AirTV Device Rating
If you are a cord cutter that needs to supplement their streaming service with an OTA antenna then the AirTVand AirTV Player might just be for you. These streaming television devices are arguably the most unique devices on the market. They give users an entirely new way to instantly stream sports, shows, and movies alongside your local channels. AirTV is a subsidiary of DISH Network, who also owns Sling TV.
There are two different versions of AirTV. Both versions are significantly different but operate on the same premise which is that you can connect an OTA antenna to the device. The first generation is basically an Android TV player, but the second generation is a network tuner. That means one is a full-fledged streaming device with access to all of the streaming apps and channels in the Google Play store and the other does not, it streams your local channels to other devices. The two versions are:
AirTV Player was created to solve one of the most common issues faced by cord cutters regarding streaming television services. Most services have many restrictions for local television channels based on which market you live in. Many cord cutters have been using OTA antennas to supplement the incomplete lineup of local channels offered by most services. Thus the AirTV was born and it was designed to combine streaming services, particularly Sling TV, with OTA local channels on the same platform for a seamless user experience.
|Which AirTV is right for me?||AirTV||AirTV Player|
|Convert your TV into a Smart TV?|
|Access the Google Play App Store|
|Free Over-The-Air Channels|
|Stream your OTA to your mobile devices?|
|Number of TVs supported?|
|Number of concurrent OTA streams?|
|OTA Antenna replacement?|
|Integrate with Sling TV?|
AirTV Player Bundle
The first generation AirTV Player bundle is composed of four elements: the streaming box, the remote, the adapter, and an antenna (sold separately). Users connect the adapter to the streaming box and then connect the antenna to the adapter. This would implement local channels onto the platform which was Android based.
Fully integrated into the device are Sling TV, Netflix, and the Google Play app store. This means that it can be used with any service other than Sling TV that has a compatible app on the Google Play store. Local channels appear in 1080p HD and the device also supports 4K Ultra HD picture.
The remote is one of the better remotes out there. The remote is voice-capable that gives you intuitive control of your TV. The remote uses Bluetooth to connect to the device so you never have to worry about having to be in line-of-sight of the streaming box. Another great feature that most remotes do not have is the volume functionality. The remote also features guide, recall, Netflix and Google, Info, and pause/play buttons.
The device has 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 Port, optical input, and Ethernet ports. It has an internal WiFi 802.11 ac 2×2 Dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz), 2 GB DDR and 8GB flash memory, 4Kp60 max decode and video resolution, and Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus.
The second generation is much different than the first generation. This streaming player is essentially a network tuner. This means that you can put this box and the antenna anywhere in your house that can connect to wifi and get antenna reception and it will stream OTA channels to other devices or TVs in your home and even not in your home.
You can also stream to a smartphone. Users get 2 concurrent OTA streams in your home and 1 on the go. AirTV works with Sling TV and has developed apps for iOS, tvOS, Android (mobile and TV), Roku devices, and Amazon Fire TV devices.
AirTV2 has 512MB of DDR memory and 128 MB NAND Flash (SLC) and 2 MB of NOR SPI Boot Flash. It has an Internal Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2X2 Dual-Band. It also has an ethernet and USB 2.0 port.
This device can do something pretty cool that others cannot, but it is important to note that you will need other streaming devices in conjunction with this one. This is not like the first generation where you can access the Google Play Store. This only has Sling TV and transmits OTA to other devices. We believe that this device is great for people with Smart TVs or people who already own several devices. This is a great option for this because you can declutter all of the wirings or finally get local channels in every room.
AirTV2 and AirTV Player Specifications
(2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)