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Supreme Court expresses skepticism on Aereo

Court hears case challenging firm’s right to stream network TV broadcasts to paying consumers

WASHINGTON — Aereo, a streaming video company built in Boston that could transform the way Americans watch network television, faced tough, skeptical questions from several Supreme Court justices Tuesday about its fledgling business.

If Aereo withstands copyright law challenges from the traditional TV networks, it would threaten the hold that big broadcasters have on network television. The startup company captures free broadcast television signals and then sells them to consumers over the Internet.

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