This week the live TV streaming service Aereo goes on trial at the Supreme Court, which will decide if it’s a legal business by summer’s end. It’s a big moment for television, considering the $8-a-month subscription provides something that everyone wants but no other company has so far managed to provide: the ability to stream basic cable television to any device as it airs. Though not always reliable, Aereo is what many of us hope the future of TV will look like.
Aereo may very well be squashed in court, which is why we must evaluate our alternatives. As my colleague Dan Tynan has noted, there’s lots of hardware dedicated to sidestepping a cable subscription. But if you just want to stream shows on your computer or tablet, without all the cords, you probably want to know what free, legal content an Internet connection can get you.
To answer this…
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