Aereo Internet TV service coming to C...

Aereo Internet TV service coming to Columbus

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Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#1 Sep 25, 2013
Aereo bringing Internet TV-viewing service to Columbus

Aereo, a service that pulls television content from public airwaves and delivers it to customers over an Internet connection, has announced it is coming to Columbus.

The company said its latest expansion will also include Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio. Launch dates for the service will be announced in the next few months, Aereo said in a statement.

TV broadcasters, however, recently won a federal court victory against FilmOn X, a streaming service like Aereo, barring FilmOn X from retransmitting programming over the Internet, according to technology website CNet.

The four national broadcast television networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — filed a copyright lawsuit in May against FilmOn X. They’ve also been fighting Aereo on the same grounds. The website said FilmOn X uses the same antenna/DVR technology as Aereo to broadcast live, local, over-the-air TV shows on Internet-connected devices.

Aereo allows viewers to watch on many devices including tablets, smartphones and laptop computers, the company said, and allows viewers to pause, rewind, fast-forward and store programs. Prices start at $8 a month, which includes 20 hours of DVR storage.

The service already is available in a number of mostly big-city markets, including New York, Boston and Atlanta.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Sep 25, 2013
The only advantage I see to this is that you can watch your local channels everywhere, even when you travel.

I guess if you want to keep up on local news, it might come in handy or if you really, really need to watch TV on your smartphone. Otherwise, it's cheaper to just buy a USB gismo for your laptop or a TV Card for your computer.

I had a TV card in my computer at the office and have gotten a decent amount of use out of it. But they are worthless 25 miles out without a big antenna.

Time Warner has a neat setup where you can watch most of your subscribed channels over the internet. But it only works at home for most of the channels .. I was away from home on Saturday and was able to watch the OSU game on my laptop since BTN is one of the networks that isn't blocked.

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