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Aereo Brings Service to Boston

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 11:01am
Andrew Berg

After a big win in the appelate courts, Aereo today said it will bring its live streaming of the broadcast networks to mobile devices in the Boston area. 

According to a press release, consumers who have pre-registered with Aereo will receive an invitation to join the service beginning May 15. After May 30, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers in Boston's registered market 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's remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology allows consumers to pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing. 

In Boston, there are 28 over-the-air broadcast channels accessible through Aereo's antenna/DVR technology, 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, for a total of 29 channels.

Aereo works on 'smart' devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers and is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku devices.

The move to Boston comes after a appeals court earlier this month ruled that Aereo was not in violation of any U.S. copyright laws. After the decision was announced, Fox said it would consider moving its programming to cable. 

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