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Michael Ficco, Adrian Yap, Ernest Seah, Rajeshwari Karthikeyan: Device control via digitally stored program content. The DIRECTV Group, Georgann S Grunnbach, March 15, 2005: US06868292 (162 worldwide citation)

A method and system of controlling devices with digitally stored content. Devices such as home electronic appliances, lighting systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, home security systems and home entertainment systems are controlled from a single, centralized device. A ...


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Michael Ficco: Broadcast advertisement adapting method and apparatus. The DIRECTV Group, October 29, 2013: US08572639 (48 worldwide citation)

Techniques of adapting an advertisement previously broadcast or in the process of being broadcast are disclosed. An advertisement selection factor is generated in order to adapt ads to a particular recipient. The advertisement selection factor can be derived from a database of information concerning ...


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Adrian Yap, Michael Ficco, Robert Davis: Multi-processor DVR. The DirectTV Group, Georgann S Grunebach, July 26, 2005: US06922845 (24 worldwide citation)

A set top box (STB) includes multiple processors that handle either real time or non-real time functions within the STB. One of the processors may perform substantially all of the real time operations, such as control of a data pipeline to the STB, conditional access, and control of a program guide ...


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Michael Ficco: Vehicular audio data file handling apparatus system and method. Hughes Electronics Corporation, John T Whelan, Michael Sales, August 19, 2003: US06608993 (14 worldwide citation)

An audio data file-handling device which may receive one or more audio data files from a base station. This file transfer may be accomplished utilizing wireless transmissions. Furthermore, the base station may accumulate one or more audio data files from a variety of content sources and communicatio ...


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Adrian Yap, Michael Ficco, Robert Davis: DVR with enhanced functionality. The DIRECTV Group, November 13, 2012: US08312490 (3 worldwide citation)

A personal video on-demand system and method which permits a user to receive available content using a single tuner and perform one of a plurality of operations on the available content. These operations include recording two or more signals, where one or both may be simultaneously viewed, recording ...


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Michael Ficco: Method, system and computer program product for aircraft multimedia distribution. The DIRECTV Group, October 27, 2009: US07610602 (3 worldwide citation)

A method, system and computer program product for aircraft multimedia distribution, including a multimedia server provided within an aircraft of an airline and a multimedia communications network within the aircraft coupled to the multimedia server. The multimedia server is configured to distribute, ...


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Michael Ficco: Method and apparatus for securing digital video recording. The DirecTV Group, Georgann S Grunebach, August 29, 2006: US07099472 (1 worldwide citation)

An approach is provided for storing and retrieving digital audio/video data. A system bus of fixed width transfers data bits. The data bits form a bit pattern. An interface is coupled to system bus and is configured to alter the bit pattern of the data bits, according to a prescribed scheme. A hard ...


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Lou King, Michael Ficco, John May, Jorge Guzman, Yong Gao: Method and system for efficient storage of data in a set top box. The DIRECTV Group, August 5, 2008: US07409703

A method, system and computer program product for efficient storage of data for use by an application, including a set top box. The set top box including a physical memory, a bulk storage device, and a memory management unit (MMU) coupled between the application and the physical memory and the bulk ...


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Robert Davis, Adrian Yap, Michael Ficco: DVR Telephone answering device. Hughes Electronics Corporation, Patent Docket Administration, November 1, 2001: US20010036254-A1

A digital telephone answering device DTAD) that utilizes the functionality of a device such as a set top box (STB) equipped with a digital video recorder (DVR). The system includes a DTAD operatively connected to an STB equipped with DVR, or DVR TAD. A memory of the STB equipped with DVR is used by ...


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Andrian Yap, Michael Ficco, Robert Davis: DVR with enhanced functionality. Hughes Electronics Corporation, Patent Docket Administration, October 25, 2001: US20010033736-A1

A personal video on-demand system and method which permits a user to receive available content using a single tuner and perform one of a plurality of operations on the available content. These operations include recording two or more signals, where one or both may be simultaneously viewed, recording ...



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