Aereo, the ant(enna) farm that lets viewers access broadcast networks on the Internet for a monthly fee, is expanding into Boston, but not without opposition.
Aereo has filed a complaint today against CBS in an effort to prevent the network from filing additional lawsuits against the fledgling service.
Aereo is a web TV service that enables users to view over-the-air broadcasts via the web. Two groups of television networks — groups that include CBS, Fox, and NBC — filed copyright claims last year and argued that Aereo is an illegal service because it distributes their programming without compensating them. After losing two decisions in New York this year, a CBS spokesman said on Twitter two weeks ago that CBS plans to file another lawsuit against Aereo in Boston, an area Aereo recently announced it would move into. Aereo says that the broadcasters are just shopping for a more sympathetic court and that it’s a waste of the public’s resources.
Boston as a sympathetic venue?
Who woulda thunk?