Quoted: on streaming TV service Aereo

“It’s a combination DVR and over-the-air television for a fraction of what even a basic cable package would cost you.”

Rich Jaroslovsky of Bloomberg News talks to NPR about Aereo, the service that allows New Yorkers to stream live TV over the Internet and which recently announced plans to expand to 22 cities (but none in California yet). Aereo uses antennas that pull in broadcast signals, then streams them over the Internet. Jaroslovsky has tested the service, and says that for $8 a month, wannabe cord-cutters could get their local channels and supplement with other services that allow them to get channels such as ESPN or HBO. And of course, subscribers can watch (and record shows) on most Internet-enabled devices, so the service allows for TV-watching on the go. Aereo, which is backed by IAC Chairman Barry Diller, doesn’t share revenue with the networks, which last year requested a preliminary injunction against the service but were denied. (See Quoted: on win for streaming live TV.) In an interview with Bloomberg TV last month, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said he is confident about his company’s legal position despite acknowledging that the lawsuits will probably continue: “The basic premise that a consumer has the ability to pick up signals with an antenna… is sound.”

 

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  • Bryan

    I’m glad someone is worried about my legal right to pour sewage into my eyes and ears.

 
 
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