Ivi Taunts TV's Lawyers
Even if the startup's way of replacing your TV service -- by rebroadcasting the networks online, without overt permission -- is legal, the company clearly figures it's likely to hear from some high-paid lawyers sometime soon.
You can read ivi state its case on GigaOm and in a Hollywood trade called TheWrap. The key is that the company considers itself a cable service without the cable. Like a cable operator, it's going to pay fees to the US Copyright Office, which is how the rights owners will get their due.
Lawyers have had more than a year to become aware of ivi's existence, so maybe the startup's case isn't so shaky. It's hard to see this standing unchallenged, though.
You can see ivi's feature list in the press release. The service is $5 per month, plus at least $1 more if you want DVR capabilities.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading