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For some reason, Dish is charging $80 for its AirTV streaming stick

Whyyyyyyyyyyy

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The streaming media market is already stuffed with services, so why not add more choices in the hardware that they can be watched on? The AirTV Mini is a purpose-built streaming stick primarily for use with Dish’s Sling TV service.

The kicker? It’s $80 when other streaming sticks on the market are in the $50 (or lower) range.

The AirTV Mini is an $80 streaming stick that does 4K

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This AirTV Mini is joining the existing hardware stack that Dish has to serve its Sling TV service. It’s closer to a cable box than your normal streaming stick, as it only works with a limited subset of streaming services.

  • Sling TV is the main service on this streaming stick, which can also play Netflix or over-the-air (OTA) TV
  • Google Assistant is the voice assistant of choice on the Android-based streaming stick

It needs an OTA antenna and an AirTV Wi-Fi enabled network tuner as well to show OTA TV, making this a pretty expensive setup. Sling TV has a deal currently where paying for three months of Sling TV up-front gets you the network tuner and OTA antenna for free.

I’m not really sure why anyone would buy this over a Fire TV Stick or a Chromecast, it’s more expensive and only works with Sling TV and a couple of other services. Maybe you hate Alexa, but then just buy a Chromecast since Amazon Prime Video is finally back on those.

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