Fresh off another legal success, antennae-based service moves west
Fresh off another legal victory, the antennae-based internet TV service Aereo is expanding west to Utah.
So far, the service has only been available in the New York, Boston and Atlanta markets. It will expand to Utah on Aug. 19.
Last week, a New York court declined to review a ruling that Aereo's service does not infringe on copyrights. The service uses many tiny antennaes to beam broadcasters' signals of over-the-air networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC to computers, but networks say that amounts to stealing.
Fox said after the court decision last week that it may appeal as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Aereo has announced plans to expand to 22 markets.
It poses a threat to broadcasters in part because it lets customers fast-forward through ads once shows have aired, which undercuts the traditional ad-sponsored TV model.
Aereo says all it is doing is harnessing — on a massive scale — the power of the humble antenna, which has always given TV owners access to the public airwaves.