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Aereo heads to Beehive State

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 12:28pm
Mike Robuck

Aereo is taking its over-the-air talents to Utah next month with the launch of its antenna and cloud-based DVR service slated for Aug. 19. 

Aereo had announced  last month that the next stop on its 22-city expansion project would be Chicago. The service is still on track to launch in Chicago on Sept. 13

“We’re excited to be launching our technology in Utah, or what is fast becoming known as the Silicon Slopes,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. “Utahans are connected, tech-savvy and interested in innovations that can add value to their lives. When it comes to how you watch television, Aereo’s technology will bring more choice and flexibility to Utahans across the state, whether you live in Salt Lake City, St. George or Ogden. We believe consumers want and deserve a better television experience and our work is focused on delivering the best customer experience with the highest quality technology.”

In Utah, which is served by Comcast in some areas, consumers will be able to record and watch  networks such as KSTU-HD (FOX), KSL-DT (NBC), KUTV-HD (CBS), KTVX-HD (ABC) and KUED-HD (PBS), as well as other over-the-air special interest and foreign language channels, including BYU-TV, AntennaTV, ION, Qubo, Estrella TV and others.  In addition, consumers will also be able to add Bloomberg Television.

Aereo said that anyone who is interested in trying the service can pre-register on its website, which will give them priority over those that don’t. Aereo’s service will be available to consumers across all 29 counties in Utah on Aug. 19.

Aereo first launched its streaming service last year in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks, including News Corp., Disney and NBCUniversal, for copyright infringement. Earlier this year, a federal court of appeals affirmed a federal district court’s earlier decision to deny broadcasters’ request for a preliminary injunction against Aereo. 

Recently the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan refused to make the Aereo case one of the instances when it assembles all of its judges to decide an issue.  

In addition to New York, Aereo’s service is available to consumers residing in the Boston and Atlanta areas.

At the start of the year Aereo announced that it would be rolling out its service to 22 cities across the country. The cities slated for Aereo’s expansion were: Boston; Miami; Austin, Texas; Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Detroit; Denver; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Tampa; Cleveland; Kansas City; Raleigh-­‐Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; Birmingham, Ala.; Providence, R.I; and Madison, Wis.

Aereo’s membership starts at $8 a month, which includes 20 hours of DVR storage. Users that pony up an additional $4 a month can get a total of 60 hours of DVR storage.

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