Justice Stephen Breyer told the networks' attorney, Paul Clement, that his legal argument "makes me nervous about taking your preferred route."
The company's fate was placed in the hands of the high court when Walt Disney's ABC network, CBS Broadcasting, Comcast's NBCUniversal (CNBC's parent company) and Twenty-First Century Fox appealed a decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2013 that denied their request to shut Aereo down while litigation moved forward.
Following the oral arguments, the counsel to Aereo, David Frederick said, "The court's decision today will have significant consequences for cloud computing. We're confident, cautiously optimistic, based on the way the hearingwent today that the Court understood that a person watching over-the-airbroadcast television in his or her home is engaging in a private performanceand not a public performance that would implicate the Copyright Act."