The time of enjoying the variety of shows on Fox over-the-air may eventually come to an end. According to Bloomberg, News Corp. COO Chase Carey said the company is considering the change in response to the expansion of Aereo. Aereo is an online service that grabs broadcast television signals out of the air, and rebroadcasts them on the internet for its customers.
“This is not an ideal path we look to pursue, but we can’t sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal,” Carey said. “We will move to a subscription model if that’s our only recourse.”
The major networks flexed their legal muscle against Aereo in the past, but has been unsuccessful so far. An appeals court recently ruled Aereo isn’t breaking any laws. This whole ordeal has been going on for over a year, and Aereo consistently comes out on top.
If News Corp. goes through with its potential plan, it will undoubtedly have a heck of a time explaining to customers why Fox is no longer available for free. The average person knows nothing about Aereo and could care less about its parent company’s legal squabbles. All they’ll know is some big bad company is stopping them from watching American Idol and Hell’s Kitchen. No amount of explaining will get the public on the side of News Corp.
For now, News Corp hasn’t made any changes. If it knows what’s really best for its image, it’ll keep things that way.