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  • Broadcasters Petition Supreme Court to Hear Case Over iPad TV Streaming Service Aereo


    Broadcasters in the US have made good on their threat against Aereo, which rebroadcasts television content to iPad and iPhone owners by petitioning for their case to be settled by the nation’s highest court. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Fox, ABC, Telemundo, NBC, PBS and CBS all petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their ongoing case against Aereo, following failures to win injunctions against the service in the lower courts. The broadcasters allege unfair competition on the part of Aereo as well as illegal appropriation of their content for Aereo’s own purpose.

    For those of you unfamiliar with it, Aereo uses an array of micro-antennas to capture television broadcasts, which it then streams to iOS devices and PCs through a web portal. The service charges its subscribers $8/month for access to the service. The broadcasters are claiming that this constitutes an infringement of their copyrights as well as violation of their performance rights.

    The broadcasters’ petition holds that Aereo’s service is an illegal “public performance” of their protected content. On the other hand, Aereo claims that the thousands of antennas it assigns to each subscriber yield the same effect as If those subscribers had gone out and purchased an antenna for themselves.

    Showcasing some of the difficulties some content holders have had in adjusting to the decline of the standard distribution model, the case has resulted in wins and losses for both sides. For the most part, Aereo has been able to expand its offerings to new metropolitan areas with impunity. In April, a New York federal appeals court upheld a ruling that denied a prior motion by the broadcasters to shut Aereo down. Soon after, Aereo began expanding its service to more locales with availability found in New York, Miami and Houston with plans to be available in 20 more cities by the end of 2013.

    We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Scribd
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Broadcasters Petition Supreme Court to Hear Case Over iPad TV Streaming Service Aereo started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Michael O'Morah's Avatar
      Michael O'Morah -
      This would be a very valuable service to people like myself who live in an Apartment and are unable to erect an effective Antenna. And since each person is viewing on an individual device and has their own antenna assigned to them, it seems a slam-dunk win for Aereo.
    1. serverleader's Avatar
      serverleader -
      damn this service looks badass! why the hell i didnt heard about it before!

      *SUBSCRIBING!
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Really? The broadcasters are fighting this?

      I am allowed to use an antenna to get free OTA programming, there is nothing in the law that states that the Antenna must reside on my property.

      If there were, how do places like Mobile Home parks, etc. that put up one antenna and split it off to each residence get away with it?

      So, this is basically saying we will rent you the antenna, space to put it up and a delivery method to get it to your house for $8/month.

      This is far cheaper than cable and may allow for better coverage, ultimately expanding each station's market share.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Aereo is charging money and making a profit off of content that is provided soley OTA. Those consumers unable to obtain OTA signals must get cable or something comparable, like the rest of us. Aereo is making a profit on this, not providing a community service. This is theft of copyrighted material for private gain, plain and simple.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Aereo is charging money and making a profit off of content that is provided soley OTA. Those consumers unable to obtain OTA signals must get cable or something comparable, like the rest of us. Aereo is making a profit on this, not providing a community service. This is theft of copyrighted material for private gain, plain and simple.
      This is not theft of anything. You have this completely wrong. They are not making money off of the content, they are making money from providing equipment (essentially a rental fee.) This is perfectly legitimate, and frankly these broadcast companies don't have a real case here.