Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR


The story of Aereo, the streaming TV service that rattled the broadcast industry before the Supreme Court shut it down, is not over just yet it seems. On Thursday, a federal judge in New York not only slapped Aereo with an expected injunction, but also hinted how the service might survive in the future.

In a 17-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan denied Aereo a license to operate as a cable company, which would have permitted the company to resume its service — which gave consumers a way to capture and retransmit free over-the-air signals to mobile devices by means of a personal antennas — provided that it paid broadcasters a fee.

This part of the ruling is a setback for Aereo, which had operated in about 12 cities before shutting down in July in response to the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in June.

The majority of the Supreme Court Justices concluded that Aereo was akin to a…

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