Editor’s note: This article was originally published June 25, 2014
Owners of Austin’s TV stations were quick to applaud Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling that effectively killed Aereo, an online streaming video service.
From the start, local broadcasters opposed the service. A Fox spokesman, for example, accused Aereo of "stealing our broadcast signal."
Aereo entered Austin in March, just before South by Southwest, offering subscribers access to most local, over-the-air stations, including ABC affiliate KVUE, CBS affiliate KEYE, Fox-owned KTBC and NBC affiliate KXAN.
"Our content is valuable and we must maintain the right to control its distribution," Vincent Sadusky, president and CEO of Austin-based LIN Media, which owns KXAN, said Wednesday afternoon.
LIN Media, which also operates MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO and CW network affiliate KNVA, is in the process of being acquired by Richmond, Va.-based Media General.
Gannett Co., which took possession of KVUE in December as part of its $2.2 billion purchase of Belo, said in a written statement it was "pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld the well-established copyright laws of this country."
"Like others in the content-creating community, Gannett believes that when it provides content, appropriate payment for that content should be made," the statement said. "We are gratified that the Court refused to sanction Aereo’s attempt to circumvent the law."
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