- The Airtel Internet TV is currently available for purchase on official Airtel website and Amazon India
- Bharti Airtel is asking users to choose DTH channel packs based on new Trai pricing
Bharti Airtel had launched an Internet TV service for the consumers. Now, we already know that Airtel has a DTH service named as the Airtel Digital TV, but the Airtel Internet TV offering stands apart from the rest. However, with this offering, Airtel has planned to club the internet content along with the DTH content for the consumers. Currently, there has been a boom of content consumption in India thanks to the widespread 4G network by Reliance Jio and high-speed internet services. As such, consumers are consuming online content at an unprecedented rate. To capitalise on that phenomenon, Airtel had released an Internet TV service two years back which is actually an amalgamation of the conventional DTH Set-top Box and Android TV box.
Courtesy of this unique offering, buyers of the Airtel Internet TV, have access to content services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and more but the most fundamental advantage which the users of Internet TV will get the additional access to DTH channels as well. What’s more, the Airtel Internet TV will avail a built-in Chromecast so that users will be able to stream content from their mobile phones also. The device also allows 4K support, meaning as long as your TV can support 4K you will be able to stream 4K videos from Netflix and other sources.
Airtel Internet TV Specifications
Under the hood, the Airtel Internet TV packs a Dual-core ARM B15 BCM7252S chipset and it supports media formats like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.265, H.264, MC, VC-1, VP9, AVI, MP-4, FLV, 3GP, WMV, MOV, MP4 and MKV. Apart from that, the set-top box comes with 8GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card slot. Connectivity options on this device include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, 1xUSB 3.0, 1xUSB 2.0 and Optical SPDIF.
Advantages of Airtel Internet TV
In case you are someone who likes to consume visual content both from your DTH connection as well as online, then the Airtel Internet TV will be the right choice for you. The Set-top Box will also allow you to record your shows, mirror your smartphone screen so that you will be able to watch your presentation or play Android games on the bigger screen. In case you want to record shows, you will be able to do so on the STB as it supports memory extension up to 128GB via a microSD card. As for the connectivity, you will be able to connect the Airtel Internet TV box via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
Airtel Internet TV Pricing
Airtel’s service is currently priced at Rs 3,499 which will be the upfront cost of the Airtel TV box. This price will also include a one-month content bundle of Eros Now and DTH. When the service was launched it was costing Rs 7,999 for an annual subscription, however, Airtel Internet TV is now selling the product for Rs 3,499. It is worth noting that all other streaming services like Netflix and more will be paid by the users additionally. It is also worth noting that since the Airtel Internet TV service is tied entirely to your DTH subscription, a disconnection with the same will mean that you won’t be able to use the service further on. If you disconnect from Airtel, then you might also have to return the Airtel TV box.
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