I still need to figure out how best to access free, over-the-air, network television. One friend recommended a Terk Technologies tuner for $40, and others are partial to the $35 Leaf antenna. If I want to record the programming, I could go with something like the $400 Channel Master HD DVR or a $99 HDHomeRun with DVR software I’d have to run myself.
But while I consider those and other options, I think I’ll try an intriguing new service called Aereo. The IAC-funded startup, which has already been sued by broadcast networks, is grabbing over-the-air TV signal in Brooklyn and redistributing it to users across New York City over the Web. So you can watch and record network TV on your iPhone, iPad, Roku device, or Apple TV. BTIG’s Rich Greenfield, the analyst who knows more over-the-top programming than anyone else, demos Aereo in the video above.
Aereo costs $12 a month, which seems a little stiff, although the price starts to make sense if I value the DVR functionality. In any event, they offer a one-month free trial, so I’m giving it a whirl starting today. For now, my network TV problem is solved without a single wire or new device.