Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia tells subscribers in a note this morning that he has decided to “pause” the service beginning at 11:30 AM ET — even though “our journey is far from done.” The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it to “map out our next steps” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, that the service violates station owners” copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month.
The CEO maintains that the airwaves belong to the public and “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.” Following a “staggering” show of support, he urges supporters to “Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org .”
Here’s the note:
A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – An Update on Aereo
“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” –Charles Kettering, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator & philanthropist
A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.
On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers.
As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today. All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email email@example.com or tweet us @AereoSupport.
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.
On behalf of the entire team at Aereo, thank you for the outpouring of support. It has been staggering and we are so grateful for your emails, Tweets and Facebook posts. Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org – our journey is far from done.