Judge lets startup relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

5:16 PM, Jul 11, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK - A judge has allowed a startup company to keep taking live TV programming and sending it to iPhones and other mobile devices in New York despite objections from major broadcasters.

Federal Judge Alison Nathan refused a request by News Corp.'s Fox and other broadcasters to pull the plug on the company, Aereo.

The company's chief executive had told the judge at a hearing that extended litigation would be "the end of the company."

Aereo lets customers capture over-the-air broadcasts for viewing on iPhones, iPads and computers for $12 a month.

A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and others. It accuses Aereo of copying and retransmitting their programming over the Internet unlawfully.

Aereo has argued that it's providing a legal, alternate platform for free TV broadcasts.

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