Aereo could arrive on Android as soon as September

The CEO of the upstart online TV service tells International Business Times that his company will launch an app for Google's mobile OS next month -- though an exact date hasn't been determined.

Aereo's CEO Chet Kanojia talking to a group of start-ups in New York
Aereo founder Chet Kanojia, speaking to a group of New York entrepreneurs earlier this month. Joan E. Solsman/CNET
Aereo, the upstart online TV service, has no plans to slow down its momentum, possibly much to the chagrin of the ticked-off television networks.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia told International Business Times on Thursday that the company plans to debut its service on Android devices in September -- though there's no word on an exact date. The chief executive said Aereo had initially hoped to have an Android app ready last summer, but that goal fell through.

Earlier this month, Kanojia touted his service at a Startup Grind event in New York, telling a group of local entrepreneurs that Aereo would have a "fabulous" business at 1 million users and an "extremely fabulous" one at 5 million, but it would only need registrations in the hundreds of thousands for it to be profitable.

The company, which is backed by IAC Chairman Barry Diller, allows people to access live, local over-the-air television broadcasts using its antenna and DVR technology. The service has sparked the wrath of various network giants, including CBS (parent company of CNET), ABC, NBC, and Fox, which are suing Aereo, claiming it violates their copyrights.

The broadcasters, however, haven't managed to make much headway in their case so far. They failed to garner the support of courts based in New York , with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit saying that they had "not demonstrated that they are likely to prevail on the merits of this claim in their copyright infringement action."

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