While many think the Aereo battle has come to an end now that the Supreme Court has ruled against them, the company is not bowing out just yet. CEO Chet Kanojia sent out a letter to their users yesterday detailing their plans for the future. Many companies have started to step up and explain how even though Aereo might be shut down, there are still many cord-cutting alternatives. One thing is for sure, the Supreme Court case has opened up a new era of consumers questioning the status quo.
Here’s the letter:
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From the beginning, it has been our mission to build a lawful technology that would provide consumers with more choice and alternatives in how they watch television. We believed that providing an innovative cloud-based individual antenna would provide consumers with a convenient way to use an antenna to watch the live, free-to-air signals broadcast over public spectrum that belongs to them.
Unfortunately, on June 25, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers. With this most recent decision and in the spirit of remaining in compliance, we chose to pause our operations last week as we consulted with the lower court to map out our next steps.
Today, we filed the attached letter with the lower court.
This has been a challenging journey for our team, but your support has continued to lift and propel us forward. We remain committed to building great technologies that create real, meaningful alternatives for consumers.
Thank you for your patience and continued support. We are truly grateful.