The US Supreme Court finds out that Aereo had been operating illegally
For the time Aereo has suspended its services and it has officially disappeared though the company has stated that it isn’t going away for good. Aereo appeared as a startup and took free over-the-air TV broadcasts and streamed it online as part of a paid subscription package for its users. For the users who wanted to make use of the streaming or access any DVR-like recordings they might have made of broadcast programming only had time till 11:30 a.m. (ET). After this they couldn’t access Aereo.
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The Aereo CEO posted on Aereo blog saying "On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower Court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers. As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today. All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email email@example.com or tweet us @AereoSupport."
There are no further details on this issue and Aereo representatives have ensured that so far this statement by the CEO is all that we are going to get. But we have already suspected that this has something to do with its 6-3 loss in the U.S. Supreme Court this past week when the court found out that Aereo had been operating illegally. It wasn’t paying what's known as retransmissions fees to the broadcasters whose content it's using for its service.
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