Aereo TV Launching in Utah22 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
The controversial subscription service follows hi-tech path taken by Google Fiber to Provo, Salt Lake City and other ‘Silicon Slopes’ regions
Aereo TV, the controversial subscription service that enables users to stream broadcast television via mini antennae to portable devices, July 22 said it will bow service in Utah beginning Aug. 19.
The announcement follows Aereo’s expansion earlier this summer to the Boston and Atlanta metropolitan areas. The company also plans to launch in Chicago on Sept. 13.
Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology has generated the ire of national broadcasters and media companies, including Fox and CBS, which have taken legal action against the service. The media companies contend Aereo is stealing their programming and violating intellectual copyrights.
Thus far the courts have sided with Aereo, which costs $8 a month and includes 20 hours of DVR storage.
“We’re excited to be launching our technology in Utah, or what is fast becoming known as the Silicon Slopes,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “Utahns are connected, tech-savvy and interested in innovations that can add value to their lives.”
Utah consumers will be able to record and watch local networks such as KSTU-HD (FOX), KSL-DT (NBC), KUTV-HD (CBS), KTVX-HD (ABC) and KUED-HD (PBS), as well as other over-the-air special interest and foreign language channels, including BYU-TV, AntennaTV, ION, Qubo, Estrella TV and others. Users will also have the ability to add Bloomberg Television.
Aereo’s technology works on connected devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers. Aereo is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices. Android support is expected later this summer.