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Portland Stations Pulled From New Streaming Service

When streaming TV service Skitter launched in Portland in March, the company set itself apart from the Barry Diller-backed TV startup Aereo because it had existing carriage agreements with broadcasters.

Now it looks like those agreements aren’t holding up.

Multichannel News reports that the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates in Portland demanded that their signals be pulled from Skitter while they review their retrans agreements with the company. And Skitter has complied. Read more

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Portland Stations Now Available Via Internet

Following the New York launch of streaming TV service Aereo, an Atlanta-based company called Skitter is now offering customers in Portland broadcast channels over the internet.

GigaOM reports that Skitter quietly launched in March, making Portland’s network affiliates available to local viewers using a Roku or WD Live set-top box.

The crucial difference between Skitter’s service and Aereo’s is that Skitter has all of the necessary licenses to retransmit stations’ programming. While Aereo is locked in a legal battle with broadcasters in New York over copyright infringement, Skitter will seemingly be able to avoid the same legal troubles since the company, which previously offered its internet broadcasting solution to small telco operators, already has retrans deals with broadcasters. Read more