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1.

CLOUD-BASED DIGITAL CONTENT RECORDER APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02968189
Status Pending
Filing Date 2017-05-25
Open to Public Date 2017-12-01
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 21/2747 - Remote storage of video programs received via the downstream path, e.g. from the server
  • H04N 21/274 - Storing end-user specific content or additional data in response to end-user request
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

2.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING A MEDIA STREAM

      
Document Number 02941117
Status Pending
Filing Date 2015-03-16
Open to Public Date 2015-09-24
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 21/432 - Content retrieval operation from a local storage medium, e.g. hard-disk
  • H04N 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]
  • 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 21/458 - 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 21/234 - Processing of video elementary streams, e.g. splicing of video streams or manipulating MPEG-4 scene graphs

3.

PACKETIZED CONTENT DELIVERY APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02920102
Status Pending
Filing Date 2014-08-01
Open to Public Date 2015-02-05
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 12/741 - Header address processing for routing, e.g. table lookup
  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04L 12/721 - Routing procedures, e.g. shortest path routing, source routing, link state routing or distance vector routing

4.

SITUATION-DEPENDENT DYNAMIC BIT RATE ENCODING AND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT

      
Document Number 02883262
Status Pending
Filing Date 2013-11-05
Open to Public Date 2014-05-22
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Manchester, James S.
  • Miles, Wilfred Jaime
  • Zelesko, Matthew
  • Wolf, Ethan

Abstract

An encoder resource receives segments of content on one or more data feeds. The encoder resource receives and/or produces encoder control information specifying multiple different bit rate data streams on which to encode the segments of content. As specified by the encoder control information, in accordance with encoding rules, the encoder resource adaptively encodes the segments of content into a varying number of different bit rate data streams. Clients in a network environment initiate retrieval of the varying number of different bit rate data streams to playback content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 21/238 - Interfacing the downstream path of the transmission network, e.g. adapting the transmission rate of a video stream to network bandwidth; Processing of multiplex streams

5.

MULTI-FORMAT DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT

      
Document Number 02875667
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-07-08
Open to Public Date 2014-01-16
Grant Date 2019-06-04
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Manchester, James S.
  • Angus, Michael
  • Miles, Wilfred Jaime

Abstract

A content delivery resource in a cable network receives a request for specified content. The content delivery resource retrieves profile information assigned to the subscriber domain. The profile information indicates multiple different playback formats assigned to the subscriber domain. To service the request, the content delivery resource utilizes the profile information associated with the subscriber domain to select versions of the specified content encoded in accordance with the multiple different playback formats. The content delivery resource then initiates transmission of the versions of the specified content in the multiple different playback formats to the subscriber domain for playback on multiple types of playback devices.

IPC Classes  ?

6.

WIRELESS SESSION CONFIGURATION PERSISTENCE

      
Document Number 02875653
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-05-28
Open to Public Date 2013-12-12
Grant Date 2019-08-06
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Coughlin, Brian
  • Chen, John A.

Abstract

A wireless access point employs a wireless configuration database for retrieving a stored wireless profile corresponding to a subscriber device from a remote location that enables the user to establish an Internet connection using their subscriber device with the same network identifiers and settings employed from the home wireless profile. The network identifier is typically an SSID (Service Set Identification), and labels the wireless configuration using a mnemonic name familiar to the user. The wireless configuration also denotes authentication and security (passphrase) tokens required for access, and would therefore enable the user to sign on at the remote wireless access point using the passphrase already known from their home WiFi arrangement. Subsequent attempts automatically establishing a connection to the subscriber device upon detection and authentication using the retrieved wireless profile without broadcasting an open SSID receivable by other wireless devices within range.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 48/08 - Access restriction or access information delivery, e.g. discovery data delivery
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication

7.

HANDOFFS BETWEEN ACCESS POINTS IN A WI-FI ENVIRONMENT

      
Document Number 02864176
Status Pending
Filing Date 2013-04-03
Open to Public Date 2013-10-17
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Srivastava, Praveen
  • Manroa, Arun
  • Bencheikh, Ahmed

Abstract

Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for providing active mobility of Wi-Fi enabled devices within a given wireless local area network (WLAN). In general, techniques include dynamically commanding Wi-Fi enabled devices to disconnect from a corresponding access point in response to meeting predetermined conditions. A forced disconnect can be based on various criteria such as low-power or lost packet thresholds triggering the forced disconnect. Such techniques cause a Wi-Fi enabled device to disconnect from one access point and connect to another access point before a connection quality deteriorates to a point that causes noticeable interruptions in connectivity or a generally poor experience, thereby enabling a smooth transition among access points.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 76/34 - Selective release of ongoing connections
  • H04B 17/318 - Received signal strength
  • H04W 76/10 - Connection setup
  • H04W 36/08 - Reselecting an access point
  • H04W 36/30 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by measured or perceived connection quality data

8.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING CONTENT TO AN IP-ENABLED DEVICE IN A CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

      
Document Number 02769893
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-02-29
Open to Public Date 2013-08-23
Grant Date 2019-05-07
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Williamson, Louis
  • Helms, William L.
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Paci, Noah
  • Nakhre, Tushar
  • Hasek, Charles
  • Huang, Shan
  • Danforth, Andrew

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing content to IP-enabled devices in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, a network architecture is disclosed which enables delivery of content to such IP-enabled devices without the use of a high-speed data connection This capability allow the managed network operator to provide content services to an IP-enabled device associated with a non-data subscriber. In one implementation, requests for content from user IP-enabled devices are received, authenticated, and content processed into a series of encrypted segments. Once the requesting user/device is authenticated, the segments are provided with a playlist. The rendering device is also provided access to a decryption key (e.g., via a URL to a managed key server). Variants providing (i) user access to the MSO distribution network via an indigenous modem or gateway; and (ii) user access to the MSO core via a gateway and a third party unmanaged network are described.

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 9/16 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication using a plurality of keys or algorithms the keys or algorithms being changed during operation
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

9.

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

      
Document Number 02806713
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-02-20
Open to Public Date 2013-08-23
Grant Date 2020-12-15
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 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations
  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication
  • H04L 12/18 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations for broadcast or conference

10.

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

      
Document Number 03093601
Status Pending
Filing Date 2013-02-20
Open to Public Date 2013-08-23
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  ?

  • H04H 60/82 - Arrangements characterised by transmission systems other than for broadcast, e.g. the Internet characterised by the transmission system itself the transmission system being the Internet
  • H04L 12/701 - Routing or path finding
  • H04W 4/30 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes
  • H04L 9/08 - Key distribution
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

11.

EXCLUDING SPECIFIC APPLICATION TRAFFIC FROM CUSTOMER CONSUMPTION DATA

      
Document Number 02861525
Status In Force
Filing Date 2013-01-03
Open to Public Date 2013-07-11
Grant Date 2019-09-10
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Kelsen, Michael S.
  • Nakhre, Tushar
  • Huang, Shan
  • Danforth, Andrew
  • Pfeffer, Howard

Abstract

Techniques disclosed herein include systems and methods for excluding specific application traffic from customer consumption-based data billing counts. This is useful for excluding traffic from consumption totals where the application traffic has been accounted for using other means, such as through billing as a separate or technically distinct service. In practice, a tablet computer (or other end user device) can run a video application that uses a high-speed data network via a cable modem. This video application may be included as part of a core video package associated with a distinct cable television service. The system then provides accurate consumption billing of customer traffic that is outside of any other managed services by creating separate logical data service flows at a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) for excluding specific traffic counts.

IPC Classes  ?

12.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR REDUCED SWITCHING DELAYS IN A CONTENT DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

      
Document Number 02843449
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-08-07
Open to Public Date 2013-02-28
Grant Date 2016-08-16
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Wolf, Ethan
  • Gaedtke, Jason

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for providing reduced channel switching delays in a content distribution network. In one embodiment, switching delays are reduced by caching background content at reduced quality and/or resolution. A manager entity is provided which manages which, and how many, background channels are cached. Additionally, the manager entity may classify each device in the network according a status thereof. When a particular device is in one status or mode, background content is cached; however, when the device is in another status or mode, it will no longer require background content caching. The provision of background content and the determination of a status may be based on for example the user or device behavior and patterns, user preferences or favorites, bandwidth availability, time of day, subscription level, type of program, recentness of channel change requests on the device (or associated devices), etc.

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
  • 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 12/54 - Store-and-forward switching systems

13.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ENFORCING CONTENT PROTECTION RULES DURING DATA TRANSFER BETWEEN DEVICES

      
Document Number 02813737
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-10-04
Open to Public Date 2012-04-12
Grant Date 2018-05-29
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Cholas, Chris

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for transferring data and content between devices while maintaining protection of the content. In one embodiment, one or more content protection rules are associated with the content. These rules include for example subscriber-specific, device-specific and/or content-specific rules on use, copying, or distribution. Content may be provided from a first device to second devices compliant with the rules. In one variant, a mobile version of the content is generated and provides to the requesting device. The original version of content is rendered unusable when the mobile version of the content is provided to the second device, and may only be useable again when the content is removed or otherwise disabled on the second device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04N 21/254 - Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server or rights management server
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material

14.

A SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A COMMUNICATION SESSION

      
Document Number 02808995
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-15
Open to Public Date 2012-02-23
Grant Date 2016-10-11
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, John Anthony
  • Coughlin, Brian
  • Filippi, Geoff

Abstract

Systems and methods for maintaining a communication session. A gateway supports both a local access point (AP) and a virtual AP. The local AP is accessible only to an "owner" of the gateway. The virtual AP (VAP) is accessible to devices associated with the owner of the gateway and to roaming Wi-Fi devices. A datastore conveys information about the roaming Wi-Fi devices to the VAP to permit them to access the VAP without the need for manual configuration of the VAP. A roaming Wi-Fi/cellular device may communicate with a gateway via a tunnel to maintain session connectivity during roaming. A session may be initiated on one network, such as a Wi-Fi network or a cellular network, handed off to another network, such as a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network, and then returned to network on which the session was initiated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 36/14 - Reselecting a network or an air interface
  • H04W 8/02 - Processing of mobility data, e.g. registration information at HLR [Home Location Register] or VLR [Visitor Location Register]; Transfer of mobility data, e.g. between HLR, VLR or external networks
  • H04W 48/18 - Selecting a network or a communication service
  • H04W 88/06 - Terminal devices adapted for operation in multiple networks, e.g. multi-mode terminals
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

15.

A SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WI-FI ROAMING

      
Document Number 02809023
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-08-15
Open to Public Date 2012-02-23
Grant Date 2016-10-11
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Chen, John Anthony
  • Coughlin, Brian
  • Filippi, Geoff
  • Hawkins, Dave

Abstract

Systems and methods for Wi-Fi roaming. A gateway supports both a local access point (AP) and a virtual AP. The local AP is accessible only to an "owner" of the gateway. The virtual AP (VAP) is accessible to devices associated with the owner of the gateway and to roaming Wi-Fi devices. A datastore conveys information about the roaming Wi-Fi devices to the VAP to permit them to access the VAP without the need for manual configuration of the VAP. A roaming Wi-Fi device may communicate with a gateway via a tunnel to maintain session connectivity during roaming. A session may be initiated on one network, such as a Wi-Fi network or a cellular network, handed off to another network, such as a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network, and then returned to network on which the session was initiated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 8/02 - Processing of mobility data, e.g. registration information at HLR [Home Location Register] or VLR [Visitor Location Register]; Transfer of mobility data, e.g. between HLR, VLR or external networks
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04W 36/14 - Reselecting a network or an air interface
  • H04L 29/06 - Communication control; Communication processing characterised by a protocol

16.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CONTENT MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNT LINKING ACROSS MULTIPLE CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORKS

      
Document Number 02804817
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-07-12
Open to Public Date 2012-02-16
Grant Date 2017-06-20
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 service provider portal (e.g., website), and requests content. The service provider 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 service provider may be federated, thus a given user will have MSO-specific information regarding its identity (such as login information, GUID, etc.) and is able to perform a single sign on to request and receive content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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 21/6377 - Control signals issued by the client directed to the server or network components directed to server
  • H04N 21/643 - Communication protocols
  • H04N 21/658 - Transmission by the client directed to the server
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04L 12/46 - Interconnection of networks
  • H04L 12/66 - Arrangements for connecting between networks having differing types of switching systems, e.g. gateways
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material

17.

INTERNET PROTOCOL MULTIMEDIA SUBSYSTEM VOICE-VIDEO MAIL SERVICE OVER A HOME NETWORK

      
Document Number 02781146
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-11-17
Open to Public Date 2011-05-26
Grant Date 2019-01-15
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Carlucci, John
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.

Abstract

At least one voice server uses a voice protocol requiring both a server component and a client component. At least one client device lacks the client component. The at least one client device is located in a premises remote from the voice server. A translator device is located in the premises, and a video content network, configured for communication in accordance with the voice protocol, interconnects the voice server and the translator device. A premises network interconnects the translator device and the at least one client device. The premises network is configured in accordance with a premises network protocol. The translator is provided with the client component of the voice protocol and is configured to translate between the voice protocol and the premises network protocol. In some instances, the voice server is a voice mail server and the voice protocol is a voice mail protocol. In other cases, the voice server is a session initiation protocol (SIP) server and the voice protocol is SIP.

IPC Classes  ?

18.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING ENTITLEMENTS TO DATA OVER A NETWORK

      
Document Number 02769842
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-06
Open to Public Date 2011-02-10
Grant Date 2017-06-20
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Dillon, Michael
  • Stern, Peter
  • Putsch, Jon
  • Meyers, Matthew

Abstract

A system and method for determining entitlement to content residing on a server. A subscriber computing device operated by a subscriber generates a request for access to a requested content residing on a content access provider server. The subscriber has an account with a multi-channel video program distributor (MVPD) and the account comprises subscription information indicative of the services provided by the MVPD to the subscriber. The content request is received by the content access provider and forwarded to an entitlements server. The entitlement determines whether the subscriber is entitled to receive the requested content based on the subscription information and sends an access granted message to the content access provider server when the subscriber is entitled to receive the requested content.

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
  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material

19.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING A PAYLOAD AMONG MULTIPLE HOMED NETWORKS

      
Document Number 02770391
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-08-06
Open to Public Date 2011-02-10
Grant Date 2018-11-06
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Venkateswaran, Vijay

Abstract

Systems and methods that permit an end device to partition a payload into payload portions for simultaneous transmission over multiple networks so as to increase the effective bandwidth available to the end device. The end device may also receive portions of a partitioned payload via multiple networks and reassemble the payload into its pre-partitioned form.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]

20.

DESTINATION BASED METHODOLOGY FOR MANAGING NETWORK RESOURCES

      
Document Number 02709364
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-07-08
Open to Public Date 2011-01-10
Grant Date 2017-07-18
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Da Silva, Ron
  • Huang, Shan
  • Kelsen, Michael S.

Abstract

A replicator is configured to be coupled to a first packet-based network, and a packet analysis module and a router are coupled to the replicator. The router is configured to be coupled to a second packet-based network. The replicator receives packets from the first packet-based network, passes the packets to the router, and passes a copy of the packets to the packet analysis module. The packet analysis module identifies, in a set of customers of the second packet-based network, a top usage subset. The top usage subset includes those of the customers who are using more bandwidth of the second packet-based network than other ones of the customers. The top usage subset includes at least two of the customers. The packet analysis module identifies, at an entry point of the second packet-based network, routes of packets destined for the top usage subset. The router discards a predetermined percentage of the packets destined for the top usage subset. The predetermined percentage is determined in order to reduce bandwidth utilization of the second packet-based network by a desired amount. The predetermined percentage is identical for all of the customers in the top usage subset.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/813 - Policy-based control, e.g. policing
  • H04L 12/823 - Packet dropping
  • H04L 12/851 - Traffic type related actions, e.g. QoS or priority
  • H04L 12/859 - Flow control actions based on the nature of the application, e.g. controlling web browsing or e-mail traffic

21.

MEDIA BRIDGE APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02763413
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-06-08
Open to Public Date 2010-12-16
Grant Date 2016-05-10
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Helms, William L.
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for content, media and data delivery and access between devices of a premises and one or more portable media devices. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a media bridge between a portable media device (PMD) and a user's home network and/or home devices (e.g., set-top boxes, DVRs, etc.)). The apparatus is adapted to convert content stored on a PMD to a format capable of being rendered on a home device which may then store or playback the content Control of the presentation is also provided by the bridging apparatus. The apparatus may also be adapted to transfer content from the home device to the PMD for storage or playback. In another embodiment, the apparatus may function within a home network having a trusted domain to provide content between a plurality devices on the network (and in the domain) and the PMD.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04L 12/66 - Arrangements for connecting between networks having differing types of switching systems, e.g. gateways

22.

RECOMMENDATION ENGINE APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02762974
Status In Force
Filing Date 2010-03-30
Open to Public Date 2010-10-07
Grant Date 2019-06-11
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 play list, 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 21/258 - 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 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors

23.

RECOMMENDATION ENGINE APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 03041380
Status Pending
Filing Date 2010-03-30
Open to Public Date 2010-10-07
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 play list, 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 21/84 - Generation or processing of descriptive data, e.g. content descriptors

24.

MULTI-STREAM PREMISES APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Document Number 03034726
Status Pending
Filing Date 2009-02-18
Open to Public Date 2009-08-27
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Helms, William L.
  • Sarosi, George W.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for enhanced tuner efficiency, wherein tuner resources function to permit multiple content streams to be demultiplexed and thus made available for subsequent display. In one embodiment, Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) comprises a resource manager on which a guide application is run to control the tuning of an available tuner resource. This approach obviates reliance on OCAP or other proprietary vendor architecture applications. In another variant, the CPE is adapted to receive RF source data from a wideband tuner, or multiple tuners. The CPE may also be utilized in conjunction with other system configurations designed to enforce a security or other policies within a premises network. The CPE may also employ 'look ahead' capabilities to anticipate a QAM stream content before it is received.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/455 - Demodulation-circuits
  • H04N 21/40 - Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB [set-top-box]; Operations thereof
  • H04N 21/436 - Interfacing a local distribution network, e.g. communicating with another STB or inside the home
  • H04L 27/34 - Amplitude- and phase-modulated carrier systems, e.g. quadrature-amplitude modulated carrier systems

25.

MULTI-STREAM PREMISES APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR USE IN A CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK

      
Document Number 02722792
Status In Force
Filing Date 2009-02-18
Open to Public Date 2009-08-27
Grant Date 2019-04-09
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Cholas, Chris
  • Helms, William L.
  • Sarosi, George W.

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for enhanced tuner efficiency, wherein tuner resources function to permit multiple content streams to be demultiplexed and thus made available for subsequent display, hi one embodiment, Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) comprises a resource manager on which a guide application is run to control the tuning of an available tuner resource. This approach obviates reliance on OCAP or other proprietary vendor architecture applications, hi another variant, the CPE is adapted to receive RF source data from a wideband tuner, or multiple tuners. The CPE may also be utilized in conjunction with other system configurations designed to enforce a security or other policies within a premises network. The CPE may also employ 'look ahead' capabilities to anticipate a QAM stream content before it is received.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/43 - Processing of content or additional data, e.g. demultiplexing additional data from a digital video stream; Elementary client operations, e.g. monitoring of home network or synchronizing decoder's clock; Client middleware
  • H04N 7/24 - Systems for the transmission of television signals using pulse code modulation

26.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTING AND DELIVERING ADS BASED ON CROSS-PLATFORM ACTIVITY

      
Document Number 02646147
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-10
Open to Public Date 2009-06-13
Grant Date 2017-04-25
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Riedl, Steve
  • Santangelo, Bryan
  • Zimbelman, Gabe

Abstract

A cross-platform advertising system utilizes viewing data, browsing data, and telephone call data to establish subscriber account profile and, optionally, user profiles for users at the subscriber account. An ad selection processor selects ads based on subscriber account profile and, optionally, the user profile. An ad delivery processor delivers the selected ads to a device associated with the subscriber account.

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
  • G09F 27/00 - Combined visual and audible advertising or displaying, e.g. for public address
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

27.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR VIDEO-ON-DEMAND PLAYLIST

      
Document Number 02645523
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-12-01
Open to Public Date 2009-06-10
Grant Date 2016-09-20
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Riedl, Steven
  • Callahan, John
  • Santangelo, Bryan
  • Mahonchak, Craig

Abstract

A method of providing programming content from a video server to a client coupled to the video server by a video content network includes the steps of sending, to the client, a playlist describing an interrelationship between at least one program segment and at least one related segment; sending, from the video server to the client over the video content network, video content comprising the at least one program segment and the at least one related segment; and modifying the playlist via communication to the client. The steps of sending the playlist, sending the content, and modifying the playlist are all accomplished within a single video-on-demand session per user.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/65 - Transmission of management data between client and server
  • H04H 20/38 - Arrangements for distribution where lower stations, e.g. receivers, interact with the broadcast
  • H04H 60/72 - Systems specially adapted for using specific information, e.g. geographical or meteorological information using EPGs [Electronic Programme Guides]
  • 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 21/266 - 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

28.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REMOTE CONTROL OF DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDERS AND THE LIKE

      
Document Number 02697041
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-08-21
Open to Public Date 2009-02-26
Grant Date 2017-07-11
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Marsh, Christopher
  • Thomas, Jay
  • Webb, William
  • Bell, David

Abstract

A system stores a first permission parameter associated with a first user of a set of digital video recorders (DVRs) and at least a second permission parameter associated with a second user of the set. The second permission parameter defines a different level of permission for controlling the set than the first permission parameter. At least one server receives a first request to control the set from the first user and a second request to control the set from the second user. The set is controlled in accordance with: (i) the first request, based on the first permission parameter, and (ii) the second request, based on the second permission parameter. The controlling includes at least communicating with the set over a network. Techniques are also provided for directly obtaining information on a DVR in real time over a content network.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/765 - Interface circuits between an apparatus for recording and another apparatus
  • H04H 60/72 - Systems specially adapted for using specific information, e.g. geographical or meteorological information using EPGs [Electronic Programme Guides]
  • H04N 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]
  • 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
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

29.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

      
Document Number 02673676
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-12-21
Open to Public Date 2008-07-03
Grant Date 2014-12-09
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Benya, Robert
  • Kasanin, James

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for supporting content delivery service are described. In accordance with the invention content can be supplied to temporary storage of a regional or local server used to supply the content to a customer's premises when the requested content is not already available in the regional or local server. A content server hierarchy may be implemented with servers higher up in the hierarchy including more content, e.g., titles, than the number of titles stored in the lower level servers. By storing less frequently accessed content in servers higher in the hierarchy and frequently requested titles lower in the hierarchy, a vast number of titles can be supported without overburdening the storage available at local and regional servers. In addition, a national or other server high in the hierarchy can be used to store, move, and distribute local or other content as part of an on demand service.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/222 - Secondary servers, e.g. proxy server or cable television Head-end
  • 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 21/2543 - Billing

30.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPORTING CONTENT DISTRIBUTION

      
Document Number 02860481
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-12-21
Open to Public Date 2008-07-03
Grant Date 2016-09-13
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hardin, Glen
  • Benya, Robert
  • Kasanin, James

Abstract

A content distribution system, comprising: a plurality of regional content servers, at least some of said regional content servers including long term and short term content stores; a multi-region content server, coupled to said regional content servers, the multi-region content server including a data base including more content titles than individual ones of said regional content servers; and a content distribution control apparatus for controlling distribution of content to one or more of said regional content servers in response to a request for content which is not available from one of the regional content servers used to service a user initiating said request.

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 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 12/58 - Message switching systems

31.

PERSONAL CONTENT SERVER APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02653220
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-05-22
Open to Public Date 2007-12-13
Grant Date 2014-02-04
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lajoie, Michael L.
  • Hayashi, Michael

Abstract

Personal content server apparatus and associated methods that allow a user (e.g., cable or satellite network subscriber) to access content, such as a video program, from a location outside the subscriber's network. In one embodiment, a personal content server streams the content to the subscriber over a network connection from the local e.g., (subscription) network to a remote network upon authorization by a content manager process. Various access, business or operational rules are applied depending on the content and delivery mode; e.g., to live video broadcast, video-on-demand (VOD), or archived content from the subscriber's digital video recorder (DVR) or networked PVR. Secondary content (e.g., promotions, advertisements, etc.) can also be selectively replaced if desired in order to make the remotely delivered content more appropriate to the remote user's context.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 5/775 - Interface circuits between an apparatus for recording and another apparatus between a recording apparatus and a television receiver
  • H04N 5/76 - Television signal recording

32.

SECONDARY CONTENT INSERTION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02653195
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-05-22
Open to Public Date 2007-12-06
Grant Date 2014-02-04
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Lajoie, Michael, L.
  • Hayashi, Michael
  • Riedl, Steven

Abstract

Apparatus and associated methods that allow a user (e.g., cable or satellite network subscriber) to access content, such as a video program, from a location outside the subscriber's network, with dynamic or adaptive insertion of secondary content (e.g., advertisements or promotions) that are more relevant for that context. In one embodiment, a personal content server streams the content to the subscriber over a network connection from the local e.g., (subscription) network to a remote network upon authorization by a content manager process; secondary content is evaluated and selectively inserted or replaced depending on factors such as the user's remote location, the configuration of their platform, the date and time of their access request, and/or the subject matter of the primary content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/23 - Processing of content or additional data; Elementary server operations; Server middleware
  • H04N 21/21 - Server components or server architectures
  • H04N 21/40 - Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB [set-top-box]; Operations thereof

33.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CENTRALIZED CONTENT AND DATA DELIVERY

      
Document Number 02646146
Status Pending
Filing Date 2007-03-14
Open to Public Date 2007-09-27
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.
  • Williamson, Louis D.
  • Carlucci, John B.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for centralized content, media and data delivery and access within a premises such as, e.g., a residence. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a remotely manageable premises device that acts as a centralized client networking platform, providing gateway services such as network management as well as traditional content and high-speed data delivery functions. The device also acts as the shared internet connection for all devices in the premises via a cable modem, sharing personal and DVR content such as video, music and photos (and any associated metadata) throughout the premises, and providing both a wired and wireless network in the home. Telephony services utilizing e.g., embedded multimedia terminal adapter (eMTA) and/or Wi-Fi architectures may also be provided via the device. The device can also provide a trusted domain for content or data, as well as allowing a subscriber total mobility in the home.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04W 12/06 - Authentication
  • H04W 80/04 - Network layer protocols, e.g. mobile IP [Internet Protocol]
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system
  • H04L 12/66 - Arrangements for connecting between networks having differing types of switching systems, e.g. gateways
  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication

34.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SELECTING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR PROGRAMMING AND DATA DELIVERY

      
Document Number 02643806
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-02-27
Open to Public Date 2007-09-07
Grant Date 2013-06-25
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Hasek, Charles A.
  • Markley, Jeffrey P.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for selecting digital technology for programming and data ~ delivery over, e.g., a content-based network. In one embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable or satellite network that includes a server process interfacing with a plurality of customer premises equipment (CPE), and/or associated client devices, each having different capabilities profiles. The server determines the one or more capabilities possessed by the CPE, and evaluates one or more program or content choices for possible delivery to that CPE based on its profile. The server generates a list of programs or content based on this evaluation, and transmits this list to the CPE, which displays the list for viewing by a user. The user is therefore offered a list of available content that is compatible with their specific configuration. A business and operational rules engine is also optionally employed to control the operation of the foregoing processes to accomplish particular business or operational goals.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 7/10 - Adaptations for transmission by electrical cable

35.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EFFICIENT IP MULTICASTING IN A CONTENT-BASED NETWORK

      
Document Number 02572717
Status In Force
Filing Date 2007-01-02
Open to Public Date 2007-07-03
Grant Date 2012-02-21
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Gould, Kenneth

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for assigning physical channels in a content-based network. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a cable television network having a plurality of cable modems, and the physical channels are assigned to the cable modems based at least in part on any multicast transmissions that may exist on the system. When two cable modems are receiving the same multicast transmission, the invention causes tuning of one or more of the cable modems to the same physical channel in order to limit the total number multicast transmissions on the network. Multicast transmissions typically comprise video or audio information, but other types of information may also be multicast according to the invention. In another embodiment, a multicast transmission list (containing a list of multicast transmissions and the corresponding physical channels) is sent to the set of cable modems. This list is used by the modems (or associated CPE) to manage channel allocation and tuning.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/61 - Network physical structure; Signal processing
  • H04L 12/18 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations for broadcast or conference
  • H04N 17/00 - Diagnosis, testing or measuring for television systems or their details

36.

SELF-MONITORING AND OPTIMIZING NETWORK APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Document Number 02562322
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-10-03
Open to Public Date 2007-04-04
Grant Date 2012-11-13
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Rieger, Remi
  • Brooks, Paul D.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for dynamically and automatically allocating network resources through anticipatory analysis and control. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a broadcast switched digital architecture, and network bandwidth allocation to multiple digital program streams is performed by processing historical user tuning data, which is obtained directly from the subscriber's consumer premises equipment (e.g., DSTB). When an increase or decrease in bandwidth required to support certain programs is anticipated, network resource re-allocation is performed automatically by a software process running on the switching server. In this fashion, speculative but "intelligent" projections of bandwidth and program stream requirements can be made automatically by the server software, without operator intervention. The server also optionally dictates the optimal monitoring and data collection parameters to the DSTB.

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 21/40 - Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB [set-top-box]; Operations thereof
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration

37.

A CABLE MODEM ANALYSIS SYSTEM AND METHOD THEREFOR FOR AN HFC CABLE NETWORK

      
Document Number 02558122
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-08-31
Open to Public Date 2007-02-28
Grant Date 2016-03-29
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Berger, William H.
  • Bowen, Todd

Abstract

A modem checker diagnostic toolkit comprises a modem checker client and a modem analysis server. The modem checker client comprises a modem query interface to communicate with the modem analysis server to acquire information indicative of the operational status of a modem and to display the information graphically. A user requests data relating to a particular modem by entering the MAC address of the modem into a query field. The modem checker client interacts with the modem analysis server to acquire information relating to the subscriber associated with the modem MAC address, the services authorized for the modem, and data indicative of the status and performance of the modem. In addition, the modem analysis server interacts with the modem operating system to retrieve modem performance data from modem logs. The modem checker client further provides a link that directs the modem analysis server for remotely resetting the modem regardless of its current status.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations
  • H04L 29/02 - Communication control; Communication processing
  • H04M 11/06 - Simultaneous speech and data transmission, e.g. telegraphic transmission over the same conductors
  • H04N 17/00 - Diagnosis, testing or measuring for television systems or their details

38.

TECHNIQUE FOR PROVIDING ON A PROGRAM CHANNEL COMPOSITE PROGRAMMING CONTENT ATTRIBUTED TO DIFFERENT SOURCES

      
Document Number 02539749
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-03-15
Open to Public Date 2006-09-15
Grant Date 2016-03-08
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Staniec, Thomas J.
  • Harris, Robert

Abstract

In providing composite programming content from different sources on a program channel, a host processor joins IP multicast groups for which "live" contents from multiple sources are provided. Specifically, the host processor collects packets containing the live contents based on their destination addresses associated with the IP multicast groups. Segments of the received live contents are selected to realize the composite programming content, which is provided on the program channel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 60/04 - Studio equipment; Interconnection of studios
  • H04L 12/18 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations for broadcast or conference

39.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK CONTENT DOWNLOAD AND RECORDING

      
Document Number 02539137
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-03-09
Open to Public Date 2006-09-14
Grant Date 2012-01-17
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Riedl, Steven
  • Callahan, John
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Josephs, Hugh

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing content to users of a network that can be selectively recorded via the user's equipment. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, and on-demand (OD) sessions are used to provide high-speed download of the requested content to the users. The user's equipment (e.g., set-top box) is equipped with a high-density recording device which can both record the content onto a selected medium (e.g., DVD) and optionally provide copyright protection via one or more means such as limiting the number of copies that can be made, and/or digital watermarking. The network operator can also restrict the establishment of the on- demand sessions and/or release of the content to subscribers based on parameters including prior purchase of the content by the user, and the timing of the release of the same content via other distribution channels such as rental and retail.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2385 - Channel allocation; Bandwidth allocation
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management

40.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK CONTENT DOWNLOAD AND RECORDING

      
Document Number 02756571
Status In Force
Filing Date 2006-03-09
Open to Public Date 2006-09-14
Grant Date 2015-11-24
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Riedl, Steven
  • Callahan, John
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Josephs, Hugh

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for providing content to users of a network that can be selectively recorded via the user's equipment. In an exemplary embodiment, the network comprises a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network, and on-demand (OD) sessions are used to provide high-speed download of the requested content to the users. The user's equipment (e.g., set-top box) is equipped with a high-density recording device which can both record the content onto a selected medium (e.g., DVD) and optionally provide copyright protection via one or more means such as limiting the number of copies that can be made, and/or digital watermarking. The network operator can also restrict the establishment of the on-demand sessions and/or release of the content to subscribers based on parameters including prior purchase of the content by the user, and the timing of the release of the same content via other distribution channels such as rental and retail.

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 21/2662 - 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 21/83 - Generation or processing of protective or descriptive data associated with content; Content structuring
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • H04N 19/61 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using transform coding in combination with predictive coding

41.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIDEBAND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT

      
Document Number 02590138
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-14
Open to Public Date 2006-06-22
Grant Date 2013-04-30
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Helms, William
  • Williamson, Louis D.

Abstract

A method and apparatus to create and transmit transport multiplexes comprising one or more levels of service over a network. In one embodiment, the level of service comprises high definition (HD) content or programs, and the transmitted multiplexes are distributed over a plurality of downstream RF carriers in a cable network simultaneously. A head-end architecture for performing the multiplexing and distribution of multiple HD programs over the multiple carriers (i.e., in a "wideband" configuration) is disclosed. CPE having one or more wideband tuners is also disclosed, the CPE being adapted to receive the multiplexed HD content from the various RF carriers, and demultiplex it in order to permit decoding and subsequent viewing by the user. The use of multiple HD source programs with the multiplex advantageously provides for enhanced statistical multiplexing by providing a larger "pool" of constituent inputs and available carriers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • 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
  • H04B 1/66 - TRANSMISSION - Details of transmission systems not characterised by the medium used for transmission for improving efficiency of transmission
  • H04N 11/02 - Colour television systems with bandwidth reduction
  • H04N 11/04 - Colour television systems using pulse code modulation

42.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WIDEBAND DISTRIBUTION OF CONTENT

      
Document Number 02806443
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-14
Open to Public Date 2006-06-22
Grant Date 2017-11-21
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Carlucci, John B
  • Helms, William
  • Williamson, Louis D.

Abstract

A method and apparatus to create and transmit transport multiplexes comprising one or more levels of service over a network. In one embodiment, the level of service comprises high definition (HD) content or programs, and the transmitted multiplexes are distributed over a plurality of downstream RF carriers in a cable network simultaneously. A head- end architecture for performing the multiplexing and distribution of multiple HD programs over the multiple carriers (i.e., in a "wideband" configuration) is disclosed. CPE having one or more wideband tuners is also disclosed, the CPE being adapted to receive the multiplexed HD content from the various RF carriers, and demultiplex it in order to permit decoding and subsequent viewing by the user. The use of multiple HD source programs with the multiplex advantageously provides for enhanced statistical multiplexing by providing a larger "pool" of constituent inputs and available carriers.

IPC Classes  ?

43.

TECHNIQUE FOR SECURELY COMMUNICATING PROGRAMMING CONTENT

      
Document Number 02826977
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-07
Open to Public Date 2006-06-15
Grant Date 2018-01-16
Owner
  • TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
  • COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Helms, William
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Hayashi, Michael T.
  • Fahrny, James W.

Abstract

A technique is provided for securely transferring programming content from a first device in a first layer, e.g., a trusted domain, to a second device in a second layer, e.g., outside the trusted domain. When a user requests that the first device transfer protected content to the second device, the first device needs to authenticate the second device. After the second device is authenticated, the first device may transfer to the second device the protected content, together with a rights file associated therewith. The rights file specifies the rights of the second device to use the protected content, according to its security level indicative of its security. These rights may concern, e.g., the number of times that the second device may subsequently transfer the protected content to other devices, the time period within which the second device may play the protected content, etc. The higher the security level of the second device is, the more rights accorded thereto. Indeed, the second device may need to meet a minimum security level requirement in order for it to receive or keep the protected content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/4627 - Rights management
  • 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 21/4147 - PVR [Personal Video Recorder]

44.

TECHNIQUE FOR SECURELY COMMUNICATING PROGRAMMING CONTENT

      
Document Number 02590044
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-12-07
Open to Public Date 2006-06-15
Grant Date 2013-11-19
Owner
  • TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
  • COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Helms, William
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Hayashi, Michael T.
  • Fahrny, James W.

Abstract

A technique is provided for securely transferring programming content from a first device in a first layer, e.g., a trusted domain, to a second device in a second layer, e.g., outside the trusted domain. When a user requests that the first device transfer protected content to the second device, the first device needs to authenticate the second device. After the second device is authenticated, the first device may transfer to the second device the protected content, together with a rights file associated therewith. The rights file specifies the rights of the second device to use the protected content, according to its security level indicative of its security. These rights may concern, e.g., the number of times that the second device may subsequently transfer the protected content to other devices, the time period within which the second device may play the protected content, etc. The higher the security level of the second device is, the more rights accorded thereto. Indeed, the second device may need to meet a minimum security level requirement in order for it to receive or keep the protected content.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication

45.

A SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING PREMIUM TRANSPORT IN A DOCSIS-COMPLIANT CABLE NETWORK

      
Document Number 02525173
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-11-02
Open to Public Date 2006-05-05
Grant Date 2016-01-05
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Pfeffer, Howard
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Da Silva, Ron

Abstract

A system and method for providing premium transport in a DOCSIS-compliant cable network. An edge server in a DOCSIS-compliant cable network maintains a list of preferred content providers (PCPs). For each PCP, the PCP list comprises matching criteria. The edge server monitors the header of incoming packets for the matching criteria. A packet that matches the matching criteria is modified by the edge server causing the packet to be associated with a "premium" downstream service flow. Packets sent in response to a "preferred" packet are parsed by a cable modem and routed upstream according to a "premium" upstream service flow.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/865 - Priority-based scheduling
  • H04N 21/23 - Processing of content or additional data; Elementary server operations; Server middleware
  • H04L 12/701 - Routing or path finding
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04L 29/02 - Communication control; Communication processing

46.

TECHNIQUE FOR TRANSFERRING ENCRYPTED CONTENT FROM FIRST DEVICE TO SECOND DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH SAME USER

      
Document Number 02804427
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-07-15
Open to Public Date 2006-02-23
Grant Date 2014-10-07
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 if the second device is associated with the same user, and also provided with the second encrypted content key version.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/14 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication using a plurality of keys or algorithms
  • H04L 9/06 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication the encryption apparatus using shift registers or memories for blockwise coding, e.g. D.E.S. systems
  • H04L 9/30 - Public key, i.e. encryption algorithm being computationally infeasible to invert and users' encryption keys not requiring secrecy

47.

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

      
Document Number 02574272
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-07-15
Open to Public Date 2006-02-23
Grant Date 2013-04-09
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 if the second device is associated with the same user, and also provided with the second encrypted content key version.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/00 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication

48.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NETWORK BANDWIDTH ALLOCATION

      
Document Number 02572688
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-06-28
Open to Public Date 2006-01-12
Grant Date 2014-09-09
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Hardin, Glen

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for assigning bandwidth to a network based on two or more different service levels. In an exemplary embodiment, video on-demand (VOD) session requests within a service group of an HFC cable network are assigned bandwidth such that maximum opportunity is given to grant HD VOD request among SD VOD requests, while meeting the goal of minimizing service disruption by spreading the sessions over multiple QAM channels, and limiting the maximum number of active VOD sessions of any kind.

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
  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration

49.

METHOD TO BLOCK UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO TFTP SERVER CONFIGURATION FILES

      
Document Number 02473326
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-07-08
Open to Public Date 2006-01-08
Grant Date 2014-12-23
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Danforth, Andrew
  • Gould, Kenneth

Abstract

The present invention teaches methods and systems for blocking unauthorized access to cable modem configuration files stored on trivial file transfer protocol (TFTP) servers. Filenames are modified by the DHCP to incorporate an authentication key (and optional cloaking) prior to transmission to the cable modem. When the TFTP server receives a modified filename, it also generates an authentication key. The authentication keys must match in order for the cable modem to receive the configuration file requested. At a minimum, authentication keys depend upon the un-modified filename, the cable modem IP address and a "coordination pass phrase" known to the TFTP server and DHCP server, but not known to the cable modem. Variations include optional cloaking, various actions performed for non-matching authentication keys, selection of authentication key generating algorithm and inclusion of cable modem MAC address in the authentication key for all cable modems or for premium service customer cable modems.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

50.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF NETWORK SOFTWARE INTERFACES

      
Document Number 02508747
Status In Force
Filing Date 2005-05-31
Open to Public Date 2005-12-30
Grant Date 2012-12-04
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ladd, Patrick
  • Sarosi, George W.
  • Helms, William

Abstract

Apparatus and methods for improved software programming interface functionality in a network. In one exemplary embodiment, the network comprises an HFC cable network with CPE in which network-specific programming interfaces (e.g., APIs) may be downloaded to the CPE, registered, authenticated, stored and executed in a software protocol stack implementing OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) or Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) standards. The host device software comprises a "manager" module that registers APIs identified by the OCAP Monitor Application, such that all applications launched thereafter on the device can use these communications APIs, provided they have the appropriate permission(s). This relieves individual applications from having to support details regarding network-specific protocols and APIs. In an alternate embodiment, class and data files associated with the API functionality are downloaded along with an application. The downloaded application registers the API using a modified version of the API using a description file (DF). The DF describes the class and data files provided with the application that are part of the registered API.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations

51.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVISIONING DIGITAL PHONE SERVICE

      
Document Number 02491099
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-12-23
Open to Public Date 2005-06-23
Grant Date 2013-08-06
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Coughlin, Robert W., Jr.
  • Monteyne, Donald
  • Downs Storosh, Renee K.
  • Pfaff, John
  • Mays, Lori L.
  • Glass, Robert Michael

Abstract

A system and method uses a digital phone order management (DPOM) system to manage the ordering and provisioning, of digital telephone services in a cable system. A centralized datastore of customer, order, telephone number inventory and provisioning information is accessible to access devices used by a customer service representative (CSR) of a cable operator, a voice provisioning specialist (VPS) of a local exchange carrier (CLEC), and a cable operator installation technician to schedule and provision based on permissions granted by an administrator. The sharing of information allows a CSR to manage orders for digital telephone services and to coordinate installation and provisioning so as to reduce the time to complete an order and use installation resources efficiently.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04M 3/42 - Systems providing special services or facilities to subscribers
  • G06Q 30/00 - Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
  • H04L 12/16 - Arrangements for providing special services to substations
  • H04L 12/66 - Arrangements for connecting between networks having differing types of switching systems, e.g. gateways
  • H04M 3/22 - Arrangements for supervision, monitoring or testing
  • H04M 11/06 - Simultaneous speech and data transmission, e.g. telegraphic transmission over the same conductors
  • H04M 15/00 - Arrangements for metering, time-control or time-indication

52.

ONLINE INSTALLATION SCHEDULING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CABLE SERVICES

      
Document Number 02490614
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-12-22
Open to Public Date 2005-06-22
Grant Date 2016-03-22
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Henry, Jeffrey
  • Coughlin, Bo
  • Monteyne, Donald

Abstract

A system and method for creating, scheduling, and managing time slots for installation appointments. Embodiments of the present invention permit a trading partner to over a customer the ability to schedule installation of cable services on-line. A cable operator maintains an inventory of time slots, One or more time slots from the time slot inventor are offered to a customer based on ordering information received from the customer. A customer selects a time slot from the one or more offered time slots. A cable operator then assigns an installation appointment to the customer within the time slot selected by the customer. A cable operator may also determine the status of the inventory of time slots (e.g., time slots allocated, time slots consumed, and time slots available) for a system, a location, or a trading partner.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management, e.g. organising, planning, scheduling or allocating time, human or machine resources; Enterprise planning; Organisational models

53.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR HARDWARE REGISTRATION IN A NETWORK DEVICE

      
Document Number 02546598
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-11-23
Open to Public Date 2005-06-09
Grant Date 2011-12-20
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Ladd, Patrick
  • Sarosi, George W.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for control of a client device (e.g., consumer premises equipment in a cable network) using applications. In one aspect, an improved hardware registry is provided within the device with which the application(s) can interface to both identify and control available hardware resources. In one exemplary embodiment, the client device comprises a digital set-top box having digital video recording (DVR) capability. An application downloaded to the device discovers the registry and software interfaces associated therewith, and then utilizes the interfaces to automatically control the requisite hardware capability. Improved client device, network and head end configurations, as well as methods of operating these systems, are also disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/41 - Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • H04B 3/00 - Line transmission systems
  • H04L 12/28 - Data switching networks characterised by path configuration, e.g. LAN [Local Area Networks] or WAN [Wide Area Networks]
  • H04N 5/78 - Television signal recording using magnetic recording

54.

METHOD TO BLOCK UNAUTHORIZED NETWORK TRAFFIC IN A CABLE DATA NETWORK

      
Document Number 02480593
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-09-03
Open to Public Date 2005-03-04
Grant Date 2016-05-24
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Gould, Kenneth
  • Danforth, Andrew

Abstract

The present invention teaches methods and systems for subscriber blocking of unauthorized network traffic in a cable data network. The cable modem termination system (CMTS) incorporates a data gateway agent that filters unauthorized traffic thereby eliminating consumption based subscribers from being responsible for related service charges. Embodiments incorporate the use of packet filtering, hybrid stateful packet filtering, content filtering, application layer filtering an time based filtering. Greater acceptance of consumption based billing is achieved by having the filter settings directed by the subscriber.

IPC Classes  ?

55.

ADDRESSABLE FIBER NODE

      
Document Number 02467448
Status In Force
Filing Date 2004-05-18
Open to Public Date 2004-12-17
Grant Date 2013-07-09
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Williams, Christopher Pierce
  • Gould, Kenneth

Abstract

A system and method for providing a hybrid fiber network (HFN) means to identify a fiber node by a unique address. An addressing module is installed in proximity to, or collocated with, a fiber node. The addressing module comprises an addressing module identifier that associates the addressing module with a particular fiber node. Network parameter values are received from the fiber node by the addressing module and reported to a reporting station,

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04L 12/24 - Arrangements for maintenance or administration
  • H04L 12/26 - Monitoring arrangements; Testing arrangements
  • H04N 7/22 - Adaptations for optical transmission

56.

TECHNIQUE FOR DELIVERING NETWORK PERSONAL VIDEO RECORDER SERVICE AND BROADCAST PROGRAMMING SERVICE OVER A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

      
Document Number 02506782
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-11-13
Open to Public Date 2004-06-10
Grant Date 2013-07-16
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Patel, Vipul B.
  • Callahan, John W.

Abstract

A resident application and a second application are provided in a set-top terminal (158-L) to receive a TV broadcast service and network personal video recorder (NPVR) service, respectively. The resident application is suspended in favor of the second application when a user changes from a broadcast channel to a NPVR enabled channel, and vice versa. In an embodiment where a digital video recorder (DVR) set-top terminal (158-L) is used, a DVR server therein provides trick mode functions (pause, rewind and fast-forward) before an NPVR session, e.g., a Look Back session, is established. In another embodiment, during an NPVR session the DVR server plays back recorded programming content downloaded from a communications network (140), and provides trick mode functions as well.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 3/00 - Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
  • G06F 13/00 - Interconnection of, or transfer of information or other signals between, memories, input/output devices or central processing units
  • H04N 5/782 - Television signal recording using magnetic recording on tape

57.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING THE CONFIGURATION OF DISTRIBUTED NETWORK MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS

      
Document Number 02488044
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-06-06
Open to Public Date 2003-12-18
Grant Date 2012-04-03
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Kortright, Kris

Abstract

A change management system to synchronize the configuration of network management applications. Traditional network management systems are maintained by hand~entering device lists into individual network management applications with no common-ties between the different applications. Whenever a network management application is changed or upgraded, it frequently becomes necessary to insure that the upgrade is populated throughout the network in order for devices to talk to one another in an error free way. The present invention is a system and method that automates the change management process in a real- time using a two-way communications model that permits a central database to affect changes on all or some network management applications/systems in the field, while also allowing those same field systems to affect the central database thereby reducing the time required for updating and monitoring a system when device changes take place.

IPC Classes  ?

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

58.

PROGRAM STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND MANAGEMENT BASED ON SEGMENTATION MESSAGES

      
Document Number 02484519
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-05
Open to Public Date 2003-11-13
Grant Date 2017-10-31
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Williamson, Louis D.
  • Callahan, John W.
  • Urdang, Erik G.
  • Kimble, David M.
  • Gonder, Thomas L.
  • Buehl, Joseph

Abstract

Segmentation messages indicative of locations of upcoming events, such as the start and the end of programs and program portions, and/or rights related to the programs and program portions, are used by cable systems and the like to store programs and program portions for later retrieval and transmission to customers on request. Storage, retrieval and management of programming is thereby facilitated. Messages, such as segmentation messages, may indicate a time to an upcoming event and an elapsed time from a prior event. The messages may be placed at equal intervals between events. Methods and systems are disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04H 20/40 - Arrangements for broadcast specially adapted for accumulation-type receivers
  • H04H 60/14 - Arrangements for conditional access to broadcast information or to broadcast-related services
  • H04H 60/39 - Arrangements for identifying or recognising characteristics with a direct linkage to broadcast information or to broadcast space-time, e.g. for identifying broadcast stations or for identifying users for identifying broadcast time or space for identifying broadcast space-time
  • H04N 21/433 - Content storage operation, e.g. storage operation in response to a pause request or caching operations
  • 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

59.

NETWORK BASED DIGITAL INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT STORAGE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02484620
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-02
Open to Public Date 2003-11-13
Grant Date 2014-11-04
Owner
  • TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY, L.P. (USA)
  • TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Williamson, Louis D.
  • Buehl, Joseph
  • Callahan, John W.
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Chiddix, James A.
  • Hayashi, Michael T.
  • Leddy, Kevin J.

Abstract

Live television broadcast and other information and entertainment program, e.g., a cable network (140). A processing unit (119) is employed at a headend (105) of the communications network (100) to respond to user requests for PVR- like functions, e.g., pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding, to be performed on the program content being viewed. The processing unit (119) in accordance with the invention causes a delivery of an appropriate version of the program content to meet such user requests.

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 19/177 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using adaptive coding characterised by the coding unit, i.e. the structural portion or semantic portion of the video signal being the object or the subject of the adaptive coding the unit being a group of pictures [GOP]
  • H04N 19/61 - Methods or arrangements for coding, decoding, compressing or decompressing digital video signals using transform coding in combination with predictive coding
  • H04L 27/34 - Amplitude- and phase-modulated carrier systems, e.g. quadrature-amplitude modulated carrier systems
  • H04N 7/24 - Systems for the transmission of television signals using pulse code modulation

60.

PROGRAM STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND MANAGEMENT BASED ON SEGMENTATION MESSAGES

      
Document Number 02979706
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-05
Open to Public Date 2003-11-13
Grant Date 2020-07-28
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Williamson, Louis D.
  • Callahan, John W.
  • Urdang, Erik G.
  • Kimble, David M.
  • Gonder, Thomas L.
  • Buehl, Joseph

Abstract

Segmentation messages indicative of locations of upcoming events, such as the start and the end of programs and program portions, and/or rights related to the programs and program portions, are used by cable systems and the like to store programs and program portions for later retrieval and transmission to customers on request. Storage, retrieval and management of programming is thereby facilitated. Messages, such as segmentation messages, may indicate a time to an upcoming event and an elapsed time from a prior event. The messages may be placed at equal intervals between events. Methods and systems are disclosed.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/6547 - Transmission by server directed to the client comprising parameters, e.g. for client setup
  • 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

61.

NETWORK BASED DIGITAL INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT STORAGE AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02859672
Status In Force
Filing Date 2003-05-02
Open to Public Date 2003-11-13
Grant Date 2018-09-04
Owner
  • TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
  • TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY, L.P. (USA)
Inventor
  • Williamson, Louis D.
  • Buehl, Joseph
  • Callahan, John W.
  • Carlucci, John B.
  • Chiddix, James A.
  • Hayashi, Michael T.
  • Leddy, Kevin J.

Abstract

Live television broadcast and other information and entertainment programs, e.g., videos-on-demand (VOD), are provided to a user through a communications network, e.g., a cable network. A processing unit is employed at an headend of the communications network to respond to user requests for PVR-like functions, e.g., pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding, to be performed on the program content being viewed. The processing unit in accordance with the invention causes a delivery of an appropriate version of the program content to meet such user requests.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04N 21/2747 - Remote storage of video programs received via the downstream path, e.g. from the server
  • H04N 21/2225 - Local VOD servers
  • H04N 21/40 - Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB [set-top-box]; Operations thereof
  • 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

62.

COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

      
Document Number 02301279
Status In Force
Filing Date 1998-08-12
Open to Public Date 1999-02-25
Grant Date 2012-02-07
Owner TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC (USA)
Inventor Stanfield, David

Abstract

In a communication network where a subscriber is connected to switches in an originating carrier communications are routed to and/or from the subscriber via at least one communications carrier selected from a plurality of possible communications carriers. Communications control signals associated with outgoing and/or incoming communications are received from the switch at a controller external to the originating carrier. The communications control signals are processed at the controller in dependence upon directions from a third party using information on communications costs for each of the possible communications carriers to select at least one communications carrier for routing communications based on the information on communications cost to generate process communications control signals for routing the communications in accordance with the selection. Process communication control signals will then return to the switch in the originating carrier and the communications from and/or to the subscriber are switched to route the communications via the or each selected communications carrier in accordance with the process communications control signals.

IPC Classes  ?