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Supreme Court to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo
January 10th, 2014
03:40 PM ET

Supreme Court to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo

By Julianne Pepitone & Brian Stelter, CNN

A high-stakes legal battle between the biggest broadcasters and Aereo, a startup that sells Internet streams of their shows, has reached the highest court in the land.

The Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear the broadcasters' challenge to Aereo, a nearly two-year-old service that picks up the signals of local television stations and streams them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

Aereo says what it's doing is perfectly legal, using the same sorts of antennas and digital video recorders that anyone can buy off the shelf. But the broadcasters say it is illegal, and they have filed a series of lawsuits to stop Aereo in its tracks.

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