3/14/2011

Court stops online streaming TV service

ivi, Inc. is a Seattle company whose website homepage features a banner headline reading "Watch Live TV Online." Not free, mind you. A couple of pages into the sign-up process, the site reveals that the price is $4.99 a month. Still, that's less than cable or satellite TV service, and that must have been part of ivi's competitive business plan. I use the past tense, because a federal court in New York City has issued a preliminary injunction, baring ivi from continuing to stream TV broadcasts without consent, which so far, ivi does not have. Kathleen Kirby and Ari Meltzer of Wiley Rein explain (and link to) the court's decision.