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Could Aereo Be Saved by an FCC Ruling?

Dec 11, 2014  •  Post A Comment

With the Federal Communications Commission slated to vote on changes to the interpretation of “multichannel video programming distributor,” some observers believe the outcome of the vote could help save Aereo, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.

“In October, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed support for modernizing the interpretation of ‘multichannel video programming distributor’ so that it is technology-neutral,” the story reports. “Online video providers hope that it’s the first move towards allowing them compulsory licenses to broadcast programming or, at least, open up a right to negotiate retrans fees in good faith.”

The vote may be a “done deal,” given that two Democratic commissioners, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, are supporting the change, Politico reports.

Broadcasters have pushed against the change, and have hinted at legal action, THR notes.

While Aereo is in bankruptcy, it plans to emerge from Chapter 11, depending on what the FCC decides, the story adds. In its bankruptcy petition, the company’s attorney wrote, “If the FCC elects to permit Internet transmission of local linear broadcast channels, then the Debtor, assuming its continued viability, expects to be able to operate profitably within that framework.”

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