Aereo, the innovative re-broadcaster of local tv stations, continues to push forward its aggressive 2013 expansion plan, and announced today that the streaming TV service will be live in Miami, Houston, and Dallas in September.
Miami will be active on September 2nd, Houston follows on September 16th, and Dallas rounds out the launch on September 23rd. Aereo will also be launching in Utah on August 19 and in Chicago on September 13.
The service was first launched in February 2012 in NYC by Barry Diller’s IAC. Immediately following Aereo’s launch, the company was sued by a consortium of major broadcasters, including CBS, Comcast’s NBC, Disney’s ABC and Newscorp’s Fox for copyright infringement. So far, courts seems to be ruling in favor of the startup.
Aereo allows users to watch live broadcast television through an internet-connected local antenna. It allows users to pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching.
In August 2012, the company announced monthly and yearly pricing options of $1 a day and ‘Aereo Try for Free.’ Monthly plans start at $8 for 20 hours of DVR storage.
Meanwhile, CBS and Time Warner Cable are battling over “retransmission fees,” the price cable companies pay CBS and the other broadcast networks to retransmit their content. CBS CEO Les Moonves has said he wants to quadruple these fees to about $1 billion by 2016. CBS is asking for a subscriber increase from $1 to about $2.
Time Warner Cable is currently blacking out CBS from its offerings and CBS is blocking Time Warner Cable customers from its website.