Cablevision wants the World Series streamed over the internet for free


 After a two week feud over retransmission fees with News Corporation’s Fox network, Cablevision Thursday is calling for “governmental entities” and “non-profit organizations” to retransmit the Fox broadcast of the World Series, online over the Internet for free.

Cablevision’s press release made note of an exemption in the Copyright Act which would allow the government and/or non-profit groups to offer Fox’s World Series coverage online so long as it was done without “any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage” and “without charge to the recipients of the secondary transmission other than assessments necessary to defray the actual and reasonable costs of maintaining and operating the secondary transmission service.”

With this exemption, Cablevision claims that the World Series could be broadcasted over the internet for free.

Fox’s response to the cable company’s plea,

“It is alarming that Cablevision would put non-profits and governmental bodies at risk by encouraging them to violate the Copyright Act in order to gain a commercial advantage,” and “The obscure provision of the Copyright Act that Cablevision cites is for boosting over the air signals to rural areas for reception with an antenna — nothing resembling internet streaming.”

Meanwhile, over 3 million Cablevision customers are looking at another weekend without local Fox channels, and sports fans are facing the prospect of missing Game 3 and 4 of the World Series along with an NFL game on Sunday featuring the New York Jets vs. the Green Bay Packers.

  1. dkreichen1968 says

    Just a second… the World Series is available for free. All you need is an antenna, and digital television or converter box. :dizzy:

  2. says

    Agreed, DKreichen. That discussion is very confusing probably because it’s from the greedy thieving media giants perspective, not the viewers.

  3. says

    Comcast, a.k.a. Cablevision are crooks and liars. They are having trouble staying in business while raising it’s customers rates and making tv further complicated by not providing any degree of customer service. They are cocky thinking their original lie and deception during the switch to digital – stuck. They’ve kept this free digital tv secret to all their subscribers. Looking forward to the day when they are out of business completely. The only reason they are not already out is because of this huge lying campaign in 2/2008. They should all be hung for what they did. It seems to me that this would qualify as an Anti-Trust Issue but the government refuses to hold them accountable. There are a lot of profiteers out there trying to peddle their products to the ignorant who don’t know how easy it is to get free ota dtv. It’s sickening that it’s been almost 3 years since tv’s been free and still people are throwing their money away on pay tv. Sickening and insane.

  4. bicker says

    Here’s an idea… why not have the government and non-profits actually produce dramas, and build and operate distribution services (broadcast channels, cable systems, and satellite systems)? Oh yeah! Because our society believes in free enterprise, and therefore market forces should be allowed to drive the definition of offerings and pricing for non-essentials such as video entertainment like baseball games.

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