New York – Broadcast TV-to-mobile device provider Aereo said Thursday that its Cloud-based antenna and DVR technology will be Google Cast ready on May 29.
Current Aereo members and consumers residing in active Aereo markets will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for Android in the Google Play store, which will include support for the Chromecast TV dongle.
The addition eliminates one of the obstacles to “cord-cutting” (dropping pay-TV service in favor of over-the-top TV watching) by making local live TV broadcasts available without a cable, satellite or telco TV subscription.
Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia revealed the addition at the Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference, here.
“The way people watch and experience television is changing, and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” Kanojia said. “We’re excited that Aereo will be Google Cast ready this May. Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television, and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo’s innovative Cloud technology.”
Aereo said that to use its technology with Chromecast, consumers must download the Aereo app for Android in the Google Play store; set up the Chromecast device with a TV; launch Aereo; and the “Cast” icon will then appear in the app.
Aereo’s practice of redistributing over-the-air broadcasts via its Cloud-based antenna/DVR technology has drawn several lawsuits, including a pending Supreme Court case, filed by broadcasters seeking compensation and retransmission consent agreements for its services.
Aereo claimed it charges consumers a subscription fee to the “antenna,” Cloud storage and other hardware-related elements used to receive and view the broadcasts on various devices. Content can be paused, rewound and fast-forwarded, or saved for future viewing.
Aereo’s technology works with compatible smart devices, including tablets, phones and laptop computers.
Aereo is also currently supported on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices.
The Aereo app for Android (currently in beta) is available for download for devices running Android operating system version 4.1 or higher.
Aereo is also supported on Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Opera Software, AppleTV (via AirPlay) and Roku platforms.
Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, for access to Aereo’s Cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage.
For an additional $4 per month, consumers can upgrade to 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month.
Consumers who join Aereo will currently get their first of month of access for free.
Aereo is currently available to consumers residing in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin. The company plans to launch in additional cities throughout 2014.