Are These App Services Launched in Houston Worth the Money?
By living in a major city, we get the pleasure of trying out new things. Sometimes they are untested products or services that are riding the line of legality with the city and government, but no matter, as long as there's a benefit to us for trying them out.
Photo by Ian Lamont Houston is a market a lot of new technology services want to test out.
Technologically speaking, we're good with any service we can try out using our smart phones (there's no better way to share your movements with the NSA). In terms of entertainment and transportation, Houston is among cities benefiting from a boom in app-based products that are challenging the standard way of doing business, from broadcast television to taxi cabs. So we tried a small sample of these services to see if they were worth the money, and in some cases the hype.
The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon on whether Aereo should be doing what it's doing. Broadcasters really hate this service, which for less than $8 puts the power of digital broadcast television into the palm of your hand (or on your laptop). Houston is one of only ten markets in the country to get this service. Sure, you can get a lot of TV on Hulu or through television station apps, but for $4 extra, you get 60 hours of storage. So that's a DVR for $12 a month that can record all your favorite prime-time shows (or those old Twilight Zone episodes that come on really late.)
This service is worth it for TV aficionados. Not so much for dedicated cable-television heads.