While many think the Aereo battle has come to an end now that the Supreme Court has ruled against them, the company is not bowing out just yet. CEO Chet Kanojia sent out a letter to their users yesterday detailing their plans for the future. Many companies have started to step up and explain how even though Aereo might be shut down, there are still many cord-cutting alternatives. One thing is for sure, the Supreme Court case has opened up a new era of consumers questioning the status quo. Read more
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In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision to rule against Aereo, different platforms have been emerging reminding consumers, that Aereo wasn’t the only option. PlayOn , “the media server software from MediaMall Technologies that streams online videos to TVs and mobile devices,” is encouraging consumers to cut the cord and instead purchase their lifetime service for $69.99 (with a Chromecast included so you can access their service on your TV). We spoke with PlayOn’s CEO, Jeff Lawrence about their Chromecast offering and the state of cord-cutting. Read more
The future of cord-cutting is now. The trend is happening faster and faster and new companies are emerging as the providers of platforms, technology and devices that can give you the content you want without a hefty cable subscription. One of these companies is Mohu a company that made a name for itself by designing an indoor HD antenna and then made an even bigger name for itself with a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring smart TV tech into the technology. Now, Mohu is moving beyond just antennas and addressing the larger cord-cutting picture, in hopes of being a true resource for all cord-cordcutters. We interviewed Mark Buff, Mohu’s founder and CEO about what they’re up to and what life will be like for cord-cutters in the post-Aereo Supereme Court decision market. Read more
TVSpy reports the Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 against Aereo, in favor of broadcasters, putting the streaming TV service’s existence in serious jeopardy.
In the ruling, The High Court “goes out out of its way to make clear that its ruling does not endanger other technologies,” according to SCOTUSBlog.
The Barry Diller-funded streaming television service launched in 2012, with broadcast networks filing lawsuits before it even launched. At launch, the service gave users access to broadcast TV via iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Roku for $12/month.
With the ruling that Aereo’s service is illegal, its future seems doomed. “”We did try, but it’s over now,” Diller told CNBC after the ruling. Previously, CEO Chet Kanojia and Diller both predicted the streaming service would be shut down if the Supreme Court ruled against them. “If we don’t succeed in that, despite our best efforts and good law on our side and merits of our case, it would be a tragedy, but it is what it is,” Kanojia told Bloomberg TV in April.
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While the Supreme Court continues to deliberate on a decision in the Aereo case, consumers and media are continuing to wonder what will happen to cord-cutters if Aereo loses? While there isn’t another service quite like Aereo out there (since they’d of course be in court too right now), there are definitely alternatives to get HD quality free TV from the airwaves. We connected with the Winegard FlatWave antenna team, which is one of the great solutions to still get the content Aereo provides without needing a cable subscription. The “indoor amplified HD antenna” retails at $69.99 and is built for homes that are far away or out of sight from a broadcast tower. We spoke with Grant Whipple, the Consumer Electronics Product Manager for Winegard about the Aereo case, his company’s products and how needing old school “rabbit ears” is a myth in today’s digital era. Read more
The live TV on the Internet service Aereo will be available on Google Chromecast on May 29.
The move to Chromecast comes as Aereo makes updates for Android apps, allowing users to switch their programming to Chromecast.
Aereo allows Internet users access to live broadcast television and cloud DVR programs on their computers, tablets, and mobile devices. The network has drawn the ire of major broadcast networks, including CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC, who petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case against Aereo.
That case will be heard by the court on April 22. And we’ll be talking about the different scenarios if Aereo wins or loses the case on our first panel at the TVNewser Show in New York City on April 29.
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