Aereo Inc. 's mobile live TV/network DVR combo launches today in New York City, despite the specter of a broadcaster-led lawsuit that's trying to stop it. New customers get a 90-day free trial before being charged US$12 per month. The service offers 40 hours of DVR storage and is starting off with support for iOS devices and Roku Inc. boxes, with Android on deck. (See Aereo Strikes Back and Diller's Aereo Under Legal Attack.)
Walmart is using its VUDU Inc. service to help prime the pump for UltraViolet, a Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)-backed digital rights locker that lets consumers buy physical DVDs and stream those titles via broadband on tablets, PCs and other connected devices. Walmart will let consumers bring in their DVD and Blu-ray collections and authorize digital versions for $2 each, or $5 if they convert a standard DVD to hi-def. Consumers who take the plunge will access them via the VUDU service. The disc-to-digital program launches April 16. (See Consortium Labels Its TV Everywhere Locker.)
Imagine Communications has upgraded its streaming platform to support IP video and multi-screen transcoding up to 1080p resolution on a unified 1-RU device. On the TV Everywhere front, the ICE Video Platform uses adaptive bit rate streaming to ensure video continues to flow as bandwidths fluctuate. The vendor says the box is already supporting live streams to more than 20 million homes in North America.