ON THE AIR: Aereo founder and chief executive Chet Kanojia, left, speaks at a Northeastern University event with the university’s president Joseph Aoun last week. Kanojia is a Northeastern graduate.
Internet TV company Aereo continues to expand and is looking to Boston to beef up its engineering staff even as it faces lawsuits across the country from broadcast industry giants.

“Our expectation was there would be a lot of controversy around this, but there was some hope that people would recognize it’s a good idea,” said Chet Kanojia, Aereo’s founder and CEO. “We think we’re on to something very big.”

Aereo uses over-the-air antennas to capture TV broadcasts and relay the signals over the Internet, letting users watch and record local live programming. Aereo launched its Android app last week and will debut in Detroit tomorrow — the eighth market in its 22-city expansion plan.

“They clearly are getting enough traction that the investors are saying let’s expand this nationwide,” said Brett Sappington, a media analyst and director of research at Parks Associates in Dallas.

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