Originally Posted by tveli
As for explaining why aereo is exploiting/hijacking/whatever,
I probably can't add anything amazing or new to that discussion on a legal basis, but maybe on an engineering basis I can shed some light.
(Part of my opinion about Aereo is because I am an electrical engineer who really enjoyed antenna theory & signal processing, including learning about phased arrays, and the awesome snipe hunt known as "SETI".)
Aereo's grid of tiny antennae is a phased array - acting as a single antenna - a phased array.
Do not agree. I, also, have extensive background in antenna, transmission line and propagation theory and practice. If the signals are strong enough, you don't need tuned antennas. Heck: A bit of coat hanger will do the trick. It won't be optimal, but neither does it need to be.
In fact: A few years ago, at my employer's, we had two buildings, separated by about 1/4 mile. They were line-of-sight to one another. Rather than pay for the rights to run cable between the two buildings, I used licensed microwave. They had to use special "negative gain" antennas to prevent receiver front-end overload, because the distance was so little. We never had rain fade, I can tell you that
curious about the antenna cabling, though. If they're telling the truth, that would be something to see.
I have to believe the broadcasters' engineers are every bit as smart as you and I, so I have to believe this argument has occurred to them, and, if there was anything to it, they'd have been all over Aereo like a bad suit.