×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service As It Weighs Next Steps

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET.

“We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers.

All users will be refunded their last paid month, he wrote.

He urged consumers to “keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org – our journey is far from done.”

The company emphasized that it was not shutting down, but waiting as the case returns to the lower court in New York, although it is unclear what options they have. Networks and stations could try to press the case to trial and pursue damages.

The broadcasters challenged the district court’s decision to decline their motion for an injunction to halt Aereo, and the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals also sided with the streaming service. The Supreme Court’s decision reversed those lower court rulings.

Here’s Kanojia’s full letter:

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 support@aereo.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.

Yours truly,

Chet Kanojia

More TV

  • HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE

    'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Cast Talks New Music (Watch)

    Disney has debuted a preview clips of the upcoming “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” in which the cast discusses how the music of the original movies and 2019’s tunes combine to tell a new tale. Indeed, it’s the start of something new: instead of cheering on Troy Bolton and Gabriella, a next generation [...]

  • Facebook Stock

    PBS' 'Nightly Business Report' to Cease Production by Year End

    “Nightly Business Report,” the PBS program that started in 1979 and became TV’s longest-running business-news broadcast, is set to cease production by the end of the year. CNBC, which picked up production of the show in 2013, has decided to end its association with the show, according to people familiar with the matter. “NBR,” originally [...]

  • Seinfeld

    Rick Ludwin, NBC Late-Night Executive Who Backed 'Seinfeld,' Dies at 71

    Rick Ludwin, the longtime NBC executive who championed “Seinfeld” and worked in late-night from the Johnny Carson era through Jimmy Fallon, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71. Ludwin was well-liked throughout the TV industry and was highly regarded as a student of the medium. He retired from NBC after 31 [...]

  • Kim Rozenfeld

    Kim Rozenfeld Exits Apple as Head of Current, Unscripted

    Apple’s Kim Rozenfeld is exiting his post as head of current scripted programming and unscripted at Apple, shortly after the launch of the tech giant’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus. The TV exec will now work with the Cupertino behemoth through his company Half Full Productions, as part of a newly inked first-look deal with [...]

  • President Donald Trump speaks before signing

    TV News, Scrambling to Cover Impeachment Inquiry, Will Break Into A.M. Schedule

    The U.S. government is getting ready to take over morning television – at least for a few hours. The three major broadcast-news outlets are preparing to break into regularly scheduled programming Wednesday morning to offer viewers information on the first public hearings of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, while [...]

  • Titans -- Ep. 201 -- "Trigon"

    'Titans' Renewed for Season 3 at DC Universe

    Live-action drama “Titans” has been renewed for a third season at DC Universe. The news comes ahead of the conclusion of the 13-episode second season, which launched on the streaming service back in September. New episodes of the show drop on Fridays. The third season is slated to drop in Fall 2020. In the second [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content