Aereo, target of lawsuits by broadcasters, to expand nationwide

By Dru Sefton

Aereo, the digital television distributor that grabs and streams over-the-air signals to web-enabled devices, is expanding nationwide, reports Hollywood Reporter.

The new technology, backed at its New York City launch in March 2012 by broadcasting giant Barry Diller, has obtained an additional $38 million to spread service to 22 more cities. It says it uses “proprietary remote antenna and DVR” technology to enable subscribers, for a monthly fee, to watch over-the-air broadcasts on their smart phones, tablets and computers.

PBS and WNET are among broadcasters with pending copyright infringement lawsuits against Aereo, saying that the company doesn’t have the right to sell access to their over-the-air content.

New cities for the service will be Atlanta, Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Birmingham, Ala.; Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Mo.; Madison, Wisc.; Miami; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Providence, R.I.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City, Tampa and Washington D.C.

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