Aereo TV Bowing Service in Baltimore Dec. 165 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Controversial service streams live TV via mini antenna to portable devices
Aereo TV Dec. 5 said it plans to launch its subscription-based online television technology in the Baltimore metropolitan region on Dec. 16. The Baltimore metro area includes 11 counties across Central Maryland.
Aereo’s announcement follows expansion earlier this year to the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Denver metropolitan areas. The service will announce additional launch dates for its expansion cities throughout the remainder of the year.
New York-based Aereo’s remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology makes watching television simple and user-friendly. Users can pause and rewind any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing.
The rollout coincides with ongoing legal efforts by network broadcasters, which claim Aereo repurposes their content without paying a retransmission fee. Thus far, the networks have failed to convince a judge on their point of view.
In October, the networks petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. They are currently awaiting a decision on the petition.
“Aereo is a direct assault on that well-established and statutorily protected model,” the petition reads. “It seeks to attract current cable and satellite subscribers by offering broadcast television for a lower fee, which it can do because, unlike its competitors, Aereo does not compensate copyright owners or broadcasters for the use of their programming.”