New pending patent applications are published on Thursdays by the USPTO. Today's Spotlight Applications concern aspects of digital fingerprinting and digital watermarking. Assigned to iHeartMedia, the first application discloses techniques for identifying changed broadcast media items. The second application discloses techniques for down-mixing compensation for audio watermarking.
20170019196, "Identification of changed broadcast media items," assigned to iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
Small changes in a broadcast version of a base media item can be identified by performing a multi-level comparison of digital fingerprints. A fingerprint of a base media item is compared to a fingerprint of a media broadcast to determine whether a media item embedded in a broadcast is likely, to a first level of certainty, to be the base media item. A second, more stringent, match between the fingerprint of the base media item and loosely matched items can be used to identify potentially-altered versions of the base media item. Potentially-altered versions can be compared against each other, and resulting matches are flagged as altered base media items, which can be fingerprinted and tested against broadcast fingerprints in the same manner as the base media item.
20170018278, "Down-mixing compensation for audio watermarking," assigned to The Nielsen Company.
Example methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to implement down-mixing compensation for audio watermarking are disclosed. Example watermark embedding methods disclosed herein include determining a first attenuation factor associated with a first audio channel of a multi-channel audio signal based on first down-mixed audio samples obtained from down-mixing the first audio channel and a second audio channel of the multi-channel audio signal, determining a second attenuation factor associated with a third audio channel of the multi-channel audio signal based on second down-mixed audio samples obtained from down-mixing the second audio channel and the third audio channel of the multi-channel audio signal, selecting one of the first attenuation factor or the second attenuation factor to be a third attenuation factor associated with the second audio channel of the multi-channel audio signal, and embedding a watermark in the second audio channel based on the third attenuation factor.