Broadcasters Eye Options as Decision Looms in Aereo Battle

Jun 17, 2014  •  Post A Comment

While broadcasters including CBS and ABC are hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in their favor in their battle against Aereo, they have other options if the high court sides with their opponent, reports Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times.

The Supreme Court is likely to rule later this week or next week on whether Aereo violates copyright law, as the broadcasters allege. Broadcasters have floated ideas about how to cope if they lose the case, such as CBS’s idea to create its own version of Aereo.

“But more likely to happen if Aereo prevails in court is that the broadcasters will seek other legal or regulatory roadblocks,” Flint notes. “One approach may be to try to force Aereo to comply with the same rules that require cable and satellite operators to have to negotiate with local TV stations in order to carry their signals.”

While over-the-top providers aren’t regulated as are multichannel video programming distributors, it’s possible the FCC could redefine what an MVPD is, something it said it was looking into in 2012, the story says. Since then, the proceeding has been idle, Flint notes.

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