The NHL is investigating whether EONLINE and other providers have violated copyright by streaming their content on NHL.com
The NHL has sent a letter to broadcasters and internet service providers, asking them to ensure that content is available for viewing on NHL and to stop using NHL.tv as an intermediary for their content.
In a letter obtained by NHL.TV, the league said it is concerned that EONline, a subscription video on demand service owned by NBCUniversal, is offering its content on an ad-supported model.
It is unclear whether Eonline is part of NBCUniversal’s streaming service.
“This is not a matter of copyright, but rather a matter involving an issue of fairness and fairness of access to content on networks that are not owned by Comcast, AT&T, or Time Warner Cable,” NHL spokesman Joe Weisenthal wrote.
“These networks are operating on a different system from the one that exists for Comcast, Verizon, AT & T, or Charter.
As such, these networks are not subject to the same standards of fairness as those for Comcast and Verizon.”
Weisenthal did not specify how EONLabs or EONnetworks could violate copyright by offering their content for viewing.
Weisheed wrote that NHL and its affiliates “have been aware of the existence of this content for some time and are working closely with these networks to ensure fair and equitable access to this content.”NBCUniversal and EONlan are owned by AT&s subsidiary NBCUniversal Media.
Weidenthal said NBCUniversal has received the NHL’s letter and is cooperating with the league.
The NHL said it has contacted EONlabs and Eonnetworks.