● No monthly fees
● Quick and easy setup
● Stream local channels on the go
● Need to use an antenna
● Can only access select local channels
● Works with only two devices at a time
If you’ve been longing to get hold of free local networks but don’t want the connection or cable issues that come with antennas, you’re in luck. Thanks to its simple Wi-Fi connection, AirTV is a clutter-free way to stay on top of local news, sports and more. This high-definition-ready service comes housed in a modern box that’ll fit seamlessly into any home. Plus, it even allows you to stream when traveling. In a nutshell, this nifty box is a quick and easy solution for any household that’s cutting the cable TV cord. Read on for a full AirTV review.
What Is AirTV?
AirTV provides over-the-air (OTA) streaming to multiple devices in your home without monthly fees or reams of cables. To access local channels like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, all you need to invest in is a high-definition (HD) antenna and an AirTV box. The current model is called AirTV 2 — its vertical design aims to take up as little space as possible in your home.
Your AirTV tuner can work via Wi-Fi, so you can place your antenna wherever the signal’s strongest. Simply hook the box to the antenna and link it to the internet. Up to two devices can stream local TV at any one time. One of those devices can even be used outside of the home, so you won’t miss a thing when you’re on the go.
AirTV also integrates with the Sling TV app to give you even more content. (To access more channels, you’ll need to pay for a Sling TV subscription.) And if you have an external hard drive, you can record shows you want to catch up on. To further enhance your viewing experience, AirTV also sells a 4K media streamer to connect to your box. The AirTV Mini allows you to access not only Sling TV but Netflix and Google Play too.
AirTV App Compatibility
AirTV works with a wide range of devices. Once you have an AirTV box, you can access channels via the AirTV or Sling TV apps. Here’s the full list of compatible devices:
The newer AirTV box is cheaper than its predecessor. The original cost $119, but the current model — AirTV 2 — is only $99. If you buy the box directly from AirTV by December 31, 2020, you’ll receive a $25 credit to put toward a Sling TV subscription. (Sling plans range from $30 to $45/mo., depending on which channels you want.) To watch local channels on your regular TV, you’ll have to invest in the $79.99 AirTV Mini. Note you’ll still need to buy an AirTV box to use the Mini device.
Using AirTV From Your Device
AirTV supports both traditional TV media players and handheld devices like phones. When your AirTV box is set up and ready to go, you can access your local channel guide via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku devices as well as AirTV’s own Player and Mini devices. The AirTV app is also available on both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. And if you want to watch local channels via the Sling TV app or combine a Sling package with AirTV, you can do so with almost all of the above devices. Unfortunately, Apple TV only works with the AirTV app.
The word ‘box’ can conjure up memories of lengthy instruction manuals and fiddly installations. But AirTV’s box couldn’t be simpler to set up. First, figure out where you want your antenna to go. It’s best to put it in the place where it’ll receive the strongest signal. Don’t worry about securing it near your TV. The only thing the antenna will be connected to is the AirTV box. Once the antenna’s up, hook it to your box with a coaxial cable. Then connect the box to your internet via Wi-Fi or an ethernet cable. To check out your local network guide, you’ll need to set up an account via the AirTV or Sling TV app and scan for channels.
AirTV’s DVR can be used to record any live content. All you need to store recordings is the Sling TV app and an external hard drive. Thanks to AirTV 2’s dual tuner, you can record up to two shows at once or record one title while you’re watching another. The Sling integration means you’ll be able to fast forward, pause and rewind recordings whenever and wherever you please.
Can’t bear to miss a local sporting event? Or are you always looking to stay up-to-date with the latest news in your area? Whatever kind of content you’re into, you can catch it on the go with AirTV. The box can stream local channels to one external device (either a phone or tablet) at one time. Take advantage, and never miss out on the headlines or final score ever again.
Can I Cut The Cable TV Cord With AirTV?
If you live in a place with decent antenna reception, AirTV is an affordable way to watch local networks on both your TV and portable devices. Head here to find out which antenna is recommended for your area, which way to point it and, most importantly, which stations you’ll receive.
For a more complete cord-cutting solution, you’ll likely want to complement your AirTV with one or two other streaming services. Live TV providers will give you the closest service to regular cable. Choose between the likes of fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and Philo. (Of course, you can always opt for a Sling TV subscription for the ultimate AirTV experience.)
An over-the-top streaming service will add the perfect finishing touch to your streaming needs. Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu all have extensive catalogs of movies and shows you can watch on-demand.
Take your pick and enjoy everything cable has to offer without the lengthy contracts and sky-high fees.
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