Universal and Warner Bros are to sue the German online video portal Zattoo for adding commercial over their movies. Zattoo offers live streams of the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, which include the showing of movie titles from the two Hollywood studios. However, since the streams are available at no cost, the business model includes the show of pre-roll commercials before the actual stream begins. The studios claim this breaks the rule that the channels should be streamed unaltered.
The two studios are now trying to impede Zattoo from showing their movies, which are broadcast on the ARD and ZDF channels.