- Xiaomi has started rolling out the PatchWall 3.0 update for Mi TV users.
- PatchWall 3.0 brings content from Disney+ Hotstar.
- Xiaomi has also updated the UI with horizontal scrolling.
The world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic outside and people are advised to stay indoors to prevent it from spreading further. This makes it a good time for OTT platforms to do their bit as much as they can, coming up with new content and making services more accessible. Xiaomi, which also happens to sell smart TVs, is ready with a new update for its Mi TV series and this one is focused on bringing more content to the limelight.
Xiaomi's Mi TV models come with PatchWall UI on top of Android TV and Xiaomi has just released an update for it. Called the PatchWall 3.0, the new update brings a couple of changes in the UI as well as the content library. The update will be downloaded on the Mi TV models automatically and users will require a Wi-Fi connection or a LAN connection, if supported, to let the update install on its own.
Xiaomi says that the PatchWall 3.0 update will be released for the following Mi TV models in India, starting April 6, 2020: Mi TV 4A, Mi TV 4C Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro, Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4X, and Mi TV 4X Pro models. These include all the screen sizes. The update may take some time to reach most devices as the update could be rolling out in batches.
As part of the update, Xiaomi has updated the UI. The homescreen still looks the same and the dark mode, as well as light mode, still exist. However, the font has been updated to the Mi Lanting Pro that we saw with MIUI 11. Xiaomi has also made a major move to horizontal scrolling, which makes it easy for viewers to discover content. The animations have also been updated to put more focus on content.
With the advent of Disney+ to Hotstar, PatchWall 3.0 gets a dedicated Sports page that shows all the content from the platform. If you have a subscription to Hotstar VIP or Premium plans, you will be able to access content directly from this page. The page will update itself automatically based on what sports events are held and it will also serve highlights from previous matches.
With the addition of Docubay and Lattu Kids, Xiaomi's PatchWall 3.0 now has more than 20 content partners, which will provide a mix of high-quality content to the Mi TV users in India. Docubay will stream international documentaries across various topics, and Lattu Kids will provide over 1,500 hours of content suitable for children.