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The time has finally come, couch potatoes: Aereo is here. This service has been making waves ever since it launched in February of last year, offering rebroadcasted over-the-air television across the Internet. The web service and iOS app has been available for entirely too long, but now it's time for Android to play (albeit in beta form). The Aereo app is a free download, but the service requires a subscription... and Android 4.2 or higher.

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Here's the gist: you sign up for Aereo for eight bucks a month, and you can watch your local television channels over the Internet, anytime, anywhere. You also get 20 hours of DVR storage on Aereo's servers, so it doesn't clog up your device with huge data files. Of course you'll still have to pay for the data itself, so it would be unwise to binge on Monday Night Football if you're on a tiered data plan.

Unfortunately there are a lot of restrictions. Aereo only offers service in a few select US cities, namely New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Dallas. You have to live in one of these areas to sign up, and yes, Aereo will check based on your credit card. The Aereo service itself is also in a bit of legal trouble; the latest court decisions say that Aereo's rebroadcasting strategy is legal from a copyright standpoint, but the major networks are still trying to get it shut down. That Android 4.2 restriction is also going to limit a lot of users.

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The app itself is pretty similar to the iOS version with a few interface tweaks for Android. It's set up kind of like a portable TiVo, with content broken up by live streams, shows, and channels. A full schedule for local channels allows you to record in advance, and the standard DVR function will let you pause live TV even without recording it. I'm not in a supported area, but the initial review are generally positive. Aereo is currently offering a month-long free trial of the service.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Manuel Mas

    Would be willing to pay for this service if it was available in my area (Puerto Rico).

    • SetiroN

      VPN+netflix

      • Brad

        it checks your credit card's billing address.

        • Cat Astrophy

          Cash card ftw

  • Josh Brown

    It'd be amazing if it got Chromecast support.

    • TOMMMMMM

      *scratches head*

      • Trent Russell

        I think the use case Josh is alluding to would be casting your Aereo stream from your phone to another device, something not connected to cable, etc. You could be at a friend's house and cast a DVR'd show from Aereo onto their TV.

  • Angelo Davis

    Now they need to add support for Chicago

    • Angelo Davis

      And Chromecast support wouldn't hurt either

      • SetiroN

        here's another genious

        • TOMMMMMM

          Lol...

          I guess the only benefit would be if you had access to an HDMI port on a TV, WiFi, and you were traveling. But still....

          • tym0

            yeah or for the DVR option...

        • BasilHaydens

          I think it is a great idea! I live out in the suburbs of Chicago, I can't get the over the air signal so I'm forced to have cable to be able to watch local stations. If I can stream it through Chromecast and use Netflix I would be set and I would drop cable TV the same day.

    • atlouiedog

      Today would have been a good day for them to launch. Comcast turned on encryption for basic channels, at least in my specific service area.

  • jpfrasier

    I have been using it for about a month. Glad to finally see the Android app. Picture quality hasn't been great but that is probably due to my Internet speeds.

  • NexusPhan

    Come on man, Fairfield county CT is close enough to be NYC! I commute there everyday. I get all the NYC channels on local TV and radio. BS! It didn't work for me :(

  • TSON1

    Just got an email that Detroit is added to the list this morning :)

  • Dominick White

    So pay them eight dollars a month or just go on say cbs. Com or abc and watch the snows I like from there for free

    • szabox

      let is show, let is show, let it show! :P

    • Cat Astrophy

      Or just stream what you can get from Netflix, pirate everything else so we can stop supporting local or cable TV and its ad spam. All you lose is having to wait like less than an hour post air for streamers to get content uploaded.

  • Aleksey_US

    Yay!!! All I wish for now is for them to give people an update of when they're coming to Chicago after f-ing up their roll-out in a major way, keeping people in complete dark for weeks and pissing numerous potential customers off...

  • Paul_Werner

    I'm going to try out this free app instead. Looks ugly but seems to do the same thing without the $8 a month:

    http://goo.gl/SUhu5h

  • Eric Vaughan

    I cut off my $100+ Uverse bill and have been using Aereo exclusively for 2 weeks. The service is great. The web app is really easy to use. Nice to have the Android app now too!

  • Haxor99

    Pretty cool, this is the future of TV.. hope they survive

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    They need to hurry up and bring it to Pittsburgh. Although my credit card's billing address isn't Pittsburgh, but I'll get a new one if I need to.

  • Cat Astrophy

    Why are television and movie companies so ****ING stupid when it comes to digital distribution? The music industry figured it out!!

  • Matthew Fry

    I live in SLC! I'll be giving this a spin.

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