Chinese download manager Xunlei (Thunder) teamed up with media service BesTV to release Red Thunder (not official translation), a custom set-top box for subscribers of Xunlei’s paid service Xunlei VIP. The product will be shipped on March 28.

For a price of 399 yuan (around $ 65), Xunlei users can get a package of services and products for the first year, including the new set-top box, 699 yuan worth of video contents, 299 yuan worth of NBA game live stream and 180 yuan Xunlei platinum membership. The company added that the annual fee for the second year is 199 yuan.

Powered by Android 4.2 system, Red Thunder features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Mali-400 3D GPU, 1G RAM and 8G ROM. The device is also equipped with HDMI output and supports three high-definition video formats of 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The gadget also embeds the cloud download accelerator developed by Xunlei.

Shanghai Media Group (SMG)-backed BesTV will stream more than 400K hours of copyrighted high-definition video contents via the new product, including live stream of NBA games.

Xunlei and BesTV announced shortly after the release of Red Thunder that they entered into partnership to explore Internet television territory. Under the deal, Xunlei will be responsible for marketing of its membership system and provide technological supports, while BesTV will offer copyrighted contents by leveraging its television platforms and content management experiences.

Emma Lee (Li Xin) was TechNode's e-commerce and new retail reporter until June 2022, when she moved to Sixth Tone to cover technology and consumption. Get in touch with her via or Twitter.

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