Reliance Jio is all set to commercially roll out its Jio Fiber services today. The company won’t just be offering high-speed internet access to its subscribers but will also make its 4K set-top-box (STB) available to Jio Fiber users, which aims to provide ultra-high definition entertainment and cloud-based gaming. However, last week Airtel rained on JioFiber’s roll-out plans by announcing an Android powered STB of its own called Xstream Box and Airtel Xstream Stick. Just like the JioFiber STB, Airtel’s Xstream Box can also relay content from both OTT sources and from standard cable channels. But the STBs have a few similarities and a lot of differences. Lets take a closer look at both Airtel Xstream Box and JioFiber STB.
Similarities between Airtel Xstream Box and JioFiber STB
Airtel Xstream Box brings live TV channels as well as OTT apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Airtel store. Similarly, JioFiber is also offering a set-top-box (STB), which will allow users to access live TV channels as well as OTT apps. JioFiber set top box will come with all the Jio apps like JioCinema, JioTV, JioSaavn, JioGames. Similarly, Xstream Box will come with apps like the Airtel Xstream app, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and Airtel Store.
The Airtel Xstream box will offer one HD pack free on Airtel DTH. RIL, on the other hand, has acquired three leading cable Multiple System Operators (MSOs), Hathway, DEN and GTPL, and 30,000 local cable operators (LCOs) and won’t have problems in offering the largest mix of HD channels to customers via JioFiber STB.