A series of recent court decisions that flow from the landmark Cablevision (UNKNOWN:CVC.DL) case have made clear that new technologies have the potential to alter the way you pay for TV. With options like Aereo, which allows you to watch broadcast TV that has been previously recorded on the Internet, and DISH Network's (NASDAQ:DISH) Hopper, which allows you to skip commercials, the broadcast business model may be in jeopardy. Company's like Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) that own both broadcast networks like NBC and distribution networks may well be affected.

In the following interview with the Fool's Alison Southwick, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the importance of these developments and how companies like DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV.DL) may react to these decisions.

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