Aereo is the new way to watch TV, connected to your online device of choice. Needless to say, this was not greeted with open arms by the television industry.
The service, which launched last week only for programming in the New York market, was promptly sued by broadcasters. Aereo, backed by former broadcast executive and billionaire, Barry Diller counter-sued. Aereo then added a second countersuit filing yesterday citing News Corp’s Fox, the Public Broadcasting System, and Univision. Additionally, the latest suit names WPIX/Channel 11 and WNET/Channel 13 as defendants. It was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
This follows the path Aereo took last week against the Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, CBS, and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, and NBC’s Telemundo.
Earlier in the month, broadcasters sought an injunction against Aereo to stop the transmitting of their programming on phones, tablets, and other devices.
Aereo is asking for a court declaration insisting that it’s not infringing on the broadcasters’ copyrights.