What is a STB?

STB stands for Set-up Box is a device that turns the input signals to the one that can be displayed on a TV screen or other devices. STB also called Set-up Unit (STU) are common tools to watch IPTV, cable TV and satellite TV.

What are the advantages of using STB?

In the following, some of the most important advantages of STBs are explained.

Interactive program guides: 
This feature provides the updated scheduling information of current and upcoming programs. Some guides also provide the backward scrolling to promote their catch-up content.

Channel Bookmark: 
Similar to the bookmark feature on the web-browser, users can highlight their favorite channel list which facilitates their access to the channels.

Timer: 
By this feature, users can easily switch a channel at a predefined time, thus they can record contents of more than one channel even when they are not at home.

Parental lock: 
By this feature, it will be possible to restrict the access to specific channels or even block all the channels.

Recording: 
If users tend to record a specific program at a particular time, they can select their favorite program on the interactive program guide at a specific time. Through the Scart link, a signal will send to a compatible DVR or VCR to start recording.

Firmware update features: 
Almost all modern STBs gain from automatic firmware update processes. The feature is typically supplied by the service provider.

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