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U.S. Television on the Internet and the New “MVPDs” (UPDATED)

Posted in Cloud, FCC, Intellectual Property, Internet, Television, Video
Introduction. Over the last 20 years, Internet-based programming services and the corresponding distribution platforms have continued to evolve at a staggering pace, with technological advances allowing for faster and more cost-efficient transmissions. The last five years, in particular, have demonstrated to many that the Internet may well be the “projected” Promised Land for the television… Continue Reading

DigitalHHR Team Assists AMC Networks in $200M Joint Venture with BBC America

Posted in News, Press/Publications, Television
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP represented AMC Networks Inc. in its recent acqusition of a 49.9% stake in BBC America valued at $200M.  Businessweek’s press release highlights the significance of our DigitalHHR team members’ depth of expertise and involvement in the critical elements of this complex transaction, which raised unique intellectual property concerns and content production and distribution issues.  Additional details… Continue Reading

Dan to Moderate Panel at the Stern School’s Entertainment, Media and Technology Summit

Posted in Events, Television
On November 6th, Dan will be moderating a panel  titled “Content Distribution in a Digital World” at the 2013 Entertainment, Media and Technology Summit held by NYU’s Stern School of Business, an annual event which brings together business executives  in the entertainment, media and technology industry to discuss the myriad opportunities and challenges for industry stakeholders in the digital media sector.    Dan’s panel will be focusing on the… Continue Reading

Netflix-Virgin Media UK Deal Opens Front Door for “Over-the-Top” Services

Posted in Technology, Television
Virgin Media has become the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix’s subscription video service on its cable system. Starting this week, a select number of Virgin Media customers will be able to access Netflix directly through an app on Virgin Media’ TiVo set-top boxes. Those customers will still need a separate Netflix account (which… Continue Reading

Copyright Disruption in the Cloud: U.S. Courts Divided Over Rights Required for Streaming Entertainment Content from the Cloud – Could a U.S. Supreme Court Showdown be Looming?

Posted in Television
The ongoing convergence of cloud-based products and services with the delivery and consumption of entertainment content continues to raise novel legal questions in the United States. As more and more businesses turn to the cloud, the scope and bounds of copyright law, in particular, continue to be impacted by new and disruptive offerings promising consumers… Continue Reading

Matt and Dan Participate in “Television and Disruptive Technologies” panel for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Posted in Copyright, Events, Technology, Television
Matt Syrkin recently presented and moderated a presentation for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. titled, “Television and Disruptive Technologies: Copyright’s New Frontier” at New York City’s Princeton Club. Dan Schnapp and other prominent practitioners served as panelists for the sold-out engagement which addressed the crucial business and legal issues raised by the introduction of… Continue Reading

DigitalHHR Team at DCM East Conference

Posted in Events, Gaming, Internet, Mobile, Music, News, Technology, Television
The DigitalHHR team will be appearing on several panels at next week’s DCM East conference in New York, a three-day gathering of more than 300 senior executives in the film, TV, sports, publishing, music, news and gaming industries focusing on strategies to build sustainable business and technology models to enable multi-platform delivery and monetization of digital… Continue Reading

Wayne to Moderate Panel at Digital Hollywood New York Conference

Posted in Cloud, Events, Mobile, Technology, Television
DigitalHHR’s Wayne Josel will be moderating a panel at the upcoming Digital Hollywood New York conference.  Entitled "Cloud Media & the Connected PC-TV-Mobile Universe: The New Face of the Digital Consumer", the panel will feature top executives from Verizon, HP, ActiveVideo Networks, Thwapr and IBB Consulting in a discussion on new initiatives to deliver content… Continue Reading

ivi TV Update: ivi Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment

Posted in Copyright, Television
As we recently reported here, a  new Internet-connected software application, called “ivi tv”, was just released that allows pc, mac and linux end users to stream live feeds from over-the-air television stations to their computers anywhere in the world. Unlike other online content distributors, however, the start-up recently confirmed that it has elected not to… Continue Reading

ivi TV: Live Network Television on the Net Without Negotiation?

Posted in Copyright, Television
A new Internet-connected software application, called “ivi tv”, was released this week that allows pc, mac and linux end users to stream live feeds from over-the-air television stations to their computers anywhere in the world, including feeds from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, Univision and others. The small Seattle-based start-up behind the service,… Continue Reading

DigitalHHR Team Represents BN Media in Acquisition of Beliefnet

Posted in Press/Publications, Television, Video
In a recent, high-profile transaction, the Digital HHR team represented BN Media LLC in its acquisition of, the multi-faith and spirituality website, from News Corp.  BN Media’s investors are also backers of Cross Bridge Media, a multimedia distributor of religious and charitable videos, and Affinity4, a marketing services firm focused on assisting non-profits in their fundraising… Continue Reading

T.V.iolations Everywhere?

Posted in Press/Publications, Television
With all of the attention “TV Everywhere” is getting, it is not surprising that the most recent scrutiny is coming from public interest groups that are claiming the TV Everywhere platform (under which cable providers will offer their subscribers access to the content on screens outside of their homes) presents significant antitrust concerns.   Just two… Continue Reading

Digital HHR Presents: CLE Webinar on TV Everywhere – March 11, 2010

Posted in Events, Television
The latest in our on-going series of CLE-accredited Webinars will focus on the critical legal and business issues and questions raised by the emerging phenomenon of “TV Everywhere,” a digital platform agnostic solution that promises to enable pay TV subscribers online access to their programming wherever they may consume it via an Internet enabled device. Our… Continue Reading

TV Everywhere v. Over the Top: The Ultimate Smackdown?

Posted in Television
On December 17, we will be presenting “TV Everywhere – Is It Everywhere You Want to Be?”, the latest in our continuing series of free, CLE accredited webinars.  During the program, we will be taking a closer look at “TV Everywhere” (TVE), the fledgling initiative under which cable operators and other pay TV providers propose… Continue Reading

Lessons from the NFL: The Importance of Scope and Duration in Drafting Intellectual Property License Grants

Posted in Gaming, Intellectual Property, Television
A group of retired players recently filed a class action suit (Dryer et al. v. National Football League) against the NFL claiming infringement and unauthorized use of their identities and likenesses to promote the NFL and sell NFL-related products without compensation.   This is yet another in a long list of cases brought by former athletes… Continue Reading

Univision Heads to Court to Keep Televisa TV Shows Off the Internet

Posted in Television
Univision, the leading Spanish language television network in the US, licenses a substantial portion of its programming from Televisa, an operator of Spanish language television networks in Mexico and throughout the world.  Now, in a case that highlights the potential conflicts that can arise when television programming is made available online, Univision has filed suit… Continue Reading

Clark Siegel Joins HHR as a Partner in our Los Angeles Office

Posted in Firm News, Intellectual Property, Internet, Technology, Television, Video
Hughes Hubbard & Reed announced today that Clark Siegel, formerly co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group and a member of the Entertainment Department at Irell & Manella, has joined Hughes Hubbard’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Mr. Siegel’s practice involves traditional entertainment and media, including film, television and video game development, production, distribution and… Continue Reading

Is the era of free video content on the Web coming to end?

Posted in Television, Video
Two news reports regarding the MSOs and their media company partners caught our eye last week.  One provided details on Time Warner’s “TV Everywhere” initiative.  The other discussed Viacom’s efforts to work with cable operators to develop an authentication process to ensure that only users paying a monthly cable bill will have online access to… Continue Reading

Protecting Kids Online – Technology vs. Good Ol’ Fashioned Parenting

Posted in Internet, Social Media, Technology, Television
The proliferation of Internet use by children has undoubtedly challenged online service providers and technology providers alike. Protecting children from the various risks posed by Internet use has been, and continues to be, a major concern, as safety issues including sexual solicitation, online harassment, bullying and exposure to illegal content become more and more prevalent.… Continue Reading

Impact of the Writers Guild Settlement On Digital Content Distribution

Posted in Advertising, Television
Impact of the Writers Guild Settlement On Digital Content Distribution February 2008 E-Alert: Impact of the Writer’s Guild In the coming days, the 10,500 striking members of The Writers Guild of America are expected to ratify a new, three-year agreement, which secures the writers a share of the digital media market by way of compensation… Continue Reading