The founder of startup TV service Aereo, Chet Kanojia, has a new offering that could shake up the cable industry again. His new Internet service, Starry, would compete with cable companies in big cities. He insists he’s not going after the cable industry — but his service would compete directly with cable companies’ residential and small-business offerings. Here’s what he has to say.
Chet Kanojia and some Aereo veterans, including chief technology officer Joe Lipowski, are now working on Project Decibel, a Boston-based company that describes itself on its website as “under development.” People familiar with Project Decibel alternately describe it as an incubator or lab for Kanojia and his former engineers to work on new ideas and technology. Kanojia declined to comment.
After losing in the Supreme Court, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia aims to keep up the fight by rallying the company’s supporters.
Even if the Supreme Court shuts down Aereo, entrepreneur Chet Kanojia may still prove to be the mole who can’t be whacked, writes J.J. Colao, noting that in all, the company has 18 pending patents. “We have a lot of interesting stuff that’s valuable,” Kanojia tells Colao — enough intellectual property to make one or more viable businesses, even if not the transformative monster first envisioned.
With oral arguments in the copyright challenge case between Aereo and broadcasters scheduled to go before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia talksabout the his company, the case and the competition.
Even as Aereo faces a potentially crippling U.S. Supreme Court fight, the streaming television start-up is getting ready for a big expansion across the country. Aereo is prepping for a massive rollout of its service in 50 cities across the country, but first it must make good on its promise of service to 22 cities, which was supposed to be complete by the end of last year. It’s currently offering service in 13 cities.
There’s no “Plan B” for Aereo: It either wins its copyright battle with broadcasters in the Supreme Court battle or it disappears from the video landscape, CEO Chet Kanojia says.
Chet Kanojiasays that the controversial company had turned a profit in some of its markets, and is also looking for broadband partners to pair with its service.
Aereo founder-CEO Chet Kanojia said that the retrans showdown between CBS and Time Warner Cable gives some “validation” to the notion that the cost of cable to consumers has gotten out of whack.
Aereo Inc. CEO Chet Kanojia challenged CBS and Fox to follow through on threats to go off the air and switch to cable to prevent the Internet startup from retransmitting their shows without permission. Lower advertising revenue from cable and pressure from lawmakers will make it difficult to put the switch into practice, Kanojia says.
Aereo is shaking up the broadcast TV industry with a service that streams live television through the Internet to smartphones, tablets and other devices for consumers. Broadcasters were so upset that the four largest networks sued Aereo for copyright infringement weeks before its service even launched. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia talks about the lawsuit, subscription costs, opposition from the competition and the next steps.