Aereo on an iPad.

Casey Johnston

TV-over-the-Internet startup Aereo has filed for bankruptcy, bringing to a close its long-running copyright battle with US television networks. The filing comes at a time when there actually had been a bright spot on the policy horizon for Aereo. The FCC is set to consider whether some types of online streaming should be considered cable systems.
Aereo was created to use a system of using tiny, dime-sized antennas to send broadcast TV signals over the Internet. By renting one antenna and separate storage space to each customer, the company hoped to remain within the bounds of copyright law, despite not having permission from the television networks for its transmissions.
The fight was waged in federal courts around the country. The US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled in Aereo’s favor, but the decision was overturned this summer by the Supreme Court. Aereo ceased doing business shortly thereafter.
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