Aereo 'temporarily' ends service after Supreme Court ruling

Credit: Aereo

If you subscribe to Aereo, the service that lets you stream live TV for a small monthly fee, you may have noticed that your service ended abruptly this morning.

In a letter posted to the company’s website Saturday morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced that the company has “decided to pause [its] operations temporarily” and would discontinue service at 11:30am Eastern Time. Current Aereo subscribers will receive a refund for their last paid month of their subscription, according to the company.

“The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public,” the letter states. “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.”

Aereo’s shutdown comes on the heels of last Wednesday’s ruling from the US Supreme Court, which states that, despite its technical trickery, Aereo is breaking copyright laws by rebroadcasting TV programming to its subscribers without permission from TV networks and broadcasters. 

The company has maintained that since each of its subscribers has their own antenna assigned to them, Aereo wasn’t actually rebroadcasting to the masses and was instead merely relaying individual broadcasts to its users.

Aereo is still determining what its next steps are, so while Aereo frames the shutdown as a temporary measure, there’s no telling how long the company will be out of commission. 

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