Aereo streaming service now compatible with all major web browsers

By on October 19, 2012, 9:30 AM

Aereo, the controversial service that allows customers to watch live streaming television over the Internet, has expanded service to include all major web browsers. The service had previously been limited to individuals using an iOS device or a Roku streaming box.

Desktop and notebook owners using Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari can now get in on the action. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia acknowledged the fact that most American households own notebook or desktop computers which made opening the service up to them a no-brainer.

Aereo has garnered a ton of media and legal attention in recent months as they stand a solid chance of being the first to truly disrupt the television industry as we know it today. ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and PBS are just a few of the broadcast networks that have filed suit against the startup. They don’t believe Aereo should be able to profit from their broadcasts, among other things.

If you are unfamiliar with the service, it allows customers to watch live streaming television over the Internet by taking advantage of a loophole in the legal system. The company has installed a massive array of tiny antennas across the coverage area (currently limited to New York City) to capture over-the-air broadcast signals.

These signals are then broadcast over the Internet to local service subscribers. Users can access the service for a single hour each day free of charge, pay $1 for a full day pass or subscribe to a monthly membership that starts at $8 with online DVR storage.

As far as we know, Aereo is still on target to expand to most major US cities by the end of 2013 barring any legal injunction.

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jkendt1989 jkendt1989 said:

If this ever supports my area I will sign up in a minute. This is exactly what I have been waiting for, not only for on the TV but making my devices able to watch TV as well. Great idea!

In essence I don't see why this is going to court other then the cable companies and networks knowing this will be big and take a big piece of their pie. You are renting an antenna, no difference then going out and buying an antenna. Only thing I could see them losing is the DVR aspect and the customer only having 24 hours or so to watch their recorded shows before it gets deleted.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The actual channel lineup is pathetic. Also the only market supported seems to be New York.

I'll give this a try when it has expanded to other markets and when its channel selection matures.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

TV companies are looking so short sighted. This is what people want and yet they fail to stream their channels and make money. If they don't act now companies like this will fill the void and make money out of their stupidity. I will definitely sight up once the get to Los Angeles. I mean who wouldn't want to see a Laker game from their work on their mobile device.

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