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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Aereo TV Case April 22

11 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Aereo TV and broadcasters’ much-anticipated faceoff before the U.S. Supreme Court now has a date: April 22.

The nation’s top court last month agreed to hear petitions submitted by CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC, among others, attempting to overturn an appeals court’s decision denying a preliminary junction against Aereo TV’s subscription-based service.

Broadcasters allege Aereo is violating content copyrights by illegally distributing over-the-air signals digitally via mini antennae connected to portable devices. Aereo contends it is no more than a facilitator of new technology (akin to TV with rabbit ears) enabling consumers to access readily available free airwaves.

The networks have filed multiple suits against Aereo TV in separate markets. Both the networks and Aereo must file various legal briefs with the SCOTUS prior to their court date.

Manhattan, N.Y.-based Aereo TV’s $8 Aereo monthly membership offers access to a cloud-based antenna and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4 consumers can receive 60 hours of DVR storage.

The service is rolling out operations in San Antonia, Texas, next week. It currently operates in the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore and Cincinnati metropolitan areas. Aereo TV received $34 million in additional funding last month.

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