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1.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING AND CHARACTERIZING LATENCY IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Application Number 16939989
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-07-27
First Publication Date 2021-01-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Tidwell, Justin
  • Samame, Eduardo G.
  • Engel, Craig

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for identification and characterization of latency in a content delivery network. In one embodiment, interaction of users with content is recorded via collection of tuning records; the latency is then utilized to adjust the timing on the tuning records to account for lapses in time for sending these between entities of the network and the user devices, and for processing occurring at the devices. The latency is determined by taking into account a device specific latency component, and a network latency component. The network latency component is determined in one variant by sending a message to the device from the network requesting a response. Once the timing of the tuning records is adjusted, these tuning records may be relied upon as being accurate on a second-by-second basis. Accordingly, tuning records may be obtained and analyzed for content which lasts for a very short period of time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • 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 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • H04L 7/00 - Arrangements for synchronising receiver with transmitter

2.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF SECONDARY CONTENT VIEWING

      
Application Number 16933701
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-07-20
First Publication Date 2021-01-07
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stern, Peter
  • Lajoie, Michael L.
  • Angus, Michael

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for selectively enforcing required insertion or viewing of secondary content, such as advertisements or promotions, in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network is a managed network (e.g., cable television, satellite, or the like), and the method includes identifying secondary content with a particular attribute or property (e.g., an advertisement that a user has watched before), and selectively enabling one or more “trick mode” functions relating to that secondary content. In one implementation, audio codes or watermarks are inserted into the secondary content and detected when the content is accessed or rendered; if the detected content matches a database or listing of previously played content for that user or premises, the trick mode functionality (e.g., FF or “skip”) is enabled, thereby allowing the user to bypass the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/236 - Assembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. transport stream, by combining a video stream with other content or additional data, e.g. inserting a URL [Uniform Resource Locator ] into a video stream, multiplexing software data into a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Insertion of stuffing bits into the multiplex stream, e.g. to obtain a constant bit-rate; Assembling of a packetised elementary stream
  • H04N 21/222 - Secondary servers, e.g. proxy server or cable television Head-end
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • H04N 21/2747 - Remote storage of video programs received via the downstream path, e.g. from the server
  • 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 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/8358 - Generation of protective data, e.g. certificates involving watermark
  • G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for protecting computers, components thereof, programs or data against unauthorised activity

3.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CROSS PLATFORM MONITORING AND CUSTOMER TARGETING

      
Application Number 17015050
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-08
First Publication Date 2020-12-24
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Roosenraad, Chris
  • Wolf, Ethan Lawrence
  • Engel, Craig
  • Tidwell, Justin

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for detecting and correlating content consumption, e.g., viewing of programs and/or accessing websites, across platforms of different types are described. Content consumption, e.g., requests and/or streaming is monitored and recorded on a per subscriber basis for a wide variety of platforms, e.g., set boxes, IP content playback devices such as cell phones or pad devices with IP streaming support, and/or other devices. Web site access and corresponding content consumption is determined based on DNS requests thereby avoiding the need for monitoring at web site servers and allowing centralized monitoring of web site access operations in the form of DNS requests to be detected by a Web service provider who, at least in some embodiments, is also a content provider.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

4.

MULTICAST VIDEO PROGRAM SWITCHING ARCHITECTURE

      
Application Number 16908553
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-22
First Publication Date 2020-12-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Patterson, Reuben
  • Panagos, James

Abstract

Multicast video program switching architecture. In one embodiment, a user makes a request for service. A controller determines whether the channel is currently broadcast. When the channel is currently broadcast, redirect the user to an address of the channel. When the channel is not currently broadcast, query a storage apparatus to find a currently broadcast channel that has no current viewership, send, a request to a multicast network address translation (MNAT) router comprising a multicast address of the currently broadcast channel and an identifier of the requested channel to modify MNAT settings on the MNAT router and redirect the user to the multicast address, the multicast address associated with the requested channel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal

5.

CLOUD-BASED DIGITAL CONTENT RECORDER APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16902119
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-15
First Publication Date 2020-12-03
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Muvavarirwa, Ranga

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for the storage and delivery of content over a network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a managed content distribution network, and the apparatus comprises a “cloud” digital video recorder (cDVR) server which stores, processes and assembles content prior to its delivery in a way that obviates superfluous storage, and gains significant network efficiencies. This approach also facilitates various pre-streaming processing in the video recording (e.g., cDVR) system. One or more content libraries adapted to facilitate cDVR content assembly and access are also disclosed. Secondary content (e.g., promotions, advertisements, etc.) can also be selectively inserted into cDVR content. Various access, business or operational rules and methods implementing the foregoing are also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 21/2343 - 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 21/8543 - Content authoring using a description language, e.g. MHEG [Multimedia and Hypermedia information coding Expert Group] or XML [eXtensible Markup Language]
  • H04N 21/2747 - Remote storage of video programs received via the downstream path, e.g. from the server
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/218 - Source of audio or video content, e.g. local disk arrays
  • H04N 21/432 - Content retrieval operation from a local storage medium, e.g. hard-disk
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/854 - Content authoring

6.

DIGITAL DOMAIN CONTENT PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16895977
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-08
First Publication Date 2020-11-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for distributing content using a spectrum generation device. In one embodiment, digital content is received via a time-multiplexed network transport (such as Gigabit Ethernet), and converted to frequency channels suitable for transmission over a content distribution (e.g., Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)) network. In one variant, the conversion is performed using digital domain processing performed by a full spectrum generation device. Additionally, methods and apparatus for selectively adding, removing, and/or changing digital content from the full spectrum device are also disclosed. Various aspects of the present invention enable physical (infrastructure) consolidation, and software-implemented remote management of content distribution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • H04H 20/77 - Wired systems using carrier waves
  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/2389 - Multiplex stream processing, e.g. multiplex stream encrypting
  • 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 21/2343 - 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 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/239 - Interfacing the upstream path of the transmission network, e.g. prioritizing client requests
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 21/6408 - Unicasting

7.

CONFIGURATION SETTINGS MANAGEMENT IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number 16916429
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-06-30
First Publication Date 2020-10-22
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Turner, Christopher G.
  • Danforth, Andrew C.

Abstract

A configuration resource automatically synchronizes configuration settings associated with one or more communication resources disposed in a respective subscriber domain. For example, a communication resource such as communication device operated by the subscriber initiates a change to configuration settings associated with a first communication resource disposed in a subscriber domain. The first communication resource notifies the auto-configuration resource of the new configuration settings applied to the first communication resource. The auto-configuration resource identifies one or more other communication resources disposed in the subscriber domain. To ensure synchronization of the communication resources in the subscriber domain, in response to receiving notification of the new configuration settings applied to at least one communication resource and the subscriber domain, the auto-configuration resource initiates modification of configuration settings associated with the one or more other communication resources in the subscriber domain.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04W 56/00 - Synchronisation arrangements

8.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PRESENTATION OF KEY FRAMES IN ENCRYPTED CONTENT

      
Application Number 16872060
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-11
First Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, John
  • Belt, David
  • Galt, Iii, Edward
  • Smith, Robert Todd

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for presentation of key frames. In one embodiment, an encoded video file is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. Each key frame may be presented to a user during trick mode operation (e.g., fast forward, rewind, pause, or random seek operation). When the encoded video file is given to a packager, the packager generates a manifest file listing the byte information (byte offset and number of bytes) for each key frame in the encoded video file. When a user inputs a trick play mode command, the packager provides the manifest file to the client device of the user and the client device requests the bytes for the key frames of the video file from the content delivery network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2347 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream encryption
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/2662 - Controlling the complexity of the video stream, e.g. by scaling the resolution or bitrate of the video stream based on the client capabilities
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server

9.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING DELIVERY OF CONTENT IN A NETWORK WITH LIMITED BANDWIDTH USING PRE-CACHING

      
Application Number 16882224
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-05-22
First Publication Date 2020-09-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Stoller, Daniel
  • Stengrim, Chris

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for managing provision of content to devices in a content delivery network. In one exemplary embodiment, content with a high probability of viewership is sent to consumer premises equipment (CPE) during off-peak periods and stored prior to viewing. An application is utilized to manage decisions related to content provision. The computer program will identify content that is likely to be of interest users associated with respective CPE, and schedule provision of that content in advance of viewing. Then, the system will develop a plan for optimal scheduling of transmission of content to CPEs, often including the use of trickle downloads. The scheduling plan is based collected statistical and historical data on network resource demand to make scheduling decisions. The system allows for the shifting of bandwidth utilization from periods of high demand to those of low demand, and increased performance with regard to user experienced latency.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/647 - Control signaling between network components and server or clients; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. controlling the quality of the video stream, by dropping packets, protecting content from unauthorised alteration within the network, monitoring of network load or bridging bet
  • 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 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • 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 21/472 - 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 21/6543 - Transmission by server directed to the client for forcing some client operations, e.g. recording
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests

10.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SECONDARY CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND FRAUD PREVENTION

      
Application Number 16813471
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-09
First Publication Date 2020-09-03
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Patel, Vipul

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for secondary content management, including preventing viewing fraud, are disclosed. In one embodiment, apparatus of the present disclosure includes an Advertisement Decisioning Service (ADS) and Manifest Manipulator (MM) configured cooperate to receive client requests for secondary content, select one or more secondary content elements (e.g., advertisements), and generate and transmit one or more identifiers that uniquely identify the client's request for a session. The selected advertisements in one implementation include embedded beacons or tags used to ensure accurate accounting with regards to the amount or quality of consumption of the advertisement by a user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

11.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTENT DELIVERY AND MESSAGE EXCHANGE ACROSS MULTIPLE CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORKS

      
Application Number 16813608
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-09
First Publication Date 2020-09-03
Owner Time Warmer Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cronk, Gary
  • Putsch, Janathan
  • Boutillier, James
  • Miller, Paul L.
  • Dillon, Michael

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing protected content to subscribers of a managed (e.g., MSO) network via a content source accessible via an internetwork such as the Internet. In one embodiment, a user accesses a programmer website, and requests content. The programmer determines whether the requesting user is permitted to access the content, and what rights or restrictions are associated with the user. This includes authenticating the user as a subscriber of the MSO, and determining the subscriber's subscription level. In another embodiment, a user's account with the MSO and programmer may be federated, thus a given user will have MSO-specific information regarding its identity (such as login information, GUID, etc.) and/or information regarding subscription level and service details, stored at the programmer. Messages received from the MSO representing permission for the user to access content may also be stored at the programmer site for later reference.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • 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 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing

12.

PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16806992
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-02
First Publication Date 2020-08-27
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Panagos, James
  • Forbes, Jason
  • Spencer, Jeremy

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for delivery of content in a packetized network. In one embodiment, content and/or services can be associated with an IP address. The IP address may be assigned to multiple server devices disposed at geographically diverse locations. Delivery caches may advertise, via a routing protocol, one or more addresses to clients of the network. Route selection may be configured based on one or more rules such as geographical proximity, available bandwidth, server availability, server load, delivery cost, client subscription level, licensing rules, and/or other metric. Delivery caches may be configured to control their availability and/or load through IP address withdrawals and announcements. When the “closest” delivery cache may become unavailable (e.g., it is not announcing the IP address for the content the client is trying to obtain, a route to the next “closest” available delivery cache may be utilized.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/733 - Selecting a path with minimum length or minimum hop count
  • H04L 12/741 - Header address processing for routing, e.g. table lookup
  • H04N 21/236 - Assembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. transport stream, by combining a video stream with other content or additional data, e.g. inserting a URL [Uniform Resource Locator ] into a video stream, multiplexing software data into a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Insertion of stuffing bits into the multiplex stream, e.g. to obtain a constant bit-rate; Assembling of a packetised elementary stream
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/2225 - Local VOD servers
  • H04N 21/231 - Content storage operation, e.g. caching movies for short term storage, replicating data over plural servers or prioritizing data for deletion
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

13.

Tuning efficiency and delivery of content

      
Application Number 13962348
Grant Number 10743051
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-08-08
First Publication Date 2020-08-11
Grant Date 2020-08-11
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Reed, Thomas H.
  • Hybertson, Eric D.
  • Galt, Iii, Edward P.
  • Knufinke, Edmund
  • Taylor, Robert D.
  • James, Milash

Abstract

In accordance with one configuration, a server resource forwards map information to a client device. The map information maps a respective title of available content to a corresponding network address from which the respective title of available content is assigned to be retrievable from a server resource. In response to receiving a content request directed from the client device to the corresponding network address of the server resource: the server resource tunes to a corresponding channel to obtain and buffer requested content as specified by the content request and delivers the buffered requested content to the client device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
  • 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 21/236 - Assembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. transport stream, by combining a video stream with other content or additional data, e.g. inserting a URL [Uniform Resource Locator ] into a video stream, multiplexing software data into a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Insertion of stuffing bits into the multiplex stream, e.g. to obtain a constant bit-rate; Assembling of a packetised elementary stream
  • 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 21/434 - Disassembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. demultiplexing audio and video streams or extraction of additional data from a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Extraction or processing of SI; Disassembling of packetised elementary stream
  • 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

14.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVE DATA NETWORK ACCESS

      
Application Number 16786825
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-02-10
First Publication Date 2020-08-06
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Gunasekara, Don

Abstract

Wireless data network access architecture and methods enabling location-specific and/or user-specific provision of services or resources. In one embodiment, an end-user device makes a request for service within a wireless LAN (WLAN). A wireless access point (WAP) controller/policy server determines whether the user device meets criteria for a first user status or a second user status, and assigns the appropriate status to an identifier of the end-user device. When the user device is assigned the first user status, the user device is provided network access according to e.g., a first permissible bandwidth allocation. Otherwise, the user device is provided network access according to a second, different bandwidth allocation. The first and second user status may be assigned based on a location of the user device within e.g., a venue, a class of end-user device, end user application, an access pass associated with the user device, or yet other criteria.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04R 1/10 - Earpieces; Attachments therefor
  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal
  • H04W 60/00 - Affiliation to network, e.g. registration; Terminating affiliation with the network, e.g. de-registration

15.

DOMAIN MANAGEMENT AND CONFIGURATION SETTINGS

      
Application Number 16821173
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-03-17
First Publication Date 2020-07-09
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Chris
  • Hepworth, Ben D.
  • Ramsdell, Scott
  • Lal, Dhananjay

Abstract

A domain management resource monitors a behavior of a user controlling multiple resources disposed in a domain of a network environment. Based on the monitored behavior, the domain management resource identifies a repeated pattern of control in which the user controls a particular resource in the domain. The domain management resource derives a proposed control rule based on the repeated pattern of control. The proposed control specifies how to control the particular resource. The domain management resource presents the control rule for review and possible editing prior to programming the domain management resource to execute the control rule.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/042 - Programme control other than numerical control, i.e. in sequence controllers or logic controllers using digital processors
  • G05D 23/19 - Control of temperature characterised by the use of electric means

16.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ENSURING DELIVERY OF GEOGRAPHICALLY RELEVANT CONTENT

      
Application Number 16725725
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-23
First Publication Date 2020-06-25
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hasek, Charles

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for ensuring delivery of geographically relevant content to IP-enabled user devices associated with a content distribution network. In one embodiment, the network (or designated content source) determines a geographic context or location of the user device, and uses this information to manage the packaging and delivery of content thereto so as to obey blackout restrictions and/or provide content which is relevant to the geographic context/location. In one variant, the user device comprises a mobile device such as a tablet computer or smartphone, and the content is delivered thereto over either a managed or unmanaged network infrastructure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/2225 - Local VOD servers
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material

17.

USER INTERFACE WITH CONTENT FILTERING AND/OR SOCIAL NETWORKING INTEGRATION

      
Application Number 16798362
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-02-22
First Publication Date 2020-06-18
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Thomas, Jay
  • Chin, Fee
  • Kasanin, James

Abstract

On a device with an internet protocol network connection, an application is provided that allows a user to watch internet protocol television on the device. While the user is watching a first live internet protocol television program via the application on the device, an accurate current list of second through Nth live internet protocol television programs that are available to be watched by the user is displayed. The device could include, for example, a gaming console, a media streamer, or the like.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • A63F 13/335 - Interconnection arrangements between game servers and game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game devices; Interconnection arrangements between game servers using wide area network [WAN] connections using Internet
  • A63F 13/795 - Game security or game management aspects involving player-related data, e.g. identities, accounts, preferences or play histories for providing a buddy list
  • A63F 13/533 - Controlling the output signals based on the game progress involving additional visual information provided to the game scene, e.g. by overlay to simulate a head-up display [HUD] or displaying a laser sight in a shooting game for prompting the player, e.g. by displaying a game menu
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • 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 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/478 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

18.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR EFFICIENT DELIVERY OF ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE DATA

      
Application Number 16792089
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-02-14
First Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Nielsen, Nicholas
  • Reed, Thomas
  • Hybertson, Eric

Abstract

Apparatus and method for improving the bandwidth efficiency of delivering electronic program guide (EPG) data to consumer premises equipment (CPE). In one exemplary embodiment, electronic guide data is rendered by devices away from the CPE, shifting the executing data- and bandwidth-heavy operations away from the CPE. In particular, one or more gateways at the user's home bears the processing, memory, bandwidth load to reduce the inefficiency of delivering redundant information to CPE(s) interfacing with the gateway(s). Using guide data it receives from the cloud, the gateway produces and delivers to the CPE one or more “simple views” of the guide data, including a video stream, still image, or simple HTML or other renderable formats. As the end user interacts with the CPE, the user receives a series of the simple views, allowing the rich experience that is typically given by EPG rendered directly by the CPE.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/222 - Secondary servers, e.g. proxy server or cable television Head-end
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream

19.

REGISTRATION OF DEVICES FOR USE OF ONE OR MORE SERVICES

      
Application Number 16783480
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-02-06
First Publication Date 2020-06-04
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Britt, Douglass J.
  • Tebell, Carl K.
  • Cerbone, Robert A.
  • Stern, Peter

Abstract

A device profile manager receives notification of a user operating a mobile communication device in a subscriber domain. In response to detecting authorized usage of the mobile communication device in the subscriber domain, the device profile manager initiates registering of the mobile communication device and/or corresponding non-head of household user for subsequent use of incremental subscription services assigned to the subscriber domain. Subsequent to auto-registration of the mobile communication device to use services associated with the subscriber domain, the non-head of household user operating the mobile communication device is able to use the incremental subscription services assigned to the subscriber domain based on the identifier value of the mobile communication device without submission of access credentials.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 60/04 - Affiliation to network, e.g. registration; Terminating affiliation with the network, e.g. de-registration using triggered events
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • H04W 68/00 - User notification, e.g. alerting or paging, for incoming communication, change of service or the like
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04W 12/08 - Access security

20.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC OPEN-ACCESS NETWORKS

      
Application Number 16692542
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-22
First Publication Date 2020-05-21
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Yeddala, Kiran

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing information via an open-access network such as a wireless local area network (WLAN). In one embodiment, the information provided is contextually relevant to one or locations, more users or devices receiving the information. In one implementation, the information is provisioned by a network entity (for example, from a service provider network operator) and provided to one or more access points (APs) of the service provider network. The information is bit-stuffed into Wi-Fi beacon frames or other data structures that are broadcast by the APs to nearby client devices. A receiving client device extracts the information using a protocol embodied in application software on the client, and may also initiate a dedicated wireless connection with the AP for e.g., transmission of content related to the context and/or the bit-stuffed information, access of related Internet addresses, etc.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/06 - Selective distribution of broadcast services, e.g. multimedia broadcast multicast service [MBMS]; Services to user groups; One-way selective calling services
  • H04W 4/90 - Services for handling of emergency or hazardous situations, e.g. earthquake and tsunami warning systems [ETWS]
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information

21.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF MULTICAST AND UNICAST CONTENT IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Application Number 16735508
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-01-06
First Publication Date 2020-05-21
Owner Time Warmer Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gonder, Tom
  • Helms, William L.
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Chen, David
  • Chen, John
  • Yu, Jian
  • Dang, Niem
  • Patel, Vipul

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing delivery of content to client devices of a network via both multicast and unicast mechanisms. In one embodiment, a system for use in a managed content delivery network is described to bridge multicast to unicast, so that the total network bandwidth consumption is significantly lower than a corresponding unicast-only delivery solution, yet which still provides improved quality of service and user viewing experience as compared to a multicast-only delivery solution. In addition, various exemplary aspects of the present disclosure are readily adapted for real-time multicast to unicast streaming of audio and data to, among other things, minimize network bandwidth usage, while maintaining the guaranteed delivery of unicast streams with little or no modification to the existing client device logic.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/647 - Control signaling between network components and server or clients; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. controlling the quality of the video stream, by dropping packets, protecting content from unauthorised alteration within the network, monitoring of network load or bridging bet
  • H04N 21/2225 - Local VOD servers
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/6408 - Unicasting

22.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND OPTIMIZING DELIVERY OF CONTENT IN A NETWORK

      
Application Number 16659268
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-21
First Publication Date 2020-04-16
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rieger, Remi
  • Brooks, Paul D.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for delivering content to a user so as to optimize and enhance the “experience” of the content. In one embodiment, an optimization and monitoring entity (OME) is used which determines, evaluates, and provides notification and/or recommendation of alternative content delivery platforms which are available to a user. The OME receives requests for content forwarded from a content server containing information identifying requesting devices and/or subscriber accounts. The OME examines the capabilities of the registered devices, and identifies/recommends alternative devices based on e.g., video/audio quality, picture size, bandwidth availability, and/or any other additional capabilities of the client devices. A notification is then sent to the client devices indicating which of the user's devices may receive the content alternatively, or in addition to, the requesting device. The notifications may be interactive, allowing the user to select one or more of the devices for delivery.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • G06F 16/957 - Browsing optimisation, e.g. caching or content distillation

23.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CARRIER ALLOCATION IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

      
Application Number 16588804
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-30
First Publication Date 2020-03-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Caputo, Nicholas D.

Abstract

In a cable television system, a specific carrier is assigned to deliver programming content of a program channel to a service area for a period, defined as a function of viewership of the program channel during that period. For example, the program channel is assigned the specific carrier during the time when it has a generally strong viewership. Otherwise, the program channel is assigned a carrier on an as needed basis, i.e., only when one or more subscribers in the service area request such a program channel. Viewing statistics are generated to identify viewership patterns or viewing habits of the subscribers in the service area with respect to a given program channel. In another embodiment, based on the viewing statistics, popular and unpopular programs, program elements, program lineups, program channels are identified on a temporal and/or regional basis.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/222 - Secondary servers, e.g. proxy server or cable television Head-end
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • 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 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 7/12 - Systems in which the television signal is transmitted via one channel or a plurality of parallel channels, the bandwidth of each channel being less than the bandwidth of the television signal
  • H04N 7/16 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
  • H04N 11/02 - Colour television systems with bandwidth reduction
  • H04N 11/04 - Colour television systems using pulse code modulation

24.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING MEDIA BASED ON VIEWER BEHAVIOR

      
Application Number 16690488
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-21
First Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Yu, Jian
  • Chen, David
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Gould, Kenneth

Abstract

Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • 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

25.

COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT AND WIRELESS ROAMING SUPPORT

      
Application Number 16679631
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-11
First Publication Date 2020-03-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Manroa, Arun
  • Zhang, Qiang

Abstract

A user-operated communication device stores security association information that is initially used to wirelessly connect the user-operated communication device to a first wireless access point made available by a first private wireless network service provider. Assume that the user-operated communication device roams out of a first wireless coverage region supported by the first wireless access point into wireless range of a second wireless access point operated by a second private wireless network service provider. Instead of performing full authentication to establish a wireless communication link with the second wireless access point, the user-operated communication device requests authentication resumption and utilizes the stored security association information (provided by the first service provider) to more quickly, wirelessly connect the communication device to the second wireless access point. Accordingly, techniques herein support authentication resumption across different service providers' wireless networks.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 76/11 - Allocation or use of connection identifiers
  • H04W 8/18 - Processing of user or subscriber data, e.g. subscribed services, user preferences or user profiles; Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication

26.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVISIONING IN A DOWNLOAD-ENABLED SYSTEM

      
Application Number 16557474
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-30
First Publication Date 2020-03-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Apsangi, Shrikant
  • Guduru, Srinivas
  • Schnitzer, Jason Kazimir
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Bevilacqua, John G.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for provisioning of customer premise equipment (CPE) equipped with a secure microprocessor to receive e.g., digital video content by entering unique identification of the CPE at one or more servers located at the headend or other location of a content-based network. In one embodiment, the CPE comprises a download-enabled (e.g., DCAS) host with embedded cable modem and embedded set-top box functionality, and the provisioning includes enabling DOCSIS functionality of the CPE, assigning an IP address to the CPE and providing the CPE with a client image for the conditional access system chosen by the network operator. In one variant, the network operator can deactivate a provisioned device while connected to the network, as well when disconnected from the network. The network operator can also add, delete or replace conditional access client image in a provisioned device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/418 - External card to be used in combination with the client device, e.g. for conditional access
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • H04N 21/4623 - Processing of entitlement messages, e.g. ECM [Entitlement Control Message] or EMM [Entitlement Management Message]
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/6334 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to client for authorisation, e.g. by transmitting a key
  • H04N 21/8355 - Generation of protective data, e.g. certificates involving usage data, e.g. number of copies or viewings allowed

27.

Digital domain content processing and distribution apparatus and methods

      
Application Number 16562046
Grant Number 10892932
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-05
First Publication Date 2020-02-27
Grant Date 2021-01-12
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for distributing content using a spectrum generation device. In one embodiment, digital content is received via a time-multiplexed network transport (such as Gigabit Ethernet), and converted to frequency channels suitable for transmission over a content distribution (e.g., Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)) network. In one variant, the conversion is performed using digital domain processing performed by a full spectrum generation device. Additionally, methods and apparatus for selectively adding, removing, and/or changing digital content from the full spectrum device are also disclosed. Various aspects of the present invention enable physical (infrastructure) consolidation, and software-implemented remote management of content distribution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 27/26 - Systems using multi-frequency codes
  • H04L 5/00 - Arrangements affording multiple use of the transmission path
  • H04L 27/34 - Amplitude- and phase-modulated carrier systems, e.g. quadrature-amplitude modulated carrier systems
  • H04N 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]
  • 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 21/643 - Communication protocols

28.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SERVING CONTENT TO CUSTOMER DEVICES BASED ON DYNAMIC CONTENT POPULARITY

      
Application Number 16673958
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-11-04
First Publication Date 2020-02-27
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Panagos, Jamie
  • Patterson, Reuben
  • Mongillo, Michael
  • Slaughter, Justin

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for processing requests for content received from customer devices are described. A decision on how to respond to a request for content is made at an edge node based on a locally maintained popularity list. The local popularity list reflects the local popularity of individual pieces of content at the edge node. A white list of content to be cached and served irrespective of popularity is sometimes used in combination with the local popularity list to make decisions as to how to respond to individual requests for content. In some embodiments the edge node decides on one of the following responses to a content request: i) cache and serve the requested content; ii) serve but don't cache the requested content; or iii) redirect the content request to another node, e.g., an alternate serving node, which can respond to the content request.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

29.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CENTRALIZED MESSAGE EXCHANGE IN A USER PREMISES DEVICE

      
Application Number 16557619
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-30
First Publication Date 2020-02-20
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Straub, Albert
  • Chen, John

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing a messaging server within a premises device e.g., a home or enterprise gateway device. In one embodiment, a system is described that includes a premises device that acts as a centralized client messaging platform providing messaging services between a content provider and client devices, and also between client devices within a premises network. The premises device enables client-to-client communication that bypasses the long trip and propagation delay over the Internet by connecting the message across the premises network. The premises device enables messages to be communicated between a content provider outside the premises network and the client devices via a single connection to minimize the number of Internet connections that need to be opened, and the number of messages communicated with servers outside of the premises network via both upstream aggregation and downstream dis-aggregation, which collectively save both network bandwidth and device reaction time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure

30.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REGISTRATION AND OPERATION IN WIRELESS NETWORKS

      
Application Number 16251999
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-18
First Publication Date 2020-02-13
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Wong, Curt
  • Vaidya, Maulik
  • Sahin, Yildirim

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for registration of e.g., mobile devices in one or more wireless networks. In one embodiment, the apparatus and methods provide enhanced wireless services which enable operation of a given mobile device (e.g., a 3GPP-compliant UE) within two or more mobile networks (e.g., PLMNs) of respective different operators. In one implementation, the UE operates in dual-registration mode or DRM to allow different interworking between the two networks, and includes independent registration capability to 5GC and EPC infrastructure simultaneously. Accordingly, the UE is provided umbrella 4G/4.5G coverage over one or more small-cell 5G networks, with respective independent operators of each. Enhanced DRM-UEe capability as described herein advantageously allows for service provision (e.g., voice service) and interworking between the macro and small-cell layers of the system without complicated network configuration requirements between the two operating networks.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 8/08 - Mobility data transfer
  • H04W 8/04 - Registration at HLR or HSS [Home Subscriber Server]
  • H04W 60/00 - Affiliation to network, e.g. registration; Terminating affiliation with the network, e.g. de-registration
  • H04W 76/11 - Allocation or use of connection identifiers
  • H04W 76/27 - Transitions between radio resource control [RRC] states

31.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTEXT-SPECIFIC CONTENT DELIVERY

      
Application Number 16601361
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-14
First Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Marsh, Christopher

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for generating and delivering selected primary content and contextually-related, targeted secondary content to users of a network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a packet-switched data (e.g., IP) network such as the Internet, and the primary content comprises video or media clips that are user-selectable via a network site or web page. The primary content carries with it descriptive metadata that is accessed by a distribution server and forwarded to a secondary content source. The secondary content source (or its proxy) utilizes the metadata to identify and return contextually-related secondary content such as advertising links. This secondary content is then presented to the user in conjunction with the primary content, such as in a common display window and in a seamless fashion, thereby avoiding distractions to the user associated with generating ancillary windows or other display mechanisms, and providing the user with highly relevant secondary content choices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06F 16/2457 - Query processing with adaptation to user needs
  • G06F 16/9535 - Search customisation based on user profiles and personalisation
  • G06F 16/951 - Indexing; Web crawling techniques

32.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTENT DISTRIBUTION TO PACKET-ENABLED DEVICES VIA A NETWORK BRIDGE

      
Application Number 16544558
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-19
First Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Paci, Noah
  • Nakhre, Tushar
  • Danforth, Andrew

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing content to packet-enabled devices in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, a network architecture is disclosed which enables delivery of content to IP-enabled devices such as mobile smartphones and tablet computers using a traditional high-speed data connection. This capability allows the managed network operator to provide content services to an IP-enabled device associated with a non-data subscriber. In one variant, a cable modem is provided which is limited to only retrieve content for delivery to the devices, yet which performs no other functions/services (including provision of high-speed data services). Alternatively, a “media server” modem is utilized to enable delivery of content from the managed network to a client or user device which is also able to obtain high-speed data service from a non-managed or third party managed network via a third-party access point. Security and authentication mechanisms for the transmitted content are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • H04N 21/647 - Control signaling between network components and server or clients; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. controlling the quality of the video stream, by dropping packets, protecting content from unauthorised alteration within the network, monitoring of network load or bridging bet
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing

33.

WIRELESS NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND ONLINE SIGNUP OF SERVICES

      
Application Number 16595838
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-08
First Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Qiang
  • Manroa, Arun

Abstract

A wireless access point receives configuration information assigned to a particular service provider. The configuration information includes information indicating a wireless network identifier (such as a network name or SSID value) assigned to the service provider. The wireless network identifier is available for use by communication devices to establish a wireless connection with the wireless access point and perform multiple different functions. For example, the configuration information can include multiple resource links assigned to the particular service provider. Via use of the wireless network identifier, a communication device can establish a wireless communication link with the wireless access point. The communication device communicates a selected one of the multiple links to the wireless access point to indicate which of multiple functions (such as online sign-up or actual use of wireless network services) can is being requested.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 16/02 - Resource partitioning among network components, e.g. reuse partitioning
  • H04W 8/20 - Transfer of user or subscriber data

34.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSCODING

      
Application Number 16538714
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-12
First Publication Date 2020-01-30
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Maynard, Stephen
  • Hallock, Trever
  • Nielsen, Nicholas
  • Biancarelli, Ernest

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for lightweight transcoding. In one embodiment, a minimal function transcoder is disclosed which supports multiple devices requiring various video formats. Transcoding functionality may be downloaded to an existing device and comprises using an intermediate set of data resulting from a partial decode of an input stream that is temporarily stored until all transformation operations have completed. Premises devices register to the transcoder and the transcoder transcodes content requested by the registered devices (i) upon detection that the registered device is “in use”; (ii) at the time of original content playback or broadcast; and/or (iii) at a time prior to a previously scheduled time of intended use. The transcoder exploits the similarities between the mechanisms by which the various encoding formats and, in one variant, ignores some of the features of the more advanced content formats to arrive at a “just-in-time” or “near real-time” transcoded content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/11 - File system administration, e.g. details of archiving or snapshots
  • H04N 19/23 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using video object coding with coding of regions that are present throughout a whole video segment, e.g. sprites, background or mosaic
  • H04N 19/46 - Embedding additional information in the video signal during the compression process
  • H04N 19/40 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using video transcoding, i.e. partial or full decoding of a coded input stream followed by re-encoding of the decoded output stream
  • G06F 16/178 - Techniques for file synchronisation in file systems

35.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR THUMBNAIL GENERATION

      
Application Number 16532329
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-05
First Publication Date 2020-01-30
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Manchester, Eric

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for thumbnail generation. In one embodiment, a thumbnail stream is generated where one or more bits are assigned to key frames and minimizes the number of bits assigned to delta frames. Each key frame may be used to extract a still image for use in thumbnails during trick mode operation (e.g., fast forward, rewind, pause, or random seek operation). When the encoded video file is given to a Just in Time Packager (JITP), the JITP extracts the image files (via the key frames). Information regarding how to reference these files is stored in generated manifest file and may be reformatted by the JITP to fit the needs of the current product. In a variant, the JITP reformats the image files extracted from the encoded video for operation on a number of devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/4402 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for household redistribution, storage or real-time display
  • H04N 21/8549 - Creating video summaries, e.g. movie trailer
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

36.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING UNAUTHORIZED STREAMING OF CONTENT

      
Application Number 16592745
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-10-03
First Publication Date 2020-01-30
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Guerra, Justin R.

Abstract

The present invention relates to methods and apparatus relating to content streaming, e.g., in a home network, in a manner that reduces the chance of streaming of content to a device which is not authorized to receive the content. In an exemplary method of controlling content streaming on a home network in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, the method involves receiving at a home network gateway a first video on demand service request message from a first device coupled to the home network, storing a portion of said first video on demand service request message in memory, receiving at said home network gateway a second message, and determining based on a portion of said second message and a portion of said stored first video on demand service request message whether to provide the requested video on demand service.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04N 21/64 - Addressing
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • 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

37.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAY ELEMENT MANAGEMENT IN AN INFORMATION NETWORK

      
Application Number 16518825
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-22
First Publication Date 2020-01-16
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ladd, Patrick
  • Kamienski, Aaron James
  • Sarosi, George W.
  • Miller, Eric B.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for managing display elements such as GUI windows in a client device (e.g., consumer premises equipment in a cable network) running multiple related or unrelated applications. In one embodiment, an improved window management entity is provided within the device with which HAVi-compliant application(s) can interface in order to access display elements according to a priority structure or hierarchy. One or more privileged applications are designated and allowed to affect the priority structure, including requesting a new in-focus application to be placed atop the priority structure. The network operator can also optionally control the operation of the window manager remotely via a network agent. Improved client device and network configurations, as well as methods of operating these systems, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 8/70 - Software maintenance or management
  • G06F 9/451 - Execution arrangements for user interfaces
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • H04N 21/00 - Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]

38.

DOWNLOADABLE SECURITY AND PROTECTION METHODS AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number 16518746
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-22
First Publication Date 2020-01-09
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Helms, William L.
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Schnitzer, Jason Kazmir

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for control of data and content protection mechanisms across a network using a download delivery paradigm. In one embodiment, conditional access (CA), digital rights management (DRM), and trusted domain (TD) security policies are delivered, configured and enforced with respect to consumer premises equipment (CPE) within a cable television network. A trusted domain is established within the user's premises within which content access, distribution, and reproduction can be controlled remotely by the network operator. The content may be distributed to secure or non-secure “output” domains consistent with the security policies enforced by secure CA, DRM, and TD clients running within the trusted domain. Legacy and retail CPE models are also supported. A network security architecture comprising an authentication proxy (AP), provisioning system (MPS), and conditional access system (CAS) is also disclosed, which can interface with a trusted authority (TA) for cryptographic element management and CPE/user device authentication.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible
  • H04N 21/2347 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream encryption
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/2543 - Billing
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 21/4363 - Adapting the video stream to a specific local network, e.g. a IEEE 1394 or Bluetooth® network
  • H04N 21/4405 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream decryption
  • H04N 21/4623 - Processing of entitlement messages, e.g. ECM [Entitlement Control Message] or EMM [Entitlement Management Message]
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/6334 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to client for authorisation, e.g. by transmitting a key
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04L 9/08 - Key distribution
  • G06F 21/60 - Protecting data
  • G06F 8/61 - Installation
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules
  • H04N 21/478 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application

39.

RECOMMENDATION ENGINE APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16430279
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-06-03
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kimble, David
  • Chin, Fee Ling

Abstract

Recommendation engine apparatus and associated methods provide content compiled from various sources and selected to match user preferences. In one embodiment, the recommendation apparatus comprises a headend entity; in another, it is co-located on a user's CPE. In one embodiment, the recommendation engine creates content records from content metadata for comparison to a user profile. The user profile is pre-programmed; however has the ability to dynamically shift toward a user's preferences as the user takes actions regarding content. Client applications are utilized to compile and present content; feedback mechanisms are utilized to enable “learning” from user activities to generate more precise recommendations as well as to “unlearn” stale preferences. Recommended content is displayed in the form of a playlist, or as a continuous stream on a virtual channel, or presented in an electronic program guide. A business rules “engine” useful in implementing operational or business goals is also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • 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

40.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION IN A WIRELESS MESH NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

      
Application Number 16559973
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-09-04
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Dubois, Harriet
  • Caldwell, Kevin
  • Nallani, Laxman

Abstract

A mesh network management resource receives connectivity status information indicating wireless connectivity amongst multiple wirelessly interconnected access points in a mesh network and multiple clients. Based on the received connectivity status information, the mesh network management resource allocates portions of wireless bandwidth in the mesh network to wirelessly communicate between a root access point in the mesh network and each of the multiple interconnected access points. The root access point transmits messages over the allocated portions of wireless bandwidth from the root access point through the multiple interconnected access points to the multiple clients. According to one configuration, the mesh network management resource allocates use of wireless bandwidth amongst the wirelessly interconnected access points in the mesh network based at least in part on class of service information assigned to different subscribers in the mesh network environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 72/04 - Wireless resource allocation
  • H04L 12/911 - Network admission control and resource allocation, e.g. bandwidth allocation or in-call renegotiation
  • H04W 28/20 - Negotiating bandwidth
  • H04W 28/16 - Central resource management; Negotiation of resources or communication parameters, e.g. negotiating bandwidth or QoS [Quality of Service]
  • H04L 12/751 - Topology update or discovery

41.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR COORDINATED UTILIZATION OF QUASI-LICENSED WIRELESS SPECTRUM

      
Application Number 16459364
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-01
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kakinada, Umamaheswar
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Bencheikh, Ahmed
  • Newberg, Shane

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing quasi-licensed spectrum access within a prescribed area or venue, including to users or subscribers of one or more Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). In one embodiment, the quasi-licensed spectrum utilizes 3.5 GHz CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) spectrum allocated by a Federal or commercial SAS (Spectrum Access System) to a managed content delivery network that includes one or more wireless access nodes (e.g., CBSDs) in data communication with a controller, and the core(s) of the MNO network(s). In one variant, the controller dynamically allocates (i) spectrum within the area or venue within CBRS bands, and (ii) MNO “roaming” users or subscribers to CBRS bands (e.g., via extant LTE-TD technology). In one particular implementation, the managed network comprises a Multiple Systems Operator (MSO) network such as a cable or satellite network, and the MSO and MNO coordinate to implement user-specific and/or data-specific policies for the roaming MNO subscribers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 1/7136 - Arrangements for generation of hop frequencies, e.g. using a bank of frequency sources, using continuous tuning or using a transform
  • H04W 76/15 - Setup of multiple wireless link connections
  • H04B 1/7176 - Data mapping, e.g. modulation

42.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RIGHTS-MANAGED DATA DELIVERY

      
Application Number 16459384
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-01
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Marsh, Christopher

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing access to content across a plurality of devices and environments. In one embodiment, a downloadable rights profile is utilized in order for a user device to determine whether to provide content to a subscriber. The user device is first registered to content delivery the network; the device then requests a rights profile indicating the rights of the subscriber associated with the device to access content. The rights profile is transmitted to the device. The rights profile may be configured to be valid only for a pre-determined time, thus enabling a subscriber's rights to be updated (including revoked). Security mechanisms may also be utilized to ensure access to content is limited only to authorized subscribers. In another embodiment, a user-based authentication procedure is utilized, thereby making the rights determination and content provision process completely agnostic to the underlying hardware.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06F 21/00 - Security arrangements for protecting computers, components thereof, programs or data against unauthorised activity
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

43.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MITIGATION OF NETWORK ATTACKS VIA DYNAMIC RE-ROUTING

      
Application Number 16459454
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-01
First Publication Date 2019-12-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • George, Wesley
  • Sliteris, Raymond

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for mitigating network attacks, such as by dynamically re-routing traffic. Various disclosed embodiments manipulate path-based routing of the backbone network to insert a scrubbing appliance within the backbone network topology, rather than using traditional network addressed tunnels in the edge network. In one implementation, traffic entering the backbone network ingress peer routers (from either another backbone network, or an edge network) is normally destination-address routed via the backbone to its appropriate egress router based on a path label; however, when a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is detected, the ingress peer router inserts an additional hop into the path label that redirects dirty traffic to a substantially centralized scrubbing appliance. The benefits of the disclosed solutions include, among other things, significantly reduced attack response/recovery times without significant capital outlays.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

44.

TRANSITIONING VIDEO BETWEEN TELEVISION AND TABLET COMPUTER OR THE LIKE

      
Application Number 16543812
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-19
First Publication Date 2019-12-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Smith, Robert Todd
  • Stark, James C.

Abstract

A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • 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 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/422 - Input-only peripherals, e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
  • 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 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home

45.

Digital domain content processing and distribution apparatus and methods

      
Application Number 15643101
Grant Number RE047760
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-06
First Publication Date 2019-12-03
Grant Date 2019-12-03
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for distributing content using a spectrum generation device. In one embodiment, digital content is received via a time-multiplexed network transport (such as Gigabit Ethernet), and converted to frequency channels suitable for transmission over a content distribution (e.g., Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)) network. In one variant, the conversion is performed using digital domain processing performed by a full spectrum generation device. Additionally, methods and apparatus for selectively adding, removing, and/or changing digital content from the full spectrum device are also disclosed. Various aspects of the present invention enable physical (infrastructure) consolidation, and software-implemented remote management of content distribution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/2389 - Multiplex stream processing, e.g. multiplex stream encrypting
  • 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 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/239 - Interfacing the upstream path of the transmission network, e.g. prioritizing client requests
  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • 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 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 21/6408 - Unicasting
  • H04H 20/77 - Wired systems using carrier waves
  • H04H 20/18 - Arrangements for synchronising broadcast or distribution via plural systems
  • H04L 27/00 - Modulated-carrier systems
  • H04N 21/242 - Synchronization processes, e.g. processing of PCR [Program Clock References]
  • H04H 20/69 - Optical systems

46.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING ENHANCED OR INTERACTIVE FEATURES

      
Application Number 16435229
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-06-07
First Publication Date 2019-11-21
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stern, Peter
  • Saksena, Asheesh
  • Gazdzinski, Robert
  • Melendez, Julie
  • Wang, Mark
  • Gutierrez, James

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing enhanced or interactive features over a network. In one embodiment, the exemplary apparatus and methods leverage extant high-bandwidth capabilities of a managed network, and are implemented to enable a user to create a playlist of content, clips, advertisements, from among currently broadcast content, stored content, user generated content, web or other network content. The user can upload user-generated or other content to the network such as for selection into a playlist at higher rates using a network operator-provided wireless dongle. Additional interactive features include, among other, enhancements which enable user participation individually or with other subscribers in live or recorded content-based group activities (such as e.g., cooking, exercising, group viewing, dating, and learning/teaching). Further interactive gaming and couponing options are also provided. Still further, the present apparatus and methods may be used to provide general public use wireless access from existing private user devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • 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 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • H04N 21/4784 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application receiving rewards
  • 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 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server

47.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING PROGRAM CHANNEL STATUS INFORMATION AND/OR FOR CONTROLLING CHANNEL SWITCHING

      
Application Number 16518971
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-07-22
First Publication Date 2019-11-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Detty, Michael

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for detecting whether a commercial is ongoing on a program channel and indicating commercial status of a program channel in a program guide are described. Also described are channel surfing methods and apparatus where a user is allowed to automatically skip channels with ongoing commercials and is provided with an indicator of the commercial status on one or more previous program channels while viewing content of program channel to which the user switched.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • 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 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • 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

48.

GATEWAY APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE IN A CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

      
Application Number 16422617
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-05-24
First Publication Date 2019-11-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Helms, William L.
  • Williamson, Louis
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for premises gateway functions that integrate or unify functions typically distributed across multiple devices within a content-based network. In one embodiment, the out-of-band (OOB) signaling functionality normally provided in each of a set-top-box (STB) and digital video recorder (DVR) are unified into a common OOB (e.g., DOCSIS) capable premises gateway device, thereby obviating OOB tuners and related components from each device. In another variant, the premises gateway is adapted for all-IP operation, such as for use with IP-based computers and IP set-top boxes, etc. Fully unified variants are also disclosed, wherein the DVR and/or STB functions are physically integrated within the premises gateway.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • 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
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • H04N 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/443 - OS processes, e.g. booting an STB, implementing a Java virtual machine in an STB or power management in an STB

49.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR WIRELESS NETWORK EXTENSIBILITY AND ENHANCEMENT

      
Application Number 16443718
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-06-17
First Publication Date 2019-10-31
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Yeddala, Kiran
  • Gunasekara, Don

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for extending and enhancing wireless networks. An exemplary wireless network configured according to the disclosure uses in-service Wireless Network Clients (WNCs), such as mobile phones, laptops, etc., to extend and enhance the wireless network coverage via peer-to-peer sub-networks. In one implementation, each WNC is configured to operate as a Service Access Node (SAN) to other wireless client devices in the same network. The SAN provides peer-to-peer communications capabilities (to communicate with wireless clients) and gateway functionality (to aggregate data traffic over its own uplink communications), thereby enabling wireless clients to “piggyback” their data link onto the WNC. Peer Control Manager (PCM) software on each WNC enables, disables, and controls the service functions for that WNC in accordance with an overarching Peer Controller (PC) entity operated by an Access Point Controller/Core Network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 36/30 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by measured or perceived connection quality data

50.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING EVENT NOTIFICATIONS

      
Application Number 16391090
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-04-22
First Publication Date 2019-10-17
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stern, Peter
  • Ramsdell, Scott
  • Mayer, Adam
  • Roudi, Mike
  • Williams, Chris

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing indications of received emergency alert messages to devices within a consumer premises are disclosed. In one embodiment, a consumer premise equipment (CPE) receiving one or more emergency alert messages from a content provider or managed network determines one or more alert responses for one or more devices of the consumer premise network. In one implementation, the responses are based at least in part on the received emergency alert messages themselves. The CPE issues one or more commands to one or more devices present within the consumer premises (which may be for example a home automation system), to indicate the one or more determined alert indication responses, such as auditory alert and visual alert by the one or more devices. Thus, users in the consumer premises may be made aware of an alert message outside of the typical means in which an alert is displayed, such as via a television.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08B 21/10 - Alarms for ensuring the safety of persons responsive to calamitous events, e.g. tornados or earthquakes
  • G08B 27/00 - Alarm systems in which the alarm condition is signalled from a central station to a plurality of substations
  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04N 21/454 - Content filtering, e.g. blocking advertisements
  • H04W 4/90 - Services for handling of emergency or hazardous situations, e.g. earthquake and tsunami warning systems [ETWS]
  • H04N 21/488 - Data services, e.g. news ticker

51.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY OVER A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Application Number 16384752
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-04-15
First Publication Date 2019-10-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lajoie, Michael L.
  • Williamson, Louis
  • Aissi, Wilfird
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Gaedtke, Jason
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Hasek, Charles
  • Hegde, Vedavati
  • Markley, Jeffery P.
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Pfeffer, Howard

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for delivery of packetized content (e.g., video, audio, data, etc.) over a content delivery network. In one embodiment, the content is packetized using an Internet Protocol (IP), and delivered by a service provider over both managed and unmanaged networks to subscribers of the provider, so as to provide delivery at any time, at any location, and via any designated user device. The delivered content may originate from the service provider, third-party content sources (e.g., networks or studios), the subscriber(s) themselves, or other sources including the Internet. Use of a common control and service functions within the network afford the ability to integrate or blend services together, thereby affording the service provider and subscriber new service and economic opportunities. Content delivery sessions may also be migrated from one device to another. A network-based user interface infrastructure, and gateway-based client-side architecture, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

52.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR AUTOMATED HIGHLIGHT REEL CREATION IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Application Number 16372077
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-04-01
First Publication Date 2019-09-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Osminer, Matthew

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for the automated creation of targeted or focused content extractions and/or compilations (e.g., highlight reels). In one embodiment, the extractions or compilations are created for use in a content delivery network. In one variant, incoming live feeds are recorded. Time-stamped metadata from sources (either internal or external) able to identify moments and events of interest is used to parse or select portions of the live feeds to generate clips related thereto. Those clips are then sent to users (including optionally their mobile devices) for viewing. In some embodiments, a recommendation engine is used to select clips matching interests of a particular user or group of users. Varied sources of metadata may be used, and networked resources may be utilized to in the implementation of internal “excitement” monitoring systems. Myriad configurations may be implemented including server or head-end based configurations, consumer premises based deployments, and/or distributed implementations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • G11B 27/031 - Electronic editing of digitised analogue information signals, e.g. audio or video signals
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/25 - Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • G11B 27/32 - Indexing; Addressing; Timing or synchronising; Measuring tape travel by using information detectable on the record carrier by using information signals recorded by the same method as the main recording on separate auxiliary tracks of the same or an auxiliary record carrier
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/8549 - Creating video summaries, e.g. movie trailer
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server

53.

VIDEO BROWSER

      
Application Number 16440473
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-06-13
First Publication Date 2019-09-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stark, James C.
  • Cottrell, Alexandra

Abstract

In an embodiment, a computing device may display a video browser screen on an output device. The video browser screen may include a list of video programs arranged as a carousel. The carousel may have a plurality of entries, where an entry may represent a video program that may be provided by a service provider. A video program represented by an entry may be, for example, a live video program, a video program available on demand, or a video program that may have been recorded by a device that may be provided by the service provider. The computing device may acquire an indication to navigate to an entry in the carousel. The computing device may navigate to the entry and acquire an indication to select the entry. The computing device may select the entry and display the video program associated with the selected entry on the output device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection

54.

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT AND HANDOFFS

      
Application Number 16418320
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-05-21
First Publication Date 2019-09-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Bhumkar, Sunmeel
  • Oduwaiye, Muhib
  • Syed, Zaheer
  • Gupta, Sourabh
  • Ahsan, Syed

Abstract

To facilitate a handoff of a communication session in a wireless network, a first wireless access point at least temporarily emulates a second wireless access point, spoofing a target communication device that communications transmitted from the first wireless access point appear to be transmitted from the second wireless access point. According to a first configuration, the communication session is handed off from the first wireless access point to the second wireless access point. According to another configuration, the communication session is handed off from the second wireless access point to the first wireless access point.

IPC Classes  ?

55.

POLICY MANAGEMENT ARBITRATION BY SERVICE GROUP

      
Application Number 16237807
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-02
First Publication Date 2019-09-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hasek, Charles

Abstract

A request is received from one of a plurality of terminals in a service group of a video content network. The request is to establish a session with a head end of the network. The video content network provides at least first and second different categories of sessions to the service group. The request is evaluated against a policy. The policy specifies a maximum utilization threshold for sessions of the first category and a maximum utilization threshold for sessions of the second category. The request is granted if it is in conformance with the policy. The method may be carried out, for example, with a session resource manager apparatus.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/239 - Interfacing the upstream path of the transmission network, e.g. prioritizing client requests
  • H04N 21/6377 - Control signals issued by the client directed to the server or network components directed to server

56.

Methods and apparatus for content delivery and replacement in a network

      
Application Number 16292056
Grant Number 10863220
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-04
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Peters, Michael James
  • Hasek, Charles A.
  • Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing an alternate content delivery mechanism available to content-based network users. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and subscribers are able to retrieve requested content from one or more other subscriber's storage medium and without going outside the cable network (or accessing the network core in any significant capacity) using a peer-to-peer (P2P) network protocol. Using this approach, bandwidth consumption is advantageously pushed out to the edge of the network from the core, also obviating content requests outside the network (e.g., to third-party servers on the Internet). Methods of operating the aforementioned P2P network, and various business paradigms relating thereto, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/25 - Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/63 - Control signaling between client, server and network components; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. transmitting basic layer and enhancement layers over different transmission paths, setting up a peer-to-peer communication via Internet between remote STB's; Communication protocols; Addressing
  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management

57.

Methods and apparatus for user-based targeted content delivery

      
Application Number 16292124
Grant Number 10810628
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-04
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Grant Date 2020-10-20
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Lajoie, Michael L.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for selecting and delivering advertising or promotional content based on, e.g., the attributes of a desired demographic. In one embodiment, the invention enhances advertising or promotional penetration into a particular demographic of a network subscriber pool by correlating the advertising/promotion (and even the contextual program content) with specific users or groups of users within the pool. This approach decouples the advertising or promotion from any given program or lineup, and gives the network operator flexibility in deciding where, when, and how often to insert advertisements or promotions in order to achieve the desired result. Dynamic network architectures such as broadcast switched architectures can also be leveraged to further enhance flexibility and targeting precision. In effect, the network advertising or promotion model is made results-driven (versus program-centric). Subscriber privacy is also optionally maintained, thus ensuring that stored data is not traceable to a specific user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • 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 

58.

Apparatus and methods for enabling location-based services within a premises

      
Application Number 16397975
Grant Number 10715961
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-29
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Grant Date 2020-07-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Stern, Peter
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Stafford, Roger Graham

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for enabling location identification and related services in a premises. In one embodiment, location identification services are provided via a gateway device using data extracted from a wireless signal. The data is used to estimate a location of a device (based on comparison to previously gathered and/or reference data). In another embodiment, infrared (IR) or other short range wireless signals are broadcast from the client devices to a set-top-box (STB), and the STB or gateway correlates the signals to a location within the premises. A profiling process is used to establish specific locations within a premises, and associate location-specific services therewith. The location-based services include for example (i) loading particular applications and/or content when the user enters a particular location, (ii) providing information and/or advertisement opportunities when the user is near a particular public or business location, and (iii) content delivery optimization among multiple user devices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • H04W 4/18 - Information format or content conversion, e.g. adaptation by the network of the transmitted or received information for the purpose of wireless delivery to users or terminals
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 64/00 - Locating users or terminals for network management purposes, e.g. mobility management
  • H04W 4/33 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for indoor environments, e.g. buildings

59.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMIC SECONDARY CONTENT AND DATA INSERTION AND DELIVERY

      
Application Number 16409591
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-05-10
First Publication Date 2019-08-29
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Santangelo, Bryan
  • Tidwell, Justin

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing primary and secondary content and data to users. In one embodiment, management entities at a content delivery network core cooperate to provide primary content with contextually related or germane inserted secondary content to user devices. Inserted secondary content may include e.g., advertisements, multimedia applications, interactive programming, and scheduled programming. A network entity monitors user-specific data such as demographics, geographic location, and viewing patterns, and facilitates content selection and delivery based thereon. Content insertion may further be managed by a campaign manager according to business rules. In another embodiment, the primary and secondary content is pushed to a device at or near the network edge based on the applicability thereof to devices serviced by the edge device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

60.

Software incremental loader

      
Application Number 13666175
Grant Number 10394540
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-11-01
First Publication Date 2019-08-27
Grant Date 2019-08-27
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Bentley, James

Abstract

A method for provisioning consumer premises equipment includes communicating identification information to a software management system via a network interface, receiving a list of bundles in response to communicating the identification to the software management system via the network interface, determining a location of a repository storing at least one bundle in the list, wherein the software management system includes a plurality of repositories storing a plurality of bundles at different locations, and installing, by the consumer premises equipment, the at least one bundle from the repository having the location.

IPC Classes  ?

61.

Digital domain content processing and distribution apparatus and methods

      
Application Number 16267103
Grant Number 10681405
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-04
First Publication Date 2019-08-01
Grant Date 2020-06-09
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for distributing content using a spectrum generation device. In one embodiment, digital content is received via a time-multiplexed network transport (such as Gigabit Ethernet), and converted to frequency channels suitable for transmission over a content distribution (e.g., Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC)) network. In one variant, the conversion is performed using digital domain processing performed by a full spectrum generation device. Additionally, methods and apparatus for selectively adding, removing, and/or changing digital content from the full spectrum device are also disclosed. Various aspects of the present invention enable physical (infrastructure) consolidation, and software-implemented remote management of content distribution.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • H04H 20/77 - Wired systems using carrier waves
  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable
  • H04N 21/2389 - Multiplex stream processing, e.g. multiplex stream encrypting
  • 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 21/2343 - 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 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/239 - Interfacing the upstream path of the transmission network, e.g. prioritizing client requests
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/6405 - Multicasting
  • H04N 21/6408 - Unicasting
  • H04H 20/18 - Arrangements for synchronising broadcast or distribution via plural systems
  • H04L 27/00 - Modulated-carrier systems
  • H04N 21/242 - Synchronization processes, e.g. processing of PCR [Program Clock References]
  • H04H 20/69 - Optical systems

62.

TV playlist

      
Application Number 16377187
Grant Number 10681404
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-06
First Publication Date 2019-08-01
Grant Date 2020-06-09
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, David
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Yu, Jian
  • Chen, John
  • Lawrence-Apfelbaum, Marc

Abstract

A playlist server application is provided on a server at a first network node. A playlist local application is provided for a remote device. An indication of a change to a playlist on one of the server and the remote device is obtained from a corresponding one of the playlist server application and the playlist local application. The change is synchronized to another one of the server and the remote device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • 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 21/422 - Input-only peripherals, e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
  • H04N 21/458 - Scheduling content for creating a personalised stream, e.g. by combining a locally stored advertisement with an incoming stream; Updating operations, e.g. for OS modules
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection

63.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE DURING THE DELIVERY OF CONTENT

      
Application Number 16236089
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-28
First Publication Date 2019-07-25
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Dang, Niem
  • Erichsen, Kirk
  • Ince, Kamil
  • Cardona, Eduardo

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for managing the quality of experience of delivery of content to end-point or user devices. In one embodiment, metrics data pertaining to network conditions being experience by consumer devices attached to a managed network are monitored by a network entity. The monitored metrics are analyzed to determine if a consumer device is experiencing poor network conditions, such as network congestion. Consumer devices that are identified as experiencing poor network conditions are reported to a content delivery network (CDN) entity responsible for providing IP-based content. The CDN entity adjusts content delivery files used by the consumer devices to request particular IP-based content to guide the consumer device to select a version of the content suitable for delivery over consumer device's existing network condition. The adjustment may include for instance removing formats deemed unsupportable for delivery over the existing network condition or identify a default format for the consumer device to use.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements

64.

TECHNIQUE FOR SECURELY COMMUNICATING AND STORING PROGRAMMING MATERIAL IN A TRUSTED DOMAIN

      
Application Number 16241857
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-07
First Publication Date 2019-07-11
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Helms, William
  • Hayashi, Michael T.
  • Leddy, Kevin J.
  • Christman, David A.

Abstract

A “trusted domain” is established within which content received from a communications network, e.g., a cable TV network, is protected from unauthorized copying thereof, in accordance with the invention. In an illustrative embodiment, the trusted domain includes a device associated with a user which receives content from the cable TV network. The content may be encrypted using a content key in accordance, e.g., with a 3DES encryption algorithm before it is stored in the device. In addition, a first encrypted content key version and a second encrypted content key version are generated by respectively encrypting the content key with a public key associated with the device and another public key associated with the user, in accordance with public key cryptography. The first and second encrypted content key versions are stored in association with the encrypted content in the device storage. The encrypted content can be migrated from a first device to a second device, and can be decrypted in the second device in the second device is associated with the same user, and also provided with the second encrypted content key version.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 9/08 - Key distribution
  • H04N 21/6377 - Control signals issued by the client directed to the server or network components directed to server
  • H04N 21/6334 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to client for authorisation, e.g. by transmitting a key
  • H04N 21/4405 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream decryption
  • H04N 21/266 - Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system or merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
  • H04N 21/2347 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream encryption
  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible

65.

Apparatus and methods for content delivery and message exchange across multiple content delivery networks

      
Application Number 16195408
Grant Number 10587906
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-19
First Publication Date 2019-06-27
Grant Date 2020-03-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cronk, Gary
  • Putsch, Jonathan
  • Boutilier, James
  • Miller, Paul L.
  • Dillon, Michael

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing protected content to subscribers of a managed (e.g., MSO) network via a content source accessible via an internetwork such as the Internet. In one embodiment, a user accesses a programmer website website, and requests content. The programmer determines whether the requesting user is permitted to access the content, and what rights or restrictions are associated with the user. This includes authenticating the user as a subscriber of the MSO, and determining the subscriber's subscription level. In another embodiment, a user's account with the MSO and programmer may be federated, thus a given user will have MSO-specific information regarding its identity (such as login information, GUID, etc.) and/or information regarding subscription level and service details, stored at the programmer. Messages received from the MSO representing permission for the user to access content may also be stored at the programmer site for later reference.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • 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
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server

66.

Apparatus and methods for managing delivery of content in a network with limited bandwidth using pre-caching

      
Application Number 16236115
Grant Number 10667019
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-28
First Publication Date 2019-06-27
Grant Date 2020-05-26
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Stoller, Daniel
  • Stengrim, Chris

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for managing provision of content to devices in a content delivery network. In one exemplary embodiment, content with a high probability of viewership is sent to consumer premises equipment (CPE) during off-peak periods and stored prior to viewing. An application is utilized to manage decisions related to content provision. The computer program will identify content that is likely to be of interest users associated with respective CPE, and schedule provision of that content in advance of viewing. Then, the system will develop a plan for optimal scheduling of transmission of content to CPEs, often including the use of trickle downloads. The scheduling plan is based collected statistical and historical data on network resource demand to make scheduling decisions. The system allows for the shifting of bandwidth utilization from periods of high demand to those of low demand, and increased performance with regard to user experienced latency.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/647 - Control signaling between network components and server or clients; Network processes for video distribution between server and clients, e.g. controlling the quality of the video stream, by dropping packets, protecting content from unauthorised alteration within the network, monitoring of network load or bridging bet
  • 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 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • 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 21/472 - 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 21/6543 - Transmission by server directed to the client for forcing some client operations, e.g. recording
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests

67.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PRESENTING SOCIAL NETWORK CONTENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIDEO CONTENT

      
Application Number 16292127
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-03-04
First Publication Date 2019-06-27
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Copertino, Steven
  • Brooks, Brent William
  • Lowry, Corinne Kerns
  • Goldstein, Joshua Charles
  • Mittman, Noah
  • Ehrlich, Rosalie
  • Alderson, Russell R.
  • Cherubala, Sanjay
  • Macdonald, Sean
  • Miracle, Virginia Welford

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for generating, distributing, and/or presenting social networking content in conjunction with video content are described. In accordance with various embodiments, social networking related information, e.g., comments, remarks and/or a twitter feed, are displayed in conjunction with the display of video to which the social networking information relates. The social networking related information may be displayed on the same or a different device from that which is used to display the video comments. In some embodiments, the social networking information, e.g., comments on a program, event or broadcast, are displayed on a personal computer or other device such as a mobile telephone, while video content is being viewed, e.g., on a television which is provided video content via a set top box. A knowledgeable moderator can review, supplement, add and delete comments in real time enhancing the overall social networking session.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data

68.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING, ACCESSING, AND DELIVERING PACKETIZED CONTENT

      
Application Number 16207831
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-03
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Sarosi, George
  • Miles, Wilfred Jaime
  • Cholas, Chris

Abstract

Apparatus and methods to manage recording of streaming packetized content (such as for example live IP packetized content) for access, retrieval and delivering thereof to one or more users. In one embodiment, the foregoing is accomplished via communication between a recording manager and a receiver/decoder device. The recording manager manages and schedules recording of content on behalf of the receiver/decoder device (and/or mobile devices) disposed at a user's premises. The recording manager runs one or more computer programs designed to receive requests to record packetized content from one or more consumer devices, and use metadata contained within the requests to cause a cloud storage entity or premises storage device to record the content at its scheduled date/time (either via the receiver/decoder device itself, or another network entity). In this manner, the recording manager provides digital video recording (DVR) functionality to devices that would be otherwise incapable of scheduling a recording and/or recording such content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2747 - Remote storage of video programs received via the downstream path, e.g. from the server
  • H04N 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/274 - Storing end-user specific content or additional data in response to end-user request
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • 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 
  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/2387 - Stream processing in response to a playback request from an end-user, e.g. for trick-play
  • H04N 21/25 - Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/6587 - Control parameters, e.g. trick play commands or viewpoint selection
  • 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 21/458 - Scheduling content for creating a personalised stream, e.g. by combining a locally stored advertisement with an incoming stream; Updating operations, e.g. for OS modules
  • H04N 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]

69.

Neighbor list management and connection control in a network environment

      
Application Number 16280417
Grant Number 10681596
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-20
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Grant Date 2020-06-09
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Syed, Hussain Zaheer
  • Srivastava, Praveen C.

Abstract

A first wireless access point receives communications from multiple candidate wireless access points in a monitored region in which the first wireless access point resides. The communications indicate presence of the multiple candidate wireless access points in the monitored region. A processing resource associated with the first wireless access point processes the communications to identify which of the multiple candidate wireless access points are trusted wireless access points belonging to a network in which the first wireless access point resides. To facilitate a wireless link handoff from the given wireless access point to one of the trusted wireless access points, the given wireless access point provides notification of identities of the trusted wireless access points to a communication device in communication with the given wireless access point. The communication device selects one of the trusted wireless access points in which to handoff the respective wireless communication link.

IPC Classes  ?

70.

Wireless access point resource availability, notification, and network management

      
Application Number 16280500
Grant Number 10701626
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-20
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Grant Date 2020-06-30
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Geller, Steven I.

Abstract

A connection management resource receives performance information indicating bandwidth availability associated with multiple wireless access points in a wireless network. The connection management resource analyzes the performance information to identify an ability of each of the multiple wireless access points in the wireless network to provide a prospective new user access to a remote network. Based on the analysis of the performance information, the connection management resource produces a notification indicating the ability of each of the multiple access points to provide wireless bandwidth to the prospective new user to access the remote network. Via the notification, the prospective new user of a wireless access point is able to determine what to expect for bandwidth after establishing a respective link with the wireless access point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 48/20 - Selecting an access point
  • H04W 48/08 - Access restriction or access information delivery, e.g. discovery data delivery
  • H04W 72/04 - Wireless resource allocation
  • H04W 72/08 - Wireless resource allocation based on quality criteria
  • H04W 48/16 - Discovering; Processing access restriction or access information

71.

Broadband optical network apparatus and method

      
Application Number 16208046
Grant Number 10651938
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-12-03
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Grant Date 2020-05-12
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Xu, Jun
  • Qian, Nanjian

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing enhanced optical networking service and performance which are particularly advantageous in terms of low cost and use of existing infrastructure, access control techniques, and components. In the exemplary embodiment, current widespread deployment and associated low cost of Ethernet-based systems are leveraged through use of an Ethernet CSMA/CD MAC in the optical domain on a passive optical network (PON) system. Additionally, local networking services are optionally provided to the network units on the PON since each local receiver can receive signals from all other users. An improved symmetric coupler arrangement provides the foregoing functionality at low cost. The improved system architecture also allows for fiber failure protection which is readily implemented at low cost and with minimal modification.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 10/2575 - Radio-over-fibre, e.g. radio frequency signal modulated onto an optical carrier
  • H04B 10/272 - Star-type networks
  • H04B 10/27 - Arrangements for networking
  • H04J 3/14 - Monitoring arrangements
  • H04J 3/16 - Time-division multiplex systems in which the time allocation to individual channels within a transmission cycle is variable, e.g. to accommodate varying complexity of signals, to vary number of channels transmitted
  • H04Q 11/00 - Selecting arrangements for multiplex systems
  • H04J 14/08 - Time-division multiplex systems

72.

APPARATUS AND METHODS ENSURING DATA PRIVACY IN A CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

      
Application Number 16208299
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-03
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Owner Time Warmer Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Tidwell, Justin
  • Samame, Eduardo
  • Engel, Craig
  • Goldberg, Craig

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for ensuring the privacy of users and/or devices in a content delivery network from which data regarding the users' interaction with content is collected and distributed. In one embodiment, “tuning” records which describe the interaction of users with content or other activities of interest are collected. It is determined whether an opportunity for compromise of the user's privacy (e.g., by derivative association) is present. If it is determined that such an opportunity exists, at least portions of the data are modified (e.g., collapsed). The modification may comprise replacing a first explicit data value with a second descriptive data value, increasing a range for the value, generalizing the value, removing the value, or encoding the value. Further processing of the collected tuning records may include, validating the data, accounting for latency, and generating reports based thereon.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • G06F 21/62 - Protecting access to data via a platform, e.g. using keys or access control rules
  • H04H 60/31 - Arrangements for monitoring the use made of the broadcast services

73.

Method and apparatus for automatic geoaware access point provisioning

      
Application Number 16280473
Grant Number 10862853
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-20
First Publication Date 2019-06-13
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Qiang
  • Manroa, Arun

Abstract

Systems and methods of discovering and registering with a WiFi controller by a wireless access point that can provide location awareness in the WiFi controller discovery and registration process. The systems and methods employ a DNS server that can receive a DNS query containing the FQDN of a WiFi controller from an access point, and compare the FQDN of the WiFi controller and the source IP address of the DNS query against a mapping table, which maps FQDNs of WiFi controllers and ranges of source IP addresses of DNS queries to groups of WiFi controllers. By comparing the FQDN of the WiFi controller and the source IP address against the mapping table, the DNS server can resolve the FQDN to IP addresses of a group of WiFi controllers, which can belong to a particular broadband service provider, and/or serve a target market of mobile subscribers located within a geographical area.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/12 - Arrangements, apparatus, circuits or systems, not covered by a single one of groups characterised by the data terminal
  • H04W 24/02 - Arrangements for optimising operational condition
  • H04W 88/08 - Access point devices
  • H04W 88/12 - Access point controller devices
  • H04W 84/12 - WLAN [Wireless Local Area Networks]

74.

TIMESTAMP NORMALIZED COUNTER DATA

      
Application Number 16240762
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-06
First Publication Date 2019-05-23
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ince, Kamil
  • Erichsen, Kirk
  • Nakhre, Tushar
  • Kao, David Taiyung

Abstract

A method including collecting, from a cable modem termination system (CMTS), counter data corresponding to usage of a network resource, wherein the counter data includes timestamp data, converting the counter data into timestamp normalized counter data by dividing the counter data among a plurality of buckets according to the timestamp data, and storing the timestamp normalized counter data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/23 - Updating
  • G06F 16/25 - Integrating or interfacing systems involving database management systems

75.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING A MEDIA STREAM

      
Application Number 16261164
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-01-29
First Publication Date 2019-05-23
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gonder, Tom
  • Chen, John
  • Patel, Vipul

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for recording a media stream for use by a rendering device. In one embodiment, a client device records live, unbound streaming media content from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) in “chunks” according to a data structure such as a manifest file. The live media content stream chunks are compressed and stored for later playback. The client device uses information regarding the chunks to generate a local manifest file, which it then uses to reconstruct the media stream. A video client may also dynamically insert and account for updated secondary content (such as advertisements) during each playback instance, thus enabling the service provider to realize commercial opportunities which were previously not possible. Various operational/business rules are also disclosed for e.g., enabling and disabling functions with respect to playback of the content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/278 - Content descriptor database or directory service for end-user access
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • 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 21/262 - 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 21/2187 - Live feed
  • H04N 21/845 - Structuring of content, e.g. decomposing content into time segments
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof

76.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VIRTUAL CONTENT OVER A NETWORK

      
Application Number 16186269
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-09
First Publication Date 2019-05-16
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Britt, Glenn
  • Lajoie, Michael L.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for selecting, purchasing and delivering content to users of a network so that the user has “virtual” ownership of and access to the content, thereby obviating the need for physical media (e.g., DVDs or CDs). In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, and on-demand (OD) sessions or broadcast modes are used to deliver the virtual content stored at the head-end (or hub site) to the requesting owner. The purchased content is associated with one or more users when stored, thereby providing the owner(s) unlimited access thereto, without the costs and effort associated with renting/purchasing and maintaining DVDs. The content may also comprise new release content, which would otherwise not be available over the network at that time but for the purchase and delivery mechanisms of the invention. Various other complementary features for enhancing the user's virtual ownership experience are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/4788 - Supplemental services, e.g. displaying phone caller identification or shopping application communicating with other users, e.g. chatting
  • H04N 7/167 - Systems rendering the television signal unintelligible and subsequently intelligible
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • 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

77.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND DIAGNOSING A WIRELESS NETWORK

      
Application Number 16231076
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-21
First Publication Date 2019-05-16
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Bencheikh, Ahmed
  • Vira, Priyank

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for monitoring a wireless local area network (WLAN) to identify inoperative or degraded devices and restore network connectivity to end users. In one embodiment, the network includes one or more access points (APs) in data communication with a cable modem, which in turn communicates with managed network entities via a backhaul connection. Each AP is configured to provide connectivity to client devices, as well as monitor the operation of other network components including the cable modem, via logic indigenous to the AP, and invoke corrective action when failures or degraded performance is detected. In one variant, the logic operative to run on the AP includes both diagnostic and self-healing functionality, so as to enable at least partial automated diagnosis, localization, and recovery from faults, thereby obviating costly troubleshooting by the network operator or service personnel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04W 24/08 - Testing using real traffic

78.

Home automation system deployment

      
Application Number 16174687
Grant Number 10491495
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-10-30
First Publication Date 2019-05-02
Grant Date 2019-11-26
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Voddhi, Suchitra
  • Taylor, Scott
  • Roudi, Mike
  • Murtha, Donald

Abstract

A technician assistance application aids installation and diagnostics for an automated home monitoring system often referred to as an “Intelligent Home” system. The monitoring system includes a plurality of security sensor devices deployed around a dwelling and responsive to a monitoring application on a central computing device. The central computing device provides an on-site console for gathering signals from the security sensors and forwarding the gathered signals to a monitoring station or central office. The central office interprets the received signals to identify an anomaly or other signal consistent with a need to notify first responders or otherwise trigger an alarm. In addition to basic intrusion and fire protection, the monitoring system may monitor a variety of other non-emergency aspects such as lights, visual camera signals, door locks and environmental conditions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 4/38 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for collecting sensor information
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 4/029 - Location-based management or tracking services
  • G08B 25/14 - Central alarm receiver or annunciator arrangements
  • G08B 23/00 - Alarms responsive to unspecified undesired or abnormal conditions
  • G08B 5/36 - Visible signalling systems, e.g. personal calling systems, remote indication of seats occupied using electromagnetic transmission using visible light sources
  • G08B 7/06 - Signalling systems according to more than one of groups ; Personal calling systems according to more than one of groups using electric transmission
  • G08B 1/08 - Systems for signalling characterised solely by the form of transmission of the signal using electric transmission
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • H04W 4/18 - Information format or content conversion, e.g. adaptation by the network of the transmitted or received information for the purpose of wireless delivery to users or terminals
  • G08B 25/08 - Alarm systems in which the location of the alarm condition is signalled to a central station, e.g. fire or police telegraphic systems characterised by the transmission medium using communication transmission lines

79.

SPACE EFFICIENCY AND MANAGEMENT OF CONTENT

      
Application Number 16222078
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-12-17
First Publication Date 2019-04-25
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Straub, Albert
  • Galt, Iii, Edward P.

Abstract

A transcoder resource retrieves content stored in a repository. The stored content can be encoded in accordance with a first encoding format. The transcoder resource transcodes the retrieved content into a second encoding format. To increase available capacity, the transcoder resource stores the content in the second encoding format as a replacement to the content encoded according to the first encoding format. The second encoding format can support a higher compression ratio than the first encoding format. Additionally, the transcoding can be performed as one of multiple tasks executed in parallel. In such an instance, during parallel processing, a content management resource interleaves execution of the main processing task and the background task of transcoding the content into the second encoding format. The transcoding task can be assigned a lower execution priority than one or more other tasks executed in parallel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 9/804 - Transformation of the television signal for recording, e.g. modulation, frequency changing; Inverse transformation for playback involving pulse code modulation of the colour picture signal components
  • H04N 19/40 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using video transcoding, i.e. partial or full decoding of a coded input stream followed by re-encoding of the decoded output stream
  • H04N 21/4402 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs involving reformatting operations of video signals for household redistribution, storage or real-time display
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 5/775 - Interface circuits between an apparatus for recording and another apparatus between a recording apparatus and a television receiver
  • H04N 9/82 - Transformation of the television signal for recording, e.g. modulation, frequency changing; Inverse transformation for playback the individual colour picture signal components being recorded simultaneously only
  • H04N 21/432 - Content retrieval operation from a local storage medium, e.g. hard-disk

80.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DEVICE AUTHORIZATION IN A PREMISES NETWORK

      
Application Number 16154615
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-08
First Publication Date 2019-04-11
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Bell, David
  • Sarosi, George W.
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for enabling protected premises networking capabilities. In one embodiment, a white list of devices authorized to access a premises network and a black list of device riot authorized to access a premises network are utilized. The black and white lists may be stored at a database in communication with an authorization manager or may be stored at the manager itself. When a client device is connected to a premise, the manager determines, based on the premises and/or device identity, whether the device is entitled to access. The authorization manager makes this determination based on whether the device is on the white or black list. If the device is on neither list, the manager may add the device to the white list upon appropriate verification. The manager may also facilitate removal of a device from the white list to the black list upon request or automatically.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data

81.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TAILORED VIDEO-ON-DEMAND CATALOGS

      
Application Number 16199409
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-11-26
First Publication Date 2019-03-28
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hasek, Charles

Abstract

A video-on-demand server, having a plurality of audiovisual assets stored in association therewith, and an application server module, are interconnected with a first group of consumer premises equipment (CPE) associated with a first group of subscribers and a second group of CPE associated with a second (different) group of subscribers, via a video content network. The application server module, the first group of CPE, and the second group of CPE are cooperatively configured to prepare a first video-on-demand catalog comprising a first group of the audiovisual assets and a second video-on-demand catalog comprising a second (different) group of the audiovisual assets. The application server module, the first group of CPE, and the second group of CPE are further cooperatively configured to make the first video-on-demand catalog available to the first group of subscribers and to make the second video-on-demand catalog available to the second group of subscribers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • 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 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof

82.

System and method for delivering media based on viewer behavior

      
Application Number 16206774
Grant Number 10531144
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-30
First Publication Date 2019-03-28
Grant Date 2020-01-07
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Yu, Jian
  • Chen, David
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Gould, Kenneth

Abstract

Methods, systems and devices are provided for communicating multimedia content over a service provider network. A network server may receive an audio-video stream from a content provider server, relaying the audio-video stream to a receiver device via the service provider network, receive an operating mode notification identifying a user behavior from the receiver device, and ceasing the relaying of the audio-video stream to the receiver device based on the user behavior. The network server may also alter the audio-video stream based on the received operating mode notification and send the altered audio-video stream to the receiver device via the service provider network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • 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 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests

83.

Network management and wireless channel adjustment

      
Application Number 16191183
Grant Number 10624153
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-11-14
First Publication Date 2019-03-14
Grant Date 2020-04-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kakinada, Umamaheswar A.
  • Manroa, Arun
  • Gangadhar, Rajesh
  • Srivastava, Praveen

Abstract

According to one configuration, an access point control resource receives channel allocation information indicating a change to allocation of channels in a wireless band currently used by multiple wireless access points to communicate with multiple communication devices in a network. The access point control resource uses the channel allocation information to identify a particular wireless channel (such as a de-allocated wireless channel) to be terminated from use by the multiple wireless access points. In accordance with the channel allocation information, when vacating use of the de-allocated channel, the access point control resource controls an order of terminating use of the particular wireless channel by the multiple wireless access points.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 76/36 - Selective release of ongoing connections for reassigning the resources associated with the released connections
  • H04W 36/08 - Reselecting an access point
  • H04W 16/14 - Spectrum sharing arrangements
  • H04W 72/04 - Wireless resource allocation
  • H04W 36/16 - Performing reselection for specific purposes

84.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR INTELLIGENT DEPLOYMENT OF NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE BASED ON TUNNELING OF ETHERNET RING PROTECTION

      
Application Number 16126834
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-10
First Publication Date 2019-03-07
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Hassan, Lance

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for intelligent deployment and transition from a first network infrastructure to a second network infrastructure. Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to, among other things, methods and apparatus that leverage tunneling of Ethernet ring network technologies. In one exemplary embodiment, a modified implementation of the ITU-T G.8032 data link protocol is combined with Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) transport networks to provide Carrier Ethernet and Retail Ethernet services. Unlike existing network infrastructure, the exemplary MPLS network aggregates traffic between the base station (BS) and mobile switching center (MSC) within a logical ring network topology.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/703 - Route fault prevention or recovery, e.g. rerouting, route redundancy, virtual router redundancy protocol [VRRP] or hot standby router protocol [HSRP]
  • H04L 12/437 - Ring fault isolation or reconfiguration
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04L 12/723 - Label or tag based routing, e.g. multi-protocol label switching [MPLS] or generalised multi-protocol label switching [GMPLS]
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration

85.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DATA COLLECTION, ANALYSIS AND SERVICE MODIFICATION BASED ON ONLINE ACTIVITY

      
Application Number 16173996
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-29
First Publication Date 2019-03-07
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Roosenraad, Chris
  • Harman, Richard
  • Watson, John W.
  • Turner, Christopher
  • Arnhold, Philip
  • Durham, Brian
  • Stovall, Barbara

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for evaluating collected data relating to online activity, and modification of services within a service provider network. In one embodiment, a service provider collects data relating to the online activity of users of third-party services and correlates the data with subscribers of the service provider to generate useful products and analytics (e.g., classifications, behavioral models, etc.) containing information relating to the subscribers' online activity. The generated products may be used to determine whether and how to modify services provided to individual subscribers, exported for use by third parties, or for other purposes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04L 29/08 - Transmission control procedure, e.g. data link level control procedure
  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements

86.

PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16119959
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-31
First Publication Date 2019-02-28
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprise LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Panagos, James
  • Spencer, Jeremy
  • Forbes, Jason

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for managing content delivery in a packetized network. The network provide content to a plurality of clients via a plurality of nodes. A security threat associated with one of the nodes is detected and in response the host uses border gateway protocol to communicate non-forwarding table information informing one or more nodes of the network of the threat. In another variant, communication allows the nodes to take local action to protect themselves. This same local action occurs on the host, allowing it to continue serving content. The host utilizes BGP to dynamically inform nodes of changes in the network traffic delivery rules, such as causing traffic to different clients having different levels of reliability and/or provided on a best-effort basis. The BGP may be utilized to add/remove routes or nodes and to identify and respond to potentially malicious activities, changes in network configuration, and/or delivery requirements.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/231 - Content storage operation, e.g. caching movies for short term storage, replicating data over plural servers or prioritizing data for deletion
  • H04L 12/751 - Topology update or discovery
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data

87.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PREMISES CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

      
Application Number 15901664
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-02-21
First Publication Date 2019-02-28
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Sarosi, George W.
  • Cholas, Chris

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for transfer and management of protected content in a network. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises server and renderer devices including, for example, consumer premise equipment (CPE) having a content handler application adapted to run thereon. The content handler directs requests for content, directs searches of a device's storage, and directs transfers of content into the device as well as within the device. The content handler may, in another embodiment, be adapted to include a scheduler entity which maintains a schedule of upcoming content, and is adapted to maintain and manage requests for the upcoming content by reserving tuner resources. The content handler may be further adapted to implement authentication and authorization procedures.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

88.

Methods and apparatus for software provisioning of a network device

      
Application Number 16160790
Grant Number 10863239
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-10-15
First Publication Date 2019-02-28
Grant Date 2020-12-08
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Anderson, Lori
  • Straub, Albert William

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for provisioning or updating software over a network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable network, and each particular client device (e.g., set-top box) on the network is identified by an address or other unique descriptor. A version association file stored on a server or downloaded to the device maps particular application versions to one or more addresses corresponding to individual client devices. When the version association file is modified or created, the server transmits an upgrade message over the network (optionally along with the current version association file). Upon receiving an upgrade message, a set-top box accesses the version association file, and compares a designated application version to that of the application currently in use. If the designated version is not present on the set-top, the box will terminate any old version of the application currently running and download and install the designated version.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 8/65 - Updates
  • H04N 21/434 - Disassembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. demultiplexing audio and video streams or extraction of additional data from a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Extraction or processing of SI; Disassembling of packetised elementary stream
  • H04N 21/458 - Scheduling content for creating a personalised stream, e.g. by combining a locally stored advertisement with an incoming stream; Updating operations, e.g. for OS modules
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof

89.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING SERVICE DELIVERY TELEMETRY

      
Application Number 16154488
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-08
First Publication Date 2019-02-14
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Dang, Niem

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for managing service delivery quality levels and telemetry. In one embodiment, an entity (such as a Session Resource Manager or SRM) receives network layout data from the network. The SRM uses the layout data to generate a mapping of the network. The SRM also receives performance data related to the interconnections of the network. The performance data is then applied to the mapping such that, in one variant, an visual overlay showing network flow and/or performance analytics is created. Based on this mapping showing layout and corresponding performance, the SRM generates rules for delivery of services. The rules may detail preferred routes and service level information. The rules are the distributed to nodes along the delivery route and delivery is executed in compliance with the rules.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration

90.

Methods and apparatus for transmitting time sensitive data over a tunneled bus interface

      
Application Number 15720603
Grant Number 10346226
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-09-29
First Publication Date 2019-02-07
Grant Date 2019-07-09
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Mcelrath, Jason
  • Sanghi, Karan
  • Garg, Saurabh

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for time sensitive data transfer between logical domains. In one embodiment, an user equipment (UE) device has an application processor (AP) coupled to a baseband processor (BB) that operate independently of one another normally, but may cooperate in limited hybrid use scenarios. For example, the BB receives audio packets via a cellular network that are converted to pulse code modulated (PCM) digital audio to be played by the AP. Unfortunately, since the AP and the BB are independently clocked, they will experience some clock drift. As a result, the audio playback may have undesirable artifacts if the drift is not otherwise compensated for. To these ends, the AP and/or BB determine a relative clock drift and compensate for playback by e.g., adding, padding, or deleting audio samples and/or audio packets. Techniques for handover scenarios are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 13/42 - Bus transfer protocol, e.g. handshake; Synchronisation
  • G06F 13/16 - Handling requests for interconnection or transfer for access to memory bus
  • G06F 9/46 - Multiprogramming arrangements
  • G06F 9/54 - Interprogram communication
  • G06F 13/362 - Handling requests for interconnection or transfer for access to common bus or bus system with centralised access control
  • H04W 84/04 - Large scale networks; Deep hierarchical networks
  • H04W 72/12 - Wireless traffic scheduling

91.

Methods and apparatus for context-specific content delivery

      
Application Number 16042982
Grant Number 10445784
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-23
First Publication Date 2019-02-07
Grant Date 2019-10-15
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Marsh, Christopher

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for generating and delivering selected primary content and contextually-related, targeted secondary content to users of a network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a packet-switched data (e.g., IP) network such as the Internet, and the primary content comprises video or media clips that are user-selectable via a network site or web page. The primary content carries with it descriptive metadata that is accessed by a distribution server and forwarded to a secondary content source. The secondary content source (or its proxy) utilizes the metadata to identify and return contextually-related secondary content such as advertising links. This secondary content is then presented to the user in conjunction with the primary content, such as in a common display window and in a seamless fashion, thereby avoiding distractions to the user associated with generating ancillary windows or other display mechanisms, and providing the user with highly relevant secondary content choices.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/951 - Indexing; Web crawling techniques
  • G06F 16/9535 - Search customisation based on user profiles and personalisation
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
  • G06F 16/2457 - Query processing with adaptation to user needs

92.

Access control, establishing trust in a wireless network

      
Application Number 16132456
Grant Number 10887771
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-16
First Publication Date 2019-02-07
Grant Date 2021-01-05
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Dubois, Harriet
  • Caldwell, Kevin

Abstract

A wireless access point provides a subscriber access to use of a core network. Several techniques are implemented to build trust that the subscriber is connected with and using a safe wireless network. Additional techniques can be used to control use of services provided by the wireless access point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • H04W 12/12 - Fraud detection
  • H04W 84/12 - WLAN [Wireless Local Area Networks]
  • H04W 12/00 - Security arrangements, e.g. access security or fraud detection; Authentication, e.g. verifying user identity or authorisation; Protecting privacy or anonymity

93.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING NETWORK RELIABILITY AND/OR ENABLING PHASED DEPLOYMENT OF VIDEO SERVICES

      
Application Number 16154619
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-10-08
First Publication Date 2019-02-07
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zelesko, Matthew
  • Manchester, James

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for automatically transitioning program delivery/reception between alternative sources, e.g., from a non-IP channel to an IP video source or between two alternative IP sources are described. The transition maybe triggered by a detected problem with the delivery via the non-IP channel or because of scheduled service. The transition may be in response to a command sent to a device or because the receiving device detects a problem with one of the content sources triggering an automatic switch to the alternative content source. In at least some embodiments the different content sources corresponding to different coding methods, e.g., with MPEG-2 encoded and packetized content being delivered by a non-IP content delivery channel and MPEG-4 being delivered using unicast IP content delivery techniques. The methods facilitate deployment of new services with IP content delivery being deployed initially on a regional basis with non-IP content delivery gradually being rolled out.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • 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 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing

94.

Methods and apparatus for client-based dynamic control of connections to co-existing radio access networks

      
Application Number 15659021
Grant Number 10368255
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-07-25
First Publication Date 2019-01-31
Grant Date 2019-07-30
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gunasekara, Don
  • Divvi, Venkata Ramana
  • Bencheikh, Ahmed

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for monitoring and controlling access to coexisting first and second networks, such as within a venue. In one embodiment, the first network is a managed network that includes wireless access points (APs) in data communication with a backend controller, which communicates with a client process on a user device. The client process uses indigenous radio technology of the user device to scan for coexisting networks, and report results to the controller. In one variant, the controller dynamically adjusts transmit characteristics of the AP(s) to manage interference between the coexisting networks. In another variant, the controller causes the energy detect threshold of the user device to be lowered so that it may detect WLAN signals when a coexisting RAT (for example, LTE-U or LTE-LAA) occupies the same channel and/or frequency. In another variant, the client process autonomously adjusts user device operation based on the scan.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 24/02 - Arrangements for optimising operational condition
  • H04B 17/309 - Measuring or estimating channel quality parameters
  • H04B 7/06 - Diversity systems; Multi-antenna systems, i.e. transmission or reception using multiple antennas using two or more spaced independent antennas at the transmitting station
  • H04W 84/12 - WLAN [Wireless Local Area Networks]
  • H04B 7/0413 - MIMO systems

95.

Wireless network management and online signup of services

      
Application Number 16121626
Grant Number 10462673
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-09-05
First Publication Date 2019-01-17
Grant Date 2019-10-29
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Zhang, Qiang
  • Manroa, Arun

Abstract

A wireless access point receives configuration information assigned to a particular service provider. The configuration information includes information indicating a wireless network identifier (such as a network name or SSID value) assigned to the service provider. The wireless network identifier is available for use by communication devices to establish a wireless connection with the wireless access point and perform multiple different functions. For example, the configuration information can include multiple resource links assigned to the particular service provider. Via use of the wireless network identifier, a communication device can establish a wireless communication link with the wireless access point. The communication device communicates a selected one of the multiple links to the wireless access point to indicate which of multiple functions (such as online sign-up or actual use of wireless network services) can is being requested.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 16/02 - Resource partitioning among network components, e.g. reuse partitioning
  • H04W 8/20 - Transfer of user or subscriber data
  • H04W 84/12 - WLAN [Wireless Local Area Networks]

96.

SCHEDULING TRIGGER APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number 16136127
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-09-19
First Publication Date 2019-01-17
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor Boortz, Jeffery Allen

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for embedding and associating triggers within a promotion or other similar content element with the event being promoted are disclosed. In one exemplary embodiment, consumer premises equipment (CPE) such as a digital set-top box is used to interface between the user and an external network (such as an HFC cable network) and facilitate the user selecting and scheduling viewing or recording of a subsequent event (e.g., broadcast movie) via the promotion itself. The trigger(s) within the promotion allow the user to contemporaneously select the promoted event for viewing, recording, etc. without any further action. The trigger(s) then initiates tuning of the user's receiver to the scheduled event at the appropriate date and time. This approach obviates additional actions by the user (such as programming their DVR), and also permits the user to commit to viewing the event when their interest level is highest; i.e., contemporaneous with the promotion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • 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 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • H04N 21/435 - Processing of additional data, e.g. decrypting of additional data or reconstructing software from modules extracted from the transport stream
  • 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 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04N 21/235 - Processing of additional data, e.g. scrambling of additional data or processing content descriptors
  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/422 - Input-only peripherals, e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
  • H04N 7/173 - Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/6334 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to client for authorisation, e.g. by transmitting a key
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • H04N 21/4722 - 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 for requesting additional data associated with the content
  • H04N 21/44 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing a video clip retrieved from local storage with an incoming video stream or rendering scenes according to MPEG-4 scene graphs
  • 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 21/2389 - Multiplex stream processing, e.g. multiplex stream encrypting
  • H04N 21/2347 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs involving video stream encryption
  • H04N 21/4227 - Remote input by a user located remotely from the client device, e.g. at work

97.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ENABLING PRESENCE-BASED AND USE-BASED SERVICES

      
Application Number 16036779
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-07-16
First Publication Date 2019-01-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Tidwell, Justin
  • Samame, Eduardo

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for enabling presence-based and/or use-based services. In one embodiment, a presence database and an evaluation entity collect information relating to a device's location and activity. The presence database collects location-based data to build anonymized user profiles; estimates a physical location of the device; and provides targeted content to the device. The user profiles are stored at e.g., a user premises, or at a headend network or elsewhere within the “cloud”. Additionally, in one variant, signals are collected from “smart” appliances (in a home or other premises) to create personal, shared, and family environmental settings which are instantiated when a user enters the premises. Methods and apparatus to collect browsing behavior across desktop and mobile devices on third party sites (including web browsing, social networking, and e-commerce) which are represented by the managed network are also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 
  • H04N 21/81 - Monomedia components thereof
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • 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 21/414 - Specialised client platforms, e.g. receiver in car or embedded in a mobile appliance
  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles

98.

PERSONAL MEDIA CHANNEL APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 16110582
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-23
First Publication Date 2019-01-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Donoghue, Patrick J.
  • Thomas, Jay

Abstract

Network content delivery apparatus and methods based on content compiled from various sources and particularly selected for a given user. In one embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network, and the content sources include DVR, broadcast, nPVR, and VOD. The user-targeted content is assembled into a playlist, and displayed as a continuous stream on a virtual channel particular to that user. User interfaces accessible through the virtual channel present various functional options, including the selection or exploration of content having similarity or prescribed relationships to other content, and the ability to order purchasable content. An improved electronic program guide is also disclosed which allows a user to start over, record, view, receive information on, “catch up”, and rate content. Apparatus for remote access and configuration of the playlist and virtual channel functions, as well as a business rules “engine” implementing operational or business goals, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2668 - Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
  • H04N 21/475 - End-user interface for inputting end-user data, e.g. PIN [Personal Identification Number] or preference data
  • H04N 21/258 - Client or end-user data management, e.g. managing client capabilities, user preferences or demographics or processing of multiple end-users preferences to derive collaborative data
  • H04N 21/482 - End-user interface for program selection
  • 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 5/445 - Receiver circuitry for displaying additional information
  • 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 5/45 - Picture in picture
  • H04N 21/422 - Input-only peripherals, e.g. global positioning system [GPS]
  • H04N 21/431 - Generation of visual interfaces; Content or additional data rendering
  • H04N 21/47 - End-user applications

99.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR PREDICTIVE DELIVERY OF CONTENT OVER A NETWORK

      
Application Number 16105890
Status Pending
Filing Date 2018-08-20
First Publication Date 2019-01-10
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rieger, Remi
  • Brooks, Paul D.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for optimizing bandwidth utilization in a cable network. In one embodiment, the method comprises predicting which content will be requested by a set of users based upon the exhibited viewing habits of those users (and/or others). A server process gathers viewership data comprising a listing of programs requested by users at various times of the day. The server process aggregates the viewership data, identifies patterns within the aggregated data, and extrapolates a schedule of programs likely to be requested. In certain embodiments, the server process additionally gathers the capabilities of each cable device in an associated subnetwork. Based upon these capabilities, and based upon the total bandwidth predicted to remain available in the network over a target broadcast period, the server process may also select an optimal compression scheme and video quality level before broadcasting a certain program.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/426 - Internal components of the client
  • 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 21/25 - Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication or learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • H04N 21/24 - Monitoring of processes or resources, e.g. monitoring of server load, available bandwidth or upstream requests
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • H04N 21/6338 - Control signals issued by server directed to the network components or client directed to network
  • H04N 21/466 - Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
  • 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

100.

Methods and apparatus for enabling media functionality in a content delivery network

      
Application Number 13794560
Grant Number 10178435
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-03-11
First Publication Date 2019-01-08
Grant Date 2019-01-08
Owner Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Patel, Vipul
  • Miller, Scott
  • Shah, Mehul
  • Yu, Jian

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing unified access to interactive media applications and services in a network. In one embodiment, the network comprises a content-based network such as a cable television or satellite network, and the applications are disposed at the network headend. A servlet is provided to facilitate communication between the applications and client devices. The servlet acts as a proxy for applications utilizing a different content format than the client devices. The applications obtain data from e.g., an internet host server via a gateway device. The client application(s) may comprise Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) pages, and are configured so as to permit use via a common interface (e.g., the user's set top box and television display). These client applications enable a user to, for example, search the internet for data relating to displayed content, post and navigate micro-blogs, instant messaging or SMS, making telephone calls (e.g., VoIP), address/contact management, or provide the user with additional information about a product or service. An application providing internet content to the client device is also provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol
  • 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 
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