Aereo's Cloud DVR Pricing Is Now Simpler (But Not Necessarily Better)

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Aereo's embattled cloud-based DVR service for network television is getting an updated pricing structure on May 15th. The options will be trimmed from the previous 5-tier structure down to just two plans. Sure, that should be easier for people to understand, but the rejiggered structure makes the cheaper monthly plan far less attractive.

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Now there are just two monthly plans that cost $8 and $12 like before. The differences are these: The $8, 20-hour plan only lets you record on channel at a time now, instead of two. As for the $12 plan, it gets a bump to a 60-hour DVR from 40 hours before.

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In other words, if you're interested in Aereo, you've got more incentive to upgrade to the more expensive plan now. They've gotta pay for that legal defense somehow!

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DISCUSSION

My question is what if I already have the basic plan and I can record two shows at once? Do I now lose that ability or do I get to keep it and be grandfathered in?