Reliance JIO to offer 4G LIVE TV Service, Set Top Box Developed on Google’s Android Platform

Reliance Jio Infocomm, which has pan-India license and Spectrum for 4G wireless broadband services, will launch LIVE TV services over its 4th Generation LTE network with Android run set top box (STB).

Reliance Jio Set top box

Earlier We shared India’s first Reliance Jio 4G Hands on Review on all its up-coming services over 4G, Now we bring you some more exclusive details on its 4G – LIVE TV services.

Reliance will offer a Android OS based set-top-box (STB) which will facilitate both broadband and television services.The STB is very compact, easy to use and has attractive design. It can be used with multiple dives, such as simultaneously on a tablet and TV and voice control, and a handful of pre-installed games are also included.

To offer seamless LIVE TV services Reliance Jio will provide outdoor customer premise equipment (CPE) that will connect to its mobile tower and there will be wire which will run into house of customers from this CPE that can be connected to various devices and create a local wi-fi network for people to access LIVE TV through STB and also broadband.

The Reliance Jio STB which has been developed on Google’s Android platform. Besides CPE, Reliance Jio has also plans to connect to those homes which won’t get strong signals with optical fibre network (FTTH).

Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) 4G LIVE TV services will come with 160 channels including 16 HD channels that it will provide across all devices ranging from mobile phone to TV sets using its high speed 4G network many more channels will be added at the time of commercial launch of services.

With this LIVE TV service users can also “catch-up” TV programs with 7 days of stored content for each channel complements the viewing experience and eliminates the need to remember to record users favorite show. It has several unique features like there is no need for recording TV shows. The service store seven days of programming on Reliance Jio server, and a user can access it anytime (within seven days)

Reliance Jio 4G service customers can watch half the show or movie on his or her TV pause it and watch the rest either on a tablet or a mobile phone, using the same log-in.

JIO 4G TV

The 4G network based ‘Jio Play LIVE TV’ can serve as third alternative available in India apart from Cable TV, DTH and IPTV services, but everything depends on tariff yes on tariff! what Reliance Jio will offer to end customers.

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  • midhun June 16, 2014 7:06 pm

    Reliance have weak coverage across kerala wh at is the posibility of 4g in kerala that will give aweak coverage i sure and avail of voucher please explain ithink other network more better than reliance(idea,vodafone,airtel ,docomo ,cellone it have 3g strength in kera)

  • sai January 22, 2014 6:57 am

    When reliance is gonna launch it
    Will it provide proper support to customers
    I don’t think so

    Already there is a lot of problems with reliance broadband
    Connectivity and speed issues
    In a month 10 to 15 days
    Net is dead
    Due to some reliance freaking outage

  • vaidyanathan iyer January 13, 2014 1:05 pm

    the product of RELIANCE JIO is quiet revolutionary, what is the pricing structure, does this can replace CABLE OPERATOR

  • Esmail January 11, 2014 1:35 am

    The best option for Jio would be to buy out Reliance Digital TV from Reliance ADAG group since Anil ambani was anyway looking to sell it off to Sun Direct to raise money to reduce debt, Reliance digital is the DTH with the lowest subscriber base in the market and hence Jio could get a cheap deal. The logic behind this deal would be that only 20% viewers would watch catch up TV while 80% of TV viewers watch live TV which on Jio’s LTE network would eat up a lot of bandwidth and slow down broadband use, while as if they Use satellite TV for live TV broadcast it would save on the bandwidth, and as for the catch up tv part where subscribers can watch pre recorded TV shows, the current HD STB and HD DVR boxes have an ethernet port which is not active, Jio can push a software update over the sattelite and activate the port and then connect the LTE CPE to the STB through ethernet wire so it can facilitate the viewing of content on demand. I wonder if Jio’s technical team must have given some thought on this possibility?

  • Esmail January 7, 2014 1:47 pm

    @Bafnaji can you please clarify if the set top box will run on the WiFi network created by connecting the CPE to a Wi-Fi router or does the set top box have the ability to run directly on the TD-LTE 2300MHh band? Because if it can directly run on LTE then the use will not be limited to the subscribers house where the WiFi network is present and can act as a portable set top box usable while traveling even.

    • Shiv January 7, 2014 6:31 pm

      Hi Esmail, As far as I know, its just like a WD Media player kinda instrument, which can only connect it to TV. But then, I saw things live….too like Bafna ji…and was thrilled to see the offerings….simply too good.

      • Esmail January 7, 2014 9:17 pm

        Ya what I meant to ask is that if the set top box connects directly to the LTE tower then it would be possible to connect it to a TV in any city where jio network is present, and if it connects to the WiFi network created in the house by connecting the CPE through Ethernet to the WiFi router then it will be restricted to use only in the house. Also I wanted to know if two set top boxes in the same house connected to separate TV sets will be charged individually or will it be a fixed charge irrespective of the number of set top boxes and smartphone and tab apps being used to stream TV in one house?

    • Tharun George January 7, 2014 9:13 pm

      I think it is a all in one device. It has build in modem and wifi and act as a set top box too.

      • Shiv January 9, 2014 2:23 pm

        if that happens, it would be terrific. rather than having multiple devices….one is always better.

  • Tharun George January 7, 2014 8:16 am

    If Reliance Jio is using android setop box, then their is a high chance that Google Service like Youtube may come to our TV. Few months ago I had read news some where that Google trying to bring youtube to Indian TV by DTH.

    • Esmail January 7, 2014 12:41 pm

      Yes I had read that too, only that time it was in reference to DTH set top boxes receiving signals from satellites, that would prove to be a technical challenge, but in this set up it will be a piece of cake.

    • Aam Admi January 8, 2014 9:56 am

      That means Jio will get a share of ad revenue from google.

      • Tharun George January 8, 2014 1:18 pm

        +1

  • Rama January 7, 2014 7:41 am

    @yash
    Google is a privacy threat.I mean if say a person X uses google maps google knows where he or she probably has been;if the same person X uses gmail google knows whom and about what the person talks to someone else;if X uses google search google knows what X is looking for;lastly if X has an android phone X would be compelled to use google services;now these are all the official ways of tracking data and there are several unofficial ways which I dont want to go in right now.infact the very comment which I am writing is being tracked by google since tt itself uses googles ad sense policy.You can probably search something like google is a privacy threat telecom talk and you MAY be given the link to my comment in the google search result.The set up box is only going to help google know the mother tounge of a user so next time when you open youtube or search for something you may probably see videos and ads based on you mothrt tounge or by tracking down your mother tounge they may be able to know which region you belong to and give ads specific to that region but they are already using google maps for that purpose.

  • Dump Head January 6, 2014 9:11 pm

    The predicted cost for 4G data.
    1GB-?300-?400
    2GB-?550-?600
    10GB-greater than 5000?

    maximum validity is of every pack is 30days/1month.

  • Suvham January 6, 2014 9:00 pm

    Another technology through which Google can spy on us users.

    • Rama January 7, 2014 12:32 am

      @shuvam
      +1 bro now probably google would ask us to register into our google account while using the set up box and then keep track of what we are watching and on the basis of data collected google would slowly come to know our mother tounge since most users watch channels on the basis of language which they speak.I think within a few years google would know more about a person than a person knows about himself.

      • Yash January 7, 2014 1:14 am

        hey there @Rama, wanna start another session ? @:@

      • Suvham January 7, 2014 2:11 am

        @Rama, True words. Google’s policy is corrupt. Just to comment/rate an application on Google Play Store, an individual must have Google Play Services application (which runs in the background and transfers an user’s personal information installed on the phone whenever Internet is on and background data not restricted, thus draining the battery pretty quickly) installed. Even for commenting on YouTube, you need a Google+ account. I don’t use much data but whenever Internet is on, applications, mostly Google bloatwares completely suck my data. Due to this very reason, I have disabled all the Google bloatwares, background data and auto sync. That’s why I will move to good old Symbian OS and wait for a better alternative to an open source smartphone OS. Since this STB is based on Android platform, I wouldn’t be surprised if it will have a hidden camera and microphone to keep a track record of users. Google have been found guilty in court for spying countless times.. Reliance shouldn’t have used an Android based STB.

  • Esmail January 6, 2014 8:58 pm

    Show us the tariffs Mr. Ambani, only if the combined tariff of broadband plus TV is lower than what I’m currently paying for my cable internet plus DTH service will I switch to your network.

  • Kingston January 6, 2014 8:46 pm

    If Reliance give Digital TV over their broadband network, it will eat 1GB data per hour. So if a person watching TV 4 hours/day, he needs to pay 60GB data cost + TV channels monthly charge. If reliance provide 1GB @Rs.10 then Monthly data charge 60*10=600+Tv channel monthly charge rs.250=Total Rs.850 . Who will pay Rs.800 for just Watching TV channels?

    • Tharun George January 6, 2014 9:50 pm

      You calculated it wrong. All we need is a reliable connection to Reliance Jio Office just like cable TV. It doesn’t has to use internet or to connect to international servers. All it use a bandwidth from your home to Reliance Jio data center. So no data charges.

      BSNL and Reliance had this IPTV concept. But didn’t become a success.

      • Esmail January 6, 2014 10:56 pm

        With iPTV the connectivity was still reliable since the incoming connection was over wired network, what remains to be seen here is how many CPE’s will be connected to each tower of Jio LTE and what is the contention ratio, if it is high then the quality of service per end user will suffer. Also you pointed out correctly that there are no additional data charges for the streaming of the TV irrespective of how much data is consumed, but this will still eat away at the total bandwidth your house is receiving through the CPE, which means if you are downloading a movie on your PC while simultaneously watching TV, the speed at which the movie will be downloaded will be slower than it would be if you were not watching TV side by side.

        • Tharun George January 7, 2014 8:13 am

          You are right I also have doubt about the bandwidth. There is 100mbps speed but in metros there will be 100 of users for single tower. Also HD TV service may require 10Mbps or more speed. TV service will get priority over broadband and broadband users will suffer.

          Like DTH having rain outage. Reliance Jio TV may have bandwidth outage.

          • Ricky February 27, 2014 1:34 pm

            Bandwidth is not an issue…

            Because tv broadcast is based on multicast protocol…that means if 1 channel requires 5 Mbps bandwidth then 250 channel will require 5×250=1250Mbps i.e 1.2GbpS and 4G network and backbone fibres are capable of that….

            And increase in user viewing the tv broadcast doesn’t increase the bandwidth requirements wether its 0 user max usersupported by bts because video stream is kind of multicast nature.

            Yes but increase in channel will increase in bandwidth demand

            Its just like that increase in DTH subscriber do not increase the load on transponder on satellite but increase in channel do need extra transponder. Again multicast nature…

            Multicast bandwidth depends on source content…

            And unicast depend on number of viewers.

            Vod and YouTube video streaming are unicast nature

        • Tharun George January 7, 2014 10:13 am

          It is better for Reliance Jio to use optical fibre cable for TV and Broadband service like Google Fibre in US.

          • Arun Chandran January 7, 2014 9:05 pm

            @Tharun
            I decided to buy a new phone below Rs.15000. But i am very confused. Atlast i choose two phones to my wishlist 1. Nokia lumia 525 2.Motorola Moto G. Which one will be better. Which one will you opt for. Which os is better windows phone or android?. I am currently using android phone. Experts plz reply…

            • Tharun George January 8, 2014 7:40 am

              Deciding whether you want Windows or Android is up to you. If you are bored with android then go for Windows.

              Lumia 525 was launched yesterday in India for Rs 10399. I don’t think it is the right time to buy a Motorola.

            • sugu January 8, 2014 8:46 pm

              @Arun I think you should go for the moto G since it has wayyy better features than the lumia + assured updates since Motorola is a Google owned company. I am planning to buy this once it releases here!

              • Rama January 9, 2014 1:00 am

                @sugu
                But the moto g is gonna suffer in the after sales service and support department.I think updates should not be a problem with nokia lumia 525 as well.Currently if we assume that the moto g is available for 200$ in the U.S it converts into 12000rs plus taxes would make the device’s cost shoot above 13.5k and lets not forget that how the nexus 4 available for 250$ and lesser in the U.S is available for 24k over here whereas its actual price should be below 20k even after including taxes and all kinds of extra charges.The nokia lumia 525 on the other hand is available for around 10,400RS.

  • shuvi January 6, 2014 8:30 pm

    complete digital home…
    DTH will soon sound outdated…

  • Arshad January 6, 2014 8:28 pm

    cool its like google tv. and reliance will be the first operator in india to launch this new service. well i know definately my excitement will come down when i hear the tarrif.

    • Srikapardhi January 6, 2014 8:38 pm

      +1

    • Tharun George January 6, 2014 9:47 pm

      Relaince is tying to do what Google Fibre did in the US. Faster broadband with HD TV.

      • Thiru January 20, 2014 1:16 pm

        is the Google fibr in india? fi not , Will Google fibr service be installed in india ?

  • Chandra Sekhar Mandal January 6, 2014 5:31 pm

    Looks like RIL is coming with 4G in India with a bang. They know very well to use the 4G speed.
    Really looking forward to Jio 4G.

  • ADITYA MOHAN DAS January 6, 2014 4:52 pm

    WHY ONE WILL LEAVE CURRENT HD SET BOX OF AIRTEL. TATA SKY AND OTHER COMPANIES AND PURCHAAE THIS IN ADDITION DATA CHARGES WILL ALSO APPLY RELIANCE JIO 4G CAN BE SUCESSFUL ONLY ON SMARTPHONES AND AS A WIFI MIFI IDF DATA IS CHEAP NOT OTHERWISE

  • Pratik January 6, 2014 4:12 pm

    Too much +ve feedback.

    ……………………..

    It will be the biggest disappointment of 2014

  • Keshav Jha January 6, 2014 3:11 pm

    Sounds very good. All the best to Reliance…. Jio….

  • Tharun George January 6, 2014 1:56 pm

    DTH made Cable TV outdated. Now Relaince Jio will make DTH outdated.

    Reliance Jio will transform our home to complete digital home.

    • Ganesh Srinivasan January 6, 2014 3:11 pm

      + 1

      You can also carry the connection and STB whichever city you go to

      I read elsewhere that they would offer 100 GB as part of their cloud storage

      In short they would lock you / me / anyone with them fully

    • atanu January 6, 2014 5:42 pm

      +1

    • Aam Admi January 6, 2014 6:23 pm

      Well, they should offer this TV services without extra data charges.

    • Raghu January 6, 2014 6:40 pm

      Yes u are right. hope service will be good and affordable.

    • renjucool January 6, 2014 7:34 pm

      This will be an add on to the TV, not the replacement of existing DTH, as for television transmission, IP based telecast are so costly and the existing KU band transmissions used for DTH are much efficient and reliable than IP based.
      This will be an on-demand video source like Apple Tv /Netflix etc. It will not be a replacement of existing TV transmissions.