NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision may have killed Aereo's idea of having someone else record and playback your over-the-air television shows. But all is not lost for those seeking to pay for only what they watch.
You still have the ability to do so yourself without involving a third-party service. Think in terms of home recording devices like those made by TiVO (TIVO).
With monthly fees for home cable and satellite rising between 5 and 6 percent each year the idea of "cutting the cord" has recently been catching on - especially with young adults who choose to watch television programs on their computers, tablets and smartphones. Monthly cable costs can easily near $90-$100 or more depending on programming choices and packages.
That's why online services such as Netflix (NFLX), Hulu Plus are so popular. So is over-the-air (OTA) TV watching. In addition to beating high monthly fees, OTA local television broadcasters now offer multiple digital channels of program choices. Here in Manhattan there are literally hundreds of channels available on any television with a digital tuner and an indoor or outdoor antenna.
The act of recording over-the-air TV shows and watching them whenever you like has been legal for the past 30 years. According to the 1984 decision in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., (464 U.S. 417) consumers are allowed to make individual copies of complete TV shows for the purpose of "time shift" viewing purposes which doesn't infringe on copyright laws.