By Dennis Anderson, Katja Schroeder, Robert Wu
Social media was a buzz in July about the World Cup events. The final game between Germany and Brazil was the most-tweeted sports event with 35.6 million tweets . Where to watch the games and what countries’ teams were playing were among the different topics trending through various social media channels. Many had simply planned to watch the games using their mobile devices through a platform known as Aereo. Subscribers pay a fee in exchange for almost real-time cable content streamed to their Internet-connected device. However, many of those subscribers who had planned to use Aereo to watch the games were largely left in the lurch, as service was abruptly suspended on June 28, 2014 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.. In that ruling, six Justices of the Court agreed the nature of Aereo’s streaming video service infringed upon the copyrights of television broadcasting companies.