Aereo readies San Antonio launch

Michelle Clancy | 04-02-2014

Barry Diller-backed Aereo may be out of capacity in its home market of New York City, but it's prepping the launch of its 12th market, the greater San Antonio region on 19 February.

The service area includes a 22-county area across south-central Texas.

Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, for access to local broadcast feeds streamed across the Web and via mobile apps. It also includes 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4, consumers can upgrade their membership and receive 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month.

The service relies on a dime-sized antenna for delivery – although broadcasters aren't buying that it's an over-the-air (OTA) "rabbit-ears" type offering, exempt from retransmission fees. A Supreme Court case involving the service's right to exist is expected to be decided this summer.

In the meantime though, the company continues to build out.

"Aereo loves the Lone Star State and we're excited to expand our footprint in Texas," said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. "Aereo's innovative cloud-based antenna/DVR technology brings the old-fashioned antenna into the 21st century, providing consumers access to the over-the-air (OTA) broadcast signals that belong to them. It's a simple and modern way to use an antenna to watch television – the way it should be. Our team is committed to providing first-class technology and customer care to our users and we're thrilled to bring Aereo to greater San Antonio."

Area subscribers will have access to 30 over-the-air channels including major networks such as 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 can add Bloomberg Television.

The announcement follows Aereo's expansion to the Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore and Cincinnati metropolitan areas and comes after the company's announcement in January of an additional infusion of $34 million of funding. Aereo said that it will announce additional launch dates for its expansion cities throughout 2014.