Reliance Jio set-top-box demoed, to support existing cable networks

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Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani said his company has come up with a set-top-box that will come with support for the existing digital cable TV business of local cable operators.

This means that Jio Box will supply two services — the regular cable TV from the existing cable, and a new, high-end service via fiber — both using the same box.

This is expected to quell fears of large-scaled redundancy among existing cable operators and allow for a joint play of both services.

The company said plans on Jio GigaFiber will start from 100 Mbps and extend to 1 Gbps.

FEATURES OF JIO BOX

The company demonstrated several features on the upcoming Jio Box service.

The company said videoconferencing with Jio STB will be free.

The box will come with unlimited premium content and a console-like gaming service. It will support ‘almost all’ gaming controllers and also an app-based controller.

It will support social and multi-player gaming with low latencies.

It also showed a virtual reality-based shopping service and a similar education service.

The mixed reality headset that goes with Jio Box will be available for purchase “very soon” at an “extremely affordable price”, the company said.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg for Jio Fiber services,” the company said.

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