Is It Illegal To Help Someone Watch TV Over Their Computer?
from the questions,-questions dept
This one is actually from a few weeks ago, but we were just informed of it by Ed. Apparently, there’s a company that’s trying to help people watch satellite TV over their computer and has come up with an interesting plan. They’ll use Slingboxes and DirecTV accounts to help people watch DirecTV via any internet connection. From the article, it sounds like neither DirecTV or Slingbox is happy about this, and there’s talk about terms of service violations and such. However, it’s not entirely clear why this is a problem. Everyone who should be getting paid still is getting paid. Each customer has to buy their own DirecTV account — it’s just that it’s installed at this company’s offices, rather than at their own home. Since you need to have a separate Slingbox for each account, the company is still buying the Slingboxes. So, both DirecTV and Sling Media get their cut. The company then charges a $99/month service fee, which is pretty steep considering that the person also has to pay for a DirecTV account on top of that. Really this is only useful for people who have internet connections, want the programming that’s available on DirecTV, but for some reason cannot get DirecTV — which might not be a huge market. However, it’s hard to see why that should be considered a problem for any of the companies involved. This service is simply reselling their offerings, bringing it to markets that otherwise wouldn’t get served.