Will Apple Users Lose This TV Streaming Service?
A broadcast TV streaming service that has long been available to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) users is under threat from television broadcasters. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter and Apple Insider, various television broadcasters have petitioned the Supreme Court to review the legality of Aereo’s business model. The petitioners include CBS (NYSE:CBS), Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ABC, and Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBCUniversal.
Aereo uses multiple antennas to capture television broadcasts in order to stream those broadcasts online to subscribers that pay $8 per month for the service. Apple users can watch Aereo’s service on their iPhone or iPad and stream it through Apple TV.
While the broadcasters contend that Aereo is illegally retransmitting their copyrighted programs over the Internet, the digital TV streaming company has already won several court cases by proving that it maintains an individual antenna for each subscriber. Since each subscriber has their own dedicated antenna, the stream qualifies as a “private” performance.