Aereo is back in court with a brand new legal theory for why it should be allowed to continue to operate. If it prevails, the implications could be nearly as far-reaching as if it had won in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court’s decision to kill Aereo was bad from a legal point of view — and downright horrible from a policy and innovation perspective.
The NFL and Major League Baseball are threatening to take their ball and go home if Aereo is allowed to continue streaming broadcast TV signals to subscribers without paying retransmission fees to broadcasters.
Reports that leading MVPDs are considering going Aereo on broadcasters to get out of retransmission fees read more like an exercise in corporate chain-yanking than a real threat.
Broadcasters, alarmed by Aereo’s technology that relays their TV signals, want to rush the issue to the Supreme Court. Their petition is likely premature.
Hold onto your hat, pardners. The legal shoot-out between upstart Aereo and the TV industry has flared up out west; the outcome will determine if streaming TV (legal in New York but not California) will be allowed in six more states.
Despite broadcasters’ trumpeting of the free-market principles they say are at work in retransmission negotiations, the current retransmission consent regime is truly a creature of Congress.
While Warner is the first major record label to sign such a broad royalty deal its arrangement with Clear Channel is already being looked to as a template for a broader detente between the record companies and broadcasters.But it may not be a template Pandora can follow.
The Internet Archive recently launched an ambitious project to collect and index all broadcasts since the start of television. This week it got a major boost.
Over the last 20 months, national networks have agreed to spend $72 billion over the next decade for TV rights to professional and college sports, the Olympics, and other major sporting events, according to a study published by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Add in the commitments for local broadcast rights made by regional sports networks such as YES in New York and the total probably exceeds $100 billion.