Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard
"Now known, or shall hereafter be invented, throughout the universe" (… or what does a lawyer know about OTT, anyway?)
It seems hardly a week goes by that another media company doesn’t announce its plans to launch an “over-the-top” (“OTT”) content distribution service (e.g., HBO Go, Sling TV, CBS, PlayStation Vue). And while the appeal of such a direct-to-consumer play has significant advantages for content owners and aggregators, such an arguably radical move carries with it a number of challenges and risks. What should a content owner or programmer consider when contemplating such a venture? What legal and business issues must be addressed in the short, medium and long term? Given his decades of experience as a General Counsel to cable networks, Doug Jacobs will share some of his thoughts on the risks and opportunities of OTT.