Optus to appeal Federal Court ruling on TV Now service

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 10-05-2012

Australian telco Optus is to appeal to the High Court following a Federal Court decision in April that its TV Now mobile TV service breached copyright law.

The ruling prevents TV Now subscribers from watching recorded free-to-air programmes on their mobile devices.

In a statement, Optus chief executive Paul O'Sullivan said: 'Australian consumers want legitimate access to content on any device regardless of the genre and we want to continue making the latest technologies available to Australians to meet this demand.

"This is a very important public policy issue that needs to be determined by the highest court in the land, to give clarity to both consumers and the industry."

TV Now lets Optus customers record free-to-air television from their smartphone or computer and watch it on the same devices with a delay as little as two minutes. Back in February a landmark Federal Court case found that Optus did not breach the Copyright Act by showing live NRL and AFL matches online with TV Now. However, last month a federal appeal court reversed this ruling, and found that TV Now was in breach of copyright law.