After last week’s Supreme Court ruling we assumed Aereo was as good as dead. Now the company is now shutting down “temporarily” with no word on when it might return. Still, in a statement issued Monday, CEO Chet Kanojia said the company isn’t giving up just yet.
Kanojia called the service-wide shutdown earlier today a “pause” in a public letter. The case is now headed back to lower court, and the company needs to plan out its next steps if it hopes to survive. That means you won’t be able to stream live TV with Aereo or access its cloud-based DVR storage. The company will also refund the last paid month for all customers.
“The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud,” Kanojia said.
It’s unclear how Aereo can move forward since its basic business model is now in violation of U.S. law. It’s also unlikely that Aereo will work out any deal with U.S. broadcast networks, especially since those firms are the ones who have been working so hard to shut Aereo down in the first place. We’ll just have to wait and see how this progresses and if Aereo ever comes back online.