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Sling TV Announces Plans to Add OTA DVR to Their Air TV


Sling TV’s Air TV player will allow you to integrate your antenna into the Sling TV interface. Now it looks like the Air TV devices will soon be adding a DVR feature for OTA channels.

Update: Air TV today confirmed to Cord Cutters News that a new OTA DVR is coming soon.

Recently the AirTV.net website was updated adding a side by side breakdown of the Air TV and the Air TV Player. On that chart was an option of a DVR with both devices listed as “a DVR coming soon.”

For the first gen Air TV, a cloud DVR for OTA is listed as “coming soon.” This likely means the DVR will be stored in the cloud.

Update: Air TV clarified that the Sling TV Cloud DVR is available today for the AirTV Player and that an OTA DVR is coming. This likely means that the Air TV Player will use the USB port to connect an external HD for OTA recording.

The website does not list any dates for when these new features will be added.

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  • Fred Koot

    Where is the transcoding being done?

  • Fred Koot

    I would think the 2 generation can transcode ,so no need for the cloud. The first would have to upload mpeg 2, which is a lot if data

  • Zouz

    Could you stop referring the “new” AirTV as the AirTV Player 2 ? That’s just completely wrong. Thanks

    • Mut

      What would you like it to be called? How about providing a better answer instead of just criticizing someone? AirTV 2 makes sense to me from a reference point to avoid confusion from the first one.

      • Greetings Feline

        The first device, which is an Android TV box, is called the AirTV Player, while this newly released on is just “AirTV”. A bit confusing, yes, but the “player” part distinguishes the two.

  • Jonathan D. Thompson

    I tried looking for this on AirTV’s website and I can’t find the graphic listed in the article above anywhere. Am I missing something?

    Also, on a related note, I noticed a week ago that the Netflix ribbon near the bottom of the main Sling TV screen on my AirTV Player is no longer there. Does anybody else have that issue? I know you can click on the Netflix “N” logo on the AirTV remote for quick Netflix access but, I really liked seeing the ribbon bar in the Sling TV interface to show recommendations and the last 2 shows I watched without opening the Netflix app.

    • Greetings Feline

      I haven’t seen the Netflix issue on my AirTV Player. Have you tried resetting?

      • Jodath79

        I haven’t tried that yet.

      • Jodath79

        Okay, I tried that and now its back. Thank you for the suggestion. 🙂

        • Greetings Feline

          No prob. I find that the device can be very finicky so I try to restart it once a week.

          • Jodath79

            It’s gone again. I’m going to try contacting AirTV and see if maybe I need to get a replacement AirTV Player box.

    • William Lewis

      don’t know if anyone actually answered the question, didn’t see in the comments. It took me a little while but did finally find the comparison chart.if you go to the main page at https://www.airtv.net and scroll all the way down close to the bottom of the page you will see a picture of the two players. under that you will see two buttons “help me choose” and “compare products”. if you click the compare products button it will pull up the chart

      • Jodath79

        I emailed the owner of this website the same day (Luke Bouma) and he sent me a reply. But thank you for replying. Much appreciated. 🙂

      • Jodath79

        I’m STILL having problems with the Netflix “ribbon” not showing up on the main page of the Sling TV interface. I’ve unplugged the cord and rebooted the AirTV Player 3 times and it show up when i reboot the screen and then after watching a channel or 2 and switching back to the main page, it disappears. I’ve tried contacting AirTV through Facebook Messenger for help but I haven’t heard back from them. That was 4-5 days ago.

  • SanityChecker

    Would like to see Roku come out with a high end box with OTA tuners and USB3 port for DVR storage. Though they might also target Cloud storage to generate revenue.

    • Fred Koot

      Roku refuses to Decode mpeg 2, so not happening till they do that.

      • SanityChecker

        I don’t know what chipset they use but would think all of the standards can decode MPEG2 within chipset. Are they customized by Roku? Obviously RokuTVs decode properly – basically they just need to release an external RokuTV tuner box.

  • James Grayson

    I have a WatchAir antenna with built-n DVR. It brings in more 30 channels OTA. It wirelessly connects to your home wifi and no subscription or service charge. Works with my Roku and FireTV., app is also free. I got the antenna for about $60 @amazon during black Friday

  • Fred Koot

    This likely means that the Air TV Player will use the USB port to connect an external HD for OTA recording

    Meaning the box is getting and upgrade to Android 7.0 and using the live channels app to record.

  • Rick Stevens

    I own both devices, so heres the pros & cons. Both devices destroy Tablo when it comes to buffering a live OTA stream, however… ATV player buffers a little quicker than the ATV (network tunner). Concerning tunner sensitivity, my ATV player pulls in 87 channels while the ATV (network tunner) gets 95. The ATV (network tunner) outs side the home capabilities doesnt require router reconfig like my Tablo did (port forwarding) making setup much easier! Hope Luke does some comparison videos since there is alot of confusion regarding these products.
    Cheers 🙂

  • My Own Man

    Until they get fully functioning DVR on all channels, I’m not interested.