Australia, like any other nation, is shifting from analogue signals to digital. Did you know that more than 90 percent of Australians have already embraced digital television? According to Australian communication minister, “Many lounge rooms have upgraded to new widescreen screens with built-in digital TV tuners, offering access to the traditional channels along with a range of new digital-only channels. But if you’re not ready to put your old television on the nature strip, it’s easy to upgrade an old television to digital with a cheap set-top box.” This means that you can enjoy Freeview channels in your old, analogue television through a set top box. For that, you need to consult service providers specializing in digital set top box setup.
Why switch to set top box?
Although analogue signals served us well for many years, it still had its flaws. TV screens were greeted with fuzzy, pixelated pictures and frequent disturbances that marred the joy of experiencing TV shows. With the advent of digital technology, programmers can now serve better by delivering more channels with high audio/video quality among other developments.
Australia plans to wind up analogueue signals by the end of 2013, the tentative date being December 3. So, if you have an analogue television, you won’t be able to watch your favourite shows unless you have a set top box installed. STBs are meant to convert analogue signals to digital. That means you will receive the same signals as that of a digital TV. Of course, the picture quality won’t be as great as a digital television! What’s more, you can enjoy Freeview channels, which won’t be possible without installing an STB.
What kind of STU (set top box unit) should I opt for?
There are two kinds of set top boxes – standard or normal and HD STBs. The latter are more expensive than the normal ones, but offer a great value for money. If you have a digital TV, its best to opt for an HD STU in order to experience high-definition picture quality. If you are happy with your analogue television, then a normal set top box will do the job for you.
Why do I need the help of set top box installation experts?
Reputed service providers offering set top box setup services, can help you in zillion ways – from choosing a set top box, installing such by connecting it to your televison to fixing your digital antenna and cabling issues.
Things You Should Know
You can record digital channels with the digital STU running through a VCR, but that’s quite time consuming. What you can do is upgrade to a digital video recorder with an in-built hard drive, commonly known as PVR or personal video recorder. You can pause live digital television or record your favourite shows without any hassle.
However, PVRs are a bit complicated. For instance, personal video recorders, such as TiVo and Telstra’s T-Box, require constant internet connection to download to the program guide.
But there’s a solution. Many set-top boxes and digital TVs are able to record digital broadcasts to an external USB hard drive.
Choose a set top box with care. Note that some STBs feature an aerial output but doesn’t have an RF modulator. So, if your analogue television only features an aerial socket, an STU without an RF modulator will be of no use. Lastly, always consult set top box installation experts to avoid any sort of hassle.
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