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:

via Forbes

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13 Comments

1. MartianMe unregistered

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

2. gymguy224

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

3. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 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.

4. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

5. galaxydude1

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

I will download this app.

6. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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

7. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

8. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

10. Aeires unregistered

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

9. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

12. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Oh, what's the 5 stages of grief? 1.) Denial - Internet TV will never catch on. 2.) Anger - WE'LL PULL OUR S**T FROM THE AIR, THAT'LL TEACH YOU! 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.'

13. MartianMe unregistered

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

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