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Some countries are still in the digitalization process, meaning the TV will receive the signal via digital, not analog. Some TVs can automatically process this new type of signal, but others don’t.
If that’s the case with your TV, don’t worry. You don’t need to rush to throw away your old TV and get a new one. A device named a set-top-box (STB) or a digital terrestrial receiver is a cheap and practical way to get your TV to receive this new signal. Learn more!
What is the digitalization process?
The digital television transition is when older analog television broadcasting technology is converted to and replaced by digital television. It is also known as the digital switchover, analog switch/sign-off, digital migration, or analog shutdown.
Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is a powerful broadcasting technology that converts analog terrestrial television infrastructure to digital. This has many benefits, including extra frequencies on the radio spectrum, lower broadcasting costs, and improved viewing qualities for consumers. Individual nations conduct the process on different schedules.
The agreement took place in Geneva in June 15th, 2015, hosted by the International Telecommunication Union. Delegates signed it from European, African, and Asian countries on this date, which is viewed as an internationally mandated analog switch-off date.
STB – digital-to-analog converters
Analog-only TVs are incapable of receiving over-the-air broadcasts without adding an STB, a set-top converter box. This electronic device connects to an analog television and allows it to receive digital broadcasts. An STB is usually no longer necessary if televisions have integrated digital tuners.
Differences between Analog and Digital TV
The most significant difference between analog and digital TV is the type of signals they can process. Analog TVs are restricted to analog signals, while Digital TVs can process digital and analog signals. Check more differences between these two.
|ANALOGUE TV||DIGITAL TV|
|Low-quality definition||STBs offer good quality both in sound and image, most of the time HD|
|The number of channels provided varies from 10 to 70||Multi-service operators (MSOs) distribute digital TV signals offering a uniform number of channels.|
|The subscribers can access only pre-subscribed channels.||If the MSOs provide such a service, the subscribers can also add various television packages.|
|No extra services, such as on-demand or interactive TV.||The digital cable TV system can provide added value services, such as video on demand, and video and media players, working as an entertainment center.|
How is the Switchover to Digital Television process going?
The official deadline for the switchover from analog to digital TV in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia was reached on 17 June 2015. However, not every country achieved its goals at that date, not completing or even starting the process.
At that time, DTT switchovers were still ongoing in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Montenegro, Serbia, Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, according to ITU information.
eSTAR STB Devices
eSTAR T2 538 STB
eSTAR T2 538 Set-top box, with its sleek design, is a perfect choice for any household. This device will allow you to watch the latest programs and movies. You can also use the Set-top box as an entertainment center and watch movies on your TV directly from your hard drive.
Check other similar STBs: eSTAR T2 536 and eSTAR T2 535.
eSTAR T2 4000 HD USB
The innovative design of the eSTAR T2 4000 HD USB Set-top box makes this the most convenient device to have at home. Instead of looking for a place to put the device, you hang it behind the TV, hiding it from view. The best part is that you can use the control with no issues!
Are you looking forward to adding an STB device to your house or including it in your company’s product range? We are always looking for new partners, so let us know if you need more information about this or other eSTAR products. Send us an email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form.