Palo Alto, CA
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Re: There is a difference Aereo's system is already up and running. Yes you can watch live TV. They've created lots of tiny antennas so that every subscriber has his/her own. So their claim is that they're renting a remote antenna to the user.
CXM_SplicerLooking at the bigger picturePremiumReviews:
said by Bootes:Then how are they not an Internet cable company? Isn't that what cable does... they provide an antenna and extend that to the customer? The customer pays a subscription which is basically a lease on the antenna, equipment, and cable wire to get it there. Granted there are also lots of channels that have nothing to do with OTA but what is the definition of 'retransmission'? Are they solely differentiated by the fact that it is a personal antenna vs. a shared one?
Aereo's system is already up and running. Yes you can watch live TV. They've created lots of tiny antennas so that every subscriber has his/her own. So their claim is that they're renting a remote antenna to the user.
Palo Alto, CA
Yes, their argument is that they're simply renting an antenna and a cloud DVR to the customer. Every client has control of their own antenna to pick which channel to watch and recieves their own stream of the channel. They even require the customer to live/view the content in the area where they would have been able to receive the OTA signal. They check this via credit card billing address, IP, and GPS signal if available.
The difference with a cable company is that they receive one stream of a channel and then duplicate it to all of their clients.
So if 5 cable customers are watching Fox, the cable company is still receiving one Fox signal and retransmitting that signal to it's 5 customers. 1 in 5 out.
If 5 Aereo subscribers are watching Fox, they're each connecting to their antenna and tuning it to Fox. 5 in 5 out.