Aereo offers TV-over-Internet with antennas engineered to comply with law

By Rick · 10 replies
Feb 16, 2012
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  1. At a conference in New York on Tuesday, Aereo unveiled (PDF) plans to give Internet-capable devices the ability to watch ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC and PBS in real-time without the…

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  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I might be willing to pay that. If I want the super basic cable here its $20 a month and I get all the OTA stations a couple public service channels, and a couple shopping channels. And they are all in SD. It also doesn't come with a DVR so no record abilities. I also live right at the edge of 3 cities's OTA coverage, and as a result, I only get 1 channel OTA (with a big rooftop antenna and an amp) and reception still is not fantastic (pixelates often, occationally completely drops).

    So this would be a service I could use, and its cheaper than paying for very restricted cable. But I don't think it will ever happen here, they aren't going to put up their super multi antennas in this region.
  3. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    i am on a completely different point of view. if you buy a nice $60 tuner... it'll pay itself off over the course of three months. there's no reason why they should charge for something that's meant to be free. unless all you do is watch tv on your tablet.... most people ultimately still watch it on their television. i just think it should be free.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    If I buy a tuner I still either have to buy cable tv service, or I'm still stuck to 1 channel. I have a computer connected to my HDTV so I'd still be able to watch 'tv' on my TV.
  5. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    not if you buy a over the air HD antenna to go with it. you hook up the antenna to the tuner to your computer that eventually feeds to the TV. you get roughly 30 channels in the US, out of that 10 are HD, all the major network channels. and with MCE, you can record and rewind shows.

    this is why so many people are cutting cords. after broadcast channel gone HD over the air, there really isn't any reason anyone should have to pay for basic TV service.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    I don't think you read my first post. I covered the amount of channels. Not everyone lives in cities where they get tons of channels.
  7. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    my bad.. i didn't read that part.

    but you might be the only customer that'll actually make sense to pay for the $20 fee for the basic channel service. for the majority of the population, i don't think it makes financial sense.
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    It doesn't make sense if Aereo makes their service available here. Because that $20 for basic cable only gets me SD, which looks horrible on an HDTV larger than about 24".
  9. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 856   +121

    We definitely need replacements for cable TV, but $12 for Aereo, $8 for Hulu, $10 for Netflix starts to add up. At least it's better than iTunes pay-per-show format.
  10. brianwilson

    brianwilson TS Rookie

    If Barry Diller has his way, you could soon be watching live TV on your iPad or other mobile device. The "Aereo" actually works by sending live Television broadcast signal to personal devices via a dedicated tiny HD antenna over the internet. I an send a video steam per viewer, and thereby circumventing legal barriers. There's no difference, because it broadcasts the media live over a personal antenna, just like a television. The service will only be available in the New York area by the time the service will be launched. There are still no comments as to when or whether the service will be branched out to other areas. But if the service is proven to be successful, the company will move other population cluster.
  11. New? :)))) does the same since 2005
    and free! all german, US and UK channels

    some channels live on (free, not even a registration)

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