Last June, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo. We have since paused operations nationally and have been working diligently to create a path forward for the company.
On Friday, we filed a required ex-parte notice disclosing our recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where we expressed our support for including a narrow category of online video services, whose facilities deliver to subscribers linear channels of video programming such as local, over-the-air broadcast programming, within the FCC’s definition of a Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD). You can read our filing here.
We believe that clarifying the MVPD definition to narrowly include linear online video services like Aereo’s would have clear benefits to consumers, creators and distributors alike.
We believe that creating regulatory parity and a clear set of rules among linear video programming systems will increase investment and competition in the video programming market, allow new entrants to emerge and provide consumers with new and innovative video products.
As a company, we have always worked hard to follow the law. Should the FCC move on this issue, it would be a meaningful and important step forward for competition in the video marketplace.
Thank you for your continued support of Aereo. We look forward to keeping you updated as our future unfolds.