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Hearst Stations Sues Aereo TV in Boston

10 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Aereo TV, the controversial subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television via mini antennae to portable devices, has been sued for copyright infringement in Boston by a local TV station owned by Hearst Corp.

In the suit filed on behalf of station WCVB in U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts in Boston, Hearst alleges Aereo is retransmitting its content without a license.

“If Aereo is permitted to profit from the unauthorized retransmission of copyrighted television programming, WCVB will be deprived of existing and potential revenue streams from advertising and authorized retransmissions,” Hearst said in the  complaint.

Aereo, which transmits local TV station content via mini digital antennae to subscribers for $8 a month, has been sued by CBS Corp. and ABC TV in New York. A federal judge recently dismissed the networks’ request for an injunction against Aereo.

In May Aereo sued CBS in Boston in an attempt to pre-empt the very litigation filed against it by Hearst.

Aereo currently offers service in Manhattan, Boston and Atlanta, with plans to roll out service in an additional 19 cities by the end of the year.

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