Broadcast TV Streamer Aereo Fights For Legal Life




This is Scientific American's 60-Second Tech. I'm Larry Greenemeier. Got a minute?
You don't own a TV, yet you still want to watch The Good Wife and Dancing with the Stars live.
Or you have a TV, but no cable and no antenna access to local channels.
The solution could be the streaming video service from the company Aereo.
It sends over-the-air channels to anything from your smartphone to your TV monitor.
Well, that's if the broadcasters suing Aereo don't put the company out of business by the end of the month.
Aereo's existence hinges on an April 22 Supreme Court hearing, when the justices will decide whether the company's service violates copyright law.
Aereo argues it lets people watch and record broadcast TV via a cloud-based antenna and DVR for their own personal use.
Broadcasters counter that Aereo is using their content without paying the retransmission fees that cable and satellite providers do.
Although Aereo operates in 13 U.S.cities, lower courts have shut the company out of several western states, including California.
And whether you have Aereo or not, you still can't watch the Supreme Court hearing,
the justices still don't allow their proceedings to be televised.
Thanks for the minute, for Scientific American's 60-Second Tech. I'm Larry Greenemeier.