New tech company Aereo has ruffled the feathers of the Peacock network as well as those of the other broadcast networks. The company recently started servicing several major cities with a DVR in the cloud service. Aereo for a small fee allows users to record over the air broadcast networks and store the programming in a cloud storage where it can be played back on any internet connected PC or IOS device. Starting at the end of October Aereo will offer up Andriod compatibility. Aereo offers users in seven major cities which includes Atlanta up to 30 TV channels. In the Atlanta Market Aereo offers 24 channels plus Bloomberg TV, the 24-hour financial and business news network.
The major broadcast networks are up in arms over Aereo’s service and have joined forces in an effort to derail the tech company. Last week NBC, ABC and CBS were among a host of networks that asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Aereo from streaming its broadcast signal citing copyright laws. Here is how I interpret what’s going on; the networks are upset that Aereo is charging a fee to capture it’s over the air broadcast and re-transmit them to its customer via a PC or mobile device. Aereo is collecting money for this service but it isn't sharing any of it with the network’s whose signals its redistributing to its customers.
So far Aereo has won previous legal challenges to its service by other broadcasters. Only time will tell whether or not Aereo is on sound legal ground; if and when the nation’s highest court hears the case. Meanwhile the service is set to add the city of Detroit to its subscription base on October 28.