After taking over the telecom industry, it is expected that the next areas of focus for Reliance Jio include television and broadband. The company is already known to be working in these directions. As part of its television ambitions, Reliance Jio is expected to soon launch its DTH set-top-box and IPTV services. The company is yet to officially comment on the services and their availability. However, according to reports, Reliance Jio appears to be working on a third service called JioHomeTV.
As reported by TelecomTalk, the JioHomeTV service will offer users 200 SD and HD channels with prices starting from Rs 400. The plan is listed on the official MyJio app. It is unclear if the JioHomeTV service will replace the anticipated DTH set-top-box service or if it will be a new service altogether.
BGR India has reached out to Reliance Jio for more clarity on this. Given that the report talks about channel subscription, one can expect it to be a new moniker for the DTH service the company is planning to introduce soon.
The rumored JioHomeTV could be the eMBMS or Enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service that Reliance Jio has been reportedly testing over the last couple of years. The eMBMS is a hybrid technology which fuses one-to-many broadcasting architecture used by TV channels and FM radios with the one-to-one architecture used by telecom service providers. This allows for scalability.
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Earlier, a JioBroadcast app was spotted on the Google Play Store. The app was said to offer HD quality streaming service on Jio LTE-Broadcast test devices. The report claims that Jio will be making the JioBroadcast service live for all users in the next few weeks. The JioHomeTV could thus be also a rebranding of the JioBroadcast service.
Users are not required to have an active internet connection to use such an eMBMS service as the provider places the content in broadcast mode, which can be viewed in HD quality. Last year, Reliance Jio had announced that it had performed “eMBMS broadcast stream across Pan-India,” indicating it is actively working on the eMBMS service. It remains to be seen if the company will continue providing content through its dedicated suite of apps or venture into a standalone service for HD quality channels via its subscription-based set-top box.