The antenna-based broadcast streaming provider announced its nationwide expansion has added four new cities: Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio. Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia made the announcement at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in NYC.
These four cities represent a total population of nearly eight million and are in addition to the list of 22 expansion cities announced earlier this year. Consumers in each metropolitan area can pre-register at Aereo.com to receive priority access to Aereo at launch. Launch dates for these cities will be announced later this year.
“The consumers spoke and we listened, so we’re adding these cities to our first phase of expansion,” said Kanojia. “From Boston to Salt Lake City, people are craving alternatives and more choice with how they watch television. Consumers are tired of being pawns in the tug-of-war between big businesses. They deserve better. At Aereo, our work is focused on delivering the best customer experience with the highest quality technology. We’ve set a high bar for ourselves, consumers deserve no less.”
Using Aereo’s technology, consumers can pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing. Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, for access to Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage.
RBR-TVBR observation: Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer recently refused to reconsider her order prohibiting Alki David’s startup from streaming TV shows. The ruling for FilmOn X, an Aereo copycat that also uses arrays of tiny antennas to stream local over-the-air broadcast television, is not good for Aereo, either. The cavalcade of opinions in the different districts likely means the courts will issue directly conflicting final rulings. The 9th Circuit is soon to rule on the legality of antenna-based TV streaming services.