Thursday, April 20, 2017

Court Rules on Internet Steaming OTA Broadcast

This month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that provisions that apply to cable and satellite operators, do NOT apply to internet streaming services. Streaming services can be denied re-broadcasting Over-the-Air (OTA) channels if an agreement can't be reached.

The main issue seems to be cable and satellite systems have fixed coverage areas, limiting potential viewership. Streaming services cover virtually the entire planet, with unlimited potential viewership.

The public is (still) allowed to receive and stream OTA broadcast over their personal network.

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