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On June 25, the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters, stating that Aereo's subscription video on demand service, which streams broadcast signals received via small antennas to DVRs and ultimately subscribers, violated copyright laws. Aereo has since paused its service as it explores options, but a number of moves in the online video market are now taking place, and Aereo's ultimate fate remains unclear. FierceCable and FierceOnlineVideo are following the results of this historic decision, with coverage compiled here.
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TiVo markets cord-cutting DVR to Aereo subscriber list
April 21, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
TiVo is putting the assets it acquired in February from defunct streaming service Aereo to good use, marketing its over-the-air DVR directly to former Aereo subscribers.
Aereo auctions off most of remaining assets to TiVo, nets only $2M
February 27, 2015 | By Daniel Frankel
Aereo suffered an ignominious ending to its short, disappointing life Thursday, with the auction of the online video tech company's remaining assets netting less than $2 million.
Aereo gets positive report on viewership as court OKs asset sale
January 2, 2015 | By Samantha Bookman
While its 12 remaining employees are presumably packing up the last items from their offices before shutting off the lights, Aereo got a couple of pieces of good news before the year ended. The most important one: an okay from the federal bankruptcy court to sell off its assets. The intriguing one: its subscriber base grew 40 percent between December 2013 and June 2014.
Year in Review: Aereo throws itself on the barbed-wire barricades of legacy TV
December 24, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
It was the right idea at the right time: For cord-cutting denizens of New York City, whose over-the-air reception was often fuzzy at best thanks to the surrounding concrete forest of high-rise buildings, Aereo created a way to receive local broadcast television stations in a highly accessible format: over the Internet.
Broadcasters want to make sure Aereo is really dead, seek to block asset sale
December 18, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
After driving Aereo into bankruptcy, the major broadcast networks have asked a judge to block any asset sale that would allow the shuttered streaming media company to reinvent itself as a cloud-based DVR service.
Aereo scales back, shutting down Boston office and laying off some NYC staff
November 6, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
In an expected move, Aereo will shutter its Boston office on Nov. 12, a move that will see 43 employees laid off. The online video provider will also lay off an undisclosed number of employees at its New York City headquarters.
Linear broadcast over OTT would throw viewers 'back to 1985,' analyst says
November 4, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says.
CBS, Moonves lose nerve on tough OTT position with launch of All Access
October 29, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in New York on Sept. 10, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves made it very clear. "We the networks should not be penalized because you the station do not negotiate retrans properly," he said.
Aereo, FilmOn hopes rise again as FCC moves to redefine MVPDs
October 28, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
The FCC said it will look at updating rules that regulate cable systems, a move that could allow over-the-top providers to more easily deliver broadcast television over the Internet, rather than over the air or through closed cable systems. Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Tuesday that says MVPDs, like other forms of communication, should be "technology-neutral."
Federal court enjoins Aereo's live TV operations but leaves open cloud-DVR option
October 24, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
As expected, a federal judge has placed an injunction on Aereo's ability to stream the live broadcasts of major U.S. networks to IP devices. However, the court left open the possibility that Aereo could carry on, by delivering delayed broadcast feeds to subscribers as a kind of virtual DVR service.
Dish 'Primetime Anytime' doesn't infringe on broadcasters, judge tentatively rules
October 20, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.
Aereo registers lobbyist, faces skeptical federal judge
October 16, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
As it seeks to have the federal government reclassify it as a pay-TV company, Aereo has registered its top corporate communications executive as a lobbyist.
Aereo crusher CBS launches $5.99-a-month online service
October 16, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
CBS has announced a new SVOD service which will deliver thousands of current and archival series episodes to the IP devices of consumers for $5.99 a month.
Aereo set to appear back in court as report surfaces that investors aren't done
October 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Barry Diller's IAC may have taken a write-down on Aereo, but he apparently hasn't turned the lights out at the struggling startup.
Aereo urges FCC to expand MVPD definition, retrans rules
October 13, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia and other company executives met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week to express support for a rumored FCC ruling that would make it possible for some over-the-top video services to be considered as MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors). It's a scenario that could see Aereo streaming broadcast signals to subscribers once again.
Aereo asks FCC for pay-TV operator status
October 13, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Aereo is asking the FCC to grant it status as a multichannel video programming distributor, a distinction that would breathe life into the stifled streaming service by letting it sign broadcast retransmission deals.
Rumor mill: Aereo-like platforms may be given program licensing rights by FCC
September 30, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.
Appeals court shoots down Aereo's latest attempt for retrans license
August 22, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Aereo's legal losing streak continues, with a federal appeals court refusing to hear the streaming service's "emergency" argument that it should now be considered a pay-TV service that pays retransmission fees for broadcast network programming.
CBS' Moonves disses Aereo: 'A lot of attention for a service nobody was using'
August 8, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
andling a barrage of relevant questions from investors following CBS Corp.'s Q2 earnings report, CBS chief executive Les Moonves said his company has renewed its deal with Netflix, that it won't be buying CNN, and that 75 percent of its commercials will soon be sold off of C7 audience metrics.
Judge strikes down Aereo's 'emergency' attempt to resume service
August 4, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
A New York federal judge was apparently unmoved by a desperate plea from embattled streaming service Aereo, which stated in a filing that the company is "bleeding to death" and requires an "emergency" broadcast retransmission license to stay alive.
In battle for the Internet, Aereo sinks, FilmOn shrugs, net neutrality holds fast
July 30, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
As predicted, this year has been a contentious one for both online video and the Internet. Aereo tested a new way to deliver broadcast content, and lost. ISPs and online video providers, meantime, struggle with meeting the demand for OTT content.
Barry Diller really is done with Aereo, takes write-down on company
July 30, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Aereo has pledged to fight on after its landmark Supreme Court defeat in late June, seeking to reclassify itself as a pay-TV operator and obtain a statutory license to retransmit broadcast TV signals. As for the company's primary investor, Barry Diller, it looks like he's done.
Copyright Office says Aereo isn't cable but will provisionally accept its filings anyway
July 17, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
The U.S. Supreme Court may have called Aereo a cable company, but that's not what the streaming service is in the eyes of the U.S. Copyright Office.
CBS' Moonves: Aereo never tried to work with us
July 15, 2014 | By Sue Marek
Aereo never reached out to CBS to try to cut a content deal with the programmer, a step that may have altered the course of the startup. "We sell content to cable companies, satellite companies and the telcos and online companies," said CBS CEO Les Moonves. "We were open and willing to talk to them."
Court doesn't buy Fox's Aereo argument, won't block Dish's Hopper
July 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Fox has failed in its attempt to leverage the Supreme Court's Aereo verdict into a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Hopper DVR.
Aereo reinvents itself as 'cable company,' seeks retransmission license
July 10, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Looking for a path forward after a devastating defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court, controversial streaming service Aereo has asked a Manhattan federal court to classify it as a cable company and make it eligible for the same statutory license pay TV providers pay for in providing retransmission of broadcast signals to subscribers.
Aereo-emboldened Fox challenges Dish on Slingbox service
July 8, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Testing the legal limits of the U.S. Supreme Court's strike-down of subscription video on demand service Aereo, Fox is now challenging Dish Network's use of nine-year-old Slingbox technology.
Online video's course after Aereo
July 2, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
This week in online video was almost all about Aereo. Almost. In the midst of a disappointing ruling by the Supreme Court that may put the streaming provider out of business, a little thing called the World Cup caught Americans' attention.
With Aereo offline, how will online video viewers access broadcast TV?
July 1, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Now that Aereo has suspended its operations as it figures out it next move, online video viewers are left with a gap in their streaming content. How can they access TV shows that they can no longer get via the SVOD provider?
Over-the-air television is dead despite Aereo loss, analyst says
July 1, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Television broadcast over the air to a viewer's antenna is a "historical anachronism" that makes no sense. And with no control over how broadcast content is accessed, its availability will continue to tempt other services to capture and deliver TV signals to paying subscribers, similar to Aereo, an analyst with The Diffusion Group said in a blog post Tuesday.
Aereo's Kanojia implores subscribers: 'Write your local congressman'
July 1, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Making good on his company's claims that it's not done battling after a devastating Supreme Court defeat, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia on Tuesday released a broadly addressed public letter to Aereo subscribers, urging them to vent their frustration to lawmakers.
So it begins: Fox using Aereo precedent in battle against Dish
June 30, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Those who scoffed at the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week against Aereo was written too narrowly to affect other media technologies have been proven right--Fox is using the precedent in its two-year-old battle with Dish Network and its Hopper DVR.
Aereo temporarily halts operations
June 28, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Over-the-air streaming provider Aereo halted its operations Saturday morning in a move that founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said is only temporary.
Aereo: Columnists question SCOTUS' tech chops, ruling's impact on DVRs
June 27, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
The handwringing following one of the biggest media-technology court rulings in decades continued Friday, with columnists at major daily newspapers and technology blogs pondering the ruling's long-term impact on innovation, as well as widely accepted technologies like the DVR.
More Aereo aftermath: ACA 'disappointed' by ruling, Diller says 'it's over'
June 26, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
The American Cable Association has publicly decried the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Aereo's SVOD service violates the copyrights of broadcasters.
High Court does what TV Everywhere failed to do: stop Aereo
June 25, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
On Tuesday, executives from ABC Television, digital advertising delivery company FreeWheel and Verizon Media Services gathered on a Los Angeles TV-industry panel to discuss what was being lauded as the successful launch of the Watch ABC TV Everywhere app. What the panelists didn't discuss was the elephant in the room … the one they were about 15 hours away from dodging.
Broadcasters' stock prices jolted by Aereo verdict, but level off fast
June 25, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel
Announced at around 10 a.m. EST, the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 verdict against disruptive video-on-demand platform Aereo delivered an immediate, upward stock-price jolt to the publicly traded portion of the victorious broadcast TV world.
Aereo loses Supreme Court decision, 6-3
June 25, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Aereo has released a statement responding to Wednesday's 6-3 ruling, in which the Supreme Court stated that Aereo's antenna-to-DVR-to-consumer service violates broadcasters' copyrights--a loss that could spell the end of the road for the SVOD provider.
Win or lose, Aereo's impact could change OTT market
June 20, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Aereo is looking less likely to win its case before the Supreme Court, but the outcome of the case will change the online video landscape, some industry players say.
Aereo ranks high on CNBC Disruptor list, blasts broadcasters for 'anti-consumer sentiment'
June 18, 2014 | By Samantha Bookman
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia is holding the line on the contention that the antenna-to-DVR streaming service is not violating any broadcast copyrights, even as the Supreme Court decision on its fate looms. But its technology is turning heads, landing Aereo at No. 7 on CNBC's 2014 Disruptors list.