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Netflix vs. Amazon, Part 349,092; Aereo announces plans for its next city.

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Wow, there is so much stuff today.

We have a documentary taking a look at if Led Zeppelin played in a local youth center more than 40 years ago. We have a look at the Postal Service's reunion tour stop at Merriweather. And now, we have two — two! — blog items for the price of one on this sunny Thursday morning. It's like Christmas in June. Without the cold. Or the happiness.

Number four, number four.

For it's next trick, Aereo, our favorite oddly named Internet startup, is taking its talents to ... Chicago! Yes, now Kanye West can stream "Judge Judy" reruns on the Internet as he puts North down for a nap. Take it away, Matt Burns, who quoted the company's CEO, Chet Kanojia, in his piece published about an hour ago ...

“There’s no place like Chicago and we’re excited to be launching in this world-class city in September,” Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia said in a released statement today. “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.”

Gut reaction: There's no place like Chicago? Really?! What do you say after you decide which city you are going to invade next, Special K? "There's no place like ... actually there is a place just like Kansas City — Chicago — but there aren't many other places like these. Promise."

Anyway, this comes after the company expanded to Atlanta a few days ago, which, of course, came after the company popped up in Boston, which, of course, came after the company began offering its services in New York City. Got that? Good.

Easy A now faces a tiny conundrum, as Burns so elegantly points out (go read his piece!): The more the operation expands, the more it pokes the bear, constantly reminding the justice system that yes, some day, it's going to have to rule on the service's legality one way or the other. Inherently, then, Aereo now has to ask itself if it should keep throwing flares into the sky, begging for attention, or just figure out how to live life on its increasingly lonely island.

There's probably no real right or wrong answer, of course, but one might believe it unwise to stop now, if you're Aereo. The thing keeps gaining traction by the day it seems, and until someone or something very powerful tries to cut off its knees for good, the only productive thing the company can do is proceed as though it's business as usual.

Remember, friends: It's supposed to hit this area before the end of the year (fingers crossed). That is, assuming it can still walk by the time the end of the year gets here.

UFC 402: Amazon vs. Netflix

Hey, did anyone catch the neat graphic the Wall Street Journal posted Monday morning? I'd put it right below this sentence, but that wouldn't be nice, now would it? Instead, I'll simply commend the lads over there for dissecting Piper Jaffray's analysis of the battle between not only Amazon and Netflix, but also Hulu and Redbox. From Tom Gara ...

"Here’s one metric of the work Amazon has ahead of it: Does it have the shows and movies people actually want to watch?" Gara wrote. "The conclusion? In short, Netflix is on top in films, Hulu in TV, and Amazon in neither. And it’s only Netflix breaking into the double digits in both categories."

Or, in short, no.

The numbers are interesting to look at (again: props to the people at Piper Jaffray). Hulu Plus offers 44 percent of the top 75 television shows available for streaming over the last four years, Netflix has 33 percent and Amazon has ... ready for this? ... seven percent. The company gains ground, however, when it comes to the top 50 movies available for streaming over the last four years, but still can't overcome the Big Red Machine — Netflix, 14 percent; Amazon, 11.

But wait. There's more!

Todd Spangler, the Digital Editor at Variety, took the opposite position when he noted Wednesday that Amazon is not a company others vying for streaming success sould take lightly.

"Amazon.com's streaming war with Netflix continues apace, as the Internet retail expanded its multiyear licensing agreement with PBS for hundreds of additional episodes of shows including NOVA, Masterpiece and Ken Burns documentaries plus kids’ shows like 'Caillou,' 'Arthur,' 'Daniels Tiger’s Neighborhood,' 'Dinosaur Train' and 'Wild Kratts,'" he wrote. "All told, Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service now includes more than 41,000 movies and TV episodes. Shows from PBS Kids that are available on Prime Instant Video will be available in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, which provides books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows on the tablet."

House of Cards or "Arthur?" Hey, it's your life, guys. 

The most memorable nugget from the entire piece? Amazon Prime, which offers free unlimited two-day shipping on products from the Amazon store and is what the company's streaming service essentially runs through, costs 79 bucks a year. 79 bucks!? Wow. That's something like $6.58 a month, which is just ... it's just ... wait. I pay 10 bucks a month for Netflix, don't I?

OK. Does anyone know if Amazon has any back episodes of "Extreme Couponing" in its library?

The Aereo saga just got a little juicier.

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Sometimes, it's better to throw that first punch, even if your opponent is still shaking hands. The Ballad Of Aereo Vs. The World took yet another juicy turn Monday when our favorite Web TV startup filed a preemptive strike against a group of broadcasters in Manhattan's U.S. District Court. The Big A says it is not violating copyright law. CBS and about 6,021,049 other people say it is. Now, on the heels of releasing the hounds in Boston next week, Aereo is asking the court to issue a proclamation ... read more

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Amazon releases the hounds. Aereo finds itself in a fight for its life.

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So ... how was your week? Good? Good. Did you happen to wander over to Amazon to check out the big news yet? I'm sure you have, right? Welp, in case any of you haven't, let's turn to the wonderful Kevin Fallon at The Daily Beast, who this morning took to the World Wide Internet to do the undoable: Rank eight of the 14 pilots The Big A released last week for free. Don't believe me? Oh, silly, you ... "Late last week the Web juggernaut posted all 14 of the the TV pilots it ordered and asked the ... read more

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Do you still use bunny ears?

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So, the National Association of Broadcasters is currently spearheading a conference in Las Vegas. More than 90,000 media types from more than 150 countries are supposed to show up, and, as the website gloats, the shindig features "85+ years of industry leadership," whatever that means. Why do we care? Oh, why do we care. Welp, this year, one of the show's main talking points centers around ... you guessed it ... what networks are going to do now that more and more people are leaving them ... read more

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NPR meets Aereo.

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So ... did you catch NPR's "Morning Edition" this week? Judging by the silence I hear after posing that question, my guess is you didn't (silly blogs and their unresponsive nature!). Well, if you didn't happen to hear it, that's a shame, because the wonderful Steve Inskeep brought Rich Jaroslovsky on to talk about ... as though the headline didn't already give it away ... Aereo, the getting-buzzier-by-the-minute product aimed at revolutionizing Internet television. Yes. Maybe that whole "Aereo: ... read more

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Aereo keeps gaining traction, announces plans to expand into Washington area.

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Goodness, gracious. Who says January is a slow news month?! So far this week, we have had the "Arrested Development" round table that produced news of the show returning on Netflix in May (we'll get to that next week). We have the announcement from Jerry Seinfeld that the best thing to ever happen to Internet television, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," will actually move forward with a second run almost doubling the amount of episodes for season No. 2 (again, we'll get to that next week). ... read more

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The New York Times makes nice with Aereo and Nintendo throws its hat into the ring. Super Mario and all his brothers laugh.

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It's the little company that could. Aereo, the Internet television startup we first wrote about all the way back in February, finally made enough noise to land a pretty cushy profile from Jenna Wortham at The New York Times on Sunday. This is big, why? Well, because it's now clear that people from The New York Times read this blog, duh! Rejoice! I'm kidding. Anyways, Joe Lipowski, the company's chief technology officer, was the centerpiece of the profile, and we even learned a little ... read more

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A judge upholds Aereo’s legality, potentially paving the way for the future of Internet television.

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Hey, remember when we talked about how people were skeptical about the future of Aereo, a product we've documented on this very blog time and time again, because of the rumblings that it may or may not actually be legal? Enter U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan and her ruling on the product on Wednesday after every single network in the world tried to take the company down in a storm of lawsuits. From The Associated Press ... "U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said she understood how the service ... read more

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Exactly what Internet television needs: Two more networks.

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Plans for not one, but two Web-specific channels surfaced this week, and how irresponsible would I be if I didn't take at least a few minutes to relay such groundbreaking news to you, the fantastically pretty blog readers? That was rhetorical. First, we have Ora.tv, the pet project of Carlos Slim Helú, who may or may not be the richest man in the world, depending on which day of the week you ask. And, what is Ora.tv, you ask? Leave it to superstar Brian Stelter of The New York Times to ... read more

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Aereo: The most important development in cord-cutting yet.

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"Tap water is free, yet Americans spend billions of dollars every year for the convenience of drinking the same thing out of bottles. The founders of a new digital video service are betting the same logic can be applied to another free commodity: broadcast TV." I could have tried to come up with a better lead, but really, it wasn't going to happen. Plus, I thought that was pretty solid, right? Right. That top paragraph comes from Jeff Bercovivi, a writer at Forbes, who took to the Interwebs ... read more

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