A federal judge has upheld the right of the Dish Network satellite service to continue offering consumers the technology to watch television on devices like tablets and phones.
US District Judge Dolly Gee of Los Angeles found that the Dish Anywhere service does not infringe the copyrights of broadcasters. The Tuesday decision, [PDF] if it survives appeal, is significant because it allows consumers to watch television on non-television devices outside the home. What’s more, the litigation was seen as a first test case following the Supreme Court’s decision last year in which the high court essentially shuttered broadcast streaming service Aereo.
Fox had seized on the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in a bid to bolster its position. The high court held that Aereo was offering services akin to a cable company and therefore needed the broadcasters’ permission to retransmit their content to online viewers. Armed with that decision, Fox argued that the high court’s decision meant that the Dish Anywhere streaming platform should also be declared illegal because Fox did not consent to the retransmission of its content to mobile devices.
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