updated 07:12 am EDT, Fri April 11, 2014
Chromecast support in Android app brings Aereo to televisions
Troubled television rebroadcasting start-up Aereo will be adding support for the Google Chromecast to its Android app at the end of next month, the company has announced. The move will allow customers to watch live broadcast television via the Chromecast, as well as programs recorded on the service's cloud-based DVR, starting from May 29th.
The service typically allows subscribers access to live television channels in their region through a smartphone, tablet, or a browser, as well as 20 hours of DVR storage for $8 per month, with the DVR upgradable to 60 hours for $12 per month. Adding Chromecast support will be useful for customers wanting access to their DVR recordings through the television, and will also help those living in areas with poor reception to view more television programming. While Aereo offers an app on iOS and viewing via AirPlay through Apple TV, the added Chromecast support will apparently only work on the Android version of the app.
"The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media," said founder and CEO Chet Kanojia. "Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible."
Aereo is currently available in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin, with Aereo planning to add more cities in 2014. The service was available in a number of other areas, though a defeat in a Utah federal court in its fight with broadcasters over copyright infringement caused the service to go dark in Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, and areas of Montana and Idaho.