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Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

Rula Jebreal and Jeffrey Goldberg discuss coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict; Maziar Bahari on the recent arrests of journalists in Iran and his time spent in an Iranian prison

Aereo suspends TV service...but not 'shutting down'
June 28th, 2014
01:13 PM ET

Aereo suspends TV service...but not 'shutting down'

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Aereo, the streaming TV service, will shut down - only temporarily, it says - in the wake of Wednesday's climactic Supreme Court ruling against it.

The court ruling found that Aereo violates copyright law by picking up the signals of local television stations and retransmitting them via the Internet to paying subscribers.

"As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court," Aereo founder Chet Kanojia said in an email message to subscribers on Saturday morning.

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Supreme Court rules against Aereo
June 25th, 2014
10:35 AM ET

Supreme Court rules against Aereo

By Brian Stelter, CNN 

A huge win for the nation's biggest television broadcasters: in a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that streaming television startup Aereo violates the Copyright Act.

Ever since Aereo was introduced in early 2012, its biggest financial backer, Barry Diller, has said that there is "no plan B" if the courts concluded that it was operating illegally.

Using thousands of miniature TV antennas, Aereo scoops up the freely available signals of local stations in cities like New York, Boston and Atlanta. It then delivers those signals to the smartphones, tablets or computers of paying subscribers.

Subscribers pick what to watch through a traditional on-screen guide. They can also record shows and stream them later.

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April 27th, 2014
12:39 PM ET

TV's real-life courtroom drama

Brian Stelter’s exclusive interview with IAC Chairman Barry Diller about this week’s arguments before the Supreme Court involving Aereo, in which Diller is an investor.


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What the heck is Aereo, anyway?
April 21st, 2014
05:15 PM ET

What the heck is Aereo, anyway?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Aereo is a streaming video service that costs $8 a month. It is a new way to watch and record shows on local television stations.

Now Aereo's legality is before the Supreme Court. Is it, as Aereo argues, a legal and innovative way for consumers to get more control over how they watch TV? Or is it what some of the country's biggest broadcast networks say - a business built on a blatant violation of copyright law?

How does it work? Using thousands of miniature TV antennas, Aereo scoops up the freely available signals of local stations. Then it delivers the signals to smart phones, tablets or computers via the Internet. Subscribers pick what to watch through a traditional on-screen guide. They can also record shows and stream them later.

Where is Aereo available? Aereo started in the New York City metropolitan area. It is now online in New York and 10 other markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and Miami.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Obama administration sides against Aereo
March 4th, 2014
11:45 AM ET

Obama administration sides against Aereo

By Brian Stelter, CNN Senior Media Correspondent

The Obama administration has sided with the nation's television broadcasters in a pending Supreme Court case against Aereo, the Internet service that scoops up freely available television signals and streams them to paying subscribers.

A joint filing by the Justice Department and the United States Copyright Office, made public on Monday, found that the Aereo "system is clearly infringing" and recommended that a lower court ruling in Aereo's favor be reversed. Such a ruling would likely put Aereo out of business and protect the broadcasters from similar challenges in the future.

Aereo declined to comment on the filing. Supreme Court oral arguments in the case are scheduled for April 22.

Read more of Brian's article here. 

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