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Friday Factoid – 1.31.14

Aereo is a company that uses antennas to capture free broadcast programs and makes them available on the Internet for subscribers to watch on their computers, smart phones or televisions and record for later viewing. Federal court rulings previously held Aereo’s business practices do not violate copyright laws. The major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) along with the National Football League, Major League Baseball and others recently petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the lower court decisions. In its statements, the NFL and MLB claimed Aereo could force them to stop broadcasting professional football and baseball games on free television. On January 10, 2014, the Supreme Court decided to hear this case. Sources: http://www.ibtimes.com/aereo-vs-sports-tv-nfl-mlb-threaten-moving-cable-ask-supreme-court-hear-case-against-aereo-1477300 ; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/business/media/supreme-court-to-hear-case-on-retransmission-of-tv-signals-by-aereo.html?_r=0