Unfortunately that assumption is incorrect. If they could simply choose to deliver to a receiver via internet instead of broadcast, they wouldn't have needed to secure streaming rights contracts for Directv Now, and would be able to deliver all the same locals with all the same content (i.e. NFL not blacked out) for those locals they deliver via satellite. If they could change delivery methods when using a "receiver" (i.e. Directv provided device) they could have started up Directv Now years ago and provided an H25 or client running different software, or made a deal with Roku to rebrand one of their streaming boxes with the Directv logo. The reason it is legal to stream from your Hopper w/Sling or GenieGo or whatever to your tablet is because that's not a rebroadcast per copyright law, since it is considered "fair use" since it is done privately. If you gave your neighbors access to your GenieGo, technically that would be a violation of copyright law and you'd be liable for up to $150,000 per incident (though I doubt anyone has ever been sued or doing this) Aside from such fair use, ANY time copyrighted material is rebroadcast there must be a contract in place with the copyright owner allowing that specific rebroadcast. Streaming over the internet to a receiver is a rebroadcast, and it is a DIFFERENT rebroadcast than broadcasting it via satellite, and needs a contract to cover it or it is illegal.