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Nowadays the need for live video streaming services are heightening more and more. Traditional cable televisions can’t seem to cut it anymore with their limitations in programming, and how they can’t be as flexible as Internet streaming: You would be eternally bounded to your TV. While with services such as Netflix, you can watch anywhere, anytime as long as you have your smart device on hand, and also a stable connection.
This advantage had made people turning away from cable and try to get their hands on any convenient streaming service they could. While Netflix and Amazon are expensive brands – their subscription packages can be beyond the pocket linings of many people – free services out there still exists. Though surely they can’t compete with the giants in term of the number of programmes and connectivity, you don’t have to sacrifice your bank account for a couple hours of much-needed entertainment.
One of the best name out there, the champion of free streaming service could possibly be JioTV.
Everyone knows who Jio is if you’re in India. This mobile network operator extended the reach of its portfolio also into the realm of TV streaming. Since the company is large and quite reliable, you can expect an average to good quality in its programmes, connectivity, and service. It would be concerning if the app was hosted by a company no one heard of before, but the fact that it was Jio behind this one can give you a sense of peace.
The app claimed to host more than 550 TV channels. Within are 100 and more HD channels that can be streamed directly from the cloud to the screen of your device at the touch of your finger. The app also supports live streaming, just in case you need to catch up down to the second major sport games and championships. Once you realise how the majority of the audience in free streaming services are in it mostly for the sport streaming – and more, if you’re also part of this group – you’d realise how important this feature is.
When it comes to sport, you would have all of the most popular options available to you and more. Those includes: Sony Six, Sony Ten 1, Neo Sports, Sony ESPN, DD Sports, NEO Prime. As you probably had already known, since they covered everything from tennis to cricket, you would never be bored as a sport lover.
However, if you don’t like sport, the app still has a few tricks up its sleeve that might entertain you. Including, of course, the long string of entertainment channels both international and regional in its network. These channels air everything from Bollywood dramas, to Hollywood blockbusters. Furthermore, the channels are not bounded by languages and you can find channels aired in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, Assamese, Odia, and even Urdu. While I can’t confirm with absoluteness the quality of these streamings are all equally good, I’m certainly ready to give the app developers points for including such a vast spectrum of language in their broadcast.
Miscellaneous genres such as Business, Music, Infotainment, Lifestyle, e.t.c. Are all available if you’re in need of some change from the usual movies.
In term of actual interaction with the app, JioTV is not lacking, either. And I can tell a design thoroughness built into the app that I absolutely adore. Unlike cable TV when you have to record your favourite programmes just in case you’re too busy to watch them – and even then, if you don’t have a recorder, you might miss them entirely. You have the option to record your shows and watch them whenever you can when you don’t have the time to catch their live streaming. In addition, up to a full week worth of contents can be caught up to when you don’t have the time to watch.
The contents can be viewed in either Standard Definition (SD) or High Definition (HD) depends on your connectivity. You would be able to improve your experience drastically, as well as saving your data if you’re short on your data plan or connection.
During live streaming, you can pause and rewind whenever you want, and to catch up to the live mark later on. And if you want to skip to another channel, the app supports gesture. With a simple swipe, the player can slide back and forth between channels easily.
JioTV is also a full-fledged TV manager. You can mark and create a list of your favourite channels and shows so as to keep tab on them constantly whenever there is an update. Particularly, a notification will be sent to you whenever there are new episodes or contents for you to catch up to. The rich content of the app can be browsed through the mini browser integrated into the app.
JioTV is extremely well-rounded for an independent TV streaming service. I’d say that this is among the best in India region, and if you’re looking for one on a budget, have this in mind.