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Broadcasters are taking online TV service Aereo back to court

January 10th, 2014 at 4:09 PM
Aereo Broadcasting Companies Lawsuit Appeal

Despite a flurry of lawsuits, streaming television service Aereo is still online — but broadcasting companies aren’t done fighting quite yet. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by several media companies (the list includes ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and CBS) that are determined to prove that Aereo is bad for the industry and that it violates copyright laws. The broadcasters believe that Aereo’s service has created a blueprint that, if followed by other pay TV companies, would allow cable providers to avoid paying licensing fees that are expected to total more than $4 billion in 2014.

The appeal states that the court’s decision to allow Aereo to continue its operation “is already transforming the industry and threatening the very fundamentals of broadcast television.” Aereo, on the other hand, believes that the constant threat of legal action has “created uncertainty that undermines Aereo’s efforts to expand its footprint and further develop its business.”

In other words, this fight is far from over.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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