WatchAir is attempting to reinvent the TV antenna for the modern age using a suite of apps that can stream TV to a number of different devices including your smartphone, and adding the ability to record shows. The company says the antenna, which doesn’t need to be connected to your TV to work, will be able to stream live TV to your smart TV, smartphone, tablet, or streaming box including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. (WatchAir won’t work with every smart TV, only with sets from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, manufacturers with robust app stores.)
Instead of sending the signal directly to your TV like your average antenna, the company says WatchAir uses your Wi-Fi router to send the signal to its apps, allowing you to watch TV on multiple devices. It will also feature a TV guide, and be able to record up to five hours of shows (or 25 hours using a microSD card), according to the company.
All of this sounds great — I actually wish I had one right now — but WatchAir is on Kickstarter, so it’ll be a while before you can get your hands on one, if at all. Of course as a crowdfunded project there’s no guarantee it’ll ship, but the company is targeting a ship date of October if it hits its goals. The WatchAir will retail for $249, but if you back the company you can get the smart antenna for as low as $149.