Aereo launches advocacy site ahead of Supreme Court fight

Online streaming service Aereo launched an advocacy website Thursday, expanding its outreach efforts as it prepares to defend its business model in front of the Supreme Court.

The new site — which contains previous court rulings as well as arguments from the company and its allies — comes a week before Aereo will face off against broadcasters at the high court over whether its service violates copyright law.


Broadcasters — backed by the Obama administration — argue that Aereo infringes on their copyrighted programming by streaming it without compensating broadcasters.

Aereo argues that its service is legal because it streams and records content that would be free over the air with an antenna, and the company contends that it has an antenna for each subscriber.

"We have every hope and confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer's right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice," Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter introducing the advocacy site.

Kanojia pointed to the public interest and tech industry groups that have backed Aereo.

"What is at stake in this case is much bigger than Aereo," he wrote.

A win for the broadcasters "would impair cloud innovation and threaten the myriad benefits to individuals, companies, and the economy at large of the advances in cloud computing and cloud storage," he continued.