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Fox TV threatens to go off-the-air, if Aereo's mobile TV streaming service is a keeper

Fox TV threatens to go off-the-air, if Aereo's mobile TV streaming service is a keeper
Leave it to Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate to stand against progress that threatens its bottomline. First it was pulling the Wall Street Journal from Google News, now it's a threat to take Fox News off the air if Aereo gets its way.

Aereo just got cleared in court last week to continue with its disruptive TV streaming service for desktop and mobile devices, which can finally fulfill our dream to watch live TV on our phones and tablets, and in high quality at that.

The way Aereo achieves it is by allocating tiny antennae in its data centers for the devices it streams to, thus taking advantage of the law that gives public spectrum to media companies in exchange for the free aerial broadcasting of their signal to more than 50 million Americans that use antennas to get TV.

Thus Aereo avoids paying the hefty licence fees that cable companies do, and streams popular channels to your iPad or iPhone for as low as 17 cents a day if you pay the annual $80 subscription fee, but there are many more plans to choose from. Moreover, you can record the live TV on your mobile device, and watch shows like Fox TV's American Idol, The Following and so on, at your convenience.

It is not only Fox considering taking its programming off-the-air, though - former top-level TV executive says out of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, at least two are actively crunching the numbers for such a contingency plan, and the rest are looking into it. Here's Aereo's comment on the matter:

Aereo has invented a simple, convenient way for consumers to utilize an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television, bringing television access into the modern era for millions of consumers. It’s disappointing to hear that Fox believes that consumers should not be permitted to use an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television. Over 50 million Americans today access television via an antenna. When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public’s airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American’s right.

via Forbes

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posted on 09 Apr 2013, 04:31 7

1. MartianMe (unregistered)

Oh please go off the air soon....fox is full of sh*t anyways.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 04:50 1

2. gymguy224 (Posts: 12; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

These huge conglomerates that prey on the average and below average income person like to call us winey complainers when we think something is unjust with their business practices, but when something doesn't fall their way they act less mature than we do. Aka they act like some bitches. f**k em. Go off the air, I wish they would, lets see what happens if they do.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 05:27 5

3. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)

Who cares if they go off-air, they're gonna be the ones losing millions. Cable companies charge a lot just to see these Fox retards on the screen. f**k them and their hole damn company of bulls**t.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 06:47 3

4. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Oh...........please............lord let this be true. I'll miss the right propaganda channel :)

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 07:31 1

5. galaxydude1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

I will download this app.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 08:48 3

6. james1 (Posts: 97; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Is this true?!! I hope that Aereo never gets shutdown and finally Fox News will be out with their propaganda s**t!

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 08:58 2

7. MikeG77 (Posts: 415; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)

If thats the case how about we shut down CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS etc etc seeing as 90% of whats on most news channels is complete BS anyway.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 09:59 1

8. vandroid (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

As long as AMC doesn't do the same I'm alright with Netflix, the walking dead and breaking bad

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 11:53 1

10. Aeires (unregistered)

Outside of Fringe and football, Fox is just another channel on my Tivo that never gets used.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 10:05 2

9. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

I haven't investigated how this works yet.. but how is this a bad thing?

When streaming the live TV, do we still get the commercials? If yes, then WTF is Fox complaining about?

Personally, I'd probably be MORE likely to watch a show here and there when I'm mobile.. at my kids sports practices, meets, games.. etc. A great way to pass some downtime.

If commercials are still present, I don't see how this hurts the TV empires at all... couldn't be any worse than my currently ability to record TV on DVR now.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 13:10 1

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Fox's threats are idle. They are just upset that this company gives you a way to not have to pay subscription fees to them for devices that dont have TV tuners (like phones and tablets) to watch their programming.

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:03 1

12. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

Oh, what's the 5 stages of grief?
1.) Denial - Internet TV will never catch on.
3.) Bargaining - Oh, crap! They don't care and we're losing money. Here's a half-hearted attempt to get some money back (e.g. Buy our stuff and get a free keychain, or some crap like that).
4.) Depression - Hmm, that didn't work either. How will we explain this to the stock holders?
5.) Acceptance - Here's an honest innovation that doesn't quite give us the profits we wanted to extract directly from your a**, but keeps us going and opens new business models to compete on.

Clearly we're only in stage 2. For a real-life example, see the 'music industry.'

posted on 09 Apr 2013, 15:14 1

13. MartianMe (unregistered)

Who in the hell is giving thumbs down here? every comment is against fox ...hmm?

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