Have the big broadcasting networks started to realize that the future of television lies within Internet broadcasting? For years now, broadcast networks and corporations have been trying to take down live streaming Internet channels, but the first of the big four are now getting into bed with the enemy.
FilmOn.TV Networks has taken a pivotal step in the Internet broadcasting world as they announced on Wednesday a world wide carriage deal with Baby TV , a channel that is part of the Fox Entertainment Group.
This partnership shows good faith in the future of live streaming television through the Internet, as just two years ago in 2010, FilmON was faced with a lawsuit with all the major US Networks by offering broadcast channels through the Internet by way of large antennas.
FilmOn TV Networks is like TV but better. Over 150 HD Channels online, Combining Celebrity Driven Interactive Channels including Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Janice Dickinson, Kato Kaelin, Rampage Jackson and other investors, including Charlie Sheen and other big Hollywood names, along with over 10, 000 Video Titles on Demand.
In the official announcement, Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn explains, “Naturally we are very excited to welcome the birth of Baby TV to the FilmOn lineup of channels. We now have one hundred and fifty seven HD linear channels, over ten thousand Video On Demand Titles, sixty Audio Channels as well as many Celebrity Driven Interactive Channels on our platform. Fox’s move to license a linear live TV channel to FilmOn’s over the top strategy is significant. Historically FilmOn’s relationship with the Major Broadcasters has been a little tense. We now look forward to a newborn future together.”
Debbie Hunt of Baby TV/Fox International Channels added, “It is important for the development of our industry to explore all new distribution opportunities. Therefore we look forward to making BabyTV available to families through FilmOn,”
Coincidentally, on the same day as the announcement of FilmOn and FOX’s partnership, TV giant Barry Diller released Aereo, a service similar to what David and FilmOn were offering back in 2010, only using micro antennas, which are not in violation of cable vision ruling in New York State.
Of the release of Aereo, Alki David responded: “I guess size matters after all. Aereo is doing what we were trying to do two years ago with big antennas. Its really pretty ridiculous. We have always maintained that we wish to pay for content, despite our two year long lawsuit with all the major US Networks, FilmOn believes in licensing content as opposed to taking it through a silly loophole.
David adds, “FilmOn makes its own exclusive content and believes in protecting intellectual property. We do however support Barry’s efforts as he is helping open up our sector.”