Aereo finally arrives on Google Play, lets you stream live television on your phone or tablet



When Aereo announced that — after releasing on iOS back in May — an Android app was in the works, I nearly leaped for joy. As someone who can’t justify paying an extra $40 a month just to watch my favorite television shows, Aereo’s promise of live channel streaming from the comfort of my Android device or laptop sounded like a godsend.

After encountering some resistance early on (broadcasters took the matter to the Supreme Court), the application finally hit the Google Play Store today where it’s currently available to download in beta form (Android 4.2+). Keep in mind Aereo is only available in a few select markets to initially, with more to come in the near future. Here’s the current list:

  • New York
  • Boston
  • Atlanta
  • Miami
  • Salt Lake City
  • Houston
  • Dallas

If you’re in one of those cities and would like to give Aereo a shot, it’s free for the first month, and $8 month thereafter. Don’t see your city on the list but want Aereo to come to your town? You can vote where Aereo will head to next on their website here.

[Aereo on Google Play]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Using it now, but it does not hide the soft keys while watching. Hopefully they get that sorted soon. Looks great so far.

    1. if you run aokp you can hide the softkeys and top bar

      1. Yeah but I don’t root. I’m all stock these days.

  2. WTF, says it’s not compatible with my Note 2

  3. haha I worked in the datacenter business for years and these guys were my customers

    It was crazy I went up on the roof of the datacenter with them to watch them set up the antennas and test all their gear! Pretty neat stuff!

  4. 4.2+? I guess they want a small user base.

  5. grrr, i want it

    edit:just checked the site, they’re coming to my city next week. yippee!

  6. Ugh not compatible with my S3. Le lame.

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      compatible with my Note 2

  7. They want my credit card info in Boston and I’m free to cancel anytime up until October 22. WTF happened to the 1 month free?

  8. I almost signed up for their service when they first got here, but I decided to keep Comcast due to sports and On Demand. Stupid sports fanatic….

    I wish they had larger DVR space. For $8 its not bad for a simple DVR service.

  9. So let me get this, I can buy an antenna for a few bucks and watch the shows for free or spend 8 bucks a month and watch on a 5″ screen. PT Barnum was right

    1. Some people like watching TV on their tablet and laptop. It’s not about a inch screen. Also, this is a dvr service.

    2. some areas have poor reception. i have an antenna but barely get anything.

  10. Ok, who thinks it’s lame that they won’t let you install this app on your Google TV?!? (I just tried installing it on both my Sony GTV, and my Logitech, both wont let me install) :-(

    If the could just get something like this up and going, Google TV would be a NO BRAINER! There would be nothing to lose, and great stuff to gain!!! :D

    1. I was thinking the same thing. Oh, this is perfect for Google Tv…. But it’s not for gtv, it’s for phone or tablet??? #scratching head

      1. All I can think of is, maybe they’re purposely avoiding it because knowing it will make the content available for TV might make the networks and partners hesitant to make their content available? :-

    2. @Alberto_jr:disqus @jaredmeadows:disqus They have a notifications for upcoming devices. Chromecast and GTV are there. I posted the link in the comments above. Alas, they aren’t in my market.

  11. Holy crap! I guess they don’t like the West Coast! Salt Lake City is as far west as they’ve planned so far.

  12. It will be interesting to see. Is it just live TV, or do they have access to previous seasons as well?

    1. Just live and what you choose to record on their DVRs. The whole model is based on using the over the air broadcasts. They wouldn’t have legal standing to rebroadcast anything else.

  13. “This app is not compatible with any of your devices” So what device DOES this work on? I’ve got three phones (Bionic, Droid4, Note2) and a tablet on my google account.

    1. Compatible with my HTC ONE, but i have no interest in an app that charges $8 a month. Ill stick to SHOW BOX, it doesnt stream live TV or anything but its a good app to watch movies and TV shows on. They have an awesome selection and it always works.

    2. “Requires Android 4.2 and up”

  14. here is a much better idea: make those stations that charge cable and satellite customers to see them , pay fees for use of public airwaves that thry get for free right now.

    1. Or they could just stop broadcasting altogether and become cable stations

  15. Make it work with chromecast and I’m sold.

    1. I encourage you to sign up for their notification page of upcoming devices… Chromecast and others are on there:

  16. I’m using an ATSC tuner under WIn7 with DVBLink to stream live TV, and BubbleUPnP with MX Player on Android side. Works flawlessly, with HD channel support!

  17. Has anyone tried sideloading the app onto a device that is running 4.1? For all we know, it is perfectly compatible with our last gen devices.

      1. Thanks! I will try with my Nook HD when I get home.

  18. Umm…. It lets you watch the over the air networks… the ones you can get with an antenna…. FREE…. for $8 a month? so… while they say you can drop cable, you don’t get cable channels and you still need internet to watch on your browser….

    Personally I don’t see what the big deal is, or why they are charging.
    TVCatchup in the UK does the same thing and doesn’t cost viewers a penny…

    1. It’s really for people, “Cordcutters”, that don’t want or need to pay for cable and satellite TV, and in areas of those cities where antenna’s don’t work too well. Case in point, where I am in NYC, there’s no great spot for an antenna. I can get a signal, but it fuzzes out from time to time. So rather than to pay upwards of $120/pm for cable to get HD channels, a couple of movie channels and a S%!t ton of random channels I’ll never watch, just subscribe to Aereo for my local channels, Netflix, Google Play, and Hulu for everything else. Between subscriptions less than $10 a month and cable shows I can subscribe to through Google, I’m paying a lot less whatever Cable would charge me, everything is in HD, and I can watch it whenever I want. Bonus, Aereo has DVR capabilities. Not for everyone, clearly, and obviously there are ways to get all that and more for free.

  19. not in Chicago yet :P They said it should arrive in September……

  20. Bizzare that they’re still not in SF since it’s the heart of the tech world.

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