Aereo, as expected, launched its mix of broadband TV and cloud DVR services in Dallas on Monday, extending its potential reach by an additional 6.7 million consumers across 31 counties.
The Dallas launch, which follows last week’s debut in Houston, offers a lineup that includes KDFW (FOX), KXAS-TV (NBC), WFAA (ABC), KTVT (CBS) and KERA-TV (PBS), as well as COZI-TV, ME-TV, UniMas, Telemundo, EstrellaTV, ION, The CW, AntennaTV, Qubo, and Bloomberg Television.
Aereo has already launched in New York City, Boston, Miami, Utah, and Atlanta. Markets on tap include Denver; Detroit; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Tampa; Pittsburgh; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., among others.
Aereo originally announced plans to launch in Chicago on September 13, but has delayed its commercial debut in the Windy City. Aereo originally announced plans to launch in Chicago on September 13, but has delayed its commercial debut in the Windy City. An Aereo spokeswoman said the delay is due to a "technical issue" discovered during the testing phase there. Aereo, she said, is "eager to launch in Chicago and our engineering team is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue. As soon as we have a solution in place, the plan is to announce a revised launch date and begin to roll out invitations to those consumers who are pre-registered with us."
This summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a broadcaster request that the full court review a three-judge panel of that court's April decision not to stop Aereo from delivering broadcast signals over the net while a lower court considers a broadcaster challenge to the service's legality.
Following a free first month, Aereo subscriptions start at $8 per month and include 20 hours of cloud DVR storage, or $12 per month for 60 hours. Aereo currently supports iOS devices, Roku boxes, the Apple TV box (via AirPlay), and several major Web browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, and Opera). Aereo is expected to extend support to Android later this month.
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