A box for the television?
August 12, 2008 10:44pm CST
I have heard all these different things about a box that they came out with for the tv now. Why do we need all these different things for a chatter box? ;) What exactly is it? Are we going to need this thing just to watch the local channels that we should get without it? As you can tell, I don't watch a lot of television lol
13 Aug 08
You're talking Set-Top-Box, which is a cable box. It is generally placed in customer's house and it works by receiving commands from the cable company. Such commands decode a particular channel and so the customer gets to watch only the channel that he subscribed to. It depends whether those local channels are actually pay-per view channels or free-to-air channels. Pay-per view channels are generally digitally encrypted while sending signals to the set-top-box and so, only the subscribers are able to decode those signals at their home with that box and watch those channels. On the other hand, free-to-air channels usually are not encrypted and they can be viewed by any one thus, with or without the box, with or without the subscription (there's no need to subscribe actually). Hope it helps. :)
13 Aug 08
You don't need that box ever to watch your local free-to-air channels. And if you don't have cable then why are they telling you to get one? It's confusing. Maybe they want you to subscribe to their cable services at first and then offer you the STB and the channels which you pay for. Right? Anyway, thanks for the best response!
13 Aug 08
Oops, a mistake, when I said that you don't need that Set-Top-Box to watch your free-to-air channels. You need the box when you are using a cable service but what I meant is you don't need to pay for free-to-air channels. Generally, there are packages of channels to get subscribed to and the choice is ultimately your's. Sorry for the mistake!