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Aereo will finally be available to Android devices this month. The news could dramatically increase the controversial start-up’s user base — and fan a legal fight that could remake the TV industry.

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Aereo, a controversial start-up that slings over-the-air TV channels to laptops and mobile devices for $8/month, will be available to millions more customers later this month.

The company, which had earlier said its service would be available for Android devices in September, confirmed on Thursday that an Aereo app will appear in the Google play store on October 22.

Aereo is currently available to Apple users in a handful of cities, including New York and Boston, where it plays the four big broadcast stations (CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC) and a few smaller channels like Bloomberg TV.

The service has gained widespread attention for its technology, which rents tiny antennas that let users watch and record TV, and for a giant legal fight could reshape the television industry.

Earlier this week, the big broadcasters said that they had filed a petition with the Supreme Court to reverse a New York appeals court ruling that found that found that Aereo does not infringe copyright because it is akin to a remote, private DVR service.

Other courts have ruled differently, creating a patchwork of rules across the country which for now mean that Aereo is legal on the east coast but not the west coast.

For now, Aereo is also available in: Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Houston and Dallas.

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  1. Edit Proofread and Proofread some more

  2. we only have one set of eyes, with all these services on stream or about to, it can’t be good for them all, it’s a shrinking market, the opposite to what they all think.

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