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Aereo TV Streaming Comes to Google Chromecast

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Internet television streaming service Aereo has finally landed on Google’s Chromecast. The app, which received an update Thursday enabling Chromecast support, allows users to stream live television broadcasts through Google’s $35 HDMI dongle without having to pay a cable or satellite provider. (Aereo service starts at $8 per month.) Aereo was already available on Roku streaming boxes.

With Chromecast, users can cast to their TVs any Aereo shows they are watching on an Android device, a PC or a Mac.

MORE: What the Aereo Supreme Court Case Means for You

Aereo is a service that pulls in broadcast television signals using large antenna farms and sends them out over the Internet to subscribers. To sign up, customers must select one of two service plans. An $8-per-month option includes 20 hours of DVR space at Aereo's center; a $12-per-month option  includes 60 hours of DVR space and the ability to record two shows at the same time.

Though the idea of streaming and recording live television broadcasts without having to pay a cable or satellite provider may sound wonderful for consumers, TV broadcasters couldn’t despise it more. In fact, broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX have waged a legal battle with Aereo all the way to the Supreme Court.

The broadcasters argue that Aereo has no right to pull in the signals and turn a profit from them, without paying a licensing fee as cable- and satellite-TV providers do. They claim that Aereo’s service is a "public performance," which means the company should have to pay for the right to sell the television broadcasts. Aereo, though, says that its use of large antenna farms to capture the TV signals for users is a private performance, and akin to each customer having his or her own antenna.

So far, lower courts have sided with Aereo, though a Utah court recently issued a temporary shut down order for the service. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision by July. Until then, at least, you can now enjoy Aereo on Chromecast.

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    razor512 , June 5, 2014 5:06 PM
    Major ripoff, considering that they charge the same or more than netflix and offer far less including not having to license the content they stream.
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    vipboy28 , June 6, 2014 8:19 AM
    The price is reasonable, but isn't it Live tv? or is it an On Demand service like roku?
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    trivokal , June 10, 2014 9:23 PM
    I set up this chromcast last month it barely works with youtube using the Chromebrowser. Go to a video from Crackle or another site and the video will stutter. Even if you set it up on a nweer machine you still have to find a version of Chrome newer then 27 and then find the add on. Once you get all that done if you launch it with XP it just stalls. 2 weeks ago I bought Amazon FireTV. Its far far more better than google chromecast with 99$ only. See the feature in the below link:
    http://goo.gl/wQi1tB
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