Broadcasters file Supreme Court petition to shut down Aereo: Report

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 5:10 PM ET
Source: Aereo

Major broadcasters filed a petition with the Supreme Court to stop Internet video service Aereo, Dow Jones reported on Friday.

Aereo, a tech start-up, lets consumers watch digital streams of broadcast programming, but does not pay broadcasters for their content. The company charges its clients less than $10 a month for live and recorded TV.

Broadcasters contend in the petition that Aereo steals their proprietary content. The companies, including Walt Disney's ABC, Comcast's NBC, CBS and 21st Century Fox, are appealing a U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which denied their request for an injunction on Aereo earlier this year. CNBC is a unit of NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast.

An Aereo spokeswoman had no immediate comment, according to the Dow Jones report. Aereo has denied its technology infringes on content-owners' copyrights, the report said.

(Read more: Aereo's CEO dishes on expansion plans and legal controversy)

Aereo launched its services in 2012 backed up media mogul Barry Diller and other investors.

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