Triangle area Internet users who visit’s website are immediately prompted with the reminder that the service is “coming soon” to the region – still.

But as the Triangle continues to wait, Chicago becomes the fourth major metro area where the service will be made available.

“Watch live TV and save shows for later with a remote antenna and DVR.

“Coming soon to the Raleigh-Durham Area”

So says Aereo. But expectations that the service would be available as soon as this spring in the Triangle as well as in Charlotte were not met.

The startup that is trying to challenge cable and satellite TV packages with an $8-a-month offering over the Internet, on Thursday said it it will expand to Chicago in September.

“There’s no place like Chicago and we’re excited to be launching in this world-class city in September,” saidAereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia. “Consumers want more  choice and flexibility when it comes to how they watch television and the enthusiastic response to our technology from people across the country has been humbling. At Aereo, we feel that we’ve built something meaningful for consumers and we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished. However, there’s still much more to come as we continue our
expansion into new cities throughout the summer and fall.”

The service started in New York last year and expanded to Boston and Atlanta this spring.

Service in the Chicago area will begin Sept. 13 and will come with several Chicago-area broadcast stations plus Bloomberg TV. Eligibility is limited to 16 counties in Illinois and Indiana.

Aereo converts television signals into computer data and sends them over the Internet to subscribers’ computers and mobile devices. Aereo deploys mini antennas in its data centers to handle individual signals to users.

Subscribers can watch channels live or record them with an Internet-based digital video recorder. Viewers can pause and rewind live television.

Broadcasters have sued Aereo for copyright infringement, but Aereo has won key court rulings.


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