TV-streaming mobile applications aren't just for big networks such as HBO and ESPN -- increasingly, local TV stations are getting in on the action. The apps are seen as a crucial defensive measure as local stations battle Aereo, an outfit that streams local channels online without the approval of the station operators. "The industry will band together to defend the ecosystem and work hard to defend what we've worked hard to create," said Perry Sook, CEO of TV-station owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group.

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