Airtel has announced that its Xstream Premium subscription can be purchased by Android TV users through the app on Play Store. Airtel had re-branded its Airtel TV app to Airtel Xstream last September, close on the heels of Jio Fiber commercial launch, which offers the Jio Set-Top Box for OTT apps access. Airtel launched its own Xstream Box and Xstream Stick to compete with Jio.
The Airtel Xstream app was already available on the Android TV Play Store for users to download. However, now, the telecom operator has started offering Airtel Xstream Premium to Android users. Notably, the Premium service opens up a larger curated content catalogue for users.
Airtel Xstream Premium available on Android TV for Rs 499
The Airtel Xstream app has been available to Android TV users, however the premium service was restricted. Earlier, Airtel had announced that only fibre broadband and Xstream Box users would get access to Airtel Xstream Premium on their smart TVs. However, the company has now made it available for all Android TV and Android set-top box users.
To be able to access the premium content, users will have to download the Airtel Xstream app from the Play Store on their Android TV first. After that, they can open the app and go to plans and offers sections to subscribe. As of now, the telecom operator is offering an annual plan worth Rs 499.
The app accepts all payment options including debit card, credit card, internet banking, ICICI debit card, and other wallets. Needless to say, you will need to have an Airtel number as it will verify the account through an OTP sent to the Airtel number. Once subscribed, prepaid and postpaid Airtel users will be able to access the entire catalogue of English and vernacular content.
However, while the Airtel Xstream app on smartphones offers access to 350+ live TV channels, it doesn’t on Android TV. This makes sense, considering that Airtel’s Xstream set-top box or stick is available for those who want to watch live TV on their television.