Free, Legal (?) Live TV on your iDevice
A new service allows you to watch network TV on your iPhone or iPad, free... at least for now. FilmOn.com
offers live HD television in the US complete with commercials in what the company says is a free month-long trial. They claim that this service is "100% legal, but that didn't stop a lawsuit from a group of broadcasters. So grab it while you can: the site may not be up for long.
FlimOn was originally launched in the UK last year. The US site went live last month, featuring 30 channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the WB, Ion, and overseas networks such as Scuzz, Dubai Sports, and BBC News. It's run by what the Hollywood Reporter refers to as an "eccentric billionaire"
who says the law allows what he is doing and has hired lawyers to defend himself. "Without a doubt, the Copyright Act upholds what FilmOn.com is doing," Alki David says. "There is no difference between the Internet and satellite. There's little difference between having a digital television box (and having television delivered through a computer). It's all just semantics. People need to stop being afraid of opening up doors to digital technology."
I'm particularly stoked about this service, because I don't have a television set at my house. I can watch TV shows and movies on Hulu or download them from iTunes, but what I can't get is live programming. I'm streaming the San Diego-Houston game on my iPhone while I'm writing this. Looks like I just figured out how to justify buying an iPad...
Source: Business Insider