Cablevision Now Back to Supporting Aereo. Sort Of.
You might recall that Cablevision faced a long and hard battle against broadcasters, who tried to keep the company's network DVR from consumers by claiming it violated copyright. Cablevision ultimately won that fight after the Supreme Court
refused to hear their case, their network DVR recently going so far as to win an Emmy
. Given Cablevision's struggles, it was ironic then to see the company give broadcasters legal help in a legal filing last year
by agreeing that Aereo is violating copyright.
Fast forward to last week, when broadcasters petitioned the Supreme Court to have Aereo shut down, in the process once again arguing that effectively everything from digital lockers to cloud DVRs violates broadcaster copyright.
Now that broadcasters have again turned their eye on to Cablevision's turf, the cable company is suddenly back to defending Aereo again
, seemingly a bit oblivious that supporting all innovation more consistently could be good for the industry as a whole:
In a statement, Cablevision said the case that broadcasters including Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC are attempting to make against Aereo is a "willful attempt to stifle innovation...We are dismayed by the broadcasters' brazen attempt, in a case about Aereo, to go after the legal underpinning of all cloud-based services, everything from digital lockers to Cablevision's own RS-DVR service," Cablevision said in a statement.
Cablevision concluded their statement by insisting that if Aereo winds up being legally victorious, it would "serve broadcasters right."