As of December 11th, 2019, the USPTO officially issued US Patent 10524002 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
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. Source code is 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-digital Sound.