DISH Launches AirTV 4K Android Streaming Player with OTA Channel Adapter

Posted Tue Jan 10, 2017 at 09:30 AM PST by
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The new streaming player offers an optional adapter for over-the-air channels.

AirTV, a a wholly owned subsidiary of DISH DBS Corporation, has announced the release of its AirTV player. The 4K Android streaming device offers access to thousands of movies, TV shows, and apps, along with the option to watch OTA content.

"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," said Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV. "AirTV's new streaming device and antenna installation service again make getting your entertainment as easy as turning on the TV."

The AirTV player is a 4K Android TV-based media player with access to Netflix, Sling TV, YouTube and thousands of content options through the Google Play Store. Likewise, the device can also play free local OTA (over-the-air) channels through an additional AirTV adapter and OTA antenna (both sold separately). Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and HDMI connectivity are integrated as well.

Here's a rundown of key features per the press release:

- Pre-loaded apps: AirTV Player includes Netflix, Sling TV and YouTube pre-installed for easy access to popular streaming content. A Sling TV account and Netflix membership are required to access those apps.

- Google Play Store: Built on Android TV, AirTV Player provides access to thousands of shows, movies, apps and games through the Google Play Store. A Google account is required to use the Google Play Store.

- Netflix integration: With the click of a button, a user can launch directly into their selected Netflix content within the Netflix app. Users without a Netflix subscription will have a row of curated suggestions of TV shows and movies along with the ability to sign up and start watching.

- 4K compatible: AirTV Player can play 4K content, available on Netflix and other apps in the Google Play Store.

- Wi-Fi compatible: AirTV Player connects to dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz) networks that use the 802.11ac / n/ a / b / g standard.

- Bluetooth voice remote: The AirTV remote controls the AirTV Player via Bluetooth and provides access to popular apps, including dedicated buttons for Sling TV, Netflix and Google. The remote features voice capabilities and can control power and volume on any connected TV or sound system utilizing infrared. AirTV Player can automatically detect a connected TV or sounds system using HDMI CEC, or the user can enter the information manually.

The AirTV Player is now available for purchase at AirTV.net for $99.99 (streaming only). In addition, the AirTV Player with OTA AirTV Adapter bundle is available for $129.99. Likewise, a standalone AirTV Adapter is available for $39.99 (if a consumer chooses to add OTA integration at a later date). And as an added bonus, buyers of the AirTV Player can receive a $50 Sling TV credit, available to new and existing Sling TV users.

Source: AirTV via Business Wire

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