Tata Sky, a leading direct broadcast satellite television provider has come up with an exciting new set top box in the form of Tata Sky+ Transfer. A merger of Tata Group and 21st Century Fox, Tata Sky aims to bring convenience to those who are occupied enough to not watch their favourite shows at the time they are broadcast. With the help of Tata Sky+ Transfer, one would get an option to not only record the program for viewing later, but also to transfer the same to a smartphone or a tablet without consuming any internet data. What I was also impressed with is that now, customers can watch the programs they choose, anywhere, anytime and on any device.
Tata Sky has come up with this new technology considering that fact that 75 percent of the Indian audience who use the internet on their mobile devices are in the age bracket of 19 and 35 and are consistently looking for new content. With Tata Sky+ Transfer, one gets a chance to stay in touch with their favourite programs around the clock on their mobile devices. The Tata Sky app allows the user to watch the content offline.
The set top box comes with an enormous capacity of 500 GB in-built at a price of Rs. 7,890. The impressive point about this set top box is that you can record any program and watch another one at the same time You even have the option to record two at a time if you are not even watching TV at that time. And once the recording is complete, you could easily transfer the same to your device using the Tata Sky app which is available for free on both iOS and Android. The app setup is fairly simple and all you got to do is provide your customer number and the registered contact number. You can even schedule recordings in advance, from the box itself or through the app or even the Tata Sky customer portal.
The app in itself gives you a lot of options. You can view the pre-recorded content on your device using the app at the same time when the set top box is switched on and is broadcasting something else on the television. The very fact that Tata Sky+ Transfer transfers the content to your mobile device without using the internet data is noteworthy. The box comes with a WiFi dongle which transfer the content seamlessly without eating up your broadband speed.
Having used the set top box, I must say that this indeed a great innovation by Tata Sky. The transfer from the set top box to the mobile device is not that fast, but it is decent enough considering the amount of options you get with the Tata Sky app. The Watch Now feature in the app allows you to stream live and is totally a great alternative to the TV.
What I also enjoyed was that you can record another channel while watching a different TV program, this will definitely be helpful for those who live with their parents or with roommate. The battle for the remote is now over.
With an insight that people these days are very occupied in their professional and social lives, Tata Sky+ Transfer is a perfect gadget one must have to keep a track of the favourite programs. I’ve found that many of my friends don’t have the time to even watch the programs they’ve recorded but with the portability of this new system, they can watch them on any device while on the go. It is a thumbs up from our side.