Over-the-air TV is awesome, if for no other reason than it doesn't cost anything more than the antenna hardware. But you can still do better than plugging straight in to a television tuner. In 2018 it's all about sharing video across a network, right? And the latest AirTV does precisely that.
For $119 you get a dual-tuner setup that connects over 802.11n networks. (It's got ethernet, too, which is always a good thing.) You'll connect an antenna to the AirTV, and connect the AirTV to your network, and then fire up the AirTV app on up to two devices at once. (Two tuners means two devices can watch separate channels at the same time.)
Or, if you're a Sling TV user, you can just fire up the Sling app and watch your local channels right alongside everything you get through Sling's streaming service.
The AirTV app is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.
Watch free local channels at home, on-the-go with new AirTV
AirTV connects to over-the-air (OTA) antenna to wirelessly deliver free local channels to TVs, tablets, phones—in and out of home
Integrates free broadcast channels into Sling TV app or AirTV app on iOS, Android, Roku and Amazon Fire TV
Available now for $119.99 at AirTV.net
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 23, 2018 — AirTV, a brand dedicated to meeting the growing consumer demand for over-the-air (OTA) broadcast products and services, has launched a new solution that brings together the value of free local broadcast television with the power of live internet streaming. The new AirTV solution, when connected to an OTA antenna and a home Wi-Fi network, wirelessly streams free local channels to internet-connected TVs and mobile devices, in and out of the home.
With AirTV, free local channels, like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS, are available for viewing via the Sling TV or AirTV app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS and Android phones and tablets. Local channel availability depends on the OTA signal availability at the user's home location. In many major markets, customers can receive 50 or more local channels for free.
"Our new AirTV solution solves two problems: first, it blends free local channels with OTT television, something customers have demanded since the advent of streaming," said Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV. "And, because it's a Wi-Fi-enabled device, you can power your entire home with one OTA antenna, simplifying the installation process."
AirTV's configuration eliminates common pain points associated with OTA antennas, like wiring multiple rooms with individual antennas, and it allows for optimal antenna placement, regardless of the TV's location. AirTV connects to a digital antenna and a wireless or wired network, providing two live streams of digitally transmitted OTA content simultaneously. Up to two streams are available inside the home; one of these streams can be viewed while outside of the home.
"Customers can mount their antenna connected to AirTV wherever the signal is strongest, whether it's tucked away in an attic or hidden behind the living room TV," said Weinraub. "AirTV wirelessly streams to AirTV-enabled devices visible to a home Wi-Fi network, so there's no longer a need to run cables across the home to get OTA signals."
Existing Sling TV users can integrate AirTV directly into their accounts. Customers can also set up a free Sling TV account to access their local channels via AirTV, or create a free account with the stand-alone AirTV app.
AirTV is available at AirTV.net/products/airtv/, on Amazon and at regional retailers like Microcenter for $119.99 with a one-year warranty. OTA antennas can be purchased separately at https://www.airtv.net/antenna-installation/ or at a local retailer. To identify local channels in your area, visit https://www.airtv.net/local-channels/.
Does it support 5.1 DD sound like the HDHomerun network tuner?
The Tablo network tuner does not. My requirements for a network tuner:
Free program guide.
Free AndroidTV App.
WiFi over local network. (No Ethernet cable required.)
5.1 Surround sound (DD) passthrough over network.
Pause, rewind, FF of live programs. (for skipping commercials) Don't need:
Internet viewing away from home
More than 1 tuner
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