Aereo to Launch TV Service in Atlanta14 May, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Aereo TV, the controversial subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television programming via mini antennae to portable devices, May 14 said it will bow service in Atlanta, beginning June 17.
New York-based Aereo launches service in Boston May 15 as part of a 22-city expansion announced in January.
Consumers in the Atlanta area who have pre-registered will be the first to use the service. After June 24, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers across the Atlanta designated market, which includes more than 5.3 million broadband homes in 55 counties across Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.
CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said rollout in Atlanta and Boston underscore the service’s popularity despite ongoing litigation with major broadcasters.
Media companies such as CBS, ABC and Fox contend Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology violates their broadcast copyrights. Aereo says the network’s over-the-air broadcast signals are free. Thus far, the courts have agreed.
Aereo’s $8 monthly service allows consumers to pause, save, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching.
In Atlanta, there are 27 over-the-air broadcast channels accessible through Aereo's antenna/DVR technology, including major networks such WSB-HD (ABC), WAGA-TV (FOX), WXIA-TV (NBC), WGCL-TV (CBS) and WPBA (PBS); special-interest channels such as France24, BounceTV, MyTV and AntennaTV; and Spanish-language broadcast channels such as Univision, MundoFox and UniMas. In addition, consumers can also add Bloomberg Television, for a total of 28 channels.
“The response and enthusiasm from consumers across all of our expansion cities has been phenomenal,” Kanojia said in a statement.
Aereo works on tablets, smartphones and laptop computers. It is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices.