Cut the cord and stream your favorite OTA channels using your home Wi-Fi for free, with the latest product in town the, Next Generation AirTV Box. To get it working you just need to set up one antenna and then you can sit back and have access to news and entertainment 24×7.
The new AirTV device is a medium sized box offering a number of connectivity ports for various reasons. It has a USB 2.0 port and a digital audio port; users can plug in an HDMI cable and an Ethernet cord. The new AirTV Box contains two OTA tuners and an 802.11a 2×2 dual-band WiFi. It also handles 4K programming.
For a Sling TV subscriber, the new AirTV is very useful. The new AirTV doesn’t have a home screen; it has a page for Sling TV app containing your bookmarked content and favorite channels. At the bottom, there’s access to other apps like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify and other android apps. Finding apps is easy with the provided remote as voice search and Googling are both options.
As said before, Sling TV is the main focus for new AirTV device; if you’re a voracious Sling TV user, this device is perfect for you. One can still reach all the other android media apps like YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, Hulu, Google play movies, Crackle, VLC media player, Spotify, and PLEX but a point to note is that using the device one can’t access Amazon Video.
Advantages and Disadvantages
A disadvantage of the Next Generation AirTV is that unlike other Android boxes, gaming is a problem. With a maximum storage of 6GB (no expandable slots) space is a premium and games generally take up too much room.
The best highlight of this innovation is its HD antenna integration. It beautifully handles the broadcast channels. To hook up the HD antenna to the new AirTV, one needs to pick up a $40 plug and play adapter. The AirTV automatically recognizes it and runs the setup procedure without any hassle. The local channels load and get added to the Sling TV list itself. Every channel has an icon, a name and a complete guide giving information about its entire schedule for the day.
Additionally, and most importantly, the new AirTV allows you to stream OTA programming from the AirTV box to devices that are locally connected via WiFi. You just connect your HD antenna, mount it in a place that gets the best reception, and connect your tablets and mobile devices through WiFi.
This means that you don’t have to miss out on local sports and news.
As a streaming app, the Next Generation AirTV is proficient, but doesn’t contain any other exciting features; the HD antenna adapter gets the bonus though. Drawbacks include inconvenient navigation, underplayed Android TV elements and the remote isn’t very helpful. However, the negatives aside, this is a very convenient way to combine the experience of both Sling TV and broadcast channels.