Earlier, we reported that Locast had accused ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC of antitrust violations. Now, the broadcast networks are responding to those allegations.
A statement from Gerson Zweifach of Williams & Connolly representing the plaintiffs in the Locast case said the following:
“Locast’s filing today only confirms that it has no answer for its industrial scale violations of the law. Sixteen million households receive broadcast television free over the air, which represents a nearly 50 percent increase in the last eight years. Locast does nothing for those households; it serves the interests of its pay-TV patrons, who have provided Locast and its founder with hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees, donations and nationwide distribution on certain pay-TV platforms. We trust the courts to see right through this façade and recognize Locast for what it is – not a public service organization, but a creature of certain pay-TV interests with an entirely commercial agenda.”
The statement references this Nielsen report, showing the increase in households with access to OTA channels, then stating that there are other nonprofit organizations that work with broadcast networks to provide households with local channels.
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