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What You Need to Know About TV Boxes with an In-Built DVR

TV boxes connect your television with the digital and audio signals that a satellite dish receives. Depending on the age and model of your television, you may have an inbuilt or external TV box. If you own OLED or QLED television, it is a good idea to find a TV box capable of decoding and displaying full resolution HDTV.

How do TV Boxes Work?

When watching free-to-air or Pay TV television, you are using your TV box to interpret encoded digital radio signals being received by your satellite dish. When your TV box receives the signal, it decompresses and decodes the audio and digital content before displaying it on your TV screen. Some key features of a TV box are:

  • ARM Processors: ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) architecture integrates into TV box coprocessors in order to transfer HDTV data. You can use a USB cable or USB storage device to facilitate this transfer. The ARM processor is essential for transcoding specific sets of high-resolution TV signal packets.
  • TV Output Port: The vast majority of TV boxes use HDMI, USB, or DisplayPort connections to transfer signal data to a TV. You can also connect laptop and desktop computers, via USB port, to the output ports in order to edit or upload new functions. Keep your TV box at full charge by connecting the power cord to a Type 1 port.
  • App Installation: After you have configured your TV box connection with your television, you are free to install additional applications on the set-top device. These applications, which can often load via USB or HDMI cable, can range from streaming applications to pay-TV games.

What Cables and External Devices Do I Need with My TV Box?

The capabilities and performance of your TV can often enhance by connecting additional devices to your TV box. These additions can improve refresh rate, image definition, channel connection, and program distortion. Here are three of the most common devices that can improve your TVs performance:

  • High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) Cable: These cables are the most common connection cable between your TV and TV box. Using a high-speed HDMI cable increases the buffering and refresh rate of your TV playback, resulting in smoother, more fluid video and audio content.
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR): After fitting with a DVR, you can set your TV box to record live programs for later viewing. If you have a dual tuner DVR, you can even watch and record at the same time.
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD): Using an external HDD will give you additional storage space after your TV box hard drive hits full capacity.