Dime-sized antennas, by the thousands, housed in an Aereo datacenter in New York.
There’s no dispute that the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday in the Aereo case puts the fledgling TV-over-the-Internet startup out to pasture.
But the outcome goes well beyond Aereo and its paying subscribers’ abilities to stream broadcast television without the broadcasters’ consent. Instead, the 6-3 decision (PDF) siding with broadcasters presents an even more important question involving cloud computing and its future.
There was a lot of chatter ahead of Wednesday’s decision that a loss for Aereo would also upend the cloud, which is expected to become a $1.1 trillion industry by next year. If Aereo were to be blocked from allowing consumers the ability to stream their content at will, what would prevent rights holders from making the same claim against cloud storage providers?
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