Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia on Thursday released a statement following a brief the company filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. If you haven’t been following this drama-filled soap opera, Aereo is essentially offering customers antenna coverage of nationwide broadcasts with the added benefit of DVR functionality. You get basic cable channels by paying $8 a month without being tied down to an actual cable provider. The company’s business model has upset quite a few parties, but Kanojia stands by his service.
Consumers have the right to use an antenna to access the over-the-air television, Kanojia. It is a right that should be protected and preserved and in fact, has been protected for generations by Congress. Eliminating a consumer’s right to take advantage of innovation with respect to antenna technology would disenfranchise millions of Americans in cities and rural towns across the country.
Kanojia said the company will not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court, despite two federal courts already ruling in favor of Aereo. In a report from last month, Aereo was accused (again) of stealing broadcast content, and came under fire by the NFL and MLB. As a result, most, if not all, primetime coverage could move over to networks such as ESPN, where Aereo can’t reach.
“The plaintiffs are trying to deny consumers the ability to use a more modern antenna and DVR by trying to prevent consumer’s access to these technologies via the cloud,” Kanojia said.
“We are unwavering in our belief that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the law and we look forward to continuing to delight our customers,” he added.