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Aereo will launch in Detroit at the end of October. The company had said it would expand to 22 cities by the end of 2013, but so far it’s only set launch dates in eight cities.

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Aereo is coming to Detroit and surrounding counties on October 28, the company announced Friday.

Detroit is the thirteenth city where Aereo has announced plans to launch this year. It’s already available in New York, BostonAtlantaChicago, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Dallas. A planned Chicago launch has been pushed back. Aereo recently said it will expand to Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio, but hasn’t set launch dates yet.

The counties covered by the Detroit launch: Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Saint Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Aereo lets users watch live TV on laptops and mobile devices and save shows to a personal DVR. It costs $8 per month to store 20 hours of programming and $12 per month to store 60 hours of programming. The service had been iOS only but will launch on Android on October 22.

So far, the expansion appears to be a bit slower than what Aereo had promised in January, when CEO Chet Kanojia said it would roll out to 22 cities this year. But there’s still time. The company has been besieged by lawsuits from TV networks who argue that its retransmission of their signals violates copyright. So far, it’s prevailed in several court decisions: Most recently, a judge in Boston refused to shut it down. The networks have also filed a petition with the Supreme Court.

This post was updated to note that Aereo missed its planned Chicago launch date and to list the Detroit counties where Aereo will launch.

  1. Laura, the Chicago launch was actually pushed back. It was supposed to happen in mid-September.

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    1. Thanks, updating the post.

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  2. Two quick questions. Is the Detroit launch confined to the city proper, or will there be availability in Wayne and Oakland counties? Also, any rumblings of a launch in New Orleans? Thanks for your help.

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    1. Hey Gary, according to the Aereo announcement, the Detroit launch includes nine counties in Michigan. I’ve asked them exactly which ones and will let you know. This map does not show New Orleans as one of the planned launch cities: https://aereo.com/coverage

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      1. Updated post with this also: The Detroit launch counties are Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, Saint Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.

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  3. As far as I can tell, the television industry is stale, Aereo is the new model for television reborn…

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  4. Has a new target date been released for Chicago?

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