ACT Stream TV 4K Review: Possibly the Best Way to Bring OTT Content on TV Screens

Atria Convergence Technologies, or popularly known as ACT Fibernet has carved a name for itself in the Indian Home broadband sector. Despite working in an increasingly competitive industry, ACT has been able to woo the consumers because of its attractive pricing, unique offerings and innovative offerings. ACT has been keeping its vision towards the future and does not only want to remain a mere broadband service provider. We know this because this year, ACT Fibernet unveiled a new brand identity and launched a very interesting consumer product in the market – the ACT Stream TV 4K. This Android TV-based box seeks to bring OTT apps like Netflix, ZEE5 and other apps for the TV screens. Here is a review of ACT Stream TV 4K to help you decide whether it would be the perfect buy for you.

ACT Stream TV 4K Specifications

As the name of this device suggests, the ACT Stream TV comes with 4K support, and it makes it clear that even though a lot of people currently don’t have 4K TVs, ACT is still going ahead with a bet on premium segment customers. When it comes to specifications, the ACT Stream TV 4K packs the HiSilicon 3798M V200 chipset. Along with this, the ACT Stream TV 4K also has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which should be sufficient in case you further want to download more applications.

The Stream TV 4K also has Widevine L1 certification, and it also supports the PlayReady DRM certification. For connectivity, the box extends support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi (802.11ac) as well as Bluetooth. For wired connectivity, the ACT Stream TV 4K also has two USB 3.0 slots a single Ethernet port, one HDMI port, AV out and even a microSD card slot. What the users will like is that the ACT Stream TV 4K also packs an HDMI cable, Ethernet cable and AV cable in the box itself. On the audio front, the console ensures sound quality courtesy of Dolby Audio.

ACT Stream TV 4K: Setup and Connectivity

Setting up your ACT Stream TV 4K would be a breeze. You can connect the console with your Ethernet cable or use the WiFi and connect the box with your TV using the HDMI cable. Lastly, you can pair the Bluetooth remote with the console to complete the setup. On firing up the ACT Stream TV 4K, you will see that the interface does not resemble the clean Android TV experience and it is for good. There is a tab-based UI which makes this cleaner and groups the latest, and top content on the home page. Many might consider that the UI of ACT Stream TV 4K resembles a bit to Amazon Fire TV. It is also worth noting that the console does not come with Amazon Prime Videos installed, but you can use the apk to sideload the app on the device. Another convenient feature that ACT Stream TV 4K allows is that you can easily subscribe to OTT services with a single click and bill them together with your ACT bill.

ACT Stream TV 4K also allows the users to access Live channels on the console. There are approximately 280 live channels on the platform which include Doordarshan channels and other popular channels like Republic, ABP and TV9 and other music channels like 9XM. Although there are quite a few channels on the console, you will feel that a lot of major channels that you are used to watching go amiss on the platform. ACT has, however, ensured that they are working to bring these channels onboard. We did find a few bugs onboard the device where the apps quit mid-way and the device also powered off. However, that was a rare scenario.

ACT Stream TV 4K: Experience

The experience of using the ACT Stream TV 4K with the Bluetooth is surely a smooth one. The easy-access buttons to Netflix, Google Play store, YouTube and Live TV are something that will come very handy while using the box. The Google Assistant support also helps the users in discovering new content and running basic searches. Further, the users can also connect gamepads, play content from USB and more.

When it comes to pricing too, ACT Stream TV 4K surely soars ahead of the competition. The console has been made available for Rs 4,499. In comparison, the Amazon Fire TV Stick will set back the users by Rs 5,599. As an introductory offer, ACT subscribers of select plans can get the ACT Stream TV 4K for a refundable security deposit of Rs 1,500.

ACT Stream TV 4K

Rs 4,499
8.2

Design and Display

8.5/10

Hardware

7.0/10

Software

8.5/10

Additional Features

8.0/10

Price

9.0/10

Pros

  • Offers Live TV service
  • Priced cheaper than Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Full Google Play Store support

Cons

  • Apps force close at times
  • Hardware could have been better
Chakri Kudikala

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

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