Posted 10/23/2013 at 10:23 AM
Posted 4 years ago
It may have taken a while, but Aereo has stuck to its promise and delivered its TV streaming service on Android.
The service, which launched in New York last year, has previously only been available for iOS devices and uses numerous tiny antennas to pick up the broadcasts of local television stations and pipe shows to subscribers via the internet.
The release comes on the date that was promised earlier this month by Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia, but is only a public beta version, which means there may be a few kinks that need ironing out before a fully stable app is available.
For $8 a month, subscribers will be able to access local over-the-air broadcasts live; however, the service is currently limited to just seven cities: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, and Miami. If you live outside of these cities then the app will be useless, though Aereo has promised to widen its reach over the next year to cities including Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, San Antonio, and Indianapolis. The service is also expected to roll out in Detroit as early as next week.
Since the service launched it has become the scourge of the major networks, with the likes NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox all taking legal action against Aereo for a claimed violation of copyrights; but, thus far, courts have sided with the streaming app, saying that networks have been unable to show sufficient evidence of copyright infringement.
If you live in one of the company markets and have a device running Android 4.2 or higher, you can pick up Aereo for Android right now from the Google Play Store.