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Aereo CEO: ‘The Technology We’ve Built is Tremendously Valuable to a lot of People’

With five days to go until the Supreme Court takes up the Aereo case, CEO Chet Kanojia sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo’s Katie Couric.

“It would be a tragic outcome for a company that had the courage to step up,” Kanojia said about the potential of a Supreme Court loss. “But it is what it is. I think we’ll figure out something or if not, if there’s no viable business, then we’ll probably go out of business. I do know that the technology we’ve built is tremendously valuable to a lot of people.” Watch:

Kanojia also talked about Aereo’s target audience: “People who are consuming a lot of content online, renting movies and Netflix and things like that — what they miss is access to broadcast TV, which happens to be morning television, which happens to be news, which happens to be big reality show events, watercooler type things. And for that, they’re tied to the bundle. Which is the big fight in the Aereo debate.” Watch after the jump. Read more

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Broadcasters Developing Contingency Plans in Case of an Aereo Supreme Court Victory

aereoAlthough Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia has said there is no plan B for the streaming television service in the event of a Supreme Court loss, the Wall Street Journal reports the broadcasters are working on backup plans of their own:

The most radical of the contingency plans is the recent suggestion from CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves that the company could offer its own Internet service if Aereo wins. Mr. Moonves hasn’t provided details, but a person familiar with the situation said CBS has the ability to launch a service that would stream its programming over the Web simultaneously with its television broadcasts.

CBS would charge a few dollars a month and show ads, the person said. Such a service would also likely offer on-demand programming. It could include Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel, which would increase the subscription fee, the person said. CBS would use technology company Syncbak, in which it owns a minority stake, to power streaming of local TV stations’ signals over the Web, the person said.

Aereo will be the topic of a panel discussion at the TVNewser Show two weeks from today. BIA/Kelsey SVP Mark Fratrik, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and U.S. Law Week’s Tom Taylor will join us to debate the streaming service and break down the legal arguments for both sides. For tickets and more information, click here.

Aereo: Consequences of Supreme Court Loss Are ‘Chilling’

aereoAereo has filed its last written argument before the Supreme Court hears the case next month. In a statement, CEO Chet Kanojia said if the broadcasters win, “the consequences to American consumers and the cloud industry are chilling.”

Since the beginning of television, consumers have had a fundamental right to watch over-the-air broadcast television using an individual antenna, and they have had the right to record copies for their personal use since the U.S. Supreme Court Sony Betamax decision in 1984. These are rights that should be protected and preserved as they have been for generations.

We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court on April 22 and we have every hope and confidence that the Court will continue validate and preserve a consumer’s right to use lawful technology innovations like Aereo.

Read the full brief at The Hollywood Reporter.

We’ll be talking about Aereo — among many other topics — at Mediabistro’s TVNewser Show, April 29 in New York City. Click here for more information and to register.

Aereo CEO: No Plan B in the Event of Supreme Court Loss

As Aereo awaits its day in the Supreme Court over the legality of its streaming television service, CEO Chet Kanojia told Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman there is no backup plan if the Court rules in favor of the broadcasters.

“There is no plan,” Kanojia said. “We believe in our merit and we do think it’s the right thing. Progress is important. The mission of this company was to try to create an open platform, to try to wedge the system open a little bit. And if we don’t succeed in that, despite our best efforts and good law on our side and merits of our case, it would be a tragedy, but it is what it is.” Watch:

A week after the Supreme Court arguments, at the TVNewser Show, we’ll be discussing the future of Aereo. Among our panelists is Tom Taylor, the Assistant Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week, who will be monitoring the  arguments.

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Aereo CEO: ‘We Are Confident in the Merits of Our Position’

aereoWith less than two months to go before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Aereo case, CEO and founder Chet Kanojia talks to TIME’s Sam Gustin. Among other things, Kanojia addresses the broadcasters’ threat that they will pull over-the-air signals and move their most popular programs to cable if Aereo prevails:

I don’t believe that to be a serious threat, just from a business perspective. According to the NAB [National Association of Broadcasters], there are nearly 60 million people who are using over-the-air access. So the networks would have to make a business decision that they are willing to cut off 60 million people.

[...] Most importantly, they would essentially be killing local broadcasting because local broadcasting depends on network television to bring it an audience. So from a business imperative, a business rationale, and their mandate to program in the public interest, they would be running afoul of all of these things, so I don’t find that argument persuasive at all.

It would be inappropriate for me to forecast anything or presume anything, but we think the logic that we have laid out is very compelling, sound logic. We are confident in the merits of our position and we are eager to find out what the Supreme Court thinks.

Aereo Announces Austin Launch Date

aereoLess than a week after a federal judge granted broadcasters a preliminary injunction against Aereo, the streaming television service has announced plans to expand to the Austin DMA.

Austin is the fourth city in Texas — after Dallas, Houston and San Antonio — where Aereo will be available. The Austin launch, scheduled for March 3, adds 12 new counties to Aereo’s coverage.

“Aereo makes using an antenna easy again – the way it should be.  We’re looking forward to kicking off in Austin,” CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

Aereo Expands to Greater Cincinnati Area

aereoAereo will make its streaming television service available to the 24 counties in the greater Cincinnati area next week.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the broadcasters case against Aereo later this year. In the meantime, the streaming television service says it will continue to expand to other cities in 2014 with the $34 million raised in its most recent fundraising round.

“Aereo is growing and we’re thrilled that our expansion has brought us to the Greater Cincinnati region and three new states: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Aereo Case

aereoThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the major national broadcast networks’ appeal against Aereo, according to Bloomberg News.

The appeal was filed by ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal and CBS Corp. The broadcast networks say the streaming television service, which is backed by Barry Diller, violates their copyrights by obtaining and broadcasting their programming without paying fees, “transforming the industry and threatening the very fundamentals of broadcast television.”

“We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court and we have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television with an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice,” Aereo founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement.

The Supreme Court hears arguments in April and will rule by July, Bloomberg reports.

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

Aereo Set to Launch in Baltimore

aereoAereo is expanding to the Baltimore metropolitan area. Beginning December 16, the streaming television service will be available to viewers in 11 central Maryland counties.

“From the Inner Harbor to the Eastern Shore, the Baltimore metropolitan region is a growing and dynamic community and we’re excited to be launching there next,” Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “…Our technology is a more simple, elegant and easy way to watch television – the way it should be.”

Aereo is available in more than 25 cities across the country, including New York, Boston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia.

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