08726319 cites 10 patents.

A bridge is provided for connecting multiple satellite receivers to multiple accessories in a video distribution system such as a direct broadcast satellite system. The bridge is designed for interposition between multiple satellite receivers (set top boxes or STBs) and controllable accessories (e.g. LNBs or multi-switches) of the video distribution system. The bridge provides controlled communication between STBs and controllable accessories using, for example, customized vendor extensions to the DiSEqC communication protocol. The bridge includes a communication protocol transceiver for each STB port, a communication protocol transmitter for each controllable accessory port, a mailbox for each STB port, a mailbox for the bridge, and a controller, processor, processing means or processing logic controlling or regulating video distribution system communication.

Title
Apparatus for connecting multiple DiSEqC to satellite reception devices in a video distribution system
Application Number
11/596909
Publication Number
8726319 (B2)
Application Date
May 19, 2005
Publication Date
May 13, 2014
Inventor
Clint Alan Ecoff
Indianapolis
IN, US
Harold Gene Roberts
Carmel
IN, US
Agent
Brian J Cromarty
Robert D Shedd
Assignee
Thomson Licensing
FR
IPC
H04N 7/20
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