For sometime now the service TVCatchUp and the broadcasters in the UK have had some battles to fight, but those battles are now over as the UK high-court has today ruled that the online service must stop streaming broadcasts from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 along with 11 of their partner channels which includes ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, Film4 and More4.
In response to which, TVCatchUp released the following statement on their website:
“We enjoy excellent relationships with most of those whose content we carry, but this sadly hasn’t proved to be the case with all of the public service broadcasters … We pride ourselves in always working within the law, we accordingly felt it necessary to remove certain of the channels to avoid perpetuating contention.”
Something which was similar for the broadcasters, who released the following joint statement:
“This result will help protect the substantial investment broadcasters make in content and is a clear message to those who seek to infringe our copyright or use our content in an illegal capacity.”
This is something that has been going on for sometime now, with broadcasters claiming that TVCatchUp had been infringing on their copyrights since 2007, but TVCatchUp will have some time to appeal this verdict, however it’s unlikely that any such appeal would come out in their favor.