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It's too bad that we didn't have a white box (AirTV player) and a black box (AirTV) thread. The other thread does seem more for the BB.
Not fully understanding the difference, I recently bought the AirTV player and cut the cord with Dish after 19 years where my only issue was escalating prices. I have all the channels we used with the Sling app with the Blue/Orange combo and Cloud DVR for $45 instead of $109. I am using a WD Elements USB for OTA recording and ordered the dual OTA tuner separately to upgrade the single tuner.
Recording has been fine, but the player seems to freeze every couple of days and requires an unplug reboot which is irritating. I did that one time while recording NCIS from the antenna. Instead of continuing, it overlaid the early part of the show and I only got the final 20 minutes. Cloud recording has been flawless. The Sling app has Fox and NBC national channels so I record those in the cloud. CBS and ABC record from the antenna. The blending of the two is seamless.
I have a TCL Roku TV and the audio from its built in Sling app is at a much lower volume than from the AirTV player, so we prefer the player for watching Sling.
The AirTV remote did a great job of picking up my initial test on a Hanspree TV automatically. When I move to the main TCL with a Pioneer AVR, it picked up the AVR but did not recognized the TCL. I was finally able to enter manual as a TCL Roku and it works. When I hit the power button, the TV, AVR and AirTV player all come on. Most of the time, the TCL goes to the AVR input and the AVR to the Cbl/Sat input. Once in a while I have to use their remotes to get everything right.