In a 6–3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of broadcasters in their case against Aereo, the broadcast TV streaming service based around renting individual antennas for $8 per month. The court found that Aereo’s service violates the Copyright Act by playing recordings of broadcast content. While Aereo could conceivably bounce back, CEO Chet Kanojia said before the ruling, “If it’s a total straight-up loss, then it’s dead. We’re done.” In a formal response to the ruling, Kanojia said, “We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done. We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.” follow link
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo
It was clear that the judges were clueless about anything except money. And the fact that the broadcasters said they would pull their programing from the free airwaves is probably against their FCC license. But in the end money wins.
I'm in the NYC area and I do get to watch PBS on my Roku via their Roku channel, but it would have been nice to be able to watch live TV every so often without having to get an antenna.
The other dumb thing is how these networks let you watch on set top boxes or your phone, but only if you have a cable subscription. If I had cable I wouldn't need that ability!
The real problem is the cable monopoly.
BTW, I really don't understand why the Supreme Court liberals voted against it. Aereo was a long distance personal antenna with DVR. Luckily, it's such good technology I think it's just a matter of time before something like it is back.
(And, as I said in my other post, I mostly just want to watch 30 minutes of the evening local news. PBS is on Apple TV and Roku, so I don't even need cable for that, except that it's not live on those boxes.)