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    Aereo TV Service

    Aereo Internet service vs. TV broadcasters: US Supreme Court to decide

    Aereo has got a case going before the Supreme Court, to rule on, whether they can rebroadcast Network TV, over the Internet, for a cheaper alternative service to the big providers.



    The US Supreme Court takes up a major case this week that could dramatically change how Americans watch television.

    The case involves a New York-based company that charges $8 a month to allow subscribers to watch broadcast television programs on their computer, tablet, or smart phone via the Internet.

    The company, Aereo, Inc., can keep its subscription price low in part because it pays nothing – zero – to the major broadcast companies for access to their programming.

    The broadcast companies aren’t happy about it. They sued Aereo, claiming the little firm is stealing their copyright-protected programming and re-transmitting it to Aereo subscribers.

    Lawyers for Aereo dispute the theft charge. They insist that the company is under no legal obligation to pay for network programming because that programming is offered free-of-charge to the public over public airwaves.

    On Tuesday, the issue arrives for oral argument at the Supreme Court, where the justices will examine whether Aereo is violating terms of the federal Copyright Act or merely facilitating better antenna reception of freely-available broadcast signals for Aereo subscribers.
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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    Anything that screws over Ted Turner is good to me.

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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Aereo Internet service vs. TV broadcasters: US Supreme Court to decide

    Aereo has got a case going before the Supreme Court, to rule on, whether they can rebroadcast Network TV, over the Internet, for a cheaper alternative service to the big providers.
    Dunno, one has to pay a fee to a public library to access, and I guess you can use the word "consume", or make use of tons of copyrighted information. I'm pretty sure that libraries don't pay royalties to authors every time a book is checked out.

    Just saying...

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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    It is simple here in Europe. The rule is, if you have a free to view channel on traditional tv, then you can rebroadcast that channel across the whole union. Hence BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 in the UK, which are all free to view, can be rebroadcast across the internet and the channels cant do a damn thing about it. Now if they put up a pay wall aka scrambled the signal then it would be illegal of course to rebroadcast it.
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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Aereo Internet service vs. TV broadcasters: US Supreme Court to decide

    Aereo has got a case going before the Supreme Court, to rule on, whether they can rebroadcast Network TV, over the Internet, for a cheaper alternative service to the big providers.
    I think if they are rebroadcast with the commercials/ads in place then it should be no harm, no foul as their (major broadcasters) primary income source will still be intact upon re-transmission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    Dunno, one has to pay a fee to a public library to access, and I guess you can use the word "consume", or make use of tons of copyrighted information. I'm pretty sure that libraries don't pay royalties to authors every time a book is checked out.

    Just saying...
    Huh? Things must've changed since my last library visit, 10 years ago. I've never paid to use a public library unless I returned something past it's due date.
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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Huh? Things must've changed since my last library visit, 10 years ago. I've never paid to use a public library unless I returned something past it's due date.
    You're right...my wife and I were just discussing this...and we have a village library in the town nearest us, which technically isn't a public library like say in Austin. Austin simply requires one to be a resident and there's no fee.

    Sooo? I think the community/village library isn't supported like the Austin Public Library. I think they have like a $10 annual fee or something.

    Well, dunno how Aereo is going to pull it off then. If they provided a free app...then maybe.

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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    I tend to support Aereo's position as long as they do not strip out the broadcaster's commercials. The reason broadcasters oppose Aereo is that they can negotiate retransmission fees from cable providers. If Aereo is successful, broadcasters will not be able to obtain as much in retransmission fees from the cable operators. Note that broadcasters have been allowed to successfully shutdown websites retransmitting television broadcasts, although I don't recall the issue going to the Supremes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    I tend to support Aereo's position as long as they do not strip out the broadcaster's commercials. The reason broadcasters oppose Aereo is that they can negotiate retransmission fees from cable providers. If Aereo is successful, broadcasters will not be able to obtain as much in retransmission fees from the cable operators. Note that broadcasters have been allowed to successfully shutdown websites retransmitting television broadcasts, although I don't recall the issue going to the Supremes.
    I've actually found quite a few that rebroadcast (perhaps that's not the right term, they are posted online after the fact, not direct live streaming) without commercials, most seem to be .eu, so I'm guessing they are in Europe, however they are reliably there every time I go to watch, including HBO series and such. I wonder how they are getting away with it.
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    Re: Aereo TV Service

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    It is simple here in Europe. The rule is, if you have a free to view channel on traditional tv, then you can rebroadcast that channel across the whole union. Hence BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 in the UK, which are all free to view, can be rebroadcast across the internet and the channels cant do a damn thing about it. Now if they put up a pay wall aka scrambled the signal then it would be illegal of course to rebroadcast it.
    BBC cannot be rebroadcast for free. You folks pay for your basic TV service, it's not free at all.

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