ViaSat had 14 patents in digitalization during Q4 2023. ViaSat Inc has developed technology for dynamically producing linear media channels for delivery to passenger devices on mobile transport craft, utilizing on-board media systems and a linear channel schedule. Additionally, the company has patented methods for managing metadata associated with content items from different servers, providing electronic advertisements on aircraft based on public announcements, offering selectable content to mobile users via satellite systems, and dynamically multiplexing requested linear media channels and network data for delivery to craft media delivery systems. GlobalData’s report on ViaSat gives a 360-degreee view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

ViaSat grant share with digitalization as a theme is 35% in Q4 2023. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Dynamic production of linear media channels for mobile transport craft (Patent ID: US20230388568A1)

The patent filed by ViaSat Inc. describes techniques for dynamically producing linear media channels for delivery to passenger devices on mobile transport craft while in transit. Each transport craft has an on-board media system that generates a dynamically produced linear media (DPLM) channel based on a linear channel schedule, including broadcast and pre-positioned programming time slots. The system includes an off-board content management system, on-board media systems on each transport craft, and an on-board CMS that automatically produces the DPLM channel by obtaining broadcast channels and pre-positioned content segments for streaming to client devices on the transport craft.

The system further involves communication between the off-board CMS and on-board CMS to generate instructions based on the linear channel schedule, request broadcast channels for streaming, and buffer content segments before programming time slots. Additionally, the on-board CMS can adjust the linear channel schedule based on actual content segment durations, ensuring seamless transitions between programming time slots. The system also allows for the continuation or change of broadcast channels between programming time slots, with pre-positioned programming time slots interspersed throughout the sequence. Overall, the system enables the dynamic production of linear media channels tailored for in-transit entertainment on transport craft, enhancing the passenger experience during travel.

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