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A Letter To Our Consumers

Standing up for technology, innovation and progress

At Aereo, our team of engineers set out to create a new way to watch television that would be simple, elegant, and useful. The result: Aereo’s unique cloud-based antenna and DVR technology.

Our innovative technology leverages the power of the Internet to create a smarter, more sophisticated over-the-air antenna for the digital world and an easy-to-use cloud-based DVR that you can control and watch from a smart phone, tablet, computer or Internet connected television.

Despite the fact that consumers have long had the right to use an antenna to watch over-the-air television and make recordings for their own personal use, the major broadcasters filed suit against Aereo in New York alleging copyright infringement and sought to prevent Aereo from providing its technology.  The broadcasters asked the Court to deny you, the consumer, the ability to use the cloud to access a more modern-day television antenna and DVR.

That requested injunction has been denied on three separate occasions in this case, once at the federal district court level and twice at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The case is now in front of the United States Supreme Court and oral arguments will be heard on April 22, 2014. Today, we filed our response brief, setting forth the basis for our steadfast conviction that Aereo’s cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law.

We have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.  We think you should be able to decide whether you use home equipment or whether you take advantage of the ease, convenience and lower cost of cloud-based equipment and storage.

We will keep you updated as our case progresses. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Your tweets, Facebook posts and emails of support mean a great deal to our entire team. Keep them coming and keep your voices loud in support of consumer choice and innovation.

Yours truly,

Chet Kanojia

Statement From Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia

New York, New York (March 26, 2014)Aereo, Inc., today released the following statement from its Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia regarding the company’s response brief filed today in the U.S. Supreme Court:

“Last December, we decided to not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. Today, we filed our response brief setting forth the basis for our steadfast conviction that Aereo’s cloud-based antenna and DVR technology falls squarely within the law. We have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television using an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.

“The broadcasters are asking the Court to deny consumers the ability to use the cloud to access a more modern-day television antenna and DVR.  They are asking the Court to confine consumers to outdated equipment and limit their access to lawful technology in order to protect a legacy business model, the success of which is built on eliminating consumer choice and competition in the marketplace.  Broadcasters should not be able to use the Courts or misuse the Copyright Act to drive forward what they believe are their most lucrative business models, at the expense of consumers.

“If the broadcasters succeed, the consequences to American consumers and the cloud industry are chilling.

“The long-standing landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision has served as a crucial underpinning to the cloud computing and cloud storage industry.  The broadcasters have made clear they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself.  A decision against Aereo would upend and cripple the entire cloud industry.

“Since the beginning of television, consumers have had a fundamental right to watch over-the-air broadcast television using an individual antenna, and they have had the right to record copies for their personal use since the U.S. Supreme Court Sony Betamax decision in 1984. These are rights that should be protected and preserved as they have been for generations.

“We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court on April 22 and we have every hope and confidence that the Court will continue validate and preserve a consumer’s right to use lawful technology innovations like Aereo.”

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Background on Aereo 

Aereo’s innovative remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology makes watching television simple and user-friendly.  Using Aereo’s technology, consumers can pause and rewind any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing.

Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, for access to Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4, consumers can upgrade their subscription and receive 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month.  Consumers who join Aereo will get their first of month of access for free.  Aereo’s technology works on ‘smart’ devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers.  Aereo is currently supported on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and devices running Android operating system version 4.1 or higher.  Aereo is also supported on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku platforms

To learn more about Aereo’s technology please, visit Aereo.com.

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For media inquiries:

Virginia Lam, Aereo, Inc.

vlam@aereo.com

press@aereo.com

LaunchSquad for Aereo

aereo@launchsquad.com

(212) 564-3665

Best Wishes for a Streaming New Year!

Let’s make this year even better than the last with some resolutions.

If you’re looking to clear some of the clutter in the New Year, consider signing up for Aereo. With all the hardware in the cloud, your home needs less stuff collecting dust for you to access Live TV.

And, if you’re looking to make some thrifty financial decision to kick off the new year– consider Aereo as an affordable way to record and stream live television.

Come give Aereo a try!

 

Happy New Year!

-Your Friends at Aereo

Happy New Year from Aereo

Nice to Meet You Baltimore!

Aereo Launches in the Baltimore metropolitan region today.

Aereo launches our 10th market today, Baltimore! Wondering if you live in our coverage area? Check out our map here.  Wondering if you have a compatible device? We’ve got a link for that too.

Last week, we were fortunate to join the good folks at Tech Breakfast in Columbia, Maryland to demo Aereo.  The capacity crowd braved the cold and the snow to check out Aereo and all of the other fantastic companies. Thanks Tech Breakfast for hosting us!

Want to learn more about Aereo? Read more here or email us at support@aereo.com.

Statement from our CEO & Founder Chet Kanojia

Aereo today released the following statement from our Founder and CEO Chet Kanojia regarding the company’s brief filed today in the U.S. Supreme Court:

“We have decided to not oppose the broadcasters’ petition for certiorari before the United States Supreme Court. While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and two different federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we enter. We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition.

“The long-standing landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision has served as a crucial underpinning to the cloud computing and cloud storage industry.  The broadcasters’ filing makes clear that they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself.

“Aereo provides to consumers antenna and DVR technology. With Aereo, a consumer tunes an individual, remotely located antenna and makes personal recordings on a cloud DVR.  The Aereo technology is functionally equivalent to a home antenna and DVR, but it is an innovation that provides convenience and ease to the consumer. The plaintiffs are trying to deny consumers the ability to use a more modern antenna and DVR by trying to prevent a consumer’s access to these technologies via the cloud.

“Consumers have the right to use an antenna to access the over-the-air television. It is a right that should be protected and preserved and in fact, has been protected for generations by Congress. Eliminating a consumer’s right to take advantage of innovation with respect to antenna technology would disenfranchise millions of Americans in cities and rural towns across the country.

“We are unwavering in our belief that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the law and we look forward to continuing to delight our customers.”

Download press release.

 

Aereo in Boston

We couldn’t be more excited to launch in Boston next month, a town with a passionate tech community that is home to many of Aereo’s employees. To celebrate our Boston launch announcement yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending the Boston New Technology Meetup and introducing our Aereo UI to a group of enthusiastic and supportive folks who made it out to StartupLab Allston, undeterred by the rain. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome – we’re so happy to launch in Boston.

For all those in the greater Boston area who are interested in experiencing Aereo, pre-register here to get first access before it’s available to the general public. Those who pre-register will get a special invitation to join Aereo starting on May 15th. General membership access starts on May 30th.

Download Press Release

Aereo Hearts New York – Hurricane Sandy Relief

In the words of Mayor Bloomberg, Hurricane Sandy was a “storm of historic intensity. But New Yorkers are resilient and we have seen an enormous outpouring of support from people eager to volunteer, donate and help out.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

It’s been a devastating week and a half for the Big Apple and tri-state area. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the severity of the devastation and destruction left in the storm’s wake has become all too clear. The team at Aereo continues to keep all those affected by Hurricane Sandy in our thoughts.

All last week, we expanded our Try for Free access so that folks in New York City could use our technology to keep up to date on the latest emergency storm news and information. It was small gesture that we hope brought some measure of comfort to those who were displaced or left in the dark.

We believe technology can play a significant role in helping people during emergencies. Thank you to those who tweeted or messaged us during the storm. We’re glad that we could help and be there for New York City. Supporting our local community is important to us.

And we want to do more.

To help in the recovery effort, Aereo’s Long Island City office will be collecting coats for New York Cares’ Annual Winter Coat Drive. The temperatures are dropping and coats are badly needed for families across our City. If you have a coat to donate, please bring it to our offices at 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Suite 512.  All sizes are welcome.

There are other ways you can help in the Sandy relief and recovery efforts.

Google is compiling a map of Sandy volunteer and donation locations:

http://bit.ly/VD6KDN

You can also pitch in through these organizations:

NYC Service – The City’s Official Volunteer Office

http://www.nycservice.org

http://www.facebook.com/nycservice

 

American Red Cross of Greater New York

http://www.nyredcross.org

 

Food Bank for New York City

http://www.foodbanknyc.org

 

At Aereo, we’re proud to do our part and we hope you’ll join us in helping our communities recover from Hurricane Sandy.

 

 

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!


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.

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.