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kq4ym
kq4ym
3/2/2015 | 10:56:01 AM
Re: Most precious asset
At two cents on the dollar, the investors must be feeling kind of silly. But, it's all part of the larger tech gamble, to see just how far one can bend existing laws and regulations to get an entry into a new field with a new idea. You win sometime and you lose most of the time.
pcharles09
pcharles09
2/28/2015 | 5:14:37 PM
Re: Most precious asset
@nasimson,

But they knew going into business that what they were doing is considered illegal. They were on borrowed time from the start. I personally wished it would've turned out differently but I'm surprised that anyone's caught off guard by the outcome.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/28/2015 | 9:28:47 AM
Relationship?
Net neutrality is one thing, but copyright issues are completely another.  There's not much relationship between the two concepts.
nasimson
nasimson
2/28/2015 | 4:51:18 AM
Most precious asset
Aero's most precious asset was its technology and business model. Its sad that these were termed illlegal by the Court. Other asset are not much valuable in isolation.
thebulk
thebulk
2/27/2015 | 9:45:19 PM
Re: Relatively free
I had thought the one to one anttenna to customer things was smart, and I was hopeful that it was going to allow them to get around some of the legal issues. Clearly I was wrong. 
SachinEE
SachinEE
2/27/2015 | 9:40:13 PM
Re: Relatively free
It was a bad idea to pitch it like they did. 

Aereo stopped operating voluntarily shortly after the Supreme Court decision. Though it attempted various alternatives to resume streaming, the US Copyright Office deflected Aereo's initial attempt to operate under a different kind of copyright license, and a lower court issued an outright ban on Aereo's streaming-TV service.

Acknowledging that it had exhausted its viable routes to stay in business, Aereo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. Aereo laid off most of its staff earlier that month, leaving just a small executive crew to manage its remaining operations.
SachinEE
SachinEE
2/27/2015 | 9:38:38 PM
Re: Relatively free
@mendyk: In a victory to the broadcasters suing to shut down Aereo, the US Supreme Court ruled that the service was illegally retransmitting broadcast TV over the Internet. The court concluded that the streaming-TV service was fundamentally the same as a cable company but didn't pay broadcasters the same fees cable companies must, a violation of the Copyright Act. Wow. That has got to sting.
thebulk
thebulk
2/27/2015 | 11:59:44 AM
Re: Relatively free
I believe that was their model, sort of. I think what they were "selling" was the idea of better reception delivered via the internet. That was the point of their one-to-one antenna to customer ratio as I recall. Not a bad way to pitch it, but the legal system didnt see it that way. 
mendyk
mendyk
2/27/2015 | 11:32:43 AM
Relatively free
Mari -- I don't recall Aereo ever suggesting that over-the-air programming should be available for "free" over the Internet. What Aereo tried to do was capture that content at no cost and then sell access to its customers.


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