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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  They are asking the Court to confine consumers to outdated equipment and limit their access to lawful technology in order to protect a legacy business model, the success of which is built on eliminating consumer choice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

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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

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.

 

Feeling the Buzz?

There will be thousands waiting in line this week for the new iPhone5. Some of our friends won’t do it and our parents certainly don’t understand it, but we totally get why you’re standing in line, camped out for what feels like an eternity, just to buy a phone. We get it because we’ll be there with you.

As a technology company that enables consumers to watch live TV on supported internet-connected devices, Aereo’s ranks are filled with passionate tech-heads, proudly waving our nerd flags. We love gadgets and we love new technology, which is why we’re just as psyched as you are for the new iPhone.

In fact, we’re so excited that on Friday, September 21st, we’ll be cruising the streets of New York City with Sweetery giving out free coffee to those of you needing a little something to stay warm and awake until those big glassy doors open at 8:00am.

Where will we be?  Follow us on Twitter (@AereoTV/#CoffeeOnAereo) and you’ll find updated information on our location and whereabouts on Friday. Find our truck, grab a free cup of coffee.  It’s that simple.

We love helping those who are as passionate about technology as we are. Aereo’s got your back. Let’s get our tech and caffeine fix together.

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Aereo in the News

What a week!

We started Monday with a fantastic feature in the New York Times showcasing Aereo’s innovative technology. We love the photo of Chet alongside our CTO Joe Lipowski – could they be more excited?

And now, Tuesday brings more great news. Aereo has been named one of TIME Magazine’s Top Websites of 2012! That’s right, we’re #10 on the list and couldn’t be more thrilled.  Big kudos go out to our engineering team and our UX design team, led by Creative Director Griffin Cherry.

We’re thrilled with all of the attention, and it’s well-deserved recognition for a lot hard work that’s gone into making Aereo the best experience it can be.

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!

The trademarks used in this post belong to their respective owners and are not associated with Aereo.

ChetChat

Checking in with our fearless leader and CEO. This month, we’re talking to Chet about what lies ahead after the court ruling in favor of Aereo. Going forward, we’ll be taking your questions for him through Twitter with #ChetChat. Follow us to submit questions for next month!

Big month for Aereo! What is your current state of mind?
We’re all very excited but I haven’t had much sleep. So, I don’t know what my state of mind is.

You’re tired but happy.
Exactly.

What does the future hold for Aereo?
We will put our energy and focus on building Aereo as we envisioned. We are excited to be able to show as many consumers as possible how beautiful, intuitive and easy Aereo is to use.

How is public demand?
I’m constantly surprised by the intensity of consumer reaction. People increasingly understand where Aereo fits in their lifestyles and what great value it can provide, without any encumbrances, software to install, equipment, boxes, wires or installers. The passionate and positive response we get from people is humbling and inspiring. And, particularly over these last two or three months, it’s been really rewarding to see that people actually care deeply about what we’re doing.

Are we one step closer to an a la carte system where consumers can choose the content they want and only the content they want?
We hope so, don’t we! That’s the Holy Grail. That’s our goal, our ambition. I think that’s what the consumer really wants – I mean, who doesn’t want absolute choice rather than having one product or service tied to another?

People are craving more choice. That leads to the next question; what are our plans for expansion?
Coming to a city near you! Very soon, hopefully. Making Aereo available to people in markets with a high concentration of mobile devices and strong broadband connections makes sense intuitively, so, figuring our how to reach these folks will be our focus for the next 12 months.

Do you feel like this court decision was a landmark moment for the TV industry?
It really does feel like that, but time will tell. This is the first time that something like this has happened in a long time. I think the Sony Betamax decision, when consumers got the right to be able to record things on their own, was a landmark moment. That set the ball rolling towards a completely new industry – the home video industry was born out of that. I think we are at a similar point where the Internet is finally getting figured into the equation as a place where consumers are going to access content. It feels like a very important moment for the industry and for consumers. We want to capitalize on this momentum to make a meaningful impact for consumers.

And here’s Chet addressing Aereo’s remarkable technology and new directions for consumers…