Aereo, the remote TV antenna service that allows subscribers to view live and time-shifted streams of over-the-air television on Internet-connected devices, will launch in Detroit at the end of October. Detroit is the thirteenth city where Aereo has announced plans to launch this year.
But the company, which planned to expand to 22 cities by the end of 2013, has so far only set launch dates in eight cities, reports GigaOm.
Aereo lets users watch live TV on laptops and mobile devices and save shows to a personal DVR. It costs $8 per month to store 20 hours of programming and $12 per month to store 60 hours of programming. The service had been iOS only but will launch on Android on October 22.
So far Aereo has prevailed in court fights with TV broadcasters who claim rebroadcasting their TV signal without payment violates the law. Aereo has successfully argued that the service is really just a long antenna cable, since each subscriber actually connects to a physical Aereo TV antenna positioned for good reception.
The four major broadcasters hope to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that Aereo steals their copyrighted television content.
In (somewhat) related video news, Samsung on Thursday announced a new “Smart Media Player” that lets users access both apps and live cable content. It includes more than 100 smart TV apps such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU, and YouTube. The media player will retail for $149.99 and will be available October 23.
Viewers can access live cable content without having to rent a cable box. While it works with cable, it requires a CableCard from the cable provider.
It doesn’t offer on-demand or DVR capabilities, a problem that has also plagued third-party CableCard devices like TiVo, reports C/Net.
While Google may be phasing out its Google TV line, their Chromecast TV Dongle is selling like gangbusters. Meanwhile, tv setop boxes like Roku and Apple TV could be getting competition from an Amazon TV box, if rumors are true.