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Apparatus, systems and methods for satellite system fast channel change

Fast channel change systems and methods are operable to change channels to a newly selected media content event in response to a user request. An exemplary embodiment communicates a previously stored low resolution version segment of the newly selected media content event to a presentation system while the media device is performing a tuning operation to change channels to receive a currently broadcasting high resolution version of the newly selected media content event. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing missed media content

Systems and methods are operable to retrieve at least a portion of a missed media content event. An exemplary embodiment detects an occurrence of a failed recording of at least a portion of a media content event of interest; transmits a notification of the detected occurrence of the failed recording of the at least the portion of the media content event of interest from a media device to a replacement content device; and receives, at the media device, at least a portion of missed media content corresponding to at least the portion of the media content event of interest that failed to record.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

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

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a media stream with a receiving device, receiving event data associated with the media stream, generating identification data based at least in part on the event data, presenting the media stream and identification data on a presentation device, receiving at least one participant selection from a user interface device, retrieving participant information based on the at least one participant selection, and presenting the participant information on the presentation device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Media consumer data exchange

A computing device includes a processor is programmed to determine that communications from users relate to the same subject included in a stored list of subjects. Each of the communications includes an audio portion. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Systems and methods for audio calibration using acoustic measurements

Various arrangements for providing audio calibration are presented. A remote control may determine that it is in position for an audio-based command to be received by the remote control from a user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Set top box health and configuration

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

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

An apparatus, system, and method for maintaining a programming lineup of adaptive-bitrate content streaming is provided. The apparatus includes a timeline module configured to maintain a programming lineup of media content available over a network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Unmanned aerial vehicle transponder systems with integrated disablement

Various systems and methods for disabling uavs are presented. An interrogation system may transmit an identifier request message to a uav. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

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

Various arrangements for providing interactive content to viewers of television programming are presented. A television service provider system may supplement broadcast television programming with a supplemental audio signal. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Automatic control of video content playback based on predicted user action

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

Remote sound generation for a home automation system

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

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

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

Methods and apparatus for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a request to render the media stream. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

Account-specific encryption key

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

11/23/17 / #20170339067

Systems, methods and apparatus for restricting network access

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for restricting user devices from accessing a communication network. In one implementation, multiple user devices are assigned to a user profile. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/23/17 / #20170337401

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

Various embodiments provide a dual purpose press-bar and heat sink for an integrated circuit card (icc) reader. The dual purpose press-bar and heat sink provides two functions. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170332119

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

Systems and methods for automatically recording content based on user web activity data are provided. One such method includes receiving, by a receiving device, user web activity information associated with a user of the receiving device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/16/17 / #20170332072

Detection and marking of low quality video content

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

11/09/17 / #20170323552

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

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for a user input device, such as a remote control device. In one implementation, the remote control device includes at least one pair of electrical contacts, at least one button configured to electrically connect the at least one pair of electrical contacts, and a degradation measurement module in electrical communication with at least one of the electrical contacts. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

11/09/17 / #20170322947

Providing media content based on media element preferences

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

10/26/17 / #20170311048

Adaptive multicast delivery of media streams

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

10/26/17 / #20170311026

Apparatus, systems and methods for control of media content event recording

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

10/26/17 / #20170310606

Aggregated adaptive bit rate streaming

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

10/12/17 / #20170295407

Apparatus, systems and methods for media mosaic management

Systems and methods for managing media mosaics are described. One embodiment provides a media mosaic management method in a media device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/12/17 / #20170295389

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

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

10/12/17 / #20170294209

Systems and methods for generating and presenting virtual experiences

Various embodiments facilitate the creation and presentation of a virtual experience. In one embodiment, the virtual experience is assembled from user model data corresponding to a three-dimensional representation of a user, user movement data corresponding to at least one movement characteristic of the user, user voice data corresponding to at least one vocal characteristic of the user, environment data corresponding to a three-dimensional representation of a location, and event data corresponding to a captured event at the location. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170289637

Dynamic content selection menu

A content selection menu is generated and provided to a user. The content selection menu includes a plurality of audiovisual (av) programs that are provided for user selection. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

10/05/17 / #20170289496

Transcoding and caching for off air television programming delivery

Techniques are disclosed for capturing, transcoding, and caching off-air programming at a location local to the consumer. According to certain embodiments, a device is provided that receives off-air (e.g., broadcast) and/or cable (e.g. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170280200

Direct capture and sharing of screenshots from video programming

A method of operating a video services receiver involves the processing of video data for presentation on a display element associated with the video services receiver. During presentation of the video event, a screenshot command is received at the video services receiver. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/28/17 / #20170279863

System and method of managing multiple video players

A system and method are provided for managing multiple video players executing on a client software platform. The method includes the operation of displaying a plurality of video players viewable by an end user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/21/17 / #20170272684

Personalized multimedia content driven by user preferences

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

09/21/17 / #20170266329

Systems and methods for disinfecting a remote control using ultraviolet light

A remote control having an ultraviolet light emitting device for disinfecting the outer surfaces of the remote control is disclosed. In particular, the remote control may include an ultraviolet transmissive housing and internal ultraviolet emitting light emitting diodes. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264965

Television receiver authorization over internet protocol network

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for programming and authorizing television receivers and other subscriber equipment via internet protocol (ip) networks. In some embodiments, a television receiver device (e.g., a satellite television receiver, cable television receiver, etc.) may detect and establish a connection to an ip network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264956

Television broadcast dynamic recording calibration

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for dynamically calibrating digital video recordings of television broadcasts based on analyses of changes to time data and channel data associated with live television broadcasts. In various embodiments, television receivers may transmit sets of recording schedule data to television broadcast monitor devices, which may receive time data corresponding to live broadcast television programs from various data sources, such as satellite or cable television service providers, social media servers, user devices, and other data sources. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170264950

Online backup and restoration of television receiver storage and configuration data

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

09/14/17 / #20170264947

Television receiver communication and resource sharing

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

09/14/17 / #20170264920

Apparatus, systems and methods for control of sporting event presentation based on viewer engagement

Systems and methods are operable to present a sporting event on a display based on a determined level of viewer engagement and a determined team preference of the viewer. An exemplary embodiment presents a neutral viewpoint video content segment on the display during the first period of game play when the viewer has a neutral team preference, alternatively presents a first team alternative video content segment on the display during the first period of game play when the viewer has a preference for the first team, or alternatively presents a second team alternative video content segment on the display during the first period of game play when the viewer has a preference for the second team.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/14/17 / #20170262458

Augmented mobile media

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

09/07/17 / #20170257665

Television content management with integrated third party interface

Systems, methods and devices manage second screen media content that is associated with live or previously-recorded television programming while the programming is being viewed by a user. A control application provides an html5 or other application program interface (api) that allows advertisers, retailers or other third parties to access the remote control application for providing useful features.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170257595

Network-based event recording

A system includes a media device including a processor programmed to receive sensor data indicating a field of view of a user and adjust a field of view of a video capture device in the media device to correspond to the field of view of the user. The processor receives media data from the video capture device and stores the media data, together with metadata including time indicia for each segment in the media data. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

09/07/17 / #20170255263

Haptic feedback remote control systems and methods

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

08/31/17 / #20170251279

Apparatus, systems and methods for distribution of addressable content

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

08/31/17 / #20170251236

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170249291

Systems and methods for processing shorthand items in electronic communications

System and methods are disclosed that replace shorthand items such acronyms, abbreviations, jargon, slang, codes, shortcut expressions, emojis, stickers, ideograms and emoticons in an electronic message with expansions, which are definitions or meanings of the shorthand items. Based on a number of times previous messages to the recipient included an expansion of the shorthand item, the system determines whether to stop or to continue expanding the shorthand item in electronic messages to that recipient. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170244147

Hitch mount for antenna systems

Various embodiments provide an antenna hitch mount for securing an antenna, such as a satellite dish, to a vehicle. According to one embodiment, the hitch mount includes a hitch mounting portion, a plate, and an antenna mounting portion. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/24/17 / #20170243474

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

According to the principles as disclosed herein, a remote control contains a microphone. The microphone inside the remote control picks up the audio content of all surrounding sound in the room in which is it located. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170238034

Geographically independent determination of segment boundaries within a video stream

A method for creating an announcement stream for a geographic region is provided. The method receives, at a designated computer system, characterizing metadata for a first audio/video stream; analyzes a second audio/video stream to obtain characterizing metadata for the second video stream; compares, with the computer system, the characterizing metadata for the first video stream to the characterizing metadata for the second video stream to generate offset data ; and calculates timing information corresponding to segment boundaries for the second video stream using the offset data.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170237736

Private information management system and methods

In some embodiments, a method is provided for storing data in a storage device associated with a first electronic device. The first electronic device can receive a request for data from a remote electronic device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170237458

Swappable multi-component communication devices and methods

Various activity tracker and communication devices are presented. Such devices may include a processing unit and a battery unit. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/17/17 / #20170235331

Magnetically-coupled multi-component communication devices and methods

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

08/03/17 / #20170223092

Providing media content based on user state detection

A system includes a computing device including a processor programmed to receive data identifying a mental state of a user, the data including at least one of a user physical condition and a user communication. Based on the mental state data, the processor is programmed to assign one or more stored keywords to the user, and provide media content to the user based on the keywords assigned to the user based on the mental state data.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

08/03/17 / #20170220570

Adjusting media content based on collected viewer data

A system including a media device including a processor programmed to display a first media content item on a display device. The processor is further programmed to collect sensor data during display of first media content item. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/27/17 / #20170214457

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

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for assembling at least one transport stream from satellite transponder signals. In one example, the method includes capturing at least one satellite feed, the at least one satellite feed including a plurality of transponder signals; demodulating each of the plurality of transponder signals, each demodulated transponder signal corresponding to a transport stream including a plurality of input streams; parsing one or more selected streams from the plurality of input streams; assembling at least one new transport stream from the one or more selected streams; modulating the at least one new transport stream to generate at least one new transponder signal; adding the at least one new transponder signal to a channel stack; and transmitting the channel stack to a receiving device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170208369

Automated identification of video program content

Various systems, devices and methods automatically identify advertisements or other portions of television or other media content prior to broadcast using automated content analysis. Information about identified content may be used for any number of different purposes, including advertisement identification; advertisement replacement; second screen browsing or augmentation of identified content; tracking of times or places that ads or other content are viewed; and many others.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/20/17 / #20170208357

Apparatus, systems and methods for configuring a mosaic of video tiles

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

07/13/17 / #20170201776

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

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

07/13/17 / #20170201745

Detection and marking of low quality video content

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

07/06/17 / #20170196121

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

Systems, electronic devices, and methods are directed to a self-adjustable heat spreader. A spring system may include one or more spring members and a contact surface adapted to contact a circuit board component. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170195731

Media systems for temporally and contextually relevant recommendations

Multimedia systems and related methods and devices are provided for recommending media programs to a user. Viewing characteristics of the user are determined based on usage information detailing preceding viewing sessions for the user. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170195715

Advance decryption key acquisition for streaming media content

Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170195701

Programming disruption diagnostics

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

07/06/17 / #20170195235

Systems and methods for bandwidth estimation in oscillating networks

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

07/06/17 / #20170195130

Personalized home automation control based on individualized profiling

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

07/06/17 / #20170194719

Systems, apparatus, and methods for selecting antennas

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

07/06/17 / #20170191695

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

The present technology relates to systems and methods for control of home automation activity based on user preferences. More specifically, the present technology relates to using a home automation system to control home automation activity based on user preferences. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

07/06/17 / #20170191693

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

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

06/29/17 / #20170188116

Methods and apparatus for presenting advertisements during playback of recorded television content

A method for operating a programming receiver is provided. The method displays, by the programming receiver, a sequence of recorded video content comprising a video presentation and a plurality of segments of interstitial content; receives, at the programming receiver, a command to skip one of the plurality of segments of interstitial content; and presents a screen comprising a picture advertisement for the one of the plurality of segments of interstitial content, the screen requesting confirmation to skip the one of the plurality of segments of interstitial content in the sequence.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188080

Associating a control device with an electronic component

A method and device for associating a remote with a component. The method and system may include receiving a control command from the remote. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188075

Using closed captioning elements as reference locations

Various arrangements for using closed captioning data in controlling content recording are presented. An indication of one or more closed captioning elements and corresponding positional data may be received. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188072

Methods and systems for adaptive content delivery

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network involves obtaining, at a client device coupled to the network from a device coupled to the network, a prioritized list of a plurality of content delivery sources on the network, selecting, by a media player at the client device, a first content delivery source of the plurality of content delivery sources based at least in part on the prioritized list, and requesting, by the media player, the media content from the first content delivery source via the network.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188065

Methods and systems for assisted content delivery

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of assisted streaming of media content over a network involves detecting, by a media player at a client device coupled to the network, a first condition with respect to streaming the media content, and in response to the first condition, requesting, by the media player, a first portion of the media content from a first content delivery source on the network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188060

Remote storage digital video recorder streaming and related methods

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming or otherwise delivering media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network using a rs-dvr system involves receiving, at the rs-dvr system, a request for a portion of the media content from a media player on a client device via the network, receiving, at the rs-dvr system, the portion of the media content from an origin server on the network, buffering the portion of the media content at the rs-dvr system, and transmitting the portion of the media content to the media player on the client device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170188059

Dynamic content delivery routing and related methods and systems

Systems, devices, and methods for streaming media content over a network are provided. One exemplary method of streaming media content over a network involves transmitting one or more portions of the media content to a client device via a delivery route between a content delivery source and the network, determining a performance metric associated with the transmitting of the one or more portions via the delivery route, and dynamically adjusting the delivery route between the content delivery source and the network based at least in part on the performance metric.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170187993

Unmanned aerial vehicle integration with home automation systems

Various arrangements are provided for using an unmanned aerial vehicle with a home automation system. The home automation host system may determine that a home automation event has occurred. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/29/17 / #20170185810

Smart card reader with electrostatic discharge protection

Various embodiments provide a smart card reader that includes a smart card reader body and smart card contacts. The smart card reader body is a single, contiguous piece of electrically dissipative material. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170180786

Apparatus, systems and methods for deleting recording timers of a media device

Systems and methods are operable to manage timers that control recording of media content. An exemplary embodiment compares a retrieved stale timer criteria with a retrieved timer attribute; determines whether the timer is stale based on the comparison of the retrieved timer attribute and the stale timer criteria, wherein the timer is determined to be stale when the media content event identified by the timer will not be recorded because the media content event identified by the timer is not scheduled to be broadcast at a future date; and then automatically deletes the timer in response to determining that the timer is stale.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170178693

Adaptive media content recording

A media content processing system includes a receiver configured to receive a media content signal, associated with a media content instance, from a plurality of sources including a first source and a second source. The media content processing system further includes a processing device programmed to generate a first recorded segment that includes a portion of the media content instance received from the first source, determine a signal strength of the media content signal received from the first source, compare the signal strength to a predetermined level, request the media content signal from the second source if the signal strength is below the predetermined level, generate a second recorded segment that includes a portion of the media content instance received from the second source, and concatenate the second recorded segment to the first recorded segment.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/22/17 / #20170178682

Systems and processes for efficiently storing and retrieving video content

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

06/22/17 / #20170176961

Home automation control based on individualized detector profiling

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

06/15/17 / #20170171600

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

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

06/15/17 / #20170171597

Systems and methods for programming a remote control device

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

06/15/17 / #20170171582

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

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for modifying over-the-air (ota) channels for coaxial distribution. In one example, a method includes capturing at least one set of over the air (ota) channels, each ota channel being associated with a broadcast frequency within an ota frequency spectrum; selecting a subset of ota channels from the at least one set of ota channels; translating the selected subset of ota channels to a set of secondary frequencies within a secondary frequency spectrum; combining the translated subset of ota channels and one or more satellite transponder signals into a coaxial feed; and transmitting the coaxial feed to a receiving device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/15/17 / #20170168469

Home automation data storage system and methods

In some embodiments, a home automation data storage system is provided. The home automation data storage system can include a plurality of home automation components, each component including a storage device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/08/17 / #20170164058

Apparatus, systems and methods for media mosaic management

Systems and methods for managing media mosaics are described. One embodiment provides a media mosaic management method in a media device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/08/17 / #20170164035

Live video recall list

A method and apparatus for display of a recall list is disclosed. In the method and apparatus, a content receiver receives a first recall command from a remote control and presents, on a display screen, a recall list. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/08/17 / #20170164032

Mosaic focus control

Various arrangements for controlling presentation of the video mosaic are presented. A television receiver may store a front-end switching condition and a back-end switching condition. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/08/17 / #20170164022

Addressable advertising insertion for playout delay

A computer implemented method for inserting advertisement content into a program content stream includes receiving, by a headend content server, the program content stream. The program content stream includes an advertisement insertion cue. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/08/17 / #20170163335

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

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and methods are described for assembling at least one transport stream from satellite transponder signals. In one example, the method includes capturing at least one satellite feed, the at least one satellite feed including a plurality of transponder signals; demodulating each of the plurality of transponder signals, each demodulated transponder signal corresponding to a transport stream including a plurality of input streams; parsing one or more selected streams from the plurality of input streams; assembling at least one new transport stream from the one or more selected streams; modulating the at least one new transport stream to generate at least one new transponder signal; adding the at least one new transponder signal to a channel stack; and transmitting the channel stack to a receiving device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/01/17 / #20170155963

Recommend future video recordings for users from audiovisual content

Embodiments are directed towards analyzing content, such as timed text data that separately accompanies program content, to detect a future program. When a future program is detected in the content, a tag or other data structure is generated with identifying information for the future program. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/01/17 / #20170155948

Set future video recordings from audiovisual content

Embodiments are directed towards analyzing content, such as timed text data that separately accompanies program content, to detect a future program. When a future program is detected in the content, a tag or other data structure is generated with identifying information for the future program. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

06/01/17 / #20170155910

Audio splitting with codec-enforced frame sizes

A method and apparatus for splitting the audio of media content into separate content files without introducing boundary artifacts is described. A computing system for streaming media content including audio and video comprises a database to store a plurality of content files and a server coupled to the database to deliver the plurality of content files over one or more network connections. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/18/17 / #20170142545

Communications via a receiving device network

Embodiments are directed toward communication of voice data via a first receiving device using at least three non-overlapping networks. The communication includes receiving at the first receiving device a call request from a first communications device via a first personal area network. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/11/17 / #20170134888

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

05/11/17 / #20170134822

Informational banner customization and overlay with other channels

Embodiments are directed towards extracting an informational banner from a first source and combining it with video content from a second source. The informational banner may be a news ticker, a scoreboard, an informational window of a program, etc. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/11/17 / #20170134470

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

05/11/17 / #20170132886

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

05/04/17 / #20170127101

Reducing startup latency in a video place-shifting system

A method of processing and delivering video content is disclosed. An embodiment of the method feeds an original stream of video data to a transcoding engine of a video place-shifting device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

05/04/17 / #20170127009

Methods and systems for ignoring unintentional key presses

Various arrangements are described for ignoring inadvertent remote control key presses. A remote control may detect a first key press, the first key press being linked with a first command. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/27/17 / #20170115954

Apparatus, systems and methods for audio content diagnostics

Media content systems and methods are operable to detect sound using one or more microphones during presentation of a media content event. The audio content output is changed by a remedial action that is performed if the audio content detected by the microphones does not correspond to the intended audio content of the presented media content event.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/20/17 / #20170111696

Media content crowdsource

The provisioning of media content to computing devices that might not normally have access thereto. Example types of media or media content may include advertising media, broadcast media, social media, news media, and others.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/20/17 / #20170111690

Apparatus, systems and methods for buffering of media content

Media content presentation systems and methods are operable to present media content received by a media device, wherein the media device comprises a plurality of tuner systems. An exemplary embodiment tunes the plurality of tuners to receive different broadcasting media content streams each comprising a streaming media content event; communicates the streaming media content events from the receiving tuner to a corresponding tuner buffer of the tuner system; and stores a portion of the streaming media content events into the corresponding tuner buffers. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

04/13/17 / #20170104306

Methods to use cable crimp and trim device

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

04/06/17 / #20170099719

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

03/30/17 / #20170094343

Apparatus, systems and methods for control of media content event recording

Systems and methods are operable to record a media content event at a media device. An exemplary embodiment grabs a series of subsequently received image frames from the media content event that is being recorded after a monitored real time reaches a closing credits monitor time, wherein the closing credits monitor time is a recording end time less a predefined duration. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/30/17 / #20170094340

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

03/30/17 / #20170094339

Systems and methods for processing timed text in video programming

Systems, devices and methods are described to process timed text that is associated with media or other video programming. Pre-set data that describes the particular format of the timed text that is associated with a program is initially received and stored at the media receiver prior to receiving the program with encoded timed text. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/23/17 / #20170085940

Advance decryption key acquisition for streaming media content

Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/23/17 / #20170085930

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

03/23/17 / #20170085927

Systems and methods to provide trick play during streaming playback

Systems and methods are described for providing trick play functions such as fast forward, rewind or slow motion during playback of streaming media content. Multiple sets of streamlets or other media files that represent the same media stream are encoded differently from each other (e.g., at different frame rates and/or frame directions), and each set of files is simultaneously maintained at a server. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/23/17 / #20170085826

Systems and methods for dual use remote-control devices

Various embodiments provide a dual use remote-control device. In one embodiment, a dual use remote-control device may include a first set of input controls such as buttons positioned on a top side of the housing, a second set of input controls positioned on a bottom side of the housing including a qwerty keyboard and an optical sensor to remotely control movement of a cursor on a display by the optical sensor detecting movement of a user's finger across the optical sensor or movement of the optical sensor across an object such as a table, arm of a chair or user's lap. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/23/17 / #20170083423

Automated testing for content receivers

An automated test platform is disclosed for use in developing and troubleshooting customized software for multimedia content receivers. The automated test platform allows developers to script test cases that permit interaction with multiple content receivers at the same time. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/16/17 / #20170078753

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

03/16/17 / #20170078735

Apparatus, systems and methods for satellite system fast channel change

Fast channel change systems and methods are operable to change channels to a newly selected media content event in response to a user request. An exemplary embodiment communicates a previously stored low resolution version segment of the newly selected media content event to a presentation system while the media device is performing a tuning operation to change channels to receive a currently broadcasting high resolution version of the newly selected media content event. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/16/17 / #20170078443

Systems and methods for collecting episodes of media content series

Methods, systems and devices for organizing media content are provided. One method includes receiving a request, via a user interface presented to a user, to compile a requested plurality of episodes of a selected media content. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/16/17 / #20170075413

Reduction of power consumption in remote control electronics

A remote controlling device is disclosed that includes one or more motion sensors configured to sense a motion of the device. The remote control further includes a capacitive sensor and a power source. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/09/17 / #20170070775

Methods and systems for coordinating home automation activity

Systems and methods for coordinating home automation activity may include accessing event data from a storage database communicatively coupled with an electronic device. Each item of event data may include a time and date at which the event data was collected. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/09/17 / #20170069353

Methods and systems for coordinating home automation activity

Systems and methods of coordinating home automation activity may include accessing event data from a storage database communicatively coupled with an electronic device. Each item of event data may include a time and date at which the event data was collected. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/02/17 / #20170064414

Enchanced 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

03/02/17 / #20170064412

Device-based event detection and notification surfacing

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for surfacing event notifications within home automation systems and other location monitoring systems. In some embodiments, event notification detection and display systems may be implemented and configured to communicate with various sensor devices and receive sensor data corresponding to home automation events. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/02/17 / #20170064410

Apparatus, systems and methods for distribution of addressable content

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

03/02/17 / #20170064393

Systems, methods and apparatus for presenting relevant programming information

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for presenting relevant programming information. A viewing action of an audiovisual event is detected on a receiving device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/02/17 / #20170064373

Dynamic scaling of touchpad/ui grid size relationship within a user interface

Methods and systems, such as television receivers, are disclosed for receiving data from remote controls for manipulation of graphical user interfaces. Aspects include providing a seamless transition between absolute and relative navigational schemes to allow for users to more efficiently make use of touch and position sensitive remote controls. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/02/17 / #20170064239

Combined absolute/relative touchpad navigation

Methods and systems, such as television receivers, are disclosed for receiving data from remote controls for manipulation of graphical user interfaces. Aspects include providing a seamless transition between absolute and relative navigational schemes to allow for users to more efficiently make use of touch and position sensitive remote controls. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

03/02/17 / #20170061443

Automated voice-based customer service

An automated voice-based customer service system assists tv subscribers without engaging a customer service representative at a call center. A spoken user query is captured by a hand-held remote control device equipped with a microphone. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/23/17 / #20170055040

Systems and methods for search and categorization

Aspects of the present disclosure include techniques for dynamically generating a results list based on real-time data gathered from a television receiver, user interaction, and other resources. The systems and methods may include receiving, via the one or more tuners, from the television service provider distribution network, a set of television data, wherein the television data is associated with programming of multiple television channels, receiving a set of user data, wherein the user data includes data associated with a user of the television receiver, receiving an input from the user, wherein the input indicates a preference for a search, determining a list of input results based on the set of television data, the set of user data, and the input, and transmitting the list of television input results, wherein when the list of television input results is received, the list of television input results is displayable on the display device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/23/17 / #20170054615

Location monitor and device cloning

Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for monitoring electronic devices at various locations, and cloning behaviors of specific electronic devices across locations and times. Device monitor and control systems may be configured to detect changes in the operational settings of electronic devices at monitored locations, and to transmit control signals to control corresponding electronic devices at other locations. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/23/17 / #20170052432

Systems, methods, and devices for usability testing

According to principles of the embodiments as disclosed herein, a device for monitoring the use of a handheld device is provided which allows for increased accuracy and ease of monitoring the use of handheld devices during usability testing. The device includes a handheld device mount configured to be releasably coupleable to a handheld device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/16/17 / #20170048694

Determining the operational characteristics and configuration for wireless devices operating in the u-nii band

Embodiments are directed towards collecting information regarding the implementation of dynamic frequency selection and automatic channel selection by one or more wireless communication devices using the u-nii radio band. And to use the collected information to determine if other communication devices are coupled to communicate with each other via a wireless connection or a wired connection, or to modify the automatic channel selection mechanism used by one or more wireless communication devices.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/16/17 / #20170048579

Apparatus, systems and methods for electronic program guide information presented on a display

Systems and methods are operable to present an enhanced electronic program guide (epg). The enhanced epg comprises a reduced size video, a mini guide, a single channel guide bar, and an optional preview guide bar.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/16/17 / #20170046941

Locating a remote control device

A system includes a networked device is programmed to transmit, to one or more second networked devices, a request to locate a remote control device of the networked device. Based on the responses to the request, the networked device is further programmed to provide an indication via a user interface of the networked device concerning a location of the remote control device.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/09/17 / #20170041651

Method and apparatus for gathering and using geocoded information from mobile devices

Methods and apparatus for using geocoding information from a user's mobile device to determine program and advertising media content to deliver to the user.. . ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/09/17 / #20170041600

Programming disruption diagnostics

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

02/09/17 / #20170041351

Real-time placeshifting of media content to paired devices

Methods, devices, and systems are provided for placeshifting a media program. An exemplary method involves a media device storing identification information for a client device coupled to a network and receiving a request to transfer a media program available for presentation on a primary display device in a first format via the media device. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/02/17 / #20170034596

Personalized soundtrack

Systems, devices and methods are described to provide a personalized soundtrack by a set top box, media player or other media receiver device. The device obtains viewer preference data that describes the viewer's musical preference. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/02/17 / #20170034584

Systems and methods for synchronization of television channel data

A television navigation device, such as a digital video recorder (dvr), searches for a television channel program lineup in an electronic program guide (epg) of a service provider that matches the television channel program lineup for what the television navigation device understands to be that of a particular television channel. The television navigation device then assigns the particular television channel to the service provider's channel identifier of the matching television channel the epg. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

02/02/17 / #20170034570

Account-specific encryption key

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

02/02/17 / #20170034303

Methods and apparatus to create and transmit a condensed logging data file

A method for producing log data for a programming receiver is provided. The method executes a set of instructions comprising at least a log statement, the log statement causing the programming receiver to access condensed source code; compresses one or more string arguments in the log statement, during execution of the set of instructions; and generates a log file, based on the executed set of instructions and the compressed one or more string arguments.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/26/17 / #20170026709

Apparatus, systems and methods for accessing information based on an image presented on a display

Systems and methods are operable to control operation of a portable media device based on machine readable information of a graphical artifact shown on a display concurrently with presentation of a video portion of a media content event. A portable media device, using a portable media device provisioned with an image capture device, captures at least one image that includes the display that is presenting the graphical artifact and the video portion of the media content event, identifies the graphical artifact in the captured at least one image, determines the machine readable data based on the identified graphical artifact, and operates the portable media device to perform at least one operation based on the determined machine readable data.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/26/17 / #20170026695

Methods and apparatus for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream

Various embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for selectively obscuring a rendering of a media stream. In one implementation, the method includes receiving a request to render the media stream. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/26/17 / #20170026670

Output of broadcast content with portions skipped

Various arrangements are described for skipping portions of content, such as commercials, from a broadcast television program. The programming content is presented at a reduced presentation rate with the broadcast content being buffered as received. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/19/17 / #20170019704

Method for effectively implementing a multi-room television system

A method for effectively implementing a multi-room television system includes a digital base station that processes and combines various program sources to produce a processed stream. A communications processor then responsively transmits the processed stream as a local composite output stream to various wired and wireless display devices for flexible viewing at variable remote locations. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/19/17 / #20170019444

Media content skipping

A first index to a media content item and a second index to the media content item are stored on a media device. Each first index specifies a location in the media content item at which user input was received to skip a portion of the media content item. ... Echostar Technologies Llc

01/05/17 / #20170006618

Method for adjusting a wireless network based on whether a device is being used

A wireless access point servicing multiple clients can have access to sensors that can be used to determine which clients have users present and potentially who those users are. Using this information, the wireless access point can automatically adjust the wireless network as appropriate in order to provide the optimal system performance.. ... Echostar Technologies Llc








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