Originally Posted by tveli
sure it's a valid comparison, NetworkTV guy.
Just because you don't like it doesn't make it invalid, as you are not the arbiter of 'validity of comparison'.
Now you're bickering for bickering's sake. Even suggesting there is a comparison is absurd. One is an appliance you use to store television programs in your house much like a box stores books you bring home. The other is a service that delivers broadcast content via the internet. It would be like Amazon checking out books from the library and converting them for me to read on my Kindle. As many as I want for a couple bucks a month. Yeah, that's not happening.*
A closer comparison would be between Aereo and my HTPC. The difference? I'M doing the conversion to a form that can be transmitted over the internet to MY devices. Me. The person for whom fair use was invented. With Aereo doing the conversion and charging for it outside of the home, then it's possibly outside of the fair use provisions. It'll be for the courts to decide. If they decide in Aereo's favor, I'm going to start selling passwords to my HTPC. Couple bucks a month and you can just watch my favorite shows. I'll even edit the commercials out for you.
I know I always wondered why I had to have a DVR from the cable company. Why couldn't they just use really big servers to record everything and let me just play what I want when I want. To some extent, On Demand does that. But all with the blessing of the rights holders. If this passes muster, the cablecos will be on it fast enough to make your head spin.
I'm digressing a bit, but Aereo's biggest obstacle could be the fact that it DOESN'T pay carriage fees. If the courts allow this, there's nothing that'll stop a slew of competitors from racing in to do this same thing for less money. That includes cable and cell phone companies. Your wireless plan will include free Aereo-style services. Then why pay Aereo anything? It'd be free from AT&T, Verizon or whomever. Imagine the convenience. I get off the plane in Nashville and I can watch the NCIS
episode AT&T recorded for me while I was in the air. Or watch it live via in-flight wi-fi. (for the record, I already do this with my HTPC setup and it's damn convenient).
* yes, I know pad delivery of library books is being tested, but you can bet your wife it won't happen with any book if the author/publisher says "no."