Aereo, the online service that lets users livestream local channels, announced today that it will be rolling out service to Boston, its second major metropolitan area. Starting May 15, customers in the Massachusetts area who have pre-registered for the free service will start receiving their invites to try it out. On May 30, membership will available to all 4.5 million people in the Boston area.
Nearly 30 channels will be available for streaming, including the city’s network affiliates, specialty channels (i.e. PBS Kids, The Country Network) and some Spanish-language networks. The Boston market extends beyond Massachusetts and includes parts of New Hampshire and Vermont. Aereo has been staffing up in Boston and has several engineering job openings listed on its Career page.
Aereo’s expansion further solidifies the company’s bullish plans, despite facing lawsuits from the networks it carries. Earlier this month, a Second Circuit appeals court ruled in favor of the company, which thwarted a request from broadcasters for a preliminary injunction and allows Aereo to continue operating. That decision riled up News Corp. COO Chase Carey who threatened to move Fox to pay cable if courts continue to rule in Aereo’s favor.