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The new Aereo service avoided an injunction in its first round in court. If it ends up winning at all and proving itself legal, OTA TV is basically dead as the broadcast networks will take all their best content off the air. The value of retransmission consent already exists the infinitesimal advertising value of cheapskates who don't have cable. Aereo's copyright end run -- which I believe is illegal for a lot of reasons and I'm surprised the judge didn't grant an injunction or at least say, "You can offer this service, just negotiate a retransmission agreement like every cable system does." -- has the potential to kill OTA for good.
The strange side benefit of killing OTA is that it would free up billions upon billions in spectrum that can be used for mobile data and is low-frequency, high-penetration spectrum. Anyway, we're off topic, but I bring this up to further illustrate the Law of Unintended Consequences.
There's a saying about "everything in moderation". If only it was applied to well, you know...