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Old 02-21-14, 02:00 PM   #1
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Federal court bans Aereo streaming in 6 states

This could be either short-lived or permanent, depending on how the Supreme Court hearing goes (currently scheduled for April 2014). It's now available in my area, and I am going to do a free trial at the very least since the antenna reception at our house is so unreliable.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2...o-ban/5639991/
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Online television streaming company Aereo recently won a big battle against television broadcasters in New York, but a federal judge in Utah has just issued an injunction against the service, effecting a temporary ban that covers Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma.

The ruling comes as a blow to Aereo, and possibly to all Internet-based TV streaming entities. By renting out an antenna to each customer, the company streams OTA television content to users' PCs, set-top boxes and mobile devices. Customers can pay more for extra services, such as multichannel DVR recording. Aereo has seen rapid growth in recent months, but the ruling in Utah is certainly a bump in the road.

According to the judge, Aereo's streaming and retransmission of copyrighted programs is prohibited by law unless licensing fees are paid to big broadcasters like CBS and Fox. Cable companies have paid such fees for years, but Aereo has maintained that it is exempt since customers pay for access to individual antennas, and all Aereo does is forward the signal.

The same issue has been argued in courts in Boston and New York, and Aereo has come out on top every time. In April, debate is headed to the Supreme Court, where Aereo's fate will ultimately be decided.
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Old 02-21-14, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: Federal court bans Aereo streaming in 6 states

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Old 02-21-14, 02:36 PM   #3
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I can't see such a pro-business conservative Supreme Court allowing Aereo to continue. There are too many big-money interests opposing it.
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Old 02-21-14, 03:13 PM   #4
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Man, everything is favoring the greedy ones this year.
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Old 02-21-14, 04:05 PM   #5
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I don't understand why this is a "problem". Don't the broadcast networks WANT more eyeballs?
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I don't understand why this is a "problem". Don't the broadcast networks WANT more eyeballs?
Not as much as they want fees from cable and satellite customers.
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Not as much as they want fees from cable and satellite customers.
Yeah, those retransmission fees they get from cable and satellite add up:
http://www.fiercecable.com/story/com...013/2013-02-26
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Comcast expects that it will generate $200 million in retransmission-consent fees from its NBC stations [in 2013]--an increase of about 400 percent compared to the fees it collected from cable operators and satellite TV providers in 2012, CFO Michael Angelakis said Tuesday.
2013 had the most retransmission "blackouts" due to disputes between networks and the cable and satellite companies:
http://www.americantelevisionallianc...ewers-in-2014/
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...there were 12 blackouts in 2010, 51 in 2011, 91 in 2012, and a record-setting 127 [in 2013].
The networks basically feel that Aereo isn't any different than a cable company.
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Old 02-21-14, 06:22 PM   #8
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Yeah, those retransmission fees they get from cable and satellite add up:


The networks basically feel that Aereo isn't any different than a cable company.
Amazing, a 400 percent increase year-over-year and that's not enough for them.

Aereo isn't available where I live, but luckily I can receive all the local stations with a small, indoor antenna. I ditched satellite this year for streaming and OTA. To hell with paying for free TV.
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I can't see such a pro-business conservative Supreme Court allowing Aereo to continue. There are too many big-money interests opposing it.
This is the same pro-business conservative Supreme Court that upheld Obamacare?

WTF are you talking about?
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This is the same pro-business conservative Supreme Court that upheld Obamacare?

WTF are you talking about?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/bu...anted=all&_r=0
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