Aereo, 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.