Judge Rules Aereo TV Service Can Proceed While Networks Sue

Broadcasters Fail in Request for Preliminary Injunction

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Aereo, the online TV service backed by Barry Diller, won't be shut down while U.S. TV networks pursue a copyright lawsuit against the company, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan on Wednesday refused to grant a preliminary injunction that would have put New York-based Aereo out of business while the litigation proceeds.

"Plaintiffs have not shown a likelihood of success on the merits," Ms. Nathan said in her ruling. She conducted a two-day trial without a jury in May to determine whether to issue the preliminary injunction.

Aereo subscribers register online and get access to a remote antenna that captures over-the-air TV broadcast signals and routes them to devices such as the iPhone, iPad and AppleTV. Networks including Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and Comcast's NBC sued Aereo in March, saying it infringed copyrights and should be shut down. The networks said Aereo hadn't paid for the right to offer their programming over the internet.

-- Bloomberg News --

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