Aereo, the website which acts as an internet-based DVR for any channel you can get for free over the airwaves, drew legal attention as soon as it was announced earlier this year. Yesterday, though, Aereo won a court case trying to block the service in New York—and now it plans to roll out to every major US city.
"We're going to really start marketing. Within a year and a half, certainly by '13, we'll be in most major [US cities]."
The court case against Aereo sought to obtain an injunction against the service while television networks pursued litigation. Sadly for the big names, a US district judge allowed Aereo to continue operating.
The ruling points generally in favor of the service—and analysts suggest it could be the start of some major upheaval for the economics of broadcast television. Certainly, from our experiences, we're tempted to agree:
It was sued by major broadcasters even before it was available, and with good reason: We took the service for a spin and it's good enough to make that cable contract feel even more useless.
For $12 per month, Aereo will serve as your web-based DVR for any channel you can get for free over the airwaves. There's no need for a special box or a cable contract-everything is controlled over Aereo's easy web interface.
The future of online TV, then, still looks strong—for now at least. [Bloomberg]