04.06.2011 11:00 AM
Online TV Provider FilmOn Turns to Niche Channels
LOS ANGELES: Online TV provider FilmOn today said it added 22 channels to its line-up. FilmOn launched last fall, around the same time as ivi.tv, another online TV provider sued by broadcast networks for picking up signals without first securing carriage deals. Both claimed the right to do so under copyright law. The courts disagreed and enjoined both from retransmitting broadcast TV signals.

The channels announced today are all niche nets carried either on cable, satellite, digital broadcast subchannels or online: Biz Television; Bohemia Visual Music, Create TV; Dayton Area Sports Television (which shows up nowhere online except for in the FilmOn press release); Fashion TV, Frost Cutlery, a knife shopping network and others. Perhaps the most well-known and widely distributed networks added to the FilmOn line-up are Jewelry TV, NASA TV and the Wine Channel.

CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC sued FilmOn for retransmitting signals and won a restraining order last October. Founder Alki David has since said he planned to counter sue on the grounds that CNET, a subsidiary of CBS, distributes BitTorrent software, according to
Zero Paid. ivi.tv was issued a restraining order in February by the same judge who issued the one to FlimOn, Judge Naomi Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Seattle-based streamer said it would appeal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. (See “Broadcast Signal Streamer ivi.tv Plans Appeal.”)

ivi’s schedule no longer lists major broadcast network programming, though it does list at least one over-the-air station available for the Los Angeles market, KTFL-CA, a low power station in San Francisco. FilmOn lists KTLA-TV, Tribune’s L.A.-based CW station; KOCE-TV, a Los Angeles PBS affiliate; KVCR-TV the San Bernardino, Calif. PBS; KRCA-TV, the L.A. flagship Estrella TV station; and ION Television.

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Fri, 04-08-2011 09:06 AM Report Comment
What filmon.com is doing is pretty trendy. No longer do you have to just plop down on the couch and wait for your shows to come on. Whenever you get tv time you can merge it with your internet browsing or chat. With the Filmon player I can watch and listen to an old movie while I hunt for a bargain online. Their battlecam chat room is hilarious. I go there and watch. Everyone turns their camera's on and the get roasted by the chat room. A few have sang on there and the crowd went wild You can vote "like" or "poop" to give them more time or kick them off. It's hilarious to watch someone cam up and see if the crowd likes them or not. No other media format like this exists. Some people cannot sing a note but give it their best shot. There is little pity in the chat room if you sing badly lol. I LOVE CBS. They should join them rather than fight. I don't know anything about the law but I'd rather join now and work out a deal rather than lose and gain nothing but lawyers fee's. People have loved television since it first came out. People have loved the internet. Everyone has their own personal choice that fits their needs and lifestyles. It's a great mix when more and more come together and make the internet an all in one place when you do not have to work.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 04-07-2011 12:18 PM Report Comment

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