Aereo Adds Four Cities To Launch List

Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio Join First Phase of Aereo’s National Rollout Plan

Aereo on Tuesday said it has added four cities to the first phase of its national service deployment: Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; and San Antonio, Texas.

Those cities, which represent a population of about 8 million, are in addition to the 22 expansion cities Aereo announced in January.

Following recent launches in Dallas and Houston, Aereo has already debuted its broadband TV and cloud DVR service package in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Miami, but has yet to announce any subscriber totals. Other cities on tap for Aereo’s initial rollout phase include Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; Cleveland; Providence, R.I.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Chicago; Denver; Kansas City; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Tampa, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Detroit.

Aereo said it intends to launch the remaining identified expansion cities throughout 2013 and into 2014, but did not announce any new specific market launch dates. In the meantime, Aereo said it has opened up pre-registration for consumers who reside in Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio

Aereo announced the latest batch of expansion cities as company CEO and founder Chet Kanojia was preparing to speak at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in New York.

“The consumers spoke and we listened, so we’re adding these cities to our first phase of expansion,” Kanjoia said, in a statement. “From Boston to Salt Lake City, people are craving alternatives and more choice with how they watch television. Consumers are tired of being pawns in the tug-of-war between big businesses. They deserve better. At Aereo, our work is focused on delivering the best customer experience with the highest quality technology. We’ve set a high bar for ourselves, consumers deserve no less.”

Aereo continues to expand even as its fate is being tested in the courts.

This summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied a broadcaster request that the full court review a three-judge panel of that court's April decision not to stop Aereo from delivering broadcast signals over the net while a lower court considers a broadcaster challenge to the service's legality.

Following a free first month, Aereo subscriptions start at $8 per month and include 20 hours of cloud DVR storage, or $12 per month for 60 hours. Aereo currently supports iOS devices, Roku boxes, the Apple TV box (via AirPlay), and several major Web browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, and Opera). Aereo is expected to extend support to Android later this month.