Aereo loses copyright fight at Supreme Court2014-06-26 09:21 by Daniela
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that online TV service Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violates copyright law by using tiny antennas to provide subscribers with broadcast network content via the Internet.
Aereo is a subscription service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV shows using internet-connected services. The company, currently in 11 markets, uses dime-sized antennas to capture over-the-air local TV broadcasts and feed them to users via the Internet. Subscribers pay an $8 monthly fee for the service. For an extra $4, users can get 20 hours of DVR storage, or for $12/month, 60 hours of DVR storage.
Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement that the decision was "a massive setback for the American consumer."
Unless Aereo can figure out how paying broadcast copyright fees fits into its business model, the service will probably have to shut its doors.
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