Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi announced today a new product dubbed Xiaomi Box to offer up free streaming of copyrighted TV series and movies (over 100,000 titles) to its customer. The contents are provided by Chinese video services including Sohu Video, Tencent Video, PPS, Xunlei, Funshion and so forth.

The set-top box by Xiaomi came with a price tag at RMB 399 (about 64 US dollars or RMB 299 for incumbent Xiaomi phone users) and was built on Google’s Android system.

In addition to free video streaming, it can also play media files (supporting RM/RMVB, MKV, TS, FLV, AVI, VOB, MOV, WMV, MP4 and so on) from your desktop, Xiaomi phone, iPhone or iPad on TV screen via home Wi-Fi network. The technology Xiaomi used behind this feature is Milian, or MiConnect, an equivalent to Airplay, DLNA or Miracast.

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