As I revealed in April, Echostar and DISH Network are collaborating on an audacious plan to pipe the national television networks into Sling TV without the headache and expense of franchine licensing. “AirTV” repurposes Slingbox M1/M2 hardware with over-the-air (OTA) antenna capabilities to stream NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, and other locals into the various Sling TV client applications.
From a draft Amazon listing:
With AirTV and an HD antenna, you can stream live local programming, news and your local sports anywhere in your home using the free Sling TV app and its integrated program guide. No paid contracts-just free local TV on any compatible device. And if you want more channels, you can subscribe to paid Sling TV packages-all from the same app.
- You can watch AirTV from the Sling TV app on Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
- Compatible with antennas such as: Mohu Wine Gard RCA …and all others
- Stream Live Local Programming
- Requires Free Sling TV App
- No Paid Contracts
It’s my understanding the parties had originally targeted a late spring launch. Given the radio silence, I’d assumed the project may have been terminated due to limited retailer interest and fear of alienating DISH’s content partners, yet it looks like we’re on track for a revised September release running $150.