Dish Network Corp. (DISH), in a setback to television networks, won a ruling that its service which lets users watch live TV shows on their mobile phones and tablets doesn’t infringe broadcasters’ copyrights.
A federal judge in Los Angeles rejected claims by Fox Broadcasting Co. that Dish Anywhere isn’t different from Aereo’s Inc.’s streaming-television service, which the U.S. Supreme Court in June found illegally used antennas to capture live programs and send them to subscribers over the Internet.
The ruling, the first to apply the Supreme Court’s Aereo decision to other legal fights in which traditional TV networks seek compensation when programs are transferred beyond the set-top box, hands a victory to distributors that provide new ways for consumers to watch TV shows on mobile devices
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