Fox: Lawsuit Could Force Us to Go Subscription-Only

Suing Aereo for stealing its signal

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2013 10:13 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fox is in the midst of a lawsuit over rights to its over-the-air programming—and if it loses, its broadcast network could turn to a subscription model, News Corp's president says. At issue is a lawsuit against Aereo, which offers broadcast TV on digital devices, Mashable reports. "Aereo is stealing our signal," said News Corp president and COO Chase Carey, per Variety. Without legal protection, "we will pursue business solutions. One ... would be to take the network and turn it into a subscription service."

A statement from News Corp offered a similar sentiment, saying Fox's broadcast network could be converted "to a pay channel" to "ensure we continue to remain in the driver’s seat of our own destiny." Aereo weighed in with a statement, saying it offered a "simple, convenient way for consumers to utilize an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television ... Having a television antenna is every American's right." Broadcasters sued against Aereo last year, citing copyright infringement.

In this July 9, 2009 file photo, Chase Carey, News Corp. president and chief operating officer, walks to a morning session at the annual Allen & Co.'s media summit in Sun Valley, Idaho.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)
In a March 6, 2012 photo, Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier are seated at the anchor desk at the Fox New York Studios.   (AP Photo/Fox News, Alex Kroke)
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