Xiaomi launched a range of smart products in India yesterday, which includes the likes of Mi Band 3, Mi Air Purifier 2S, Smart Home camera, Mi Luggage and more. Xiaomi also launched three smart TV models, which include Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro and Mi TV 4C Pro. They are priced between Rs 14,999 and Rs 44,999 and will be available starting October 10.
Key highlights of the new Mi TV 4 Pro TVs include Amlogic quad-core chipset, up to 2GB RAM and 8GB onboard storage, and up to 4K HDR display. All three TVs run on Android 8.1 Oreo OS, with PatchWall UI on top. As these TVs are powered by Android TV OS, you get access to Google Play Store and about 3,600 compatible apps such as Facebook and YouTube to name a few.
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At the event, Xiaomi talked about the supported apps and content services, which include Hotstar, Voot, Sony LIV, Zee5, Eros Now, HOOQ, TVF, and more. Sadly, the new TVs don’t support Netflix, and you can’t find the app on the Play Store either. In a conversation with BeeBom, the Xiaomi said that it is working with Netflix, but there are some certification issues.
The streaming service requires you to include a ‘Netflix’ button on the TV remote, which powers up the TV and quickly jumps to the streaming service without loading the smart TV UI. Such TVs are also recommended by Netflix on its own website. Xiaomi told BeeBom that it will also need to integrate Netflix catalog in the PatchWall UI, which will simply add another complication. BGR India has reached out to Xiaomi for a comment, and will update when we get a response.
In older models, sideloading Netflix app using a workaround was possible, but it remains to be seen if the same is possible with the newer models.