Aereo.com Updates Roku Channel – A Game Changer

We had no idea what power we at TotalHTPC had over the technology industry.  A few days ago, Aereo.com, the firm who’s web-based access to OTA HD TV without the need for any equipment updated its Roku channel, addressing each and every concern I raised in my original review.  After a very, very painful process of getting the Aereo Roku App to recognize that I was in fact physically in my home market, which was in fact physically within the New York City service area, I set off to run the new Roku Aereo channel through a series of tests.

The new Aereo Roku Channel is a full fledged DVR and OTA Channel replacement.   Users can still use their iPad or iPhone as a remote by using what Aereo calls “Two-screen mode”, however while this was formerly the only way to use your Roku with Aereo, you no longer require it.  As can be seen in the screen shots below, users have a variety of screens that enable users to watch, record, and gain access to a full fledged onscreen guide.

But even more important is the quality is dramatically improved.  I tested the channel on my Roku2 XS connected to my home network via Wifi.  As stated, quality is DRAMATICALLY improved, and what I saw was just about equal to my OTA antenna quality.

New Aereo Roku Channel Home screen

New Aereo Roku Channel Home screen

Aereo Roku Channel Guide Selection Screen

Aereo Roku Channel Guide Selection Screen

Aereo Roku Channel Channel Guide

Aereo Roku Channel Channel Guide

Aereo Roku Channel Selection

Aereo Roku Channel Selection

 

With the Roku update, Aereo has taken a dramatic leap forward, greatly improving both their service and ease of bringing OTA HD channels to homeowner’s big screen TVs with high quality.  Even with the price, which runs slightly less than Netflix on an annual basis, this is a game changer.   Given that you can test the service for 24 hours for just a buck, it’s well worth trying out the service.  Happy cutting…

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