Bharti Airtel has launched its Xstream Box and Xstream Stick in India, as part of the rebranding of its Airtel TV platform to Airtel Xstream.
The Airtel Xstream Stick is available on Flipkart as well as Airtel retail stores, Airtel.in, Croma and Vijay Sales. The Xstream Box, on the other hand, will be made available on Amazon India apart from the stores mentioned for the Xstream Stick. The company is touting the Xstream Box set-top box to combine both satellite TV and OTT content, something its Airtel Internet TV set-top box already offered.
Airtel Xstream Box
The Airtel Xstream box is priced at Rs 3999 for new users, however existing users of Airtel Digital TV can upgrade to the new set-top-box at a discounted price of Rs 2249. The box will have the option to choose from over 500 TV channels, and can also access content via the preloaded Airtel Xstream app.OTT content partners include ZEE5, Alt Balaji, Eros Now, Hoi Choi, HungamaPlay, Hooq, Ultra, ShemarooMe, and Curiosity Stream.
The Xstream box runs on Android 9.0 Pie, which will its users access to the Google Play Store. Users can download different types of apps including entertainment offerings such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube. The Airtel Xstream Box comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, and a built-in Chromecast. The box also supports gaming and streaming in 4K.
Airtel Xstream Stick
The Airtel Xstream Stick is also priced at Rs 3999. It offers most of the features of the Airtel Xstream Box, but without access to DTH channels. Instead, it only offers digital streaming services, with the preloaded Airtel Xstream app. It has Google Play Store support as well that gives users access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTub. It is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
The Airtel Xstream Stick offers a built-in Chromecast, features a 1.6GHz processor, Bluetooth v4.2 and a voice search-enabled remote. Those who opt for the Stick will get a free 30-day trial period and will have to subscribe to an annual plan worth Rs 999 thereafter. The company is offering free access to the content subscription plan on Airtel Xstream Stick for its Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers.