Today the US Supreme Court hears a case against the Aereo online streaming video service owned by InterActiveCorp chairman and CEO, Barry Diller. Aereo captures TV broadcast signals and makes them available via the internet to subscribers.
Aereo does not pay the networks any licensing fees for the rebroadcast content, arguing that the company is offering consumer’s greater access to material already available for free on the ariwaves. The major US television networks argue that Aereo’s repurposing of network broadcasts is a violation of copyright law.
The service uses thousands of antennae to capture transmissions. Subscribers pay a monthly fee and can watch content live or on demand. Aereo has been rolled out to a dozen US cities