Barry Diller to take Aereo to most large US cities

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Aereo to arrive in most major US cities by end-2013, says billionaire Barry Diller

Following a favourable initial court ruling earlier this week in its ongoing case against the major US broadcasters, the billionaire backer behind New York-based upstart TV venture Aereo has vowed to expand the service to most other large US cities.

“We’re going to really start marketing,” said Barry Diller yesterday in a Bloomberg Television interview during the Allen & Co. annual retreat, adding that by the end of 2013 he expects the service to be in most major markets.

Last Wednesday (July 11th) a federal judge denied a petition filed by the country’s major broadcasters for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo from rebroadcasting free-to-air programming over the Internet for a subscription fee – more details here.

Aereo costs US$ 12 per month and provides subscribers with access to their own dedicated, miniaturised free-to-air (FTA) antenna installed in its data centre, capable of streaming content via IP to the subscriber’s connected devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets.

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