Aereo Ups Pricing for Additional DVR Storage13 May, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Aereo TV, the subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television programming via mini antennae to portable devices, May 13 said it will offer up to 60 hours of cloud-based DVR storage for an additional $4 per month, beginning May 15.
Aereo users currently receive 20 hours of DVR storage to record programming with the $8 monthly subscription. Now, all new Aereo users get the first 30 days of service free, including DVR functionality. Users can pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing.
Aereo works on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices.
It is currently available to consumers in the New York City metropolitan area and will launch in the Boston metropolitan area to pre-registered consumers May 15.
“With our new pricing structure, consumers begin with one base plan and then have the ability to upgrade their membership to triple their DVR storage capacity,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “We want to make it simple and easy for consumers to access our technology and we believe this updated pricing plan accomplishes just that.”
Aereo earlier this month filed a preemptive lawsuit against CBS and its affiliates following comments made by the media company’s CEO and others about expanding litigation against the subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television programming via mini antennae to portable devices.
Manhattan-based Aereo in March 2012 was sued by major broadcasters claiming copyright infringement and other charges.