Syncbak fights to dismiss Aereo’s subpoena for CBS documents

Representatives of Marion, Iowa-based company Syncbak appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to request that Judge Jon Scoles dismiss document requests made by New York startup Aereo. The company, which allows users to watch local broadcast television online …

Representatives of Marion, Iowa-based company Syncbak appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to request that Judge Jon Scoles dismiss document requests made by New York startup Aereo. The company, which allows users to watch local broadcast television online, has subpoenaed documents relating to CBS Corporation’s minority investment in Syncbak earlier this year. At the time, a number of national media outlets speculated that the funding may have been in response to conflicts with Aereo, which manifested in a March lawsuit after the company refused to pay retransmission fees for online content. “My goal is to not get sued,” Syncbak CEO Jack Perry told the Des Moines Register. “The CBS deal was a nice endorsement of our way of bringing television to the Internet.” Scoles said he will most likely come to a ruling within 30 days. — Source: Des Moines Register

 


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