PTC Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Aereo

"This is a ruling for the status quo that hurts consumers," says PTC President.

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Parents Television Council

“We are greatly disappointed with today’s Aereo ruling and we believe that the majority’s opinion failed to reflect the reality of today’s media landscape."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

The Parents Television Council issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling for broadcasters in the ABC Inc. v. Aereo case, which was the appeal of a 2nd Circuit Court decision over Aereo’s business model that allows transmission of broadcast TV content over the Internet.

“We are greatly disappointed with today’s Aereo ruling and we believe that the majority’s opinion failed to reflect the reality of today’s media landscape. This is a ruling for the status quo that hurts consumers. Aereo had the potential to break up the bundled-channel cable TV model that is forcing Americans to pay higher cable bills year after year for channels they don’t want or don’t watch,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Broadcasters deliver their product to almost every home in the nation for free via a license to use the publicly-owned airwaves – a resource that has been valued at half a trillion dollars – and they also generate revenue from cable companies that pay the broadcasters to carry their networks as part of a programming bundle. Cable companies then pass those costs directly to consumers. And today’s ruling will force consumers to pay for using a portion of the airwaves they already own.

“Still, today’s decision doesn’t change the fact that the cable TV model is crumbling, as more consumers are choosing to cut the cord and find alternatives to get the content they want at a lower cost. We believe that true consumer cable choice will become a reality because it is the best free market solution for consumers.”

The Parents Television Council® (http://www.parentstv.org ®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members and 57 chapters across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families. Visit the new PTC Watchdog Blog at http://www.parentstv.org/blog/. Follow the PTC on Twitter: @ThePTC.


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