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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple this Thanksgiving

Are you sticking around NYC this Thanksgiving while your roommates and friends head home for the holidays? Fear not, there’s plenty that NYC has to offer you and your fellow transplants this weekend.

New Yorkers, whether born and bred or imported, know how to make Thanksgiving (and every other day), a fun and exciting day to spend in the city. Whether ordering in their favorite take out, or roasting a huge turkey in a tiny oven, young NYC dwellers have made the most of this opportunity to get together with friends, cram into a tiny apartment, and have a proper merry Thanksgiving feast.

We wanted to share a few ideas for an awesome, in-the-city New York transplant celebration:

  1. We found this great guide, complete with bars, restaurants, and other things to do in Brooklyn this Thanksgiving: “The Ultimate 2012 Brooklyn Thanksgiving Guide“. Pick a spot and Instagram your tasty meal.
  2. What’s better than potluck in a one-bedroom apartment! Get on Facebook and find your fellow transplants. You may just start a new tradition with a cherished group of friends.
  3. Want to deep fry a turkey? Don’t do it on your fire escape! But if you have the right set up and want to give it a try, here’s how to do it safely.
  4. Did you know many movie theaters are open on Thanksgiving? Catch the new Lincoln movie, or if it’s your cup of tea – Twilight.
  5. And of course if you choose to veg out with some TV, log in or sign up with Aereo. It’s that time of year for great sports and holiday programming! But really, you live in New York City, so…
  6. Go see the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade live! People travel from all over the world to come see the parade and it’s right in your own backyard.

Whatever you decide, have fun, be safe, and enjoy the day off!

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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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.