Aereo has announced this week that they will be expanding their TV streaming service to Boston, Massachusetts in a few weeks. Users that registered with Aereo will be able to tune in to the service starting May 15th and then will open it up to everyone on May 30th. Boston is the second city to get Aereo after New York City. This past January, Aereo said that they plan to expand to 22 cities in the U.S. over the course of the year.
“Consumers deserve more choice and flexibility in how they experience television and Aereo provides them a high-quality, rationally-priced alternative,” stated Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. “This is an exciting step forward for the company. Today’s announcement is even more meaningful and special for our more than 60 employees who call the Boston area home, including me.”
Aereo sells an antenna/DVR device where consumers can watch live and local broadcast TV using Internet-connected devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Roku players. Last year, Aereo was hit with a lawsuit from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Univision, and PBS. These media companies said that Aereo violates their copyright and Aereo has to pay retransmission fees. Earlier this month, a judge ruled in favor of Aereo. CBS and FOX are even considering switching to a subscription-only model to fight against Aereo.
The 28 Boston-based broadcast channels that will be available through Aereo includes WGBH (PBS), WBZ-TV (CBS), WCVB (ABC), WHDH (NBC), WLVI (CW), and WFXT (Fox), the Country Network, PBS Kids, Univision, Bloomberg, and Telemundo.
Aereo was introduced by Barry Diller in February 2012. Diller is the chairman of InterActiveCorp.