TV Belongs to the People, Not ABC
Barry Diller explains why Aereo is legal
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2014 1:30 PM CDT
This file image provided by Aereo shows a screenshot from an iPad of streaming 'Bob the Builder' on New York's PBS station WNET 13.   (AP Photo/Aereo)

(Newser) – Next week, the Supreme Court will hear ABC v. Aereo, in which the venerable broadcast network will argue that Aereo—a pay service that lets customers stream network TV content to any device they want—is piracy. "This, quite simply, goes against everything the broadcast industry has agreed to over the past 100 years," writes Aereo investor Barry Diller in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today. Broadcasters are essentially arguing that they own the airwaves—and the Obama administration is inexplicably siding with them.

Back in the 1920s, broadcasters struck a deal with the government: They'd get free use of the nation's airwaves, and in exchange provide free, ad-supported programming. They've earned billions on that model. Aereo, Diller argues, is just a remote antenna sending those programs to consumers over the cloud—and shouldn't be treated any differently than a pair of rabbit ears. By opposing it, Obama is saying "that the preservation of legacy business models takes precedence over lawful technological innovation." Click for his full column. Or to read about how Fox has threatened to leave the public spectrum entirely if Aereo prevails.

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Apr 21, 2014 11:46 PM CDT
The public is losing NOW, paying WAY too much for cable, and not being allowed to pay for only the channels they actually watch (a la carte). Iv'e dumped cable 3 times, and used an RCA antenna for periods of ~6 months. The TV reception is free , some of the .1 and .2 channels are decent, except for the fact that CBS won't ever tune. Tell me that ain't a scam. Dump your cable for 2 months, and prices will FINALLY start to fall. Discipline, folks. Oh, and , when will those ultra-liberal panderers at ABC finally remove the scraps of that train wreck called 'The View"?
Arthur Vandelay
Apr 18, 2014 5:05 PM CDT
anything that Barry Diller is involved means the public loses
Apr 18, 2014 9:49 AM CDT
ABC just wants its piece of the pie from Aereo. Unfortunately for Aereo, ABC considers the whole pie to be its piece.