Dish-owned Sling TV recently leaked a hardware set-top box on its own website. The AirTV, as it’s known, appears to be a cord-cutter’s dream come true. It packs support for Sling TV, of course, in addition to other services like Netflix and over-the-air TV. Color me interested.
“Get the live channels you love and the shows you can’t miss,” the leaked product page reads. “Watch Sling TV on AirTV player and enjoy live sports, shows and movies with the simplicity of an app.” You can already combine live over-the-air sports with on-demand streaming services like Sling TV, PS Vue and DirecTV Now, but you need to hook up an external HD antenna and switch inputs on your TV. The AirTV appears to combine everything into a more accessible user interface.
You’ll still need to buy an over-the-air (OTA) antenna for the box to pull that content in, at least according to Sling TV’s site. I wonder if it might not be better for the company to bundle one; it could be useful for younger cord-cutters who never really grew up with the need to attach an antenna to a TV in the first place.
Zatz Not Funny‘s Dave Zatz, who always has a close ear to the ground for all things related to streaming services and set-top boxes, said the box is produced by Technicolor and runs Android. Pricing isn’t currently known, but Zatz predicts a CES unveil. This may be just the ticket to pull me back to Sling TV from DirectTV Now.