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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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03/08/12
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03/07/12
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Tags: People and Pop Culture

03/07/12
DirecTV, Cox To Carry FS San Diego, Padres

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Tags: Media, San Diego Padres, DirecTV

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03/01/12
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02/29/12
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