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Ever since Reliance announced its JioFiber services in August, consumers have shown a lot of interest in all the smart services it offers. Despite Jio still keeping the prices in dark, the smart features of its Set Top Box have generated interest in JioFiber’s smart TV service. And it was only a matter of time before one of its rivals announced a similar service for smart TV users. As expected, Airtel launched its Xstream Box for its subscribers a few days ago mean to challenge Jio’s Set-Top Box.
The Xstream Box is an Android TV box, which implies that it keeps running on Android TV OS by Google. Airtel is using Android 9 Pie OS for the Xstream and with that, it will likewise offer access to the Google Play Store and Google Assistant. Hence, you will most likely download and stream content from all prominent OTT stages.
As a matter of course, the Xstream Box will support OTT stages, such as Airtel Xstream application, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube and Airtel Store (for cutting edge gaming with top of the line plans). The container will likewise have the option to stream more than 500 TV channels. The gadget supports streaming in 4K.
For availability, the Xstream Box will feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks. The case will require Wi-Fi to associate with Internet service. Since it”™s using Android TV OS, it also accompanies support for Chromecast, which will help network with Android Smartphones.
The container accompanies a complimentary one-year membership all the substance accessible on the Airtel Xstream app content and a one-month membership to an HD DTH pack.
And the best part is that anyone can buy it from the market now for Rs 3,999.
This is the biggest difference between the two. The Android TV will come with general connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and depending on the model, you can even get an Ethernet port as well. And, you can also continue to watch your satellite TV channels from this box.
Most smart TVs with Android TV OS support a majority of popular OTT platforms such as Hotstar, Zee5, SonyLIV, Hooq and more but don’t support Amazon Prime Video and Netflix apps. Users have general access to all the third-party apps available on the Google Play Store for Android TV as well as have access to Google Assistant for smart home services.
The Airtel Xstream Box does everything most Android TVs can do but Airtel has customised it to add more value.
The Xstream Box has been priced at Rs 3,999 and comes with a complimentary one-year subscription (worth Rs 999) to all Airtel Xstream app content. . Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers can extend their free access to premium content as well.
On the other hand, with Android TVs, you only get the device with access to all the apps. However, you can only stream from all the apps and services if you have a subscription to all of them individually. Xiaomi TVs come with PatchWall UI that offers curated content in a personalised way. And apart from the price of the TV, you will need to have a DTH connection even if you don’t want the smart services.
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