Cord-cutters AirTV have launched AirTV 2 ($99.99), its latest Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner which wirelessly delivers free local channels to connected devices, smartphones and tablets, both at home and on the move, and which promises to improve on AirTV’s original design and connectivity. The product has an 802.11ac 2×2 dual-band Wi-Fi system for better in-home coverage, and the company says its more compact design gives better placement flexibility where broadcast reception is strongest. You can also view free local channels, such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS, which are available via the Sling app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and iOS and Android devices.
“AirTV 2 takes a great idea and wraps it in an even better package, making it easy for cord-cutters to integrate their local channels with an OTT subscription,” said Mitch Weinraub, director of product development for AirTV. “The robust Wi-Fi connection means customers can place the AirTV 2 anywhere in the home to get the best possible OTA signal without dealing with the wiring or placing the antenna near the TV.”
The AirTV 2 configuration mitigates problems with OTA antennas (i.e. wiring multiple rooms with individual antennas), and allows optimal antenna placement, regardless of a TV’s location. The product connects to a digital antenna and a wireless or wired network, providing two streams of digitally transmitted OTA content. Up to two streams can be used at home, and one of which can be also be viewed out of the home. When connected to an external hard drive (sold separately), AirTV 2 allows users to record up to two local channels simultaneously and view their recordings in and out of the home with no monthly subscription required.
AirTV 2 is available from AirTV.net and through bundle offers to new Sling TV customers. In addition to the major networks, customers in most large U.S. markets can receive 50 or more over-the-air channels without monthly fees, and local channel availability depends on location and antenna quality/placement.
You can view various combined Sling TV deals here.