Recently a flood of new live TV streaming services have been showing up like SkyStream TV, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, and Flixon TV. These services offer a growing lineup of channels including Disney and FOX with pricing at about $35 a month.
All of these companies include a statement on their website that they are operating in partnership with Omniverse One World Television. What is Omniverse One World Television? After some work, Cord Cutters News was able to meet with Jason DeMeo of Omniverse One World Television.
What is Omniverse One World Television?
In short, Omniverse is a service that sells a premade live TV streaming service that anyone can build their own live TV streaming service from. This includes several major companies including the new HDHomeRun live TV streaming service.
Is Omniverse One World Television legal?
With the flood of services all pointing to Omniverse it has raised questions about how legal this is. Some of these services seem to operate under different rules than most live TV streaming services.
According to Omniverse, they acquired rights to some of these channels including the ability to stream outside by a contract that is only one of three such contracts in the United States. When pushed on that contract, Jason said they could not give too many details or it could help others figure out how to track down the last two contracts like the one they use.
Jason went on to say they are in the process of buying the rights to the other two contracts that would allow others to create similar services. According to Omniverse, once they close on the rights for the other two contracts they promised to be more open about their current contracts.
When we pushed about how we can know they have legal rights, Jason said that Omniverse had received cease and desists notices. Yet every time they showed their contract these cease and desists ended up being dropped before they ever went to court. We asked if they had any open court cases or cease and desists, and Jason said they have none at this time.
So, is it piracy? They all say they have contracts with companies like Disney and FOX through Omniverse. With Roku including many of these services in their channel store and others on stores like Amazon, it seems clear that Amazon, Roku, and others think they have rights to the content. According to Jason, Omniverse has dozens of channels in the Roku Channel Store. So, it seems that they are legal. Hopefully, once they finish with their current contracts we can learn more.
Update: Omniverese is currently being sued by ACE, read more here.
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