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Sling TV Releases a Major Update For Their AirTV Streaming Player


Did you get an AirTV and notice it was slightly different from the demo we got at CES? We have good news for you. Sling TV today released a major update for the AirTV to bring better OTA integration.

To get the update just go into the About section of your Air TV and hit the Update button. It should just start downloading the update.

Here is the YouTube video of what you can expect in this update:

According to some AirTV owners on Reddit they are saying the update also brings faster load times and smoother guide performance.

So what is the AirTV?

The Air TV combines Dish’s Sling TV service, Netflix, and over-the-air television. Today, Sling TV officially announced the AirTV Player, and it is an Android TV streaming device that they pitching as “a single platform” for on-demand streaming, internet TV, and over-the-air local channels.

You can install any Android apps you want, but the preinstalled options are Sling TV, Netflix, and YouTube. The AirTV Player also supports 4K streaming from services that offer UHD resolution. The AirTV Player is available today starting at $99 or $129 with a bundled OTA adapter. It comes with a remote control that allows voice search and has physical shortcut buttons for Sling and Netflix. If you buy a Air TV right now you will also get a $50 Sling TV credit.

With the AirTV Player, OTA channels remain separate from your Sling TV subscription, but they’re integrated into the same channel guide. That allows you to watch your OTA channels like Fox and Fox Sports 1 all in the same place.

We reached out to Sling TV for comment and will update this story as we learn more about the AirTV update.

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  • mau47

    I wish Sling/Sony/DirecTV Now would do something like this for their apps on Apple TV/Roku/Fire TV/Android TV or whatever and allow you to use a HDHomeRun network tuner to integrate OTA in the app.

    • Scott Blanchard

      +1 Hope they are listening. HDHomeRun + Streaming = Holy Grail (for now)

    • Duder12

      Yes that would be awesome. Also it would be fantastic if they she’s supported Android TVs live channels since HD Homerun does.

    • Richard smith

      Eliminate Roku, but yeah would be great. Kodi can do it , but all the pirating scared legit companies away.

      • Duder12

        Yes. Roku apps are junk.

  • Thom Dodak

    I have Roku…..Is this AirTV remote, replace the Roku remote?

    • Duder12

      It replaces the entire roku

  • Awesome, about time! This was the feature that actually made me want to buy the AirTV in the first place so this whole time I felt that I was cheated and falsely advertised to. Good to see that’s not the case 🙂