- GTPL Hathway likely to announce the hybrid Set-Top Box in the next few weeks
- The Cable TV and broadband company is looking to increase its user base now
GTPL Hathway is gearing up for the launch of hybrid Set-Top Box that runs Android TV with popular OTT apps installed. Similar to Jio Set-Top Box and Airtel Xstream Box, the upcoming hybrid Set-Top Box from GTPL Hathway will bring Satellite TV and OTT apps together, removing the hassle of switching between two different boxes. Right now, we don’t have the exact launch date of GTPL Hathway’s hybrid Set-Top Box, but the company has posted some images of the box revealing the design. Also, the company is expected to soon start providing both broadband and Cable TV services along with its hybrid Set-Top Box to the users under one bill. JioFiber is providing Triple Play services to the customers, but the users will have to choose separate Cable TV subscription to view TV channels. The hybrid Set-Top Box from GTPL Hathway will come bundled with Netflix, YouTube, ZEE5, SonyLIV and other apps, suggests the buttons of the remote.
GTPL Hathway Hybrid Set-Top Box: What We So Far?
The GTPL Hathway hybrid Set-Top Box looks identical to the ACT Stream TV 4K Box that was launched by ACT Fibernet a few days ago. It fits in your palm and all the ports are placed on the rear side. As you can see in the image, there’s a Cable TV port, AV port, HDMI port for connecting the box with the TV, Ethernet port for directly accessing the internet through the box and the power supply port. It seems like the box will not offer any USB-A port for connecting storage devices like pen drives and hard disks.
Also, there’s a full view of the remote as well. Similar to other Android TV Set-Top Box remotes, the remote of GTPL Hathway hybrid Set-Top Box will also have quick shortcuts to jump into apps like Netflix, YouTube, ZEE5, SonyLIV and the best part is users can map the apps they like in two slots. There’s a Google Assistant button as well which allows users to perform voice searches quickly and a Live TV button is also present. That being said, the remote is not the smart remote and it’s more like the traditional remotes with a lot of buttons.
GTPL Hathway Hybrid Set-Top Box: Pricing and Availability
According to the information we have right now, GTPL Hathway will likely price its hybrid Set-Top Box at Rs 3,499. Hathway also has an Android TV stick priced at Rs 2,999 and it’s bundling the device with some long-term broadband plans. It could be the same in the case of GTPL Hathway. Very soon, the company might start providing Cable TV and broadband services together, and with those plans, it might provide the hybrid Set-Top Box for free.
In contrast, the HD Set-Top Box of GTPL Hathway is priced at Rs 999 and it will not ship with any Cable TV plan. GTPL will likely announce the product officially in the coming days and it’s currently testing it with select users in some regions.
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