Aereo, the company behind the popular but controversial TV broadcast application, announced on Thursday that it will be delivering Android support for the Chromecast on May 29. It’s the latest in a string of new apps that are hitting Google’s $35 HDMI dongle. Most recently, YouTube was updated with new functions, and Rhapsody, Napster, Crackle, Rdio and Vudu have all released apps that support the device.
“The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” Aereo founder Chet Konojia said in a blog post Thursday. “We’re excited that Aereo will be Google Cast Ready this May. Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television and our team is committed to providing consumers with the best experience possible using Aereo’s innovative cloud technology.”
Aereo’s tech has CBS and other broadcast TV firms up in arms, however, and a case levied against the firm is headed to the Supreme Court. CBS has long argued that Aereo’s business model is basically built around stealing broadcast content and then charging consumers for what CBS is providing — typically at no cost to consumers with a TV and an antenna.