Aereo—the start-up that's challenging broadcast television—is giving viewers the choice they want, and broadcast networks are ignoring consumers, the company's CEO and founder told CNBC.
The company is butting heads with broadcasters both in the market and in the courts, but is continuing with its expansion plans, announcing an expansion of services this week to 22 more U.S. cities.
"We're about 15 percent into the expansion activity, hopefully we'll pick up the pace soon," CEO Chet Kanojia said.
Aereo's distribution of television content allows consumers to view, save, fast forward, rewind and pause live broadcast television over the Internet using its antenna/DVR technology, without any cords, cables, boxes or cable provider plan.
Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, told CNBC last week that Aereo is "not a serious threat" and "it is an illegal service" that charges consumers for free services. "As they open up into new marketplaces we will challenge that," he said.
Kanojia responded to these comments on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" by saying that "consumer choice is always an important thing and I would submit if it's not a serious threat, people should stop caring about it."