In December, OnlyTech exclusively shared the images of Tata Sky’s first Android TV-powered hybrid set-top box named Tata Sky Binge+. Today, the DTH operator has officially launched its Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box at a price of Rs 5,999.
The Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box is manufactured by Technicolor and runs on Android 9 Pie OS. The STB is having a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.8Ghz, paired with Broadcom VideoCore V HW (V3D-510) GPU. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage which can be expanded through SD card. The remote of this box has a microphone and dedicated Google assistant button to enable voice search functionality across the UI.
The set-top box has an inbuilt Chromecast for casting and screen mirroring your smartphone’s content. Bluetooth connectivity is also provided to connect your Bluetooth devices such as speakers, headsets to enjoy better audio. The box comes with Google Play Store which gives access to more than 5,000 games and apps.
OnlyTech spoke to Tata Sky regarding the launch. Tata Sky Representative Shivani Chavan speaking to OnlyTech said, “Tata Sky has launched a new set-top box Tata Sky Binge+ (Android Set-top box) from today. The price of the set-top box is Rs 5999. It combines the benefits of DTH and OTT enabling the subscriber to watch both linear channels and OTT content from popular apps on a single screen.”
This hybrid box supports 4K and Dolby Atmos. For playing games at ease, you can connect a smartphone to the STB using Bluetooth and use it as a smart controller, the smartphone can also be used as a remote. In this box, customers can directly activate channels or purchase services by a simple click without any need to send an SMS or browse the self-care portal.
Being hybrid in nature, Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box gives you access to the DTH, IPTV and OTT content, all in one place. Live TV is available through both satellite and internet so that the TV viewers can stay uninterrupted even during bad weather. Using this STB’s catchup TV feature, customers can access TV shows and movies from the past 7 days.
Tata Sky Binge+ Pricing
This latest set-top box from Tata Sky is priced at Rs. 5,999. Customers who purchase it will get a complimentary one-month subscription to Tata Sky Binge service worth Rs. 249, which offers premium content from Zee5, Hotstar, Eros Now, Hungama and SunNxt.
The hardware of this set-top box is pretty similar to that of the Airtel Xstream box, but there is a significant difference between pricing. While Airtel is selling its Xstream box for as low as Rs. 2249 as part of an ongoing offer, and a regular price of Rs 3,999. Tata Sky, living up to the expectations of its premium tag, has decided to charge Rs. 5,999 for this hybrid Binge+ box. There is currently no upgrade offer either, for the existing Tata Sky customers.
The price looks to be on the higher side, for a hybrid STB. We need to wait and watch, how the customers are going to lap up this new offering from Tata Sky. Please let us know your views on this STB in the comments section.