Aereo Sets Android App Launch

‘Public Beta’ Release to Hit Google Play Store On October 22

Aereo will extend a bridge to the world of Android devices when the company releases its first Android app via the Google Play store on October 22, the company announced Thursday.

The app, which will start off as a public beta release, will work with smartphones, tablets, “phablets” (a cross between a  smartphone and a tablet) that run  Android 4.2 or higher. 

In addition to accessing Aereo’s live TV/cloud DVR service, the coming app will also allow Aereo customers to connect a Roku box to their Aereo account using their Android-powered device, the company said.

Aereo currently supports iOS devices, Roku boxes, the Apple TV box (via AirPlay), and major Web browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Safari, and Opera).

Aereo has launched service in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Houston and Dallas. Others on tap for  Aereo’s initial rollout phase include Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; San Antonio, Texas; 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.

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 has not released sales or subscriber figures.

Aereo, meanwhile, continues to be pressured in the courts, most recently in the form of a copyright infringement lawsuit from Utah broadcasters that are seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction over allegations that the Aereo service violates copyrights. 

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.

Variety reported Wednesday that broadcasters are planning to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review earlier, lower court rulings.