Web TV Service Aereo Plans To Be in Every Major US City By 2013

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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.

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Speaking to Bloomberg, 70-year-old billionaire and backer of Aereo Barry Diller spoke out to say he was confident of the service's future. He explained:

"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]

DISCUSSION

lesmikesell
Les Mikesell

Does anyone understand why it's not legal to rent a dvd player and ship it's output over the internet (Zediva, may it rest in peace...), but it is legal to rent a remote antenna and get its output? Or are the current legal interpretations an artifact of how much money the opponents have thrown at lawyers and lobbying?