3 Count: Megashare Megashutdown


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1: U.S. Government to Argue Against Aereo in Supreme Court Tuesday

First off today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the Supreme Court docket reveals that, as Aereo heads to plead its case before the court today, it will also have to argue against the U.S. Government, which was granted the opportunity to argue against the TV streaming service.

Aereo is a TV streaming service that uses a series of tiny antennas, one per customer, to capture and stream over-the-air broadcast television via the Web. Broadcasters have repeatedly sued the company but results have been mixed, the case is due to be heard before the Supreme Court today.

The U.S. Government filed an amicus brief with the court previously and requested to be given time to argue its views, which are in favor of the broadcasters. The court has granted the government ten minutes to make its case. The Supreme Court almost always grants requests from the government, which are seen as highly influential.

2: Megashare to Shutdown Over Hosting Problem, Users Panic

Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that the popular movie/TV streaming site Megashare is shutting its doors, ending a run that began in 2010.

An alert on the Megashare site said that there are “Problems with video hosting company” and that it is closing and not updating new movies. The site doesn’t actually host any videos itself, instead streaming them from third party sites.

The news comes a few days after Torrentfreak published an article that revealed that Megashare, among other pirated content providers, used Google as a video hosting provider. It is unclear if this is related to the decision to close.

3: AT&T Creates $500M Joint Venture for a Netflix-Style TV Service

Finally today, Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm reports that AT&T has partnered with the Chernin Group to create a $500 million joint venture that it hopes will see the launch of a new video subscription service to compete with Netflix.

The move comes after the Cherin Group took a majority stake in Crunchyroll, a subscription video on demand service that specializes in anime content. However, the release did not say what types of content they are hoping the new service will provide.

This effort makes AT&T the first major ISP to enter the “over-the-top” video on demand market and could mark a turning point in the relationship between content creators and ISPs.


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