FilmOn Resumes Broadcast Streaming In DC As It Countersues Networks

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 8:24am PDT

Media provocateur Alki David‘s service stopped streaming over-the-air broadcast signals in DC in May, after ABC, Fox, and NBC filed a copyright infringement suit in federal court . But now he says he’s back on in the Nation’s Capitol. He’s also returning fire with a countersuit (read it herethat charges the networks with trying to “abandon their responsibilities to the American public.” The broadcasters have the benefit of using the publicly owned airwaves for free, which also gives them the right to demand carriage on basic cable. In return “the Networks have an obligation to serve the public.” But the filing says that they “continue to attempt to block consumers’ access to valuable and beneficial technologies” like the streaming service provided by David’s company — which had been called Aereokiller and now calls itself FilmOn X. “The FilmOn X technology enhances customers’ ability to watch the same free over-the-air broadcast content that the American public is entitled to receive in accordance with the public interest recognized by Congress and the Supreme Court,” the court filing says. It also alleges that NBC broke the law by refusing to negotiate a carriage deal with FilmOn X:

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ABC, NBC & Fox Go To DC Court Against Alki David’s FilmOn And Aereokiller

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 9:19pm PDT

ABC, NBC and Fox today filed a lawsuit against digital entrepreneur Alki David‘s FilmOn and his Aereokiller service, claiming copyright infringement. Allbritton, which owns ABC’s TV station Washington DC also is a plaintiff in the suit. Filed in Federal District Court in D.C. on David’s 45th birthday, the complaint (read it here) is similar to one filed in Los Angeles in August by ABC, NBC and CBS against his streaming site that then was known as BarryDriller.com. It, in turn, hewed closely to a suit filed against the site by Fox days earlier. (David this week finally  settled his name-game tussle with Barry Diller and the latter’s Aereo service.)

Related: TV Networks Get Tentative Victory In Aereokiller Streaming Case

David is a media industry provocateur whose FilmOn streams programming taken from over-the-air signals, and it — like Diller’s Aereo — has incurred the wrath of broadcasters. In today’s suit, the networks and Allbritton claim that “Aereokiller provides users and subscribers the ability to receive whichever broadcast station the user or subscriber chooses, ultimately having the ability to watch live broadcast television programming over the Internet using any device. In other words, through the Aereokiller service, Defendants built a business founded on offering its users and subscribers a ‘live’ Internet and mobile streaming service based on Plaintiffs’ television programming, but without authorization or license from Plaintiffs.” Read More »

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Is The Latest Lawsuit From FilmOn’s Alki David Full Of Hot Aereo?

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 2:12pm PST

I’m getting a headache trying to keep track of FilmOn‘s Alki David feud with Aereo, and especially the lawsuits over who has the right to use different corporate names. David’s already defending himself in a Read More »

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TV Networks Get Tentative Victory In Aereokiller Streaming Case

By | Thursday December 20, 2012 @ 5:57pm PST

ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox got a step closer today to shutting down Alki David’s online streaming of their shows. Judge George Wu granted the networks their mutually desired tentative preliminary injunction against the digital … Read More »

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UPDATE: Fox Responds To Countersuit By Streaming Tech Firm FilmOn

By | Thursday November 8, 2012 @ 5:05pm PST

UPDATE, 9:24 AM: Fox put out a statement today in response to the trade libel lawsuit FilmOn filed against them Thursday:

Although we have not seen the suit we welcome the opportunity to let the court determine the legitimacy of Mr. David’s business practices.

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