Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanoji told CNBC on Tuesday his company charges for technology not TV content, and therefore is not infringing on copyrights.
Launched in 2011 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, the TV-over-the-Internet start-up has been embroiled in a fight with the broadcast networks that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court, with decision expected this month.
The ruling could alter TV forever.
In a "Squawk Box" interview, Kanoji refused to say what would happen if Aereo lost the case. "You sort of tune everything out and focus on what needs to happen."
Picked as No. 7 on CNBC's second-annual Disruptor 50 list, Aereo says it allows subscribers to watch and record their local, over-the-air broadcast channels via a tiny remote antenna and cloud-based DVR.
Any customer can buy an antenna and DVR for their home and watch and record their local channels, said Kanojia—adding that his company is doing the same thing but with more modern technology.