As the court is still to decide on the copyright law case involving Aereo, the makers of this controversial internet-based television service has been forced to turn off its service in Utah and Denver from Saturday morning for an unknown period.
Chet Kanojia, the company’s founder and CEO, in an email to Aereo customers have apologized for shutting down the service till the court’s further order.
The service was shut off at 10 am after U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball issued a stay on February 19 asking Aereo to cease broadcasting.
The email Chet Kanojia, the company’s founder and CEO, says, “We are very sorry for the effect that this decision has on you and we look forward to presenting our case to the U.S. Supreme Court and ultimately restoring your ability to use Aereo. In the meantime, we are issuing a full refund for the current month to you, our customers in Salt Lake City and Denver. We commit to letting you know as soon as we have more information about the future of Aereo in your market.”
Aereo.com is a New York City-based television service that makes TV channels available on user’s computer or mobile device without requiring a cable TV subscription. The service is set to be launched in Salt Lake City.
Aereo was launched in Utah last summer.