from Aereo Press Release…
Boston, Mass. (April 23, 2013) –Aereo, Inc., today announced plans to launch its groundbreaking online television technology in the Boston metropolitan area. Beginning May 15, consumers who have pre-registered with Aereo will receive a special invitation to join and be one of the first to experience Aereo’s technology. After May 30, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers across the Boston designated market area (DMA), which includes more than 4.5 million consumers in 16 counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Boston has some of the highest cable rates in the country. In less than a month, people from Cape Cod to Southern New Hampshire will have an inexpensive alternative. For $80 a year plus the cost of a Roku, cord cutters will receive 28 over-the-air broadcast channels live. Aereo also includes a DVR function. Interested? Preregister here.
CapeCodToday interviewed Aereo’s Virginia Lam on 4/25/2013. Here are some interesting quotes…
In Boston DMA, there are 28 over-the-air broadcast channels accessible through Aereo’s antenna/DVR technology, including major networks such as WGBH (PBS), WBZ-TV (CBS), WCVB (ABC), WHDH (NBC), WLVI (CW) and WFXT (Fox); special interest channels such as The Country Network, PBS Kids, Ion and Qubo; and Spanish-language broadcast channels such as Univision and Telemundo. In addition, consumers can also add Bloomberg Television, for a total of 29 channels.
Each Aereo user is assigned two antennas, to watch and record a program live and also record another program at the same time for later viewing. Aereo allows a user to authorize up to five devices (you may authorize and de-authorize at will, but you’re only allowed to authorize five devices at any one time). That means, for example, that you can watch a recording on your iPad, while also playing something live on your laptop. There could not be a third simultaneous watch/record.
Aereo is not going to be for the consumer who wants the optionality of 500 channels. However, for those consumers who follow a handful of programs, want access to live local news, sports and weather, and are looking for value and flexibility, Aereo is a great fit.
Aereo works with Roku (we have a private channel) and also with AppleTV through Airplay. It’s a fantastic big screen experience all in HD.
Aereo 2013 Rollout
- Birmingham, AL
- Kansas City
- Madison, WI
- Providence, RI
- Raleigh—Durham, NC
- Salt Lake City
- Washington, DC