Claro TV+ is an interesting streaming service, but it has a serious flaw: the app was only available for smartphones, tablets and a few smart TVs. The operator took a new step and finally launched its version for Android TV. With this, the IPTV platform reaches more devices, including TV Box sets.
The Claro TV+ app for Android TV is now available for download on the Play Store. A device with Android TV 8.0 or higher is required, which should suit most TV Box or smart TVs running Google OS.
Until then, to watch Claro streaming on a TV, it was necessary to have an LG smart TV with webOS system from 2018 or via Chromecast, pairing with the cell phone. Another alternative was to hire Claro TV+ Box, an IPTV service that includes a decoder on loan.
It is worth remembering that Claro already had an Android app available, but only in the mobile and tablet version. It was not possible to use it on devices with Android TV, as the app was not available for download on Google Play.
The Claro TV+ app
I briefly tested Claro TV+ on two Android TV devices, a Sony smart TV and a Mi Box. It is necessary to login with your Claro account (using CPF/email and password).
The app allows you to watch live channels and content on demand. I was surprised by the channel playback, which turned out to be very fluid. The interface is quite different from Claro's conventional pay-TV, but it doesn't have complex usability like some IPTV applications.
There isn't a complete schedule of programming like in cable TV, but it's possible to navigate between channels and check what's on even during a broadcast — an extremely positive point compared to the DirecTV Go, whose zapping experience is poor.
Another positive point is that Claro TV+ allows you to change channels using the CH+/CH- keys, or even typing numbers as in conventional cable TV. However, this is only possible on devices that have full remote control — this is the case with my Sony TV, but not the Mi Box.
Who can access Claro TV+
Claro sells the subscription to the pure streaming of Claro TV+ for the price of R$ 59.90 per month. The package includes access to more than 100 linear channels and an extensive collection of on-demand content with movies, series and TV shows.
In addition, the Claro TV+ app can also be used by subscribers of some Claro products such as cable or satellite TV, Claro TV+ Box and cell phone plans. The channel grid and on-demand content catalog varies depending on the user's plan.
In either case, Claro imposes a limit of five devices registered in the Claro TV+ app, with simultaneous access on up to two screens — logged in cell phones and tablets also enter this account.
The big disadvantage of Claro TV+ is related to the low offer of the app for connected TVs and TV Box. It still lacks support for smart TVs from Samsung, Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV, for example.
Claro TV+ and its competitors
Claro is not alone in the internet subscription TV market:
The Vivo Play App has two packages, with prices of R$29.90 and R$49.90 per month, which include 30 and 70 TV channels, respectively. The service works with up to three simultaneous transmissions. However, the contract is only available to Vivo's mobile telephony customers with a post-paid or control plan;
DirecTV Go costs BRL 79.90 per month in the monthly contract or BRL 799.00 per year. The plan includes 70 live channels and simultaneous streaming to up to two devices.
Oi Play TV costs R$99.90 per month, or R$69.90 per month for Oi Fibra broadband customers. The package includes 39 live channels.
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