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Internet TV startup Aereo suspends service

Published on Jun 29, 2014 6:55 AM
Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia departs the US Supreme Court in Washington, in this April 22, 2014 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US startup firm that allows subscribers to watch broadcast television over the Internet suspended its service on Saturday, three days after losing a Supreme Court ruling.

Aereo had been heralded by major tech groups as an innovative technology that opened up more choice for consumers, while the television industry maintained the service was simply theft of its programmes.

On Wednesday, the top court ruled 6-3 that Aereo illegally retransmits over-the-air television broadcast signals, dismissing claims that its tiny personalised antennas merely allow customers to watch or record what would be free TV programmes.

“We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo chief executive and founder Chet Kanojia said in a blog post under the headline, “Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology.”

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