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Aereo, Broadcasters Face Off at Supreme Court

Television broadcasters and online-video startup Aereo Inc. will square off at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in a battle over copyright law that could shake up the industry.Aereo is aiming to become an increasing player in the market for consumers who want an Internet-based alternative to cable television. The company's service allows its subscribers to stream their local over-the-air broadcasts to an array of electronic devices, along with the functionality to record shows and watch them later.The broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, Comcast Corp.'s NBC, CBS Corp. and 21st Century Fox Inc., are aiming to sink Aereo, saying the service is operating illegally by engaging in wide-scale, unauthorized exploitation of their copyrighted programming without paying for it.(Until June of last year, 21st Century Fox and Wall Street Journal parent News Corp were part of the same company.)The high court will hear oral arguments Tuesday morning on whether the Aereo service violates th...

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