Aereo TV CEO Urges Populist Response1 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Chet Kanojia urges public to write their local government representatives in protest of U.S. Supreme Court decision
Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo TV, the subscription-based digital TV broadcaster that suspended operations following an adverse ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, is urging people to contact governmental officials in protest.
The Supreme Court June 25 reversed a lower court ruling finding that Aereo TV, which enabled subscribers to access over-the-air digital broadcasts on connected devices, operated as a multichannel video distributor and not just as a technology provider.
In a July 1 email, Kanojia said responses on social media in support of Aereo following the decision convinced him to speak out.
“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,” Kanojia wrote.
The company has set up a website (www.ProtectMyAntenna.org) with local government contact information.
Meanwhile, shares of many publically-traded broadcasters continue to see a bump post-SCOTUS decision. CBS, one of the original plaintiffs, has seen its stock climb 1.6% in value.