or more of a system, method, apparatus, and computer-program product to enable implementation of one or more features that together or separately enhance quality of experience or quality of service as a particular user interacts with a television receiver.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/26/15 / #20150058873

Customized content calendar

A customized content calendar may include reminders or invitations to access particular media content, where the reminders or invitations may be pushed to the content calendar based on user-specific preferences.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/26/15 / #20150058496

System and method for minimizing network bandwidth retrieved from an external network

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

02/12/15 / #20150046952

Use of television satellite signals to determine location

Various arrangements are directed to locating a television receiver. Multiple tuners of the television receiver may be simultaneously tuned to different television distribution satellites to receive timing signals. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/05/15 / #20150039782

Apparatus, system, and method for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content

An apparatus for adaptive-rate shifting of streaming content includes an agent controller module configured to simultaneously request at least portions of a plurality of streamlets. The agent controller module is further configured to continuously monitor streamlet requests and subsequent responses, and accordingly request higher or lower quality streamlets. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/29/15 / #20150033250

Systems, methods and apparatus for transmitting data over a voice channel of a wireless telephone network

The various embodiments described herein generally provide apparatus, systems and methods which facilitate the transmission of data between a client device and a remote device over a wireless telephone network. More particularly, data from a client device is modulated into an audio signal and transmitted to a wireless telephone. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/22/15 / #20150026583

Media content boards

A system, comprising a media device that includes a processor and a memory, is configured to receive from a first remote site a first set of data concerning a plurality of items of media content. Each of the plurality of items of media content is determined at the first remote site at least in part according to a descriptor provided from the first media device and data from a second remote site. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/15/15 / #20150020142

Systems and methods for personalized television viewing

A personalized television viewing system includes a head-end subsystem. The head-end subsystem includes a personality server configured to store a user preference regarding a television viewing format and a rendering server configured to provide digital media content in the television format of the user's preference. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/15/15 / #20150020097

Location based targeted advertising

Systems and methods for providing targeted advertising to media display devices that may be located away from a user premises based on user preferences. A computing system may detect presence of multiple user devices within a proximity of the computing system, and a user profile associated with each particular user device may then be accessed. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/15/15 / #20150015784

Context-sensitive information presentation

Systems and methods for providing a mechanism for a computer user to seamlessly and readily access information that may be supplied by a number of different sources.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/08/15 / #20150009098

Apparatus, systems and methods for presenting displayed image information of a mobile media device on a large display and control of the mobile media device therefrom

Systems and methods are operable to concurrently present images on a small display of a mobile media device and a large display of a media presentation system. An exemplary method receives emulated information from a mobile media device, wherein the emulated information corresponds to at least one image that is being currently presented on a display of the mobile media device; generates at least one image based upon the received emulated information, wherein the at least one image is configured for presentation on a display of a media system; and communicates the at least one image to a display of the media system. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/08/15 / #20150008901

Pre-charging filters to reduce settling time

Various arrangements for determining a voltage of a voltage source using pre-charging are presented. Such arrangements may include a measurement module which includes an analog to digital converter, a driver, and an interface. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/01/15 / #20150007232

Grid system and method for remote control

A remote control system and related method for controlling a video device are presented. The remote control system contains a plurality of buttons arranged in a grid pattern that correspond to user selectable options displayed on a display screen arranged in the same grid pattern. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/01/15 / #20150007227

Apparatus, systems and methods for quick speed presentation of media content

Media content quick speed presentation systems and methods are operable to present selected portions of a media content stream at a quick speed presentation rate. An exemplary embodiment receives the media content stream; identifies a normal speed scene in the received media content, wherein the normal speed scene is presented at a normal speed presentation rate; and identifies a quick speed scene in the received media content, wherein the quick speed scene is presented at a quick speed presentation rate.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/01/15 / #20150007225

Apparatus, systems and methods for shared viewing experience using head mounted displays

Systems and methods are operable to share a viewing experience of a free viewpoint format media content event. An exemplary embodiment receives the free viewpoint format media content event, receives unique geometric orientation information from each one of a plurality of head mounted displays (hmds), determines a unique viewpoint location for each one of the plurality of hmds based upon the geometric orientation information received from each one of the plurality of hmds, determines a unique viewpoint area for each one of the plurality of hmds based upon the determined unique viewpoint location, and communicates each one of the unique viewpoint areas to the associated one of the plurality of hmds.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/01/15 / #20150006751

Custom video content

A segment is defined in an item of media content. A first file is received that includes content to be added to the segment. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/01/15 / #20150006742

Live non-av content over a dlna network

A digital living network alliance (dlna) aliasing apparatus includes a dlna interface, a non-dlna interface, and aliasing logic coupled to the dlna interface and non-dlna interface. The aliasing apparatus also includes a processor coupled to the aliasing logic wherein the processor is arranged to execute software instructions. ... Echostar Technologies Llc








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