We had been hearing reports for several weeks that Dish may soon launch a new set-top box called the AirTV Player. Reports indicated that the box would allow users to stream Netflix, Dish’s standalone TV streaming service Sling TV, and local channels over-the-air.
Well, now Dish has officially announced the AirTV Player set-top box, which is powered by Android TV. The rumors were true.
Since this is an Android TV device, users can install any app they want, apps that are installed on the box by default are Sling TV, Netflix, and YouTube. The set-top box delivers 4K streaming support too, so there is a lot to like about this box. It was a while back that Dish launched its standalone internet TV streaming service Sling TV, which gives you access to a vast library of live streaming channels but not local channels.
This set-top box gives you access to over-the-air local channels aside from streaming services like Sling TV and Netflix. This will encourage many cord cutters to take the plunge who may have been on the fence. The AirTV Player is available for purchase right now. Prices start at $99 for only the box and $129 with a bundled OTA adapter.