As per first reported by Variety, it seems like AT&T is building an Android TV based DirectTV box. The company is about to introduce a new TV set-top box named in the FCC docs as “the new AT&T/DirecTV Wireless 4K OTT Client.” that’s based on the Android TV platform and ditches satellite connectivity for over-the-top streaming, according to a new FCC filing.
To address it right away, no it won’t work with existing Genie hardware but hints at a future hardware product called HS27 in the manual. What ports does it have? Ethernet, digital audio, HDMI and USB ports, but no antenna connectivity, but I would expect a USB adaptor.
There is no word when AT&T is looking to ship this new hardware, or officially launch OTT-based video delivery. But CES 2018 is around the corner and it would make sense. Stay tuned.