Taking Broadcast Over-the-Top

Putting broadcast TV channels directly onto the Internet may have been a non-starter in the Supreme Court, but a lot of entrepreneurs plus a few big media companies still think it’s a good idea—and it can be done—legally.

Nearly two years after the United States Supreme Court dashed Aereo’s concept for retransmission-without-payments, at least a half-dozen companies are developing plans to bundle local broadcast channels into a package that can be transmitted to a special set-top box or via apps to a mobile device. Meanwhile Chet Kanojia, the mastermind behind Aereo, has moved on to another wireless adventure, this time potentially taking on big telecom (rather than big broadcast) with his plan to compete against their wireless broadband initiatives.

About the only constant in this airwaves/copyright/media saga is that it will keep lawyers very busy for the foreseeable future.


Tablo TV, based in Kanata, Ont., is built around a DVR recorder that plugs into a digital TV antenna to capture local broadcasts. The device does not include an HDMI connection, but rather hooks into a home network to use Wi-Fi or Ethernet to stream content to any connected device in the home or wherever a customer can access the Internet.


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