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Aereo’s Kanojia urges consumer action

July 1, 2014

By Colin Mann

Following his customer letter Saturday June 28 in which Chet Kanojia, Aereo founder and CEO said the Internet TV streaming service was to pause its operations “temporarily” as it considered its next steps in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision which found for the broadcasters in their copyright case, he has written a further letter imploring Aereo’s customers to make their voices heard in support of innovation, progress and technology.

“On Saturday, many of you received the news that we decided to pause our operations temporarily, as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of a lower court decision in favour of Aereo,” he wrote.

“Your response in support of the Aereo team has been overwhelming and touching. Your tweets, emails and Facebook posts have made it clear how important it is for so many Americans to have access to a cloud-based antenna to watch live broadcast television. Many of you have asked: ‘What can we do?’” he advised.

“Today, I’m asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna is important to you and your families. Show them you care about this issue,” he suggested.

“Visit the updated, find your representatives and send tweets, emails and Facebook messages asking them to take action to protect your right to use the antenna of your choice to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including the ability to use a cloud-based antenna. Don’t let your voices be silenced. Let’s stand together for innovation, progress, and technology. Thank you for your continued support. We are truly grateful,” he concluded.

This will be the only statement from Aereo at this time.



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