by Christopher Freeburn | January 17, 2014 11:47 am
On Friday, controversial streaming TV service provider Aereo announced that it will add another city to its service base next week.
Already in operation in 10 other U.S. cities, Aereo said it will launch in Cincinnati on Jan. 21. The service, which uses small antennas to stream TV broadcasts to subscribers, it already in major markets including Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas, CNET notes.
Despite, its expansion, Aereo is still well behind the 22 markets it had hoped to reach last year. Technical problems have delayed its expansion into new markets. Aereo is backed by media mogul Barry Diller.
Aereo is also facing a legal challenge from major broadcasters, including Disney’s (DIS) ABC, Fox (FOXA), CBS (CBS) and Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC, who are suing Aereo for failing to pay hefty carriage fees for their programming. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the lawsuit this year.
Broadcasters are so irked by Aereo that some have suggested taking the “nuclear option” of ending their over-the-air broadcast service and switching to a subscription models if Aereo wins in court.
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