Predicting a "great fight" with traditional media companies, billionaire Barry Diller said he plans to expand his new Aereo Web-based television service to 75 to 100 cities within a year, reports Bloomberg.
Aereo, which costs $12 per month and allows consumers to watch broadcast TV on mobile devices, will debut this week in New York.
Diller, speaking at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, noted that efforts by Walt Disney Co. and other media companies to cite copyright violations were "absolutely predictable," since entrenched companies always protect their turf, the story says.
“I completely understand their motivation,” he said. Aereo is backed in part by IAC/Interactive, of which Diller is chairman.