Posted 08/30/2013 at 6:33 PM
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Aereo, the TV streaming company that allows users to watch free-to-air television on desktop and iOS devices, could be coming to Android next month.
In an interview with the International Business Times, Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia confirmed that a Google Play app is on its way and, more specifically, it will be launching in the month of September. This could see the release coincide with the launch of the service in Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Dallas, which are all scheduled for next month as the company looks to expand operations beyond Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Utah.
Kanojia said that Aereo had originally planned to launch on Android last summer – that obviously didn’t stick, but the app release next month will see the service instantly expand its reach as Android has a greater coverage across the U.S. than iOS. This of course will rile a few companies within the television industry, as even more people will have the opportunity to watch live, local TV without the need for a cable subscription.
Aereo works by using thousands of tiny antennas to pick up traditional TV content and broadcast it to users over the internet. Naturally, legal battles with networks ensued at the launch of the service; however, courts have so far ruled in favor of the controversial service.
Latest figures from ComScore show that Android has a 52% share of the U.S. smartphone market, which equates to around 73.8 million devices. Add that to Apple’s 40% share of the smartphone market and over 95% of the tablet market that the two leading mobile operating systems have combined, and the future could be looking very bright for Aereo and very dull for the television networks.
If the Aereo app does launch in September, we will be sure to keep you updated.