Controversial US online TV service Aereo has confirmed that it plans to launch in Chicago on September 13th, giving consumers in the Windy City and surrounding areas access to free over-the-air television channels with a cloud-based DVR via Internet-connected devices.
Making the announcement at TechWeek Chicago, CEO Chet Kanojia said: “Consumers want more choice and flexibility when it comes to how they watch television and the enthusiastic response to our technology from people across the country has been humbling.
“At Aereo, we feel that we’ve built something meaningful for consumers and we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished. However, there’s still much more to come as we continue our expansion into new cities throughout the summer and fall.”
The expansion to Chicago will cover 16 counties across Illinois and Indiana, and follows the launch of Aereo in New York City, Boston and Atlanta. The service costs US$ 8 month for access to Aereo’s cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage.
Aereo remains locked in legal battles with the nation’s major TV networks, who allege that it is infringing copyright by redistributing their free-to-air channels for a fee.