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The DOJ sides with broadcasters in Aereo case

  • The DOJ has come in on the side of broadcasters (DIS, CMCSA, CBS, FOXA) in the fight between the media giants and Aereo over its streaming broadcast service
  • The case is now in front of the Supreme Court with both sides working on written briefs.
  • In its filing, attorneys from the DOJ argue more than hint that the Supreme Court should offer a narrow view on the Aereo issue without spilling over to other issues on new ways to record shows.
  • The concern is that the Aereo case ruling by SCOTUS will be used to limit innovative cloud-based media services or online TV ventures.
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  • texaswiz says
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    The airways belong to the government and the use of such is open to the people of the land.

     

    The content belongs to whomever created it. It the broadcasters don't like the people using their content, let them come up with a new way of getting it to their subscribers without using the public airways.

     

    I for one, don't like getting 50 crap TV channels bundled into the 6 or 8 that I really watch...and having to pay for all of them. When I subscribe to a cable provider to stream me their content I would expect to pay for their content. What I don't want to do is have to sit through all the non-stop commercials that they bombard me with. There is way too much greed in this business and it is coming back to bite them in the butt. I hope the Supreme Court levels the playing field and comes in on the side of Aereo. If Fox and some of the other greedy broadcasters live up to their threat of pulling the plug on their cable, then that is fine with me. Somebody else will be happy to pick up the reins and give the people what they want instead of the broadcasters giving us what they want. The broadcasters have way too much power when it comes to delivering content to the public. If the FCC (or the government in general) was really looking out for the people, we would not be having this conversation.
    4 Mar 2014, 12:32 PM Reply Like
  • ddennisradio
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    Well that's not quite accurate. The broadcast networks would pull the plug on the over the air signal not the cable signal. And instead of using a "new way of getting it to thier subscribers" as you stated, they would just get it to you by using the cable systems that are in place now, or via your satellite provider complete with your monthly bundled subscription. Local television affiliates can take down their transmitters and and towers and save millions. They no longer will need to have space on the spectrum which can be sold and utlized by other companies or organizations. So, it will be up Aereo to originate, produce, and transmit their own programming to their own subscribers which is a pretty tall order. Either the Supreme Court rules in favor or Aereo and the broacasters pull the signal of the airwaves that Aereo needs to function or they rule against Aereo and life goes on. Either way, Aereo's days are limited unless the court orders broacasters to maintain the broadast signal which would be strange but not out of the question I suppose.
    5 Mar 2014, 09:20 AM Reply Like
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