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Aereo Suspends Service in Wake of Unfavorable US Supreme Court Ruling

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In this file April 22, 2014 photo, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia leaves the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

By    |   Monday, 30 Jun 2014 09:37 AM

Aereo Inc. suspended its service over the weekend, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the company must pay TV broadcasters in order to stream content to users.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," Aereo's Chief Executive Officer Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to customers posted on its website Saturday.

"The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have the right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television, or in the cloud."

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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that television-over-the-Internet service Aereo, backed by Barry Diller, operates much like a cable TV company, according to The Associated Press. As a result, the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV stations to customers' tablets, phones, and other gadgets.

But although the Supreme Court expressed its thinking on the law, it's the U.S. District Court in New York that must issue a preliminary injunction stopping the service, as requested by broadcasters.

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Aereo Inc. suspended its service over the weekend, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the company must pay TV broadcasters in order to stream content to users.
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