According to Deadline, Alki David has agreed to pay networks NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS a settlement in order for two lawsuits to be dropped. However, David has said that this week, he has offered the networks money in order for him to use their programming for his Aereo-like online streaming service.
According to David, the networks should agree to his terms, but conventional wisdom would suggest that it’s going to be an uphill battle, considering the lawsuits that have just been settled.
In any case, David has created a site called BarryDriller.com, a take on Barry Diller, Aereo’s backer. The site already has spaces set aside for NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS, and the site states that the service will be free after a subscription.
You can read more about David’s initial settlement agreement at Deadline, which involves withdrawing himself from a subscription streaming service, paying $1.6 million and stepping away from his lawsuit against CBS Interactive. You can also see what David is planning at BarryDriller.com.
What do you think about this news? Do you think there’s a chance that the big four networks actually agree to David and create online-streaming history? Give your opinions in the comments section below.