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Court sides with broadcasters, shuts down Aereo live broadcasting

10/23, 9:39pm

Nationwide preliminary injunction granted, company exploring further options for survival

Aereo was dealt another blow in its battle to survive today thanks to a New York court. US District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in favor of broadcasters in a 17-page decision, putting a nationwide preliminary injunction in place against the startup. As a result, Aereo can no longer operate its "Watch Now" system that allowed television programs to be rebroadcasted over the Internet.

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Aereo can't operate as cable company, appeals court denies request

08/21, 11:49pm

Startup will need to take the case district court if it wants to continue fighting

Aereo, the broadcasting startup that allowed users to rebroadcast and time-shift over-the-air (OTA) programming, appears to be running out of ways to stay alive. According to documents acquired by the Washington Post, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has denied the company's recent request to reconsider the case.

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Aereo files for emergency aid, company is 'bleeding to death'

08/01, 3:00pm

'Catch 22' generated by court, US copyright office

Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death," according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the court and the US Copyright Office debate if it should be treated like a cable company, as the Supreme Court alluded in its ruling against Aereo.

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Aereo subscriber rates horrible, less than 80,000 total subscribers

07/22, 8:11am

Future of service unclear, with low adoption and very slow growth

Nascent television streamer Aereo appears to be in rough shape, above and beyond just the Supreme Court ruling, and US Copyright Office declarations. The company's subscriber numbers are dismal, with a total of 77,596 subscribers at the end of 2013, making it unclear what traction the service may have if it continues operation, or has to raise its rates in the wake of defeats it has been dealt recently.

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Aereo not a cable company, according to US Copyright Office

07/17, 2:35pm

Declaration by US Copyright Office hampers Aereo reboot

Aereo's attempt to resurrect its cloud-based DVR service has hit a snag, this time with the US Copyright Office. After a Supreme Court ruling declared Aereo to be too similar to a cable company to escape paying licensing fees to broadcasters, the start-up offered to pay the same fees as cable companies, though the US Copyright Office goes against the court's thinking, claiming it falls short of being a cable operator.

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Appeals court rejects Fox's attempt to use Aereo ruling against Dish

07/15, 4:21pm

Broadcasting company tried to use Aereo ruling to force a preliminary injunction

Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasting companies in the Aereo case, Fox Broadcasting attempted to use the judgment as fuel in a case against Dish Network. Stating that there were large similarities between the devices, Fox believed the defense Dish raised no longer held up. In an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the judges sitting on the case upheld the lower court's ruling against Fox, as the panel of judges failed to be convinced of the alleged connection.

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Aereo asks court to allow it use of statutory content licenses

07/10, 7:58am

Joint letter suggests Aereo wants cable company-style licenses following Supreme Court decision

Aereo may have found a way to it to continue offering a service to subscribers with the key lying in the recent Supreme Court decision against the start-up. In a joint letter filed with the US District Court, the company claims that, since the Supreme Court ruled it operated as if it is a cable company, it should be eligible to the same statutory licenses cable companies use.

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Aereo calls for users to campaign against Supreme Court decision

07/01, 11:47am

Start-up continues to fight courts, broadcasters over Aereo legality

Aereo is continuing its fight against broadcasters, after temporarily shutting down following a decision by the Supreme Court, by asking affected users to complain to lawmakers. An e-mail sent by Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia sent out today calls for users to vent their frustrations at representatives, with the aim of changing the law to allow the start-up to continue operating.

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Aereo shuttering 'temporarily' in wake of Supreme Court defeat

06/28, 10:04am

Users to be refunded last month of service, future of company in danger

In the fallout of the anti-Aereo Supreme Court decision, founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has emailed customers, declaring that while consulting with the courts, the television streaming service must shut down. Users will only be able to access the cloud-based antenna and DVR until 11:30 EST today.

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Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling favors broadcasters

06/25, 11:38am

Cloud-based DVR service should pay licenses to broadcasters, rules Supreme Court

Aereo has lost its battle against broadcasters, after the US Supreme Court ruled against the start-up. In a 6-3 ruling, the court states the company violates copyright law by streaming recordings of TV shows to its subscribers, classifying the streams as "public performances" and so requires that Aereo pay content licenses to broadcasters for their programming.

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Briefly: Aereo for Android's Chromecast support, Android's Hitman Go

06/05, 10:41pm

Streaming television broadcaster Aereo adds Chromecast support to Android app

Aereo, a television streaming service, has added Google Chromecast support to its Android app. Subcribers can now stream live broadcast television to their TV by tap the "cast" icon within the app. A beta release, any issues found can be reported to feedback@aereo.com, or through the app's feedback link. Bug fixes and performance improvements are also included in Aereo's Android app update. Though it requires a subscription to run, the Android version of Aereo can be downloaded through Google Play at no charge.

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Editorial: The US judicial system versus modern technology

04/24, 6:40pm

Is the US judiciary serving the people to the best of its ability?

It can be argued that we're always on the cutting edge of technology -- every day there are new advances, and new techniques developed to do legacy tasks some other way. Likewise, hardly a day goes by without a new lawsuit from an entrenched company, claiming that this new way somehow infringes upon, or unfairly penalizes, an old-guard way of doing business. This seems to be the way of things, but as technology marches on, our judicial system doesn't seem to be able to keep in step.

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Aereo versus broadcast industry case heard before US Supreme Court

04/22, 2:57pm

Hearing will decide fate of Aereo, will also have effects on cloud file streaming

In what is likely to be the final stop between Internet over-the-air television streamer Aereo and essentially the entire broadcast industry allied against it, Aereo seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Today's hearing before the US Supreme Court found judges skeptical about Aereo's business model, calling it "based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don't want to comply with."

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Aereo bringing live television, DVR service to Chromecast in May

04/11, 7:12am

Chromecast support in Android app brings Aereo to televisions

Troubled television rebroadcasting start-up Aereo will be adding support for the Google Chromecast to its Android app at the end of next month, the company has announced. The move will allow customers to watch live broadcast television via the Chromecast, as well as programs recorded on the service's cloud-based DVR, starting from May 29th.

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White House files anti-Aereo amicus brief with Supreme Court

03/03, 8:53pm

Amicus brief: server bank nixes value of single antenna per subscriber

The Obama administration has filed an amicus curae ("friend of the court") brief with the US Supreme Court, saying that it feels that web streamer Aereo must "obtain licenses to perform the copyrighted content on which its business relies." While the administration can't tell the court how to rule, the briefing is likely to set the tone for the hearing, set for April.

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Aereo granted 14-day stay from shutdown in 10th district

02/26, 7:54am

Stay is not pending appeal, but to serve the public good

Online over-the-air television streamer Aereo has won a very brief reprieve from its shutdown order across six states. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that "notwithstanding the many factors weighing against a stay, the court, in its discretion, grants Aereo a temporary 14-day stay."

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Briefly: RealPlayer Cloud goes international, Aereo launch in Austin

02/24, 12:45pm

RealPlayer Cloud now available for international users

RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats.

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Aereo beat in Tenth Circuit; must shut down in Salt Lake City, Denver

02/19, 10:42pm

First legal defeat curtails operations in eight states

Internet "over-the-air" television video streaming service Aereo has been handed its first defeat in its ongoing court battles with conventional broadcasters, and the verdict is a significant one. Judge Dale A. Kimball of the Utah federal court system ruled that the streamer is violating the copyrights of broadcasters with its service in the states of Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, and segments of Montana and Idaho.

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Briefly: Aereo reopens in New York, Tesla gains Rdio in Europe

02/07, 6:29am

Aereo reopens new registrations in New York City after extending capacity

Aereo has re-opened itself to new subscribers in New York, after rectifying its temporary capacity issues in the region. The cloud-based DVR service will not be allowing for new registrations, reports CNet, with a company spokesperson advising those who pre-registered will get priority for joining the service, with others expected once the wait list queue is shortened. Aereo's other service areas remain unaffected.

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Briefly: Aereo in San Antonio, Huddle's Microsoft Office integration

02/03, 9:11am

Remote antenna/DVR to be available in Greater San Antonio region February 19

Cloud-based DVR and TV streaming service Aereo is expanding its service-providing area again, with its announcement of its upcoming servicing of the Greater San Antonio region. Using Aereo's technology, consumers can pause and rewind any program that they are watching live on computers or mobile devices, or save a program for future viewing. Beginning February 19, consumers in the Greater San Antonio region will be able to use Aereo to have access to over 30 over-the-air channels, as well as Bloomberg Television.

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Aereo stops new customer sign-ups in New York over capacity issues

01/31, 2:53pm

More capacity being installed before Aereo welcomes more subscribers

Cloud-based DVR startup Aereo is no longer accepting new subscribers in New York, the company has confirmed. The service, which offers local television broadcasts over the Internet to users, has apparently run out of capacity and cannot take on any more customers in the market, though other markets including Cincinnati, Boston, and Houston, are unaffected by the issue.

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Briefly: Aereo heads to Cincinnati, Moto Maker adds wood options

01/17, 2:04pm

Aereo expanding service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana

Aereo will be launching a version of its cloud-based DVR and TV streaming service in the Greater Cincinnati region on January 21st. The 24-county areas outlined by the company includes 8 counties in Ohio, 10 counties in Kentucky, and 6 counties in Indiana, with the entire region becoming the 11th area it will be available within. Aside from the free trial month, Aereo will be charging $8 per month for access to 30 over-the-air channels and 20 hours of DVR time, though an extra $4 ups the DVR amount to 60 hours per month.

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Aereo, broadcasters to argue case before US Supreme Court

01/10, 4:22pm

Ruling by Supreme Court dictates future of Aereo

Partially at Aereo's own request, the US Supreme Court is going to hear arguments on what has essentially become the entire US broadcasting industry against Aereo's use of their over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts. At stake is Aereo's ability to capture the broadcasters' free signal by using a single antenna per subscriber in a geographical area, and stream it to users at a nominal subscription fee. Should Aereo prevail in the Supreme Court, it will see fewer court battles nationwide, and larger freedom to operate without pressure from broadcasters in markets it enters.

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NimbleTV opens streaming cable TV service in New York City

12/10, 1:49pm

Aereo-style service from NimbeTV requires cable service authentication

A startup offering cable TV streaming over the Internet has opened its service to everyone in New York, following a successful test period in the city. In a similar manner to Aereo's service, NimbleTV will offer cable subscribers access to the same channels but over the Internet, along with the ability to record programs via the cloud-based DVR.

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Briefly: Aereo in Baltimore, Italian Sky Go app hits Windows Phone 8

12/05, 10:39am

Aereo launching cloud DVR service in Baltimore on December 16

Aereo has revealed that it will be launching its cloud-based DVR service in Baltimore in time for Christmas. Residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including 11 central Maryland counties, will be able to sign up and subscribe to the service when it goes live on December 16th, though this will still leave Aereo considerably short of its goal of expanding to 22 US cities before the end of this year.

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MLB, NFL, say Aereo win would lead to exodus to cable

11/18, 4:28pm

Major sports leagues back broadcasters in Aereo struggle

The National Football League and Major League Baseball have come down firmly on the side of the broadcasters in their ongoing struggle to overcome Aereo in the courts. Filing an amicus brief last week, the two sports leagues said that they could move all of their games to cable television if Aereo is allowed to continue retransmitting content from the major broadcasters. The brief was the latest development in a wide-ranging legal struggle over what the broadcasters deem to be illegal retransmission of their protected content.

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Briefly: Launch of Aereo in Denver, Goldgenie's Gold HTC One Mini

10/29, 10:25am

Cloud-based DVR service to be available in Denver metro area November 4

Aereo, a cloud-based DVR company, has announced its service expansion to the Denver metropolitan area, launching in the region November 4, 2013. A monthly membership permits users to access 'over-the-air' television channels via an Internet connection, from local Aereo antenna and remote DVR centres. Users control both the antenna and remote DVR using a web browser or mobile device, and can view, record, pause, fast-forward and rewind. The Denver metro area service expansion includes sixty-seven counties across Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Aereo membership pricing starts at $8 per month, which includes 20 hours of DVR storage, and $12 per month for 60 hours of storage. Consumers receive their first month of access for free.

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Aereo launches TV streaming beta service on Android

10/23, 3:25pm

Aereo manages to hit Android launch date

Aereo has launched an Android app connecting users on that platform to its television streaming service. The Aereo beta app saw release on Google's Play Store on Wednesday, giving access to the features iOS users have enjoyed for some time, but with more capabilities due to the fact that it is a native app on Google's platform. The app is not currently compatible with all Android devices, with units such as the Galaxy Note 2 unable to access it. It is also available only for users in cities where Aereo currently has rebroadcasting operations set up.

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Aereo wins Boston court ruling, preps Android app for Oct. 22 launch

10/10, 12:10pm

Judge refuses to interrupt service

Aereo has won a partial victory in a Boston federal court, avoiding an injunction that would have interrupted its streaming broadcast-TV service. The company also announced that its Android app will be available on October 22, following development delays that pushed it past the original September launch window.

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Aereo's Chicago launch postponed due to beta site problems

09/28, 8:10pm

TV streaming service sees delays in Chicago launch

TV streaming service Aereo will not be expanding its offerings to Chicago on schedule, the company revealed on Friday. The Chicago expansion was slated to launch on September 13, but "issues with [the] beta site" have prevented delayed the launch, the company said. Aereo has not given any indication when the service might go live, but it assures interested parties that "we are working our fastest to find a solution that works."

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Broadcasters win ruling against broadcast TV streamer FilmOn X

09/06, 11:24am

Case viewed as important in Aereo battle

Television broadcasters have won a legal battle against FilmOn X, a company that provides online streams of broadcast TV content. Judge Rosemary Collyer of the US District Court for DC has ordered the company to shutter its services, noting that broadcasters will likely prevail in arguing that the service violates copyright laws.

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Briefly: Amazon Kindle in Mexico, Aereo app for Android in September

08/29, 8:42pm

Amazon launches Kindle store in Mexico, Gandhi chain to sell devices

Amazon has launched its Kindle store and Kindle Direct Publishing in Mexico, providing over 70,000 Spanish titles, over 1,500 being free, and over 2 million ebooks overall. The Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite has also gone on sale in the Gandhi bookstore chain, at a cost of MXN$1,400 ($105) and MXN$2,400 ($180) respectively.

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Briefly: Aereo plans three more launches, 8.9mm ADATA external storage

08/08, 10:37am

Aereo prepares to launch cloud DVR in Miami, Houston, Dallas

Aereo has revealed the next three locations from the 21 US cities it hopes to launch in before the end of this year, following earlier launches and announcements covering Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and New York City. Miami, Fl will gain access to the controversial cloud-based DVR service on September 2nd, while Houston and Dallas, TX will receive it on September 16th and 23rd respectively.

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Aereo prepares for Chicago streaming service launch on September 13

06/27, 4:07pm

Cloud-based DVR, live TV streaming service covers 16 counties

Live TV streaming service Aereo is launching its service in Chicago, Illinois on September 13. The expansion of the service to Chicago comes after successful launches in New York City, Boston, and Atlanta, and will continue its national rollout despite continued opposition and legal threats from a number of broadcasters.

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Streamer Aereo remains contentious in pair of D11 interviews

05/29, 7:12pm

ABC president, Aereo CEO interviews show differing views

At the Wall Street Jourmal D11 conference, ABC Television president Anne Sweeney and online television streaming service Aereo CEO Barry Diller were interviewed separately, with vastly differing opinions on the recently expanded startup which has seen its share of lawsuits both instigated by and delivered unto it. The ABC president called Aereo "wrong," adding that she believes that "it is illegal, and it is opportunistic piracy" despite no court yet agreeing with her sentiment.

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Briefly: BlackBerry Q10 launching in United States, Aereo in Atlanta

05/14, 2:07pm

T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon to stock BlackBerry Q10 in June

The BlackBerry Q10 is making its way to the US on three different carriers in the summer, after launches in Canada and the UK. T-Mobile states it will sell the smartphone for $100 and 24 monthly installments of $20 or $580 outright, and expects to have it in June. Verizon also claims it will stock the phone in June, though does not reveal how much for, and Sprint confirms it will carry the handset, but it will launch on the network "in late summer" and for an undisclosed price.

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Briefly: Netflix Player on PlayStation 3 update, Aereo updates prices

05/13, 2:12pm

Netflix updates PlayStation 3 Player app with revised design

Netflix has updated its streaming app for the PlayStation 3. The new Netflix Player has a revised design that brings it in line with the web and mobile device versions, according to a company blog post, as well as options to change the audio and subtitles for a show or film. The design of "trickplay" mode has also been adjusted, allowing for faster-loading preview images to load when seeking for a specific scene in a movie.

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Aereo launching live TV streaming service in Boston in May

04/23, 11:48am

Cloud-based DVR service roll-out to invite users initially

Live TV streaming service Aereo is going to expand its service to Boston, Massachusetts. Over 4.5 million people in the Boston metropolitan area will be able to use Aereo, which includes a cloud-based DVR as part of the service, and will be the second city that Aereo will operate in, after its initial launch in New York City.

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CBS chief executive mulls move to cable in Aereo fight

04/10, 1:17pm

Echoes earlier Fox threat to cease over-the-air broadcasts

CBS is considering a possible move to cable if Aereo continues to operate, following comments from another broadcaster. Chief executive Les Moonves voiced approval of Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey's earlier threat to cease over-the-air broadcasts, though it such an action is unlikely to occur in the first place.

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Briefly: Vodafone 4G in Australia, Fox threat over Aereo

04/08, 2:32pm

Vodafone Australia to roll out 4G coverage in June

Vodafone is to launch its 4G services to Australian customers in June. The initial rollout will see Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Wollongong, Newcastle, and the Gold Coast covered with 4G service, according to ZDNet. Tests on the 4G signal shows it as having a download speed of 80Mbps and an upload of 20Mbps, with a claimed maximum of 150Mbps possible for some customers. Like its competitors, national carriers Telstra and Optus, Vodafone will be keeping its 4G service charges the same as its 3G access, and hopes to have 1,000 4G sites operational by the end of 2013.

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TV networks lose appeal against Aereo for rebroadcasting

04/01, 1:45pm

Cloud-based DVR, TV service deemed not infringing copyright

Live TV streaming service Aereo has won a major court battle against a number of television networks, after the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal from broadcasters. The two-to-one vote confirms that Aereo does not infringe the copyrights of broadcasters, and clears the legal standing of the service in general.

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Aereo video streaming service expands to New York metro area

02/25, 8:15pm

Service available over 29 counties across NY, CT, NJ, PA

Aereo today announced that its Internet-repeating television service is now available to the more than 19 million people living in the New York City metropolitan area. The region includes 29 counties across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Previously, Aereo was only available to residents of New York City's five boroughs.

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Aereo TV service to expand to 22 more cities in 2013

01/08, 2:59pm

Expansion made possible by $38M cash infusion

Live TV streaming service Aereo is planning to expand to 22 more US cities this year, the company has announced via its website. The full list includes Austin, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Cleveland, Kansas City, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, Birmingham, Providence, and Madison (WI). The expansion appears to be possible because of $38 million in second-round venture capital funding. Several firms and "select individuals" are mentioned as sources for the money.

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Ex-copyright chief: clear disruptive tech through Congress

09/29, 11:15pm

Claim: new media delivery channels should be illegal before review

In an amicus brief in the Aereo television Internet streaming case, the former Register of Copyrights, Ralph Oman has claimed that new distribution methods of potentially copyrighted material should be cleared through Congress for approval before the technology hits the market. Oman goes so far in his brief to claim that when the US copyright law revision in 1976 that Congress specifically intended new technologies to apply before potentially disrupting existing distribution methods and other businesses associated with the release.

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Fox suing another TV streaming service

08/12, 3:04pm

BarryDriller.com now in network crosshairs

Even as broadcast companies battle streaming service Aereo in court over copyright infringement, other similar services are popping up; and Fox is now suing yet another company that streams its broadcasts to mobile devices. BarryDriller.com, playfully named after Barry Diller, TV mogul and Aereo investor, operates in a manner similar to Aereo but is available in more markets. As GigaOm reports, though, the new service appears willing to negotiate with the broadcasters,

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Aereo updates charging for New York service, adds tiers

08/02, 7:12pm

Adds Day Pass tier with three-hour DVR recording

Online television rebroadcaster Aereo has updated its pricing from its original $12 per month flat rate. The new charges for the service includes a free trial, granting residents of New York one hour of viewing a day, and a number of different tiers. The changes come one month after a judge ruled in favor of Aereo, after ABC, CBS, and NBC all sued after accusing the service of illegally copying and retransmitting their programming.

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Judge: NY startup can stream live TV to iPhones

07/11, 10:35pm

Judge says law requires she reject broadcasters' request

A judge ruled today that New York startup Aereo must be allowed to continue sending live television programming to iPhones and other mobile devices in the city. Networks including ABC, NBC, and CBS had sued Aereo for copyright infringement, accusing the company of illegally copying and retransmitting their programming over the Internet. In her decision, Bloomberg reports, Judge Alison Nathan said she understood how Aereo's practices could be unfair to the broadcasters, but the law left her no option other than to allow Aereo to continue transmitting.

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Skitter channel feeds Roku boxes live TV

04/09, 7:35pm

Works with content providers to provide streaming

Atlanta-based Skitter has launched a streaming service to offer TV broadcasts directly over the Internet to Roku or WD Live set-top boxes. The service is currently available in Portland, Oregon, with plans to expand to 5 other metro markets by the end of June. What differentiates Skitter from previous efforts to offer live TV over the web is that the company has negotiated licenses for retransmission rights with broadcasters such as ABC, NBC and CBS in each of the markets it serves.

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Aereo countersues Fox, PBS to keep TV streaming alive

03/20, 4:10pm

Aereo expands countering lawsuits

Aereo on Tuesday grew its countersuits against TV networks to include several more networks. Fox, PBS, Univision, WPIX, and WNET were all targeted under a complaint that wanted the judge to rule that Aereo wasn't violating the networks' copyrights. It had already sued ABC, CBS, and NBCUniversal a week ago.

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Aereo countersues TV networks to clear mobile TV service

03/12, 4:25pm

Aereo demands clearance to keep broadcasting

Aereo started off the week with a countersuit hoping to stop a broadcaster lawsuit targeting its fledgling mobile TV streaming service. The service wanted the court to declare that Aereo didn't violate the copyrights of ABC, CBS, and NBCUniversal, effectively negating the original complaint. None of the services had formally tried to stop the launch of Aereo, which goes live on Wednesday.

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