Is SkyStream TV, the Live TV Cord Cutting Service, Legal?





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Recently a flood of new live TV streaming services have popped up like SkyStream TV, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, and Flixon TV. These services offer a growing lineup of channels including Disney and FOX with pricing at about $35 a month.

Many of these services look extremely similar and they all have a statement that they are in partnership with Omniverse One World Television. So, what is Omniverse One World Television? I am not fully sure because they have not been replying to emails from people like Jared Newman from TechHive. Cord Cutters News has also tried to reach out to Omniverse through SkyStream TV but so far has had no luck.

What we have heard from companies who use Omniverse is that they bought rights to a contract that allows them to offer a live TV streaming service with a few limitations. For example, you must first log into your SkyStream TV account on a set-top box before you can use it on a mobile device. This is required to satisfy their contract.

Some of these services, like TikiLive TV, have been around since 2016. They even have a contract to put their service on Hisense TVs in the United States.

What is Omniverse One World Television? According to Bloomberg, Omniverse One World Television was formed in 2012 and offers live TV, podcasts, and on-demand content. From what we can see they have a premade bundle that companies can buy to offer their own streaming service. This is also what HDHomeRun did to offer their own streaming service.

So, is this legal? It does seem that they are a real US company that does say they have contracts to offer the content they stream. So far over the last few years, no one has moved to block services like TikiLive TV, and you can even find it in the Roku Channel Store, which is one of the hardest places to get piracy into right now.

With the flood of fake piracy services out there trying to look legit but are not it is understandable why people would be concerned about an unknown service. For now, without Omniverse coming forward to the press it is hard to know exactly what is happening. With that said though none of the content owners have been moving to block them and their resellers even after years of being in operation.

So, is it piracy? They all say they have contracts with companies like Disney and FOX through Omniverse. With Roku including many of these services in their channel store and others on stores like Amazon it seems clear that Amazon, Roku, and others think they have rights to the content.

Update: Omniverese is currently being sued by ACE, read more here.

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