AirTV by Sling TV

Today’s review is about a new product I purchased last month that I am falling in love with.  AirTV which is a set top box that attaches to an antenna and streams your OTA channels directly into SLING TV or the AIRTV APP.

Types of Boxes:  AirTV has two boxes.  A “Player Box” (White) and the Classic (Black) so which one do I need?  The streaming box has one tuner and allows you to pull your OTA channels into that TV on that sling account.  The black box allows for two tuners BUT you must have a TV or streaming device that supports Sling TV or the AirTV app, as the black box “Slings” the content to another device.  Choose the black box if you have multiple TV’s!!  Both boxes will eventually have DVR

Short Review: Simple setup, plenty of features, FREE if you don’t have sling (Must use AirTV app) and if you do have sling, it is still free as part of your sling subscription.

Pros
1.) Guide Integration – See your OTA channels RIGHT IN THE SLING GUIDE!! It works great, looks just like cable tv in the guide, and you can see all the information about your favorite shows on the OTA channels

2.) Easy Setup – I did my setup using the sling app.  The sling app allowed me to create an AirTV account and allowed me to scan for channels.  I hear the AirTV app is just as simple

3.) Great Tuner – I picked up every local channel in my area

4.) Free Sling NOT REQUIRED – Sling TV is not required, just use the AirTV app instead of Sling.

5.) Works GREAT with Sling – You wouldn’t even know the locals are OTA.  This device works so natively with Sling TV

6.) Backed by Dish Network – This might be a con to some BUT being backed by Dish means the box will be supported for a while and if you have any issues, dish has your back!

7.) Free Sling Credit – Both boxes come with a free credit for Sling for testing

8.) DVR – The player box already has DVR beta but it’s coming to the classic!

9.) Take OTA channels with you!

A few tips
1.) The player must be around your TV if you go with it but the Classic doesn’t have to be.  My classic is in my window with my antenna so it receives better reception

2.) The sling player is NOT NEEDED for the classic.  I used my classic with Fire TV

3.) If you plan on using on multiple TV’s I suggest the classic.  The player can only be used on one TV

4.) You can stream to your mobile device via SLING or AIRTV apps

Kindle Fire 2 Pack Christmas Special $99.98

GREAT VALUE (Christmas Deal): Ordering several packs of these!! Keep in mind, this is for the 16GB version of these tablets not the 8GB version that is being offered for $39.99/each right now.. 16GB will give you a lot more on board memory (Not all apps can be moved to a Micro SD Card).. These tablets are great! I have owned the 8GB for a while now (Review below)

Short Review: Basically, if you are looking for a GREAT BUDGET TABLET grab these and don’t look elsewhere! Other budget tablets on Amazon don’t even come close to the budget fire tablet PLUS this tablet is backed by Amazon Customer Service.. Yeah, they only have a 90 day warranty BUT I was able to get a replacement for one that failed after 6 months WELL PAST the 90 day warranty, no questions asked! I now own about 7 of these (Given mostly as gifts) and all 6 of the orginals and the one replacement are still GOING STRONG! with hundreds of hours of use!

I have owned every Kindle Fire that has been released, or at least a version of everyone.. My favorite has always been the HDX but I wanted to try this! Please know, this isn’t no HDX.. It isn’t even a Fire HD 6.. BUT for under $50 this is an amazing tablet! Much better than most Chinese tablets being sold here on Amazon (Please know, a lot of those are great tablets, just not this good)

Pros
1.) Screen – Screen is great, much higher quality than most tablets in this range.. I can tell it is much lower resolution than other Kindle Fires I have owned BUT the screen is BRIGHT and VIBRANT!! The screen is CLEAR!! And touch support WORKS GREAT!!

2.) Sound – Sound with the built in speaker is lacking but pair this with bluetooth speakers OR headphones and you are good to go!! The built in speaker is GREAT for a mono speaker but for movies you probably want more

3.) Performance – This plays most games very well.. Where it shines though, and what I believe Amazon designed it for, is streaming!! If you use Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and services like that you will LOVE this tablet.. It streams videos and music very well!! Videos look fairly good on it and music, with headphones, sounds wonderful!! (Movies can even be downloaded from Amazon to the Micro SD Card)

4.) GREAT for Amazon Services – I personally use most of my Prime services such as Prime Music, Instant Video, Newstand and more… Like past fires, thse work GREAT with those services.. Everything is integrated into the OS..

5.) NEW OS – OK so FIRE OS has always been hit and miss with people.. I love it but I know lots who hate it!! They have made the OS much more similar to a regular Android tablet.. I feel this will help win over a few of the people who hated fire OS

6.) TAKES MICRO SD CARD!!! – MOVIES from Amazon Instant Video CAN BE DOWNLOADED to the SD card!! GREAT!! I fill this with movies before EVERY TRIP!

Ok so is this tablet worth the money?? YES!! If you like movies and want to download tons of them!! Just keep in mind this tablet is a BIG step down from the HDX (HDX runs out of memory quickly though) BUT AS a budget tablet this tablet is WELL WORTH the money!! This is the best tablet $50 can buy!!! THEY MAKE GREAT GIFTS!!

I would recommend this tablet to anyone who doesn’t own a tablet, anyone who wants a second tablet, or anyone wanting tablets for kids or gifts!!

Tips
1.) Want more apps than the Amazon App Store offers: Google APKPURE from the silk browser and install it!! It will give you access to almost 99% of the apps in google play! Just enable the setting that allows you to download apps from unknown locations and you are good to go!

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