“The company is figuratively bleeding to death.” That was how Aereo described themselves to the US District Court in Manhattan in a filing late last night. The company, recently dealt a death-blow by the Supreme Court, is hemorrhaging cash, and wants the courts to allow them to operate like a cable company.
Aereo is putting up a valiant effort, but they’ve been dealt another major blow in their fight to stay alive. The US Copyright Office has ruled that Aereo cannot be deemed a cable company under the terms of the Copyright Act. This comes after a Supreme Court ruling which effectively dug Aereo’s hole for them.
Aereo may have faced a huge set-back in the US Supreme Court and been forced to shut down services over the weekend, but the TV-challenging upstart isn't taking it lying down, turning to users to form a citizen campaign to try to rescue the technology. In a message to customers today, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia laid out the next stage of his plan to save cloud-based antennas, though it won't be an easy journey.
Ahead of I/O yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled on a case that marked a significant point in Aereo’s future. In their ruling, the Supreme Court effectively said the way Aereo does business violated the Copyright Act. Aereo’s CEO has responded to the Supreme Court ruling, and his full response is below.
Aereo, the service challenged the status quo of TV as we know it, has been dealt a massive setback. The Supreme Court has ruled Aereo violates the Copyright Act, all stemming from the way Aereo operates. The 6-3 ruling all but kills off Aereo, at best forcing them to pivot into a new business model.
Google’s Chromecast device caused quite a stir when it was first released, turning the television into a "show me anything" display overnight. With a $35 price tag and integration open to any developer wishing to integrate, this little device is in thousands of homes across the world. Today the team at Aereo have made clear their intent to leverage that group of users.
Aereo, which is facing an upcoming battle in Supreme Court and was recently told to shut down service in Utah and Colorado, has a new enemy in its midst: the Department of Justice. In an amicus filed with the Supreme Court today, the Justice Department asked that Aereo's streak of good luck be reversed.
Aereo, the startup company that utilizes broadcast signals to provide users with TV over the Internet, has had a lot of success in its short run, though not without ample backlash. That stint of luck seems to be running out of steam, however, with a U.S. District Court in Utah ruling that it must stop operating in Utah and Colorado.