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Aereo Case Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

by Jacob Kleinman | January 12, 2014January 12, 2014 8:00 am PST

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Aereo, an Internet startup which offers subscribers the ability watch live TV online, successfully faced off against traditional media companies in court rooms across the country in 2013. Now, the company is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court thanks to an appeal from Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, 21st Century Fox Inc., Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp, Bloomberg reports.

If you’re unfamiliar with the service, Aereo works using dime-sized antennas to pick up local TV signals before streaming that content online. The company charges $8 for its service, which works on most Internet browsers, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV and Roku.

Last month, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia issued a statement defending the business, saying he wouldn’t fight against a potential Supreme Court hearing despite already winning two trials in federal courts. There’s no official word on when the new case will begin, but it will likely prove to be a landmark trial for the industry. If Aereo comes away victorious it could pave the way for similar services from major tech players like Apple, Google and Sony.

Bloomberg

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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