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Supreme Court Will Hear Aereo On April 22 With One Justice Sitting Out

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    Supreme Court will hear Aereo on April 22 with one Justice sitting out ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    by Jeff John Roberts - Feb. 11, 2014

    -- Aereo is a scrappy startup service that delivers over-the-air TV to computers and mobile devices for $8/month. But it is also a strategic weapon that media mogul Barry Diller and other well-heeled investors want to use to drive a stake into the heart of the current business model of cable TV, which is based on selling customers large bundles of channels they often don't want.


    Aereo's future depends on a controversial interpretation of copyright law that received a green light from a New York appeals court, but that the broadcasters want the Supreme Court to declare illegal.


    The country's highest case agreed to hear the appeal in January, and now they've set a date. In an argument schedule released on Tuesday, the court said it will hear the case on April 22nd.


    The schedule is also notable because Justice Samuel Alito has recused himself from the case, according to ScotusBlog.


    Such recusals typically arise because a judge has a financial or other type of conflict of interest. This means that the decision could end in a 4-4 tie - in which case, the lower court decision siding with Aereo will be upheld.
     
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    I will be very surprised if the Supreme Court rules that is OK to record and sell copyright protected content, without first obtaining the rights to do so, as long as it is called leasing a tiny antenna. If this is anything other than a skunk for the rights owners I will be surprised, my psychic abilities see an 8-0 vote.
     
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    As the article mentioned the fact that one judge is sitting out could ultimately be a positive for Aereo. This is a very important case - if Aereo wins I think there is a real chance that some broadcasters will pull all or part of their over-the-air content off the airwaves.
     
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    White House opposes Aereo streaming TV service in Supreme Court battle | The Verge (click for full article)

    by Jacob Kastrenakes - March 3, 2014

    -- Aereo has some formidable new opposition in the courts. According to Deadline, the White House has recommended that the Supreme Court rule against Aereo when broadcasters bring its service to trial this April.

    The administration made the recommendation in an amicus brief filed today, which argues that Aereo's use of discrete antennas to record broadcast television for its customers does not change the fact that it is later retransmitting those recordings to the public. "Like its competitors, [Aereo] therefore must obtain licenses to perform the copyrighted content on which its business relies," reads the brief.


    See more at: http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/3/5467702/aereo-white-house-opposition-scotus-retransmission-case
     
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    If the Supreme Court doesn't end Aereo's business, I would think Dish Network would just set up a bank of tiny antennas and avoid the battles like this for the rights to offer local channels.

    Dish Could Lose 29 Local Stations Next Week
     
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    Yes, no difference in the two businesses, both are clearly illegal now although I thought both were clearly illegal from the start. If those companies can sell copyright protected programming without first obtaining rights, so could everybody else. The tiny antennas were nothing more than a diversion from the real business, a profitable one if the companies didn't have to first obtain rights to deliver content and charge $8/month.
     
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    FilmOn does have a bunch of other content so I think there's a decent chance that they will try to continue on without the live network broadcasts. They have quite a few on-demand videos and other 'channels'.

    FILMON TV FREE LIVE TV MOVIES AND SOCIAL TELEVISION

    Besides, FilmOn is owned by an eccentric billionare -:)
     
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    If FilmOn is offering a bunch of other content, content that is made available by licensing, yes it will continue. If the on-demand and other channels are just more pirated content, then that will surely be shutdown as well. If this ruling is narrow and is just ending the live network pirating, further injunctions will be sought and obtained to stop the rest of FilmOn's business unless I miss my guess.
     
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    Maybe people will figure out how to set up a Slingbox? Hmm... the value of the old boxes which still have antenna inputs may just skyrocket in value.
     
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