Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Airtel Xstream Box, Xstream Stick: Price, Plans and Other Details

Airtel Xstream Box, Xstream Stick: Price, Plans, and Other Details
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Gone were the days when Airtel only wanted to express itself. With the enhancement of Digital Industry, Airtel and other cellular companies witnessed the boom with the entry of Jio. Jio shattered the idea of cost vs Internet Quality which triggered the war of survival's stake. Let's not forget that Indian Cellular market witnessed the amalgamation of two big Giants in order to curb the growth of Reliance Jio. The second boom or rather Bonanza of entertainment saw the huge lofty lap by seeing Web Series market like Amazon Prime and Netflix. 

Airtel has come up with an idea to make the entertainment domain for the public to get a new dimension. To channelize the market and shift the Streaming market into its pocket, Airtel decided to launch XStream Box. The box will unveil and unleash which has stuck a role, to filter the best of the best comes out in the sight of people. 

Bharti Airtel on Monday, September 2, 2019, launched its converged digital entertainment play platform Airtel Xstream in India. Apart from launching the Airtel Xstream app and web platform in India, the telecom operator also launched the Airtel Xstream Box and the Airtel Xstream Stick in India.

Before launching this product, Airtel tapped the Indian Streaming market like Voot, Zee5, Eros Now and Hungama Play to provide the content. Airtel confirmed that the best experience will give best when the user interface has that level of sophistication which can mesmerize the public to reach new horizons. Airtel simply revamped the Airtel TV app version by injecting more than 400 channels and 10,000+ movies. To access the content Airtel has allowed to provide access to the public through Airtel Xstream website to check the quality of content.

From the words of Adarsh Nair, it is very clear that Airtel Xstream will cater to needs of a new generation of consumers who are looking for seamless and converged entertainment across multiple screens at home and on the go. He sees the way Digital India has behaved by transforming the way content is being consumed over internet-connected devices.

Airtel Xstream Set-Top-Box Features

Airtel Xstream Hybrid set-top-box which runs on Android 9.0 Pie. It will work as a traditional DTH set-top-box and also as a media streaming device which plays OTT services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video on your big screen.

With this set-top-box, Airtel is offering 500+ channels in its DTH service, Xstream app which has 10,000+ movies and TV shows, Airtel Store app, Wynk Music with 6 million songs and Google Play Store service. Since this is an Android TV box, one can download and install apps like Netflix, Prime Video, etc. All the apps that are made for Android TV are available for download and can be used with this Airtex Xstream Box.

Coming to the connectivity part, the 4K box comes with built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast which can be used to mirror your device on your TV. The bundled remote has dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Google Search. Also, you will be able to control the set-top-box from your smartphones.

Airtel Xstream Set-Top-Box Price

Airtel Xstream 4K Hybrid Box is priced at Rs 3,999 and as part of the launch offer, comes with an annual subscription of Xstream app and a month of HD DTH pack. And if you're an existing Airtel Digital TV customer, you can upgrade to Airtel Xstream Box at a discounted price of Rs 2,249.

Airtel Xstream Box can be purchased from Airtel Website, Airtel Store, Flipkart, Amazon India and for major offline electronic retail stores across India. 

Airtel Xstream Box, Xstream Stick: Price, Plans, and Other Details
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Airtel Xstream Stick Features

Airtel Xstream Stick is a plug and play device like Google Chromecast which has HDMI connectivity at the other end. It runs on Android Oreo 8.0. It has Xstream app and Google play store apps available for Android TV. Unlike the Airtel Xstream set-top- box it does not support the broadcast channels and soley runs like Amazon Fire TV stick. 

The Xstream app boasts of over 10,000 movies and TV shows from OTT platforms like ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream.

Similarly like Airtel Xstream 4K set-top-box, the connectivity features clubs Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi and built-in Chromecast. 

Talking about the bundled remote, it packs dedicated buttons for Netflix and Google assistant only. 

Airtel Xstream Stick Price

The Airtel Xstream Stick is priced at Rs 3,999 and is available online exclusively on Flipkart. It can also be purchased from Airtel Stores and top electronics stores like Croma across India.

The launch offers gifts the Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers by giving them complimentary access to Xstream app subscription. The regular users will get only one-month free access to the app and then have to spend Rs 999 for the annual subscription.

Airtel Xstream App and Airtel Xstream Website

The Airtel Xstream app is the rebranded version of Airtel TV. According to Airtel, the redesigned version focusses more on content and content suggestions and brings an attractive user interface. t provides access to 400 live TV channels, as well as over 10,000 movies and shows. Airtel Xstream app subscribers can also access services on the Web, by visiting Airtelxstream.in.

Airtel Xstream vs Jio Fiber

We have seen that this month Reliance Jio commercially launched Jio Fiber plans. When we talk about comparing both the services, Airtel has two devices, a 4K Xstream set-top-box, and an Xstream stick and, on the other hand, Jio is offering multiple services with a single device. With the Jio Fiber package, customers will get broadband service with the set-top-box, free voice calling all over India, TV video calling and video conferencing facility, a smart home connectivity platform, a dedicated gaming service, AR and VR capabilities, subscription to all streaming apps and more.

It is clear that both the services are different and the way they are being offered aims at different customer base. Also, looking closely makes me understand that what Airtel is offering is only a part that is being offered by Reliance Jio. However, in India, price plays an integral part when we talk about such services.

Let me know in the comments what would you opt, Jio or Airtel and which do you think can provide you better services.

Write comments
  1. Which one is best Jio fiber or Airtel Xtreme

    1. Jio is on the expensive side, if you already using a cheaper broadband, stay with that and use Xstream app on your smartphone. Go with the set-top-box if you are an existing Airtel customer.

  2. In order for an IPTV service to function the provider must first prepare, code and then distribute the content over their network, typically a user will need a set top box in order to view programmes although increasingly, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and even mobile phones are used. top iptv providers It's also possible for IPTV to be one to one (Unicast) or one to many (Multicast).


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