Bharti Airtel Testing Online Version of Airtel TV Service to Take on JioCinema

Airtel TV app, which is Bharti Airtel's answer for Reliance JioCinema and JioTV apps is now allowing subscribers to stream shows and movies on the web

Highlights
  • Airtel subscribers will be able to login to the application via their mobile numbers and OTP
  • The Airtel TV application offers 373 live channels and over 10,000 movies and TV shows

The Sunil Bharti Mittal led telecom operator, Bharti Airtel is laying heavy emphasis on its content offerings lately. In such a competitive telecom market, where the prices of data packs have almost become the same for every operator, these content offerings are the ones that set apart the companies from one another. As such, there is a stiff competition going on between these companies to see which one offers the most freebies and add-on services to its consumers. In a new development, we have noted that Airtel is testing its web-based Airtel TV streaming service. The telco already offers the Airtel TV, the video-on-demand content app for its subscribers, however, now the telco will avail this content over the web as well.

Airtel TV Content Now Easily Accessible on Laptop and Other Web Devices

We think that this new move by Airtel has been made to take on the likes of JioCinema and other competing OTT apps. It is worth noting that just like Airtel subscribers get access to Airtel TV’s wide range of movies, TV shows and documentaries, similarly, Reliance Jio also has a JioCinema app in its portfolio where subscribers can access this content for free. However, what’s unique about the new service by Airtel is that it will be accessible through the web and not only just smartphone apps. Previously, this wasn’t possible, and hence users were limited to streaming the content on Airtel TV app only on small screens. Perhaps, the only way to stream this content on bigger screens was through Chromecast, but thankfully the subscribers of Airtel won’t have to go through this ordeal to watch the content from Airtel TV on a bigger screen. The web version can be accessed at https://www.airtelxstream.in/.

Airtel subscribers will be able to log in on the Airtel TV website, where they will be able to access the Airtel TV content on their laptop, tablet or any browser. When Airtel subscribers open the site and play a show or movie of their choice, they will be asked to enter their number, upon doing which they will receive an OTP for logging into the website.

Having said that, Airtel is not providing the entire content available on Airtel TV on the desktop version. For example, the web version lacks ZEE5 content, but the telco might add them once it rolls out the service to the public. Also, the Live TV service is missing on the web version which is an expected thing.

Airtel TV Offering More than 10,000 Movies and TV Shows

It is worth noting for the subscribers that the Airtel TV application does not remain limited to movies or TV shows, but it also offers live TV shows to the users as well. Currently, Airtel TV is offering 373 channels to the subscribers, out of which 62 are HD channels. In addition to that, the application provides more than 10,000 movies to the viewers.

The Airtel TV app also has one upper hand over the JioCinema app since it is a standalone app which houses both LiveTV channels and as well as video-on-demand content like an OTT platform. But, this is not the case with JioCinema, as the application only avails movies and shows, but if you need to access live TV shows, then you will need to download the JioTV application.

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Kaushik Roy
Kaushik Roy

Off Topic: Airtel prepaid now not showing call summary and balance information after end of a call just like Jio for unlimited packs. previously it shows unlimited validity period remaining. Now nothing flashed on screen.
For airtel prepaid smart recharge plan though it shows the call summary and balance information.
Idea and Vodafone even on unlimited plan shows call summary and balance information.

karthik
karthik

Airtel had improved a lot in this scenario. In Vodafone after every calls their network moving to 3G/2G to show balance in Flash messages(Vodafone calls its super VOLTE).. And the worst Scenario is that when you complete data balance every 5 min they will disturb with a flash message and SMS that your data got exhausted. which again move back to 3G(even if you have additional data). When i asked their customer care they told me to send “START” to 1925 to get balance deducted and i will not get the Flash message(here i got that their intention is to… Read more »

Chetan - Bangalore
Chetan - Bangalore

PLEASE READ::: Another instance of full on cheating and unethical business practice of Airtel came to light today…. My friend went to purchase prepaid sim( she is anti reliance) in Airtel store for her relative who has come to study in bangalore. Store lady continuously kept asking if any of the relative is using Airtel postpaid connection. But my friend asked yes but why then she replied because if any of you are using then I can tag this new connection as F&F . Then my friend said no I don’t need postpaid but prepaid. Then this lady gives horrible… Read more »

karthik
karthik

AVOID is doing this unethical business ever since last decade(10 Years).Last 10 years i am working only in other states These people are targeting who are not local to the state(This is why these two network asked their local retailers not to accept prepaid connection with out local proof). That’s why i had my primary number in JIO(Only store which accepts non local proof for prepaid). Other numbers are in my home circle(Tamil Nadu). I had same issue in my nearest Air tel store. I tagged Airtel and Vodafone on the same in Twitter. I got call from the manager… Read more »

Love Airtel
Love Airtel

So a 60 Rs higher recharge one time is “full on cheating” for you? Big deal. What if they had a one time activation charge like Jio Prime?

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