Aereo to launch in Atlanta next month

MUMBAI: Aereo which has caused heartburn among US broadcasters has announced that Atlanta will be the next market to receive its streaming TV service. Aereo converts television signals into computer data and sends them to new media devices like the PC.

It will launch there next month. It is already present in Boston and New York. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said, "We‘re grateful and humbled by the continued support we‘ve received from consumers for our technology. The response and enthusiasm from consumers across all of our expansion cities has been phenomenal. It‘s clear that consumers want more choice and flexibility in how they watch television and they don‘t want to be fenced into expensive, outdated technology."

"Aereo‘s antenna/DVR technology brings the old-fashioned antenna into the 21st Century, providing consumers access to the over-the-air broadcast signals that belong to them. We‘re thrilled to be coming to Atlanta and look forward to our launch in June," he added.

Aereo will offer 27 Atlanta-area broadcast channels and the Bloomberg TV cable channel. The service will be limited to residents of 55 counties in Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.

There have been lawsuits over Aereo which it so far has won. Channels like Fox have threatened to go to cable over the issue. Aereo adds that its 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 programme for future viewing.

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