Do you have a cable subscription? Most people actually do not have cable anymore simply because they are quite expensive. The good thing, however, is that there are a lot of suitable replacements to that and that is why I will review the AirTV in this article.
What is It?
The AirTV is a streaming box that uses the Android mobile operating system that is similar to what is used in smartphones and tablets.
It is a small streaming box so that you can easily put it in your living room without a hitch. It has a pleasing aesthetic so everyone will not have any problems with how the product looks.
The device can also integrate Sling TV as well, so if you have a subscription to the said service, then you can use your own account as well.
What is Included in the Package?
When you purchase the device, it will come in a box that includes a remote control, an HDMI cable, and the streaming box itself. You can also choose to get the antenna adapter as well, but it will cost you extra.
At the back of the device, you will see two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a digital audio/optical port, an Ethernet port, and a power port. You can wall-mount the device if you want as there are also some mounting holes carefully placed on the product itself
How Do You Set It Up?
The process of setting up the device can be lengthy, but the good thing is that you only have to do the majority of it once.
That being said, it is imperative that you have an existing Google account because you will use that one to log into the device. Plug the HDMI cable that connects to your TV to the relevant port at the back of the streaming box.
While it is cumbersome to use the remote control to input your credentials, you can actually tether your Android smartphone or tablet to it to make the process so much smoother.
If you have a home theater speaker system, then you should be using its optical port so that you can also control that using the included remote as well.
Once everything is set up, you will be greeted by content from popular streaming services such as Netflix and Sling TV. If you have an account for Sling TV, make sure to log into that first before you can use the service.
If you’ve bought the optional antenna adapter, you can also search for local channels as well. All you have to do is to plug the coax cable to the adapter and then plug it into the USB port at the back of the device.
Keep in mind that the coax cable is sold separately, so if you intend to grab some local channels using the streaming box, you will have to fork an additional expense.
Aside from the fact that you can utilize your Sling TV and Netflix account right off the bat, you can also choose to download other streaming apps directly on the device. That is because you can fire up the Google Play Store and search your apps from there.
By getting the separate coax and antenna adapter, you can also grab some local channels in your area as well. You just have to plug the adapter into the USB port at the back of the box while the coax cable is attached to it. After that, let the device search for the channels.
While you can technically download an app from the Google Play Store, just remember that it only has 8GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. Therefore, its processing power is pretty lackluster when compared to your mobile device.
So, how does the AirTV perform? Well, it is actually pretty good from a content-consumption standpoint.
Once you’ve logged into the accounts mentioned above, you can enjoy your favorite channels and shows on your TV.
While it is capable of grasping your local channels, it is just sad that you’d have to spend more to avail of the said functionality.
Even though you can technically download any application in the Google Play Store, it is still not recommended that you play some Android games on it.
So, what do I think about the AirTV? Its form factor and aesthetics are nice and its performance, from pure streaming and content-consumption perspective, is pretty good.
However, its lack of an antenna adapter right out of the box, as well as its middling performance in playing games might deter people from buying this device.
But, if you want something that can not only grasp your local channels, but also integrate your Sling TV and Netflix accounts really well, then I would recommend it without a doubt.