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 new patent  Systems and methods for adjusting subtitles size on a first device and causing simultaneous display of the subtitles on a second device

Systems and methods are provided herein for adapting, when multiple users are consuming a media asset on a primary device, the size of subtitles presented on the primary device upon determining that a user located closer to the primary device (i.e., first user) than a user farthest from the primary device (i.e., second user) is discontent with the size of the subtitles. The media guidance application may determine that there is a secondary device, associated with and in the vicinity of the second user, that is suitable for displaying subtitles. ... Rovi Guides Inc

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

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

 new patent  Systems and methods for determining whether a negation statement applies to a current or past query

Systems and methods for determining whether an ambiguous statement applies to a first query or second query. In some aspects, the system includes control circuitry that receives a first search query from a user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

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

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

Systems and methods for using playlists

Systems and methods for automatically generating a playlist of series assets and systems and methods for grouping assets of a playlist in clusters are provided. In one embodiment, series assets may automatically be included into a playlist for that series. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Methods and systems for generating holographic animations

Methods and systems are described herein for improved techniques for consuming and interacting with media content. Specifically, the media guidance application may generate holographic animations that move from a holographic structure from which a user has selected a media asset and direct the user to a display device capable of presenting the media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for selecting type of secondary content to present to a specific subset of viewers of a media asset

Systems and methods are provided herein for identifying viewers who are engaged in a media asset but unlikely to consume secondary content, and presenting, to the identified viewers, some secondary content designed to incentivize the identified viewers to consume secondary content. These systems and methods determine that a viewer is engaged in a media asset upon determining level of engagement of the viewer in the media asset is greater than a threshold value. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for automatically enabling subtitles based on detecting an accent

Systems and methods are described for automatically enabling subtitles based on a user profile when a language is spoken with an accent a user has difficulty understanding. For example, a media guidance application may detect a first plurality of user interactions of the user while the given language is being spoken with the accent. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for presenting social network communications in audible form based on user engagement with a user device

Methods and systems are described herein for generating an audible presentation of a communication received from a remote server. A presentation of a media asset on a user equipment device is generated for a first user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for adjusting display lengths of subtitles based on a user's reading speed

Systems and methods for adjusting lengths of time subtitle segments are displayed based on the rate that a user reads words. For example, if a particular subtitle segment would not be displayed for a duration of time long enough for the user to read the words in the subtitle segment (e.g., based on the rate that the user reads words), the length of time the subtitle segment is displayed is increased.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Methods and systems for receiving ratings from a third-party source of ratings

Methods and systems are presented for selecting a preferred source of ratings (e.g., metacritic.com) and integrating the ratings into the electronic program guide (epg) such as displaying the ratings alongside program listings. By allowing the user to select the source of ratings, the media guidance application ensures that the ratings provided are meaningful to the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

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

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

Systems and methods for determining audience engagement based on user motion

Systems and methods are described for measuring audience engagement for a media asset using user motion. For example, a media guidance application may receive movement logs from a plurality of user equipment. ... Rovi Guides Inc

Systems and methods for automatic program recommendations based on user interactions

Methods and systems are provided for generating automatic program recommendations based on user interactions. In some embodiment, control circuitry processes verbal data received during an interaction between a user of a user device and a person with whom the user is interacting. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/19/18 / #20180203861

Methods and systems for generating cluster-based search results

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that intuitively and efficiently allows a user to navigate a large amount of media content on a variety of user devices. Specifically, the media guidance application may provide a user with cluster-based search results. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199106

Methods and systems for recommending media content related to a recently completed activity

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for a media guidance application that recommends media content based on activities recently performed by a user. For example, in response to determining that a user recently finished the laundry, the media guidance application may recommend a movie that other users accessed after finishing the laundry.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/12/18 / #20180199099

Methods and systems for verifying media guidance data

Methods and systems are disclosed herein for verifying media guidance data. Specifically, a media guidance application may facilitate the extraction and transmission of an excerpt of a media asset that is associated with media guidance data such that the content of the excerpt may be compared to content known to be associated with the media guidance data.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192152

Interactive television systems with digital video recording and adjustable reminders

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

07/05/18 / #20180192151

Client-server electronic program guide

A client-server interactive television program guide system is provided. An interactive television program guide client is implemented on user television equipment. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192150

Systems and methods for navigation of groups of media assets

Systems and methods are provided for navigating between groups of media assets based on multiple user inputs of directional navigation commands received within a threshold period of time of each other. Specifically, the system may navigate through a number of ordered groups of media assets without presenting information to the user related to the specific groups (e.g., present to the user media assets associated with the group) in response to receiving the multiple directional navigation commands, thus allowing a user to navigate to a desired group of media assets with fewer distractions.. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192137

Systems and methods for predicting viewing behavior

A method and system for predicting a media asset that the user will consume during a specific timeslot are described herein. The prediction may be made by identifying for a timeslot those media assets that may be of interest to a user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192130

Methods and systems for providing relevant season series recording functionality

Systems and methods are provided herein for scheduling a season recording. A series is provided to a user device, the series having a plurality of sequential seasons, and each season having a plurality of episodes. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192117

Methods and systems for generating a menu icon indicative of a status of an application

Systems and methods are provided herein for displaying a status of an application. An account status of the user with respect to an application is determined. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180192089

Systems and methods for enabling a user to start a scheduled program over by retrieving the same program from a non-linear source

Systems and methods are provided herein for receiving a request from a user to access a video that is scheduled for transmission, simultaneously to a plurality of users, beginning from a scheduled start time. The request is received after the scheduled start time the transmission is performed by a linear service to which the user subscribes. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189856

Systems and methods for recommending an electronic device to a user based on a user's device profile

Systems and methods are described for recommending a device to a user. Device entries for a first user and a second user may be retrieved. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189837

Systems and methods for personalized timing for advertisements

Systems and methods are provided herein for determining personalized timing for generating for display advertisements to users. Rather than an expert determining time segments of a media asset most suitable for presenting advertisements to users, the most suitable time segments in a media asset for presenting advertisements to users may be customized based on a user's profile information and/or the user's level of engagement in a media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189830

Systems and methods for recommending electronic devices based on user purchase habits

Identification information related to a device may be received that includes user information and device information. Based on the user information, a user entry corresponding to the user information may be located in a database of user records. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189826

Systems and methods for a framework for generating predictive models for media planning

Systems and methods for a framework for generating predictive models for media planning. In some aspects, control circuitry receives, from a database, reference data associated with a program. ... Rovi Guides Inc

07/05/18 / #20180189076

Methods and systems for providing an optimal user interface

Systems and methods are provided herein for selecting a user interface. A functionality of a remote controller that is communicatively connected with a user equipment is detected. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184170

Systems and methods for modeling audience stability of a media asset series

Systems and methods are described for modeling the consistency of audiences viewing groups of media assets. For example, a media guidance application (e.g., executed on a server) may identify a first subset of user equipment that generated for display a first media asset (e.g., an episode of a series). ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184169

Methods and systems for determining user engagement based on user interactions during different advertisement slots

Systems and methods are described herein for determining a level of user engagement based on user interactions. A media guidance application is configured to retrieve a first record of a first plurality of user inputs, including input type, received during a first advertisement slot. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184168

Systems and methods for acquiring non-public user information

Systems and methods are disclosed herein for identifying information that will enable a merchant to better target a promotion to a user, and requesting the information from the user in a query. A target audience profile may be used to determine promotions that should be targeted to the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180184165

Methods and systems for determining user engagement based on user interactions during different time intervals

Systems and methods are described herein for determining a level of user engagement based on user interactions. A media guidance application is configured to retrieve a first record of a first plurality of user inputs, including input type, received during consumption of a media asset. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181996

Systems and methods for submitting user selected profile information to an advertiser

Systems and methods are described herein for allowing a user to grant or deny a third party access to different portions of the user's profile characteristics. Control circuitry may calculate an optimal promotion offer from a third party to a user based on a first layer of the user's profile characteristics matching a target-audience profile of the third party. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181571

Systems and methods for searching for a media asset

Systems and methods for searching for a media asset are described. In some aspects, the system includes control circuitry that receives a first search query from a user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181566

Methods and systems for generating a media clip library

Methods and systems for automatically generating a media clip library comprising preferred portions of media assets for a user. In one aspect, the system retrieves a profile of the user from memory. ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176751

Systems and methods for auto-configuring a user equipment device with content consumption material

Methods and systems are provided for auto-configuring a newly purchased user equipment (ue) device with content consumption material that is associated with a user. These methods and systems are provided by way of receiving, in response to the user having purchased the ue device, purchase information (e.g., a credit card number) and a ue device identifier (e.g., a serial number of a purchased ue device). ... Rovi Guides Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160163

Systems and methods for providing storage of data on servers in an on-demand media delivery system

A system and method may be provided that allows users to store, retrieve, and manipulate on-demand media content and data stored on a remote server network in an on-demand media delivery system. More particularly, the system may allow a user to access his or her on-demand media account from user equipment in different locations as long as the current user equipment can communicate with a remote server that stores user-specific information. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152759

Systems and methods for predictive spoiler prevention in media assets based on user behavior

Systems and methods for preventing spoilers from being presented to a user based on user activity are described herein. In some embodiments, the media guidance application may predict events that a user may not wish to be spoiled based on user activity, and prevent spoilers for the predicted events from being presented. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152758

Systems and methods for predictive spoiler prevention in media assets based on user behavior

Systems and methods for preventing spoilers from being presented to a user based on user activity are described herein. In some embodiments, the media guidance application may predict events that a user may not wish to be spoiled based on user activity, and prevent spoilers for the predicted events from being presented. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146258

Systems and methods for generating for display recommendations that are temporally relevant to activities of a user and are contextually relevant to a portion of a media asset that the user is consuming

Systems and methods are provided herein for displaying recommendations that are temporally relevant to activities of a user and are contextually relevant to a portion of viewed media. This may be accomplished by a media guidance application identifying activities a user has planned, as well as respective times for which each of the plurality of activities was planned to be performed by the user. ... Rovi Guides Inc

05/17/18 / #20180139484

Systems and methods for displaying segments of media guidance data

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

05/17/18 / #20180139434

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

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

05/17/18 / #20180139298

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

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

05/17/18 / #20180137541

Methods and systems for determining duplication in impressions data

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

05/10/18 / #20180132001

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180132000

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

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

05/10/18 / #20180129671

Search engine for a video recorder

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

05/10/18 / #20180129670

Search engine for a video recorder

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

05/10/18 / #20180129669

Search engine for a video recorder

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

05/03/18 / #20180124473

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

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

05/03/18 / #20180124460

Systems and methods for preventing corruption of user viewing profiles

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

04/19/18 / #20180109932

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180109842

Systems and methods for episode tracking in an interactive media environment

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

04/19/18 / #20180109840

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180108052

Systems and methods for resolving advertisement placement conflicts

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

04/19/18 / #20180107307

Playlists and bookmarks in an interactive media guidance application system

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

04/12/18 / #20180103295

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

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

04/12/18 / #20180103288

Interactive television program guide with simultaneous watch and record capabilities

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

04/05/18 / #20180098129

Smart channel entry system

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

04/05/18 / #20180098123

Systems and methods for multi-device content recommendations

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

04/05/18 / #20180096382

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

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

04/05/18 / #20180096221

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

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

04/05/18 / #20180096202

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

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

03/29/18 / #20180091865

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

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

03/22/18 / #20180084304

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

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

03/15/18 / #20180077458

Systems and methods for blocking selected commercials

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

03/15/18 / #20180077127

Methods and systems for managing content subscription data

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

03/08/18 / #20180070130

Systems and methods for determining subscription data

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

03/08/18 / #20180070128

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

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

03/08/18 / #20180070123

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

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

03/08/18 / #20180067946

Methods and systems for filtering media content

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

03/01/18 / #20180063716

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

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

03/01/18 / #20180063580

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

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

02/22/18 / #20180054639

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

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

02/15/18 / #20180048940

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

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

02/15/18 / #20180048936

Systems and methods for performing adaptive scheduling of media asset recordings

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

02/15/18 / #20180048931

Interactive program guide with graphic program listings

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

02/01/18 / #20180035163

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

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

02/01/18 / #20180032514

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

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

02/01/18 / #20180032513

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

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

02/01/18 / #20180032506

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

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

01/25/18 / #20180027374

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

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

01/25/18 / #20180027373

Systems and methods for intelligent audio output

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

01/25/18 / #20180027270

Systems and methods for managing available bandwidth in a household

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

01/18/18 / #20180020184

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

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

01/11/18 / #20180014046

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

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

01/04/18 / #20180007418

Program guide system with video-on-demand browsing

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

01/04/18 / #20180007410

Systems and methods for providing blackout support in video mosaic environments

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

01/04/18 / #20180007155

Methods and systems for alerting users regarding availability of unconsumed content

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

01/04/18 / #20180007148

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

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

12/28/17 / #20170374416

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

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

12/28/17 / #20170374401

Method and systems for enhancing media viewing experiences on multiple devices

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

12/21/17 / #20170366861

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

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

12/21/17 / #20170366859

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

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

12/21/17 / #20170366837

Interactive television program guide system having multiple devices within a household

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

12/21/17 / #20170364520

Approximate template matching for natural language queries

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

12/14/17 / #20170359614

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

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

12/14/17 / #20170357635

Systems and methods for determining context switching in conversation

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

12/07/17 / #20170353757

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170347164

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170347162

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170347160

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170345178

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170344809

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170344648

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

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

11/30/17 / #20170344195

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

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

11/23/17 / #20170339467

Recommending media content based on quality of service at a location

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

11/23/17 / #20170339466

Recommending media content based on the trajectory of the user

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

11/23/17 / #20170339458

Presenting media guidance data based on the trajectory of the user

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

11/23/17 / #20170339457

Recommending a location based on quality of service at a location

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

11/16/17 / #20170332146

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170332140

Method and system for transferring an interactive feature to another device

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

11/16/17 / #20170332139

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170332125

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170332124

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170332123

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170332036

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170329397

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

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

11/16/17 / #20170326459

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

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

10/12/17 / #20170293690

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170289641

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170289621

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170289591

Methods and systems for efficiently downloading media assets

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

10/05/17 / #20170287056

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170286528

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170286425

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170286424

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

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

10/05/17 / #20170285861

Systems and methods for reducing jitter using a touch screen

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

10/05/17 / #20170285860

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

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

09/28/17 / #20170280196

Methods and systems of facilitating sharing of information among service providers

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

09/28/17 / #20170280195

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

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

09/28/17 / #20170280191

Systems and methods for recording media assets

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

09/28/17 / #20170277699

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

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

09/28/17 / #20170277402

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

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

09/21/17 / #20170272825

System and method for locating content related to a media asset

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

09/21/17 / #20170272797

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

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

09/14/17 / #20170264931

Systems and methods for recommending content

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

09/07/17 / #20170257676

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170251272

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170251271

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170251260

Systems and methods for synchronizing media asset playback on multiple devices

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

08/31/17 / #20170251259

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170251235

Systems and methods for synchronizing media asset playback on multiple devices

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

08/31/17 / #20170249382

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

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

08/31/17 / #20170249319

Methods and systems for aggregating data from webpages using path attributes

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

08/31/17 / #20170249297

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

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

08/24/17 / #20170245018

Systems and methods for providing a transport control interface

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

08/17/17 / #20170238064

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

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

08/10/17 / #20170230722

Interactive television application with navigable cells and regions

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








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