Airtel Launched Xstream Stick & Xstream 4K Box India.
Bharti Airtel has announced the Airtel XStream Stick and XStream 4K Box for its domestic consumers ahead of the commercial rollout of Reliance Jio Fiber in India. With its XStream service, Airtel aims to provide a single platform for all entertainment needs of the user.
Airtel Xstream is a combination of satellite TV channels, major OTT (over-the-top) services, music streaming and gaming. This is somewhat similar to the way Reliance deployed its Jio Fiber service during the AGM 2019 held last month.
The two devices – the XStream Stick and the XStream 4K Hybrid Box – are feature-loaded to make any TV that has an HDMI port, a smart television.
Adarsh Nair, chief product officer, Bharti Airtel, said: “Airtel Xstream will cater to the needs of a new generation of consumers, who are looking for seamless and converting entertainment across multiple screens while moving in and out of home.”
Airtel Xstream Telecom operators are an upgrade of the existing Airtel TV app and customers can download the Xstream app from the Play Store or App Store to view the Xstream library on their smartphones. The service is also available on the web and customers will have to log in to the Airtel XStream site to watch movies, shows and live TV.
Airtel Xstream 4K Box features, pricing & availability
Airtel XStream 4K Hybrid Box is a set-top-box originally powered by Android 9.0 Pie and will relay both satellite television channels and OTT services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video to the big screen in your home.
Airtel is facilitating the 500+ broadcast channel, the Xstream app, with 10,000+ movies and TV shows, the Airtel Store app, Wynk Music with 6 million songs, and the Google Play Store service. The latter means that anyone can download and install other apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Hotstar from the Play Store. Users will also be able to play games available on the Airtel store on their television screen using their smartphone as a gamepad.
The 4K box comes with built-in with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Chromecast in addition to a remote that has dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and Google Search. Alternatively, customers will be able to control the set-top-box from their smartphones.
The Airtel XStream 4K Hybrid Box is priced at Rs 3,999 and under the launch offer, comes with an annual subscription to the XStream app and a month of HD DTH packs.
If you are an Airtel Digital TV subscriber, you can upgrade to the Airtel XStream box at a discounted price of Rs 2,249.
Airtel Xstream Box is available for purchase from Airtel Store, Flipkart, Amazon India and is available for major offline electronic retail stores across India.
Airtel Xstream Stick features, pricing & availability
Airtel Xstream Stick is an Android 8.0 Oreo-based plug and play device that runs Xstream apps in addition to the Google Play Store app catalog for customers. Xstream Stick does not offer the broadcast TV service as a 4K set-top-box and relies on content served by the Xstream app.
The Xstream app has more than 10,000 movies and TV shows from OTT platforms such as ZEE5, Hooq, Hoi Choi, Eros Now, HungamaPlay, ShemarooMe, Ultra and Curiosity Stream.
Airtel Xstream Stick comes with built-in Chromecast and Bluetooth 4.2. The accompanying remote is not as versatile as the one offered with the XStream 4K box but has a dedicated button for Netflix and Google Assistant.
The Airtel Extreme Stick is priced at Rs 3,999 and is available online exclusively on Flipkart. It can also be purchased from top electronics stores such as Airtel stores and Croma across India.
As a part of the launch offer, Airtel Thanks Platinum and Gold customers are eligible for complimentary access to the XStream App subscription. However, regular users will only get one month free facility till the app and will have to pay an additional Rs 999 annual subscription fee.