Discovery: Dish Does Not Have Right To 'Sling' Its Content To Web
Tells FCC Dish does not have their permission to distribute its channels over the Internet
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/21/2010 9:41:51 AM
Dish introduced the Sling-enabled receiver last month, saying that unlike other mobile access devices that limited access it "gives consumers 24/7 access to all the live and recorded content included with their Dish Network programming subscription," according to Ira Bahr, chief marketing officer at Dish.
But in a filing with the FCC last week regarding Sky Angel's program access complaint against Discovery, Corvo said that, while it was not relevant to the complaint, "the fact is that Discovery has not granted Dish the right to distribute its programming service over the Internet."
Sky Angel had pointed to Dish's online delivery of content to make the case that Discovery's content was available via online distribution through Dish, but no longer through Sky Angel, which switched its distribution model from satellite to IPTV two years ago.
Corvo said YouTube users may have shared Discovery content without its knowledge or permission, but said those unauthorized uses do not have any program access implications. "Like the actions of YouTube users, Dish's implementation of Sling technology is not a question within FCC jurisdiction."
Discovery said it was currently trying to figure out what its next move would be regarding the new Dish delivery of its signals over the net. "Discovery is, of course, considering the implications of the Dish technology and the appropriate manner to resolve those implications, but any such considerations are outside the scope of this proceeding."
Spokespeople for Discovery and Dish both declined to comment.
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