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July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if Aereo had won its legal battle with the broadcast networks, it might not have been able to survive, new documents filed with the U.S. Copyright Office and detailed by re/ suggest. At the end of 2013, the documents indicate, Aereo had just 77,596 subscribers total in the 10 cities where it was operating. From the spring of 2012 to the end of 2013 it was able to sign up just 27,000 subscribers in the New York area, its first market. Its second-largest market was Boston, which accounted for 12,000 subscribers, while Atlanta followed with about 10,000. Aereo’s Chet Kanojia has said in the past that an Aereo operation can become profitable in any city once it reaches 5,000 to 7,000 subscribers, inasmuch as its expenses are minimal. Its distribution software is operated remotely and the tiny dime-sized antennas that it uses take up very little leased space. Its costs could soar, however, if it is allowed to be reborn as a cable company, in which guise it would be required to pay for content.