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TV SHOWS AND MOVIES ON THE GO.. ONE OF THE REASONS MORE PEOPLE ARE DITCHING THEIR CABLE PROVIDERS.
Candice Martinez, Atlanta resident
“Most of my friends are highly technologically advanced and they want more and they want it fast and they want it now .”
NIELSEN SAYS THERE ARE NOW 5 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS IN THE US WITH NO SATELLITE OR CABLE TV CONNECTIONS. INSTEAD, VIEWERS ARE TURNING TO THE LIKES OF NETFLIX, AMAZON AND HULU FOR THEIR ENTERTAINMENT FIX.
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BUT WHEN IT COMES TO RECEIVING LOCAL PROGRAMMING, A NEW PLAYER IS IN THE MIX: AEREO. THE STARTUP ENABLES MOBILE DEVICES AND COMPUTERS TO RECEIVE LOCAL CHANNELS.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Chaitanya ‘Chet’ Kanojia – Aereo CEO
“The basic paradigm is very, very simple: the consumer has a right to an antenna.”
AEREO HOUSES THOUSANDS OF THE TINY RECEIVERS IN ITS DATA CENTERS. SUBSCRIBERS ARE THEN ASSIGNED AN INDIVIDUAL ANTENNA AND THE DATA IS CONVERTED AND DELIVERED OVER THE INTERNET.
ALL AT THE PRESS OF A BUTTON.
ALREADY IN NEW YORK AND BOSTON, AEREO IS EXPANDING TO ATLANTA THIS MONTH. THE SERVICE HAS BROADCASTERS CRYING FOUL.
SOUNDBITE (English)Gordon Smith, CEO, National Association of Broadcasters
“The content that is expensive to produce and people expect to receive simply has to be paid for and cannot be taken by someone else, have that someone else charge for it and then keep all the money.”
SO FAR, FEDERAL COURTS HAVE RULED AGAINST CLAIMS THAT AEREO’S SERVICE CONSTITUTES COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
IN THE MEANTIME, CONSUMERS HAVE MORE CHOICES AND CHEAPER OPTIONS TO WATCH THEIR FAVORITE SHOWS WHEREVER, AND WHENEVER THEY WANT.
JULIE WALKER, ASSOCIATED PRESS