Saturday, June 28, 2014

What you Need to Know now that Digital Streaming Company "AEREO" is Finito!

As a satisfied paying customer of Aereo, I am a bit shocked at how quick the upstart was shutdown by the Supreme Court Wednesday. I refused to continue to pay high cable prices that distributed crappy services and strong arm "bundle" packages to its customers., so I was very happy to find the internet streaming service "Aereo", which enables one to watch live television,  to add to my digital streamer channels on my Roku Box so that I may watch my favorite show "Scandal" and view local channels.

I do not claim to be well versed in the area of law called "Intellectual Property" or "Copyright Law" as I have more hands on experience in family law and real estate practices., however what I would like to learn more about are "public antennae" which seemed to be the crust of the legal question/argument in this case. While the majority ruled the decision would not affect other online services, three dissenting justices argued it would do just that.

SIGH....Seems my fellow Aereo consumers are back to scrambling to find services similar before the fall lineup starts. Here is what the website put forth after the devastating loss to its customers.

Did you have Aereo? What are your thoughts?

Reported by Mashable,

From the very beginning, the business seemed like an optimistic gamble on innovation, but after a crushing loss in the U.S. Supreme Court, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia finally folded his hand, admitting defeat and offering customers a refund on Saturday.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps … All of our users will be refunded their last paid month," Kanojia wrote in an email to the service's subscribers.

Perhaps most troubling, particularly for enthusiastic supporters of the product, the changes to Aereo were swift. "You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today," the email continued.

Kanojia's message on Saturday was markedly different from the one he sent on Wednesday, immediately after hearing a U.S. Supreme Court verdict that ruled Aereo had violated copyrights by streaming broadcast-television channels to users.

Although he acknowledged that the ruling was a "massive setback," Kanojia's first post-verdict message to customers was nevertheless optimistic. "We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world," he said.

However, it appears the company has finally accepted its fate. As Aereo backer Barry Diller told CNBC several days ago, "We did try, now it's over."

As of this writing, the website is still accessible, but Aereo's rapid shut down of its antennas and DVR leaves any customers who relied on the service without much recourse other than to seek refunds.

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