Aereo on an iPad.

Casey Johnston

At 11:30 ET this Saturday, Aereo officially pulled the plug on its broadcast streaming service and said that it would refund subscribers their last paid month. The closure comes just three days after the Supreme Court ruled that the company was violating copyright law by setting up an antenna for each of its customers to capture free television broadcasts and then letting customers stream those broadcasts online.
This morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote a letter to customers and press saying, “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps.”
He continuted, “The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud.”
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