Aereo is an online streaming service - among its offering, it enables people who stay very far away from NYC (for example, Sydney Australia) to watch TV stations from NYC.
Actually, they don't legally allow you to do that. If they detect your IP is not in the geographic area where your account is registered they put up a warning that it is against the terms of service to use it outside of the service area. they then give you the option of saying you ARE actually in the service area but you're using some sort of service (like a corporate VPN or proxy) that mistakenly shows you as outside the region. They can terminate your service if they think you're lying though, or you do it too much. Further, you have to have a billing method that has an address in the service are when you sign up. I can't create an account for nyc.aereo.com from Atlanta with an Atlanta billing address. That said...
The argument from the teevee stations is that by allowing the streaming of their broadcast content, Aereo is violating the "copyright".
I dunno about you, but I find this argument utterly preposterous !
Legally speaking, true, the way the copyright laws has been stipulated by those "legal experts" is that a copy of whatever copyrighted content (be it sound, image, book, or the combination of any form) can only be used one time, in one place.
But c'mon !
People living in Sydney Australia don't get to watch teevee station beaming from NYC anyway - and by allowing them to watch it via online streaming, how the fuck this going to make the NYC teevee station losing money ?
I agree. It's a bad argument that will fail at the high court. Aereo was very careful to design technology that gives each customer a single real antenna. They're basically renting you an antenna, a DVR, and the use of their infrastructure to remotely (but still within the geographical limits of the broadcasts) use that remote antenna and DVR.