Boston Aereo Subscribers May Want to Watch This Supreme Court case

In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements. Past efforts have typically been rejected by courts as copyright violations. In Aereoís case, the judge accepted the companyís legal reasoning, but with reluctance. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) NYTCREDIT: Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press Published 04/02/2013
Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York.

If you are one of the approximately 1 million people per year in the United States cutting the cord with your cable provider, you may be curious to see how internet antenna provider Aereo fares at the Supreme Court next week.

Aereo has been offering a service that streams broadcast TV over the web for an $8-a-month fee in Boston for a year. But if the big television networks have their way, ABC Television Networks lawsuit will shut Aereo down over copywright infringement.

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the issue on April 22, according to USA Today.

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Aereo lets you watch the stations you’d typically expect receive with old-fashioned rabbit ear antennas—NBC, ABC, FOX—with just a slight delay from when programs would appear live. You can also record shows with DVR-like technology.

For viewers fed up with paying big bucks for lots of channels they don’t use, a service like Aereo fills the gap left between cable and services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

Lining up behind ABC is the the US Justice Department. In Aereo’s corner is the Dish Network.

Boston is one of just 11 cities where Aereo is available.

According to “Both sides claim that the Supreme Court’s decision will have immense repercussions, affecting cloud computing, streaming video, TV-show availability, and so on.”

If you’re an Aereo subscriber in the greater Boston area, it might be time to make the most out of the service. For the rest of us, we’ll be watching to see whether it’s worth getting on board or if we missed the boat.