Hearst Television's WCVB Boston has filed a lawsuit against Aereo, saying the online TV service has infringed on WCVB's copyright by grabbing the station signals and retransmitting them to subscribers for a fee.
"If Aereo is permitted to profit from the unauthorized retransmission of copyrighted television programming, WCVB will be deprived of existing and potential revenue streams from advertising and authorized retransmissions," said WCVB's suit, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Aereo is facing a litany of lawsuits from broadcasters. The company declined comment.
Available in New York City, Boston and Atlanta, Aereo is set to launch in Chicago in mid-September.
Bill Fine, WCVB president and general manager, referred all questions to the station's court filings. "The complaint and motion for preliminary injunction speak for themselves," he said.