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1. US10038929 - Systems and methods for creating a virtual channel for binge watching

Office United States of America
Application Number 15475633
Application Date 31.03.2017
Publication Number 10038929
Publication Date 31.07.2018
Grant Number 10038929
Grant Date 31.07.2018
Publication Kind B1
IPC
H04N 21/2668
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management 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
266Channel 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
2668Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. by inserting targeted commercials into a video stream based on end-user profiles
H04N 21/482
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB ; Operations thereof
47End-user applications
482End-user interface for program selection
H04N 21/466
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04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB ; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies or resolving scheduling conflicts
466Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
H04N 21/8545
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
80Generation or processing of content or additional data by content creator independently of the distribution process; Content per se
85Assembly of content; Generation of multimedia applications
854Content authoring
8545for generating interactive applications
H04N 21/262
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management 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
262Content 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 21/434
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04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of, or interaction with, content, e.g. STB ; Operations thereof
43Processing 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
434Disassembling 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
CPC
H04N 21/26283
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management 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, learning user preferences for recommending movies
262Content 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, generating play-lists
26283for associating distribution time parameters to content, e.g. to generate electronic program guide data
H04N 21/2668
HELECTRICITY
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NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
25Management 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, learning user preferences for recommending movies
266Channel or content management, e.g. generation and management of keys and entitlement messages in a conditional access system, merging a VOD unicast channel into a multicast channel
2668Creating a channel for a dedicated end-user group, e.g. insertion of targeted commercials based on end-user profiles
H04N 21/4345
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
43Processing 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 synchronising decoder's clock; Client middleware
434Disassembling of a multiplex stream, e.g. demultiplexing audio and video streams, extraction of additional data from a video stream; Remultiplexing of multiplex streams; Extraction or processing of SI; Disassembling of packetised elementary stream
4345Extraction or processing of SI, e.g. extracting service information from an MPEG stream
H04N 21/4667
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04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
45Management operations performed by the client for facilitating the reception of or the interaction with the content or administrating data related to the end-user or to the client device itself, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies, resolving scheduling conflicts
466Learning process for intelligent management, e.g. learning user preferences for recommending movies
4667Processing of monitored end-user data, e.g. trend analysis based on the log file of viewer selections
H04N 21/4821
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
47End-user applications
482End-user interface for program selection
4821using a grid, e.g. sorted out by channel and broadcast time
H04N 21/8545
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
21Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television or video on demand [VOD]
80Generation or processing of content or additional data by content creator independently of the distribution process; Content per se
85Assembly of content; Generation of multimedia applications
854Content authoring
8545for generating interactive applications
Applicants Rovi Guides, Inc.
Inventors William L. Thomas
Margret B. Schmidt
Alexander W. Liston
Jonathan A. Logan
Gabriel C. Dalbec
Mathew C. Burns
Ajay Kumar Gupta
Agents Haley Guiliano LLP
Title
(EN) Systems and methods for creating a virtual channel for binge watching
Abstract
(EN)

Systems and methods are described herein such that, a media guidance application presents, in an interactive program guide, a virtual content source for binge watching a program series. The media guidance application may determine a program series a user is currently watching. The media guidance application may receive a user selection of a media asset. The media guidance application may determine a length of time between a current time and a start time of the media asset. The media guidance application may determine the next episodes of the program series the user can watch before the start time of the media asset and present them using a virtual content source.

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