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Dish's New AirTV Box Streams Sling TV, Netflix, And Local Channels

03 January 2017
Dish's New AirTV Box Streams Sling TV, Netflix, And Local Channels

In order to begin streaming local over-the-air channels, you'll need to attach an OTA antenna to the device using its AirTV adapter. In addition to Google Play, the AirTV Player also features the ability to stream content in 4K and comes with a remote that allows users to control the player via voice commands, similar to the latest Roku and Fire TV devices.

Sling TV, Dish Network's OTT TV service for cord-cutters, has launched a device certification program called "Optimized for Sling TV" that includes "key criteria" such as over-the-air content integration, the integration of a Sling TV button, and auto-launch capabilities. But, if you're fine with just the streaming, you can get the AirTV Player by itself for just $99.

Last year, Android TV came to Italy in form of a digital decoder from internet VOD provider TIMvision. That should mean Playstation Vue, Plex, WatchESPN, and all of your other favorite Android TV apps a quick search away. That way, you can choose your monthly Sling TV package based on the cable channels included and without being swayed because one or two of the big four networks is part of the deal.

"Americans are rediscovering free local, over-the-air TV for sports, shows and news, particularly given how well OTA complements popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Sling TV and YouTube", Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV, said in a statement.

-Easy Access: The Sling TV app is presented as the default live TV app or has prominent placement and is easily accessible in the app store. Google Play Movies started offering 4K UHD movies recently, and Vudu has a limited selection of high-resolution titles for rent as well. The full release was confirmed on Tuesday, and the AirTV Player is out and available for purchase right now. As an interesting twist, the Bluetooth remote is able to connect up to your home theater over an infrared connection. AirTV Player can automatically detect a connected TV or sounds system using HDMI CEC, or the user can enter the information manually.