Yesterday, Aereo announced plans to expand their broadcast-over-internet service to 38 markets. If you have been thinking of cutting your cable bill, but are not excited about installing an antenna or are in a poor reception area, Aereo might be for you. Aereo allows you to watch live broadcast television at home or on the go. The Aereo service includes a virtual DVR and a real remote for as little as $80 per year.
Aereo can be accessed using most browsers, iPhones, iPads, AppleTV (via AirPlay), and Roku streaming players (with firmware 3.0 or better). Click here for a list of compatible devices.
What’s not to like?
- Aereo is not free
- Not all broadcast stations are not available via Aereo
- Aereo is limited to five devices
In other words, not much. Did I mention it’s free to try?
I plan to at least try Aereo when it is available in my market. For me, it would be worth $80/yr to be able to stream tv to my laptop by the pool or a Roku in a hotel room.