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.
If you're pining for an Ultra HD television but have been waiting for the prices to come down, Chinese maker TCL has ushered in a couple new 4K models that fit the bill. The UE5700 series in particular is aimed at the budget-conscious, with its smallest model, measuring in at 40-inches, being priced at $500 USD.
The smart TV scene may be increasingly the preserve of affordable set-top boxes like Chromecast and Fire TV, but LG isn't giving up on its webOS plans, pushing out the tools it hopes will encourage developers to get onboard. Freshly released, the webOS TV SDK will allow developers to cook up apps for LG's sets, test them on a TV emulator, and then package them up for distribution to the new app store.
Samsung has boosted its Ultra HD TV range, including a pair of curved sets and a sizable 85-inch model for those with big living rooms. The new 85-inch HU8550 Series TV is the largest in its product line - though not the largest UHD TV Samsung actually offers, which is a whopping 110-inches - while the HU7250 Series brings curved UHD to a $2,200 price point, with what the company claims is a broader "sweet spot" for viewers.
Google Fiber users may soon have access to a new set-top box. A recently spotted FCC filing shows a “GFHD200” box, likely replacing the GFHD100 box Fiber owners are currently using. New specs are incoming, too, along with a rumor regarding the remote.