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Aereo CEO and Cablevision Say Aereo Fight May Undermine Cloud Computing

aereo_304In a statement that read like a classic boxing combination, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia today started with the left jab that said his company is prepared to let the Supreme Court decide its legality.

That statement set up the big right cross where he agreed with Cablevision’s assertion that the broadcasters suing him are looking to do more than just stop the Barry Diller backed internet streaming service.

Yesterday Cablevision issued a whitepaper saying, while it agrees Aereo violates copyright law, the broadcasters fighting the service are looking to overturn what the two companies are calling the basic principles of cloud computing, the 2008 Cablevision remote-storage DVR (RS-DVR) decision.

In his statement, Kanojia wrote, “The long-standing landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision has served as a crucial underpinning to the cloud computing and cloud storage industry.  The broadcasters’ filing makes clear that they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself.” Read more

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Wisconsin is Aereo’s Next Launch Target

aereo_304The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports controversial streaming TV service Aereo has announced plans to expand into 11 Wisconsin counties by early 2014.

Aereo has already launched in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami and five other cities also has designs to move into cities like Chicago and Philadelphia.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the service plans to launch in Dane, Rock, Green, Lafayette, Grant, Iowa, Columbia, Saulk, Richland, Juneau and Marquette counties in the first three months of 2014. Dane County was especially attractive to Aereo because of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Barry Diller Says He Would Sue Aereo If He Still Ran FOX


Barry Diller told Bloomberg Media Group chairman Andy Lack at Bloomberg’s “The Year Ahead:2014” conference he would fight Aereo if he still ran FOX.

“I would sue them and I would try and say something about consumers if I did so,” Diller told those in attendance.

The two spoke in-depth about the much contested streaming startup which is backed by Diller’s company IAC. Aereo allows subscribers to record broadcast television for a low monthly fee without reimbursing the content creators through retransmission fees.

“I think we’re on the side of the Angels,” said Diller about the startup which has, so far, been successful in court battles. “They don’t care about Aereo. What they care about is if we can survive then cable is going to run a game…and satellite…is going to run a game against them for essentially reducing, or not every year increasing, retransmission consent payments through the skies.”

He also said he doubts the NFL and Major League Baseball would follow through on their recent threats to pull their games from broadcast TV, “The chances of the NFL going off broadcast television, this is ‘the Super Bowl is not going to be on free broadcast television.’ I want to see that happen. They’re just making noise.” Read more

NFL and MLB May Stop Airing Game Broadcasts if Aereo Prevails

aereo_mlb_nflForget the major broadcasters, Aereo may now be up against sports fans everywhere after the National Football League and Major League Baseball warned if the subscription streaming service wins its Supreme Court case, they might end free game broadcasts.

Major League Baseball and the National Football League filed an amicus brief last week, adding their names to the growing list of broadcasters and organizations looking to stop the controversial streaming media company that allows subscribers to record over the air broadcast signals without paying licensing fees.

According to Variety, the leagues said in their brief, “If copyright holders lose their exclusive retransmission licensing rights and the substantial benefits derived from those rights when they place programming on broadcast stations, those stations will become less attractive mediums for distributing copyrighted content. The option for copyright holders will be to move that content to paid cable networks (such as ESPN and TNT) where Aereo-like services cannot hijack and exploit their programming without authorization.”

Aereo Announces Plan to Launch in Detroit

aereo_304One week from Monday, consumers in Detroit will be able to see what the fuss is all about when Aereo starts letting area viewers access its broadcast streaming technology service.

According to Aereo, “Consumers in nine counties in The Great Lakes State will now be able to access free over-the-air television channels with a cloud-based DVR via supported devices — including Android, which was just announced last week.”

Aereo is facing lawsuits from broadcasters in several cities who say the service violates their right to be paid for their content.

“We’re thrilled to be launching in the Detroit metro area, the birthplace of Motown and the Motor City,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia in a statement. “Across the country, the message from consumers is clear: they want more choice and flexibility when it comes to how they watch television and they don’t want to be fenced into outdated and cumbersome technology.”

Aereo subscribers are able to pause, rewind  and fast-forward any program they are watching live. They can even save programs and watch them later.

Networks Petition Supreme Court in Aereo Fight

aereoMajor television networks including CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have petitioned the Supreme Court to review their case against streaming television service Aereo, CNET reports.

The rapidly-expanding Aereo, which is now available in more than 25 markets across the country, charges $12 a month to watch live or recorded programming on computers or mobile devices. In April, networks’ efforts to shut down Aereo were dealt a major blow when the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the service could continue to operate. Earlier this week, Aereo scored another legal victory against Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

As CNET points out, the Supreme Court hears less than one percent of the 10,000 petitions it receives each year.

It’s a Draw: Aereo Wins One Battle Loses Another in WCVB Suit

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A federal judge in Massachusetts has denied Hearst owned Boston ABC affiliate WCVB its motion for a preliminary injunction in its suit against Aereo.

However, the court also denied Aereo’s motion to transfer the case to New York, likely in hopes of getting a more favorable ruling.

“After considering the relevant factors, the Court finds that a preliminary injunction is unwarranted,” ruled Judge Nathaniel Gorton in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. “Hearst has not demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success on the merits nor the requisite irreparable harm and therefore it is not entitled to that ‘extraordinary and drastic remedy.’” Read more

Battle to Stop Aereo Spreads to Utah

aereo_304The battle by broadcasters to stop Aereo has now spread into Utah.

Salt Lake City FOX affiliate KSTU, CBS affiliate KUTV, MyNetworkTV affiliate KMYU and FOX Broadcasting Co. have filed suit against the streaming media company after its expansion into Salt Lake City in August.

The suit makes claims of copyright violations similar to the suits filed in New York and Boston.

“It simply does not matter whether Aereo uses one big antenna or hundreds of tiny ones to receive local broadcasts,” reads the complaint. “Nor does it matter that Aereo routes the broadcast signal through a server that copies it before retransmitting it. No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo changes the fundamental principle of law that those who wish to retransmit copyrighted broadcasts may do so only with the copyright owners’ authority.” Read more

Aereo Expands to Houston, Miami, Dallas

Aereo has announced it will expand its streaming television service to Miami, Dallas and Houston next month.

Aereo will launch in Miami on September 2, Houston on September 16 and Dallas on September 23. The service previously announced plans to expand to Chicago and Utah.

“Consumers deserve more choice and flexibility in how they experience television and Aereo provides a high-quality, rationally-priced alternative,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “We believe we’ve built something meaningful for consumers and the overwhelming enthusiasm and response we’ve received has been humbling.”

Aereo Announces Plans To Expand to Atlanta

Aereo, the company that give customers access to over-the-air channels online with a cloud based DVR, has announced plans to expand its service to Atlanta beginning June 17.

“We’re grateful and humbled by the continued support we’ve received from consumers for our technology,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. “The response and enthusiasm from consumers across all of our expansion cities has been phenomenal. It’s clear that consumers want more choice and flexibility in how they watch television and they don’t want to be fenced into expensive, outdated technology.”

Aereo launches tomorrow in Boston.  The service has faced stiff legal challenges from broadcasters and content creators alike for its ability to grab content from over the air antennas and sell it to its customers without paying licensing fees.

Yesterday, the company announced a simplified pricing structure with an $8.00 a month fee for basic service and an upgraded plan with expanded DVR storage for $12.00 a month.

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