Federal Judge Shuts Down Aereo Service In Salt Lake City And Utah With Preliminary Injunction

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TV startup Aereo has been handed a decision that isn’t in its favor in at least one battleground where it’s fighting broadcasters in court: In Utah, a federal judge imposed a temporary injunction on the service in a decision that covers Aereo’s existing markets Salt Lake City and Denver, as well as six states including Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma , Wyoming and Montana.

The decision is a bit of a black eye for Aereo, and broadcasters celebrated the rare win – so far, other courts have generally refused to impose preliminary injunctions on Aereo, which broadcasters claim illegally steals and repurposes their over-the-air TV signals. The service works by taking those freely offered broadcasts and converting them to digital signals, which can then be recorded for later personal use. Fox’s statement (via Variety) reads as follows:

We are very pleased that the U.S. District Court in Utah…

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