Ericsson Drives LTE Broadcast to Trains

Ericsson is developing LTE broadcast technology that could help wireless carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and other wireless carriers deliver video programming to subscribers riding on trains and other “moving demand” areas, according to a patent application obtained Thursday by The Donohue Report.

The invention could help wireless carriers compete with Cablevision and other cable MSOs that have invested in installing Wi-Fi hotspots on trains and train platforms.

Ericsson head of business strategy Chris McEvilly is named as lead inventor on the patent application, titled, “Method and apparatus for providing broadcast or multicast of digital content in a cellular communications network.”

Abstract: A method in and a communication node for providing a digital content to at least one wireless device in a cellular communications network. The communication node obtains information identifying the digital content. The digital content is associated with a moving demand area being an area that changes location over time according to a movement pattern and in which area a demand for the digital content has been identified to move with the area. The communication node provides, based on the obtained information, a broadcast or multicast of the digital content in a provision area comprising the moving demand area. The provision area corresponds to one or more cells served by one or more base stations broadcasting or multicasting the digital content. The provided broadcast or multicast is adapted based on the movement pattern.

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Claims: 

1. A method in a communication node for providing a digital content to at least one wireless device in a cellular communications network comprising: obtaining information identifying the digital content, the digital content being associated with a moving demand area being an area that changes location over time according to a movement pattern and in which area a demand for the digital content has been identified to move with the area; and providing, based on the obtained information, a broadcast or multicast of the digital content in a provision area comprising the moving demand area, the provision area corresponding to one or more cells served by one or more base stations broadcasting or multicasting the digital content, wherein the provided broadcast or multicast is adapted based on the movement pattern to thereby enable the at least one wireless device, when located in and moving with the moving demand area, to receive the digital content by the broadcast or multicast.

2. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the adaptation of the provided broadcast or multicast in the provision area comprises change of bandwidth allocated for the provided broadcast or multicast in said one or more cells so that there is higher allocated bandwidth for a cell thereof when it is at least partly covered by the demand area and lower allocated bandwidth for a cell thereof when it is not covered by the demand area.

3. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the adaptation of the provided broadcast or multicast in the provision area comprises change of said one or more cells by inclusion or exclusion, so that the provision area thereby moves with the demand area.

4. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the moving demand area covers, and the movement pattern is along, infrastructure for transport.

5. The method as claimed in claim 4, wherein the movement pattern is based on timing information relating to transport using the infrastructure.

6. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the identified demand is based on an actual demand associated with wireless devices located in the moving demand area partly or wholly during movement according to the movement pattern.

7. The method as claimed in claim 6, wherein the actual demand is based on requests for the digital content made by, and/or based on user profiles associated with, said wireless devices located in the moving demand area.

8. The method as claimed in claim 1, wherein the identified demand is based on a likely demand associated with the moving demand area.

9. The method as claimed in claim 8, wherein the likely demand is based on a statistical and/or historical demand associated with the demand area.

10. The method as claimed in claim 7, wherein the likely demand is based on user profiles associated with wireless devices identified to be located in the moving demand area partly or wholly during movement according to the movement pattern.

11. A broadcast management unit for providing a digital content to at least one wireless device in a cellular communications network comprising: an obtaining circuitry, configured to obtain information identifying the digital content, the digital content being associated with a moving demand area being an area that changes location over time according to a movement pattern and in which area a demand for the digital content has been identified to move with the area; and a providing circuitry, configured to, based on the obtained information, provide a broadcast or multicast of the digital content in a provision area comprising the moving demand area, the provision area corresponding to one or more cells served by one or more base stations broadcasting or multicasting the digital content, wherein the provided broadcast or multicast is adapted based on the movement pattern to thereby enable the at least one wireless device, when located in and moving with the moving demand area, to receive the digital content by the broadcast or multicast.

12. The communication node as claimed in claim 11, wherein the adaptation of the provided broadcast or multicast in the provision area comprises change of bandwidth allocated for the provided broadcast or multicast in said one or more cells so that there is higher allocated bandwidth for a cell thereof when it is at least partly covered by the demand area and lower allocated bandwidth for a cell thereof when it is not covered by the demand area.

13. The communication node as claimed in claim 11, wherein the adaptation of the provided broadcast or multicast in the provision area comprises change of said one or more cells by inclusion or exclusion, so that the provision area thereby moves with the demand area.

14. The communication node as claimed in claim 11, wherein the moving demand area covers, and the movement pattern is along, infrastructure for transport.

15. The communication node as claimed in claim 14, wherein the movement pattern is based on timing information relating to transport using the infrastructure.

16. The communication node as claimed in claim 11, wherein the identified demand is based on an actual demand associated with wireless devices located in the moving demand area partly or wholly during movement according to the movement pattern.

17. The communication node as claimed in claim 16, wherein the actual demand is based on requests for the digital content made by, and/or based on user profiles associated with, said wireless devices located in the moving demand area.

18. The communication node as claimed in claim 11, wherein the identified demand is based on a likely demand associated with the moving demand area.

19. The communication node as claimed in claim 18, wherein the likely demand is based on a statistical and/or historical demand associated with the demand area.

20. The communication node as claimed in claim 17, wherein the likely demand is based on user profiles associated with wireless devices identified to be located in the moving demand area partly or wholly during movement according to the movement pattern.

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United States Patent Application 20150365620

Kind Code A1

Connelly; Michael ;   et al. December 17, 2015

VIDEO PRESENTATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Abstract

A computing device may include a video input interface and video output interface to allow insertion into a video system. The device may be configured to perform passthrough operation on the incoming video, allowing the incoming signal to appear at the output interface. When overlay video operations are desired, the device may resize the incoming video, generate one or more additional overlays, and generate a modified version of the incoming video signal, where the modified version contains the one or more additional overlays along with (if desired) the original video. The device may have data network connections, and can thereby serve as an easy way, for example, to upgrade an existing video system with network and/or interactive features.

Inventors: Connelly; Michael; (Philadelphia, PA) ; Moran; Ashley; (Philadelphia, PA) ; Loretan; Tom; (Trumbull, CT) ; Oppelt; Susan; (Lafayette, CA) ; Makkapati; Srinivasa Rao; (Bangalore, IN) ; Boddu; Simhachalam Naidu; (Bangalore, IN)

Applicant:

Name City State Country Type

Comcast Cable Communications, LLC

Philadelphia

PA

US

Family ID: 1000001377086

Appl. No.: 14/715769

Filed: May 19, 2015

Related U.S. Patent Documents

Application Number Filing Date Patent Number

13495262 Jun 13, 2012 9066129

14715769

61637487Apr 24, 2012

Current U.S. Class: 348/564

Current CPC Class: H04N 5/44504 20130101; H04N 21/43635 20130101; H04N 21/4316 20130101; H04N 7/147 20130101

International Class: H04N 5/445 20060101 H04N005/445; H04N 21/431 20060101 H04N021/431; H04N 21/4363 20060101 H04N021/4363; H04N 7/14 20060101 H04N007/14

Claims

1. (canceled)

2. A method comprising: sending, by a computing device and to a display device, a signal comprising a first graphical panel and a second graphical panel; associating a first sub-space within a three-dimensional space in front of the display device to the first graphical panel; associating a second sub-space within the-three dimensional space in front of the display device to the second graphical panel, wherein the first sub-space and the second sub-space are non-overlapping; and responsive to detecting a gesture made in the first sub-space, sending the gesture to the first graphical panel associated with the first sub-space.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising: responsive to detecting a gesture made in the second sub-space, sending the gesture to the second graphical panel associated with the second sub-space.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein sending the gesture to the first graphical panel comprises: determining an application associated with the first graphical panel; determining a command associated with the gesture; and sending the command to the application.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein the application is a thermostat control application and wherein the command is a thermostat control setting.

6. The method of claim 4, wherein the application is a home security application and wherein the command causes video from a security system at a premises to be displayed.

7. The method of claim 2, wherein the first graphical panel comprises a first outline of the first graphical panel and a first graphical object within the first graphical panel, and the second graphical panel comprises a second outline of the second graphical panel and a second graphical object within the second graphical panel.

8. The method of claim 7, further comprising: generating a modified signal that comprises the first outline and the second outline, and omits the first graphical object and the second graphical object; and transmitting the modified signal to a second computing device.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising: receiving, at the second computing device, a user command associated with the first outline of the first graphical panel; transmitting the user command to the computing device; and sending, by the computing device, the user command to the first graphical panel.

10. The method of claim 9, further comprising: manipulating, by the computing device, the first graphical panel in response to the user command.

11. At least one non-transitory computer-readable medium having computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed, cause at least one processor to: send, by a computing device and to a display device, a signal comprising a first graphical panel and a second graphical panel; associate a first sub-space within a three-dimensional space in front of the display device to the first graphical panel; associate a second sub-space within the three-dimensional space in front of the display device to the second graphical panel, wherein the first sub-space and the second sub-space are non-overlapping; and responsive to detecting a gesture made in the first sub-space, send the gesture to the first graphical panel associated with the first sub-space.

12. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 11, having additional computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed, further cause the at least one processor to: responsive to detecting a gesture made in the second sub-space, send the gesture to the second graphical panel associated with the second sub-space.

13. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 11, having additional computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed, further cause the at least one processor to: determine an application associated with the first graphical panel; determine a command associated with the gesture; and send the command to the application.

14. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 13, wherein the application is a thermostat control application and wherein the command is a thermostat control setting.

15. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 13, wherein the application is a home security application and wherein the command causes video from a security system at a premises to be displayed.

16. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 11, wherein the first graphical panel comprises a first outline of the first graphical panel and a first graphical object within the first graphical panel, and the second graphical panel comprises a second outline of the second graphical panel and a second graphical object within the second graphical panel, and the at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium having additional computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed, further cause the at least one processor to: generate a modified signal comprising the first outline and the second outline, and omitting the first graphical object and the second graphical object; transmit the modified signal to a second computing device; receive, by the second computing device, a user command associated with the first outline; and responsive to receiving the user command at the computing device, send the user command to the first graphical panel.

17. The at least one non-transitory computer-readable medium of claim 16, having additional computer-executable instructions stored thereon that, when executed, further cause the at least one processor to: manipulate a size of the first graphical panel in response to the user command.

18. A computing device, configured to: associate a first sub-space within a three-dimensional space in front of a display device to a first graphical panel output for display to the display device; associate a second sub-space within the-three dimensional space in front of the display device to a second graphical panel output for display to the display device, wherein the first sub-space and the second sub-space are non-overlapping; and responsive to detecting a gesture made in the first sub-space, send the gesture to the first graphical panel associated with the first sub-space.

19. The computing device of claim 18, further configured to: manipulate the first graphical panel in response to the gesture.

20. The computing device of claim 18, further configured to: responsive to detecting a second gesture made in the second sub-space, send the second gesture to the second graphical panel associated with the second sub-space; and manipulate the second graphical panel in response to the gesture.

21. The computing device of claim 13, wherein the first graphical panel comprises a first outline of the first graphical panel and a first graphical object within the first graphical panel, the computing device further configured to generate a signal comprising the first outline and omitting the first graphical object; transmit the signal to a second computing device; receive, from the second computing device, a user command associated with the first outline; send the user command to the first graphical panel; and modify a location of the first graphical panel in response to the user command.