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So, Aereo's streaming TV service is pretty cool. It re-broadcasts standard over-the-air television signals to your mobile device, assuming you live in one of the coverage areas. If you want to enjoy your incredibly convenient TV Xzibit-style, and put your TV in your TV (set), you'll soon be able to. According to a new press release, the Aereo app will add support for Google Chromecast on May 29th. Hooray!

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Of course, that assumes that Aereo's $8-a-month subscription service is still around at that point. Broadcast networks have been trying to shut down Aereo ever since it began, and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear their appeals case on April 22nd. Aereo argues that its rebroadcasted TV is covered under the same set of copyright laws that make DVR-style set-top boxes like TiVo and Slingbox legal. The Second Circuit court of appeals agrees, but a consortium including CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX appealed the decision, claiming once again that Aereo's business model accounts to a free public performance of their content, and that the company should pay the same fees as cable and satellite TV providers.

It may seem like small potatoes, but Aereo's disruptive business model is causing waves across both the television industry and the world of intellectual property. Aereo has already been blocked by injunction in several states, and the National Football League and Major League Baseball have threatened to end over-the-air game broadcasts altogether if Aereo is allowed to continue, switching to an all-cable system. If the Supreme Court finds Aereo's unique method of content delivery infringing, it's essentially curtains for the young company.

In law as in opera, it ain't over till the fat lady sings. We'll be watching the Court's deliberations with interest, because a victory for Aereo means more options for Chromecast users and cable-cutters in general. Defeat means a new lease on life for bunny ear antennas.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - Aereo, Inc., today announced that its groundbreaking cloud-based antenna and DVR technology would be Google Cast Ready on May 29. Current Aereo members and consumers residing in active Aereo markets will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for Android™ in the Google Play™ store, which will include support for Chromecast. Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia made today's announcement at Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference in New York City.

"The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media," said Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia. "We're excited that Aereo will be Google Cast Ready this May. Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo's innovative cloud technology."

In order to use Aereo's technology with Chromecast, consumers must download the Aereo app for Android in the Google Play store. Set up your Chromecast device with your television; launch Aereo and the "cast" icon will appear in the app.

Aereo's remote (cloud-based) antenna/DVR technology makes watching television simple and user-friendly. Using Aereo's technology, consumers can pause, rewind and fast-forward any program that they are watching live, or save a program for future viewing. Aereo's technology works with compatible 'smart' devices from tablets to phones to laptop computers. Aereo is currently supported on iPad®, iPhone®, iPod Touch®. The Aereo app for Android (currently in beta) is available for download for devices running Android operating system version 4.1 or higher. Aereo is also supported on Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®, Safari®, Internet Explorer® 9, Firefox®, Opera™ Software, AppleTV® (via AirPlay®) and ROKU® platforms.

Aereo membership begins at $8 per month, for access to Aereo's cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage. For an additional $4 per month, consumers can upgrade their membership and receive 60 hours of DVR storage for a total of $12 per month. Consumers who join Aereo will currently get their first of month of access for free.

Aereo is currently available to consumers residing in the following metropolitan areas: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin. Aereo plans to launch in additional cities throughout 2014. To see if your city is on the list visit: aereo.com/coverage

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Eddy Garcia

    I really hope Aereo wins this court decision. $8 a month just to get 20 basic channels everyone needs; there's no way to beat that

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Its pretty easy to beat since the channels are free over-the-air.

      • ArberBeq

        Not really because the plan comes with many more features then just a antenna connected to your tv

    • Tsu

      In NYC, the over-the-air signal is broadcast from the Empire State Building. The basic rule of thumb for NYC residents is, if you can see the building (no matter what borough), you most likely will get a good (possibly in HD) signal. For those that are too far away, or behind other buildings in the lower floors, they aren't able to obtain such strong signals. So not all the free channels can be had, let alone in HD. Aereo is a godsend for those folks. For me, not so much since I have a clear view of the Empire State Building, but I do enjoy the DVR function, and to be able to watch on my other devices. The only drawback is, during peak hours (primetime?), the signal buffers. Lame.

      • Tsu

        Sorry, my comment was meant for @XZ3R0:disqus

    • Steve Smith

      As good as Aereo is, regardless what the court decides the end consumers are gonna lose.

  • Josh Crumley

    Am I the only one that would actually not mind at all if the NFL and MLB weren't on broadcast anymore? I hate it when they make my shows start late and my DVR (OTA tuner on PC) misses the last 20 mins of my show.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I also wouldn't mind. I read somewhere that ESPN and other sport channels make up 50% of my cable bill and I DON'T want ANY sports channels....

    • Cody Curry

      Have you considered cordcutting?

      If Aereo isn't available but you want these channels, you can buy an antenna.

      • Randroid

        The issue is about sports games delaying shows that are on the channels that you could get by cutting the cord - hence over the air channels.

  • TSON1

    omg the picture

  • awdasd

    dawg, we heard you like television, so we hooked you up with chromecast in your tv.

  • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

    I don't understand why the content providers are so pissed off. This is essentially expanding their audience with zero effort on their part. The programming is available OTA in the areas that are being serviced by Aereo anyway, so the only difference is that the programming will now be available to the same people in the same service area, even when they aren't able to sit in front of their home television with their own antenna. The commercials aren't being deleted along the way, this increases their numbers! -_-

    • Brendan Dillon

      Because they make a lot of money from the Cable companies and this threatens that income stream. They're suing because the cable companies are freaking out, but the cable companies have no case.

      • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

        The writing is on the wall. They should embrace the internet before it destroys them.

        • Brendan Dillon

          You might not have been paying attention, but in the US, the Cable Companies practically OWN the internet. Net Neutrality is a fantasy.

          • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

            I'm with you, but Amazon, Netflix, Hulu; these things aren't going away no matter how hard the cable companies try. They should try to be on the side of the progressing technology rather than fighting it.

          • John Smith

            Netflix is paying Comcast to not throttle traffic - a shitty situation already !

          • http://androiddissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

            Common misconception but incorrect. Netflix is paying Comcast to increase the speeds given to their service above the average, not the other way around. Still less than ideal but not as bad as it could be. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/24/business/media/comcast-and-netflix-reach-a-streaming-agreement.html

          • John Smith

            Thanks for clarifying, however, is "above the average" calculated before or after throttling?
            Anyway, I must say that I haven't noticed better performance from Netflix; at peak hours I see blocky video and multiple buffering pauses :-/

  • Braden Abbott

    I wonder if they have thought about offering the TV free of charge for everyone but offering the DVR service as a charge? What would the case be then?

  • A2theC

    Yo, it's Yo Dawg on the TeyVey!

  • Matthew Fry

    Guess they got the boot in SLC. I don't like tv but my wife does so I created a free account. She was unconvinced that it was better than hulu.