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March 14, 2012
Aereo Launches Today
Copyfight reader Mike Schroeder sent me the press release for Aereo's
official launch today (March 14). You may recall I mentioned the impending lawsuits by broadcasters intended to shut down Aereo before it ever got going
. The suits don't seem to have stopped or dampened anything.
The live launch includes a "90 days free" enticement, but is limited to web-enabled iOS devices only. They promise Android support "coming soon". 20 channels, 40 hours of DVR storage, and the ability to use the service on up to 5 devices.
Contrary to my initial impression the customer doesn't buy an Aereo antenna - instead they connect to the company's antennas over the Web, with no new physical devices in or on the consumer's home. In addition, you don't have to install a new app - apparently you can connect using the built-in iOS media-viewing software. After the 90-free, the service costs USD 12/month and is geographically limited to New York television marketplace. It's not clear from the press release if that means the physical limits of the city or whether it'll be available to people outside the area who can receive New York City broadcast channels (about half of New Jersey and Connecticut I believe).
If anyone tries out the service please do leave a comment with your impressions.
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