Aereo Sets February 19 Launch Date for San Antonio
While capacity constraints have frozen new Aereo signups in markets like New York City
, that's not stopping the live TV streaming company's expansion into additional markets. The company sent out an e-mail this morning stating that they've set a launch date of February 19 for the San Antonio market, which will technically cover a wider swath than just San Antonio that includes 22 Texas counties. Aereo is currently available in eleven markets: NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Denver, Baltimore and Cincinnati.
| || That would be a clear violation of the law: they can't rebroadcast the households outside the reception area. Dish and DirecTV have the same restrictions: they can't offer local stations to subscribers outside the broadcast area. The exception: if you are an "unserved household", unable to receive a signal from an affiliate station.|
In 2010, Congress changed the definition of an "unserved household" from "...a household that cannot receive, through the use of a conventional, stationary, outdoor rooftop receiving antenna, an over-the-air signal of a primary network station affiliated with that network..." to "...cannot receive, through the use of an antenna, an over-the-air signal...". This appears to reduce the antenna requirement -- if you can't receive a signal with rabbit ears, you might qualify.
The law sunsets on 2014-12-31, so you can expect to see a lot of jockeying for position by lobbyists. I expect broadcasters to try to insert language that would prohibit Aereo from rebroadcasting their transmissions.
Re: Pay for OTA
said by amungus:Aereo provides "DVR in the cloud", so you can record shows for later viewing. Most cable companies charge more than Aereo's monthly fee just for a DVR rental.
Not sure I totally understand paying for OTA unless you're unable to receive it.
Aereo also allows you to use portable devices as viewers: laptops, iOS/Android tables and phones, and Roku. They are apparently working on applications for Smart TVs and game consoles.
Of course, portable devices don't have to be connected to your home network.
Aereo's site says that on the lowest video quality, a typical 30-minute program uses 100MB of data. That's about 55 KB/sec, which can be streamed over 3G cell networks. If you have a generous data allowance, you can view them anywhere.
Their site also says that it checks the IP address to confirm your location, and/or will use location services on your portable device. So, maybe you have to be in your broadcast area to use a portable device. Can an actual Aereo user confirm how this works?