Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The boxes and the thousands of tiny antennas belong to Aereo, a new Internet television service.
According to the New York Times, when Aereo becomes available in New York City in mid-March, the service will stream all of the programming of the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) to phones, tablets and Internet-connected TVs.
According to Gigaom, New York-based Aereo believes that by giving each user their own tiny antenna (and a DVR in the cloud), it can bypass legal challenges that have brought down companies in the past which tried to repackage free, over-the-air network television.
Prospective Aereo customers must be New York City residents and may register at aereo.com. Beginning March 14, members can get a 30-day free trial and the membership fee is $12 per month (if it can survive the legal battles ahead).
Barry Diller, creator of the Fox television network, is on the company's board.
Photo courtesy of Gigacom
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