DVR Lawsuit Leads To Judge Ruling In Favor Of Aereo

Posted Jul 12, 2012

Aero has won a ruling by a U.S. district judge.  The judge denied a preliminary injunction to broadcasters that are suing Aereo.  The judge said that the TV service is allowed to send live programming to iPhones, iPads, and other devices in New York City as of right now.  Judge Alison Nathan said that she was sympathetic to the broadcasters that found Aereo was a threat.

The lawsuit was filed by the major networks including ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.  Aereo’s subscriber base has grown from 100 to 3,500 users this year.  Nathan said that Aereo’s activities would cause harm to broadcasters, but a previous appeals court ruling in regards to Cablevision’s Remote Storage DVR helped Aereo win in court.

In that ruling, Cablevision won the right to store DVR content on a remote computer instead of a set top box.  The broadcasters tried to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but that failed.  The judge described that case as “profoundly similar” to the Cablevision lawsuit.  The judge expects the broadcasters to file an immediate appeal.