Re: You Don't Need Aereo To Cut The Cord
Perhaps a minor technicality but if the picture is better, it's because it is less compressed. Correct me if I'm wrong but OTA digital TV is still using some flavor of MPEG compression to send the video to your TV.
Regarding reselling content, that's specifically what Aereo claims it did not do. It claimed to sell access (i.e. rented access) to equipment that you can legally own in your home that does the same thing. It's unfortunate the court ruled that approach illegal because of a "looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck" judicial methodology.
Although in Scalia's dissent he still agreed with the feeling of the court that what Aereo is doing "ought not be allowed", he blasted the majority saying that they "invented" a result-driven ruling rather than considering Aereo might have found a loop hole.
While I can appreciate a ruling for Aereo would have completely disrupted broadcaster's retransmission fees paid by CATV as they possibly duplicated Aereo's solution, I don't really care. The fact that they are allowed to use public airwaves to offer content for free but if CATV includes it along with a lot of other pay content, they get to charge... is madness.
I think Congress should fix this mess and force cable companies to unbundle OTA from other pay content so we at least have a choice to pay for OTA or use our own antenna. The law should also require CATV boxes to provide external antenna inputs and seemless channel selection. (Dish used to do this in their receivers before they added capacity and included OTA streams in their packages.)