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Michael L Craner: Systems and methods for content surfing. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, January 28, 2014: US08640166 (49 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for improving or suggesting alternatives to content surfing are provided. When it is detected that a user wishes to surf, a pipeline tuning sequence is implemented where by storing one or more frames of a first content selection to the user equipment and acquiring a subsequent co ...


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Ka Chun Wong: Systems and methods for performing a search based on a media content snapshot image. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, April 21, 2015: US09015139 (46 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are provided for performing a search based on a snapshot image captured from media content presented to a user. The snapshot image contains features of the media content that the user wishes to target for the search. A search system recognizes features of the snapshot image and c ...


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Gerard Kunkel, Jon P Radloff, Michael D Ellis, Michael L Craner, Rajeshwari B Iyer, Andrzej Jakubowski: Systems and methods for providing a scan. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, February 28, 2012: US08127329 (42 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for a video scan are provided. The scan may be dynamically interactive and a function of characteristics of the programs in the scan (e.g., commercial breaks or the end of a program approaching) The scan may simultaneously display multiple scan windows for a plurality of programs ...


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Michael L Craner: Systems and methods for enhanced trick-play functions. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, June 14, 2011: US07962942 (37 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for rewinding a video to a point before the video was first viewed. Video transmitted by a media source is cached by a remote server. Upon a trick-play request for the video, the server generates a rewind stream that includes the video that was transmitted by the media source bef ...


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Danny R Gaydou, M Scott Reichardt, Michael D Ellis, Thomas Day: Systems and methods for providing transport control. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, June 9, 2015: US09055325 (32 worldwide citation)

A transport control interface may be provided by an interactive television program guide application to provide information, control or both for live and recorded video programming. The transport control interface may indicate to the user the time duration of a live or recorded program and any time ...


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Thomas Day, Michael L Craner: Systems and methods for resolving conflicts and managing system resources in multimedia delivery systems. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, July 27, 2010: US07765235 (28 worldwide citation)

The invention manages resources and resolve conflicts when locally recording multimedia assets from a variety of sources in multimedia delivery systems. Local and system resources such as storage, tuners, and bandwidth are considered when alternative sources for assets are available (e.g., VOD). Rat ...


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Stacy Jolna, Richard P Cusick: Interactive advertising and program promotion in an interactive television system. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, August 18, 2015: US09113107 (18 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are provided for interactive advertising and program promotion that may attract and maintain user interest. The interactive advertisements may be displayed within interactive television application display screens, such as, an interactive television program guide display screen. ...


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Thomas Day: Systems and methods for managing a status change of a multimedia asset in multimedia delivery systems. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, July 3, 2012: US08214869 (16 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods are disclosed which detect a change in the status of a multimedia asset in a multimedia delivery system, and take steps to make the multimedia asset available after the status change. The multimedia asset can then be locally recorded on the user's digital video recorder (DVR) bef ...


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Michael L Craner: Media control system with viewer rewards. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, October 14, 2014: US08863168 (16 worldwide citation)

Systems and methods for viewing media content are provided. A set of media content with at least one feedback application is created. In response to the set creation and activation, media content may be tuned and launched automatically while other programming is restricted. User input associated wit ...


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Michael D Ellis: Systems and methods for providing enhanced sports watching media guidance. Rovi Guides, Ropes & Gray, July 26, 2011: US07985134 (16 worldwide citation)

An integrated environment for sports watching, sports wagering, and fantasy league play is provided. Odds, spread, or money line information may be displayed for any available sporting contest. Wagers may be accepted and payout information may be automatically calculated. The desired wager amount ma ...