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Aereo Founder to Unveil Wireless Internet Access Startup Dubbed Starry Next Week (Exclusive)

Project Decibel registered a trademark for “Starry” last fall. That trademark application covers “wireless and wired telecommunications and data networking hardware; network routers; wireless routers; wireless access points” as well as “providing access to the Internet; providing access to digital content; Internet access provider services,” amongst other things. […] The company also incorporated a new entity called “Starry Inc.,” which has since registered with the IEEE – a standards body for the wireless industry — to build wireless devices. Separately, Project Decibel became part of the Wi-Fi Alliance, further suggesting that it will build Wifi-based hardware. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Aereo gets only $2 million from selling assets to TiVo and other companies

Aereo was expecting to sell its assets for at least $4 million (and up to $31 million) at a bankruptcy auction, following its loss in a protracted legal battle against broadcasters. Sadly, luck wasn’t on its side yet again: the company has managed to raise a mere $2 million from the auction, which has only attracted 10 bidders. […] One of the buyers is DVR company TiVo, which snapped up Aereo’s trademark and customer lists. Other assets sold include its patent portfolio and old equipment. […] Besides the assets it has sold in this auction, Aereo also offloaded 8,200 hard drives used for its DVRs last week for $300,000 — after broadcasters made sure all their contents were deleted, of course. – Mariella Moon ,Engadget 
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As Aereo Winds Down, Founder Chet Kanojia Starts His Next Venture at “Project Decibel”

[Chet Kanojia] and some Aereo veterans, including chief technology officer Joe Lipowski, are now working on Project Decibel, a Boston-based company that describes itself on its website as “under development.” People familiar with Project Decibel alternately describe it as an incubator or lab for Kanojia and his former engineers to work on new ideas and technology. – Peter Kafka, Re/code
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As streaming services challenge laws, FCC mulls definition of ‘cable company’

Companies such as Aereo, which this summer lost a Supreme Court case against the major TV networks, and FilmOn would be classified as multichannel video programming distributors, or MVPDs. The reclassification would allow the online video providers, which are also referred to as “over-the-top” video providers, to gain access to broadcast programming so long as they pay retransmission fees.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and Democratic members Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn are expected to vote yes, which would provide the majority vote needed. – Peter Suciu,Fortune Magazine  

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TV Streaming Service Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

Television streaming service Aereo Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after a U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the company’s business model violated copyright laws. Aereo, in which Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp has a 23.30 percent stake, said in a Chapter 11 filing late on Thursday said it would sell its assets or reorganize. […] The filing is In re: Aereo Inc, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, No:14-13200. – Tanya Agrawal,Reuters via The Huffington Post  
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With no options left, streaming TV startup Aereo closes shop

Aereo is dismantling a major office and laying off most of its workers as it becomes increasingly clear the broadcasting industry’s legal victories over the Boston- and Brooklyn-bred startup will last. […] Spokeswoman Virginia Lam told Betabeat the company is not closing entirely, though. “In an effort to reduce costs, we made the difficult decision to lay off some of our staff in Boston and New York,” she said in a statement. “We are continuing to conserve resources while we chart our path forward. We are grateful to our employees for their loyalty, hard work and dedication. This was a difficult, but necessary step in order to preserve the company.” – Ben Fischer,New York Business Journal 
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Huge FCC rule change could make internet TV a reality

The US Federal Communications Commission is beginning to consider a rule change that would put internet TV providers on the same playing field as cable companies when it comes to select regulations. Critically, it would mean that broadcasters wouldn’t be able to refuse to let an internet TV provider carry their content. […] The rule change will have to move through FCC proceedings before it’s implemented, and plans to make similar changes have died before. But given the current lineup of commissioners, there’s reason to believe that it could make it through this time. This proposal is also in part a reaction to the ongoing struggle of Aereo, which was effectively ruled to be a cable company by the Supreme Court but hasn’t actually been able to negotiate for content like cable companies, thus leading to what may well be the company’s end. – Jacob Kastrenakes,The Verge 
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Judge formally bans Aereo from streaming live TV to customers’ devices

Aereo can no longer relay TV shows to its customers using its teeny-tiny antennas (for now, that is), according to US District Judge Alison Nathan. It’s been a while since the Supreme Court decided that the service violates the law by “transmitting performances of copyrighted work to the public,” but it’s only now that a judge has issued a temporary ban order. […] Even worse, Judge Nathan has refused to acknowledge it as a cable service, which means it can’t reinvent itself as one — even if it’s now willing to pay those licensing fees. […] the jury’s still out on whether it can record and store programs to be aired at a later time. The judge didn’t grant TV networks their request to stop the company from doing so, since they didn’t include it as part of their demands when they first filed a lawsuit. She’s currently investigating whether she should grant that request, though — and whether to order a final, permanent ban against Aereo. – Mariella Moon,Engadget
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Trans Pacific Partnership Leak Would Ban Internet TV

The original intent of the FTA provision in other agreements was not to ban internet TV services, but rather deal with “the possible consequences of extra-territorial internet retransmission” from a provider subject to statutory licensing in one country to others where no remuneration scheme existed. […] Cable companies and satellite companies rebroadcast signals, but they license the content through a statutory license for specific areas served. They do not have the rights to serve the world. At the time of those early FTAs, there may have been no apparent means to hold internet transmissions to their territories. But it is not impossible now. Aereo had technology to limit the viewing of a free broadcast to the area of that broadcast. You could not live-view the programming from another city or country. – Sean Flynn,infojustice 

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