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Aereo TV Service Launches In NYC

3/14/2012 11:37:58 AM Eastern

New York - Aereo, a
provider of retransmitted local HD broadcast television programming, announced to
potential cord cutters the availability of its service here Wednesday.

The online
television platform was designed to give New York-area consumers cable-like network
TV content that is retransmitted to devices using tiny antennas. The service
offers value pricing, convenience and accessibility using both home-based and mobile
devices.

However, the local
broadcasters recently filed suit to stop the service, claiming copyright
infringement.

The Aereo service
is offering potential subscribers a 90-day free trial followed by a $12 monthly
fee.

Membership
includes access to a remote antenna that is used to access more than 20
broadcast channels, and 40 hours of remote DVR storage and usage on up to five
devices.

At launch, Aereo
will be compatible with web-enabled iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad,
Roku, AppleTV and MacBook. Android support is coming soon, the company assured.


Consumers may register
online at Aereo.com. The service does not
use an outboard box and requires no installation, the company said.

"Technology is
changing rapidly and consumers have embraced innovation that simplifies access
to entertainment. People no longer want to be tethered to their TVs or cable
boxes.  Consumers are demanding more
flexibility and value -- Aereo delivers just that. This truly groundbreaking technology
will usher in a new era of choice in the broadcast marketplace, making the
consumers the ultimate winners," stated Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia.

Benefits of the
service include:

  • a remote antenna
    by which a user can choose to access live 24/7 broadcasts of the major networks
    and local stations;


  • a remote DVR
    with 40 hours of Cloud-based storage, enabling a user to record individual
    shows or set season recordings with the simple touch of a button from any
    device;


  • an intuitive programming
    guide with useful search tools, including touchscreen optimization, to discover
    programming by topic, actor or title; and


  • social
    capabilities that let users discuss and recommend shows in real-time with other
    Aereo members on Facebook and Twitter.


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