Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
All of the big U.S. broadcasters are suingAereo Inc. , a Barry Diller-backed startup that's using broadband to provide access to over-the-air TV stations alongside a network DVR service for $12 per month. The lawsuits seek an injunction and claim Aereo violates copyrights and retransmission rules. Some analysts believe a successful injunction could be a death sentence for the new service. (See Can Aereo Survive a Broadcaster Assault? and Aereo Makes Cord-Cutting Bid in NYC.)
Aereo, set to launch on March 14 in New York City, blogged its response, rejecting the claims of the broadcasters (as you would expect). Before the legal papers started flying, Aereo threw a bash in Brooklyn last week and posted some pics from the event. Blue backdrops are apparently in this year.
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s bid to launch a subscription video service this year is bogged down in negotiations with media giants, reports the New York Post. Apple wants "everything for nothing," a media exec told the paper. Cable operators, meanwhile, have balked at Apple's plan to take over their video interface. (See Apple Prepping Pay-TV Push.)