Aereo TV Expands to 22 Cities8 Jan, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Aereo TV, the Barry Diller-backed New York service that enables consumers to stream broadcast television via mini antennae to portable devices, Jan. 8 is expanding service to 22 cities after securing $38 million in venture funding, CEO Chet Kanojia told an investor group.
Speaking at 2013 Citi Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas, Kanojia said the 22 cities represent the first phase of Aereo's planned nationwide expansion, which will be rolled out during the course of the year, starting in the late spring. Cities include Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Madison, Wis.; Miami, Minneapolis, Minn.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Providence; R.I.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.
The CEO said interested parties in the cities can request an invitation via Aereo.com. Each market will feature Aereo’s “Try for Free” feature, which allows consumers the ability to access Aereo’s technology to watch television for a continuous one-hour period each day, free of charge.
“Aereo’s technology is simply one of the easiest, most convenient ways for consumers to access broadcast television,” Kanojia said. “Consumers want and deserve choice. Watching television should be simple, convenient and rationally priced. Aereo’s technology provides exactly that: choice, flexibility and a first-class experience that every consumer deserves.”
Aereo is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, Chrome, IE9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Apple TV and Roku. No cable subscription is required to use Aereo and membership plans begin at $1/day, $8/month or $80/year, and include a cloud-based DVR.
The service, which recently partnered with Bloomberg TV, remains embroiled in litigation with broadcasters and their corporate parents who are suing claiming it illegally accesses their content, among other charges.