Aereo preps Baltimore launch for OTT service

Michelle Clancy | 06-12-2013

Barry Diller-backed over-the-top (OTT) service Aereo is gearing up to launch in the Baltimore metropolitan region on 16 December. For $8 per month, customers can access local broadcast feeds over the Internet and make use of the service's cloud DVR.

The rollout will give access to the service to more than 2.7 million consumers in Central Maryland the area includes 11 counties across Central Maryland. Consumers will be able to record and watch 17 over-the-air channels including major networks such as WMAR (ABC), WBAL (NBC), WJZ (CBS), WNUV (CW) and WMPT (PBS); and special interest channels such as MeTV, MyNetwork TV, BounceTV, ZUUS Country and ThisTV. In addition, consumers will also have the ability to add Bloomberg Television.

"From the Inner Harbor to the Eastern Shore, the Baltimore metropolitan region is a growing and dynamic community and we're excited to be launching there next," said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. "Aereo's antenna/DVR technology brings the old-fashioned antenna into the 21st Century, providing consumers access to the over-the-air broadcast signals that belong to them. Our technology is a more simple, elegant and easy way to watch television the way it should be. At Aereo, we believe consumers deserve more choice, better technologies and a better customer experience, and we're committed to delivering on all three."

Aereo's announcement follows its expansion earlier this year to the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Denver metropolitan areas. Aereo said that it will announce additional launch dates for its expansion cities throughout the remainder of the year.