Aereo says people have a legal right to rabbit ears and DVRs, countersues the big TV networks

Aereo, the New York startup that is building a new system for streaming and recoding live TV, is countersuing the big TV networks that filed a lawsuit against it at the beginning of this month. The company, which is backed by local investors like First Round Capital and Barry Diller’s IAC, says that the courts have already ruled in favor of their technology, just not in this innovative new form.

PlayLater: Finally, a DVR for Web video

MediaMall, the company behind the popular PlayOn video streaming service, is today launching a new service, PlayLater, that lets you download streaming video from any website to view later. Yes, it’s effectively a DVR for online video.

Dish Network, EchoStar settle Tivo DVR lawsuit for $500M

After five years of legal back and forth, Dish Network and its former parent company EchoStar have settled their ongoing litigation with digital video recording (DVR) company Tivo that centered on Dish’s DVR implementation, for $500 million.

Google TV’s universal search and Dish Network integration in action (video)

If you’re excited about Google TV, you owe it to yourself to watch this video demo which gives us the most polished look at the service yet. Specifically, it shows off how seamless Google’s universal search is and how Google TV integrates into a Dish Network digital video recorder. It was recorded by the blog Stuff We Like at San Diego’s Comic-Con last month.