LAS VEGAS — A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network threatened Monday to convert the network to a subscription channel on cable or satellite TV if Internet start-up Aereo Inc. continues to ‘‘steal’’ Fox’s over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.
Although anyone with an antenna can pick up a station’s signals for free, cable and satellite companies typically pay stations and networks for the right to distribute their programming to subscribers. Aereo says it is not subject to those fees.
News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey said that not being paid by Aereo jeopardizes the economics of broadcast TV.
His remarks came a week after a federal appeals court said Aereo could continue its service.