WISI taps former Aereo technology for Project Katamaran OTT platform

Cable technology provider WISI has used ANGA COM to launch Project Katamaran, a new multiscreen and OTT offering targeted a medium-sized operators looking to launch TV Everywhere services as well as other OTT providers. The offering is based on the acquisition earlier this year of the technology used to power the abortive Aereo service in […]

UK networks retrans battle goes to Euro court

The battle between three UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). This comes after the UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming. […]

TiVo’s purchase of Aereo assets approved

TiVo’s purchase of certain assets from now defunct US cloud TV service Aereo has been approved by a US Bankruptcy Court judge in Manhattan TiVo agreed last month to pay US$1 million (€952,000) for Aereo’s trademarks, domain names, and customer lists, as part of an asset sale that saw Alliance Technology Solutions buy Aereo equipment […]

Aereo assets fetch under US$2 million

The assets of OTT TV service Aereo have been sold to three buyers for a combined sum of under US$2 million (€1.8 million). This effectively brings to an end the story of Aereo, which went up against the US broadcasters in court over the right to stream their broadcast signals and lost last year. Television […]

Aereo assets go up for sale

Failed cloud TV service Aereo has reportedly put its intellectual property and hardware up for sale at a bankruptcy auction this week.  According to a Bloomberg report, Aereo has predicted that its assets could fetch from US$4 million (€3.5 million) to US$31.2 million, which will be used to pay back creditors. The firm is reportedly […]

Aereo files for bankruptcy

Controversial US TV streaming service Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the regulatory and legal challenges to the company that “have proven too difficult to overcome.” In a blog post announcing the move, Aereo said that it has appointed Lawton Bloom of Argus to serve as Aereo’s chief restructuring officer and claimed that […]

FCC chief’s redefinition of cable could revive Aereo

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed redefining the concept of a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) – currently restricted to established pay TV and cable operators – in a way that is platform-neutral, opening the US channel distribution market up to OTT providers. “The mantra “Competition, Competition, Competition” fits perfectly with consumers’ desires for video […]

Aereo cable service appeal denied

A US court of appeals has struck a fresh blow to banned US TV streaming service Aereo as it attempts to reposition itself as a cable service. In a mandate filed by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Aereo was denied the further consideration of the issues relating to its Supreme Court injunction. The filing […]

More than 40% of UK and US homes use DVRs

More than 40% of broadband households in the US and UK and over 30% of broadband households in Belgium and France have a DVR, according to new research by Parks Associates. In its ‘Cloud DVR: The New Face of Television’ report, Parks says that more than 45% of US pay TV subscribers find cloud DVR […]

FilmOn fined as interpretation of Aereo ruling questioned

Following Aereo’s shut-down in the US, rival FilmOn has been fined US$90,000 (€67,000) relating to its interpretation of a previous ruling affecting similar mini-antenna technology. FilmOn was fined for violating a 2012 injunction that prohibited it from streaming broadcast signals. The company’s argument that the earlier injunction didn’t specifically prohibit the use of mini-antenna technology […]

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