- What is Digital TV and what will it do for you?
- HDTV and SDTV
- Future services
- What is a Set-Top Box (STB)?
- Inside the box
- Why does my STB put black bars on my TV?
- What about Electronic Program Guides (EPGs)?
- Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
- Foxtel STB goes PVR
- Using your other existing equipment
- The bottom line
You can get an STB in three ways:
- As a standalone decoder unit that you plug into your existing analogue TV and other entertainment system components (VCR, sound system, etc).
- As a built-in part of a widescreen Digital TV set (at least that's one less remote control you have to deal with).
- As a built-in part of a PVR (with or without built-in hard drive).
You need to look carefully and compare pricing and features. Don't assume a device will have all the particular features that you want, and make sure it has all the connections you need (eg, composite, component video, HDMI, digital audio and even Ethernet, USB or FireWire).
Some digital TV reference links:
Australian Communications and Media Authority www.acma.gov.au
Australian Broadcasting Corporation www.abc.net.au/reception/digital
Digital Broadcasting Australia www.dba.org.au
Channel Ten ten.com.au/hd
Channel Seven www.sevendigital.tv
Channel Nine channelnine.ninemsn.com.au
Widescreen TV information www.widescreentv.com.au
Digital TV glossary
You can download a PDF glossary of digital TV terms and references here (Adobe reader required):