Sony Group had 325 patents in digitalization during Q1 2024. Sony Group Corp has filed patents for expanding and improving the ATSC 3.0 television protocol, implementing AI-based skill tracking and NFT representation, reducing processing load for transmitting audio data, providing individualized audio data based on participant reactions, and a method for cloud gaming involving encoded video frames. GlobalData’s report on Sony Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Sony Group grant share with digitalization as a theme is 52% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Digital tv reception using ott backchannel communication (Patent ID: US20240107111A1)

The patent filed by Sony Group Corp. describes techniques for enhancing the ATSC 3.0 television protocol by utilizing reception parameters and antenna factors provided by receivers to identify likely receivable signals. This data is analyzed by servers to reduce channel scan time for receivers by focusing on more-receivable channels first. Additionally, difficult reception locations identified in the data collected by servers can guide RF improvements, such as adding SFN transmitters, and the data collected can also be used to feed "MFN" data.

The method and apparatus outlined in the patent involve receivers sending reception parameters and antenna factors to a wide area computer network, which then identifies likely receivable channels based on this data and sends the information back to the receivers. This enables the receivers to reduce channel scan time by scanning only for likely receivable channels. The patent also includes provisions for presenting likely receivable channels on audio video display devices, associating reception parameters with locations and times, identifying difficult reception locations, and utilizing machine learning models to identify likely receivable channels. Overall, the patent aims to optimize the ATSC 3.0 television protocol by streamlining the channel scanning process and improving reception in challenging locations.

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