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June 28, 2014: Aereo Shuts Down

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Jeffrey Powers

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June 28, 2014: Aereo Shuts Down

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2014 – Trying to be the first provider of over-the-air channels, Aereo was told to shut down completely after a supreme court decision went against the company.

The idea was simple – take the over-the-air network channels and offer them on the Internet. Based in New York, the company opened services in 24 different cities. You could only watch the programming of your area on your PC, Mac or Linux. There were around 28 channels you could choose from and pricing was simply $1 a day.

Aereo was faced with many legal issues, including the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition act. The rebroadcast through the service undermined cable retransmission fees.

It was also a wake-up call as after the fact, many cable providers started offering live streaming options.

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