As a follow-up to our ZeroTV discussion, I present to your information about Aereo, a website that will stream live television broadcasts that it picks up over the free airwaves. Broadcasters and Cable moguls alike are trying to stop this venture in the courts, but so far to no avail.
I have questions for both sides of the controversy: (1) How are broadcasters harmed if a website shows their over-the-air programming as opposed to that programming being shown on a television set? (2) What is the advantage of watching live broadcasts on a computer screen as opposed to watching it over a television screen? (3) Television stations are howling that their content is being “stolen.” But how can it be stolen if the stations are giving it away for free? (4) Why would viewers pay $10 per month for Aereo when they can get the same programming on a bigger screen for free? [Read more...]