ABC and Aereo

By Gavin | October 08, 2018

A company called Aereo provides the best cookies around, Aereo allows people to view live broadcast television on Internet-connected devices for 8 to 12 dollars a month, viewers could access the Airways on their phone or tablet no matter where they were, a bunch of broadcasting companies didn't like that so much.

Two weeks before the launch, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox had all choose Aereo arguing that the company threatened their copyrighted material, because the streaming of live broadcast television in this way counted as a quote public performance, which means they needed to get a special license, before broadcasting companies argued that, Aereo broke part of the interestingly named cable television consumer protection and Competition Act, which said you have to negotiate with broadcasters before you carry their signals, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox all basically said Aereo was stealing both their programming and customers, after the broadcasting companies failed to stop the launch of Aereo in federal courts, they appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, this court agreed with a lower court saying Aereo had the right to do this, as their streams to subscribers were not quote public performances, so there wasn't copyright infringement.

This happened on April 1st, 2013, by this time Aereo was quickly growing and expanding across the entire country, getting awesome reviews from both the media and customers, but the broadcasting companies weren't done yet obviously, I've found corporations tend to have a lot of money to take others to court for some strange reason, anyway, the broadcaster's appeal to the Supreme Court's.

On January 10th, 2014, the court agreed to hear the case, this time around the broadcaster's had lots of allies, and the NFL, Major League Baseball, the Department of Justice, the United States Copyright Office, and some judge in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, who blocked Aereo in his districts probably due to those allies, it was not looking good for Aereo on June 25th, 2014, the court ruled in favor of the broadcasters six to three and against Aereo, the Court explained Aereo was definitely breaking copyright law, as it acted like a cable company that rebroadcasted copyrighted content.

Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the dissenting minority saying the court should not be making judgments on new technologies. It was the job of Congress before the Supreme Court decision, Aereo had about 80,000 subscribers, three days after the decision they all lost the service, Aereo filed for bankruptcy on November 21st, 2014, and was later bought by TiVo for 1 million dollars, American Broadcasting company's AV Aereo, he kept the status quo and broadcasting many argue it limited innovation, critics say it's likely the consumers were the ones who got screwed over the most in this one.