Mi TV has launched their HD TVs in India. On paper, the televisions blow the competition out of the water. At 55 inches and for 39,9999 Rs, the flagship TV is great bang for the buck with a 4K UHD panel which supports HDR 10 format.
However, power users will find it difficult to accept the television, as one can access the streaming channels only via the PatchWall feature. Currently, PatchWall offers content from Hotstar, Voot, Voot Kids, Sony Liv, Hungama Play, Zee5, Sun NXT, ALT Balaji, Viu, TV and Flickstree. You read that list right, it still doesn’t have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Unfortunately, there’s no saying when two business behemoths will decide to collaborate and create apps that will work for each other. The apps may come tomorrow, the apps might come next month, or they might never come to PatchWall. Right now, it’s all up in the air.
Mi had the same issue with their phones too. The phones are best in the business, but they work on a heavily worked-on version of Android, MIUI. This has kept the phones away from power users who have more of less grown up on Android. Mi course corrected itself with being one of the few companies that jumped onto the Android One platform, with the Mi A1 running on almost stock Android.