Three years after their legal battle against Channel 9 began and six months since their appeal, the High Court has ruled in favour of IceTV and their EPG.
IceTV was sued back in 2006 for copyright infringement over using Channel 9’s broadcast information to create their EPG. They won that court case in 2007, which was appealled by Nine – an appeal the TV network won in 2008. IceTV took their counter appeal to the High Court, and after six months they have been successful.
It’s been a long and bloody battle, but we’re happy to see that in the end, the winner should be the TV-watching consumer. Because unlike Freeview’s EPG, IceTV will let you skip ads and program anything you want using their (now completely legal) EPG. Of course, I reckon the Freeview camp (and Channel 9) will be less than impressed with this verdict, so we’ll see what the fallout from this decision is in the coming weeks.