During the 2017 CES, Sling announced the $99 Android TV-powered AirTV streaming set-top box for consumers, with an optional $39 USB OTA tuner for live TV viewing. The two are available together as a $129 package, with a $50 credit towards Sling TV service. Sling is also offering an installation service for those needing assistance with installing an antenna for OTA reception, for $100 for indoor and $150 for outdoor installations. AirTV features dual-band Wi-Fi, 4K streaming capability, and utilizes a customized Android TV interface that focuses on Sling TV, OTA content, and Netflix. AirTV's interface differs from the standard Android TV interface, but retains the Google Play store and a voice search-capable remote. AirTV is available online with retail availability at select retailers.Read More Subscribers Only
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Samsung Bets Big on All Things Audio with Harman Acquisition – What Are the Implications in Home Audio?
In November 2016, Samsung announced the acquisition of audio industry stalwart Harman International for $8 billion in cash. The deal is Samsung’s largest acquisition ever, and gives the company instant entry into the OEM in-car entertainment market. Under the terms of the deal, Harman would continue to operate as a separate subsidiary, retaining its own brand as well as brands under its umbrella such as JBL, AKG, Harmon Kardon, Infinity, Crown Audio, Martin Professional, Mark Levinson, Revel, Becker, and Lexicon.Read More Subscribers Only
The standalone powered speaker has gone through several evolutions, and up until recently, Wi-Fi multi-room speakers were the most advanced example of the product category for consumers. As the smart home market continues to evolve and coalesce around standards and ecosystems, and as ecosystem owners compete for a foothold in the connected home, the Smart Speaker was born.Read More Subscribers Only