Remember Aereo, the small but very popular company that allowed you to rent an antenna at their office and stream your local TV stations to your house?
The service was wildly popular and scared cable companies. Thousands of Americans subscribed to it, and Aereo started to expand around the United States before it was shut down after a very long court battle.
Now a new company, Telletopia, wants to take over from where Aereo left off. Telletopia is hoping that a new FCC ruling expected this year will give them permission to stream an antenna you rent to your house over the Internet.
Telletopia describes their service as:
Telletopia delivers live, local broadcast TV to any device with a web browser.
Subscribers get affordable, HD-quality television: all the big-game sports, news and primetime entertainment carried by local stations. No set-top boxes, big bundles or contract commitments. For a low monthly fee, watch the most popular channels live, at home or on the go.
According to Telletopia’s website, their plan to avoid the fate of Aereo is “As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Telletopia has a copyright license exemption and can legally retransmit broadcast TV over the Internet. The missing piece, broadcast re-transmission consent, is about to be solved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).”
Telletopia went on to say, “The FCC is considering a vote to give companies like Telletopia, the same rights as big cable, satellite and telcos. But the vote is in jeopardy.”
Right now Telletopia is asking people to contact the FCC and ask them to make their service legal. You can learn more about this and how to contact the FCC by visiting Telletopia’s website.
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