Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New York, the folks at Aereo want to make sure that New Yorkers stay informed and stay safe during the storm.  That’s why Aereo is expanding its Try for Free access for 12 hours starting at 11:30am today. Remember to watch Mayor Bloomberg’s update on the storm at 11:30am and stay informed with local broadcast news for important updates, weather predictions, and evacuation and closure updates all day long with Aereo.

Simply visit aereo.com and create a login and password. Pending capacity, consumers can use Try for Free immediately on compatible devices. There is no credit card to enter, but users must be located within New York City. Data charges may apply, so please check with your provider. A full list of supported browsers and devices can be found here.

Stay warm, safe, and dry NYC!


Baseball & Live Broadcast TV

Over the years, broadcast television has played a tremendous role in expanding our access to sports. It has helped to broaden audiences and bring sports, like baseball, directly into the homes of millions of people across the country, played a role in increasing the fan base of the sport, and even affecting the game times.

How did it all begin? Let’s break down some major milestones:

The First Televised Professional Baseball Game
It happened on August 26, 1939 on the New York station then known as W2XBS, and was broadcast from  Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

More TVs, More Eyeballs, Drives More People to the Ballpark
By 1948, professional baseball game ballpark attendance reached a record high of 21 million. How did TV contribute to this? With televisions becoming more accessible and more common over time, more baseball teams began televising games. Televising games yielded new fans, sparking more interest among them to experience games in person at the ballpark.

First Instant Replay
The first instant replay may have occurred on July 17, 1959, during a broadcast of a game by a local New York station. The videotape replay came showed a hit, which ended a no-hitter.

When Day Games Became Night Games
On October 13, 1971, a baseball championship game was played for the first time at night.  League management  believed that most baseball fans were either in school or working during the afternoons, when most baseball games were played. It was a huge success, and baseball ratings shot through the roof. From then on, nearly all weekday baseball games would be played at night. The first regular season night game occurred on May 24, 1935.

Flash Forward
The game has changed even further with internet accessibility and even more TV networks airing the sport. Now, with games available on broadcast TV through technologies such as mobile internet-connected devices, how will this affect the game for the next generation?

Play Ball!

Final Showdown: Obama vs. Romney on Foreign Policy

The final Presidential Debate is on broadcast television tonight. We’ve got some tips from the experts on what to look for tonight.

Tonight marks the final debate showdown between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. The candidates will square off at 9:00 p.m. EST and put forth their views on the most pressing foreign policy issues facing our country.  Aereo is again expanding its Try for Free access for this Presidential Debate, temporarily expanding Try for Free access until 11:00 p.m. to accommodate the debate time frame.  The debate will be aired by all of the major over-the-air broadcasters.

Not sure what to look for in tonight’s debate? The Washington Post has the rundown on tonight’s key debate topics. With national polls suggesting an increasingly close race, this final debate could be pivotal and an important momentum boost for the candidates going into the last 15 days before the election. Politico’s got your list of 5 things to watch out for in the debate.

In our blog last week, we wrote about how televised debates throughout history have been instrumental in shaping the public’s perception of candidates and campaigns. For another interesting list of the top 10 moments in foreign policy debates throughout history, ForeignPolcy.com has got you covered with an interesting post from earlier this month.

Finally, if you’d rather follow the debate buzz in 140 characters or less, keep track with #debates on Twitter.

To watch the debate live with Aereo, simply visit aereo.com and create a login and password. Pending capacity, consumers can use Try for Free immediately on compatible devices. There is no credit card to enter, but users must be located within New York City.  Data charges may apply, so please check with your provider. A full list of supported browsers and devices can be found here.

More Browsers, More Devices, More Ways to Enjoy Aereo

“PC users can now access our technology and the high-quality, live broadcast television experience that our current Aereo members have come to know and love.” – Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia

The day has finally come – Aereo is available on additional browsers and personal computers! That’s right, after months of hard work, our engineers have enabled Aereo access on an array of new browsers. Now, you can use Aereo in more places and on more devices – at home, at work or on the go – to watch live broadcast TV online.

Which browsers and devices?

We’ve engineered our own way to bring Aereo access to more browsers, including: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

Even better, Aereo is now compatible with these browsers on Mac and Windows personal computers, providing consumers with with even more choice on how and where they use Aereo.

What channels can I watch?

In New York City, there are currently 29 broadcast channels available over-the-air, including major networks such as WABC, WNBC, WCBS, WNYW-FOX, WPIX-11, WNET-PBS, and PBS Kids, special interest channels such as NYC-GOV, NYC-LIFE, Ion and Qubo, Spanish-language broadcast channels such as MundoFox, Telemundo, Azteca, Telefutura, Univision, and other foreign language channels such as Sinovision, NTDTV and CGN-TV. For more information see this full list of channels.

Give it a try and and see how you like it. We think you will.

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Round Three: Town Hall

The second Presidential Debate is on broadcast television tonight. Don’t miss a single zinger with Aereo.

The Aereo team is continuing its expanded Try for Free access for the second Presidential Debate, enabling consumers to watch the Town-Hall style debate live on compatible Internet-enabled devices.  The debate showdown is being hosted at Hofstra University on Long Island and will be aired on all major broadcast networks tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST.

To watch the debate live with Aereo, simply visit aereo.com and create a login and password. Pending capacity, consumers can use Try for Free immediately on compatible devices. There is no credit card to enter, but users must be located within New York City.  Data charges may apply, so please check with your provider.

Television, Technology & Elections

The presidential debate two weeks ago drew an estimated audience of nearly 67 million viewers. Buzz on Facebook was high and the debate generated an impressive 10.3 Million tweets in 90 minutes, a new political-tweeting record on Twitter.

Television and technology play an essential role in delivering information to the public about a candidate’s platform and position on important issues. Broadcast television coverage of elections is more robust than ever and for candidates it is the medium of choice when it comes to reaching voters. In a world where radio, television and the internet are an ever-present part of our daily lives, it’s difficult to imagine a time when the debates weren’t televised.

Until the second half of the 20th century, the vast majority of people in the United States were unable to watch the debates.  Access to those important conversations was limited to the fortunate homes that had the technology to either watch on television or listen on the radio.

The election of John F. Kennedy, illustrates perfectly the profound impact of television on elections.  Many of you are probably already familiar with why that particular election was such a seminal event in intersection of television and politics.  According to a survey after the first debate between Kennedy and Nixon, those who listened on the radio believed that Nixon had come out victorious. However, for those individuals who watched the debate on television and were able to contrast Nixon’s expressions and demeanor with Kennedy’s, they were more likely to believe that Kennedy had prevailed.  From that moment on, it became increasingly clear that broadcast television would play an important role in shaping elections. By providing the public with a more holistic view (literally) of the candidates, broadcast television would forever change how elections were fought and won in this country.

Televising presidential debates on broadcast television has been a political game changer and over the past 52 years, the role of television in politics has grown ten-fold.  From political advertising, to televising political conventions, to the ever-increasing number of political talk and news shows, all of these are now permanent fixtures on broadcast television.

Public access to free, over-the-air broadcast television is still critically important to ensuring that the electorate – that means me and you – have an opportunity to be a part of the political dialogue. We’ve come a long way from people having to gather around a radio or crowd in front of television shop windows to watch the news.


Great Debates Part Two: Biden vs. Ryan

Accessing free, over-the-air broadcast television should be simple and easy for the public.  Enhancing and supporting public access to local broadcast signals is important to keeping local broadcasters vibrant and the public informed about what’s happening in the world and community around them.  By temporarily expanding our Try for Free access to accommodate the debate time frame, we’re providing the public with another avenue to more fully engage in this year’s election process.  We hope people continue to take advantage of this expanded access and watch this Thursday’s debate.” – Aereo CEO and Founder, Chet Kanojia

The Aereo Team is doing it again.

On the heels of last week’s successful expanded Try for Free access for the Presidential Debate, Aereo is announcing today that we will again expand our Try for Free feature for Thursday’s Vice Presidential Debate showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.  That means New Yorkers will be able to watch the debate, live on broadcast TV, on compatible Internet-connected devices with Aereo.

The debate kicks off at 9:00pm EST and Aereo will temporarily expand Try for Free access until 11:00pm to accommodate the debate time frame.  The debate will be aired by all of the major over-the-air broadcasters.

Our Try for Free feature is simple to use.  Visit Aereo.com, create a login and password and, subject to capacity, consumers can begin using Aereo Try For Free immediately on compatible devices.  There is no credit card to enter, but users must be located within New York City.  Data charges may apply, so please check with your provider.

To learn more, read our press release here.  And on Thursday, watch the debate with Aereo.

 

 

Great Debates

“Free, over-the-air broadcast television is a critically important part of the American fabric. Elections are won and lost on these airwaves.  The important issues of the day – issues that impact every family across this country – are discussed and debated on free-to-air broadcast television.  Aereo’s technology is key to simplifying access to that information.  Everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of the conversation.  By temporarily expanding daily Try for Free access from one to two hours to accommodate the debate time frame, we’re providing the public with expanded opportunity to engage more fully in the process.” – Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia

The Aereo team announced this morning that we are expanding our Try for Free access to New York consumers to two hours (from 9-11:00 p.m. EST) tonight in order to enable users to watch the first Presidential Debate of 2012.  We’re keeping true to our mission of simplifying consumer access to free over-the-air broadcast television and making our groundbreaking remote antenna technology available on compatible devices to consumers for free during each of this year’s three Presidential Debates.   The first Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney begins at 9:00 p.m. EST and will be aired by all major over-the-air broadcast networks.

Aereo believes that consumers have a fundamental right to access over the air television that broadcasts on the public airwaves, and that enhancing and supporting public access to that local broadcast signal is important.

How do you access Try For Free? Getting started is simple: Visit aereo.com, create a login and password and, subject to capacity, consumers can begin using Aereo Try For Free immediately on compatible devices.  There is no credit card to enter, but users must be located within New York City.  Data charges may apply, please check with your provider.

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