Light Reading
Aereo also lands a $38M second round as it gears up for the first phase of a nationwide expansion ... if the broadcasters don't kill it first

Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/8/2013
50%
50%

Aereo Inc. has raised a $38 million second round that will help extend its broadband TV/cloud DVR combo into 22 more markets this year, theoretically reaching 97 million Americans.

Aereo has raised $63 million so far. The second round was led by IAC/InterActiveCorp and Highland Capital Partners.

Today Aereo only offers service in New York City, but the expansion will get under way this spring, Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said Tuesday during a Citibank conference in Las Vegas held alongside the Consumer Electronics Show.

Here are the cities Aereo is targeting for its first expansion phase: Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; Cleveland; Providence, R.I.; Boston; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Chicago; Salt Lake City; Denver; Kansas City; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Atlanta; Austin, Houston and Dallas, Texas; Tampa and Miami, Fla.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Detroit.

Aereo's platform uses tiny antennas to capture free, over-the-air broadcast TV signals, transcodes them, and delivers them to customers over broadband. That's coupled with a network DVR. It also has a deal to stream Bloomberg TV, and is in discussions to carry more cable TV channels.

The expansion is predicated on how Aereo fares in its lawsuits, as major broadcasters are suing over copyright claims and want the service shut down. The broadcasters are worried Aereo's model will harm their ability to strike rich retransmission deals with pay-TV operators. (See Judge Keeps Aereo on the Air and Aereo Fights for Its Life.)

Aereo's Kanojia wouldn't forecast an outcome in the case.

Kanojia shed some light on what Aereo has learned about its customers so far. He says it’s a "50/50 mix," with half being "cord-cutters" and "cord-nevers," and the other half consumers pay-TV subscribers. Aereo has not disclosed a subscriber number, but he said about half of Aereo's customers use the product three to four times a week, with the reminder using it about two times per week. About 80 percent of usage happens indoors using Wi-Fi, he added.

Aereo will launch its first marketing campaign this quarter.

Kanojia also discussed Aereo's architecture in some detail, noting that it doesn't use a content delivery network and that it requires only 200 square feet of surface area to serve 350,000 subscribers. The larger scaling challenge, he said, is powering and cooling those sites.

The service is local, so Aereo doesn't have to worry about long-haul connections and can instead just simply lease fiber in its markets. Aereo's picture quality stands out, he said, because "we control the quality of that entire circuit."

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

(14)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
jtombes
50%
50%
jtombes,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/11/2013 | 7:45:41 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
Right ho. I'm wondering what demand is for smaller bundle of content, and at what price points.
jayja
50%
50%
jayja,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/11/2013 | 1:08:55 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
My guess:-á Playing it safe.-á If their argument is that they are merely locating antennae for their customers and using broadband in place of the cable from the roof top antenna to the TV then they will want to-á - NO FOOLING - be offeringg the service within antenna range, presumably with no signal enhancement vs OTA.
craigleddy
50%
50%
craigleddy,
User Rank: Blogger
1/11/2013 | 2:50:42 AM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
The broadcasting industry has a long and largely unsuccessful history of attempts to rally station groups around a particular advanced technology -á(even HDTV didn't come easily). So I wonder if Diller & crew tried to win over broadcasters with Aereo before moving ahead. Based on the broadcasters' track record, he probably gave it two seconds of thought and, as he famously responded after losing his Paramount bid, said: Next. -á -á -á-á
wanlord
50%
50%
wanlord,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/10/2013 | 4:33:05 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
The broadcasters are just mad because they didn't think of this first and now they can't-ámonetize-áon advanced smart targeted ads, etc.
wanlord
50%
50%
wanlord,
User Rank: Light Sabre
1/10/2013 | 4:30:28 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
Jeff B, do you know more about how they determine "eligibility" ?
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/10/2013 | 3:19:53 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
Interesting, i have not thought about that... sure, go ahead and nest the really good stuff into the pay channels. That'll learn-á'em.-á-á But I don't see that flying with the government...it might argue that such a move would be an abuse or misuse of those free airwaves. But I agree, somebody's going to pay the freight. JB
Jeff Baumgartner
50%
50%
Jeff Baumgartner,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/10/2013 | 3:16:50 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
It would appear so...but still interested to see how Aereo would do with its approach once it starts to expand and actually market the thing.-á But we've seen these slimmed-down, no-frills cheaper alternatives flame out before...USDTV, Sezmi...

NOticed in the LA Times that Chet thinks he can get 5% to 6% marketshare. With 100M homes covered, that's quite a goal to put out there. JB
joanengebretson
50%
50%
joanengebretson,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/10/2013 | 2:39:05 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
I think it would be a real shame if Aereo were shut down. I believe a growing number of people are interested in OTT and over-the-air video as an alternative to cable but who don't have a roof antenna any more who could benefit from Aereo's offering. I'm hoping that they either win the legal battles or reach some settlement with broadcasters. Expanding to more cities means that many more people will be disappointed if Aereo is shut down -- and regulators will be that much less likely to do that.
Cooper10
50%
50%
Cooper10,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/10/2013 | 1:27:38 PM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
Pay TV penetration is ~90% of HHs - there is high demand at current price points.
jtombes
50%
50%
jtombes,
User Rank: Light Beer
1/10/2013 | 2:50:33 AM
re: Aereo Sets 22-City Expansion
The extent to which Aereo succeeds in the market (apart from the courts) will show how much demand there is for a lower cost bundle of less --i.e. fewer channels of-- 'high quality, professionally produced content.'
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (8) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed