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Aereo Outsources The TV Antenna To The Cloud: Is This The Future Of TV?

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    Aereo outsources the TV antenna to the cloud: Is this the future of TV? | ZDNet (click for full article)

    "The quest to cut cable is getting a bit easier with Aereo, a service that now offers live broadcast television to tablets, smartphones, and, well, televisions.


    The idea is interesting, if rather convoluted. Aereo takes existing broadcasts of stations like CBS, NBC, and FOX, and beams them to customers via a dedicated browser app. The service, which is right now only offered in New York City, runs for $12 a month. That's a bit much to ask for something that most people can get for free.



    But Aereo's founders hope that the convenience of having access to broadcast television on multiple devices will justify the monthly price tag. The service also offers DVR features, which certainly sweetens the deal.



    But the legal issues should be evident here, as Aereo's basic business model is certainly not something broadcasters and cable companies can be all that happy with.



    Aereo has sidestepped the legal problems, at least so far, by stretching definitions. The company draws its most significant legal precedent from a 2008 Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Cablevision's move to offer DVR features in its set top boxes. In that case, Cablevision held DVR boxes at its own offices, but ceded remote control of them to its customers, which the court didn't find too much fault with.



    Aereo follows a similar strategy, assigning to each customer an antenna whose content is streamed directly to their devices. Legally, that's not supposed to be any different from having the antenna in your own house. It's just one long cord.



    The legal grounding is admittedly a bit dubious, but here's the bigger question: Is Aereo what cable cutters have been looking for? Like Boxee's recently-announced Live TV Tuner, the service doesn't offer cable television content, which is 80% of what cable cutters want anyway. But both Aereo and Boxee Live TV Tuner do show that there is some room for disruption in the cable area. And that can only be a good thing."
     
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    Here is what I got from customer support for google tv.

    @AereoSupport: @polardude1983 Google TV is not yet supported but it is in the works.

    Aereo is browser based and therefore does not have an app. Android support and PC supporting is coming in the next 6-8 weeks.

    Aereo does work with Apple and Airplay.

    Google TV is not officially supported but will work.
     
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    http://mashable.com/2012/08/02/aereo-new-plans/ (click for full article)

    Aereo Makes Cutting the Cord Even Easier, And Cheaper

    August 2, 2012 by Christina Warren


    "Cord-cutting startup Aereo announced new pricing plans for its service on Thursday, including a "try for free" plan.


    Aereo allows users to watch live broadcast television from an iPhone, iPad, Mac running Apple Safari or Roku device.


    Users can also record programs on a cloud-based DVR for access in the future. For now, the service is only open to users in New York.


    Aereo is a disruptive company. Before the service even launched, it was already being sued by local and national broadcasters. The networks allege that Aereo is violating re-transmission laws and guidelines and violating their copyright. For its part, Aereo says that everything it is doing is covered by legal precedent.


    Last month, Aereo got an early win in its battle with broadcasters when a federal judge refused to grant an injunction against the service. That means that Aereo can continue to operate - and expand into new markets - while litigation is taking place.


    This sort of litigation could take years to resolve but with the first major hurdle out of the way, the company is ready to move forward."
     
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