updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon April 23, 2012
Startup rejects need for licensing agreements
A new startup, NimbleTV, has begun testing a "TV Everywhere" remote streaming service that appears to parallel Aereo's approach, but with cable or satellite subscriptions rather than broadcasts. The company is enabling a select group of users to access live satellite service or DVR content from mobile devices, televisions or computers.
Rather than relying on a set-top box to upload the video content from a user's home satellite or cable equipment, NimbleTV handles the subscriptions and uses its own servers to load the content onto the cloud.
"Pick a cable or satellite package from any country and we'll sign you up," the company writes on its website.
Although existing streaming apps, such as SlingPlayer and TWC TV, are officially sanctioned by satellite and cable companies, NimbleTV COE Anand Subramanian suggests his company has no need to establish licensing agreements with subscription providers, according to a New York Times report.
Aereo provides similar functionality for streaming broadcast television. The company pairs each user with their own antenna connected to a remote server, in what is viewed as an attempt to avoid legal trouble, however the majority of New York City's broadcasters quickly filed copyright-infringement lawsuits.
Submramanian argues that his company is merely serving as an "agent" for the service, paying monthly service fees on behalf of each user. Aside from live streaming service, users will also be able to take advantage of unlimited DVR recording.
NimbleTV is now available as a limited beta program for New York City residents. The company has yet to disclose which cable or satellite providers it is using, while the pricing structure also remains unclear.