Aereo calls on subs to petition lawmakers to resume service
Michelle Clancy | 02 July 2014
Despite its crushing loss in the US Supreme court leading to the firm closing down its over-the-top (OTT) service, Aereo is encouraging its users to call on their representatives to reverse the decision.

Three days after being found to have violated broadcasters' copyright, Aereo said it had decided to 'pause' operations temporarily as it consulted with the court and mapped out its next steps. Customer access to the cloud-based antenna and DVR also ceased at that time.

Yet now CEO Chet Kanojia has begun the fight-back, asking subs to begin a popular protest. "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," he said in an open letter. "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."

"The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud," Kanojia added. "Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at – our journey is far from done."