Online TV service shuts down after Supreme Court decision

Online TV service shuts down after Supreme Court decision

Credit: Aereo

Aereo used an array of dime-sized antennas to deliver broadcast television to online users.

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by WALT ZWIRKO

WFAA

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 11:45 AM

Aereo, the innovative online service that let users in Dallas and 12 other cities view and record local TV online, ceased operations on Saturday morning.

For about $8 a month, Aereo provided subscribers with a "cloud-based antenna" designed to replicate television's traditional components with digital counterparts, giving users the freedom to watch on computers, smartphones and tablets.

But on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo's service, saying it violated the copyright protection of broadcasters.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," wrote Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia in an open letter to subscribers. He said users will be refunded through their past month of service.

"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 wrote.

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