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Aereo to Bow Service in Chicago

27 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Aereo TV, the controversial subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television via mini antennae to portable devices, June 27 said it will bow service in Chicago, beginning Sept. 13. The Chicago expansion will cover 16 counties across Illinois and Indiana.  To date, Aereo has launched service in NYC, Boston, and Atlanta.

“Consumers want more choice and flexibility when it comes to how they watch television and the enthusiastic response to our technology from people across the country has been humbling,” CEO Chet Kanojia told a tech group in Chicago.”

The expansion comes as Aereo remains embroiled in litigation with major broadcasters, which sued the service last year claiming copyright infringement and other charges. In May, Aereo asked a New York court to preemptively rule against CBS in the Boston area and 21 other markets it plans to roll out service.

In Chicago, consumers will be able to use Aereo’s antenna/DVR technology, to record and watch major networks such WLS-TV (ABC), WFLD-TV (FOX), WMAQ-TV (NBC), WBBM-TV (CBS) and WYCC (PBS), as well as other other-the-air special interest and foreign language channels. In addition, consumers can add Bloomberg Television.

The service works on tablets, smart phones and laptops.  Aereo is currently supported on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices.  Android support is expected later this year.

Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, which includes the first 30 days free access and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4, consumers can upgrade their membership and receive 60 hours of DVR storage. 

“We feel that we’ve built something meaningful for consumers and we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished. However, there’s still much more to come as we continue our expansion into new cities throughout the summer and fall,” Kanojia said.


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