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

  • US 7,542,928 B2
  • Filed: 08/07/2008
  • Issued: 06/02/2009
  • 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:

  • pursuant to the formation of an agreement between at least a first satellite radio service provider that provides a first satellite radio service and a second satellite radio service provider that provides a second satellite radio service that serves at least substantially the same area served by the first satellite service, wherein at least one content-item that is available as part of a subscription package to subscribers of the second satellite radio service provider but not generally available as part of a subscription package to the subscribers of the first service, is made available to subscribers of the first service on a supplemental basis at their option,receiving an order from a subscriber having a new or preexisting subscription to the 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 the second satellite radio service that serves at least substantially the same 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 at least one supplemental content item via the receiver unit,wherein the receiver unit is a non-interoperable receiver unit with respect to the first and the second satellite radio services,wherein the step of providing access to the at least one supplemental content item comprises providing the supplemental content item to the receiver unit via a broadcast system of the first satellite radio service, andwherein the at least one supplemental content item comprises a plurality of supplemental content items that is orderable in a group and that comprises channels.

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