The Supreme Court delivered a major blow to Internet start-up Aereo this week stating it must pay the big television networks for content just as cable networks do. The company streamed television programming to tablets, laptops, and other devices skirting around the enormous licensing fees. Wednesday, in a 6-to-3 decision, the court stated Aereo must pay for content since most of the programming is made up of copyrighted works. This was a major victory for the networks but a potential business killer for Aereo, since many consumers would have enjoyed this type of service for streaming live sports and other television programs. Aereo’s CEO, Chet Kanojia, believes the ruling was a major setback for consumers and eliminates one of its choices.
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