India’s largest telecom operator Reliance Jio will commercially launch the Jio Fiber service on September 5 across major towns and cities in India. Ahead of the launch, Reliance Jio has already started providing the Android set-top boxes to its subscribers. TV services are offered via the coaxial input port that is present at the back of the device. It is known that users on Hathway, GTPL and DEN networks will get these set-top boxes installed, which means all users on these three operators will be ported to Jio Fiber.
Jio Android Set-top Box: Details, Features, Benefits
First reported on DreamDTH forum, the Jio Android set-top box comes with multiple connectivity ports that include power input, USB, modem port, HDMI port, and finally a port for connecting your coaxial cable. Hence, the device can offer TV service via cable TV and OTT apps like Jio TV app.
As there is an option to get TV services from the coaxial cable, any data that comes bundled with the plan will not get deducted from the account. Only for the content played on OTT apps, the allocated data gets deducted based on the usage.
The Android set-top box offered by Jio Fiber appears to be sleek, compact and comes in navy blue color. The device has no display at the front and what we could see is a small LED light that helps identify the status of the box.
In addition to watching TV, the set-top box also serves as a connecting point for Jio Fiber fixed landline device as well, which can be used for free voice calling. Jio during the AGM 2019, said that all the voice calls made via the Jio fixed line service will be free of cost. The company also said that it will soon roll-out an international calling plan for Rs 500, wherein users can make unlimited calling to the US and Canada.
The Jio Android set-top box comes bundled with a plethora of OTT apps like Jio TV, Jio Cinema, Alt Balaji, Voot, etc., which offer unlimited entertainment to users. On top, the Jio Fiber plans will come bundled with OTT subscriptions.
Jio Fiber Android Set-top Box Price, Availability
Under the new Jio Fiber Welcome offer, users subscribing to the Jio Forever plan (12 months) will get HD or 4K LED TV and a 4K set-top box free of cost. HD or 4K LED TV depends on the plan you subscribe. We expect low priced annual plan subscribers will get an HD LED TV and high-priced annual plan subscribers will get a 4K LED TV.
Jio is already installing the Android set-top box in all the areas where it served during the beta testing. You may contact the Jio customer care to get the new set-top box installed at your home.
At the time of writing this article, we do not know the specifications and Android TV version of the set-top box. We will keep you updated when we know them.