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Aereo Expands Streaming TV Service to Boston

Streaming TV service Aereo is expanding to the Boston metropolitan area next month. The technology will be available to pre-registered consumers on May 15 and to the general public on May 30.

“This is is an exciting step forward for the company. Today’s announcement is even more meaningful and special for our more than 60 employees who call the Boston area home, including me,” Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement. “I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished in such a short period of time.”

Currently, Aereo is available only in New York. The streaming technology threatens to disrupt the traditional model of broadcast television. ABC, CBS, NBC Universal and Fox Television Stations have a pending lawsuit to block Aereo, and News Corp. COO Chase Carey has said Fox could be forced to convert to a cable channel if Aereo wins in court.

Boston’s DMA includes 4.5 million eligible consumers in 16 counties across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Fox to Launch Streaming Plan For Affiliates

Fox Television is planning to launch a streaming plan for its affiliates that will allow users to stream network and local content online, according to TVNewsCheck. Plans were unveiled Tuesday afternoon for an expected fall launch:

Similar to Disney’s Watch ESPN app and ABC’s current streaming strategy, paid TV subscribers would be able to access local and network content through a variety of apps and on the web. Once authenticated, users could watch a live, linear stream or individual video-on-demand programming.

Additionally, Fox plans to release a new Fox Sports Go app that would let users watch local sports based on their market. For example, users in Michigan would be able to watch live Detroit Pistons games from Fox Sports Detroit.

“We want to make sure our content is on every device, either through the Fox national app, on the Fox Sports Go app, or something similar with our entertainment content,” says Michael Hopkins, Fox Networks president of distribution.”If consumers are going to go to a local station site or app, we want our content to be there.” Read more

Aereo ‘Prepared for the Controversy’ as Fox, Univision Threaten Cable Switch

On Monday, Fox and Univision both threatened to take their programming off the broadcast airwaves and convert to cable channels if Aereo continues to have legal success, The New York TimesBrian Stelter reports:

While viewed largely as saber-rattling, the idea that the networks could be converted into cable channels gained attention in the television world because such a move would have wide-reaching implications for viewers and station owners.

The possibility had not been publicly broached by a major broadcaster until Chase Carey, the chief operating officer of Fox’s parent, News Corporation, spoke at a conference of broadcasters on Monday morning.

Later in the day, Haim Saban, the chairman of Univision, lined up with Fox, calling Aereo a pirate and saying, “To serve our community, we need to protect our product and revenue streams and therefore we, too, are considering all of our options — including converting to pay TV.”

In an interview with The Washington Post‘s Cecilia Kang, Aereo chief executive Chet Kanojia said the company was “prepared for the controversy.” Read more

Fox Pushes Affiliates to Pay Up

In a nearly four-hour meeting with affiliates on Tuesday, Fox laid out an aggressive new plan for wringing additional revenue out of its stations.

News Corp. president and COO Chase Carey has made it clear that he plans to have Fox-affiliates pay a share of the retrans money that they receive from cable and satellite companies and in Tuesday’s closed-door meeting the network took a hard line, outlining exactly how much stations will be required to pay and leaving time for questions, not negotiations.

Fox is demanding 25 cents per subscriber from affiliates in the top 125 markets during the first year of the new deal and that figure will climb to reach 50 cents in the fourth year. Affiliates in smaller markets will pay 15 cents to start and 25 cents in year four. Read more

Fox Threatening to Dump Affiliates Unless They Share Retrans Money

Fox network is threatening to drop some affiliates if the stations do not agree to share a cut of the retrans fees they receive from cable and satellite operators.

According to Bloomberg:

Without an agreement on a new fee schedule, Fox “will have to pursue different distribution channels to receive fair value for our programming and continue to serve our viewers,” Michael C. Hopkins, president of affiliate sales and marketing, said in a Feb. 4 letter to station owners.

Fox’s aggressive stance is part of News Corp.’s plan to wring additional revenue from its broadcast unit.  Chase Carey, News Corp.’s president and COO, said recently that he thinks the Fox network should look more “like a cable network” with “two meaningful streams of revenue–subscription and advertising.” Read more