For-fee distribution of consumer-selected content items between different satellite radio service providers

  • US 7,436,792 B1
  • Filed: 05/03/2005
  • Issued: 10/14/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/03/2005
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method for providing supplemental satellite radio content, comprising the steps of:

  • receiving an order from a subscriber having a new or preexisting subscription to a first satellite radio service whereby access to subscription content of the first satellite radio service is provided, the order being for at least one supplemental content item that is not generally available as part of a subscription to subscribers of the first satellite radio service, but which is available on a subscription package basis to subscribers of at least one other satellite radio service that serves at least part of the area served by the first satellite radio service, the subscriber being associated with a satellite radio receiver unit authorized to access the subscription content of the subscription to the first satellite service; and

    in response to the order, providing access to the supplemental content item via the receiver unit,wherein the receiver unit is interoperable between the first and the second satellite radio services, subscription content of the first satellite radio service is provided to the receiver unit over a broadcast system of the first satellite service; and

    the step of providing the supplemental content item to the receiver unit comprises providing the item to the receiver unit over a broadcast system of the second satellite radio service.

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