In a major victory for the broadcast television industry, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo — the start-up tech firm that distributes local television signals over the Internet — is illegal.
The 6-3 decision in the case of ABC vs. Aereo is likely to sound a death knell for the tiny company that launched in 2012 as a low-cost alternative to high-priced cable and satellite television. It promised to change the way that people watched TV.
Broadcasters — led by CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC — countered that the only thing Aereo was trying to change was having to comply with the Copyright Act.
If Aereo was found to be legal, broadcasters feared that consumers...