Aereo Sets San Antonio Launch Date

Aereo may be tapped out of capacity in New York City, but it’s gearing up to tap in to the San Antonio market.

Aereo announced Monday that it will launch its mix of broadband TV and cloud DVR services in San Antonio on February 19, claiming the debut of its antenna array there will give it a potential reach of more than 2.2 million consumers over a 22-county area.

Aereo said its San Antonio offering, which will start at $8 per month for 20 hours of DVR storage, will offer more than 30 over-the-air channels, including KSAT (ABC), WOAI (NBC), KENS (CBS), KABB (Fox), KMYS (CW) and KLRN (PBS); special interest channels MeTV, LiveWell, Create, JCTC, Trinity Broadcasting, Qubo and Smile of a Child (children’s programming) and Zuus Country; and Spanish-language channels UniMás, UniVision, Telemundo and Exitos TV. In addition, consumers will also have the ability to add Bloomberg Television.

The launch in San Antonio follows Aereo’s January 21 debut in the Cincinnati market and earlier launches in Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Denver and Baltimore.

Aereo, coming off a fresh $34 million round of funding earmarked for the company's expansion plans, said it will announce additional launch dates for other cities throughout the year. Other markets previously identified for expansion include Chicago; Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; Cleveland; Providence, R.I.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kansas City; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Birmingham, Ala.

Aereo continues to expand as it continues its battle with broadcasters in the courts. Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the broadcasters’ appeal of the denial of their injunction request against Aereo.