WCVB In Boston Files Suit To Stop Aereo

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Another market, another local television station sues Aereo.

In a post on ArsTechnica, Aereo, which provides the signal of local TV station over the internet, is being sued by Hearst owned WCVB. Aereo has rolled out service in top TV markets across the country. Local broadcasters in New York and now Boston have sought injunctions to stop the service from rebroadcasting the signal. The companies that own the TV stations charge that Aereo is violating copyrights.

According to Hearst’s lawsuit, “If Aereo is permitted to profit from the unauthorized retransmission of copyrighted television programming, WCVB will be deprived of existing and potential revenue streams from advertising and authorized retransmissions.”

Aereo won a victory in the New York courts, but if the suit in Boston heads to the appellate court, the New York decision will not apply.

 

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One thought on “WCVB In Boston Files Suit To Stop Aereo

  1. Justin

    The reason Aereo has so far succeeded is because they argue that it’s not retransmission but that it’s just the station’s own signal traveling thru the Internet. Aereo has developed micro antennas that are the size of a dime and when you subscribe to their service you are assigned one.

    There are large parts of the U.S. where there isn’t access to free over the air network programming. And there’s no attempt to offer it. You have to pay cable or satellite services.

    Having a license to broadcast is still incredibly lucrative. And with digital sub channels, stations have additional revenue streams. Maybe they should try to develop those streams if they can’t stop Aereo. Of course if Aereo succeeds, the cable providers will likely follow suit but if CBS and FOX pull out of broadcasting altogether, like they’ve claimed they will do, there’s going to be a lot of angry home viewers and local affiliates.

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