(THE HILL) — Media executive Barry Diller feels optimistic about the chances for the upstart Internet TV service Aereo, which he compared on Sunday to the early days of video cassettes or the telephone.
It could be as damaging to shut down Aereo over broadcasters’ concerns as it would be to end those technologies before they ever really got off the ground, he said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“What would our television and communications be like without the videotape recorder,” he asked. “I mean, what if there was no telephone? What if they never did that thing?.... You just can’t conceive it.”
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“I believe that Aereo is the same thing.”