U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Aereo Case

By Merrill Knox Comment

aereoThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the major national broadcast networks’ appeal against Aereo, according to Bloomberg News.

The appeal was filed by ABC, 21st Century Fox, NBC Universal and CBS Corp. The broadcast networks say the streaming television service, which is backed by Barry Diller, violates their copyrights by obtaining and broadcasting their programming without paying fees, “transforming the industry and threatening the very fundamentals of broadcast television.”

“We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court and we have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television with an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice,” Aereo founder┬áChet Kanojia said in a statement.

The Supreme Court hears arguments in April and will rule by July, Bloomberg reports.