AEREO’s Antenna

The Antenna– We’re sorry but you are not currently located within Aereo’s market area. Aereo is available exclusively in the New York City metropolitan area. Please come back and try again when you’re in the area

Some of you who have been following my blog entries might have seen some correspondence with regard to Fractals and Antennas and The Economy

 Consumers have the right to access broadcast television for free via an antenna because the public owns the airwaves.  Use of that valuable spectrum is licensed by the public to the broadcasters with the obligation that broadcasters must operate in the “public interest, convenience, and necessity.” See: Innovation, Progress and Consumer Choice

By studying some of the back ground information here you might have seen and understood what AEREO has done.


Aereo is a technology company based in New York City that allows subscribers to view live as well as time-shifted streams of over-the-air television on Internet-connected devices.[1] The service launched in February 2012[2] and is backed by Barry Diller’s IAC.[3] Immediately following Aereo’s launch in New York City the company was sued by a consortium of major broadcasters, including CBS, NBCUniversal, Disney’s ABC and Newscorp’s Fox for copyright infringement.





An array of Aereo antennas. Each antenna is about the size of a coin.

Aereo’s technology allows subscribers to view live broadcast content and to record it for later viewing.[4] As of October 2012, Aereo can be installed on Mac & PC [5] using a compatible browser, and iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV (2nd & 3rd Gen) via AirPlay.[1] A Roku video player can be used when one of the Apple mobile devices is also present.[5]

As of June 2012, the service offers 28 channels, including all major broadcast channels. In August 2012, the company announced new monthly and yearly pricing options, $1 a day and ‘Aereo Try for Free.’ Monthly plans start at $8 for 20 hours of DVR storage and $12 for 40 hours of storage. A yearly subscription is $80.[6]
The service is only available to customers in New York City. During times when customers venture out of the normal broadcasting range for network television in New York City, they will not be able to access the service.[4]

Aereo is able to provide this service by leasing to each user an individual remote antenna. Thousands of them are stored in a data center in Brooklyn where it also houses its data servers.[4][7][8] This distinguishes Aereo from purely internet-based streaming services.[9]



On January 8, 2013, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia announced Spring 2013 plans to expand to the following US cities:[10]


Legal controversy

On March 1, 2012, Aereo was sued by a consortium of network broadcasters who argued that Aereo infringed their copyrighted material because Aereo’s streams constituted public performances. They sought a preliminary injunction against the company.[11][12] On July 11, Federal Judge Alison Nathan denied this injunction, citing as precedent the 2008 Cablevision case, which established the legality of cloud-based streaming and DVR services.[13] In response to the decision, Aereo Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said “Today’s decision shows that when you are on the right side of the law, you can stand up, fight the Goliath and win.”[14] In a subsequent interview with CNET, Kanojia asserted, “With one step, we changed the entire TV industry. The television industry and its evolution are now starting towards the Internet and that was stopped until Aereo came along…And I think as consumers start migrating to the Internet, new programming and new content are going to come in.” [15] The plaintiffs appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Several other players in the industry, such as cable provider Cablevision, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Consumer Electronics Association filed amicus briefs.[16]

Broadcasters argue that Aereo is a threat both to their business model, specifically the re-transmission fees that cable companies pay broadcasters for their content, and to their audience.[17] Because the fees cable companies pay for broadcast content can comprise up to 10% of a broadcaster’s revenue,[18] broadcasters object to Aereo’s re-distribution of this content without paying any fees. Broadcasters have also identified Aereo as part of the cord-cutting trend among TV audiences, and diminishing or aging audiences pose a threat to broadcasters’ advertising revenue.[19]

On April 1, 2013, the federal appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling, finding that Aereo’s streams to subscribers were not “public performances”, and thus did not constitute copyright infringement. The appeals court also affirmed the earlier district court decision that denied the broadcasters a preliminary injunction against Aereo.[20]



Reviews of Aereo have been positive,[21][22][23][24] including one by The Wall Street Journal’s Katherine Boehret, who commented on Aereo’s “clean user interface that works well on iPad…and its video quality [that] is startlingly good,” [1]

PC Magazine gave the service a middling review. It complained of the limited channel options, limited availability, and high cost.[25] It did, however, praise the interoperability the service offered.




  1. ^ a b c Boehret, Katherine. “Aereo Shines With Live TV on the Go”. Wall Street Journal.
  2. ^ “Aereo Announces $20.5M Series A Financing Led by IAC; New Technology Platform Allows Consumers Access to Live TV Over the Internet”.
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian. “New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations in New York”. New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c
  5. ^ a b Aereo Browser Viewing
  6. ^ Warren, Christina. “Aereo Makes Cutting the Cord Even Easier, And Cheaper”. Mashable. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  7. ^ Moskovciak, Matthew. “Aereo brings over-the-air TV to the cloud”. CNET. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  8. ^ Stewart, Christopher. “High Noon for Diller’s Aereo”. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  9. ^ Fung, Amanda. “Tech startup wheels into ex-tire plant”. Crains New York. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  10. ^
  11. ^ King, Cecilia. “Broadcasters sue to stop Diller’s Aereo streaming TV service”. Washington Post. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  12. ^ Stewart, Christopher. “Networks Sue Aereo Streaming Start-Up”. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  13. ^ Kramer, Staci. “Diller and Aereo win first round: injunction denied”. PaidContent. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  15. ^ Sandoval, Greg. “Aereo’s founder has broadcast TV in a headlock–now what? (Q&A)”. CNET.
  16. ^ Grotticelli, Michael. “Aereo gets support in legal case against broadcasters”. BroadcastEngineering. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  17. ^ Kang, Cecelia. “As users flock to iTunes, Hulu and Netflix, TV stations struggle to survive”. Washington Post. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  18. ^
  19. ^ Sandoval, Greg (3 June 2012). “A bet that Diller-backed Aereo TV startup wins its day in court”. CNET. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  20. ^ Brian Stelter, “Aereo Wins Appeal; Trial Likely for Streaming TV“, New York Times, April 1, 2013. Accessed April 1, 2013.
  21. ^ Wice, Nathaniel. “A Cord Cutter’s Dream Come True”. Barrons. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  22. ^ Deleon, Nicholas. “MIXED SIGNALS Streaming TV startup Aereo, bane of broadcast networks, gets it mostly right”. The Daily. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  23. ^ Aguilar, Mario. “Aereo Hands-On: Watch Broadcast TV Wherever and Whenever You Want”. Gizmodo. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  24. ^ Warren, Christina. “Aereo Gives New Yorkers Online Access to Live TV [HANDS ON]”. Mashable. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  25. ^,2817,2401512,00.asp


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