Aereo Strikes Back

Barry Diller-backed Aereo Inc. has filed a countersuit against the nation's broadcasters seeking a declaratory ruling that its broadband-fueled TV and network DVR service does not infringe their copyrights.

Aereo is set to launch its $12 per month service in New York City on Thursday, allowing customers to access thumb-sized antennas and DVR storage housed in a Brooklyn-area facility in order to watch live and recorded video via their Internet connections. Aereo intends to allow access to a range of smartphones, tablets and other IP-connected devices.

The countersuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims that Aereo's service merely lets consumers do what they are already legally entitled to do, namely:

Aereo's been beta testing its service since at least the spring of 2011 and notes that the broadcasters "were fully aware of it," the company argued in the countersuit, obtained by Light Reading Cable. Aereo notes that customers use specific, individual antennas that are tuned and used for the duration of that access.

Why this matters
Aereo's plan could be over before it begins if the broadcasters are successful in obtaining an injunction. And the company has some grand plans. Diller, the chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) and a former broadcaster himself, told SXSW attendees on Sunday that Aereo (formerly Bamboom Labs) intends to launch service in as many as 100 cities within a year.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

eoffshore 12/5/2012 | 5:36:43 PM
re: Aereo Strikes Back

Businesses advertising with these off air broadcasters should be asking why the stations are so eager to constrain market penetration.


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