HDTV Set-top Box

An HDTV set-top box (HD STB) is a device that receives a video signal and then converts it so that it will display onto a television. The signal is usually transmitted by a content provider such as a local cable television service provider. The HDTV set-top box interfaces with such media as satellite signals, stereo components and cable television broadcasts. An HD STB will also interface with internet access connections and may also be used to interface a digital broadcast, television or computer.

There are basically two kinds of HD set-top boxes. They are categorized as being basic or advanced. A basic HD set-top box does not contain a hard disk or storage. It can communicate between devices in only one direction. An advanced HD set-top box will do more than basic decoding and conversion. It includes digital recordings, video on demand TV, interactive television and video games. The advanced category is becoming more and more popular since you can do more with this type of HD set-top box.

An high definition set-top box can control the media signal conversion when it is transmitted from the content provider. A user can record the program they want, such as a favorite television program and then play it back when they want to view it. The user can also lock channels from being accessed without their permission. Electronic program data can be viewed on the display device and the user also has the ability to set their own personal preferences so they can control how the content is presented to them. Common HD set-top boxes are used by cable companies or as internet boxes by more and more individuals who have home theater and entertainment equipment.

An HDTV set-top box is required for use on the next generation of two-way multimedia telecommunication services. The HD television technology that is coming out now has a television reception that is of higher quality than in the past. Satellite TV is capable of interactive television displays and uses an HD set-top box. This feature allows customers to order merchandise as it is being advertised and viewed by the consumer. People who love game shows can enter into live contests via interactive TV which is displaying the game via HD set-top box conversion.

A UI or on-screen user interface is used on the television screen so that the user can view the menu of their favorite channels, timed recordings, locks, etc. and as well as pay-per-view or on demand TV. The user will be able to have access to the movies they want to see and watch them on demand. Bill paying can be done as well as shopping online, making reservations for dinner or hotels or interacting with other people by playing games or talking in forums online. The interactive function is controlled by the HD-set-top box that is set on top of the television.

Some HD set-top boxes can reside inside of the housing on a TV set like some cable boxes do now. A remote control device is utilized as a user interface and interaction with the interactive television system. Most new home entertainment theater equipment has an HD set-top box as an integral part of the entire system now.

Since having a home network is becoming something that most people want to have in their homes now, the technology has been increasing at a rapid pace to make it more feasible. Outside services like the interactive services, demand TV, cable video, satellite networks and telephone services can all benefit from utilizing a HD set-top box in the home. A power supply, remote controller is included with the set-top box.

This HDTV Set-top Box Review is Written/Updated on Jun 19th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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