Statement from our CEO & Founder Chet Kanojia

New York, NY -- 12/12/13
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Long Island City, New York (December 12, 2013) – Aereo, Inc., today released the
following statement from its Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia regarding the company’s
brief filed today in the U.S. Supreme Court:

“We have decided to not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari before the
United States Supreme Court. While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
and two different federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear
determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we
enter. We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition.

“The long-standing landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision has served as a
crucial underpinning to the cloud computing and cloud storage industry. The broadcasters’
filing makes clear that they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself.

“Aereo provides to consumers antenna and DVR technology. With Aereo, a
consumer tunes an individual, remotely located antenna and makes personal recordings on
a cloud DVR. The Aereo technology is functionally equivalent to a home antenna and DVR,
but it is an innovation that provides convenience and ease to the consumer. The plaintiffs
are trying to deny consumers the ability to use a more modern antenna and DVR by trying
to prevent a consumer’s access to these technologies via the cloud.

“Consumers have the right to use an antenna to access the over-the-air television. It
is a right that should be protected and preserved and in fact, has been protected for
generations by Congress. Eliminating a consumer’s right to take advantage of innovation
with respect to antenna technology would disenfranchise millions of Americans in cities
and rural towns across the country.

“We are unwavering in our belief that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the
law and we look forward to continuing to delight our customers.”

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