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“Local TV draws a mass audience largely around a few popular subjects; local newspapers attract a smaller cohort of citizens but for a wider range of civically oriented subjects.” —From a new Pew Internet and American Life study on sources of local news

Cablevision Joins Aereo Fight
Backs broadcasters in legal showdown over payments for signals ABLEVISION HAS NO TROUBLE hammering broadcasters hard vention of settled industry expectations.” The applicability of the Cablevision decision appears central to the over their signals when the issue of retransmission consent is on the docket. But the company sang a much different tune last week, current case. In denying the injunction, the district court found no apmaking a staunch defense of those broadcast signals in the Aereo TV case. preciable difference between Aereo and Cablevision’s remote DVR. In Broadcasters are suing Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed subscription ser- fact, the court relied heavily on that precedent, with the judge saying that without that decision, the broadcastervice that provides mobile users access to timeplaintiffs would likely have prevailed in their shiftable Web versions of broadcast signals in request for a preliminary injunction. New York City for a monthly subscription. Cablevision argues that even with that deAereo says it is simply providing remote cision, Aereo should be stopped. access to a TV antenna, which viewers are “Contrary to the district court’s holding, entitled to, along with the ability to record Aereo’s system is nothing like—much less and play back that signal, which they say ‘materially identical’ to—the [Cablevision their customers are also entitled to per the remote DVR system] for copyright purSony Betamax case that established a right poses,” Cablevision said last week. “Unlike to home videotaping. Broadcasters say that Aereo, Cablevision operates a licensed cable a loss in this case could lead to a...
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