06 Sep 2019
Airtel Xstream Box v/s Android TV: Which one to buy?
Taking on Reliance's Jio HomeTV services, Airtel has introduced a new Xstream set-top box in India.
With this Xstream Box, the telco aims to offer a combination of services ranging from DTH, OTT content to gaming.
So, if you are looking to buy a new Android TV, should you instead go for Xstream Box and make your regular TV smarter?
Yes! Here's why.
Firstly, what do you get with an Android TV?
An Android TV is like your HD TV (at least, hardware wise) but runs Google's Android TV OS.
With this software, the TV gets built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, and access to thousands of apps available on Google Play Store.
However, not all apps are available out of the box and you would still require a DTH connection to watch satellite TV channels.
Airtel Xstream box brings both satellite channels and OTT content
In comparison, Airtel's Xstream Box brings satellite TV as well as OTT content directly to your TV in upto 4K resolution.
And with Android Pie support, the device also gives users access to Google Play Store and Airtel Store for advanced gaming.
It also offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in Chromecast, Voice search and a smart remote with one-touch access for Netflix, YouTube and Prime Video.
You also get 1-year subscription of Airtel Xstream service
The Airtel Xstream Box's package comes with a 1-year subscription (worth Rs. 999) of Airtel Xstream service and a one-month subscription to an HD DTH pack.
Notably, Airtel's Xstream service offers access to Live TV as well as thousands of movies and TV series.
The entire package is priced at Rs. 3,999 but existing Airtel Digital TV customers can buy it for Rs. 2,249.
Do the math
Is Airtel's Xstream Box better than new Android TV?
Considering, a basic 32-inch Android TV with HD resolution will cost you around Rs. 12,000, the Airtel Xstream Box certainly saves you a lot of money.
Alongside all the benefits of an Android TV, the Xstream package comes with some additional freebies like a 1-year complimentary subscription to Xstream service, free DTH connection with HD pack, and exclusive games available on Airtel App store.