US consumers in the metropolitan area of Atlanta will be able to access controversial TV service Aereo next month, bringing it within reach of over 5.3mn consumers.
The service, which streams free-to-air TV channels over the Internet with cloud-based DVR features for a small monthly fee, will become available to the general public in Atlanta from June 24th.
In Atlanta, there are 27 over-the-air broadcast channels accessible through Aereo’s antenna/DVR technology, including major networks, special interest channels and Spanish-language broadcasts.
Aereo is already available in New York City, where it launched last year, and is expected to launch in the Boston metropolitan area tomorrow (May 15th).
The service announced a simplified pricing structure yesterday (May 13th), consisting of two monthly plans: for US$ 8 per month customers get access to all channels and 20 hours of cloud DVR storage, and for an extra US$ 4 per month they can receive 60 hours of DVR storage.
Barry Diller, the billionaire businessman behind Aereo, has already indicated that he plans to bring the service beyond its New York City confines to another 22 cities nationwide.