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Court Halts Aereo Service in Utah

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Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.’s television network won a court order halting Barry Diller-backed Aereo Inc.’s online-TV service in Utah while the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether it infringes broadcasters’ copyrights.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball in Salt Lake City yesterday granted the request by Fox Broadcasting Co. to block the service while the Supreme Court case is pending, saying Fox and the local television stations that brought the lawsuit were likely to succeed on the merits of their infringement claims and would suffer irreparable harm without an injunction.

Aereo uses thousands of dime-sized antennas to obtain broadcast signals without paying fees to networks. The company last month had to temporarily close its service to new subscribers in New York because it ran out of capacity. Aereo operates in nine other U.S. cities, with plans to expand after it completed a $34 million round of funding last month. Read more…

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