After launching an extremely limited beta one year ago, NimbleTV is today opening its streaming cable service to everyone in the metro New York area. Unlike Aereo and its controversial business approach, NimbleTV is trying to play nice with cable providers. The company’s innovative model is centered around datacenters full of cable boxes; NimbleTV customers pay for TV service just as they would with an ordinary cable subscription.
The end result is the same; once you’ve signed up for NimbleTV, you can watch (and record) live TV from anywhere. “Our goal is to make TV easy again for consumers, while doing it in a way that supports the industry,” said CEO Anand Subramanian in a statement. “Our approach simply improves existing pay TV – it does not displace it.”
You’re given two choices for getting started. The first involves authenticating an existing subscription from Time Warner Cable, FiOS, Cablevision, or RCN. If you’re already a paying customer, NimbleTV will let you add its services for low monthly fees that start at $3.99. But unfortunately, this option limits you to just 24 channels. (Higher tiers simply get you more cloud DVR storage.) All local networks (NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS) are accounted for, so it’s not a bad option if you’re looking for the absolute basics.
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