Anthony Wing Kosner in Forbes on Aereo, the streaming technology that scares the hell out of traditional TV networks.
Consumers have the right to receive a broadcast TV signal on any device they choose (originally just a TV) and by extension, record programs for their own personal use. That is the intent and the purpose of the law. Broadcasters get to use the airwave spectrum (and make money off of advertising) in return for allowing people free access to these broadcasts—for their own personal use.
Individuals, however, are not allow to re-broadcast over-the-air TV content, so live TV usually isn’t streamed online; reliably or legally.
Aereo has gotten around this problem by setting up antennae farms where its customers can license their “own” individual antenna that is used to receive a signal through which they can receive OTA broadcasts (and record them on a cloud DVR) to watch on web-connected devices.
Ingeniously simple, creative, and highly disruptive to traditional over-the-air TV stations and networks.
Aereo is renting the antenna and the infrastructure to its customers just as cable companies rent to theirs. The consistency of this approach has so far held up in court.
TV networks and stations could make this problem go away by simply streaming their content over the internet. That’s what’s keeping radio alive.