Aereo Sets Streaming TV Rollout in Austin

Controversial streaming television service Aereo, which is backed by Barry Diller, said today that it has set March 3rd as the date for the launch of its service in the Greater Austin market. Aereo allows users to watch local television shows at any time, using what it describes as "remote antenna/DVR televisoin" technology. Aereo's service let local television vieweres access any television show broadcast in the market when they want to via broadband.

Aereo has been widely attacked by local television stations, and is engaged in multiple legal battles over its right to stream broadcast television to users. The company said it plans to offer up local stations including KVUE (ABC), KXAN (NBC), KEYE (CBS), KTBC (Fox), KNVA (CW), KLRU (PBS), plus ThisTV, MOVIES!, GetTV, Create TV and AccuWeather; and UniMas, UniVision, Telemundo and Estrella TV to its subscribers in Greater Austin, its fourth market to launch. Aereo charges $8 per month for 20 hours of DVR storage; the company said it will initially offer the service in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gillespie, Hays, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson counties.