The rules for who can stream Internet TV are up in the air in light of a new appeals court decision over “Dish Anywhere,” which is remarkably like the Aereo technology that the Supreme Court shut down last month. In a short ruling issued on Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused a request by Fox to shut down “Dish Anywhere,” which lets consumers record the broadcasters’ shows on a DVR and then beam them over the Internet to a computer or mobile device.
Bolstered by a victory for broadcasters against Aereo last month, Fox on Monday challenged the legality of a Dish Network feature that allows subscribers to watch station feeds on devices outside the home. In oral arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Fox’s legal team sought to reverse a lower court ruling in which a federal judge refused to grant a preliminary injunction that would put an immediate halt to Dish’s Dish Anywhere service, concluding that it had not proven it would suffer irreparable harm if it continued.
News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting has asked for a court order to block new “on-the-go” features of Dish Network’s Hopper set-top boxes that allow consumers to watch live and recorded TV shows on smartphones and tablets.