Today Omniverse made it official that they are ending residential services and will focus on multi-dwelling builds. According to Omniverse, this change comes after “recently received archives of records pertaining to the licensing rights of its partner Hovsat, Inc.”
So who is Hovsat, Inc? According to Omniverse, Hovast is the company that has a contract with DIRECTV that allowed Omniverse to sell its TV service. That claim is being challenged in a lawsuit brought on by ACE representing multiple companies claiming Omniverse does not have rights to stream their content. Now it looks like Omniverse has decided to focus on just MDU buildings like apartments.
Here is the statement Omniverse One World Television, Inc. released about this change:
Omniverse One World Television, Inc. has announced that, in the light of Omniverse has determined it will discontinue the marketing of live television content to single dwelling residential customers until such time as Omniverse can obtain greater clarity on the issue.
Consistent with that decision, Omniverse has communicated to its distribution and content partners that it will cease delivering live television content to single dwelling residential customers under the terms of its marketing agreement with Hovsat, Inc. This decision will take effect as of midnight May 31. Omniverse continues to believe that its live television service to multi dwelling unit operators is an attractive and economic offering and will continue working with those partners to service the customer segment.
Mr. DeMeo, the CEO of the company, stated that he “Thanks to the many efforts of the company’s business partners and vendors for their hard work in trying to make the company’s streaming operations a success.” Live television streaming direct to the subscriber is the future of television. Omniverse will make every effort to ensure that rights owners and subscribers are compensated and any refunds that may be due are promptly handled.
Here is the press release from SkyStream TV about the Omniverse decision to end residential services:
On the morning on May 30th SkyStreamTV spoke with a representative of Omniverse One World Television Inc and were told that they are shutting off residential service on May 31, 2019.
This is obviously not ideal for our loyal customers. We do not have any say in this matter as Omniverse has full control of distributing the channel streams and have made the decision to turn them off.
SkyStreamTV has ceased all current and future dealings with Omniverse One World Television Inc at the time of this press release.
We deeply apologize to our loyal customers and will continue to look for other Live TV offerings.
Did you use Omniverse? What did you think of the service? Leave us a comment and let us know what your experience with a Omniverse reseller was including companies like SkyStream TV and HDHomeRun Premium TV.
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