In a letter, Aereo chief executive Chet Kenojia said its customers had been asking what they could do now that Aereo has been shuttered:
Today, I'm asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation's highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna is important to you and your families. Show them you care about this issue.
Asking the public to pressure Congress is likely a prelude to a broader effort aimed at getting lawmakers to rewrite the Copyright Act, analysts say. It's the Copyright Act that got Aereo into hot water in the first place; the Supreme Court held that the company's online TV streams constituted a "public performance" that Aereo had to pay broadcasters for.
Aereo would likely want Congress to clarify the difference between a public and a private performance. Assuming Congress agreed to do it their way, it would make a service such as Aereo's, which records TV shows on tiny individual antennas and plays them back to its customers over the Web, a legal product.
So generating some grassroots support for Aereo ahead of time makes sense. But getting Congress to consider rewriting the Copyright Act, let alone write it in a way that's favorable to Aereo, will be an uphill struggle.
"I think it's a spur for Congress to think about how to accommodate online video in the 20-year-old pay-TV framework, and I think they will eventually do that," said Paul Gallant, a telecom analyst at Guggenheim Securities. "The question is, will it happen quickly enough for Aereo? The answer is, I'm skeptical that it would."