The Switchboard: Why Netflix wins if the Supreme Court sides with Aereo


People wait to enter the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments April 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court will hear Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, a case about the criminalization of false statements in political campaigns and ABC v. Aereo, a case about the television broadcast start-up Aereo, which records and resends television broadcast transmissions over the Internet. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Everything you need to know about Aereo, the Supreme Court and the future of TV. "In one of the biggest cases of the year for tech, a young start-up is taking on TV broadcasters in the Supreme Court," writes the Switch's Brian Fung. "Depending on the outcome, the battle could either solidify TV networks' grip over their content or throw the doors open to a future where consumers will be able to get traditional, over-the-air programming over the Internet instead."

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Netflix Is the Real Winner if the Supreme Court Sides With Aereo.  "If the court goes with Aereo, it could give even more power to potential Aereo competitors like Netflix and Amazon, companies that are already working to redefine TV in so many other ways," writes Issie Lapowsky at Wired.

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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