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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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12/06/13
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12/04/13
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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Fox

12/02/13
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11/13/13
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