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Aereo to 'pause' operations in wake of court ruling

Online TV service Aereo will "pause" operations in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the company violated copyright law by providing customers with broadcast network content on the Internet.

In a statement posted on the company's blog, CEO Chet Kanojia called the court's decision "a massive setback to consumers" and said the service would be suspended as of 11:30am ET on Saturday.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," he wrote.

Kanojia promised that all users would be refunded their last paid month.

Chet Kanojia, chief executive officer of Aereo Inc.
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Chet Kanojia, chief executive officer of Aereo Inc.

"The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over the air programming belongs to the American public and we believe you should have a right to access that live programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television or in the cloud," he wrote.

The 6-3 court ruling was seen as a major victory for TV broadcasters. The court ruled Aereo's service constitutes a public performance of copyrighted content.

—By CNBC.com with Reuters.

Disclosure: CNBC's parent company, NBCUniversal, is among the broadcasting and cable companies opposing Aereo on copyright claims before the Supreme Court.

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