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ACT Stream TV 4K Overview


ACT (Atria Convergence Applied sciences Ltd.) is maybe greatest generally known as an ISP that provides companies in some components of the nation beneath its model ACT Fibernet. Few folks know that the corporate additionally operates a Digital TV model known as ACT Digital. Lately, the corporate launched the ACT Stream TV 4K, a product aimed toward cord-cutters that makes an attempt to convey its two companies collectively.

The ACT Stream TV 4K is essentially a streaming box that additionally allows you to watch Reside TV over the Web. The field itself is fairly nondescript, roughly the identical dimension as an Apple TV, and it has all of the ports you’d count on. On the again, you’ve got an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, 3.5mm and SPDIF digital audio out ports, and the ability adapter inlet. On the fitting you’ve got two USB ports and a microSD card slot to plug in exterior media.


Organising the field is pretty easy, although you have to to be an ACT Fibernet subscriber to get began, since one of many steps requires you to authenticate your self as one. ACT says it will definitely plans to supply the field to everybody, however for now, it is solely being supplied to ACT Fibernet subscribers. As soon as the field has been arrange and activated although, you should use it with any Web connection, and we verified this by utilizing it with an Airtel broadband connection.

The field itself runs Android TV model 9 and the principle house display screen will look very acquainted in case you’ve used Android TV or every other sensible TV interface earlier than. The UI is split into 4 components — the Dwelling tab, an Apps & Video games tab, a Reside TV tab, and an Provides tab. Every of those 4 tabs has a carousel on the prime highlighting particular content material, adopted by rows of extra icons.

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The carousel on the house display screen options manually curated content material from varied streaming companies akin to Netflix and Hooq, amongst others, in addition to exhibits and flicks on air proper now from channels a part of the Reside TV service. That is adopted by a row for the apps put in in your field, and one other row exhibiting the reside channels you’ve got watched just lately (one thing we’ll contact upon shortly). A row known as Films highlights the flicks at present being “broadcast” proper now throughout all reside TV channels. Lastly, you get different in style/ featured/ trending content material from streaming companies together with Hungama, Hooq, and Zee5.

The Apps & Video games tab additionally options (totally different) content material from varied streaming companies in a carousel, adopted by pretty commonplace rows highlighting your put in apps and video games. The Provides tab highlights particular gives for ACT Stream TV 4K prospects, for instance we noticed one for a free two-month Hooq subscription, in addition to ongoing gives on Reside TV channel packs. There is a little bit of sameness to some components of the UI, and over the 2 months that we spent utilizing the product, a number of the thumbnails within the carousel did not replace in any respect, even ones that have been pointing to Reside TV exhibits that have been clearly now not out there.

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That brings us to the Reside TV tab, which units this field other than most different Android TV units available in the market. Aside from one other carousel on the prime that highlights featured exhibits at present airing (once more, not up to date usually sufficient, if in any respect), you get a row known as My Channels that includes your just lately watched channels, adopted by channels grouped by classes, with a row for every class like Leisure, Information, Sports activities and many others.

Choosing a channel begins streaming it over your Web connection. In the mean time, you are supplied a collection of 89 channels, a listing that appears to be constant throughout all cities. Sixty 5 of those channels are supplied to all subscribers free of charge, and the opposite 24 are a part of the “Starter Pack” premium channels bouquet. As an introductory provide, ACT is providing this pack to all ACT Stream TV 4K customers free of charge as of now, although it says you may be charged Rs. 50 monthly as a part of your month-to-month broadband invoice as soon as the provide expires.


ACT Stream TV 4K Reside TV channel packs

Free channels

  • ACT 24×7 Information HD
  • DD Nationwide HD
  • DD Information HD
  • 9X Jakas
  • 9X Jalwa
  • 9XM
  • 9Xo
  • Aastha Bhajan
  • Aastha TV
  • ABP Information
  • ACT TV
  • Aljazeera Intl
  • APN
  • Asianet Information
  • B4U Films
  • B4U Music
  • Captain Information
  • Captain TV
  • Care World
  • Channel One Information
  • Cnnb
  • DD Loksabha
  • DD Information
  • DD Podhigai
  • DD Rajyasabha
  • DD Sapthagiri
  • DD Sports activities
  • Filmy
  • FTV
  • Dwelling Store 18
  • India Information Punjab
  • India TV
  • Jai Maharashtra
  • Kalaignar Sethigal
  • Kalaignar TV
  • Kathyayani
  • Khabrein Abhi Tak
  • Kolkata TV
  • Music India
  • Music Zone
  • Information 9
  • Information India 24×7
  • Information X
  • OTV
  • Polimer Information
  • Polimer TV
  • Pudhiya Thalaimaria
  • Republic Bharath
  • Republic TV
  • Rupasi Bangla
  • Russia Immediately
  • Sakshi TV
  • Sanskar
  • Satsang
  • SVBC
  • Thanthi TV
  • Tolly Wooden
  • TV 5 Kannada Information
  • TV 9 Kannada
  • TV 9 Telugu
  • TV1 Telangana
  • TV5 Telugu
  • TV9 Gujrathi
  • Vedic
  • VTVnews


Premium channels (Starter pack)

  • Animal Planet HD
  • Discovery HD
  • Discovery Jeet HD
  • MN Plus HD
  • MNX HD
  • Films Now HD
  • Romedy Now HD
  • Occasions Now HD
  • TLC HD
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC World
  • D Sports activities
  • Discovery
  • Discovery Youngsters
  • Discovery Science
  • Discovery Tamil
  • Discovery Turbo
  • ET Now
  • Jeet Prime
  • Mirror Now
  • MNX
  • Films Now
  • Occasions Now
  • Zoom


The complete listing of those channels is reproduced above. There are just a few in style ones akin to BBC World and the Discovery household of channels, in addition to some regional fare, however many of the mainstream channels that you simply would possibly need to watch are lacking. With that stated, most content material supplied by main suppliers like Zee, Sony, and Star is on the market through their respective apps, so there are different methods to observe your favorite exhibits.

The vast majority of channels are being streamed in SD, although just a few of them can be found in HD as effectively. The video high quality we skilled was just like what we noticed with companies like Hotstar and Sony Liv on our 100Mbps line. The field’s Web utilization will rely in direction of your FUP quota, and there are not any particular advantages on that entrance.

The Reside TV Information exhibits a schedule of all out there channels. When you begin watching a TV channel, you should use the up/ down buttons on the distant to cycle by channels in that specific class, which we fairly loved as a “throwback” to mindlessly browsing by channels on broadcast tv. Switching between channels is fairly quick, not like some IP-based TV choices we have come throughout prior to now. Although ACT talks concerning the capacity to “timeshift” reside TV (i.e. see exhibits at a later stage) utilizing the field, we did not come throughout the choice wherever. There is not any companion app both.

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Speaking concerning the distant, that is one in every of our favorite points of the system. As an alternative of making an attempt to be needlessly intelligent, ACT has stored issues easy and included all of the vital buttons you prefer to. Moreover, there are devoted buttons for Netflix, Reside TV, YouTube, and Google Play, which do precisely what you count on them to.

Different points of utilizing the field are fairly just like utilizing every other Android TV field. All the usual apps that you simply count on are both pre-installed or out there through Google Play, apart from Amazon’s Prime Video app, which is not out there for this system but regardless that Google and Amazon have made their peace. ACT says the app will probably be out there for the ACT Stream TV 4K, although it refuses to say when. Fortunately, you possibly can forged content material from the Prime Video app — or every other suitable app — in your iPhone or Android telephone to the ACT Stream TV 4K.

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Which means that at the very least for now, YouTube and Netflix apps are your solely choices if you’re seeking to stream 4K content material. Although the Netflix app on the field refused to stream at something larger than HD once we had the ACT Stream TV 4K paired with the Philips BDM4350UC 4K monitor (regardless that the field was outputting at 4K decision), we loved 4K content material through Netflix with none issues when the field was related to a 50-inch Samsung MU6100 Good TV.

YouTube, then again, streamed in 4K on each panels with none points, which was hardly a shock. You’ll be able to after all play 4K media from exterior units akin to pen drives and microSD playing cards, one thing we managed with none issues throughout our exams.

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The ACT Stream TV 4K is a tool with a number of potential. Between the Reside TV providing and the favored streaming apps, this field has the most typical sources of TV exhibits and flicks lined. We want that the native Amazon Prime Video app would turn out to be out there quickly, and we’re curious to see how ACT plans to complement its Reside TV choices sooner or later. We’re additionally large followers of the distant, which delivers just about every thing you’d need by holding issues easy, and must be an indication to different producers.

Our largest criticism concerning the field is that ACT itself would not appear to be taking it too critically. Content material curation has been in a state of full neglect, which actually mars the consumer expertise for anybody coming in and making an attempt the field for the primary time. Out there with only a refundable deposit of Rs. 1,500 to ACT prospects for now, the field appears like a no brainer if you’re an current ACT buyer, however its long-term success will rely upon how each the pricing and the product evolve from right here.

Shopping for a price range TV on-line? We mentioned how one can choose the very best one, on Orbital, our weekly expertise podcast, which you’ll be able to subscribe to through Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or simply hit the play button beneath.




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