Aereo: First Impressions

I have updated this post to add some Aereo channels.  Notably, Aereo has added Movies! which is an excellent 24×7 movie channel.  I noticed that the current version of Playon adds an Aereo channel.  I’ll be reactivating my Aereo account to test this.  The results will be documented here and this entry will be linked from a new post to ensure people see it.  Great summer for cable cutters in New England! 

I received my invitation to try Aereo on May 27, 2013.  By this time, Aereo had already changed their pricing plan.  Instead of getting two antennas for $80 per year, I would get one antenna for $8/month or two antennas for $12 per month.  That’s about an 80% increase in price!

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I DID NOT Subscribe to Dish Network Today

I cancelled the installation. When the work order arrived, it included only one receiver with HD plus SD out. It would cost another $7 for the second DVR. Not a big deal financially, but the transcript of the IM chat was clear — my local channels in HD on TWO TVs with DVRs on each. Not a big deal, but I wanted to get the facts up here.

I was putting together a review of Aereo and needed to price the competition.  After talking to Comcast ($184 + taxes and franchise fees) and DirecTV ($101 + taxes) I chatted with Dish Network.  Two DVRs and America’s Top 120 for $56.99/month ($36.99 for the first 12 months; no installation charges; HBO, Max, Sho, Starz, Blockbuster@Home for three months).  Looking at the AT120 lineup, I thought that was worth the asking price.

This is working for me right now.  There may come a day when I decide to invite Comcast, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish, or someone else into my home.  If I do, it’ll be because I find the service provided worth the fees charged.

That quote is from the Cutting The Cable page of this blog.  I wrote that four years ago.

We aren’t losing the antenna are we?

That’s what my wife asked when I told her we had subscribed to Dish.  This isn’t the end of OTA for us.  I’m just adding a box to two of my five televisions.  Dish offers channels that dovetail nicely with our OTA lineup.

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What I Watch: Plex

In our home, we rely primarily on broadcast television for news and entertainment.  We use streaming boxes and servers as well.  Some content is available via multiple venues.  I want to love Plex, but I can’t.  It does a nice job presenting my media, but often applies the wrong meta data to my files.  There are a LOT of plugins, but the ones I want to work most work worst.  Hulu and Netflix are problematic.  Mostly I use Plex to stream files to TVs that have Rokus but not SMPs.  These are the channels I watch via my Plex server and why I watch them via PlexContinue reading

GetTV: Sony OTA Movie Channel


Sony Pictures Television is jumping into the subchannel business with the digital network GetTV, which will launch this fall on Univision stations in 24 markets, including in 17 of the top 20 DMAs. It will be available in 44% of U.S. TV homes. Sony is actively selling GetTV to other station groups.

The diginet will air old movies from Sony’s library of some 3,500 films, including Lawrence of Arabiaand The Bridge on the River Kwai.

“What Sony’s announcement really means — forget about classic movies — is that networks like Me-TV, This TV, Antenna TV and GetTV are destined to have original content,” Kokernak says. “They’re all going to go original eventually. It’s just a matter of when.” Continue reading

Fox Movies: OTAwesome!

This morning my DVR proudly presented a new station to me.  The screen was blank, but  pressing info and revealed this: WFXT DTV Movie Channel Coming Soon. Googling a bit, i found this

FOX Television Stations and Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting have announced a deal to host a feature film network called Movies! on 17 of its local O&O stations beginning this spring.

Films will be edited mainly for inappropriate language or images, not run times, and be presented in the 16 x 9 format. The goal, Fox said, “is to create a new destination for movie fans that is fan friendly and available for free via over the air television, and in many cases via local cable carriage.”

The network will be available in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Washington (DC), Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa, Minneapolis, Orlando, Austin, Memphis and Ocala (FL).  Most of these are Aereo expansion targets and Austin has Google Fiber.

According to Chicagoloand Radio and Media, Movies! Network will make its debut this coming Memorial Day (May 27th).