Category Archives: Aereo Happenings

AEREO ANNOUNCES GOOGLE CAST™ READY DATE

Starting May 29, consumers can access Aereo’s antenna and DVR technology to record and watch live television using Google’s Chromecast device

New York, New York (April 10, 2014)Aereo, Inc., today announced that its groundbreaking cloud-based antenna and DVR technology would be Google Cast Ready on May 29.  Current Aereo members and consumers residing in active Aereo markets will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for Android™ in the Google Play™ store, which will include support for Chromecast.  Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia made today’s announcement at Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored conference in New York City.

“The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. “We’re excited that Aereo will be Google Cast Ready this May.  Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo’s innovative cloud technology.”

In order to use Aereo’s technology with Chromecast, consumers must download the Aereo app for Android in the Google Play store.  Set up your Chromecast device with your television; launch Aereo and the “cast” icon will appear in the app.

Aereo’s remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology makes watching television simple and user-friendly.  Using Aereo’s technology, consumers can pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing.  Aereo’s technology works with compatible ‘smart’ devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers.  Aereo is currently supported on iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®. The Aereo app for Android (currently in beta) is available for download for devices running Android operating system version 4.1 or higher.  Aereo is also supported on Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®, Safari®, Internet Explorer® 9, Firefox®, Opera™ Software, AppleTV® (via AirPlay®) and ROKU® platforms.

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 per month, consumers can upgrade their membership and receive 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month.  Consumers who join Aereo will currently get their first of month of access for free.

Aereo is currently available to consumers residing in the following metropolitan areas: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin. Aereo plans to launch in additional cities throughout 2014. To see if your city is on the list visit: aereo.com/coverage.

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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

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

Aereo Kicks Off Its Austin, Texas Launch with Two Days of Events This Week

Aereo will host a two-day rooftop event in Austin to celebrate its fourth Texas market launch

Events include a fireside chat with Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia & Re/code’s Peter Kafka, live demo events and performances by local DJs Toddy B & Alex Clavijo

Aereo will also present at the New York Tech Meet Up in Austin Demo Day.

New York, NY (March 3, 2014)Aereo, Inc., today announced plans for two full days of events on March 8 & 9 to kick off its Austin, Texas launch. The events will be open to the public and held on the rooftop of The Lanai at 422 Congress Avenue. The events will feature food, drink and opportunities for each guest to experience the Aereo technology firsthand in a unique rooftop setting. For more information and to RSVP to attend, visit: http://bit.ly/1mHrB6M.

Featured Events

Rooftop Chat at The Lanai

Saturday, March 8, 2014

2:30 p.m.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia sits down with Re/code’s Peter Kafka for an intimate rooftop chat about the company, the future of television, the cloud and Aereo’s upcoming date with the Supreme Court.

Moderator Peter Kafka produces and hosts live events for Re/code. He has been covering media and technology since 1997 for a variety of outlets including All Things D, Forbes and Business Insider.

Aereo #SurfParty in Austin at The Lanai

Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014

Surf’s up! Join the Aereo team to celebrate its Austin launch! We’ve got the food and drinks, so that you can mix and mingle with local Austinites and listen to hot beats from local DJs Toddy B & Alex Clavijo. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1mHrB6M

Aereo @ New York Tech Meet Up in Austin

Saturday, March 8, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia joins New York Tech Meet Up for its Austin demo day. See Aereo’s cloud-based individual antenna and DVR technology in action and hear about what’s next for the company. Learn more and RSVP here: http://www.nytmaustin.com/

About 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 membership 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, and iPod Touch. The Aereo app for Android ™ (currently in beta) is available for download for devices running Android operating system version 4.1 or higher. Aereo is also supported on Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Opera, AppleTV (via airplay) and Roku platforms.

To learn more about Aereo’s technology and how to pre-register, visit Aereo.com.

For media inquiries:

Virginia Lam, Aereo, Inc.

vlam@aereo.com

press@aereo.com

LaunchSquad for Aereo

aereo@launchsquad.com

(212) 564-3665

STATEMENT FROM AEREO CEO AND FOUNDER CHET KANOJIA

New York, NY (January 10, 2014) – The United States Supreme Court today issued an order granting the petition for a writ of certiorari in the matter of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., et al., v. Aereo, Inc. Below is a statement from Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia:

“We said from the beginning that it was our hope that this case would be decided on the merits and not through a wasteful war of attrition. We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court and we have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer’s right to access local over-the-air television with an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.

“This case is critically important not only to Aereo, but to the entire cloud computing and cloud storage industry. The landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision provided much needed clarity for the cloud industry and as a result, helped foster massive investment, growth and innovation in the sector. The challenges outlined in the broadcasters’ filing make clear that they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself and thus, undermine a critical foundation of the cloud computing and storage industry.

“We believe that consumers have a right to use an antenna to access over-the-air television and to make personal recordings of those broadcasts. 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. If the broadcasters succeed, the consequences to consumers and the cloud industry are chilling.

“We remain unwavering in our confidence that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the law and our team will continue to work hard to provide our consumers with best-in-class technology that delights and adds meaningful value to their lives.”



Background on Aereo

Aereo is currently available to residents in the following markets: New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore. 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 membership 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. The Aereo app for Android™ (currently in beta) is available for download for 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.

For media inquiries:
Virginia Lam, Aereo, Inc.
vlam@aereo.com
press@aereo.com

LaunchSquad for Aereo
aereo@launchsquad.com
(212) 564-3665

Aereo Announces Additional Financing Round

Additional $34 million investment will support Aereo’s rapid nationwide expansion

New York, NY (January 7, 2014) – Aereo, Inc., today announced that it has closed a $34 million Series C round of financing. The new round of financing will support Aereo’s rapid nationwide expansion and increased investments in hiring and technology.  IAC was joined by iconic media investor Gordon Crawford and Himalaya Capital Management, as well as existing investors Highland Capital Partners, FirstMark Capital and others for this additional round of funding.  Crawford, a media and entertainment industry veteran, is one of the industry’s most influential and successful investors, having worked at Capital Research and Management for 41 years. Himalaya Capital Management is led by global investor and human rights activist Li Lu.

Today’s announcement will be made by Aereo’s CEO and Founder, Chet Kanojia, at the Citi Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas.  To listen to a live stream of the event, click here. The audio stream will begin on January 8 at 9:45am PST.

“Aereo experienced tremendous growth in 2013 and we expect 2014 to be another blockbuster year,” said Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia. “Last year at this time, Aereo was launched in only New York City.  Today, Aereo is available in 10 markets and will grow to 15 by the end of the quarter. In 2013, we also launched our first native app for Android, made improvements to enhance the user experience and more than doubled our employee headcount. Consumers are craving choice and options and as a result, we continue to see explosive growth across all our markets.

“Aereo has scaled very quickly in 365 days and this additional funding will allow us to maintain this rapid pace of growth. We are thrilled to have a world-class group of investors who believe innovative, cloud-based technologies, like Aereo, are the future,” said Kanojia.

Aereo is currently available to residents in the following markets: New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore.  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 membership 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. The Aereo for Android app (currently in beta) is available for download for 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. 

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.

 

Miami in Style

Last Monday we celebrated our September 2nd Miami launch in style. In the afternoon, our CEO Chet Kanojia spoke at Venture Hive, where he offered advice to young Miami entrepreneurs whose companies are in their earliest stages.

He talked about his past experiences, how he’s learned from his mistakes, and encouraged them to pursue their passions.

Then, we took over the LMNT Arts space for a night of music, food, drinks and of course, demos. DJ YSL spun tunes as Miamians took a spin on Aereo. Some were new users, some had become pros in the short time we’d been live, but the diverse, tech-saavy crowd was enthusiastic and created a great energy for the event. Also, the Aereo cupcakes were a pretty big hit! Long live Aereo cupcakes!

Chet spoke about the future of television, and answered questions from the audience and from Twitter about the state of our Android launch and new Aereo developments on the horizon.

It was a great trip. Thanks to everyone who made both events possible. Miami, enjoy your Aereo!

Aereo Salt Lake City Launch Event

Last Monday, we invited some of our friends and supporters in Salt Lake City to the Gallivan Center to celebrate Aereo’s launch in Utah. It was a night full of food, fun and demos, as our guests got to experience Aereo firsthand for the first time.

Thanks to everyone who came out to our event! We love Salt Lake City and Utahn hospitality!