Aereo’s two-step into the Lone Star State got underway Tuesday with the launch of its broadband TV/cloud DVR combo in Houston.
According to Aereo's original launch plans for Houston, the service there has a potential reach of 5.6 million consumers, and offers access to KRIV-DT (FOX), KPRC-HD (NBC), KTRK-HD (ABC), KUHT-DT (PBS), KHOU-DT (CBS), and KIAH-DT (CW), as well as MundoFox, Telemundo, AntennaTV, ION, Qubo, COZI-TV, Saigon TV and Bloomberg Television.
Aereo is expected to launch service in Dallas on September 23. Aereo originally announced plans to launch in Chicago on September 13, but has delayed its commercial debut in the Windy City.
Aereo has already launched in New York City, Boston, Miami, Utah, and Atlanta. Markets on tap include Denver; Detroit; Minneapolis; Cleveland; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Tampa; Pittsburgh; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., among others.
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.