Aereo Prepares To Battle to the Death

Despite broadcaster lawsuits, Aereo just kept pressing on. Now the company, which offers a cloud-based antenna and DVR technologies that is shaking up the television markets in the cities where itEUs offered, is expressing dire concerns over its fate in its U.S. Supreme Court battle with broadcasters set for April 22.

EUDespite the fact that consumers have long had the right to use an antenna to watch over-the-air television and make recordings for their own personal use, the major broadcasters filed suit against Aereo in New York alleging copyright infringement and sought to prevent Aereo from providing its technology,EU Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a blog post. EUThe broadcasters asked the Court to deny you, the consumer, the ability to use the cloud to access a more modern-day television antenna and DVR.EU

Kanojia explained that the injunction has been denied three times in the case against Aereo -- once by a federal district court and twice at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. With the case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court and oral arguments set for April 22, the company filed its response brief arguing that its innovation is absolutely legal.

Empowering Consumers

EUWe have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumerEUs right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice,EU Kanojia said. EUWe think you should be able to decide whether you use home equipment or whether you take advantage of the ease, convenience and lower cost of cloud-based equipment and storage.EU

In the blog post, Kanojia described how his companyEUs technology leverages the power of the Internet to create a EUsmarter, more sophisticatedEU over-the-air antenna for the digital world combined with a user-friendly, cloud-based DVR that lets you watch...

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