seen many articles lamenting the Supreme Court decision shutting down Aereo’s
TV over Internet service but several articles as well showing consumers there
are do-it-yourself alternatives to Aereo. A number of companies are offering
special deals to former Aereo customers.
is a system that allows you to browse,
record and stream free local HDTV broadcast program on any device, anytime,
anywhere in the world. A two-tuner model costs $219.99 and a four tuner version
is $299.99 on the Tablo web site
. It is
also available from Newegg.
You'll need an antenna for it. Antennas Direct
says it will give away 1,000
antennas to Aereo customers
. Upload your Aereo billing statement and
pay $10.00 for shipping and they will send the first 1,000 people to respond a
ClearStream 2 Complete antenna with 50-mile plus range, 30 feet of coaxial
cable and a 20-inch J-mount.
Using the TiVo
application you can add remote streaming and
downloading to some TiVo DVRs. The six-tuner Roamio DVRs support it directly
while a TiVo Stream is required for use with the four-tuner Roamio or TiVo
One solution that's been around for a while is the Hauppauge
. Hauppauge has added a record feature to
Broadway as a free download. Plug a USB thumb drive into the unit to record and
playback shows on Android or iOS devices. Amazon showed me a price of $156.95
announced it would give Aereo
subscribers a free antenna and a DVR discount
. For $269.99 and a copy
of their June 2014 Aereo bill, subscribers will get a bundle that includes a
Channel Master SMARTenna, DVR+, and USB Wi-Fi adapter. Unfortunately, it
doesn't appear you can view TV or DVR content over the Internet on a wireless
device with this device.
If you truly want to build it yourself, another option is the
open source DVR software that's been around since the analog days. Newer
versions of software support streaming video over the Internet to other
devices. It isn't “plug and play” and you'll need a
dedicated computer to run it on, but using a Linux distribution such as Mythbuntu
isn't that difficult but debugging it can take a while. I know some TV stations
are using it to create a record of what they broadcast.
Windows Media Center
provides DVR support but as
far as I know does not offer the ability, at least not without some assistance
from other programs, to stream content to other devices over the Internet.
There are other options. A Google search for “Aereo
alternatives” is a good place to start. One thing to check is the
cost of the program guide. While TV stations transmit an over-the-air program
guide, many do not list more than a day or two's programming. Access to a guide
service is included with some units but can require a monthly fee or a huge
one-time cost (around $500 for TiVo) with others. One of the options for MythTV
is Schedules Direct,
which cost $25/year.