As the trend of streaming content on OTT services is growing, it is also accompanied by the tough choice that the viewer is faced with on picking the right set of subscription plans so that it doesn’t burn a hole in his/her pocket. In the Indian marketplace which is flooded with over 35 independent OTT platforms, finding services that bundle these subscriptions and offer them at a considerable discount over the a-la-carte price of each turns out to be a boon to the end-user.
Today we compare two such services viz. Airtel Xstream Premium and TataSky Binge which though are available only to the subscribers of these services but are available as standalone apps and do not require them to purchase a smart streaming stick or hybrid set-top box and can be streamed on a smartphone or PC browser or smart TV (only Airtel Xstream).
Airtel Xstream Premium Pack:
This pack is available to subscribers of Airtel, be it Prepaid or Postpaid mobile users, DTH or Broadband users, so long as you are an Airtel customer with a registered mobile number, you can download the Airtel Xstream app from the Play Store or App Store and log in using your registered mobile number and OTP. The Xstream premium pack provides access to premium content from SonyLIV, Lionsgate Play, ErosNow, ShemarooME, Manorama Max, Hoichoi, Ultra and EpicON OTT platforms at a monthly cost of just Rs 149 (instead of 999). There is also an annual plan which is available for Rs 1499 (instead of 4499). This can be used on smartphones, PC browsers as well as Smart TV apps on Android TV and Fire TV stick, with 2 simultaneous streams.
TataSky Binge mobile Pack:
This pack is available to all subscribers of TataSky be it SD or HD box users (Not necessarily users of Binge+ Firestick or hybrid STB). So long as you are a TataSky subscriber with an active account, you can download the TataSky Binge app from the Play Store or App Store and log in using your registered mobile number and OTP. The Standard Binge pack provides access to premium content from SonyLIV, ZEE5, Voot Select, ErosNow, Voot Kids, ShemarooME, Hungama Play, EpicON and Docubay. You can avail of a 7-day free trial on the first login, followed by a monthly price of Rs 149. This can be used on smartphones and PC browsers only, not on TV screens and provides up to 3 simultaneous streams. There is also a Premium Binge pack that adds a subscription to Disney+ Hotstar and Curiosity Stream and is also accessible on TV screen exclusively on Binge+ Firestick and hybrid STB, this plan costs Rs 299 per month.
Apart from these two services, we recently had Amazon Prime Video adding Prime Channels for a-la-carte subscription for users who have subscribed to Amazon Prime. Though this is not a direct bundling of OTT subscriptions, it does provide them with a significant introductory discount over their market price and offers them all under one service platform getting rid of the hassle of managing multiple apps and subscriptions.