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Aereo TV Announces Denver Launch Date as Broadcasters Await Decision on Supreme Court Petition

29 Oct, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Aereo TV, the subscription platform that enables users to access over-the-air digital TV signals on portable devices, Oct. 29 said it would bow service in the Denver metropolitan area Nov. 4.

The Denver metro area includes 67 counties across Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming and more than 3.4 million consumers. 

Aereo’s announcement follows rollouts earlier this year to the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas and Detroit metropolitan areas.

The rollout coincides with ongoing legal efforts by network broadcasters, which claim Aereo TV repurposes their content without paying a retransmission fee. Thus far, the networks have failed to convince a judge on their point of view.

Earlier this month, 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.”

The $8 Aereo membership offers access to a cloud-based antenna and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4, consumers can receive 60 hours of DVR storage. 

Aereo works on tablets, phones and laptops, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and devices running Android operating system version 4.2 or higher.  Aereo is also supported on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Opera, AppleTV (via AirPlay) and Roku devices.

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