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Aereo Expands Cloud-Based TV Service CNET

Aereo has announced a major expansion in the availability of its cloud-based television service. CNET reports that the company is saying its service is now operational for more than 19 million people in the New York metro area.

“Although Aereo was previously only available in New York's five boroughs, the company has expanded its offering to people living in the city's metropolitan area,” the piece reports. “The region, commonly known as the designated market area, includes 29 counties in New York state, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. According to Aereo, that expansion has brought its total market size to 19 million people.”

Aereo is a cloud-based service through which users can access programming across a wide range of networks.

“From a smartphone, tablet or notebook, users can watch 30 over-the-air broadcast channels, as well as Bloomberg Television,” the story reports. “The service also works on Roku boxes.”

CBS, which publishes CNET News, is involved in litigation with Aereo and has challenged the legality of the service.

“Aereo's service, which includes DVR (digital video recorder) functionality that lets users pause and rewind live programming, as well as save it for future viewing, costs $1 per day,” the story reports. “The company's monthly fee is $8, and its annual $80.”