St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) June 27, 2014
The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision on Wednesday that Aereo violated the copyright laws by capturing broadcast signals and re-delivering them to their subscribers for a fee (American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. No. 13-461). Antenna manufacturer, Antennas Direct, applauds the Supreme Court’s decision, calling the ruling an important safeguard protecting over-the-air, free content that cord cutters have been embracing in record numbers.
“This ruling is good news for consumers, who will no longer be charged for what they can have for free,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “The entire Aereo business model was based on deceiving their subscribers, telling them that they needed to pay for digital TV, when in fact, digital television is available for free.”
Media analysts have called the ruling a win for the consumers. Had Aereo prevailed, many analysts predicted that the quality of broadcast programming would have decreased.
“This case helps illustrate what we have said all along: local digital TV is free, offers more local channels and has a better picture quality than pay TV. All that’s required is a simple, easy to connect antenna,” said Schneider.
About Antennas Direct
Antennas Direct is the leader in antenna technology, reinventing the antenna for the digital era. With a heritage in over-the-air antennas specifically tuned for core DTV frequencies, Antennas Direct has invested major resources into the discovery and implementation of new antenna designs for digital reception. Founded in 2003, the firm is a member of the Inc. 500|5000 Hall of Fame and Future of TV Coalition. Visit antennasdirect.com for more information.