Last week the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) filed a lawsuit saying Omniverse the company that powers many live TV streaming services including the HDHomeRun Premium TV, SkyStream TV, TikiLive, and more allowing them to access channels like ESPN and Disney do not have the rights to this content. ACE’s members include some of the biggest names in TV and many others with the goal of protecting their works.
Since the lawsuit happens most of the services who use Omniverse and Omniverse themselves have not publicly commented. Earlier today that changed as Theodore D. Head the President of Silicondust who operates the HDHomeRun Premium TV services sent Cord Cutters News the following statement: “Yes we are aware of the situation from last week. SiliconDust is not a party of the lawsuit, but we can be indirectly affected by Omniverse not able to continue their service and so we are in the process of finding out a way to best mitigate any potential interruptions to our service and will let our customers know as soon as we know if there will be any change to the current services”
Now Omniverse has also released a statement responding to the lawsuit saying:
While Omniverse disagrees with the substance and the specifics of the allegations made against the company in a recent California court filing, we are highly supportive of the mission that the plaintiffs and their partners in the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) are carrying out. Omniverse believes there is no place in the industry for media pirates and, consistent with the plaintiffs, believes their legitimate business has been harmed by the unlicensed distribution of media content.
Consistent with our shared goals for the industry, Omniverse intends to engage quickly and constructively with the plaintiffs and their legal counsel to resolve their concerns with Omniverse’s business and where possible support them in their greater goal of eliminating piracy from our industry. It is our belief that when this process is complete, that both sides will be satisfied with the outcome.
Back in October 2018 Cord Cutters News interviewed Jason DeMeo the owner of Omniverse One World Television. At that time Jason DeMeo when asked if the service is legal said Omniverse, had acquired rights to some of these channels including the ability to stream outside by a contract that is only one of three such contracts in the United States. When pushed on that contract, Jason DeMeo said they could not give too many details or it could help others figure out how to track down the last two contracts like the one they use.
Jason DeMeo went on to say that Omniverse had received cease and desists notices in the past. Yet every time they showed their contract these cease and desists ended up being dropped before they ever went to court.
For now, it looks like this contract that Jason DeMeo has is once again being challenged and we will have to wait to see what happens next.
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