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Cincy’s got next on Aereo’s service

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:43pm
Mike Robuck

Aereo announced that its antenna and cloud-based TV service would launch in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

It’s been a busy month for Barry Diller-backed Aereo. The latest launch will be on the heels of the Supreme Court agreeing to decide on whether Aereo can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. Also this month, Aereo secured $34 million in its third round of funding.

Next week’s launch in Cincinnati will include 24 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

“Aereo is growing and we’re thrilled that our expansion has brought us to the greater Cincinnati region and three new states: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia  “Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology brings the old-fashioned antenna into the 21st Century, providing consumers access to the over-the-air broadcast signals that belong to them. It’s a simple and modern way to use an antenna to watch television – the way it should be. We’re committed to providing best-in-class technology and customer service to our users and we’re excited to introduce Aereo to Greater Cincinnati.”

Aereo said the service in the Cincinnati would feature access to 30 over-the-air channels including WCPO (ABC), WLWT (NBC), WKRC (CBS), WXIX (Fox), WPTO (PBS) and CET (PBS); and special interest channels such as RetroTV, MeTV, BounceTV, TuffTV, WCPO Weather, Create and ThisTV. In addition, Aereo users can also add Bloomberg Television.

Aereo said more launches would be forthcoming this year.

Last year Aereo announced its plan to roll out its service in 22 cities across the nation. Aereo’s service is currently available to residents in the following markets: New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore.  

Aereo membership starts at $8 per month, for access to its cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4 per month, consumers can upgrade their membership and receive 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month. Consumers who join Aereo get their first of month of access for free.

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