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KBode
KBode
12/13/2013 | 1:44:50 PM
An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
I understand Cablevision attacking broadcasters, since they had to fight tooth and nail to get their remote storage network DVR to market. But I'm not sure why they're even bothering to weigh on the legality of Aereo's argument, since an Aereo win would open the door to cable operators being able to offer similar services. That would be one way to battle the retransmission fees carriers hate.

Can anybody key me in to what Cablevision gains by criticizing Aereo's legal strategy?
albreznick
albreznick
12/13/2013 | 4:49:16 PM
Re: An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
Yeah, Karl. I'm sorta stumped by that too. Msybe Cablevision is doing it to gain more credibility for their arguments against the broadcasters. Or maybe they don't like that Aereo has used the RS-DVR ruling in its defense, dragging that Cablevision service back into the legal thicket. Curious what others have to say on this. 
wanlord
wanlord
12/16/2013 | 3:02:35 PM
Re: An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
I just read this and I think Aereo has a good case. At first I thought the broadcasters just want to litigate this to death, hoping Aereo will give up.... But I think the real strategy here is to win in court, then they can prevent the Cable Companies from doing the same thing and avoiding Billions in ReTransmit fees to the broadcasters. I really think they are picking on Aereo since they are small and have minimal eyeballs to really matter, but if they win against Aereo, they will scare the big guys into doing the same thing which wouldn't be that hard.

 

http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Aereo-Cert-Petition-Response-Brief-Final-Filed-12-12-13.pdf

 

 
albreznick
albreznick
12/16/2013 | 5:02:33 PM
Re: An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
Good point, Wanlord. That larger agenda could help explain why the broadcasters are spending so heavily to bludgeon Aereo to death in the courts. But, if they lose at the Supreme Court, their legal strategy could then backfire big-time. So it's a potentially risky move.  
wanlord
wanlord
12/18/2013 | 3:35:06 PM
Re: An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
Yea, except I am not sure how that would scale if someone like Comcast tried to use similar antenna technology with the amount of subs they have. 
albreznick
albreznick
12/18/2013 | 5:47:10 PM
Re: An Aereo Win Would let Cablevision offer Similar Services
I'm not sure either. But it would be something if they tried.
wanlord
wanlord
12/16/2013 | 9:37:47 AM
Aereo Jammers
Reposting on a more recent board:

 

So this may be a bit off the wall, but what if the big broadcasters set up directional jammers? For example if they locate the Aereo antenna farms, lease some space, or use a vehicle to disrupt the signal specific to their frequency? Since they are licensed to use that frequency, does the FCC prevent them from causing disruption on their own broadcast? If it was done right they could limit the disruption to a well defined area as not to impact valid receivers. Even just enough to screw up Aereo's reception, like introduce static, or alerts, or just the sound. I don't know how this would all technically work, but cause enough issues that Aereo has no quality service therefore no business. I am not advocating this, just wondering if it can be done.
albreznick
albreznick
12/16/2013 | 3:59:45 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
I don't know if it can be done, wanlord. But whether it could or couldn't, it would make a great plot for an HBO movie about the subject. I'd love to see the broadcasters try to pull a stunt like that.  
mendyk
mendyk
12/16/2013 | 5:07:17 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
It's going to be more fun when one of the networks firewalls the Super Bowl and broadcasts infomercials over-the-air in the time slot.
albreznick
albreznick
12/17/2013 | 10:57:30 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Fun, eh? Isn't that called the Armageddon?
mendyk
mendyk
12/18/2013 | 9:14:14 AM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Not at all -- over-the-air broadcasting is obsolete as far as video is concerned. I would imagine we could find better uses for all that spectrum.
albreznick
albreznick
12/18/2013 | 12:28:46 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
I'm sure we could too. What would you like to see it used for? 
mendyk
mendyk
12/18/2013 | 1:05:34 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Teleporting.
albreznick
albreznick
12/18/2013 | 5:43:41 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
I should have known you were a Star Trek fan deep at heart. I'll have the Federation look into this matter and report back. Watch out for a guy with a phony Scottish accent.   
mendyk
mendyk
12/18/2013 | 5:58:00 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Not really -- it's more like I like to go places, but I don't like getting there.
albreznick
albreznick
12/18/2013 | 10:54:07 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Aha! Well, then teleporting would be pretty useful then. I wonder how much bandwidth that would consume per household.....   
mendyk
mendyk
12/19/2013 | 8:50:43 AM
Re: Aereo Jammers
No doubt it will depend on the subject being teleported. Some of us will require ultra-premium capacity service.
albreznick
albreznick
12/19/2013 | 5:40:12 PM
Re: Aereo Jammers
Don't worry. There's plenty of spectrum out there. And bandwidth uses are getting more efficient all the time. 


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