ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have won a high court ruling forcing controversial London-based website TVCatchUp to stop streaming more than 20 of their services.
Under the ruling TVCatchUp, which uses the strapline “never miss a show again”, has been told it cannot stream the main ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 networks on its mobile TV service.
In addition the court has told TVCatchUp that it cannot stream 11 of the broadcasters’ digital channels – including ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, Film4 and More4 – on its web-based online service.
Utterly pointless ruling as these channels are all free-to-air, supported by ads. These aren’t cable-only channels that require a subscription and TV Catchup simply provided an online stream to those living in the UK, complete with the very ads that support the networks. I fail to see how any of this was copyright infringement.
In a way, this ruling doesn’t surprise me as these networks are very much firmly stuck in the old ways. The BBC, with their huge push into digital media, is the only other major free-to-air broadcast network and you’ll notice that they weren’t listed on the court case.