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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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**Google, Android, Chrome, Chromecast, Google Cast Ready,and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc.  iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Safari and AirPlay are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.  Firefox is a registered trademark of the Mozilla Foundation. Opera is a trademark of Opera Software ASA.  Internet Explorer is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.  Roku is a registered trademark of Roku, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

For media inquiries:

Virginia Lam, Aereo, Inc.

vlam@aereo.com

press@aereo.com

LaunchSquad for Aereo

aereo@launchsquad.com

(212) 564-3665

Test Your Knowledge with Ten Questions on the History of TV

Here at Aereo we love antennas and we love TV. We thought it would be fun to come up with a quiz to test your general TV knowledge. Check it out!

True or False?

  1. Broadcast Television is programming or signals sent over the airwaves for public access.
  2. By 1953, 50% of American homes had a television.
  3. In 1975 Sony introduced Betamax, the first home VCR.
  4. The first national broadcast televised in color was the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade.
  5. Since 2009 TV stations have been required to broadcast exclusively in a digital format.
  6. The first television station to broadcast a digital TV signal is located in Raleigh, NC.
  7. Many television networks evolved from radio networks.
  8. Television broadcasts both AM and FM.
  9. Nearly 54 million Americans currently watch TV using an antenna.
  10. You can record and watch live broadcast TV online with an Aereo antenna and DVR by going to aereo.com.

 

 

Fun Fact: All the answers to the quiz above are True! How did you score?

Austinites! Choose How You Access Live Broadcast TV

The city that’s mastered the live music scene deserves to choose how it accesses live TV, too. Forget the cables, the clutter, and the long-term commitment. Starting March 3rd, you’ll be able to record and stream broadcast TV using your own remote antenna and cloud-based DVR. You can watch your recordings live and you can save them for later. You shouldn’t have to choose between that cover band show on 6th street or watching the game. Now, you can have it all – anywhere, anytime.

With Aereo, you can control your own remote antenna and cloud-based DVR to access over-the-air broadcast signals using many Internet-connected devices that you may already have. Record and watch your favorite shows straight to and from the cloud – experience TV the way it should be.

Pre-register now to be the first to enjoy Aereo in Austin. Check here to see if your home ZIP code is in our coverage area.

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

 

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.

 

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!