Mumbai: Fastway Transmissions, a subsidiary of Jujhar Group and a cable network provider in India, has launched a hybrid and OTT set-top box based on Android TV with Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio support, the FW+ ultra 4K STB. Plans start at Rs 699.
Powered by Netplus Broadband, the internet arm of Fastway Transmissions, the set-top box will be preloaded with a bundled package offering access to ultra-high definition (UHD) content at an affordable price. Unlimited Internet access, premium OTT content and free voice calls will be included in the plans. The hybrid cable box can also be used to couple linear TV with HDR-quality playback services.
The Fastway STB provides users with access to Prime Video, YouTube and Google Play via direct links and a one-click remote. The STB is loaded with features including Dolby Vision, Dolby Audio, HDMI 2.1, dual band, Bluetooth, USB3.0, micro SDXC (expandable up to 1TB) and a built-in chromecast.
According to a report, the global set-top box market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over four percent in terms of volume from 2021 to 2028. Growing internet and broadband penetration, along with an increase in preference for high-quality channels and 4K HDR video-on-demand services is expected to drive the growth of this market.
Consumers today, according to the company, are looking for premium entertainment experiences. To meet this ever-changing demand and to ensure customer enjoyment, the set-top box is equipped with Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio.
Jujhar Group Chairman S. Gurdeep Singh said, “This is a very important step towards providing comprehensive services to our existing and potential user base. With the launch of this exciting new product featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio technology, we want to target a substantial share of users in Tier 1 and Tier 2 regions of the country. Subscribers will be able to enjoy the ultra-smart hub with an easy-to-use interface through play store services. Additionally, users can also customize their smart boxes using apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store.
“As Android TV grows in popularity, the number of monthly active users increases significantly, indicating an increase in the popularity and trust of the company. We look forward to using our extensive broadband network experience and wired to deliver premium OTT viewing.
Dolby Laboratories, India, Middle East and Africa Senior Director of Commercial Partnerships Karan Grover said, “We are delighted to partner with Fastway Transmissions to deliver a premium entertainment experience to consumers across streaming networks and of cable. At Dolby, it’s our constant quest to raise the audio-visual entertainment quotient for our audience and ensure they are completely immersed in a realistic experience. Fastway subscribers will be able to experience their favorite entertainment like never before in Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio with the new Fastways box.”