Patents

(BI) Angela Wheaten

Patents

The BIM/TitanTV team has a long history of innovation and of obtaining patents for cutting-edge technology. To date, the following patents have been awarded and published:

Patent No. 6,147,642
Issued November 14, 2000
Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the reception of satellite signals as a function of the location of a receiver for receiving said satellite signals and further as a function of the signal strength of a terrestrially broadcast television signal at said location of the satellite receiver is disclosed. In one embodiment, a GPS receiver and a radio receiver are utilized to control the reception at the location. In another embodiment, a distributed approach is utilized which uses at least two separated servers in which one is used for inputting information relating to a location of the satellite receiver and another server is utilized for determining the relationship of the signal strength of that position to a predetermined threshold and either directly through a hardware connection or indirectly through a display terminal providing for manipulation of the satellite receiver and satellite transmitter combination so as to restrict access to signal reception by said satellite receiver at the location if a strength of a terrestrially broadcast television signal exceeds a predetermined threshold.

Patent No. 6,252,547
Issued June 26, 2001
Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the reception of electronic digital signals, which could include internet signals as a function of the location of a receiver for receiving said internet signals and further as a function of the signal strength of a terrestrially broadcast television signal at said location of the internet receiver is disclosed. In one embodiment, a GPS receiver and a radio receiver are utilized to control the reception at the location. In another embodiment, a distributed approach is utilized which uses at least two separated servers in which one is used for inputting information relating to a location of the internet receiver, and another server is utilized for determining the relationship of the signal strength of that position to a predetermined threshold and either directly through a hardware connection or indirectly through a display terminal providing for manipulation of the internet receiver and internet transmitter combination so as to restrict access to signal reception by said internet receiver at the location if a strength of a terrestrially broadcast television signal exceeds a predetermined threshold.

Patent No. 6,714,759
Issued March 30, 2004
Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the reception of electronic digital signals, which could include internet signals as a function of the location of a receiver for receiving the internet signals and further as a function of the signal strength of a terrestrially broadcast television signal at the location of the internet receiver is disclosed.

Patent No. 6,785,904
Issued August 31, 2004
Abstract: A computer and internet-based system and method for providing television and radio programming information and channel assignments to users, which is based upon a household level determination of a location of the user.

Patent No. 6,832,070
Issued December 14, 2004
Abstract: A system for selecting antenna for a particular street address for terrestrially broadcast signals, where the system uses a web server to provide antenna performance characteristics for antennae recommended for use at the street address to receive the signals.

Patent No. 7,028,323
Issued April 11, 2006
Abstract: A system for delivering rerun digital programming via digital side channels and the Internet to consumers, which system includes a video recorder which provides the rerun programming in other than real time.

Patent No. 7,231,604
Issued June 12, 2007
Abstract: A computer and Internet-based system and method for providing television and radio programming information to users, through a multi-tabbed viewing screen, where at least one of the tabs is individualized to a particular viewer's preferences.

Patent No. 7,631,332
Issued December 8, 2009
Abstract: A computer and internet-based system and method for providing television and radio programming information and channel assignments to users, which is based upon a household level determination of a location of the user.

Patent No. 7,913,287
Issued March 22, 2011
Abstract: A system for delivering data including rerun digital programming via unused bandwidth of digital side channels and the Internet to consumers, which system includes a monitor for providing real time feedback of the amount of unused bandwidth available for auxiliary transmissions.

Patent No. 8,010,981
Issued August 30, 2011
Abstract: A household level electronic program guide which provides a PC user with a specific guide of television stations which are available at a location where a cable has been scanned to determine the television channels and stations being broadcast thereon and being provided to the PC.