The last few years have been marked by rapid growth and expansion of the premium and free TV and movie streaming industry in India. It has been nothing short of impressive, seeing a wealth of high-quality streaming sites pop up all over the country. Not only has it been lucky in the sense that India, seemingly overnight, has become one of the cornerstones of streaming entertainment in the world, with nearly a dozen new TV and movie streaming sites being created over the last 5 or 6 years, but they have all been of a high quality, too, making India the new home to some of the best streaming sites available on the market today!
Of these new(er) Indian streaming sites, there are a handful of different types. There are, for instance, plenty of free TV streaming sites available (many of which have been around for quite some time now, some of which, though, are brand-new and very exciting). There are also plenty of new Over The Top (OTT) cable TV streaming services that provide a breadth of live TV streaming, as well as a vast library of on-demand content (usually for a monthly fee). India has also seen the expansion of its own group of premium streaming services, too, that are meant to compete directly with services such as Netflix and Hulu (and in many cases, they do so rather capably).
No matter which route you decide to go with, at the end of the day, India wins. These companies may be in competition with one another, sure, but all that means to entertainment lovers such as us is that we have more options available – more movie and TV streaming sites that are vying for our subscriptions – therefore, each service is constantly stepping its game up, trying to offer the best selection of content at the best prices. There has never been a better time to watch TV, that’s for sure.
One of the pioneers of bringing the best TV streaming products to India is, of course, none other than Airtel. That’s right, in addition to being one of the most popular and widely used phone providers, Airtel is also responsible for some of the most innovative and exciting movie and TV streaming sites, apps, and products available in India today. Given the company’s history with communications infrastructure and hardware, this has given Airtel a leg up on the competition, allowing them to offer what is essentially a self-contained, end to end streaming cable network to millions of people across India (and abroad).
Airtel Xstream is much more than just another premium TV streaming service. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is that, in a very broad sense. And it can be solely that, if you don’t wish to delve into all of the other Airtel Xstream products that are available. You can just download the free TV streaming app and be done with it. However, Airtel Xstream’s available products go above and beyond a mere app.
I suppose you could liken Airtel Xstream to Roku in some ways; in addition to offering a streaming app and desktop TV streaming site, Airtel Xstream also offers a plug-in stick. Just like the Roku stick, plug the Airtel Xstream stick into your TV’s HMDI port and sit back as your TV transforms into a streaming entertainment powerhouse, all of which can be controlled via the stick’s complimentary Airtel Xstream remote control. The best part about this? It’s mobile, so you can access your Xstream content on any TV, no matter where you happen to be.
For an even broader, more expansive and interactive Airtel Xstream experience, however, you can always purchase the Airtel Xstream box. This works similarly to the stick, it plugs into your TV (not entirely unlike a cable box) and connects to the internet to bring you movies, add-on apps, games, music, and TV channels. This device is also compatible with Chrome Cast and comes with a handy voice command and search feature.
Lastly, for those of us who require a more powerful, comprehensive internet and entertainment experience, there is Airtel Xstream Fiber. Branded as an extremely powerful, “office-like” internet service, Fiber provides you with 1 Gbps internet speeds with unlimited data, WIFI phone calling, and a fixed landline. Oh, and, of course, Airtel Xstream Fiber also comes with the fully unlocked, premium TV streaming capabilities. This is how many customers get the most out of Airtel Xstream. In my estimation, though, it is probably not entirely necessary unless you have an extremely large family, or you run a business (just my opinion). Either way, this internet service is unrivaled, in terms of speed and connectivity.
For our purposes today, though, we will mostly be focusing on the Airtel Xstream desktop streaming site and the TV streaming app. This seems like the most logical place to start, doesn’t it? If Airtel Xstream’s most basic service seems like it could be the best TV streaming service for you, well, then you can start thinking about upgrades and hardware purchases. So, is Airtel Xstream, indeed, the best TV streaming site in India? Well, let’s dive in and take a look, shall we?
When I first visited airtelxstream.in, I was instantly impressed by the site’s dynamic, immersive, and intuitive design. It looks as if Airtel Xstream has borrowed a few design tricks of the trade from its competitors (and, in some cases, its partners), such as Netflix and Hulu. At the very top of the page, you will find a site menu bar, which enables you to navigate the site by broad categories. Choose between Movies, Live TV, TV Shows, Kids, News, and Sports. This gives the site a simple and easy to use navigation, which I am always on board with.
Immediately below this site menu bar, you will find a large banner of featured titles, quickly cascading by, providing some good suggestions of what to watch. Keep scrolling down the home page and you will find a fairly familiar layout: horizontally side-scrolling libraries of movies and TV shows, each separated by category. Hover your cursor over one and the title and genre reveals itself. This adds a nice touch of dynamism to the site design, making it a little more experiential than other TV streaming sites that I have seen.
One interesting twist to the Airtel Xstream design that I have never seen before is the fact that one of these menus allows you to browse by popular Bollywood director. I like quirks like this. This is not only a fun way to browse content, but also an additional organizational structure, making it even more intuitive to browse content in many different ways.
Content and Features
Airtel Xstream has, I would say, probably the most content of any TV streaming site in India. The amount of syndicated content, live TV channels, movies, and special events is staggering. There are easily more than 10,000 titles available to stream on-demand. If that isn’t enough for you, Airtel Xstream also provides you with access to over 350 live TV channels. Think about that for one second … 350+ live TV channels! This alone would be worth the monthly subscription price, in my opinion.
On top of what feels like endless live TV entertainment, though, Airtel Xstream also offers 10,000+ on-demand TV shows and movies to stream, including your favorite programs and films, as well as a hearty selection of exclusive Airtel Xstream originals.
Airtel Xstream is a TV streaming site, too, that is as diverse as India is itself. Enjoy your favorite content in 13 different languages – from Hindi to Tamil to English to Marathi and more.
Mobile and Desktop Experience
It is not every day that I come across a TV streaming site that is every bit as pristine on a desktop computer as it is on a mobile device. The mobile app is available on both iOS and Android devices, and it is virtually flawless. Watch live TV or browse Airtel Xstream’s 10,000+ movies and TV shows from this exceptional mobile app, unlocking a whole world of entertainment no matter where you happen to be.
Pricing and Plans
Airtel Xstream offers a tiered subscription model. The monthly cost, mind you, of Airtel Xstream services rendered over the stick, the box, or the fiber plan vary greatly and are not reflected here. The prices that I am about to outline are for access to the app and the site only. Although some content can be accessed for free if you are already an Airtel customer, the price for Airtel Xstream Premium is as follows, including access to the entire catalog of on-demand content and live TV channels: Rs360/month (price depends on your current Airtel Xstream plan, though).