Bharti Airtel has introduced a hybrid DTH set-top box (STB) which claims to convert any TV into a smart TV allowing end-users to watch YouTube, Netflix videos along with regular satellite TV channels. Called Airtel Internet TV, the hybrid DTH set-top box connects overs Wi-Fi to provide the smartphone entertainment experience on your larger old TV screen. Here is everything you need to know.
First things first. High-speed internet is a must
The hybrid DTH STB makes no sense without a reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection. Before getting the Airtel Internet TV, make sure you have a good Wi-Fi plan, preferably with unlimited data offering.
It requires a broadband or a 4G hotspot connection with a minimum recommended speed of 4 Mbps for a smooth online experience.
Understanding the hybrid part
The Airtel Internet TV is just like any other STB with the added smart Android TV feature. For those unaware, it is more like an Android PC-on-a-stick device that is combined with the standard STB. A regular Airtel Digital TV dish antenna will also be a part of the installation. Existing Airtel Digital TV customers can also upgrade their existing STBs to ‘Internet TV’ STB.
What can it do?
It comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Games, Airtel Movies among others. It also provides full access to Google Play Store to download apps and games and access them on the old TV. It also offers over 500 satellite TV channels. Airtel Internet TV STB is Chromecast compatible and users can mirror content from their Android smartphone to their existing TVs.
Also, it comes with a Bluetooth-based remote which recognises voice(via Google voice search). You can do a voice-based search like you do with Google Assistant.
The Airtel Internet TV STB is 4K content ready and enables LIVE TV shows to be paused, recorded or even rewind. It also supports content via USB (external HD) and Bluetooth. Gamers can use physical game controllers, or even their smartphones as a game pad with Internet TV.
What is the cost?
The Airtel Internet TV STB is priced at Rs 4999 with three month Digital TV subscription. Also, as limited period offer users can pay Rs 7999 and get the Airtel Internet TV with one year subscription.
Airtel ‘Internet TV’ will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting April 12. It will be available via Airtel Digital TV touch points – retail stores/website/contact centres soon after online launch.
Airtel has also rolled out bundled offers for its home broadband customers. ‘Internet TV’ Customers just need to register for myHOME on MyAirtel app and can avail up to 25GB additional data on their Airtel broadband account every month. Existing Airtel digital TV users can give a missed call at 8800488001 to know about the exciting offers available.