航空,巴里·迪勒’目前仅在纽约提供的颇受争议的互联网电视服务正在扩展。今年春天,消费者 另外22个美国城市 将能够通过台式机,平板电脑和智能手机收听广播电视频道。电视网络并不高兴。 

航空 uses tiny, remote antennas to grab broadcast signals and convert them into video formats that can be transmitted over the 在 ternet and watched from any device and recorded for later viewing. It’这是一个绝妙的主意,但立即引起了电视行业的愤怒,并对此提起了诉讼。在七月, 联邦法院裁定 that 航空 did not violate copyright law in the way broadcasters alleged, allowing the service to continue operating as 一场更大的法律斗争迫在眉睫

它的企业言论, 航空 very deliberately positions itself alongside the VHS tape and DVR, two technologies whose core functionality was challenged by the content industry on copyright grounds. The company and its supporters are hoping that the courts see the similarities as well. (有关详细信息,请参阅 是Barry Diller偷广播员吗’内容?专利申请说可能不是

航空’命运还没有坚定,但那’并没有阻止该公司继续向新市场扩展。具体而言,它将于2013年晚些时候在波士顿,迈阿密,奥斯丁,亚特兰大,芝加哥,达拉斯,休斯敦,华盛顿特区,巴尔的摩,底特律,丹佛,明尼阿波利斯,费城,匹兹堡,坦帕,克利夫兰,堪萨斯城,罗利·达勒姆(NC)推出),盐湖城,伯明翰(AL),普罗维登斯(RI)和麦迪逊(WI)。

每月$ 8– the price of a 葫芦加 订阅–用户可以收听他们所在地区可用的任何无线广播频道。它’s the same stuff you can get with a digital antenna affixed to your TV, but 航空 makes it available across devices and has built-in DVR recording functionality. 

Will people really want to drop $8 monthly to access broadcast TV more conveniently? 航空 is banking on it. Even combined with a 葫芦加 subscription, users would pay only $16 per month for access to a huge selection of content, some of which is live –包括许多现场体育赛事。击败电缆’每月的巨额账单,但还是赢了’t get you 权力的游戏 或最新一集 绝命毒师

If 航空 manages to survive its legal challenges (and the company just raised $38 million to fund its expansion and pay its legal bills), it’是使剪线生活方式成为可行替代方案的又一步。当然,有线/卫星行业不是’静坐:周一,时代华纳有线宣布了一项有限的交易,以使 Roku机顶盒上提供了TWC内容 –尽管用户仍然必须订阅有线电视。

看到 有线电视调谐本身已经过时了吗?