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Using a GPS receiver to select the correct local content stream from a satellite provider

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099017D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Mar-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 26K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In today's satellite distribution systems, local content is broadcast alongside national channels. Anyone in the satellite reception area can receive "local" content for any region. Video satellite receivers restrict access to local stations by using a programmed smart card. If the receiver is moved, a call to the satellite vendor is required to update the smart card restrictions. In the satellite radio model, all of the "local" content streams are broadcast and are able to be received by all receivers. The user must select the appropriate channel for his current locale. These solutions are acceptable for relatively statically located receivers. However, for applications or circumstances were a user is going to travelling between regions this solutions is less than ideal. This article describes how a GPS radio can be used to change the context of a "local" station allowing a traveler to receive the most relevant information.

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Using a GPS receiver to select the correct local content stream from a satellite provider

     In todays satellite distribution systems, local content is broadcast alongside national channels. Anyone in the satellite reception area can receive "local" content for any region. Video satellite receivers restrict access to local stations by using a programmed smart card. If the receiver is moved, a call to the satellite vendor is required to update the smart card restrictions. In the satellite radio model, all of the "local" contents streams are broadcast and are able to be received by all receivers. The user must select the appropriate channel for his current locale.

     These solutions are acceptable for relatively statically located receivers. However, for applications or circumstances were a user is going to traveling between regions these solutions are less than ideal.

     This invention uses a GPS receiver to select the appropriate local data stream from a content provider. So for a mobile video solution as a user passes between regions, the local ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX stations are displayed instead of the users home stations. Likewise for a mobile audio solution, the local weather, news and traffic report are tuned to instead of the user's home information.

     This system can also be adapted to select the most relevant terrestrial broadcasts based on the GPS location information.

This system consists of
1) a GPS receiver
2) a video or audio tuner/receiver
3) a coverage map data...