Airtel & Reliance both companies recently launched Set Top Box in Indian market.
Reliance Jio announced the pricing of JioFiber services on 5th September, 2019. This Fibre to The Home service does not only bring broadband to the homes of the customers but also brings many other things with it like the Jio Home Gateway & the Jio Set Top Box as well.
But, only days before the launch of JioFiber, Airtel already played a defence move in the market by introducing its Xstream Box which is a Set Top Box & Android TV console that gives the Jio Set Top Box a firm competition.
Now the question is, which one of the two is the better offering?
Reliance Jio Set Top Box & Airtel Xstream Box Similarities
The first thing to note is the similarity between the two offerings which Reliance Jio & Bharti Airtel have introduced into the market. There are no two thoughts about the fact that Bharti Airtel has introduced the Xstream Box & the Xstream Stick as a means to overshadow the launch of JioFiber.
Both of these consoles, Jio Set Top Box & Xstream Box have many overlapping features. The two consoles provide Satellite TV & Over The Top (OTT) applications as well. It is clear that Airtel Xstream Box is possibly the only Set Top Box in the market right now which can give a tough competition to Reliance Jio’s Set Top Box, the reason being that there are no consoles in the market right now which would pair Satellite TV & OTT applications in a well-rounded manner as these two offerings do.
Airtel Xstream STB vs Reliance Jio Set Top Box Pricing & Features
Both of these consoles come loaded with the respective OTT apps like Jio TV, JioCinema, for Jio Set Top Box, and the Airtel Xstream Box comes with Airtel Xstream App. This is besides the other OTT apps like Netflix, ZEE5 and more. There is also no lack of Live TV channels available through these apps.
However, the major difference between the two comes in pricing as the Airtel Xstream Box is available for Rs 3,999 for the new consumers whereas for the Airtel Digital TV existing subscribers an upgrade to this console would cost Rs 2,249.
On the other hand, as part of the Welcome Offer, Reliance Jio is offering the Jio Set-Top Box free of cost to its subscribers with a JioFiber connection. Reliance Jio has claimed that the Jio Set Top Box is worth Rs 6,500, so when the telco starts charging for its STB, the compass might turn in favour of Airtel.