Peter Kafka reports that Aereo, the service I use for network TV over the internet, has changed its pricing structure. Huh!
I signed up for Aereo in May but have yet to be charged for it. Still, the company has always maintained that, when they did get around to ending my free trial, Aereo would cost $12 a month, which has seemed steep to me. Now, I have a few more options.
I can still pay $12 a month for unlimited use and 40 hours of DVR space, but I could also pay just $8 a month, if I thought I only needed 20 hours of storage. From experience, that is more than enough; in fact, I’ve barely used the recording function on Aereo at all. Or if I were willing to pay $80 upfront for a year of service, I could reduce my equivalent monthly bill to $6.66 (and keep the larger DVR option). Not bad.
But the really interesting new options are the day passes and free trials. I can watch an hour of live network TV per day without paying a dime and/or pay $1 every time I want 24 hours of continuous access (plus a modicum of DVR storage). That last option, the day pass, sounds ideal to me, based on how I’ve been using Aereo so far. When I want to watch a baseball playoff game on Fox or the Oscars on ABC, I pay $1. And on most days, when I don’t have a need for network TV, I pay nothing.