US Patent No. 10,290,298

REAL TIME POPULARITY BASED AUDIBLE CONTENT ACQUISITION


Patent No. 10,290,298
Issue Date May 14, 2019
Title Real Time Popularity Based Audible Content Acquisition
Inventorship Venkatarama Anilkumar Panguluri, Milpitas, CA (US)
Venkata Sunil Kumar Yarram, Cupertino, CA (US)
Lalit Kumar, San Jose, CA (US)
Gregory P. Defouw, Redwood City, CA (US)
Assignee Gracenote Digital Ventures, LLC, New York, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,290,298

1. A method comprising:analyzing, by a computing device, generated playlists for a plurality of client devices, wherein the generated playlists contain ordered references to text-to-speech-generated audio files of news stories respectively customized for the client devices;
determining, by the computing device, that a news story has a threshold extent of popularity based on a number of references to a text-to-speech-generated audio file of the news story that are included in the generated playlists;
responsive to determining that the news story has the threshold level of popularity, transmitting, by the computing device, to a remote news studio, a request for a human verbal reading of the news story;
receiving, by the computing device, from the remote news studio, an audio file of the human verbal reading;
updating, by the computing device, the references to the text-to-speech-generated audio file of the news story to refer to the audio file of the human verbal reading; and
transmitting, by the computing device, a playlist to a client device, wherein the playlist includes a plurality of ordered references to audio files of news stories, including the audio file of the human verbal reading, and wherein reception of the playlist by the client device triggers the client device to (i) traverse the playlist, (ii) based on the references, retrieve the audio files, including the audio file of the human verbal reading, and (iii) play out the audio files, including the audio file of the human verbal reading.