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TV broadcasters missing big picture in Aereo fight

August 29, 2014

CBS, Disney and others oppose the Barry Diller-backed streaming startup’s rebirth as a cable firm. But conceding could put online services and, say, Time Warner Cable on equal legal footing and create more competition for content. That’s a win for viewers and networks alike.

Aereo is dead, long live TV disruption

June 25, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court says the Barry Diller-backed streaming startup violates copyright law. Legal loopholes abound, however, and investors and viewers will reward those who find ways to exploit them. The likes of CBS and Disney can’t afford to spend much time celebrating.

TV industry technophobia is a bad 1980s rerun

November 20, 2013

U.S. broadcasters have won support from sports leagues in their bid to shut down online video startup Aereo. The doomsday arguments echo those used 30 years ago in an attempt to block the VCR, after which business boomed. For a creative trade, Big Media sure lacks imagination.