Sling TV is Dish’s standalone online TV streaming service that enables cord cutters to watch some conventional networks and pay monthly for the privilege. Rumors about Sling TV launching its own TV tuner box have been floating around for a few months now and it appears that the box is going to be announced very soon. A landing page for the Sling TV “AirTV Player” has appeared on the company’s own website confirming that it’s soon going to launch its own box.
The Sling TV AirTV Player will enable subscribers to combine the internet TV streaming service that Sling TV offers with the ability to receive local channels over the air through a digital antenna. Users may also be able to stream Netflix using the box.
Product listing pages for this box were first spotted earlier this year in the summer on websites like Amazon. Trademark applications for the AirTV Player were spotted a few months before the retailer listings went live.
What this box will basically do is allow Sling TV subscribers to access free broadcast networks through the TV tuner while also having access to all of the channels offered by Sling TV’s online TV streaming service.
“With the AirTV Player, cut the cord and keep the TV experience,” claims the company’s website, adding that “You’ll have a single platform for watching Sling TV, Netflix, local channels, and more. Plus, one easy-to-use remote with voice support for your AirTV Player, local OTA channels, and sound system.”
Sling TV is yet to confirm when the AirTV Player box is going to be released and how much it’s going to cost. Expect the announcement to be made early next month at CES 2017.