Legal Services

As counsel to NHK, the independent public broadcaster of Japan, and its affiliated companies, LOTG serves as legal, technical and business advisor in deals with:

  • International and regional satellite companies
  • DTH platforms in the U.S. and globally
  • U.S. and international fiber networks
  • U.S. and foreign telcos
  • U.S. and foreign IPTV networks
  • U.S. and foreign cable platforms
  • Over the Top (OTT) platforms
  • U.S. PBS and other commercial/non-commercial broadcast stations
  • Video equipment and codec vendors
  • IP Content Delivery Networks (CDN)
  • Captioning/Subtitling vendors
  • App developers
  • e-Commerce vendors
  • Mobile IP newsgathering vendors

LOTG negotiates and helps to construct and maintain video contribution and distribution networks for the global delivery of video with associated commercial and technical contracts and license agreements.

The firm facilitates video program distribution arrangements with broadcast stations, DTH, cable, IPTV, CDN and OTT companies in the U.S. and similar distribution companies in over 150 countries worldwide. It helps to construct global backbone video distribution networks with the major international satellite companies and international fiber and IP networks. It is counsel and advisor for video contribution networks with global satellite, fiber and Ethernet companies and with telcos and fiber companies for local connectivity.

LOTG has particular expertise in the legal and technical issues surrounding the transmission of HDTV video programs using MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and HEVC video compression technology. It is actively involved with HDR, 4K and 8K Ultra HD video technology.

The firm has expertise in the licensing of fly away antennas before the FCC and video distribution issues before the FCC such as closed captioning, underwriting messages on PBS stations and Children’s Programming requirements.

For over 20 years, LOTG has been active in World Broadcasting Unions – International Media Connectivity Group (“WBU-IMCG”) (formerly known as WBU-ISOG), a group of international broadcasters, satellite/fiber companies and video equipment vendors that meet twice a year to discuss and resolve common technical issues associated with the international transmission of video.