A startup called Aereo wants to change that. Essentially, it works like an upgraded version of the rabbit ears antennas: for $8 a month, you get access to the thousands of tiny antennas that Aereo has in your city. You can specify which programs you want to watch, and the company will direct the antenna your way so that your shows are accessible on any device of your choice: your computer, tablet, smartphone or media player like Roku.
Of course, networks are not happy about a third party profiting off their content without giving them a dime. Satellite and cable companies pay a fortune to do what Aereo is doing — $3.3 billion combined in last year alone.
"Quite simply, Aereo takes copyrighted material, profits from it and does so without compensating copyright holders," said Gordon Smith, the president of the National Association of Broadcasters.
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