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Aereo announces expansion into Birmingham

aereo_antennaThere was a lot of buzz Wednesday afternoon as folks in Birmingham learned New York-based TV tech start-up Aereo was including The Magic City in a 22 city expansion this spring. It’s the result of the company receiving a $38 million infusion of financing from IAC/InterActiveCorp and Highland Capital Partners – a development made public on Tuesday and announced at CES.

It does seem to be a viable solution for those in the metro area who aren’t able to easily receive over-the-air digital signals who don’t want to consider cable TV or satellite as replacements. Customers will also be able to access Bloomberg TV, where Aereo’s CEO, Chet Kanjolia, spoke about the legality of the service yesterday morning. But if you want to watch, let’s say a BCS championship game on ESPN, you’re out of luck for right now.

But back to legality…

Shortly after it launched in New York City last year, many of the broadcast networks filed temporary injunctions against the company on the grounds of copyright infringement. Their workaround involves the digital antenna you’re paying to lease from them (that’s what’s pictured up above, alongside a dime). Incidentally, The New York Times points out that Aereo doesn’t currently pay for the content. There are also concerns about what legally constitutes digital video recording, and how the service will affect revenue for the networks.

Prices for the service range from $1 a day to $80 a year in addition to a one hour per day free trial option, with DVR storage options available from 3 – 40 hours. It works on PC and Mac platforms, with plans for an Android version to be introduced later this year.

ONB announcement means Main Street Birmingham changes

Fleming and TaskerThe news became official this morning as Operation New Birmingham (ONB) announced they’d named a new president and CEO. David Fleming, the founding executive director of Main Street Birmingham (MSB), will take the reigns of the downtown revitalization organization effective November 1.

It can be viewed as a homecoming of sorts for Fleming, who left ONB as its vice president for planning and urban development in 2004 to launch MSB. He was one of four candidates considered for the position which has been vacant since the departure of Michael Calvert earlier this year.

MSB released its own statement later in the day naming Elizabeth Barbaree-Tasker as the organization’s interim executive director. The seven year-old neighborhood revitalization organization has been enjoying success recently, including an arts incubator in Woodlawn that hosted an open house this past weekend as part of the WOODLAWNx after-party for TEDxBirmingham.

Incidentally, I’ve got some thoughts on Fleming, his new job and what it means for The Magic City over on Dear Birmingham.

Photo: left, David Fleming; right, Elizabeth Barbaree Tasker.

One week = Habitat house in Wylam

Habitat home in East LakeThe local chapter of Alabama Power‘s Service Organization announced its participation in the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Birmingham’s Wylam community to start this Saturday, May 1.

The press release points out that the new home will be built to LEED standards by the organization’s Magic City chapter and other partners in less than one week.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham has been extremely busy recently. The photo above shows a home completed earlier this year in Birmingham’s East Lake community. The list of current build projects is available on the organization’s website.

Photo: Habitat house in East Lake. André Natta/bhamterminal.

Yeah, Century Plaza is closed

The Birmingham News recently shared the news that Century Plaza had officially closed (save for the Sears location which will still be open through June 14) effective Sunday evening.

NBC 13 provided visitors to their website the chance to read the press release from the mall’s owner, General Growth Properties, distributed yesterday morning while Fox 6 garnered comments from city councilmember Carol Duncan and others, leading us to today’s Magic City Question,

What should happen with Century Plaza?

Writing Today conference cancelled

The 2009 Writing Today Conference that was scheduled to take place this weekend (March 13 & 14) on the campus of Birmingham Southern College was cancelled due to “these uncertain economic times.” The announcement was made yesterday, both via traditional press release and via Birmingham Weekly’s new Twitter profile. As mentioned over on Laura Axelrod’s blog, Gasp!, this is a big deal

The press release states that all registration fees are being refunded in full. For more information on registration refunds, you’re asked to contact Sandy Barr at Birmingham-Southern College by phone at 205.226.4921

Steve and Leah take to the airwaves

Tune in to WERC 960 AM this morning before 11 a.m. and you can say you were listening the first day that Steve Shannon and Leah Brandon were on the air together in The Magic City.

The radio veterans started their run on the heritage AM station at 7 a.m. The Birmingham Business Journal posted this story on their site last month to announce their pending arrival. Of course, you could just check out the station’s website for the hosts’ bios (and the stream of the radio broadcast) or read the press release that Paul sent over to us late last month.

Alabama Symphony to announce new executive director

The Dayton Daily News reported yesterday that Curtis Long, the executive director of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, had resigned his position there (effective June 20) to become the new executive director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

A joint press release already posted here announces that the 44-year old Los Angeles native will begin his duties in Birmingham on July 1.