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    Re: US Supreme Court rules Aereo's streaming service is illegal under copyright law

    Quote Originally Posted by WorldWatcher View Post
    So is it illegal for my to build my own HTPC and watch content at my own schedule or distribute it to my mobile devices (such as smartphones or laptops) in my home our outside my home?

    How about "Slingbox"? The device allows you to take OTA content from an antenna or a cable box output and make it available to your devices outside the home to your mobile devices. Neighbor down the street has one, he's in the Air Force and while deployed overseas they put a second cable box in the back bedroom. Using Slingbox he could distribute his home cable service to watch. With the IR blaster he could even set his own channels to watch.


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    I don't know if it is illegal or even if it is against the wishes of the content owners. There is no doubt that there are shades of gray in this discussion. Perhaps the only distinction s between this service and a slingbox is that the content isn't being stored on a slingbox and there is a one-time charge to buy the equipment.

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    Re: US Supreme Court rules Aereo's streaming service is illegal under copyright law

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    The viewers pay for the content by watching the commercials. It is legal for viewers to have a DVR and skip the commercials. Aereo only offers convenience and the ability to watch away from home.
    Nothing you write goes against what I say about content creators controlling how their content is distributed. If I have a product that I only choose to sell in Europe but you acquire the product in the United States, don't get mad at me for not providing you support when it breaks. Even Netflix is restricted on where the content it hosts can be distributed.

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    Re: US Supreme Court rules Aereo's streaming service is illegal under copyright law

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    Morals and laws aside, anything that screws the MPAA, IP's, cable companies, et al, is OK in my book.

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    Re: US Supreme Court rules Aereo's streaming service is illegal under copyright law

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    That may be the theory but I doubt that is the actual practice. It would be stupid to put 10K antennae and 10K receivers in NYC rather than use a few antennae and a few receivers tuned to each of 50 (or so) desired NYC broadcast channels - the same 50 digital signals can then be streamed to (or recorded for) each of 10K users.
    So basically your argument is "they're lying" and that's why it's wrong?

    So say that we take this giant leap that they're not lying about the very premise of their operations and actually do have 10k antennae in NYC, with individual customers leasing individual antennae and recievers. Would you then feel the same still?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Assuming that they are in the advertiser's viewing area yes, but many ads are local and many Aereo users are not. If they were local then they could access these free broadcast signals w/o paying any Aereo fees at all.
    Aereo requires that a users billing address be within the viewing area that they're joining. And I believe was working towards, or may've already implimented, a method of determing location based on IP as well

    So for instance, if you're wanting to lease an Aereo antennae picking up New York City channels you would need to be purchasing it from a location that would have access to New York City channels yourself.

    This is why someone like me, in the suburbs of Washington DC, was unable to participate in Aereo's service as of yet because they had not established their Washington DC based setup yet.

    So yes, aside from those conducting fraud, those aereo users that are viewing the local advertisers would be in the local region.

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    Opps, I see that someone already addressed these with you.

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