Online TV streamer Skitter pulls ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX from lineup

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 11-05-2012

Local TV affiliates in Portland, Ore. have told Internet TV venture Skitter to stop retransmitting their feeds as part of its $12 per month online streaming service.

Skitter offers live access to major Portland-area channels. But the local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations have decided to review the retransmission agreements that are in place with Skitter. Unlike pure-play online local TV feed models like ivi TV and Aereo, which have faced lawsuits over not properly compensating TV affiliates for their content, Skitter was looking to leverage the relationship it has with regional telco Stayton Cooperative Telephone Co., and the retrans agreements that are in place as part of that relationship.

Skitter told subscribers that it has pulled the channels for now, but that the parties "have made progress toward a new agreement but it is difficult to know how long this will take."

In the meantime, Skitter has dropped the monthly price to $6 per month. Subscribers still have access to PBS, PBS Encore, KWVT, TBN, TCC, JCTV, Enlace, SOAC, Retro TV, The CW, AntennaTV and Azteca.