Reliance JioFiber connections ship with a free 4K supported Set-Top Box and it comes with a slew of features which makes it a differentiator compared to the other Set-Top Boxes from DTH operators. The Jio Set-Top Box has 4K support and it brings both Cable TV and OTT services into one place. Essentially, it's identical to the Airtel Xstream Box that also has 4K support and available for purchase at Rs 3,999. However, Jio' Set-Top Box ships for free with all the broadband plans on a returnable basis. At the launch event of JioFiber, the company said the Jio Set-Top Box comes pre-installed with a lot of apps like JioCinema, JioSaavn and OTT apps. Besides this, the Jio 4K Set-Top Box offers a lot more features which makes it stand out from the crowd. Read on to know more in detail about the features offered by Jio 4K Set-Top Box.
Jio 4K Set-Top Box Brings Cable TV and OTT Content Together
Similar to Airtel Xstream Box which brings Satellite TV and OTT apps together, Jio's 4K Set-Top Box brings Cable TV and OTT content together. That said, the Jio STB also said to come with TV Plus app pre-installed allowing users to watch Live TV channels on the web through JioFiber broadband connection. As you might be aware of by now, Jio is inviting all the Local Cable Operators across various regions to join hands with it, so that customers can use Cable TV service through Jio STB. Right now, Hathway, Den Networks and a few more LCOs teamed up with Jio for providing Cable TV service through the 4K Set-Top Box from Jio.
We're also hearing consumers stating about the absence of Cable TV service in their location even after taking a JioFiber connection which is troublesome. Hopefully, Jio works on a solution on how it can provide Cable TV service bundled with JioFiber plan itself.
TV Plus, JioCinema, JioSaavn and More Apps Pre-Installed Inside Jio STB
Being a Smart Set-Top Box, Reliance Jio has managed to pre-install its apps like TV Plus (not sure what the service exactly is), JioSaavn, JioCinema and other OTT apps. JioSaavn and JioCinema offer audio songs and access to latest trailers, movies and more. It's also expected that Jio will announce its content partnerships with provides like Hotstar, ZEE5, SunNXT, among others. These apps will be pre-installed inside the Jio Set-Top Box so they can just log in and watch the content for free. All the Jio broadband plans ship with three months of free JioSaavn and JioCinema subscriptions.
Jio 4K Set-Top Box Remote Has Voice Control Support
Moving onto Reliance Jio Set-Top Box's remote controls, it's also a smart one with voice control support. Yes, the remote does not look like the Mi TV or upcoming OnePlus TV remote, instead, it's a traditional remote with voice assistant support. Also, there's a huge Live TV button which may allow users to quickly launch the Cable TV service or the Live TV app to watch the content. That said, the remote doesn't have any dedicated button to activate apps like JioCinema or JioSaavn.
Jio STB Also Has Pause and Rewind Features
Lastly, the Jio Set-Top Box also comes with a unique service which allows users to Pause, Rewind & Play the TV shows they're watching currently. Maybe this feature will work only inside the TV Plus app as it streams the content from the web.