Coming to your neighborhood soon? Barry Diller‘s company has been challenging cable and satellite TV services by offering inexpensive live television online with plans to expand beyond New York City this spring.
This information comes following a federal court ruling that tentatively endorsed its legality, Aereo will bring its $8-a-month service to 22 markets come spring. The markets include Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Ala., Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Madison, Wis., Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Salt Lake City, Tampa, Fla., and Washington. With that, Aereo estimates that the service will reach nearly 100 million potential customers.
A federal judge in New York ruled in July that the service doesn’t appear to violate copyright law because individual subscribers are assigned their own, tiny antenna at Aereo’s data center. That makes it analogous to the free signal a consumer would get with a regular antenna at home.
Written by: Laney Fichera