After Supreme Court ruling, Aereo hits ‘pause’

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Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Aereo, which was dealt a major blow when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it was operating illegally, is taking a "pause," according to a statement released by the company.

"We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps," the company said in the statement.

A spokesperson for the company added that they "want to emphasize that this is a pause, and that the company is not shutting down."

But the future of its business model is unclear, as Capital wrote about this past week. Aereo could sell or license its technology to other companies, or could sell its antennae to consumers, rather than renting them. It could also, as Justice Scalia suggested, simply stop offering live television, only offering programs on D.V.R.

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You can read the full statement here:

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” --Charles Kettering, inventor, entrepreneur, innovator & philanthropist

A little over three years ago, our team embarked on a journey to improve the consumer television experience, using technology to create a smart, cloud-based television antenna consumers could use to access live over the air broadcast television.

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision in favor of Aereo, dealing a massive setback to consumers.

As a result of that decision, our case has been returned to the lower Court. We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps. You will be able to access your cloud-based antenna and DVR only until 11:30 a.m. ET today. All of our users will be refunded their last paid month. If you have questions about your account, please email support@aereo.com or tweet us @AereoSupport.

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.

On behalf of the entire team at Aereo, thank you for the outpouring of support. It has been staggering and we are so grateful for your emails, Tweets and Facebook posts. Keep your voices loud and sign up for updates at ProtectMyAntenna.org – our journey is far from done.

Yours truly, Chet Kanojia