The potential exists for Aereo to change the television business forever. If rumors are to be believed, Fox already is considering that the service could mean to its business model and considering becoming a pay TV channel.
So it is no surprise that the broadcast networks are not happy with the service, which allows people to watch programs live, as well as time-shifted on streams of over-the-air television in Internet-connected devices. A number of lawsuits have been filed against it, but now Aereo is fighting back.
The company has filed a lawsuit against CBS. Aereo is poised to launch in the Boston area later this month, news that had a CBS official saying that it would sue Aereo over its expansion and that "stealing our signal will be found to be illegal in Boston, just as it will be everywhere else." This echoes what Leslie Moonves, CBS chief executive, has said as well.
Aereo is not interested in being pushed around, so it filed the suit in New York federal court and wants a declaration judgment saying that Aereo does not violate copyrights.
"The fact that CBS did not prevail in their efforts to enjoin Aereo in their existing federal lawsuit does not entitle them to a do-over in another jurisdiction,” reads Aereo's lawsuit.
CBS responded with, "These public relations and legal maneuvers CBS do not change the fundamentally illegal nature of Aereo’s supposed business."