Methods for Apartment Satellite Sharing
Original Publication Date: 2009-Jan-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Jan-15
The proposed invention allows for satellite providers to use the tuners/satellite LNBs of the neighbors to provide satellite service to subscribers who may not be able to receive a satellite signal. The invention uses known point to point transmission technology such as Wi-Fi to transmit programming from an LNB to a subscriber. Two communication is supported between the LNB remote tuning device and the subscriber. The subscriber's receiving device may be provisioned, as is known, to only tune or receive channels the subscribers has paid for. In densely populated areas with multiple source LNBs, the subscriber may be connected to more than one LNB in case of failure/power outage at a single broadcasting LNB. Details for implementation are disclosed below.