Supreme Court to hear Aereo vs. broadcasters case

The Supreme Court decides it will hear the appeal of a group of broadcasters (DIS, CMCSA, DIS, FOXA) against Aereo and its online re-transmission service.

In an interesting twist, both sides in the legal case urged the Supreme Court to tackle the issue. The broadcasters want to end a long streak of losing local decisions, while Aereo wants to avoid long and expensive legal battles in multiple jurisdictions.

What to watch: The case could have some bearing on how online TV (Sony, Google, Apple) and cloud computing intersect. A win by Aereo opens the door wider for re-distribution options, while a broadcaster victory tightens the reigns on the current Pay-TV model and could also help in a related case against Dish Network (DISH +1.3%) over its Hopper ad-skipping service.

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  • Jharmstrong
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    Here's a prediction.........Aereo will win.
    11 Jan 2014, 01:50 AM Reply Like
  • minecanary
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    Maybe they will just side with the establishment and call it a tax
    11 Jan 2014, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • Moon Kil Woong
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    Regardless of the outcome, it is ridiculous to mandate free broadcasting and then try to prevent you from receiving TV broadcast channels and digitizing it. By making those that enable such devices is basically the same as relegating us to the stone age forever. Where countries like S. Korea spends billions to guarantee high speed Internet to the whole public to make them ready for the future, if the government sides with limiting technology here, we will quickly find ourselves permanently disadvantaged in the future.
    12 Jan 2014, 04:01 AM Reply Like
  • Jbgoose
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    And then one factors in the international implications.... how? And which particular stocks get added to the trading basket?
    12 Jan 2014, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • adverteasement
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    If Aereo wins say goodbye to free content;most certainly popular sports. OTA and any non-encrypted type of distribution business models that once used free-spectrum will be eliminated from any professional broadcasters business plans;as the FCC plans to turn it into transact-able digital space in 2015 anyhow. Ultraviolet, PPV, Satellite, Cable and other secure OTT options like iTunes will become the only legal means to acquire and watch any type of decent produced content.The only thing Aereo is going to prove is the value of content. When Aereo is no longer able to grab the free they are antiquated, and our laws irrevocable harmed. Access to broadcasting the highest-of-quality will be pushed only to those digital-IP's who pay monthly recurring bills to access it per device and feed the system. Plus, Aereo's IPTV system doesn't stream video well anyhow.
    12 Jan 2014, 11:31 PM Reply Like
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