Cloud to Cable Patent Portfolio

As of December 11th, 2019, the USPTO officially issued US Patent 10,524,002 covering aspects of Cloud to Cable TV that were not covered in the initial patent. I received a notification today of my 12th issued US Patent and hopefully more to come in the coming years.  

 

This new Cloud to Cable patent includes several claims or inventions:

  • Generation of a parallelized set of MPEG TV / DVB Broadcasted to Cable TV systems or IPTV. 
  • MPEG TV bi-direccional communication from the Set Top Box to the Cable TV system,
  • Virtualized versions of the broadcasting embodiment
  • and other important claims,

 


Cloud to Cable TV Patent

The family of patents includes now 10,123,074 and 10,524,002, both patents entail 

As shown herein, those claims in the new Cloud to Cable Patent include:

  • Two way control messages from Claim 24, Claim 24 itself, 
  • injection of MPEG Metadata into the stream, 
  • Fault-tolerance system and multicasting server for MPEG encoded video and audio, 
  • HTTP Live Streaming, RTSP, or HTTP Playlist
  • Linear and VOD Support based on the claim language

Software Platform and Reference Implementation

The reference implementation and production device is implemented under our “MediaPlug” or “Mevia” Appliance. In general, any server with 8-16GB of RAM, i7 Intel Processor or AMD, 2TB drive (RAID), ethernet or fiber interfaces is more than sufficient to load all docker  images and be provisioned for media delivery.

Additional Software Requirements

Xen Server 7.2 or higher, or Ubuntu Linux 14.04 or higher with Docker Images.
Sources implemented with PHP, Python, C/C++, BASH, and other modules.

Mux and Cable Headend Requirements

The Cable Headend should consist of a Motorola-based Cherry or any other DVB/MPEG mux. All Set Top Boxes can support multicast streams directly for IPTV systems with fiber, or Coaxial with DOCSIS 2.0-3.0.  MPEG messages and encoding depends on provider.

Formatted for Audio-only, HTML-based Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), 4K, and/or Dolby-digitalSound.

Cloud to Cable TV Benefits & Technology Licensing.

Why Cloud to Cable?

Cloud to Cable is a patented solution for music streaming providers to distribute content to MVPDs. Amplify your offering from online streaming to Cable TV & IPTV systems with linear channels and SVOD subscritions. Create visually appealing streams with great sound, bundled with a mobile experience through the MEVIA app.

Music and Video are ready in all broadcasting platforms for easy monetization from your affiliates in MVPD, IPTV, Smart TVs & Mobile systems.Cloud to Cable are high-performance servers ready for your customer’s CABSAT headend, with a fault-tolerance design forquick integration. The content is available in mobile applications and Cable TV Broadcasts as SVOD or linear channels, all at once.

For more details:

Technology Licensing

Some existing patents, now expiring, cover VOD linking and Visual Complement to generate music streams for MVPD (Multi-video Programming Distribution) providers.

Our innovative technologies achieve better results and more benefits under patents US Pat. 10,123,074 , UW Pat 10,524,002, PCT 16/152,606 and EP3238457 (under prosecution) with 39 approved claims.

The MEVIA App is in charge of interfacing with the end-user via mobile phone or smart TV.

These patents are implemented in software and hardware for music broadcasting as a “Music for Cable TV” service for operators.

The software includes modules in Python, C/C++, and PHP, Linux OS-baseline only. Servers are configured for high-reliability and fault-tolerance designed for MVPD systems.

The system creates visual components and mixes high-end audio with the HTML-based interfaces that are then broadcasted into the CABLE TV System, IPTV Network, or to the mobile devices.

The technology and patents are available for licensing or acquisition.

Second Patent for the Cloud to Cable TV Portfolio

Second Patent – Allowed for Cloud to Cable 

A 2nd set of patents were allowed on September 3rd, 2019 and that means that several claims that cover MPEG and HTTP Live Streaming broadcasting.

The following summary of inventions and claims for the following inventions:

  • MPEG Broadcasting – DVB
  • MPEG 2-way broadcasting
  • HTTP Live Streaming
  • Fault-Tolerance and broadcasting

The  claims allowed are essential for modern broadcasting systems for video, music, and web-pages

The Cloud to Cable TV patents are a bridge between cloud systems and TV & Audio broadcasting platforms where the convergence of HTML and Virtualization make possible, what is called today Edge Computing.  


In 4G & 5G systems, Edge Computing is classified as:

Edge computing provides compute and storage resources with adequate connectivity (networking) close to the devices generating traffic. The benefit is the ability to provide new services with high requirements on e.g. latency or on local break-out possibilities to save bandwidth in the network – data should not have to travel far in the network to reach the server. Regulatory compliance and network scalability are also important edge computing drivers. Source (Ericsson

In a way, Cloud to Cable brings compute and storage resources for TV broadcasting systems, either DVB, Content Delivery Networks, or other similar systems. 

You can review a summary of what’s been published by the USPTO. USPTO – Patent History and OfferingDownload

In 4G & 5G systems, Edge Computing is classified as:

Edge computing provides compute and storage resources with adequate connectivity (networking) close to the devices generating traffic. The benefit is the ability to provide new services with high requirements on e.g. latency or on local break-out possibilities to save bandwidth in the network – data should not have to travel far in the network to reach the server. Regulatory compliance and network scalability are also important edge computing drivers. Source (Ericsson

In a way, Cloud to Cable brings compute and storage resources for TV broadcasting systems, either DVB, Content Delivery Networks, or other similar systems. 

You can review a summary of what’s been published by the USPTO. 

Cable TV Platform with Music and Video Channels

Cloud to Cable is the one stop shop multi-platform media distribution for web, mobile, and Cable TV systems. Cloud to Cable enables a cloud-based infrastructure to be connected with Cable TV head ends or Multi-System Operators (MSOs), just as Comcast, AT&T, CLARO, TIGO Home, among thousands of Cable/Satellite systems around the world with over 1 Billion viewers.

As such, EGLA’s has coined the term “Cloud to Cable™” which means that content available in that cloud platform can also be broadcasted to Cable TV as well seamlessly and with minimum Cable TV content can also be available in the cloud and to any connected device, all in one unified platform.

The  platform that merges the cloud and Cable TV facilitating the offering of TV and Video Cable TV content in mobile devices and any other connected platforms as well as delivering Music, Video, and TV content commonly available in connected devices and mobile to Cable TV systems.

What is Cloud to Cable™?

Cloud to Cable™ is a patent-pending technology that brings HTML5 generated content to a cable operator head end in the format and reliability required in a traditional MSO. Hence, any HTML5 website or service with video, TV, social media, can be broadcasted to a Cable Operator without major technological challenges.



How Cloud to Cable™ Music Works?

The Cloud to Cable™ Music Platform uses the power of the cloud to scale and create server instances that handle music/audio playlist management, music encoding, playlist, Digital Rights Management (DRM), while delivering audio with the highest quality assurance. Additionally, metadata and Application Programing Interfaces (APIs) assist with the development of mobile applications to stream music from multiple music genres that are mastered by a DJ, a machine learning algorithm, or created by end users.

Broadcasting to Cable TV™

Our Cloud to Cable TV™ technology includes a cloud storage platform and all the required software and intelligence to broadcast content from the cloud to any cable TV operator. Once content, playlists, and music are available in our cloud the music is delivered to the Cable TV headed to our edge servers co-located in the cable operator premises.

Streaming to Web, Mobile, and Connected Devices (Internet TV)

The music available in Medianplify® can be streamed to mobile devices, web, tablets, Smart TVs and any connected devices such as the Chromecast® and Apple TV®. Internet TV is a reality with Mediamplify.

The same music selection is also available in any of our mobile applications: MEVIA (iOS and Android) that includes TV/Video, and Safety, or Mediamplify Music™. On the web, music playlists are used to create a web interface with HTML5 content that can also be injected into a Cable TV broadcast.

MEVIA® can also be integrated to third party applications using a JSON / REST API interface. As examples of third party developers, we can mention SKY TUNES and DMX2GO.

Mobile Applications for Music

The music application reference implementation of iPhone is customizable providing a great User Interface (UI), Bluetooth Audio, Metadata Integration, as well as social support. Our mobile software is flexible and portable.

MEVIA : Internet TV with a Mobile Application for TV, Video, and Safety

MEVIA brings together video, music, and safety all in one mobile experience. MEVIA connects to our “Cloud to Cable” Platform and provides a rich multimedia experience designed for: Education and Learning, Corporate Branding and Image, Cable TV broadcasting, and more.

Our patented technologies are unique having our target markets in Latin America and the United States.

MEVIA Music

MEVIA Music brings over 1000+ music channels without commercials or with commercials with casting capability for Chromecast® and AirPlay® devices. The Music is available thru a rich menu experience for Android and iPhone. Ads can be programmed and injected, we also have a solution for buildings, corporations, and organizations with WiFi or their own Cable TV network. The same music can also be licensed to Cable TV in packages of 50, 100, 200, or more music channels in DVB format, this is all connected with our initial MEDIAMPLIFY®  Platform, bring effective Cloud to Cable TV™ experience.

MEVIA Video

MEVIA video provides over 1000+ TV Channels of Internet TV, Movies, Educational Content, and more. Ads can also be injected as part of this offering, additionally Custom TV network (Internet TV or Cable TV or both) can be created and casted in buildings, boats, and any other organization. APIs are also available for Video Streaming and 3rd party apps thru our  initial MEDIAMPLIFY® Platform.

 

MEVIA Safety (Optional)

We are incorporating for LATAM and US markets, the security function that enables sending emergency messages to a loved one. This functionality is very helpful for LATAM markets where robberies and theft of mobile devices is prevalent. Hence your multimedia experience will be covered by the MEVIA Safety feature.

MEVIA Safety is triggered with the power button on device or using the Bluetooth Low Energy device.

Additionally, corporate customers of MEVIA Music or MEVIA Video will be able to enjoy of this particular functionality.

Patents and Trademarks

  • “Mediamplify Amplify your Reach” is a registered trademark of EGLA COMMUNICATIONS
  • US PATENT 10,123,074  and US/PCT/US2015/067464 METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONTENT DELIVERY TO CABLE TV AND SATELLITE OPERATORS
  • US PATENT 7339493 MULTIMEDIA CONTROLLER