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Aereo Got Dunked
By: Mike Bush
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One of the more interesting product attempts on the market over the past year has been Aereo, which takes over the air cable channels (major networks) and essentially turns them into online feeds that can be watched on a consumer’s schedule. The company is backed by IAC’s Barry Diller, and has been sued. And sued. And sued.

I’m no lawyer, but the basic argument went as follows:
  • Cable companies and content providers said Aereo was violating copyright.
  • Aereo said they were doing the same thing a VCR does…allowing people to record a show and watch it on their own time.
Wednesday, the Supreme Court (yup, the lawsuits made it all the way to the top) ruled in favor of the former.

And in so doing, SCOTUS dealt a major blow to Aereo and other companies trying to create new (better) models for TV consumption.

Aereo says it will continue to fight the good fight, but in reality, Wednesday was a sad day for Cord Cutters and technology companies alike. 


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Mike Bush is a PR and Marketing freelancer with more than a dozen years of experience in the field. Find him on and connect Twitter @mikebush or at www.mikebush.nyc. 
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