Aereo wings into Beantown
Michelle Clancy | 24-04-2013

Barry Diller-backed controversy magnet Aereo has announced plans to launch its over-the-top (OTT) online television service in the Boston metropolitan area beginning 15 May.

Consumers who have pre-registered with Aereo will receive a special invitation to join and be one of the first to experience Aereo's technology. After 30 May, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers across the Boston area, which includes more than 4.5 million consumers in 16 counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Boston is the second city to launch as part of Aereo's expansion announced in January.

"Aereo is simply the easiest, most convenient way for consumers to access broadcast television online using an antenna," said company CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. "Consumers deserve more choice and flexibility in how they experience television, and Aereo provides them a high quality, rationally-priced alternative. This is an exciting step forward for the company. Today's announcement is even more meaningful and special for our more than 60 employees who call the Boston area home, including me. I'm proud of our team and what we've accomplished in such a short period of time."

For $8 per month, Aereo will offer live viewing and cloud-based DVR services online for 28 over-the-air broadcast channels in Boston, including major networks such as WGBH (PBS), WBZ-TV (CBS), WCVB (ABC), WHDH (NBC), WLVI (CW) and WFXT (FOX), special interest channels such as The Country Network, PBS Kids, Ion and Qubo, and Spanish-language broadcast channels such as Univision and Telemundo. In addition, consumers can also add Bloomberg Television.

Aereo can be streamed to a range of connected tablets, phones and laptops, plus AppleTV (via Airplay) and Roku devices.