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Method and apparatus for recording advertised media content

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a media processing device comprising: a processing system including a processor; and a memory storing executable instructions that, when executed by the processing system, perform operations comprising: presenting a first media content item including an advertisement for a second media content item, resulting in a presentation; receiving, during the presentation, a recording instruction; responsive to receiving the recording instruction during the advertisement, presenting a query, wherein the query provides a choice of: recording the first media content item or recording the second media content item; and receiving a response to the query, wherein the response includes either a first command to record the first media content item or a second command to record the second media content item. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for performing a function at a user device by combining category display areas

A user device and method comprises a screen display and a user interface. A display control module defines a first display area with a first boundary therearound and displaying a first category indicator for a first category therein. ... The Directv Group Inc

Collective determination of interesting portions of a media presentation, media tagging and jump playback

Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for collective determination of interesting portions of a video program, video tagging, and jump playback within the video program. A processor can obtain interest inputs for video content associated with a video program and can send the information to an aggregator server. ... The Directv Group Inc

Dynamic advertisement insertion

In one embodiment, a set-top box records playback content. The playback content comprises at least one frame that displays first media content and a first advertisement simultaneously. ... The Directv Group Inc

Hybrid media stream delivery using multiple network connections

Example methods, systems, and machine-readable mediums to facilitate a hybrid media stream delivery using multiple network connections are disclosed. An example method may include receiving, from a destination device, a request for data to be delivered to the destination device over one of a network pathway or a satellite pathway. ... The Directv Group Inc

Controlling content presentation and display of program information in an electronic program guide

Presentation of content and display of program information in an electronic program guide (epg) can be controlled. A content manager component of a device can control or modify display of program information in the epg based on user information selecting favorite programs on various channels or applications. ... The Directv Group Inc

Broadband backup to satellite-based set-top boxes

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes receiving a satellite signal, measuring a quality of the satellite signal, determining whether the quality of the satellite signal falls below a threshold, determining a scheduled content of the satellite signal being viewed responsive to determining the quality of the satellite signal falls below the threshold, obtaining the scheduled content through a network connection as a replacement scheduled content responsive to determining the quality of the satellite signal falls below the threshold, presenting the replacement scheduled content in place of the scheduled content from the satellite signal, monitoring the quality of the satellite signal during the presenting of the replacement channel, and presenting the scheduled content from the satellite signal responsive to the monitoring detecting a satisfactory quality of the satellite signal over a predetermined period of time. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... The Directv Group Inc

Method and system for recording recommended content within a user device and playback content from an earlier position when live content is selected

A user device and method for operating the same includes a memory and a controller storing a recommended recording list in the memory. The controller stores recommended content from the recommended recording list in the memory. ... The Directv Group Inc

Facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders

Embodiments facilitating mixed service use of bonded satellite transponders in communication systems are provided. An apparatus comprises a first multiplexer configured to receive first content from first channels of a first type of channel, a second multiplexer configured to receive second content from second channels of a second type of channel, and a transport stream processor (tsp). ... The Directv Group Inc

Customized recommendations of multimedia content streams

Customized recommendations of multimedia content streams are provided herein. A method can include facilitating, by a network device of a wireless network and comprising a processor, an output of a recommendation of a first multimedia content stream at a communications device based on a monitored interaction determined to have been performed by an identified entity at the communications device. ... The Directv Group Inc

Preventing inadvertent viewing of media content

Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for preventing inadvertent viewing of media content for a media program. A processor can detect an inadvertent viewing condition including exposing content for a media program including audio content and video content. ... The Directv Group Inc

Edge cache segment prefetching

Devices, computer-readable media, and methods for pre-loading video chunks of a video program at an edge server are disclosed. For example, a processor may receive a manifest file for a video program, determine a bitrate for a first segment of the video program, request a video chunk of the first segment at the first bitrate from an edge server in accordance with the manifest file, and request a subset of a video chunk of a second segment of the video program from the edge server.. ... The Directv Group Inc

Shared control of vehicle functions

Control of functions associated with a vehicle can be shared between a vehicle operator and a communication device and associated user. The communication device can comprise a control component used to facilitate controlling or sharing control of certain functions associated with the vehicle. ... The Directv Group Inc

Coordination of connected home devices to provide immersive entertainment experiences

In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for providing immersive entertainment experiences by coordinating the actions of connected home devices. For instance, in one example, a metadata file is encoded in a first signal. ... The Directv Group Inc

08/16/18 / #20180234719

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

08/09/18 / #20180227639

Smart channel device

According to one embodiment, a channel device includes a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory stores a watch list. ... The Directv Group Inc

08/09/18 / #20180227636

Single button selection to facilitate actions in a communications network

Single button selection to facilitate actions in a communications network are provided herein. In one embodiment, a method can comprise facilitating, by a network device of a wireless network and comprising a processor, a first transmission of a multimedia content stream to a communications device. ... The Directv Group Inc

08/09/18 / #20180227600

Providing options to live stream multimedia content

In one embodiment, a set-top box determines whether to communicate a notification to a user device to live stream multimedia content. The notification comprises an option to initiate live streaming of the multimedia content. ... The Directv Group Inc

08/02/18 / #20180218234

Optical character recognition text export from video program

Devices, computer-readable media, and methods for exporting text captured from a video program presented on a display screen using optical character recognition to an alternate destination are disclosed. For example, a processor may present a video program via a display screen, receive, from a control device associated with the display screen, a request to capture text from the video program, and identify text from a frame of the video program via optical character recognition. ... The Directv Group Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213280

Delivering video data and power via a single device port

In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for the delivery of video data and power via a single device port. For instance, in one example, a device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. ... The Directv Group Inc

07/26/18 / #20180213276

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

07/26/18 / #20180213271

Location-based system and method for controlling content distribution to a set top box

In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for the controlling the distribution of video programs and other data to a set top box based on the geographic location of the set top box. For instance, in one example, a device includes a processor and a computer-readable medium storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/28/18 / #20180181360

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

06/21/18 / #20180176649

Satellite seeding of a peer-to-peer content distribution network

Systems and methods for combining a satellite broadcast system with a network. A system in accordance with one or more embodiments of the present invention comprises a plurality of satellite receivers, wherein each of the satellite receivers is coupled to both the satellite broadcast system and the network, wherein a first receiver in the plurality of satellite receivers receives data from at least a second receiver in the plurality of receivers via the network.. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/21/18 / #20180176285

Enhanced transmission of media to client devices

A method and system for enhance transmission of media to client devices. A request is received from a client device to stream at least one media file, wherein the request has an associated client storage parameter. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167691

Easy play from a specified position in time of a broadcast of a data stream

Facilitating play from a specified position in time of a broadcast of a data stream is presented herein. A method can comprise displaying, via a display device, a seek option menu comprising a seek option that facilitates a location selection, via a remote device, of a defined location from a beginning of a data stream corresponding to a broadcast being received for display via the display device—in response to detecting, via the remote device, a seek request to seek to the defined location. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167687

Systems and methods for integrating a set-top box with internet content

Methods, systems and computer readable media for controlling a set-top box includes receiving at processor a request from a user to access a web page. The content of the web page is scanned at the processor for items relating to content that may be available through the set-top box. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/14/18 / #20180167648

Devices for presenting video program segments in accordance with definition documents

Devices, computer-readable media, and methods for presenting segments of at least one video program in accordance with a definition document are disclosed. For example, a processor may load a definition document for at least one video program. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160199

Audience driven interactive plot control

Passive audiences are enabled to become active participants in plot choices made by characters in audio/visual broadcast events are provided. A method can comprise downloading, to a user device, an initial section of broadcast audiovisual content and an index representing subsequent subsections of the broadcast audiovisual content, and facilitating display of a prompt as a function of the index. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160189

Search for content data in content

Video and audio content is searchable using a text search. A search component can analyze respective items of content to identify words spoken in the items of content, and generate respective transcripts of the respective words of the items of content based on the analysis. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160186

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

06/07/18 / #20180160184

Content scheduling

Presentation of content by a device can be uniquely scheduled by a user in advance with no further interaction with the device by the user. A schedule manager component associated with the device can receive input from a user selecting various items of content for presentation at various times, and, based on the input, can schedule presentation of the various items of content at the various times. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160167

Scrolling score guide with quick tune feature

A scrolling score guide with quick tune feature is presented herein. A method can comprise displaying a group of identifiers representing event broadcasts with corresponding data of the event broadcasts as a scrolling window within a broadcast window of a broadcast being received by the system for display via the display device, and, in response to detecting, via a remote device, a selection of an identifier of the group of identifiers, receiving an event broadcast of the event broadcasts represented by the identifier, and displaying the event broadcast in the broadcast window.. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160159

Enhanced streaming source change

A technique for managing transitions between streaming media sources can include receiving a request from a client to change a streaming media source from an initial streaming media source to a next streaming media source. The initial streaming media source includes last segments being streamed to the client and the next streaming media source is selected by the client from a virtual master playlist. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180160139

System and methodology for video compression

A system and method for compressing video is disclosed, in which video frames that are only between consecutive i-frames are grouped into a video data set. The video data set is split into separate homogeneous files, and each of the homogeneous files are individually compressed. ... The Directv Group Inc

06/07/18 / #20180157399

Context-based icon for control via a touch sensitive interface

Selection of a context-based touch-sensitive icon for control of content presentation via a touch sensitive interface is disclosed. Context can be related to aspect of presented content, user profile information, historical content consumption, human interface data, etc. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152802

Methods and systems for rendering binaural audio content

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, embodiments receiving audio content in a multi-channel sound format over a communication network resulting in multi-channel audio content. Further embodiments can include identifying a compression ratio of the audio content. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152761

Apparatus and method for providing programming information for media content to a wearable device

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting a first wearable device and a second wearable device in proximity of a display device and identifying a first user profile associated with the first wearable device and a second user profile associated with the second wearable device. Further aspects may include identifying a first set of media content preferences according to the first user profile and a second set of media content preferences according to the second user profile. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152741

Creating a manifest file at a time of creating recorded content

Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for creating a manifest file at a time of creating recorded content. A video device can request media content from a content source and receive the media content requested. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/31/18 / #20180152740

Centralized metadata retrieval

Centralized metadata retrieval is presented herein. A method can include receiving, by a system comprising a processor, electronic program guide metadata from a network storage device of a data streaming service; storing, by the system, the electronic program guide metadata in a local storage device of the system; and in response to receiving a program guide based request from a satellite receiver device corresponding to the data streaming service, retrieving, by the system, a portion of the electronic program guide metadata corresponding to the program guide based request from the local storage device, and sending, by the system, the portion of the electronic program guide metadata directed to the satellite receiver device for facilitating a display, via the satellite receiver device, of content corresponding to the portion of the electronic program guide metadata.. ... The Directv Group Inc

05/24/18 / #20180146172

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

05/03/18 / #20180123618

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

04/12/18 / #20180101531

Determining recommended media programming from sparse consumption data

A processor may create a preference vector by generating preference vector entries in fields that correspond to content attributes associated with at least one media program presented via a media device, each entry including a playback duration and a year. The processor may create a media entity matrix of entity vectors for entities associated with production of media programs. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/15/18 / #20180077211

Method and apparatus for extending content access

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including receiving, by a processing system comprising a processor, media content from a media processor device via a first wireless communication network, where the media content can be received at the media processor device from a subscription media source. The method can include storing the media content received from the media processor device, initiating a first connection to an in-vehicle communication system, accessing a second wireless communication network generated by the in-vehicle communication system, initiating a second connection, via the second wireless communication network, to a media device detected on the second wireless communication network, and transmitting a stream of the media content to the media device via the second wireless communication network, wherein the media device reproduces the media content from the stream of the media content. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/08/18 / #20180070151

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

03/01/18 / #20180063662

Methods and systems for rendering binaural audio content

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, embodiments receiving audio content in a multi-channel sound format over a communication network resulting in multi-channel audio content. Further embodiments can include identifying a compression ratio of the audio content. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063576

Methods and systems for providing multiple video content streams

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, providing multiple video content streams to a display for presentation. The display comprises a primary screen region that presents a first video content stream of the multiple video content streams and multiple auxiliary screen regions that present a subset of the multiple video content streams. ... The Directv Group Inc

03/01/18 / #20180063263

Methods and systems for provisioning a user profile on a media processor

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting a plurality of mobile devices in proximity to a device. Further embodiments can include identifying a user identifier associated with each of the plurality of mobile devices resulting in a plurality of user identifiers. ... The Directv Group Inc

02/15/18 / #20180048438

Triplexer signal combiner

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, apparatus that includes a first port that receives a radio frequency signal input, a second port that provides a high-speed internet connection and the radio frequency signal input and receives a power supply current, and a third port that receives the high-speed internet connection and receives the power supply current and that the first port is isolated from the power supply current. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... The Directv Group Inc

02/15/18 / #20180046949

Secure content transfer systems and methods to operate the same

Secure content transfer systems and methods to operate the same are disclosed. Disclosed example systems include a client device for use at a physical location and a media server for use at the physical location. ... The Directv Group Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035166

Apparatus and method for providing programming information for media content to a wearable device

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, detecting a first wearable device and a second wearable device in proximity of a display device and identifying a first user profile associated with the first wearable device and a second user profile associated with the second wearable device. Further aspects may include identifying a first set of media content preferences according to the first user profile and a second set of media content preferences according to the second user profile. ... The Directv Group Inc

02/01/18 / #20180035072

Method and apparatus to present multiple audio content

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, identifying first and second users and identifying first and second locations of the first and second users in a presentation area, determining first and second media content associated with the first and second users where the first media content includes first audio content and first video content and where the second media content includes second audio content, presenting the first video content at a display device during a particular time period, adjusting the first audio content resulting in adjusted first audio content, presenting the adjusted first audio content directed to the first location during the particular time period, and presenting the second audio content directed to the second location during the particular time period. Other embodiments are disclosed.. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/25/18 / #20180026737

Determining ambient noise in a device under test electromagnetic compatibility test environment

Determining ambient noise in a device under test electromagnetic compatibility test environment is presented herein. A method can include determining, by a system comprising a processor via a radio frequency input port of the system, an ambient electromagnetic noise corresponding to the system; and in response to determining, by the system via the radio frequency input port, a radio frequency signature of a device under test, subtracting, by the system, the ambient electromagnetic noise from the radio frequency signature to obtain a normalized value representing an electromagnetic emission of the device under test. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/18/18 / #20180020003

Method and apparatus for controlling access to custom browser functionality

A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for controlling access of a custom browser function are disclosed. For example, the method includes a processor that sends a request to a third party website, receives a hypertext markup language code and a browser script, renders the hypertext markup language code, detects that the browser script is trying to access a custom browser function, compares one or more parameters associated with the custom browser function to an access control list to control an access of the custom browser function, and executes the custom browser function when a match of the one or more parameters is found in the access control list.. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/11/18 / #20180014068

Method and system for remotely transcoding content

A system and method for remotely transcoding content includes a cloud location storing content corresponding to content titles, generating a playlist corresponding to content titles subscribed to by a user of a user device stored therein, and communicating the playlist to the user device. A user device is in communication with the cloud location through a network. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007432

Method and system for obtaining viewing data and providing content recommendations at a set top box

A user device includes a viewer tracking module that tracks viewer events to form a viewer tracking log and a recommendation module that generates a timeslot viewing profile based on the viewer tracking log. The timeslot viewing profile includes television programs watched previously and a prioritized timeslot series profile determined by summing and prioritizing the count of a plurality of watched programs in a series. ... The Directv Group Inc

01/04/18 / #20180007353

Methods for determining localized outages and distributed signal verification of set-top boxes

Embodiments disclose systems and methods for testing and determining outages of communication systems. A server can receive signal-reception-related information from set-top boxes (stbs) in a particular geographical region, where a stb: receives signals having a predefined pattern, generates a comparison of the predefined pattern to reference patterns stored on the stb, generates the signal-reception-related information based on the comparison, and sends the signal-reception-related information. ... The Directv Group Inc








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