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Cord cutters lost a nifty new gizmo on June 25 when the Supreme Court ruled that it’s illegal for a company to stream broadcast TV online without paying ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox hefty copyright fees.
That means lights-out for Aereo, a TV-streaming service that launched in Brooklyn nearly two years ago that allowed its customers to pay a piddling fee–about $8 a month–to watch all kinds of locally broadcast shows, including professional football and baseball games, through an Internet connection. Consumer groups had cheered Aereo for giving people a way to ditch their ever increasing cable bills, but the court wasn’t convinced.