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Why Aereo streaming TV could hurt video viewers

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The fate of a small TV streaming company facing its accusers in a Supreme Court case this week could have big implications for how consumers experience live, streaming TV content over the Internet.

Subscription service Aereo is being accused by the likes of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox of illegally acquiring and re-transmitting copyrighted broadcasts without paying a licensing fee.

"It seems like theft ... it's not much different from drilling a hole into a bank vault," said Jeffrey Stibel, author of Breakpoint: Why the Web will Implode, Search will be Obsolete, and Everything Else you Need to Know about Technology is in Your Brain.

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