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Method to insert program boundaries in linear video for adaptive bitrate streaming

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system for indicating a program boundary in an adaptive bitrate media stream, where the system includes a memory and a processor that performs operations including generating multiple transcoded media output streams of different bit rates from an input linear media stream, fragmenting the multiple transcoded media output streams into chunks, detecting a program boundary in the input linear media stream, and supplying a program change indicator in a manifest file for implementing program change features in mobile communication devices. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for recording recommended content within a user device

A user device and method for operating the same includes a memory and a controller that stores an external recommendation list in the memory, said external recommendations list comprising a marketing list comprising a plurality of marketing list entries and a related program list comprising a plurality of related program entries that are related to the plurality of marketing list entries. Each marketing list entry has a related score corresponding to a respective marketing list entry. ... The Directv Group Inc

System and method to monitor audio loudness and provide audio automatic gain control

An audio loudness data collection module collects and stores audio data. The data can be stored for a first time period. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for determining a location of a mobile device and utilizing the location in content services

A system and method for controlling a mobile device at a headend includes the mobile device communicating a request for content to the headend. The headend requests geographic coordinate location data from the mobile device and, when geographic coordinate data is available, determines a first geographic region associated with the mobile device in response to the geographic coordinate location data. ... The Directv Group Inc

Methods and apparatus to provide content on demand in content broadcast systems

Methods and apparatus to provide content on demand in content broadcast systems are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving a first portion of a program via broadcast signal and receiving a second portion of the program via an internet protocol (ip) based signal. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for selecting and viewing sports content and a scoreguide in a virtual reality device

A virtual reality (vr) system including a head mounted display (hmd), a sensor or an input device, a selection module, a scoreguide module and a display module. The hmd displays a vr environment including sports content of a live game, a prerecorded game, or a sports channel. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for viewing sports content within a virtual reality environment

A virtual reality (vr) system including a head mounted display (hmd), a sensor or input device, and options, selection, and display modules. The hmd displays a vr environment including sports content of a live game, a prerecorded game, or a sports channel. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for detecting unauthorized use of a set top box using satellite signal identification

A system and method for determining unauthorized use of a set top box includes a satellite signal determination module in the set top box receives a satellite signal from a satellite comprising a first satellite signal identifier. A memory in the set top box stores a second satellite signal identifier for a location of the user device. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for controlling a user receiving device using voice commands

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving one or more media processor commands generated by a voice processing system that synthesizes the one or more media processor commands according to voice data provided by a portable device by way of an adapter, and executing the one or more media processor commands to generate an updated presentation of media content. The adapter converts a first radio frequency (rf) signal to a second rf signal comprising the voice data, the first rf signal generated by the portable device according to a first rf protocol, the second rf signal conforming to a second rf protocol that differs from the first rf protocol, and the second rf signal comprising routing information to route the voice data to the voice processing system. ... The Directv Group Inc

Campus content distribution systems and methods

A predetermined set of channels from a satellite broadcast are received and tuned in parallel at a head end module of a local area network, which potentially serves a large number of users with electronic devices via multiple wired and/or wireless access points, such as at a college campus or a business center. Each channel of content is transcoded into multiple content streams providing multiple bit-rate options for each channel of content, e.g., using http adaptive streaming protocols and/or scalable video coding. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for displaying a position of a vehicle at a remotely located device

A system and method for displaying a vehicle location on a user device includes an in-vehicle infotainment system and the user device coupled to the in-vehicle infotainment system of a vehicle. A global positioning system generates a vehicle position signal at the vehicle. ... The Directv Group Inc

Network address translator (nat) traversal for out of home streaming

A system, method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide the ability to configuring out-of-home streaming between a mobile device and a set top box (stb). Internet connectivity establishment (ice) agents, installed on the mobile device and the stb, determine telemetry information via communication with network address translator (nat) servers. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system of notifying users using an in-vehicle infotainment system

A system and method for notifying a user of various events through the in-vehicle system while suppressing notifications at a mobile device or a wearable device includes the mobile device and the in-vehicle infotainment system in communication with the mobile device. The mobile device receives a notification signal, suppresses displaying the notification signal and communicates the notification signal to the in-vehicle infotainment system. ... The Directv Group Inc

Video frame bookmarking user interface component

A method, system, computer program product, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to bookmark a frame of media content. A media content user interface component that controls playback of the media content in a media player is activated. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188078

Method and system for obtaining content data in an in-vehicle infotainment system from a set top box

A system and method for communicating content data to an in-vehicle system includes the in-vehicle infotainment system detecting a home local area network and joining the home local area network. The home local area network comprises a set top box. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170188077

Method and system for providing audio signals to an in-vehicle infotainment system

A system and method for audibly displaying an audio signal at an in-vehicle infotainment system received through a mobile device to provide continual access to the content when the user enters a vehicle includes the mobile device comprising a first audio player and a second audio player. The mobile device receives an audio-video signal through a network. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170187089

Outdoor unit configured for customer installation and method of aligning same

A method and apparatus for angularly aligning an antenna disposed at a geographical location is disclosed. A corresponding apparatus comprises a plurality of reticle members, each reticle member having a reticle, and a plurality of reference members, each adjustably engaged with an associated one of the plurality of reticle members, wherein each of the plurality of reference members comprises an associated template having a reference mark positioned thereon according to the geographical location of the antenna and the antenna is angularly aligned when each reference mark of each template is aligned with the reticle associated with the reference mark. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185362

Method of controlling a content displayed in an in-vehicle system

A system and method for controlling an in-vehicle infotainment system to control content in using a primary display includes a mobile device and the in-vehicle infotainment system in communication with the mobile device. The in-vehicle infotainment system comprises the primary display and a first secondary display. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185260

Advertisement viewing bypass prevention user interface component

A method, system, computer program product, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to prevent bypass of advertisement viewing. A media content user interface component (that controls playback of the media content and an advertisement in a media player) is activated. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/29/17 / #20170185240

Circular video player controls

A method, system, computer program product, and computer readable storage medium provide the ability to control media content play. A media content user interface component that controls playback of the media content in a media player is activated. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/22/17 / #20170180817

Methods and systems for recording and sharing digital video

A method includes receiving and processing an electronic signal that represents television content to provide a first media signal that is playable to present a forward-playback of the television content. The method also includes, responsive to a first instruction, providing a second media signal that is playable to present a reverse-playback of the television content, and recording a portion of the television content that corresponds to the reverse-playback. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/15/17 / #20170171637

Method and system for controlling a centralized content distribution system with a remote control

A system and method includes an input device, a client device registering an input device to form an association and a server device registering the input device and registering the association with the server device. The input device broadcasts a control signal to the client device and the server device. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142475

Accessing programs using networked digital video recording devices

Access to programs using network connected digital video recording devices is disclosed. A dvr causes display of a content guide including a unit identification area. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/18/17 / #20170142460

Systems and methods for controlling purchasing and/or reauthorization to access content using quick response codes and text messages

A mobile device including a content module, an imaging module, and an interface. The content module is configured to attempt to access content including transmitting a content request signal from the mobile device to a user receiving device. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/11/17 / #20170134767

Data distribution amongst transponder carriers

A satellite broadcast system is used to transmit streams of variable bit-rate content using fixed bit-rate channels that correspond to respective satellite transponder carriers. High bandwidth content is transmitted over multiple transponder carriers in parallel with a combined bandwidth sufficient for the peak bit-rate of the high bandwidth content, whereas multiple streams of low bandwidth content can be transmitted over a single transponder carrier simultaneously by multiplexing the low bandwidth content. ... The Directv Group Inc

04/06/17 / #20170099509

Method and apparatus for transmitting high bandwidth signals with low bandwidth transponders

A method and apparatus for transmitting a plurality of elementary data streams to a plurality of receivers is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises the steps of generating m data streams comprising k multiplexed elementary data streams in a first entity, transmitting the m data streams to a second entity, generating n transmitter streams from the m data streams in the second entity; and transmitting each of the n transmitter streams to the plurality of receivers using an associated one of n broadcast sub-transmitters.. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/30/17 / #20170094356

Method and system for performing an action in a gateway device based on a user profile

A gateway device includes a memory storing a browser history and a user profile generator generating a user profile in response to the browser history. The gateway device performs an action in response to the user profile.. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/30/17 / #20170094334

Systems and methods for provisioning multi-dimensional rule based entitlement offers

A method of provisioning entitlement including: receiving within a headend and at a policy management module first conditions and rules for content from a service provider or a third party device; and generating, for a point of presence (pop) device of a customer, a policy for entitlement and usage of content (merged policy). The generating of the merged policy includes: merging conditions and rules of policies including the first conditions and rules to generate the merged policy based on a predetermined hierarchy of the policies. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/30/17 / #20170093654

Method and system for analyzing performance of a gateway device

A system includes a monitoring module comprising a real time monitor, a database and an analytical engine. A gateway device is in communication with the monitoring module. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/23/17 / #20170085919

System and method for sharing television programming information using universal identifier

A system and method for sharing television data includes a first device and an encoded content identifier module in communication with the first device generating an encoded content identifier for a content and communicating the encoded content identifier to a first device through a network. The first device includes a user interface for selecting the content identifier. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/16/17 / #20170078764

Messaging between set top box and head end systems

A system, apparatus, and method provide messaging, between a headend system and a set top box. A distributor determines and provides an assigned communication identifier and an assigned server host address, that correspond to one of one or more first servers, to each of one or more set top box clients. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/09/17 / #20170070708

Remote display of satellite receiver information

An example implementation may include a first device identifying a request from a second device for an instruction for aligning a satellite antenna. The first device may obtain satellite receiver data of a satellite receiver, responsive to the request. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064369

Method and system for remote television replay control

A method, system, computer medium, and other embodiments for integrating unrelated web hosted services with stand-alone media-based devices are provided. Users can access and control the media-based device conveniently with a web-browser through various portals on the internet. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/02/17 / #20170064356

Methods and apparatus to conditionally authorize content delivery at broadcast headends in pay delivery systems

Methods and apparatus to conditionally authorize content delivery at broadcast headends in pay delivery systems are disclosed. An example method includes generating a broadcast signal, receiving an authorization request to download a program from a receiver station, determining an authorization for the download and sending the authorization to a point-to-point content delivery server.. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/26/17 / #20170024667

Secure content transfer systems and methods to operate the same

Secure content transfer systems and methods to operate the same are disclosed. An example system includes a content server to encrypt content according to an encryption key, and to transfer the encrypted content, the encryption key and a license to a client that supports a digital rights management technology. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013322

Methods and systems for recording and sharing digital video

A method includes receiving and processing an electronic signal that represents television content to provide a first media signal that is playable to present a forward-playback of the television content. The method also includes, responsive to a first instruction, providing a second media signal that is playable to present a reverse-playback of the television content, and recording a portion of the television content that corresponds to the reverse-playback. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013319

Systems and methods for controlling a single-wire multiswitch device

This disclosure relates to a devices and methods related to satellite information broadcasting. An embodiment may relate to a device that includes a plurality of respective tuning channels. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013308

Methods and systems for concurrent program viewing

An example method may include receiving a first video transport stream comprising video content associated with a first program, and receiving a second video transport stream comprising video content associated with a second program. The method may also include generating a first video output signal based on the first video transport stream, where the first video output signal includes instructions to display content of the first video output signal via emitted light having a first polarization direction. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013302

Streamlined viewing of recorded programs based on markers

A receiving system includes a communication input system to receive a program and a marker file. The program has a total duration when the program is presented in its entirety. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013289

Methods and systems for facilitating management of recorded digital video

Embodiments described herein may provide for facilitating management of recorded digital video. An example method may involve a computing device (a) initiating playback of a recorded digital video file, (b) during playback of the recorded digital video file, receiving a request to stop playback, (c) responsive to receiving the request: (i) determining a stop point in the recorded digital video file and (ii) initiating a prompt asking whether or not to delete a portion of the recorded digital video file preceding the stop point, (d) responsive to the prompt, receiving a request to delete the portion preceding the stop point, and (e) responsively deleting the portion. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170013287

Data distribution amongst transponder carriers

A satellite broadcast system is used to transmit streams of variable bit-rate content using fixed bit-rate channels that correspond to respective satellite transponder carriers. High bandwidth content is transmitted over multiple transponder carriers in parallel with a combined bandwidth sufficient for the peak bit-rate of the high bandwidth content, whereas multiple streams of low bandwidth content can be transmitted over a single transponder carrier simultaneously by multiplexing the low bandwidth content. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/12/17 / #20170012650

Systems and methods for frequency and bandwidth optimization with a single-wire multiswitch device

This disclosure relates to a devices and methods related to satellite information broadcasting. Example embodiments may include frequency shifting an intermediate frequency (if) signal down-conversion from the microwave-band. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/05/17 / #20170006347

Method and system for using hierarchical metadata for searching and recording content

A user device for storing or displaying content recommendations includes a search session manager receiving metadata associated with content. The metadata includes a received hierarchical identifier including a primary level and a secondary level unique to the primary level. ... The Directv Group Inc








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