The cable companies could do this, but satellite companies don't have the bandwidth.
I don't think cable companies could do it over their own network any more than satellite companies could. That's a broadcast system; they can't send something to just one subscriber, which is what the Aereo system requires.
So individual encryption keys, same as Aero uses to hide its service from non customers, would surely qualify as a private connection since it could be easily shown to be decryptable only by one box no matter how many hommes it "went by".
Aereo doesn't rely on individual encryption keys to make it legal, they rely on individual hardware.
We need to make it legal to accept bribes, and illegal to give them. That way you can take someone's cash and then turn around and call the cops.
Even better would be the other way around: bribe a politician, then turn him in to the FBI. Or maybe whoever reports the crime first gets immunity. Then bribers would never be sure they wouldn't be turned in, and neither would the politicians, making it too risky to do for most people.
You'd think for the money Comcast is pouring into these think tanks annually, one of them would actually understand the industry they're writing about and be able to make coherent arguments in support of the merger. Surely there has to be some legitimate benefits to letting Comcast get immensely more massive?
Why would you think that? There are no benefits to anyone but Comcast and their shareholders, so they have to make stuff up to sell everyone else on it.
I don't know if anyone's paying attention any more...
Where to start? Again, I'm sure we could find a stock or other investment opportunity that has dropped in value over the last month. But picking a arbitrarily (and ridiculously short) time frame in which to make this argument is just... well, stupid. It makes no sense. We could easily point to the inflation of Bitcoin over the past year and suggest that based on Mahcnin's own logic that Bitcoin is a good investment. Both arguments are equally stupid.
I'm not sure you understand the argument about the deflationary nature of Bitcoin. He's not talking about the "inflation" (increase) in value of an investment in Bitcoins, he's talking about the fact that Bitcoins tend to go up in value over time, thus it is an inherently deflationary currency.
Since there can never be any significant number of bitcoins added to the economy (there could be more generated/found/whatever it's called, but not a huge amount more), if bitcoins gain interest and usage, demand for them will go up. With a limited supply, prices go up. And when the value of a currency rises, you get deflation. A deflationary currency is not particularly useful to buy things with since you're always better off holding onto it than spending it, so it's better as an investment. I don't see this as a problem for the US economy, but it sure is a problem for bitcoin.
Ares isn't illegal. File sharing isn't illegal. But distributing or receiving copies of copyrighted material without permission is illegal. So whoever you talked to is off base telling you you're not allowed to have a file sharing program on your computer. However, don't use it to download or upload anything without permission from the copyright holder (which it sounds like is the only thing you were doing with it).