HDTV Tuner Box

The HDTV tuner box is the gateway to the world of high definition television. It allows millions of people with older televisions to improve their reception and gain access to extra channels. Choosing the right tuner can be a difficult decision, but understanding how they work and what features to look for makes the choice much simpler. Anyone who has connected a DVD player before should also be able to connect a tuner, and most households will be able to use their existing antenna.

High definition television (HDTV) provides superior video and audio quality compared with the old system that preceded it. The video has more detail and can be shown on large screens without looking blurry. Many countries are now in the process of changing over to digital HDTV and shutting down their old analog systems. Eventually, the entire world will watch television in digital high definition. Viewers who have not purchased a new television or installed a HDTV tuner box will not be able to watch their favorite television programs after the shutdown.

Practically all new televisions made today have a digital tuner built into them, but televisions more than a few years old will most likely need a HDTV tuner box. The boxes are similar in size and weight to a DVD player but are slightly more expensive on average. They are silent and use very little power, costing about thirty dollars a year to run. The front panel has few controls apart from the channel selector buttons since most people use a remote control to operate the tuner. The back panel will normally have a set of composite ports and possible one or more of the better connectors.

There are a few important features to look for when choosing a HDTV tuner box. It should be capable of receiving most formats of analog, digital, and satellite broadcasts. There should be a number of output options so that the video can be matched to television size. The box should also have output connectors that will work with the television. It should have a electronic program guide (EPG) that displays information about current and upcoming programs. Some expensive models even have two tuners and a hard drive that allow for instant replays while recording another show.

It takes only a few minutes to install a HDTV tuner box. The box needs to be placed near the television because it will act as a second tuner, and the user will have trouble changing the channel if it cannot see the remote control. The aerial cable is removed from the television and plugged into the box. Audio and video cables are plugged into the output ports on the box and plugged into ports on the television, just like a DVD player would be installed. The power cord from the box is then plugged into a power point and the tuner switched on.

The setup process can begin once the HDTV tuner box has been installed. The television should be changed to the audio-video (AV) channel so that the setup menu can be accessed. Usually, it is just a simple matter of choosing a language and starting the auto-search process. The tuner will search for the strongest HDTV signals and store them in its memory as channels. The setup procedure may need to be repeated if the power to the tuner is turned off. Besides the initial setup, there is no real difference to using a television with a tuner box.

For most household, there is no need to change their antenna to use a HDTV tuner box. The antenna should pick up the new signals just fine without any change in direction. The HDTV signal often has less strength than the old signal, so viewers in regions furthest away from the tower may need to install a different antenna. Many new antennas are marketed as if they were specially made for HDTV, but most regular television antennas are capable of receiving the digital signals.

This HDTV Tuner Box Review is Written/Updated on Jan 6th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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