Telletopia Takes on OTT Broadcast Challenge [telecom]

Poster's note: I submit this article to T-D as a continuation of the discussion about Aereo.

By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable, 11/09/2015

Telletopia Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit, said it can deliver an online TV station streaming service that is legal and "elegant" and has a potential over-the-top offer broadcasters aren't going to want to refuse -- retrans payments.

The service hinges on an exemption from the compulsory license for nonprofits and an FCC proposal to define some streaming over-the-top services as MVPDs eligible for retrans.

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So, unlike Aereo, Telletopia {not to be confused with Tilapia) plans to retransmit OTA broadcast signals, pay retransmission-consent fees to the broadcasters, and dodge copyright liability because they're a non-profit corporation. I'm not convinced, but I wish them well.

Neal McLain

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