The pandemic has increased our consumption of online content, but not everyone wants to stream video on their phone. There are many who want to stream videos with the family on a big screen TV as it offers a much more immersive and enjoyable experience.
However, to watch over-the-top (OTT) content on TV, you need a smart TV, which can be expensive and the subscriptions have to be paid for. One solution to this could be to buy a hybrid set-top box that turns your old TV into a smart TV. With the intelligent set-top box, you can enjoy both live TV and OTT apps. We tried Tata Sky Binge + and here is our rating.
Tata Sky Binge + price
The Tata Sky Binge + set-top box costs Rs 2,499 when you upgrade from the standard version. New customers have to pay Rs 2,999 for the box. The company is thus also offering a free subscription to ten OTT apps for six months. These include Disney + Hotstar Premium, Sony Liv, Zee5, Voot Select, Voot Kids, Eros Now, Sun NXT, Hungama Play, Curiosity Stream and ShemarooMe. In addition, customers receive three months of free Amazon Prime membership.
Once the free subscription term ends, you only have to pay Rs 299 per month for all of the OTT apps mentioned. It is not mandatory to spend Rs 299 on the OTT apps.
If you have a separate subscription to Amazon Prime, Disney + Hotstar Premium, or other video streaming services, the apps will still be available on TV.
After the free period, you will have to pay an additional Rs 129 per month for Amazon Prime. It is not mandatory if you do not wish to pay according to Tata Sky. This is the original Prime Video monthly price.
Basic TV channels require you to spend Rs 153 per month. This means customers will have to pay around Rs 581 if they want all of the aforementioned OTT apps, access to basic TV channels, and Amazon Prime membership.
If you don’t want to pay for some of the popular subscriptions, consider purchasing the prepaid or postpaid cell phone top-up plans that Prime, Disney + Hotstar, Zee5, and Netflix offer for free. That way, you only have to pay Rs 153 per month for regular TV channels.
Tata Sky Binge + UI, mobile app, remote control
The Tata Sky Binge + user interface is very user-friendly and simple. It took me less than 30 minutes to fully understand the user interface and once you’ve explored it, you’re good to go. But it was sluggish at times.
Users need a stable and fast internet connection for the best experience.
Tata Sky’s mobile app has support for catch-up TV services, which is lovely. This basically means that if you missed your shows, you can watch the full week episodes. The company’s app also features plenty of movies, shows, live TV channels, and other content.
The device has a built-in Chromecast function for screencasts from compatible devices.
In contrast to Airtel Xstream, there is no dedicated prime hotkey on the Tata Sky remote control. However, this is not so much of a problem as you can control the TV with your mobile phone, which may be more convenient for some. While the younger generation can easily use the Google Assistant to control their TV, those who don’t like the technology will struggle to find content using the remote control. The best thing to do is to use a mobile phone that allows you to easily enter, search and view content by broadcasting it on TV.
Tata Sky does not offer support for the Netflix app. But we found a way to watch Netflix. All you have to do is download the Rave – Watch Party app from the Play Store. This is a popular app for watching YouTube videos or Netflix with friends online. After downloading the app, all you need to do is create an account if you don’t already have a Rave account.
Then just go to Netflix and sign up. If you want to watch Netflix alone, change the privacy setting from public to private and watch all videos in full screen mode. All of this only takes five minutes. We hope that Tata Sky will soon also support Netflix as it is one of the most popular video streaming apps.
If you have Netflix’s basic mobile plan, you won’t be able to watch Netflix on TV. You should have a plan of Rs 499 or higher to view the content on different devices.
Is Tata Sky Binge + better than Airtel Xstream Box?
With this service you not only get access to all regular TV channels, but also to OTT apps. This is way better than a Fire TV stick. You get a free one-month basic channel package, free installation, six-month free subscription to some of the popular OTT apps, and three-month free Prime Video membership.
You do not get these advantages with the Airtel Xstream Box. This service currently only offers 1 month of free access to Airtel Xstream Premium. For 12 months of this subscription you need to pay an additional Rs 499. If customers want Disney + Hotstar VIP, Zee5 and Xstream Premium for a year, the additional amount for these is Rs 1,699.
Don’t forget that you need to spend on basic channels too. Airtel’s set-top box costs Rs 2,499. However, some Airtel Xstream Fiber customers may be able to get the box at a reduced price of Rs 1,500. Still, Tata Sky Binge + seems like a better option for many users.
What should you know before buying Tata Sky Binge +?
If you don’t have a decent Wi-Fi connection, you won’t be able to stream videos because the loading time is slow and you might turn off the TV. This is the case with any smart set top box if you don’t have a stable Wi-Fi connection.
If you have a non-smart TV and you are using the Tata Sky Binge + service without charging, you will not be able to use the OTT apps because the video streaming apps are accessed through the service and not through Smart TV can.
You must have a basic monthly top-up from Tata Sky to keep the service active. You cannot just use OTT apps without keeping the service active. If you have a smart TV, there is no need to buy the smart set top box, and you can just buy the regular Tata Sky set top box.
If you don’t have a Tata Sky connection with a smart TV, you can use OTT apps. Note that if you have subscriptions, only you can stream content. You can always pay for channels and watch live TV channels instead of paying for a year. All of this depends on how you prefer to watch content on TV.