“Controversial TV streaming startup Aereo said Saturday it’s shutting off its services after a Supreme Court ruling against the company’s methods dealt it a major setback from which it may not recover,” Sam Frizell reports for TIME Magazine.
“Aereo’s cloud-based antenna services will be inaccessible after 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday. CEO Chet Kanojia told customers in an email that the shutdown would be temporary while the company determines how to proceed,” Frizell reports. “‘We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,’ Kanojia said.”
“Aereo could theoretically return if it begins paying the broadcasters, but it’s not likely it can afford to do so without shifting that cost to its customers, who may be unlikely to pay more for a service that’s theoretically free,” Frizell reports. “The New York City-based startup said it will refund its customers for a month’s worth of subscription fees following its loss at the Court. ”
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MacDailyNews Take: Remember now, you can legally do for yourself exactly what Aereo did, but Aereo can’t do it for you or something. One thing the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t, is infallible. That much is certain.
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