TV providers DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, and Charter Communications are thinking about capturing free broadcast signals and streaming TV shows over the Internet to get around paying networks, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The new approach would mimic Aereo, an online TV provider(including CBS, CNET's parent company). Aereo uses tiny antennas to allow consumers to stream live and local broadcasts over the Internet and store shows in the cloud.
Aereo has been fairly successful in the courtroom so far. If it wins in the end, it could mean TV providers can use the same practice to avoid paying retransmission fees, unnamed sources told Bloomberg. One source goes so far to say that Time Warner Cable,, has considered buying Aereo.