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A few years ago, Sling TV announced that they would be offering antenna installation for both indoor and outdoor antennas. Starting at $99 and going up to $150, Sling TV will sell you an antenna and install it for you. (For the outdoor antenna, it sells antennas like the Televes DigiNova Boss UHF/VHF that was installed at my house; for the indoor, it offers the Winegard flat antenna.)
One important note: You do NOT have to be a Sling TV subscriber to use this service. It is open to anyone even if you don’t subscribe to any Sling TV or Dish services.
Last week Sling TV contacted Cord Cutters News to ask if we would like to test the Sling TV antenna installation service for a second time at my new house. We decided to give the service a second test so we can report on how it works now. This install was paid for by Sling TV, but the install process was the same as it would have been for anyone.
Want to get an antenna installed at your home? Call 1-888-364-6055 to set up your installation.
Setting Up the Appointment and Before the Installer Showed Up
Friday afternoon we talked with a Sling TV representative and picked the time and date of the install. After we set up the installation, we received confirmation and the day before the install we got a call with the rough time to expect the installer. The day of the install, we received a text message to say they were on their way.
Sling TV also gave us the option to buy an Air TV and even a hard drive for the DVR if we wanted it. The Dish tech would set up the Air TV.
What Sling TV Did to Set Up the Antenna
The techs arrived at my house during the one-hour window provided on the phone. Work took just under 1.5 hours, and they cleaned up after themselves.
I asked them to install the antenna in my attic instead of my roof. They mounted the antenna in my attic and quickly connected it to the cable already running into my living room. The Dish techs used a app on their phone that showed the direction of the towers in my area so they could setup the antenna for the best results.
Testing the Televes DigiNova Boss Outdoor Antenna
I had never heard of the Televes DigiNova Boss antenna before it came with my installation. I already had an Antenna Direct 4V in my attic and was skeptical of the antenna sold by Dish. It looked small compared to the 4V, which struggled to get my local NBC.
I am happy to report after the first try the Televes DigiNova Boss antenna picked up all the channels I wanted and many more. We went from picking up 10 channels with an indoor antenna to almost 50 with channels from two different markets with an outdoor antenna.
The Televes DigiNova Boss antenna sells for about $100 at several retailers. It is listed with 60-mile range, which is much shorter than the range on the 4V from Antenna Direct; however, it was still able to pick up the same stations as the 4V in my house plus many more.
Remember location affects reception, and your experience will vary.
The outdoor antenna installation would have cost $150, but if you want a second line run to a second room it costs an extra $50 per additional room up to four rooms. This was a demo, so Sling TV covered the cost of installation.
Although many will be happy to install their own antenna, I can see why others will be happy to have Dish do it for them. With the antenna alone costing about $100, it is only an extra $50 for installation. For anyone who is not physically able to or just does not have the time and wants to get it done right, I highly recommend this service.
I did look around to see how the price compared to others and found Amazon also installs roof antennas in my area, but they charge $249.12 plus the cost of the antenna. I saved a little over $200 with the Dish installation and antenna versus the $249.12 price for the Amazon installation and the cost of an antenna.
Two thumbs up! I highly recommend the Sling TV antenna installation. You can set up a Sling TV antenna installation by calling 1-888-364-6055.
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With cable prices rising, people continue to look for budget-friendly alternatives that allow them to watch the shows they like without the high prices that cable requires. This explains why so many people continue to move to streaming services to have their needs met. And streaming is a great solution, but it’s not perfect. You can find most channels through streaming, so it’s possible to replace your cable package with a much cheaper alternative.
The only issue is local channels. Most streaming services do offer some local channels, but they are all based on location. Depending on where you live, you might receive the basic offerings through most streaming services, but even that’s not guaranteed.
This is why most people that stream cable channels also have a digital antenna to cover everything local. This ensures that you have all of your available local content with the cable channels and shows that you enjoy. Of course, if you’re short on money or don’t want to continue purchasing equipment, this might seem like a hassle to you. Luckily, Sling TV has a solution!
Right now, Sling TV is offering an excellent, limited-time deal that gives you an AirTV 2 HD Antenna for FREE!
In order to qualify for this deal, you need to pre-pay for 2-months of the Sling TV package of your choice. If you’re unfamiliar with Sling TV, here are some of the benefits:
- It’s Cheap! – Sling TV is one of the best deals in streaming!
- Packages start at just $30 per month
- Watch channels like ESPN, TNT, A&E, FS1, AMC, TLC, Food Network, History, FX, Cartoon Network, FOX News, CNN, TBS, and dozens of other channels
- Low-cost add-ons allow you to customize your package
- No contracts mean you can cancel whenever you want
- Enjoy an on-demand library, cloud-DVR, and other package perks
The biggest problem with Sling TV where streaming fans are concerned was always the lack of local channels. They do offer some local access through the main interface, but it’s limited to only a handful of cities. By offering you a FREE AirTV2 you will be able to watch all of the available local channels in your area. This means that for as low as $30 per month, you’ll be able to watch some of the most popular cable channels available plus all of your area local content. That means you’ll be able to watch everything from your favorite TV shows to news to sports (including NFL games) and more.
If that’s not good enough, you’ll also have a full on-demand library, cloud-DVR, access to TV Everywhere apps, and you can upgrade your account with additional channels. Since you can cancel at any time, you never have to worry about getting stuck in a package you don’t want, either. You can add channels and remove them when you want or even swap one upgrade out for another! If the time comes when you feel that Sling TV no longer works for you, you’ll be able to cancel right from your account.
In the meantime, paying for 2-months of the Sling TV package of your choice will get you a FREE AirTV2, and if you want to cancel at the end of your 2-months, you can always do that.
Want to learn more? Make sure to check out our full Sling TV review for all the details about this popular streaming service.
Sling TV is now giving away digital antennas to those who prepay for its service
Dish’s streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV, is now offering consumers without access to local broadcasts channels the ability to add an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to their existing setup – in some cases, for free. The company announced today two OTA antenna bundles which will include either a free a free Winegard indoor antenna when they prepay for two months of Sling, or a deal where they can get an antenna, adapter and Sling’s AirTV Player when they prepay for three months of Sling.
In both cases, the antenna itself is essentially free as the AirTV Player and adapter combo normally retails for $129.99. So in the case of prepaying for the three months of Sling, you’re basically getting a free antenna and a reduced price on Sling’s streaming media player, as you’re only paying $70 for the OTA bundle that includes the AirTV device.
Introduced earlier this year, the AirTV Player lets you watch Sling’s streaming service alongside over-the-air channels piped in from your antenna, and select services like Netflix, YouTube, and others from Google Play that offer free local over-the-air channels. This makes it easier to watch live TV without having to swap between inputs on your TV, but isn’t as convenient as player like Roku where you can hop between thousands of channels.
According to Sling’s announcement, the free antenna it’s giving out is the Winegard indoor antenna, which normally sells for $59.99.
The company is offering the antennas to those who live outside areas where the local channels are already available through Sling’s service. Because streaming services have to make deals with broadcast affiliates, where you live has a lot to do with which channels you can access through Sling, as well as on rival services like DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.
Related to this, Sling has launched a tool that lets you enter in your zip code to see if an antenna could help you.
The move comes at a time when competition for Sling is increasing, and the ability to figure out which service streams which game is getting increasingly complicated. In Sling’s case, it sees the solution as one that will particularly help NFL fans. As the company notes on its blog, you can get your local team’s games free with an antenna even when they’re televised on cable, like the Monday Night Football games or those on the NFL Network.
Believe it or not, the younger generation of cord cutters (or cord-nevers, as those who never opt for pay TV in the first place are called), aren’t always aware of the option to use a digital antenna.
An almost humorous Wall St. Journal article last month documented how “amazed” some millennials were when they heard about antennas. Others even assumed they must be illegal, as they were so unaccustomed to getting something for free.
But people have been catching on, and antenna sales are rising as a result.
That said, using a decidedly old-school antenna combined with a modern streaming service like Sling’s feels like a hack to solve the streaming sports problem for cord cutters.
Eventually, as the pace of cord cutting continues to accelerate, there will have to be more solutions to stream games than using an antenna. After all, not everyone has the same ability to pick up signals from an antenna, and while pay TV still has a bigger audience than cord cutters, the effect of people ditching cable is already being felt, including in the TV ad market.
That said, for those who were thinking of buying an antenna anyway, or subscribing to Sling, the news deals may be worth a look.
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AirTV 2 review: Antenna TV and Sling TV merge, with mixed results
For cord-cutters, there’s nothing on the market quite like AirTV. Although it’s not the only networked TV tuner and over-the-air DVR combo you can buy, it’s the only one that ties into Sling TV, letting you watch local broadcasts and streaming cable channels through a single app.
AirTV now has a new version of the tuner that’s smaller and more attractive, with Wi-Fi 5 for streaming over either a 2.4- or 5GHz network. But while the idea of combining over-the-air and Sling TV is neat as ever, the $100 AirTV 2 tuner corrects hardly any of the original version’s mistakes. Some big limitations on audio and video quality still apply, and the Sling app can still use more ways to integrate over-the-air channels.
If you’re committed to Sling TV for the long haul, you might be able to look past those shortcomings for the sake of having all your TV channels in one place. But those who want to make the most of free over-the-air TV should instead look to other DVR solutions such as Tablo, Channels DVR, or Plex.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best over-the-air DVRs, where you’ll findreviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping.
How AirTV 2 works
Be aware that the AirTV 2 itself is not a streaming video player, and it does not connect directly to your television. Instead, it hooks up to any over-the-air antenna and streams live TV to other devices, including phones, tablets, most streaming players, and some smart TVs. That way you can set up a single antenna wherever you get the best reception and watch on any TV throughout the house. You can also plug an external USB hard drive into the AirTV 2 and record local channels, effectively turning the device into a whole-home DVR for your antenna.
What makes AirTV unique from other networked tuners is that it streams local channels through the Sling TV app. Although a Sling TV subscription is optional (prices start at $30 per month), adding one gives you a single menu for both antenna and cable channels.
Once the AirTV 2 is plugged into outlet power with an antenna attached, you can complete the setup through the Sling TV mobile app for iOS or Android. This involves connecting to the AirTV’s Wi-Fi signal in your phone’s network settings, entering your router’s Wi-Fi password back in the Sling TV, and then connecting once more to your home network. (The AirTV also has a 10/100Mbps ethernet port if you have the infrastructure to support a hardwired network connection.) The AirTV will scan for channels based on your zip code and pull in guide data fromo the internet, at which point you can use the Sling TV app on other devices to watch.
Unfortunately, AirTV’s over-the-air integration still doesn’t work on all versions of the Sling TV app. You can access local channels through Sling TV on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, iOS, and Android mobile, but not on Apple TV, game consoles, web browsers, or smart TVs from Samsung, LG,or Vizio. (In fact, the original AirTV tuner worked with a separate AirTV app on Apple TV, which wasn’t integrated with Sling, but this app doesn’t work with the AirTV 2.)
As with the original AirTV, the new version still has two TV tuners, so you can watch or record up to two channels at once. You can also watch local channels outside the house on any device that AirTV supports, but only with one stream at a time.
Compared to having your local channels on a separate input or relegated to a separate app, accessing them in a single menu with your streaming cable channels is convenient. Just like with Sling’s cable channels, you can add over-the-air channels to your favorites list and view them alongside cable channels in a grid guide. If you’ve hooked up an external hard drive to record local channels, those recordings will appear in the same DVR menu as the recordings from Sling TV’s cloud DVR.
The DVR integration does invite a potential point of confusion, though: You cannot record Sling TV channels to your hard drive, nor can you store AirTV’s over-the-air recordings in Sling’s cloud DVR. That means you must manage two different DVR pools, and shows that you’ve recorded from both sources will have separate listings in the DVR menu.
The Sling app also continues to treat the antenna as a second-class citizen in some areas. Over-the-air programs don’t show up in search results, for instance; instead, you must hunt them down through the grid guide. That content doesn’t appear in Sling’s “Continue Watching,” “Sports,” or “On Now” sections, either.
Same old issues
Limited integration isn’t the only issue AirTV has yet to resolve.
On the DVR side, recording options are still bare bones compared to other over-the-air DVRs. You can limit recordings to individual episodes or new episodes, but you can’t auto-delete older episodes to conserve storage space. AirTV doesn’t support additional buffer times at the beginning and end of recordings either, so you might miss the ending of a show—or a game—if it runs long.
The viewing experience for DVR is also substandard, with no ad-skipping features and no visual preview when you fast forward or rewind through recordings. AirTV doesn’t even auto-record live programs, so you can’t time-shift live TV without first hitting the record button, backing out to Sling’s menu, then re-launching the still-in-progress recording.
As for video quality, AirTV continues to top out at 30 frames per second for all over-the-air channels, which means live sports, news, and talk shows will look choppier than direct antenna output. And just like the original AirTV, the new version doesn’t support surround sound.
Is AirTV 2 for you?
Despite those issues, AirTV 2 has a couple of saving graces.
The first is cost as a pure over-the-air TV solution. At $100 for the hardware, AirTV 2 is one of the least expensive ways to capture live TV from an antenna and distribute the video to multiple televisions around the house. Connect a USB hard drive (you can a 1TB model for less than $50) and the AirTV 2 becomes a whole-home DVR that’s less expensive than the likes of Tablo, Plex, Fire TV Recast, and Channels DVR, especially because AirTV has no subscription fees.
Adding Sling TV channels makes this setup even better, and with a starting price of $30 per month, you could end up spending a lot less compared to live TV services that include local channels. (YouTube TV, for instance, costs $50 per month, and Hulu with Live TV and Fubo TV both start at $55 per month. AT&T TV Now is even pricier at $65 per month.)
Still, you’ll have to think long and hard about whether AirTV’s limited video and audio quality, patchy Sling integration, and bare-bones DVR features are worth that extra savings. As with everything else in the world of cord-cutting, it’s a matter of trade-offs.
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The AirTV 2 adds over-the-air channels to Sling TV, but the new hardware fails to fix some old problems.
- Cheap whole-home DVR with no subscription fees
- Sling TV integration is pretty neat
- Supports out-of-home streaming (though it's one stream only)
- Can't search for upcoming over-the-air programs
- DVR lacks ad-skipping and granular recording options
- No 60 frames-per-second or surround sound support
Jared Newman covers personal technology from his remote Cincinnati outpost. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for help with ditching cable or satellite TV.
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