Will Aereo Lower Your Cable Bill?
Aereo provides a web service that uses antennas to receive broadcast TV signals and makes the programming available to Aereo subscribers on the internet. Aereo currently limits its offering to New York City. Users are able to watch high-definition TV from a portable device live or record programming for later viewing.CBS(CBS) , Comcast(CMCSA) , Walt Disney/(DIS) , News Corp.(NWSA) and other broadcasters are suing Aereo for what they contend is Aereo's public broadcasting of their content without permission and without paying royalty fees. (TheStreet's Gary Krakow writes more about Barry Diller and Aereo Aereo Wins First Round In Court.)
The broadcasters are up in arms over Aereo because beyond the advertising revenue they receive, they also charge cable and satellite companies including Verizon Communications(VZ) , AT&T(T) , Directv Group(DTV) , DISH Network(DISH) , Cablevision Systems(CVC) , and others who want to carry the broadcasters programming.
Aereo fired back at the broadcasters and stated the technology it employs is perfectly legal and cited several previous court cases including at least one from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Federal Communications Commission requires broadcasters to offer their programming over the airways free of charge in return for broadcasters' use of the radio spectrum.