Aereo CEO: Our cheap TV wouldn’t exist without cloud computing

December 6, 2012 Off By Hoofer

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Jeff John Roberts.

Aereo, a TV-on-the-go service that relies on small antennas, is getting a lot of legal attention. The bigger story should be how it is using economic breakthroughs in computing to offer a new form of TV.

The legal controversy surrounding TV-on-the-go service AEREO is interesting — but not nearly as much as the blend of technology that gave rise to the company in the first place. Aereo is a service that lets people watch live TV anywhere they go by renting them a personal antenna that beams shows to their phones, laptops or tablets. The service, which can be bought for $1 a day, is getting lots of attention because big broadcasters are suing try to sue it out of it existence…

Speaking in New York on Wednesday, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia explained that the service is only possible because of a “perfect storm” of technology advances that have dramatically lowered the costs of broadcasting and subscriber acquisition. For example, Kanojia pointed to Aereo’s “antenna farm” in Brooklyn. The site hosts thousands of mini-antennas, each about the size of a dime, that subscribers in New York can rent on a daily or monthly basis. The technology, which offers a combined TV/DVR service, is so compact that Aereo can fit 50,000 pairs of antennas in just 200 vertical square feet…

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