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Aereo hitting Boston in May

AereoAereo, the upstart service that could change television forever, is scheduled to launch in the Boston metropolitan area on May 15. 

The service allows viewers to watch and record local TV without a cable subscription. To call it controversial is an understatement. Fox has been reportedly considering becoming a pay channel based primarily on what it believes the service could ultimately do to (as well as the fact that it could reportedly make a lot more money than it currently does as a pay channel).

"Consumers deserve more choice and flexibility in how they experience television and Aereo provides them a high-quality, rationally-priced alternative," said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanoji. "This is an exciting step forward for the company."

Aereo is based out of Boston and has already successfully launched in the New York City metropolitan area. With this move, Aereo will be available to consumers in 16 counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The current plan is to expand into 22 more cities in the near future.

Included in those cities are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Ala., Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Mo., Madison, Wis., Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Salt Lake City, Tampa, Fla., and Washington D.C.

 


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Written by: Hamatosan
Apr 23rd, 2013, 4:44 am

Images courtesy of Aereo.

matt4848

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Message Posted On Apr 25th, 2013, 5:25 am

Ah, sounds like you can rent an HD antenna from their 'office location' and have the signal sent directly via internet. Sounds great for anyone living in a major populated area/apartment complex - as you can't always have an antenna in these locations, or like Anon said, the signal is blocked due to large buildings and disruptive frequences in the area. For expert internet/computer & TV folks it also means easy direct recording via computer.

 

rtruell

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Since: 17/Apr/12
Message Posted On Apr 23rd, 2013, 3:15 pm

Anonymous: "This service lets you rent an antenna from areo and then the signal is sent to you via the internet"

 

I was as confused as matt4848 was, and while you answered that question, you created another: if Aereo sends the shows via the Internet, why does one need to rent an antenna from them?

 

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 23rd, 2013, 8:49 am
This service lets you rent an antenna from areo and then the signal is sent to you via the internet. This ensures perfect signal for all the channels you should be able to get, but can't because your antenna is set up wrong, or you are not allowed to set up an antenna, or that one channel just doesn't come in clear enough in your neighborhood. This service sounds amazing for cord cutters.
matt4848

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Since: 29/Feb/12
Message Posted On Apr 23rd, 2013, 6:05 am

Little confused.. Can't you already watch local TV on an HD antenna? Recording can also be done with stand alone recording boxes... What is exactly new about this?

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