Aereo Urges Consumers to Join the Fight

Jul 1, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The CEO of Internet streamer Aereo, which had its service shot down by the Supreme Court last week, has taken his case to consumers, TheWrap.com reports.

"Six days after the Supreme Court said Aereo's business model violates copyright law, the company's CEO took his fight to the streets Tuesday, asking Americans to rise up and demand the right to beam broadcasters’ signals to their computers — while paying Aereo's fee to do so," the story reports.

Company CEO Chet Kanojia on Saturday announced what he characterized as a "pause" in the company's operations in response to the court ruling, to enable the company, he said, to "map out our next steps."

"In the meantime, he is asking Aereo subscribers to ask Congress to do … something. It is unclear what that might be, since the court has already shot the company down," TheWrap reports.

In his latest letter to consumers, which you can read in full by clicking here, Kanojia urges: "Today, I'm asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation's highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna is important to you and your families. Show them you care about this issue."

The Aereo model employs a large number of tiny antennas to send the signals of broadcasters to subscribers' computers and other devices. "Aereo says it is only harnessing old technology on a massive scale. But broadcasters — and now the Supreme Court — say that it's a violation of the broadcasters’ copyrights on their content," TheWrap notes.

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