updated 12:25 pm EST, Tue February 14, 2012
Aereo mobile TV kicks off at event
IAC has hoped to reinvigorate the idea of live TV on modern devices by starting up Aereo at a special event on Tuesday. The platform streams over the Internet but is getting mover 20 channels of true broadcast HDTV through huge grids of fingertip-sized tuners at Aereo's end. A cloud-based DVR with 40 hours of space lets viewers save favorite shows to watch later.
The service can work over the web and is known to work on smartphones, tablets, and computers. At one point, Aereo has mentioned support for the Apple TV, although without a browser or third-party apps it's likely relegated to using AirPlay from an iOS device.
Sign-ins work through Facebook or Twitter to keep the process simple. Access is currently limited to New York City residents alone for the rollout, which starts March 14. Access costs a flat $12 per month.
Aereo is banking on the appeal of returning to traditional TV but without many of the pains of using it, such as required antennas or relatively expensive cable and satellite packages. By using its own antenna farms, it risks difficulty in growing as it's tied to how many of the antennas it can fit in a given space and the need to have a physical presence in each city it wants to serve.