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.
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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 first televised election
Photo Credit: National Park Service – Images of American Political History
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.
“Accessing free, over-the-air broadcast television should be simple and easy for the public. Enhancing and supporting public access to local broadcast signals is important to keeping local broadcasters vibrant and the public informed about what’s happening in the world and community around them. By temporarily expanding our Try for Free access to accommodate the debate time frame, we’re providing the public with another avenue to more fully engage in this year’s election process. We hope people continue to take advantage of this expanded access and watch this Thursday’s debate.” – Aereo CEO and Founder, Chet Kanojia
The Aereo Team is doing it again.
On the heels of last week’s successful expanded Try for Free access for the Presidential Debate, Aereo is announcing today that we will again expand our Try for Free feature for Thursday’s Vice Presidential Debate showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. That means New Yorkers will be able to watch the debate, live on broadcast TV, on compatible Internet-connected devices with Aereo.
The debate kicks off at 9:00pm EST and Aereo will temporarily expand Try for Free access until 11:00pm to accommodate the debate time frame. The debate will be aired by all of the major over-the-air broadcasters.
Our Try for Free feature is simple to use. Visit Aereo.com, create a login and password and, subject to capacity, consumers can begin using Aereo 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.
To learn more, read our press release here. And on Thursday, watch the debate with Aereo.
“Free, over-the-air broadcast television is a critically important part of the American fabric. Elections are won and lost on these airwaves. The important issues of the day – issues that impact every family across this country – are discussed and debated on free-to-air broadcast television. Aereo’s technology is key to simplifying access to that information. Everyone should have the opportunity to be a part of the conversation. By temporarily expanding daily Try for Free access from one to two hours to accommodate the debate time frame, we’re providing the public with expanded opportunity to engage more fully in the process.” – Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia
The Aereo team announced this morning that we are expanding our Try for Free access to New York consumers to two hours (from 9-11:00 p.m. EST) tonight in order to enable users to watch the first Presidential Debate of 2012. We’re keeping true to our mission of simplifying consumer access to free over-the-air broadcast television and making our groundbreaking remote antenna technology available on compatible devices to consumers for free during each of this year’s three Presidential Debates. The first Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney begins at 9:00 p.m. EST and will be aired by all major over-the-air broadcast networks.
Aereo believes that consumers have a fundamental right to access over the air television that broadcasts on the public airwaves, and that enhancing and supporting public access to that local broadcast signal is important.
How do you access Try For Free? Getting started is simple: Visit aereo.com, create a login and password and, subject to capacity, consumers can begin using Aereo 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, please check with your provider.
To learn more, check out our press release here.
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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What a week!
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.
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 lowprice 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!
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