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Aereo to judge: actually, we’re a cable company after all

Aereo isn’t ready to give up, and just revealed its plan B in a court filing: The company wants to get access to broadcast networks through compulsory licenses, arguing that now that the Supreme Court found it to be like a cable system, it wants to be treated as such (hat tip to the Hollywood Reporter.) That’s a stark contrast from Aereo’s previous stance, but it’s also a maneuver unlikely to succeed, as my colleague Jeff John Roberts recently explained.

6 Responses to “Aereo to judge: actually, we’re a cable company after all”

  1. Richard

    Hey, if the court ruled that Aereo is like a cable system, it doesn’t matter that Aereo argued the opposite. Aereo lost. So why shouldn’t Aereo now embrace their newly minted legal status and take advantage of whatever benefits that status affords them?

  2. John Willkie

    Nobody has ever succeeded with this feint, either. Obviously, the only “innovaton” at Aereo is “lawfare” and “doubling down.” Next stop: Aereo the Pirate.

    • sahibol

      There is a difference, all that Aereo is saying is that the courts and the broadcasters can’t have it both ways, either Aereo is a cable system or not, if they are not a cable system then their original service is legit, if they are a cable system as the SCOTUS believes, then effectively SCOTUS is telling them that they had the legit option of using the compulsory license framework and should have used that instead.

      Your implied position that they are not a cable system but also their original service is not leag may well be legally sound. It just isn’t a conclusion that SCOTUS arrived at, and regardless of “our” opinion, SCOTUS opinion is law of the land.

  3. deerspotter

    I cant wait until all the torrentors and pirates out there band together and create the ultimate sharing of screens like transmission for all to access.

    1$ to join and the domains will hop from peer to peer making it impossible to ever shutdown.
    Aero would of been something that would of stopped pirating and made the people that don’t pay for cable join the network. Less pirating is good for the economy.

    Now consider this with the added viewers you can definitely add better targeted advertisements.

    It’s a loss loss situation if Aero ahm FilmOn doesn’t succeed. Because peer to peer sharing transmissions is going to happen.

  4. A lot hinges upon the name “Jeff” there:
    “…it’s also a maneuver unlikely to succeed, as my colleague John Roberts recently explained” would be a very different news story.