Monthly Archives: August 2012

Office Picks: Headphones

It’s that time of year when people start heading back to school and work and we’re sad to say our fantastic interns are as well! After a busy summer in our NYC office, David and Janay tell us which headphones they like for optimizing their Aereo experience.

When we watch TV with Aereo, work at the office, or ride the subway in NYC, we always rely on our headphones to give us a little escape from the loud reality of the city. Headphones are absolutely essential in helping us get through the day and when it comes to headphones, we are very, very particular.  We want to share our favorite styles with you.

When we’re easily distracted: Bose QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones
These headphones are a timeless classic. We find them incredibly comfortable with very crisp sound. Also, these headphones have noise reduction so when life gets noisy and we can’t seem to focus, we can always count on these headphones to get us in the zone.

When we cruise the streets of downtown Manhattan: Apple Earphones – White
We think these are the most stylish headphones on the block for any urban dweller.

When we are too lazy to take our headphones off: Image S4i Black In-Ear Headphones
You know that moment when you are in the middle of watching your favorite TV show with Aereo, and you get a phone call? Well, that problem for us is solved using this pair of in-ear headphones. Fit with a 3-button microphone and remote system, we love the sound quality.

When we’re trying to save a buck: Panasonic RP-HJE120 Earbud Headphones
One of the first things you learn in college is how to spend the least money and get the biggest bang for your buck. We think these have incredible sound, comfort and a low price tag. And they’re available in eight different colors. For us, they are perfect for studying in style without breaking the bank.

When we don’t want to be bogged down by cords: JF3 Freedom Bluetooth Headphones
The name says it all: freedom. These headphones are great in-ear headphones with an extra perk: no tangles. Lightweight and cord-free!

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Aereo New Pricing Options

Calling all New Yorkers! Aereo announced today an exciting new pricing structure. What is it? Let’s give you the rundown…

Who? Aereo. Who else?

What? NEW PRICING! There’s a plan for everyone and Aereo Try For Free includes a commitment-free option that enables you to experience Aereo’s technology for up to one continuous hour each day.* Other plan options include a $1 day pass, $8 and $12 monthly plans or an $80 annual plan. See full pricing grid below for details.

When? Right now! You can get started today.

Where? The five boroughs of New York City: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. (And we’re looking to expand!).

Why? We believe in choice. One size does not fit all. We understand that people have different needs and lifestyles, so we are providing more options for people to access live HD broadcast whenever and wherever they want. Power to the people.

*data rates may apply and usage is subject to capacity

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Eye on the Ball: Sports, HD & Aereo

Consumers once had antennas that didn’t always work well. In order to get a better picture, they switched to paid TV. Then they were introduced to DVR and hi-definition television, and over time, they somehow came to believe that the free-to-air broadcast signal wasn’t available, let alone with DVR and HD. It is available. With Aereo, consumers now have antennas that they can control through their devices along with a DVR and that incredible picture quality. 

Remember those HDTV ads that sparkled with crystal clear images of blue skies, bright uniforms and carefully manicured golf courses with sharp blades of grass? There is no doubt that high-definition television enhances entertainment for all viewers, but it’s been especially beneficial for sports fans. This month, millions of people are tuning in to watch the United States compete in a multitude of games. We’re especially interested in golf and tennis, two sports that have undoubtedly been enhanced by HD quality picture; their objects of focus being the miniature golf ball and the elusive tennis ball.

Golf and tennis balls are perfect examples of what HD can do for a sport. They are the most important objects to track in their respective games yet increasingly difficult to see on a screen. While both are hard to see, there’s a major difference between how pixels and your eyes track these objects. To see the golf ball, major skill on part of the cameraman kicks in as the ball moves relative to the earth, but not much relative to the camera. To the eye, it’s actually the background, and not the ball, that is moving. The pixels focus on the object that is not moving, which, in this case, is the ball as the camera keeps it in the same frame. Your brain blurs the background because you are concentrating on what you perceive to be a moving object. With a tennis ball, the background is stable, but not relative to the camera. The players and ball are moving while sophisticated electronics use a pack of mathematical tricks to compress the picture and estimate the motion of the moving players and ball, foreseeing where they will go just a few milliseconds ahead and portraying their progress across the screen using small bits of information to do so. With the golf ball, you’re focused on the object itself. With the tennis ball, you’re focused on its path. Your ability to see a distant golf ball and the movement of an erratic tennis ball has thus improved through the invention of HD, which has forever changed sports entertainment by creating a more sensory experience. And, like the tennis ball, HD has been on its own moving path, such that you can now see the ruffle on a golfer’s shirt on a screen through use of Aereo’s technology.

With Aereo, access to over-the-air HD broadcast is an inexpensive option. Through advanced signal processing, our engineers built the technology so it’s dynamic and versatile – the result is video in 3 rates, seen on the Aereo UI, for you to adjust or adaptively adjust based on your Internet connection, providing a quality HDTV experience and giving you the ability to see beads of sweat on an athlete’s face. How’s that for $12 a month?!