updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2012
Aereo expands countering lawsuits
Aereo on Tuesday grew its countersuits against TV networks to include several more networks. Fox, PBS, Univision, WPIX, and WNET were all targeted under a complaint that wanted the judge to rule that Aereo wasn't violating the networks' copyrights. It had already sued ABC, CBS, and NBCUniversal a week ago.
The content providers had sued Aereo first over claims that Aereo was violating their rights for retransmission payments. Aereo, however, has shot back that its method of using one micro antenna for each customer made the web, iPad, and TV streaming legal. Viewers have the option of cloud-based DVR storage, but they can only access their own recordings.
Aereo currently runs only out of New York City and is being pitched as a way to get more flexibility, higher quality, and more control than the normally free, over-the-air broadcasts it's serving. The company may have legal precedent in Cablevision's network DVR, which was cleared to run after TV providers lost arguments that storing video in the cloud was allegedly illegal.