Aereo is DOA

Supreme Court says 6-3 that the scheme to rent tiny antennas is a copyright violation. There is a shocker.

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8 Responses to Aereo is DOA

  1. popsmayhem says:

    These bureaucrats have nothing better to do but kill the dreams of cord cutters.. Big broadcasting fills their pockets with $$$$$. No surprise .

  2. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    It really was a shocker to me because I understand what it is. Unfortunately, hearing the questions the politically appointed justices asked during the oral presentations was when I was shocked most, and it took away most of the shock today.

    It is no different than saying people that rent TV sets are violating copyright laws.

    I caught some of the TV financial news after the announcement and you’d think Osama bin Laden had been shot dead today. Maria Bartiromo at Fox Business News said asked with a straight face “How could they(Aereo) argue it was free TV and then charge people for it?” All the guests nodded in agreement.

    What’s next, a fee to New York every time you buy a slice of New York pizza?

    • Art Stone says:

      Don’t cable TV companies charge people to see Free TV?

      The Senate race in Mississippi just confirmed the things I’ve said recently. Both Beck and Limbaugh got the point it is about maintaining power, not any kind of principle. The GOP spent money to round up black Democrats to keep the incumbent Republican in office. Beck particularly unloaded on his fellow Mormon Orrin Hatch.

      Limbaugh’s opinion is pretty useless. I’ve been down this same road too many times. On primary day, he is outraged at the behavior of the Republicans, but after someone gives him a free meal and invites him to an NFL corporate suite, he’ll just say there is no other choice.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        “Don’t cable TV companies charge people to see Free TV?”

        That is the point, the federal law requires cable companies to obtain permission (i.e., pay per subscriber fees) to the free over-the-air television stations.

        Beck and Limbaugh get it- it is about maintaining the existing ability to extract money from the masses for Hollywood so that it can be recycled back to the political class. Rulings like this is why the movie company’s news outlets do not ask tough questions or do investigative reporting of politicians.

        • Art Stone says:

          Jerry del whathisnane said in his morning news blurb that this is going to have lots of unintended consequences, driving young people away from Network TV even faster.

          I have a bold proposal – let’s allow all broadcast TV to turn off their transmitters, free up the spectrum for LTE, then require Cable TV to pay retransmission fees to stations that no longer broadcast “over the air”. Then have the FCC issue TV licenses to anyone who is not prohibited from owning one.

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            I don’t agree that it will influence young people.

            The best quote I heard was a guest this morning on Bloomberg Surveillance describing the ruling. He said the Supreme Count has to learn that just because someone walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it isn’t always really a duck.

            • Art Stone says:

              I don’t subscribe to his newsletter. He sends out daily teases, most of which are him railing at “repeater radio”. I don’t know the line of thinking – but he teaches college and has lots of contact with young people


      • haiti222 says:

        Yes, I will never forget how Rush’s show changed after he was invited to stay at the Lincoln bedroom. He started trashing Perot, and the fun was out of his show, and it became more of a political tool. He still can be fresh and have insights, but it seemed the politics dominated all, and he lost the fun free spirit of being a radio guy first.

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