In an expected move, Aereo will shutter its Boston office on Nov. 12, a move that will see 43 employees laid off. The online video provider will also lay off an undisclosed number of employees at its New York City headquarters.
The steadily rising numbers of antenna sites for cellular networks, many of which are being deployed in stealth fashion for aesthetic appeal, are raising eyebrows among those concerned about the impacts of excessive radio-frequency (RF) radiation.
As the tug of war for subscribers between cable operators and OTT providers continues, and with TV Everywhere still in its infancy in the U.S., startups are continuing to find niches that attempt to meet demand for anywhere, anytime video service. Case in point: 4SeTV, a startup looking directly to its target audience for its next round of funding.
Despite reports to the contrary, the broadcast television audience may be keeping over-the-air viewing alive and well, a study from Nielsen suggests. Broadcast-only households grew 4 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014.
Now that Aereo has suspended its operations as it figures out it next move, online video viewers are left with a gap in their streaming content. How can they access TV shows that they can no longer get via the SVOD provider?
Television broadcast over the air to a viewer's antenna is a "historical anachronism" that makes no sense. And with no control over how broadcast content is accessed, its availability will continue to tempt other services to capture and deliver TV signals to paying subscribers, similar to Aereo, an analyst with The Diffusion Group said in a blog post Tuesday.
Over-the-air streaming provider Aereo halted its operations Saturday morning in a move that founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said is only temporary.
Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia is holding the line on the contention that the antenna-to-DVR streaming service is not violating any broadcast copyrights, even as the Supreme Court decision on its fate looms. But its technology is turning heads, landing Aereo at No. 7 on CNBC's 2014 Disruptors list.
It can be easy to dismiss the importance of the antenna, whether used in a mobile network or smartphone. But researchers and vendors are increasingly recognizing the fact that antenna issues can directly impact the customer experience and, ultimately, a mobile operator's success.
It doesn't matter whether Aereo wins or loses its Supreme Court case. Broadcasting is going to change, because consumers demand it.