It's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) time again, and there are a batch of announcements for products* combining broadcast-to-air TV with internet streaming.
The newly announced products include:
The AirTV Player from Dish Network which combines internet streaming from SlingTV with a TV tuner to receive local TV channels. The TV tuner is an external attached USB stick (it looks a Hauppauge USB tuner) which plugs into the player. The AirTV player itself connects to the TV with an HDMI cable.
Mohu Airwave is a networked attached tuner and antenna combination, similar to the SiliconDust HDHomeRun devices. Networked tuners convert over-the-air TV broadcasts to multi-media streams in our home's network. These streams can be accessed in a app along-side with internet streaming from sources like Netflix, Hulu, etc. The HDHomeRun devices use an external (indoor or outdoor) antenna while the Airwave includes an indoor style antenna.
The Tablo Live Stick is also a networked tuner that connects to an external antenna and streams live TV over a home's WiFi network. This is a live-TV only option, which is an alternative to Tablo's existing networked DVR products. A networked DVR is a DVR which can be accessed over a home's network. Tablo also introduced a new software DVR for AndroidTV that works with a Hauppauge USB tuner.
There are a growing number of products offering consumers intriguing (and sometimes confusing) options to move away from traditional cable/satellite subscriptions.
If you are interested in exploring some of these types of products, we clarify and navigate these and many other concepts and technologies in our book Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish, and Take Back Control of Your TV. Topics covered include networked tuners, networked DVRs, USB tuners, AndroidTV, optimizing and installing antennas, and a bunch of DIY projects to build practical home TV solutions.
Caption: A USB attached TV tuner. The USB connector on left (here covered) attaches to a computer or device and the coax connector on the right side is for connection to an antenna.
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