It Does Not Matter If NBC, CBS, ABC Block Google And Here is Why

You have to love the headlines which state that Google has declared war on the popular over the air network stations. On the surface it would seem that if Google can not stream TV shows from CBS, ABC or NBC, that this would hurt Google TV. But there is just one small problem that may make this a moot point. The TV networks may have a problem blocking out pirated streams of recent TV shows. Even if Google could block out the sites featuring pirated TV show broadcasts, a savvy Internet user may not have any trouble finding the sites on their own.

In a recent article it states that:

Google TV was designed to allow users to easily search for their favorite television shows across local television listings and Web sites offering streaming. Google TV can also run Android apps such as Netflix streaming, Pandora Internet radio and Amazon Video on Demand.

Blocking access to online video may seem like a prudent strategic move in the short term, but the fact is the networks will not thwart Google TV owners who know where to look. Since Google TV comes loaded with the Chrome browser, Google TV owners could just navigate to the many sites that catalog pirate streams of network television. Everyday thousands of people upload recorded broadcast streams to one of the online video services such as Megavideo, ZShare and WiseVid. Other sites then catalog those videos allowing users to find content quickly and easily.

Users are moving towards online video streaming in ever larger numbers and spending more time than ever viewing online video. In September, 175 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 14.4 hours of online video per user, according to metrics firm comScore. The year previous, comScore found that 168 million users in the U.S. watched an average of 9.8 hours of online video during the month of September.

I do not support nor do I condone obtaining TV from pirated sources. But I also realize that this can and will be done so as far as I am concern, the TV networks are playing a silly game, in which they will lose revenue in the end. Google has no qualms about pilfering news from other sources, does anyone believe they will stop others from pilfering TV content?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Macworld

Is It A Legal Right To Transmit Free Broadcast TV Via The Internet?

What do you do when you are a new start-up company with an idea to transmit free broadcast TV via the Internet? What do you do when the likes of NBC, CBS, Fox, Disney, MLB and others send you cease and desist orders? Well if you are Seattle company named ivi you take the bull by the horns and file a lawsuit in order to get a legal opinion.

So what is the companies opinion on the legality of broadcasting free broadcast TV via the Internet?

What’s interesting, of course, is the legal “theory” behind this. Basically, they point to Section 111 of the Copyright Act, which allows for “secondary transmission” of certain over-the-air broadcasts for a nominal fee to the Copyright Office. The intention behind Section 111 was to let cable providers rebroadcast local network television to cable customers, without having to negotiate with every local TV station. Whether or not that also applies to a company like ivi broadcasting online… is an open question that the court will have to settle.

Whoa! This could be a HUGE decision if a court sides with the Seattle based company. But before we all run onto the Internet to watch our favorite TV episode this could take years to resolve. No matter how a lower court rules, this could go all the way up the chain of courts until it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court.

What do you think? Should we be allowed to watch our favorite TV shows on the Internet>

Comments welcome.

Source – techdirt