The new media box can send free OTA broadcasts to a variety of connected devices.
Dish has announced the launch of its new AirTV. The device can connect to an OTA antenna and home Wi-Fi network in order to wirelessly stream free local channels to a user's internet-connected TVs and mobile devices.
"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."
Once the AirTV is connected to an OTA antenna (sold separately) and Wi-Fi connection, users simply need to download the AirTV or Sling TV app for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS and Android mobile devices. Once installed, customers can then start streaming live HD OTA broadcasts to the app on the component of their choice without having to setup multiple antennas on different devices. The AirTV can provide up to live two streams at the same time inside the home. And alternatively, one of those streams can be used to view live content on the go instead.
"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."