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H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol 12
H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure 12
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41 - Education; entertainment 13
38 - Telecommunications 7
42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software. 7
35 - Advertising; business 4
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1.

BREAK STATE DETECTION FOR REDUCED CAPABILITY DEVICES

      
Application Number 16197828
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-21
First Publication Date 2020-09-24
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals

2.

ENABLING EFFICIENT DETERMINISTIC VIRTUALIZED BROADCAST SPECTRUM SHARING AND USAGE VALIDATION

      
Application Number 16808996
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-04
First Publication Date 2020-09-10
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael John
  • Aitken, Mark A.
  • Kofi, Ebenezer K.
  • Libin, Louis Herbert

Abstract

Disclosed herein are methods, an apparatus, and a computer-readable medium product for sharing broadcast resources and validating usage of the broadcast resources according to an agreement between a plurality of broadcast virtual network operators (BVNOs). A method includes determining the plurality of spectrum resources corresponding to a length of a broadcast frame, and creating a plurality of physical layer pipes (PLPs) based on a plurality of internet protocol (IP) flows from the plurality of BVNOs. The method includes constructing the broadcast frame including the plurality of PLPs and generating a broadcast frame record based on transmission of the broadcast frame. The broadcast frame record can identify the plurality of spectrum resources shared between the plurality of BVNOs. The method includes updating the broadcast frame record with identification information of the plurality of BVNOs and the plurality of IP flows corresponding to the plurality of PLPs of the broadcast frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 16/14 - Spectrum sharing arrangements
  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04W 72/04 - Wireless resource allocation
  • H04N 21/6332 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to client
  • H04L 12/18 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations for broadcast or conference

3.

ENABLING EFFICIENT DETERMINISTIC VIRTUALIZED BROADCAST SPECTRUM SHARING AND USAGE VALIDATION

      
Application Number US2020020981
Publication Number 2020/180983
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-04
Publication Date 2020-09-10
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.
  • Kofi, Ebenezer K.
  • Libin, Louis H.

Abstract

Disclosed herein are methods, an apparatus, and a computer-readable medium product for sharing broadcast resources and validating usage of the broadcast resources according to an agreement between a plurality of broadcast virtual network operators (BVNOs). A method includes determining the plurality of spectrum resources corresponding to a length of a broadcast frame, and creating a plurality of physical layer pipes (PLPs) based on a plurality of internet protocol (IP) flows from the plurality of BVNOs. The method includes constructing the broadcast frame including the plurality of PLPs and generating a broadcast frame record based on transmission of the broadcast frame. The broadcast frame record can identify the plurality of spectrum resources shared between the plurality of BVNOs. The method includes updating the broadcast frame record with identification information of the plurality of BVNOs and the plurality of IP flows corresponding to the plurality of PLPs of the broadcast frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/18 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations for broadcast or conference
  • H04W 48/18 - Selecting a network or a communication service

4.

ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Extensions to Enable Mobility Broadcast 5G Convergence

      
Application Number 16697976
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-27
First Publication Date 2020-06-04
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

The ATSC 3.0 physical layer broadcast standard is extended with new OFDM numerology, L1 signaling and frame structure aligned with 5G. This is done to enable improved broadcast mobility and convergence 5G release 16 as a Non-3GPP access network. The 5G core network and Broadcast core network interwork over defined interfaces to enable convergence layer 3. This enables improvements of broadcast physical layer for physics of broadcast. The 5G unicast physical layer is enhanced for physics of unicast, and then both are converged at layer 3. This is novel and has many benefits compared to the legacy LTE broadcast method (e.g., Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS)), which combines both broadcast and unicast into a single shared LTE frame at layer 1. The eMBMS method is then improved for dominate unicast mode in shared L1 frame. The result is the broadcast performance and efficiency in eMBMS are less than optimal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 28/06 - Optimising, e.g. header compression, information sizing
  • H04W 72/04 - Wireless resource allocation

5.

ATSC 3.0 PHYSICAL LAYER EXTENSIONS TO ENABLE MOBILITY BROADCAST 5G CONVERGENCE

      
Application Number US2019063008
Publication Number 2020/112636
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-11-25
Publication Date 2020-06-04
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

The ATSC 3.0 physical layer broadcast standard is extended with new OFDM numerology, L1 signaling and frame structure aligned with 5G. This is done to enable improved broadcast mobility and convergence 5G release 16 as a Non-3GPP access network. The 5G core network and Broadcast core network interwork over defined interfaces to enable convergence layer 3. This enables improvements of broadcast physical layer for physics of broadcast. The 5G unicast physical layer is enhanced for physics of unicast, and then both are converged at layer 3. This is novel and has many benefits compared to the legacy LTE broadcast method (e.g., Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS)), which combines both broadcast and unicast into a single shared LTE frame at layer 1. The eMBMS method is then improved for dominate unicast mode in shared L1 frame. The result is the broadcast performance and efficiency in eMBMS are less than optimal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/54 - Store-and-forward switching systems
  • H04W 56/00 - Synchronisation arrangements
  • H04W 76/16 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections involving different core network technologies, e.g. a packet-switched [PS] bearer in combination with a circuit-switched [CS] bearer
  • H04W 88/06 - Terminal devices adapted for operation in multiple networks, e.g. multi-mode terminals
  • H04H 20/18 - Arrangements for synchronising broadcast or distribution via plural systems

6.

USING BROADCAST PHYSICAL LAYER FOR ONE-WAY TIME TRANSFER OF UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME TO RECEIVERS

      
Application Number US2019041768
Publication Number 2020/018404
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-15
Publication Date 2020-01-23
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

Systems and methods for one-way time transfer using physical layer signaling are disclosed herein. According to some examples, a method includes generating timing information based on a clock of a transmitting device, where the timing information comprises a timestamp and metadata. The method further includes generating a preamble of a frame, where the preamble includes the timestamp and the metadata of the timing information. The method also includes forming a frame, where the frame comprises a bootstrap, the preamble, and a payload, and transmitting the frame to a receiver device. The one-way time transfer systems and methods of this disclosure can serve mobile devices that entail quick and reliable establishment of a clock.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/12 - Arrangements for monitoring, testing or troubleshooting
  • H04H 20/42 - Arrangements for resource management
  • H04H 20/57 - Arrangements specially adapted for specific applications, e.g. for traffic information or for mobile receivers for mobile receivers

7.

Using broadcast physical layer for one-way time transfer of universal coordinated time to receivers

      
Application Number 16036570
Grant Number 10652849
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-16
First Publication Date 2020-01-16
Grant Date 2020-05-12
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

Systems and methods for one-way time transfer using physical layer signaling are disclosed herein. According to some examples, a method includes generating timing information based on a clock of a transmitting device, where the timing information comprises a timestamp and metadata. The method further includes generating a preamble of a frame, where the preamble includes the timestamp and the metadata of the timing information. The method also includes forming a frame, where the frame comprises a bootstrap, the preamble, and a payload, and transmitting the frame to a receiver device. The one-way time transfer systems and methods of this disclosure can serve mobile devices that entail quick and reliable establishment of a clock.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04J 3/06 - Synchronising arrangements
  • H04J 11/00 - Orthogonal multiplex systems
  • H04L 7/00 - Arrangements for synchronising receiver with transmitter
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/43 - Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network or synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
  • H04W 56/00 - Synchronisation arrangements

8.

Band Segmented Bootstraps and Partitioned Frames

      
Application Number 16577958
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-20
First Publication Date 2020-01-09
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

An apparatus and a method are provided for generating and transmitting one or more band segmented bootstrap signals. For example, a transmitter may be configured to generate a plurality of sequence numbers and apply cyclic shift to each of the plurality of sequence number. The transmitter is further configured to map each of the shifted sequence numbers to at least one frequency domain subcarrier of a plurality of frequency domain subcarriers, and translate each subcarrier of the plurality of subcarriers to a time domain sequence. Each subcarrier of the plurality of subcarriers may be shifted with respect to other subcarriers of the plurality of subcarriers, thereby aligning each segment of the band segmented bootstrap signals next to each other in the frequency domain.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H03K 19/01 - Modifications for accelerating switching
  • H04L 5/22 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path using time-division multiplexing
  • H04L 27/26 - Systems using multi-frequency codes

9.

STADIUM

      
Serial Number 88745158
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-02
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 41 - Education; entertainment
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Providing multiple user access to the Internet; broadcasting and simulcasting of broadcast television and electronic transmission of audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, photographs, and graphics, on a wide variety of topics and subjects via the media of television, cable, digital cable, satellite, and broadband systems, and via the Internet, multicast, websites, electronic communications networks, computer networks, digital networks, wireless communications networks, video on demand, email, social media, digital applications, video game consoles and portable and wireless communication devices; streaming audio and video material on the Internet Entertainment services, namely, provision of on-going multimedia programs on a wide variety of topics and subjects distributed via various platforms across multiple forms of transmission media; providing an internet website portal featuring audio-visual, audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, photographic, and graphic entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; digital video, audio, and multimedia publishing services; production of audio-visual containing audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, photographic, and graphic content on a wide variety of topics and subjects Providing temporary use of non-downloadable software to enable uploading, capturing, posting, editing, playing, streaming, viewing, displaying, tagging, sharing, manipulating, distributing, publishing, reproducing, and otherwise providing content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, containing audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, photographs and graphics; Hosting of websites featuring multimedia content for others

10.

BROADCAST RELAYING VIA SINGLE-CHANNEL TRANSMISSION

      
Application Number US2019035952
Publication Number 2019/241052
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-07
Publication Date 2019-12-19
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baumgartner, Frederick, M.
  • Simon, Michael, J.
  • Soreth, William
  • Behrmann, Marshall, Hans
  • Libin, Louis, Herbert

Abstract

Systems and methods for relaying in broadcast single-frequency networks are disclosed herein. A single-frequency network can be formed in part using transmitters that receive data via a cooperative relay channel instead of a station-to-transmitter link. In some embodiments, transmitter may use a portion of its transmission time to relay in-band information to the singlefrequency network transmitter using time-division multiplexing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 7/0413 - MIMO systems
  • H04H 20/18 - Arrangements for synchronising broadcast or distribution via plural systems
  • H04H 20/67 - Common-wave systems, i.e. using separate transmitters operating on substantially the same frequency
  • H04N 7/08 - Systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal, e.g. additional information signals, the signals occupying wholly or partially the same frequency band
  • H04H 20/02 - Arrangements for relaying broadcast information
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing

11.

Broadcast relaying via single-channel transmission

      
Application Number 16007265
Grant Number 10439683
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-06-13
First Publication Date 2019-10-08
Grant Date 2019-10-08
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Baumgartner, Frederick M.
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Soreth, William
  • Hoots, Thomas Ian
  • Behrmann, Marshall Hans
  • Libin, Louis Herbert

Abstract

Systems and methods for relaying in broadcast single-frequency networks are disclosed herein. A single-frequency network can be formed in part using transmitters that receive data via a cooperative relay channel instead of a studio-to-transmitter link. In some embodiments, transmitter may use a portion of its transmission time to relay in-band information to the single-frequency network transmitter using time-division multiplexing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/31 - Arrangements for simultaneous broadcast of plural pieces of information by a single channel using in-band signals, e.g. subsonic or cue signal
  • H04B 7/026 - Co-operative diversity, e.g. using fixed or mobile stations as relays
  • H04B 7/155 - Ground-based stations
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received
  • H04L 1/06 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received by diversity reception using space diversity
  • H04H 20/02 - Arrangements for relaying broadcast information
  • H04H 20/67 - Common-wave systems, i.e. using separate transmitters operating on substantially the same frequency
  • H04H 20/72 - Wireless systems of terrestrial networks

12.

A NEXT GENERATION MULTI-CHANNEL-TENANT VIRTUALIZED BROADCAST PLATFORM AND 5G CONVERGENCE

      
Application Number US2019019648
Publication Number 2019/165463
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-26
Publication Date 2019-08-29
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Kofi, Ebenezer K.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

Wireless system architectures worldwide are undergoing a paradigm shift today. This, by adopting new technology and wireless system architectures based on Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) that are being instantiated using IT cloud computing methods. The 3GPP is defining a new 5G radio and 5G core network in release 16 based on a cloud native system architecture. Herein, a new next generation multi-channel-tenant virtualized broadcast platform using SDN/NFV is disclosed using ATSC 3.0 standards A/321, A/322 as a baseline.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/42 - Arrangements for resource management
  • H04N 21/2381 - Adapting the multiplex stream to a specific network, e.g. an IP [Internet Protocol] network
  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/462 - Content or additional data management e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end or controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabi
  • H04L 12/715 - Hierarchical routing, e.g. clustered networks or inter-domain routing
  • H04W 4/50 - Service provisioning or reconfiguring

13.

A NEXT GENERATION MULTI-CHANNEL-TENANT VIRTUALIZED BROADCAST PLATFORM AND 5G CONVERGENCE

      
Document Number 03092249
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-02-26
Open to Public Date 2019-08-29
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Kofi, Ebenezer K.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

Wireless system architectures worldwide are undergoing a paradigm shift today. This, by adopting new technology and wireless system architectures based on Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) that are being instantiated using IT cloud computing methods. The 3GPP is defining a new 5G radio and 5G core network in release 16 based on a cloud native system architecture. Herein, a new next generation multi-channel-tenant virtualized broadcast platform using SDN/NFV is disclosed using ATSC 3.0 standards A/321, A/322 as a baseline.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/42 - Arrangements for resource management
  • H04N 21/2381 - Adapting the multiplex stream to a specific network, e.g. an IP [Internet Protocol] network
  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/262 - Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission or generating play-lists
  • H04N 21/462 - Content or additional data management e.g. creating a master electronic program guide from data received from the Internet and a Head-end or controlling the complexity of a video stream by scaling the resolution or bit-rate based on the client capabi
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04L 12/715 - Hierarchical routing, e.g. clustered networks or inter-domain routing
  • H04W 4/50 - Service provisioning or reconfiguring

14.

NEXT GENERATION MULTI-CHANNEL-TENANT VIRTUALIZED BROADCAST PLATFORM AND 5G CONVERGENCE

      
Application Number 16286119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-02-26
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.
  • Kofi, Ebenezer K.

Abstract

Wireless system architectures worldwide are undergoing a paradigm shift today. This, by adopting new technology and wireless system architectures based on Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) that are being instantiated using IT cloud computing methods. The 3 GPP is defining a new 5G radio and 5G core network in release 16 based on a cloud native system architecture. Herein, a new next generation multi-channel-tenant virtualized broadcast platform using SDN/NFV is disclosed using ATSC 3.0 standards A/321, A/322 as a baseline.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 16/14 - Spectrum sharing arrangements
  • H04W 16/10 - Dynamic resource partitioning
  • H04W 72/00 - Local resource management, e.g. selection or allocation of wireless resources or wireless traffic scheduling
  • H04W 28/24 - Negotiating SLA [Service Level Agreement]; Negotiating QoS [Quality of Service]
  • H04L 12/715 - Hierarchical routing, e.g. clustered networks or inter-domain routing

15.

Broadcast Relaying via Cooperative Multi-Channel Transmission

      
Application Number 16184572
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-08
First Publication Date 2019-06-27
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael John
  • Libin, Louis Herbert

Abstract

Systems and methods for relaying in broadcast single-frequency networks are disclosed herein. A single-frequency network can be formed in part using transmitters that receive data via a cooperative relay channel instead of a station-to-transmitter link. In some embodiments, a second channel may use a portion of its transmission time to relay the information to the single-frequency network transmitter using time-division multiplexing. In other embodiments, a second channel may encode the relayed information on a second layer using layer-division multiplexing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/33 - Arrangements for simultaneous broadcast of plural pieces of information by plural channels
  • H04L 1/00 - Arrangements for detecting or preventing errors in the information received

16.

BROADCAST RELAYING VIA COOPERATIVE MULTI-CHANNEL TRANSMISSION

      
Application Number US2018059870
Publication Number 2019/099279
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-08
Publication Date 2019-05-23
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael John
  • Libin, Louis Herbert

Abstract

Systems and methods for relaying in broadcast single-frequency networks are disclosed herein. A single-frequency network can be formed in part using transmitters that receive data via a cooperative relay channel instead of a station-to-transmitter link. In some embodiments, a second channel may use a portion of its transmission time to relay the information to the singlefrequency network transmitter using time-division multiplexing. In other embodiments, a second channel may encode the relayed information on a second layer using layer-division multiplexing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/02 - Arrangements for relaying broadcast information
  • H04N 21/00 - Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
  • H04B 7/0413 - MIMO systems
  • H04B 1/7107 - Subtractive interference cancellation
  • H04B 7/155 - Ground-based stations
  • H04N 7/08 - Systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal, e.g. additional information signals, the signals occupying wholly or partially the same frequency band
  • H04N 21/2365 - Multiplexing of several video streams
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements

17.

RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AND SYNDICATION OF CONTENT

      
Application Number 16213341
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-07
First Publication Date 2019-04-11
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods are described herein for distributing syndicated content or content with one or more distribution restrictions. In one aspect, a method may include assigning a unique ID to a plurality of content items, where the unique ID of at least one of the content items is associated with one or more property distribution restrictions. The method may further include streaming in a video stream the content items to at least two properties and monitoring the unique IDs of the plurality of content items streamed in the video stream to detect least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions. The distribution of the least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions may be blocked from the one or more properties concurrently with streaming the video stream, based on the one or more property distribution restrictions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G06F 16/48 - Retrieval characterised by using metadata, e.g. metadata not derived from the content or metadata generated manually
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals

18.

Content Segmentation and Time Reconciliation

      
Application Number 16119825
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-31
First Publication Date 2019-02-28
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Mathew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices and methods are described herein for segmentation of content, and more specifically for segmentation of content in a content management system. In one aspect, a method may include receiving content associated with speech, text, or closed captioning data. The speech, the text, or the closed captioning data may be analyzed to derive at least one of a topic, subject, or event for at least a portion of the content. The content may be divided into two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the topic, the subject, or the event may be associated with at least one of the two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the two or more content segments may then be published such that each of the two or more content segments is individually accessible.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring

19.

Content Presentation Analytics and Optimization

      
Application Number 16046210
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-07-26
First Publication Date 2018-11-15
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Matthew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Techniques are described herein for optimizing the presentation of content through obtaining viewership metrics, generating multiple renditions of presentations of content, and selecting optimized renditions of content. One aspect includes associating a request for viewership metrics with a presentation of content, publishing the presentation of content, and receiving information of the viewership metrics associated with the presentation. Another aspect includes copying a presentation of a content item, creating a second presentation of the content item for publishing over one or more channels, and linking the presentation of the content item to the second presentation of the content item, such that a change to one propagates to the other of the presentation of the content item or the second presentation of the content item. In yet another aspect, a content rendition may be selected for presentation based on performance of the rendition out of multiple renditions in an auction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring

20.

STIRR

      
Serial Number 87980684
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-04-23
Registration Date 2019-06-18
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 41 - Education; entertainment
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Downloadable software and mobile applications for streaming audiovisual and multimedia content and television programming via the internet and global communications networks; downloadable software and mobile applications for streaming audiovisual and multimedia content and television programming to mobile digital electronic devices, mobile phones, smartphones, portable media players, and handheld computers Broadcasting, and audio, video and data transmission and delivery services rendered through the media of television, cable, satellite, radio, telephone and broadband systems, and via the internet; broadcasting services, namely, the electronic and interactive transmission of streaming digital audio, voice, data, images, signals, video, graphics, multimedia and text through the media of television, cable, satellite and via the internet; video on demand transmission services Entertainment and educational services, namely, providing non-downloadable multimedia content in the fields of entertainment, education, sports, and current events via a video-on-demand service; Entertainment and educational services, namely, providing non-downloadable television programming, motion pictures and films via a video-on-demand service; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable multimedia content in the fields of entertainment, education, sports, and current events; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable television programming, motion pictures and films Computer services, namely, providing an interactive website featuring technology that allows users to access a database of television series, movies, personalities, previews, trailers, news and other related information; providing website featuring a search engine for shows and episodes of entertainment series and television programming; creating indexes of online information for others via a global computer network and via mobile communications devices

21.

STIRR

      
Serial Number 87889213
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-04-23
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Providing a website featuring technology that enables users to access web-based subscription services featuring non-downloadable software for accessing, downloading, selecting, and viewing motion pictures, films and television programming

22.

CHECK YOUR HEALTH

      
Serial Number 87864167
Status Registered
Filing Date 2018-04-05
Registration Date 2019-06-04
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising; business

Goods & Services

promoting public awareness of the need for health care and physical fitness

23.

Terrestrial broadcast market exchange network platform and broadcast augmentation channels for hybrid broadcasting in the internet age

      
Application Number 15809852
Grant Number 10560756
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-11-10
First Publication Date 2018-04-05
Grant Date 2020-02-11
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aitken, Mark A.
  • Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

A new television broadcast model called a Broadcast Market Exchange (BMX) eliminates the inefficiency in spectrum usage, providing maximum flexibility in delivering content through either VHF (for fixed location receiving devices) or UHF (optimized for mobile receiving devices) transmission/propagation. In conjunction with the BMX, a wireless communications system architecture is provided to enable a broadcast augmentation channel. The augmentation channel provides supplementation of the Quality of Service (QoS) of a one way User Datagram Protocol (UDP) delivery environment. The augmentation channel may be comprised of one or more physical delivery mechanisms (wired or wireless), but can be effectively unified for increasing QoS and or scalable levels of service (additional essence) to improve the user experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/2381 - Adapting the multiplex stream to a specific network, e.g. an IP [Internet Protocol] network
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04H 20/42 - Arrangements for resource management

24.

BAND SEGMENTED BOOTSTRAPS AND PARTITIONED FRAMES

      
Document Number 03035113
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-08-23
Open to Public Date 2018-03-01
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

Apparatuses and methods are provided for generating, transmitting, receiving, and decoding one or more band segmented bootstrap signals and one or more corresponding partitioned post bootstrap signals. For example, a transmitter is configured to generate a first set of symbols and a second set of symbols, where the first set of symbols includes information about the second set of symbols. The transmitter is further configured to generate a third set of symbols and a fourth set of symbols, where the third set of symbols includes information about the fourth set of symbols. The transmitter is also configured to generate a data frame including the first, second, third, and fourth set of symbols. A bandwidth of the data frame includes a first segment and a second segment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H04L 5/22 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path using time-division multiplexing
  • H04L 27/26 - Systems using multi-frequency codes

25.

BAND SEGMENTED BOOTSTRAPS AND PARTITIONED FRAMES

      
Application Number US2017048198
Publication Number 2018/039334
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-08-23
Publication Date 2018-03-01
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

Apparatuses and methods are provided for generating, transmitting, receiving, and decoding one or more band segmented bootstrap signals and one or more corresponding partitioned post bootstrap signals. For example, a transmitter is configured to generate a first set of symbols and a second set of symbols, where the first set of symbols includes information about the second set of symbols. The transmitter is further configured to generate a third set of symbols and a fourth set of symbols, where the third set of symbols includes information about the fourth set of symbols. The transmitter is also configured to generate a data frame including the first, second, third, and fourth set of symbols. A bandwidth of the data frame includes a first segment and a second segment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H04L 5/22 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path using time-division multiplexing
  • H04L 27/26 - Systems using multi-frequency codes

26.

Band segmented bootstraps and partitioned frames

      
Application Number 15679739
Grant Number 10432384
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-08-17
First Publication Date 2018-03-01
Grant Date 2019-10-01
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

Apparatuses and methods are provided for generating, transmitting, receiving, and decoding one or more band segmented bootstrap signals and one or more corresponding partitioned post bootstrap signals. For example, a transmitter is configured to generate a first set of symbols and a second set of symbols, where the first set of symbols includes information about the second set of symbols. The transmitter is further configured to generate a third set of symbols and a fourth set of symbols, where the third set of symbols includes information about the fourth set of symbols. The transmitter is also configured to generate a data frame including the first, second, third, and fourth set of symbols. A bandwidth of the data frame includes a first segment and a second segment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H03K 19/01 - Modifications for accelerating switching
  • H04L 5/22 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path using time-division multiplexing
  • H04L 27/26 - Systems using multi-frequency codes
  • H04W 76/15 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections
  • G06F 17/14 - Fourier, Walsh or analogous domain transformations

27.

CONTENT ATOMIZATION

      
Application Number 15597904
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-05-17
First Publication Date 2017-11-23
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin A.
  • Cotlove, Kevin J.
  • Bouchard, Michael E.
  • Norton, Paul D.
  • Thornton, David
  • Kersten, Jonathan D.
  • Justman, Jason D.

Abstract

Organizing and publishing content in a content management system wherein content, including text, images and video, is received and segmented into content atoms. One or more tags are associated with the content atoms to allow device specific presentation of the content atoms.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor

28.

Next generation terrestrial broadcasting platform aligned internet and towards emerging 5G network architectures

      
Application Number 15480981
Grant Number 10652624
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-04-06
First Publication Date 2017-10-12
Grant Date 2020-05-12
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

A Next Generation Broadcast Platform (NGBP) is disclosed that utilizes 5G software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies. The NGBP is designed to enable a new paradigm for broadcasters, wherein the model of fixed wireless spectrum access granted only to the licensees of the spectrum is replaced by a flexible model in which licensed spectrum is pooled together and allocated dynamically to broadcast licensees as well as outside tenants. The NGBP is implemented using SDN/NFV technology, and includes a broadcast market exchange (BMX) entity that allocates the spectrum between tenants based on service level agreements (SLAs) with those users. The NGBP also includes an internet protocol (IP) core and a broadcast centralized radio access network (BC-RAN) which apply the major network functions to broadcaster content in accordance with the determinations of the BMX. The SDN/NFV implementation offers several distinct advantages over NGBP implemented with dedicated network hardware.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04H 60/07 - Arrangements for generating broadcast information; Arrangements for generating broadcast-related information with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time; Arrangements for simultaneous generation of broadcast information and broadcast-related information characterised by processes or methods for the generation
  • H04N 21/414 - Specialised client platforms, e.g. receiver in car or embedded in a mobile appliance
  • H04N 21/2383 - Channel coding of digital bit-stream, e.g. modulation
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04L 12/54 - Store-and-forward switching systems
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 12/801 - Flow control or congestion control
  • H04N 21/2381 - Adapting the multiplex stream to a specific network, e.g. an IP [Internet Protocol] network
  • H04W 28/10 - Flow control

29.

NEXT GENERATION TERRESTRIAL BROADCASTING PLATFORM ALIGNED INTERNET AND TOWARDS EMERGING 5G NETWORK ARCHITECTURES

      
Application Number US2017026368
Publication Number 2017/177010
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-04-06
Publication Date 2017-10-12
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Simon, Michael J.
  • Aitken, Mark A.

Abstract

A Next Generation Broadcast Platform (NGBP) is disclosed that utilizes 5G software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies. The NGBP is designed to enable a new paradigm for broadcasters, wherein the model of fixed wireless spectrum access granted only to the licensees of the spectrum is replaced by a flexible model in which licensed spectrum is pooled together and allocated dynamically to broadcast licensees as well as outside tenants. The NGBP, implemented using SDN/NFV technology, includes a broadcast market exchange (BMX) entity that allocates the spectrum between tenants based on service level agreements (SLAs) with those users. The NGBP includes an internet protocol (IP) core and a broadcast centralized radio access network (BC-RAN) which apply the major network functions to broadcaster content in accordance with the determinations of the BMX. The SDN/NFV implementation offers several distinct advantages over NGBP implemented with dedicated network hardware.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/07 - Arrangements for generating broadcast information; Arrangements for generating broadcast-related information with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time; Arrangements for simultaneous generation of broadcast information and broadcast-related information characterised by processes or methods for the generation
  • H04N 21/238 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network, e.g. adapting the transmission rate of a video stream to network bandwidth; Processing of multiplex streams

30.

HUMMINGBIRD

      
Serial Number 87521285
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-07-10
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Downloadable computer software in the nature of a mobile application for mobile phones, smartphones, portable media players, and handheld computers that allows streaming of television programming, and which allows users to receive and share information Broadcasting services rendered through the media of television, cable, satellite, radio, telephone and broadband systems, and via the internet; broadcasting services, namely, the electronic and interactive transmission of streaming digital audio, voice, data, images, signals, video, graphics, and text through the media of television, cable and satellite; video on demand transmission services Providing a website featuring technology that enables users to access web-based subscription services featuring non-downloadable software for accessing, downloading, selecting, and viewing motion pictures, films and television programming; Computer services, namely, providing an interactive website featuring technology that allows users to access a database of television series, movies, personalities, previews, trailers, news and other related information; providing website featuring a search engine for shows and episodes of entertainment series and television programming; creating indexes of online information for others via a global computer network and via mobile communications devices

31.

KIDS CLICK

      
Serial Number 87445933
Status Registered
Filing Date 2017-05-11
Registration Date 2018-02-06
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment and educational services in the nature of ongoing television programs in the field of children's entertainment delivered by television, the internet, websites and wireless communication networks

32.

KIDSCLICK

      
Serial Number 87397871
Status Registered
Filing Date 2017-04-04
Registration Date 2018-02-06
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment and educational services in the nature of ongoing television programs in the field of children's entertainment delivered by television, the internet, websites and wireless communication networks

33.

TBD

      
Serial Number 87352884
Status Registered
Filing Date 2017-02-28
Registration Date 2018-01-23
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Broadcasting of broadcast television and electronic transmission of audio-visual content, on a wide variety of topics and subjects via the media of television, cable and digital cable and via the Internet, multicast, websites, computer networks and, digital networks Entertainment services, namely, providing audio-visual entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, through the media of television, cable, digital cable, the Internet, multicast, websites, computer networks and digital networks featuring comedy shows, drama shows, action shows, variety shows, adventure shows, sports, talk shows, musicals, current event programs, news, documentaries, movies, television shows, animated shows and multimedia entertainment programs; providing an internet website portal featuring audio-visual entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; Production of audio-visual content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, including comedy, drama, action, variety, adventure, sports, talk shows, musicals, current events, news, documentary, movies, television shows, animation and multimedia entertainment

34.

TBD

      
Serial Number 87352932
Status Registered
Filing Date 2017-02-28
Registration Date 2019-04-02
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 41 - Education; entertainment
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Providing multiple user access to the Internet; broadcasting and simulcasting of broadcast television and electronic transmission of audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, virtual reality content, photographs, and graphics, on a wide variety of topics and subjects via the media of television, cable, digital cable, satellite, and broadband systems, and via the Internet, multicast, websites, electronic communications networks, computer networks, digital networks, wireless communications networks, video on demand, email, social media, digital applications, video game consoles and portable and wireless communication devices Entertainment services, namely, providing audio-visual, audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic and graphic entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, through the media of television, cable, satellite distribution, broadband systems, digital cable, the Internet, multicast, websites, electronic communications networks, computer networks, digital networks, wireless communications networks, video on demand, email, social media, digital applications, video game consoles, and portable and wireless communication devices, featuring comedy shows, drama shows, action shows, variety shows, adventure shows, sports, talk shows, musicals, current event programs, news, documentaries, movies, television shows, animated shows and multimedia entertainment programs; Digital video, audio, and multimedia publishing services; providing an internet website portal featuring audio-visual, audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic, and graphic entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; Production of audio-visual containing audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic, and graphic content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; theatrical plays and musicals Providing temporary use of non-downloadable software to enable uploading, capturing, posting, editing, playing, streaming, viewing, displaying, tagging, sharing, manipulating, distributing, publishing, reproducing, and otherwise providing content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, containing audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, virtual reality content, photographs and graphics; Hosting of websites featuring multimedia content for others

35.

CHARGE

      
Serial Number 87269908
Status Registered
Filing Date 2016-12-15
Registration Date 2017-11-28
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment services, namely, the provision of continuing programs, movies and shows featuring a wide variety of topics and subjects delivered by television, the internet and wireless communication networks; television production services

36.

RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AND SYNDICATION OF CONTENT

      
Document Number 02988101
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-06-01
Open to Public Date 2016-12-08
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods are described herein for distributing syndicated content or content with one or more distribution restrictions. In one aspect, a method may include assigning a unique ID to a plurality of content items, where the unique ID of at least one of the content items is associated with one or more property distribution restrictions. The method may further include streaming in a video stream the content items to at least two properties and monitoring the unique IDs of the plurality of content items streamed in the video stream to detect least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions. The distribution of the least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions may be blocked from the one or more properties concurrently with streaming the video stream, based on the one or more property distribution restrictions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame
  • H04N 21/23 - Processing of content or additional data; Elementary server operations; Server middleware
  • H04N 21/45 - Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies 

37.

CONTENT PRESENTATION ANALYTICS AND OPTIMIZATION

      
Document Number 02988104
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-06-01
Open to Public Date 2016-12-08
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Gitchell, Matthew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James

Abstract

Techniques are described herein for optimizing the presentation of content through obtaining viewership metrics, generating multiple renditions of presentations of content, and selecting optimized renditions of content. One aspect includes associating a request for viewership metrics with a presentation of content, publishing the presentation of content, and receiving information of the viewership metrics associated with the presentation. Another aspect includes copying a presentation of a content item, creating a second presentation of the content item for publishing over one or more channels, and linking the presentation of the content item to the second presentation of the content item, such that a change to one propagates to the other of the presentation of the content item or the second presentation of the content item. In yet another aspect, a content rendition may be selected for presentation based on performance of the rendition out of multiple renditions in an auction.

38.

CONTENT SEGMENTATION AND TIME RECONCILIATION

      
Document Number 02988105
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-06-01
Open to Public Date 2016-12-08
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Gitchell, Matthew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James

Abstract

Systems, devices and methods are described herein for segmentation of content, and more specifically for segmentation of content in a content management system. In one aspect, a method may include receiving content associated with speech, text, or closed captioning data. The speech, the text, or the closed captioning data may be analyzed to derive at least one of a topic, subject, or event for at least a portion of the content. The content may be divided into two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the topic, the subject, or the event may be associated with at least one of the two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the two or more content segments may then be published such that each of the two or more content segments is individually accessible.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G11B 27/10 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel
  • H04N 5/00 - PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION - Details of television systems
  • H04N 5/14 - Picture signal circuitry for video frequency region
  • H04N 5/76 - Television signal recording

39.

BREAK STATE DETECTION IN CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

      
Document Number 02988108
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-06-01
Open to Public Date 2016-12-08
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Techniques are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a primary content stream. In one aspect, the described techniques may include receiving information indicative of a break in streaming of the primary content. A duration of the stream of the primary content may be obtained, and secondary content may be played. Upon detecting that the duration of the stream of the primary content has increased to a second duration, the primary content may be streamed. In another aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a device. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content and may play secondary content based on receiving the information. The device may begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 15/16 - Combinations of two or more digital computers each having at least an arithmetic unit, a program unit and a register, e.g. for a simultaneous processing of several programs

40.

TBD

      
Serial Number 87256691
Status Registered
Filing Date 2016-12-05
Registration Date 2019-04-02
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 38 - Telecommunications
  • 41 - Education; entertainment
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Providing multiple user access to the Internet; broadcasting and simulcasting of broadcast television and electronic transmission of audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, virtual reality content, photographs, and graphics, on a wide variety of topics and subjects via the media of television, cable, digital cable, satellite, and broadband systems, and via the Internet, multicast, websites, electronic communications networks, computer networks, digital networks, wireless communications networks, video on demand, email, social media, digital applications, video game consoles and portable and wireless communication devices Entertainment services, namely, providing audio-visual, audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic and graphic entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, through the media of television, cable, satellite distribution, broadband systems, digital cable, the Internet, multicast, websites, electronic communications networks, computer networks, digital networks, wireless communications networks, video on demand, email, social media, digital applications, video game consoles, and portable and wireless communication devices, featuring comedy shows, drama shows, action shows, variety shows, adventure shows, sports, talk shows, musicals, current event programs, news, documentaries, movies, television shows, animated shows and multimedia entertainment programs; Digital video, audio, and multimedia publishing services; providing an internet website portal featuring audio-visual, audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic, and graphic entertainment content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; Production of audio-visual containing audio, video, audio-visual, multimedia, virtual reality, photographic, and graphic content on a wide variety of topics and subjects; theatrical plays and musicals Providing temporary use of non-downloadable software to enable uploading, capturing, posting, editing, playing, streaming, viewing, displaying, tagging, sharing, manipulating, distributing, publishing, reproducing, and otherwise providing content on a wide variety of topics and subjects, containing audio content, video content, audio-visual content, multimedia content, virtual reality content, photographs and graphics; Hosting of websites featuring multimedia content for others

41.

BREAK STATE DETECTION IN CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 15170886
Status Pending
Filing Date 2016-06-01
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect the described techniques may include receiving information indicative of a break in streaming of the primary content, such as metadata data that is inserted into the stream of primary content, for example, on a client device. A duration of the stream of the primary content may be obtained. Secondary content may be played, for example during a break in the streaming of the primary content. Upon detecting that the duration of the stream of the primary content has increased to a second duration, for example, in response to the client device receiving additional primary content, the primary content may be streamed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof

42.

Break state detection for reduced capability devices

      
Application Number 15170906
Grant Number 10224028
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-01
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Grant Date 2019-03-05
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect, the described techniques may include streaming a segment of primary content, for example, by a reduce capability client device, such as a mobile device or tablet. The device may receive information indicative of a break in the streaming of the primary content. The device may play secondary content based on receiving the information indicative of the break. The device may determine when a next segment of the primary content is available, and begin streaming the next segment of the primary content upon detecting that the second segment of the primary content is available.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G06F 16/31 - Indexing; Data structures therefor; Storage structures
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete

43.

User interface for content and media management and distribution systems

      
Application Number 15171725
Grant Number 10796691
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-02
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Grant Date 2020-10-06
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods are described herein for providing a graphical user interface for configuring presentations of content and controlling distribution of content, for example, through in conjunction with a management system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G06F 40/186 - Templates
  • G06F 40/106 - Display of layout of documents; Previewing
  • G06F 16/48 - Retrieval characterised by using metadata, e.g. metadata not derived from the content or metadata generated manually
  • G06F 16/31 - Indexing; Data structures therefor; Storage structures
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring

44.

Rights management and syndication of content

      
Application Number 15170862
Grant Number 10224027
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-01
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Grant Date 2019-03-05
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices, and methods are described herein for distributing syndicated content or content with one or more distribution restrictions. In one aspect, a method may include assigning a unique ID to a plurality of content items, where the unique ID of at least one of the content items is associated with one or more property distribution restrictions. The method may further include streaming in a video stream the content items to at least two properties and monitoring the unique IDs of the plurality of content items streamed in the video stream to detect least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions. The distribution of the least one content item associated with the one or more property distribution restrictions may be blocked from the one or more properties concurrently with streaming the video stream, based on the one or more property distribution restrictions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/32 - Arrangements for monitoring conditions of receiving stations, e.g. malfunction or breakdown of receiving stations
  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete

45.

Content segmentation and time reconciliation

      
Application Number 15170899
Grant Number 10068568
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-01
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Grant Date 2018-09-04
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Systems, devices and methods are described herein for segmentation of content, and more specifically for segmentation of content in a content management system. In one aspect, a method may include receiving content associated with speech, text, or closed captioning data. The speech, the text, or the closed captioning data may be analyzed to derive at least one of a topic, subject, or event for at least a portion of the content. The content may be divided into two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the topic, the subject, or the event may be associated with at least one of the two or more content segments based on the analyzing. At least one of the two or more content segments may then be published such that each of the two or more content segments is individually accessible.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 15/00 - Speech recognition
  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete

46.

Content presentation analytics and optimization

      
Application Number 15170922
Grant Number 10431208
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-01
First Publication Date 2016-12-01
Grant Date 2019-10-01
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. (USA)
Inventor
  • Miller, Benjamin Aaron
  • Justman, Jason D.
  • Bouchard, Lora Clark
  • Bouchard, Michael Ellery
  • Cotlove, Kevin James
  • Gitchell, Mathew Keith
  • Haisch, Stacia Lynn
  • Kersten, Jonathan David
  • Marchio, Matthew Karl
  • Pulliam, Peter Arthur
  • Smith, George Allen
  • Tibbetts, Todd Christopher

Abstract

Techniques are described herein for optimizing the presentation of content through obtaining viewership metrics, generating multiple renditions of presentations of content, and selecting optimized renditions of content. One aspect includes associating a request for viewership metrics with a presentation of content, publishing the presentation of content, and receiving information of the viewership metrics associated with the presentation. Another aspect includes copying a presentation of a content item, creating a second presentation of the content item for publishing over one or more channels, and linking the presentation of the content item to the second presentation of the content item, such that a change to one propagates to the other of the presentation of the content item or the second presentation of the content item. In yet another aspect, a content rendition may be selected for presentation based on performance of the rendition out of multiple renditions in an auction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • G10L 15/18 - Speech classification or search using natural language modelling
  • G10L 15/04 - Segmentation; Word boundary detection
  • G10L 19/018 - Audio watermarking, i.e. embedding inaudible data in the audio signal
  • G10L 25/57 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for processing of video signals
  • G06F 16/31 - Indexing; Data structures therefor; Storage structures
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/438 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network originating from a server, e.g. retrieving MPEG packets from an IP network
  • H04N 21/442 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. detecting the failure of a recording device, monitoring the downstream bandwidth, the number of times a movie has been viewed or the storage space available from the internal hard disk
  • H04N 21/4782 - Web browsing
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/472 - End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification or for manipulating displayed content
  • G06F 3/0482 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance interaction with lists of selectable items, e.g. menus
  • G06F 3/0484 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] for the control of specific functions or operations, e.g. selecting or manipulating an object or an image, setting a parameter value or selecting a range
  • G06F 3/0488 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] using specific features provided by the input device, e.g. functions controlled by the rotation of a mouse with dual sensing arrangements, or of the nature of the input device, e.g. tap gestures based on pressure sensed by a digitiser using a touch-screen or digitiser, e.g. input of commands through traced gestures
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/2343 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for distribution or compliance with end-user requests or end-user device requirements
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • G10L 15/26 - Speech to text systems
  • G06F 17/21 - Text processing
  • G06F 17/24 - Editing, e.g. insert/delete
  • G06F 16/48 - Retrieval characterised by using metadata, e.g. metadata not derived from the content or metadata generated manually

47.

COMPULSE

      
Serial Number 86904778
Status Registered
Filing Date 2016-02-11
Registration Date 2017-04-25
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 35 - Advertising; business
  • 41 - Education; entertainment
  • 42 - Scientific and technological services and research and design relating thereto; industrial analysis and research services; design and development of computer hardware and software.

Goods & Services

Digital marketing services; Advertising, marketing and promotion services; Public relations; advertising and marketing services provided by means of indirect methods of marketing communications, namely, blogging and other forms of passive, sharable or viral communications channels; Electronic data collection and data submission services for business purposes in the field of digital marketing and social media; Analysis of market research data and statistics providing a website featuring blogs and other forms of passive, sharable, or viral communications channels in the nature of non-downloadable articles, brochures, and magazines in the field of digital marketing and social media Designing, creating, maintaining and hosting online retail and electronic commerce websites for others; consulting services relating to the design, creation, maintenance, and hosting of online retail and electronic commerce websites

48.

OXMYX

      
Serial Number 86835086
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-12-01
Registration Date 2017-09-12
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising; business

Goods & Services

Advertising services

49.

DRIVE AUTO

      
Serial Number 86745002
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-09-02
Registration Date 2017-08-15
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 35 - Advertising; business

Goods & Services

Advertising and marketing

50.

COMET

      
Serial Number 86701004
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-07-22
Registration Date 2016-12-06
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment services, namely, the provision of continuing programs, movies and shows featuring non-sports related action, drama, comedy, animation and science fiction delivered by television, the internet and wireless communication networks

51.

FULL MEASURE

      
Serial Number 86692375
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-07-14
Registration Date 2016-08-09
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment services, namely, the provision of continuing programs, webcasts and segments featuring news and commentary on topics of general interest and information about politics and current events delivered by television, the internet and wireless communication networks

52.

CONNECT TO CONGRESS

      
Serial Number 86566211
Status Registered
Filing Date 2015-03-17
Registration Date 2015-12-22
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Entertainment services, namely, the provision of continuing programs, webcasts and segments featuring news on topics of general interest and information about politics and current events delivered by television, the internet and wireless communication networks

53.

Terrestrial broadcast market exchange network platform and broadcast augmentation channels for hybrid broadcasting in the internet age

      
Application Number 14092993
Grant Number 09843845
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-11-28
First Publication Date 2014-05-29
Grant Date 2017-12-12
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (USA)
Inventor
  • Aitken, Mark A.
  • Simon, Michael J.

Abstract

A new television broadcast model called a Broadcast Market Exchange (BMX) eliminates the inefficiency in spectrum usage, providing maximum flexibility in delivering content through either VHF (for fixed location receiving devices) or UHF (optimized for mobile receiving devices) transmission/propagation. In conjunction with the BMX, a wireless communications system architecture is provided to enable a broadcast augmentation channel. The augmentation channel provides supplementation of the Quality of Service (QoS) of a one way User Datagram Protocol (UDP) delivery environment. The augmentation channel may be comprised of one or more physical delivery mechanisms (wired or wireless), but can be effectively unified for increasing QoS and or scalable levels of service (additional essence) to improve the user experience.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/025 - Systems for transmission of digital non-picture data, e.g. of text during the active part of a television frame
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/2381 - Adapting the multiplex stream to a specific network, e.g. an IP [Internet Protocol] network
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04H 20/42 - Arrangements for resource management

54.

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

      
Serial Number 85103284
Status Registered
Filing Date 2010-08-09
Registration Date 2011-08-23
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. ()
NICE Classes  ? 38 - Telecommunications

Goods & Services

Television broadcasting

55.

TBD

      
Serial Number 85021426
Status Registered
Filing Date 2010-04-23
Registration Date 2011-06-28
Owner SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC. ()
NICE Classes  ?
  • 09 - Scientific and electric apparatus and instruments
  • 41 - Education; entertainment

Goods & Services

Downloadable software in the nature of a mobile application for providing geo-targeted information in the fields of news, information, weather, movies, theater, television and radio programs, shopping, retail sales, travel, restaurants, bars, hotels, sporting events, exhibitions and festivals, concerts, museums, and sights and attractions of interest to tourists and visitors to the Washington, D.C. area Providing current event news and information via the Internet and other electronic communications networks