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In a statement, Kanojia disputed the ruling and promised customers that the company would continue, the fight for subscribers and create new technologies to make a positive contribution to the world.

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Indian origin Chet Kanojia grew up in Bhopal, but moved to the United States in 1991 to study engineering. He began working in the United States in 1995, and by 1999, he had formed his own company called Navic Networks. That company developed and harnessed technology to collect data on what cable to TV subscribers were watching in order to target advertisements at specific demographics. The company was monitoring about 35 million subscribing households when it was sold to Microsoft in 2008 for about $250 million.

Kanojia did not want to stay idle for long after selling Navic Networks and in 2012 he launched Aereo, which almost immediately raised uproar with broadcast television corporations. Aereo provides subscribers with a small antenna that allows them to stream and record programs aired on broadcast television for $8 per month.

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In capturing and offering TV programs to its customers, Aereo dodged paying rebroadcasting fees which almost immediately drew lawsuits from broadcasters in its first markets, including New York.

“I am an engineer and because of that, I see the world through a different lens than most people. To me, engineering is the art of the possible. You imagine something and then you try to create it. Hopefully, along the way, you create something that has a meaningful and positive impact on people’s lives.” —Chet Kanojia

Aereo won most of its legal battles against companies such as FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS, but was on the losing side of a court decision in Utah, which helped to spur the case on to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014. In the weeks before the court’s decision in June, broadcasters threatened that if the court sided with Aereo, they would consider halting broadcast content completely and move entirely to cable airing their programs through cable. On June 25, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Aereo’s service violated copyright law, prompting Aereo to pause its services several days later and issue refunds to

In a statement, Kanojia disputed the ruling and promised customers that the company would continue, the fight for subscribers and create new technologies to make a positive contribution to the world. Chet Kanojia’s Quotes

“Consumer access to freeto-air broadcast television is an essential part of our country’s fabric. Using an antenna to access free-toair broadcast television is still meaningful for more than 60 million Americans across the United States. And when new technology enables consumers to use a smarter, easier to use antenna, consumers and the marketplace win. Free-to-air broadcast television should not be available only to those who can afford to pay for the cable or satellite bundle. ” —Chet Kanojia

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Wishesh Magazine January 2017