Judge Refuses to Limit Ban on FilmOn X’s Streaming of TV Signals

Judge Refuses to Limit Ban on
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A D.C. federal judge refused to back away from her injunction that prohibits FilmOn X from offering digital streams of broadcast signals in almost everywhere in the country, even though the startup has argued that a recent court victory by similar service Aereo warranted limiting the scope of her order.

In fact, the judge, Rosemary M. Collyer, said that FilmOn X had until Oct. 21 to show why “it should not be held in contempt” of court, as the startup last week began offering broadcast streams of its signal in Boston, one of the areas covered by her injunction.

Last week, a Boston federal judge refused broadcasters’ effort to halt the similar service, Aereo, in that market. FilmOn X last Friday sought a modification of its injunction, arguing that it should be allowed to operate in that market given the decision there.

But Collyer said she saw “no basis” to modify the injunction, and said that FilmOn X “may be acting in defiance of the order.”

While Aereo has scored legal victories in Boston and New York, the story has been different for rival FilmOn X.  A Los Angeles federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the company late last year, and that decision is on appeal before the 9th Circuit. Last month, Collyer also sided with broadcasters, and issued an injunction that prohibits the company from offering the broadcast streams not just in D.C., but in almost all markets across the country. The exception is the 2nd Circuit in New York.

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  1. Frank W says:

    If these services are FREE then I could understand the fight, because we certainly need a better system to watch local TV online as most local channels have really clunky streaming. At least though, Aereo is a paid subscription, so to me, that’s the same as cable and cable companies have to pay to rebroadcast–actually forced to rebroadcast with the must carry rule. So if these companies want to stay in business, they need to pay to have the right to rebroadcast.

  2. I guess we know who dines with the lobbyists. This is headed to the supreme court. For the simple fact that in the District of Columbia the Judges think differently. Since the other 50 states are under the Supreme court rule maybe justice will be served and one court can decide once and for all. How can the rulings be so different for both companies offering the same services. I say Aereo and Filmon should combine legal fire power and get one huge win.

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