[opendtv] Re: Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court to Intervene Over Aereo

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:21:34 -0400

On Oct 14, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Kon Wilms <konfoo@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Mike Tsinberg <Mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> But even if they are able to limit subscriber to watch only local stations - 
> how does it makes it legal for them to resell the content to subscribers 
> without broadcaster license?
> I'm not saying it does. I'm saying the whole thing is rather ludicrous, and 
> whatever they are fighting about/for now is the tip of the iceberg.
> Cheers
> Kon

To answer Mike, Aereo claims only to be providing a personal antenna (tuner?) 
that duplicates what you could receive via an antenna in your local market.

And Kon is right, the situation grows more ludicrous by the day. Broadcasting 
is caught between a rock and a competitive place. They are granted virtually 
free use of spectrum, a protected market, even on MVPD systems, and the ability 
to collect subscriber fees from the MVPDs. And still they are losing their 

Would have been interesting if Obama had forced all broadcasters to shut down 
because they are occupying Federal "property." 

Clearly the 4th estate is still critically important to the politicians.


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