Airtel has launched its Internet TV which will come along with Android TV box and offers 500+ satellite TV channels. The TV comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play store access and can turn any TV into a smart TV. One can also download other apps by using the Google Play Store access. Don’t get confused. This is not IPTV, but a hybrid DTH product.
The Airtel Digital TV box comes equipped with connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for the remote control and it also supports Google voice search feature. Additionally, the box also comes with an Ethernet and HDMI port. One can also connect smartphones and use them as controllers for the games or they can also connect actual game controllers. The Airtel TV Box supports 4K content on Netflix and will also allow for the TV shows to be paused, recorded and rewind. The content can either be stored in an SD card or directly transferred to a USB.
Airtel has recommended a minimum speed of 4Mbps and the TV box can be connected to either a wired broadband or a 4G hotspot as well. The regular dish connection will allow users to view the Satelite TV as well.
“Growing broadband penetration is driving the popularity of online content, particularly in urban homes, and with Airtel ‘Internet TV’ we are bringing world-class content from the web and much more to the TV screen. This latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Indian homes and it bridges the gap between online and offline worlds to enable an end to end entertainment experience with the convenience of a single device. We will continue to add exciting content platforms to Airtel ‘Internet TV’ and invite customers to experience this innovative offering.”
Moving on, the Airtel Internet TV is priced at Rs 4,999 for 3 months of Digital TV subscription and is also offering one year of free subscription at Rs 7,999 alongside SD and HD channel bundling. Other freebies include 3 months of Eros Now subscription and also 1 month of Netflix free trial. If you are an existing Airtel Digital TV subscribers you can upgrade to the Internet TV Box by paying Rs 3,999. Airtel is further sweetening the deal by offering 25GB of additional free data for Airtel Broadband customers.
Once the free preview period lapses all HD and SD channels will be available for Rs 700 per month and if you prefer to subscribe for only SD it will cost Rs 500 per month. The Internet TV box will be available via amazon.in (online exclusive) and in Airtel stores as well.