This weekAereo won a victory — afederaljudge ruledin favor of the startup, refusing to block the controversial antenna-based subscription service that takes free over-the-air TV broadcasts and streams them to any Internet-enabled device.
Aereo, which is backed by Barry Diller’s IAC and a number of venture capitalists, won this battle, but this is going to be a long war. The broadcast networks that sued the company — ABC , Fox , CBS , and NBC — aren’t backing down. They’re committed to blocking the broadcasting of their channels over the web without paying retransmission fees.
I spoke to Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia about what this victory means for his business. Bottom line: Now Aereo has the green light to roll out the technology beyond New York City, the only area where it’s now available.
He wouldn’t commit to a timeline or discuss which market would get the technology first. But Kanojia did say that the pending lawsuits would not impact his plans to roll out the business.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page