The free Jio Set Top Box is an Android-based streaming media player that Jio Set Top Box subscribers can connect to their TVs using an HDMI connection. The set–top box comes with a Bluetooth-based remote control, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, and a quick-start guide.
Jio Fiber has started migrating its existing Preview Offer subscribers to paid plans, months after announcing its tariff plans. As a part of the process, Jio Fiber is giving away a free set-top box to existing users of the broadband service. The rollout has kicked off in some circles and will be made available throughout the country in the coming weeks.
What is the Jio Fiber set-top box?
Jio Fiber promised a set-top box for its broadband service subscribers earlier this year while announcing its tariff plans. The free Jio Fiber set-top box is an Android-based streaming media player that subscribers can connect to their TVs using an HDMI connection. The set-top box comes with a Bluetooth-based remote control, HDMI cable, Ethernet cable, and a quick-start guide.
The set-top box can stream content from a small number of apps and services right now. It’s not a conventional DTH set-top box and can only be used to stream content from the Internet. You’ll need an active Internet connection to stream content, just like any other online streaming media player.
Jio Fiber’s set-top box is powered by a fairly old version of Android, Android 7.0, and comes with the December 2020 security patch.
Jio has made no official announcement about the rollout of its set-top box which is why there is a lot of confusion around the existence of the device and the service. There have been a couple of media reports on the Internet claiming that the device is available to many users and that it offers more than 150 live TV channels. However, this isn’t what is happening currently.
From what India Today Tech has learnt from its sources, the set-top box is available to most of the JioFiber users across Delhi NCR and it offers access to third-party OTT apps like Hotstar, Zee5 and likewise. The company is not offering any live TV channels with the set-top box connection, at least for now.
Jio set top box is free or chargeable?
Jio set-top box is different from the traditional set-top box. It does not offer you TV channels like Star or Zee. It also does not offers access to Jio TV apps which means subscribers will have to get a separate cable connection to access normal television channels like Zee, Sony and likewise. According to the sources, the set-top box is available across the country.
The set-top box comes free with your JioFiber connection. The connection includes the set-top box, landline connection, and the broadband connection.
What are the Jio set-top box plans
There is no separate page for the Jio set-top box plans yet. To understand the plans, go to this link. At the bottom, you will find a mention of the set-top box. No matter which plans you choose, the set-top box comes free with it.
Jio set-top box offers live TV
now, the company is giving access to only JioSaavn, JioCinema apps and access to some of the third-party apps such a Hotstar and Netflix. You will get access to only JioSaavn and JioCinema apps if you purchase the Bronze plan.
How to install Jio Fiber set-top box
Reliance Jio Fiber will send over a technician to handle the installation process. The person will ask you to open the MyJio app to claim a voucher for the set-top box. The entire process takes about 10 minutes. Once the setup has been completed, you’ll be able to hook up the Jio Fiber set-top box with your TV.
The set-top box will first install a few updates and reboot, even the remote control will receive a fresh software update the first time you use it.
Which apps are available on the Jio Fiber set-top box?
As of now, the Jio Fiber set-top box comes with Hotstar, YouTube, Voot, JioSaavn, JioTV Plus, SonyLIV, and JioCinema. There’s a custom app store, JioStore, that lets you download new apps on the set-top box. Apart from streaming services, you can also download and play select games on it.
As for subscriptions, you’ll get complimentary access to Hotstar VIP plan, SonyLIV, Voot, and others based on the tariff plan you pick.
Can you stream live TV channels on the Jio Fiber set-top box
As we mentioned earlier, the Jio Fiber set-top box isn’t a conventional DTH set-top box. However, the JioTV Plus app that comes pre-installed on the set-top box lets you access select live TV channels. These include a few entertainment, music, and news channels. Jio Fiber is expected to add support for more live channels soon.
Can you stream 4K content on the Jio Fiber set-top box?
As of now, there’s no way you can play 4K content on this set-top box. For starters, the maximum resolution the set-top box seems to support right now is full-HD. Secondly, there’s no app available on the platform that can stream 4K content.