Aereo To Launch In Baltimore On December 16

Service To Cover 11 Counties, Provide Access To 17 Over-the-Air Channels

Aereo will launch its mix of broadband TV and cloud DVR services in Baltimore on December 16, the company announced Thursday.

Aereo, which uses an array of thumb-sized antennas to capture digital TV signals before shipping them along to customers via broadband, said the launch will cover 11 counties across central Maryland, and offer 17 over-the-air channels, including WMAR (ABC), WBAL (NBC), WJZ (CBS), WNUV (CW) and WMPT (PBS); special interest channels such as MeTV, MyNetwork TV, BounceTV, ZUUS Country and ThisTV. Aereo customers also have the ability to add Bloomberg Television.

The coming debut in Baltimore will follow earlier launches in Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Denver.

Aereo, which has delayed its Chicagoland debut due to a "technical issue" encountered during the testing phase there, said it will announce additional launch dates for its expansion cities throughout the remainder of the year.  Other expansion markets previously identified by Aereo include Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; San Antonio, Texas; Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; Cleveland; Providence, R.I.; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Kansas City; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Austin, Texas; Tampa, Fla.; and Birmingham, Ala.

Aereo continues to expand as broadcasters ask the Supreme Court to overturn a Second Circuit denial of an injunction against Aereo.

Aereo’s starter service is $8 per month, providing access to 20 hours of cloud DVR storage. Its $12 tier expands storage to 60 hours.  Its service currently supports most major PC browsers, iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch devices, Apple TV (via AirPlay), Roku, and smartphones and tablets that run Android 4.1 or higher.