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Television Package Roaming Profiles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000183611D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-29

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention describes a method by which a television content subscriber would retain programming lineups at an alternate location, such as a hotel. This invention describes methods for a hotel to identify a guest as a television subscriber and discern the television channels that guest subscribes to, and a method for provisioning those channels for this guest's room. While a hotel is used as the primary example, other methods may be used to identify a customer's location and deliver subscribed channels to locations other than a hotel. For example, if a customer was visiting a friend, he may request his subscribed channels be delivered to the friend's house. A method for validating the subscriber's location may then be used to verify where the channels should be delivered. By delivering content to additional locations it is possible that other individuals, besides the customer, may be able to view and take advantage of the subscribed channels. Companies may choose to charge a premium for this service to cover these situations and employ techniques for limiting or adding additional requirements to certain locations, such as bars.