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Aereo wants a TV revolution, if the Supreme Court will let it

Can a daring entrepreneur from Newton and his team of technologists upend the way we watch TV? Only if the Supreme Court doesn’t quash their idea first.

DON’T CALL CHET KANOJIA A DISRUPTER. First, it’s hackneyed. “You go around in [Silicon] Valley, every punk is running around saying, you know, ‘Disrupt, disrupt, disrupt,’ ” he says. “It’s like, ‘Dude, you have no idea what you’re talking about.’ ”

Kanojia, a Newton entrepreneur who’s trying to lead a TV revolution, does know what he’s talking about. Which brings us to his second objection. Disruption, he says, is too often conflated with destruction, which is not his goal. He’s not out to destroy TV networks or the cable industry, he insists. Just to make things better for viewers. “Something’s gotta give,” he says, citing continued increases in cable rates. “Otherwise you end up in a system where it’s another mortgage payment.”

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