Barry Diller

Broadcasters celebrate as Aereo ruled illegal

US broadcasters have come together in celebration after the Supreme Court ruled OTT streaming service Aereo illegal. The Supreme Court ruled by a majority of six to three that Aereo’s strategy of charging customers a monthly fee for retransmitted streams of US broadcast channels violated copyright and should stop. The judgement has been on the […]

Aereo faces Supreme Court today

Aereo faces its ultimate test today, as the US Supreme Court hears the case brought against the controversial streaming and remote DVR service by US broadcasters. Aereo lets users watch and record broadcast television over the web for US$8 (€5.86) per-month. The Supreme Court agreed to review the case after a series of legal judgements […]

News brief: Former ABC boss joins Genius board

Former ABC Broadcast Group president Tony Thomopoulos as joined the board of Andy Heyward’s kids entertainment venture Genius Brands International. Thomopoulos spent 12 years at broadcast network ABC during the 1970s and 1980s after being hired by Barry Diller in 1973, eventually rising to the position of president. He went on to become chairman of […]

Funding round scores broadcaster threat Aereo $34m

Over-the-air US retransmission service Aereo has secured US$34 million in its latest funding round to support “rapid nationwide expansion and increased investments”. The news comes ahead of a key legal ruling in its battle against the US broadcasters over the legality of the service. After the Series C funding round, Aereo now counts respected media […]

Aereo sued in Boston

US channels retransmission service Aereo is being sued in Boston, following its launch in the city in May. Traditional TV broadcasters have been seeking to get online subscriptions service Aereo stopped by US law courts since it first launched in New York last year, and Boston local channel WCVB has now launched a suit against […]