FilmOn.com expands to Tampa
September 25, 2013
By Colin Mann
Despite Court Orders restraining FilmOn.com from offering the Big Four Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) in 70 per cent of the country for free to the public, billionaire founder Alki David has opened another antenna array farm in Tampa, Florida ,bringing up the total number of major cities in the US which FilmOn offers local TV services to sixteen, which the service points out is more than rival operation Aereo, currently operational in seven.
FilmOn says that its Business To Business Licensing Service does not prohibit it from offering its platform to third parties such as MSO and Cable Companies nationwide, nor does it prevent FilmOn from offering access other local channels throughout the USA.
“FilmOn is already offering access to the Big Four (NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC), in New York State and Connecticut for free. We are also offering other local channels made up of Independent stations for free in New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, Washington DC, Atlanta, Boston, Tampa, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle,” said David. “Additionally FilmOn offers another 500 plus live TV Channels licensed from broadcasters across the USA and abroad, as well as a 45 000 Video On Demand Titles all for free.”
David says that as per the sworn affidavits seen in court documents, the differences between Aereo’s technology and FilmOn Antenna Array technology, is that FilmOn does not share its connected antennas, whereas Aereo does.”Furthermore FilmOn technology uses third generation encoder-chip technology which we understand is the same as Aereo’s which therefore makes FilmOn far more scalable than Aereo. The most important thing of all, however, is that FilmOn offers viewing and DVR services for free to the consumer, whereas Aereo does not.”
FilmOn is in a holding pattern in the 9th Circuit as it awaits a ruling from the Appeals court on its ability to offer all local channels for free to the public in the country’s biggest jurisdiction, which includes California, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii.