Over the past few years, digital television has become widely popular all over the world, and today many consumers prefer HDTV and web TV channels to traditional analogue television.
In fact, digital TV has so many obvious advantages that without a doubt it will easily replace analogue TV in a couple of years or so. This is the first reason for you to change your old TV system to a brand new HDTV display and a digital television box.
With the most recent advances of Internet technologies, more and more people choose web TV and satellite TV for computers over anything else. But as long as it is still much more convenient to watch video on displays and projectors than on computer monitors, you surely need a special device to stream video and to watch web channels on your TV set. A digital television box, or a set top box, is the device which receives digital signal and translates it to your display.
Now that even the largest media magnates start translating their TV programs in a digital format, you must be well prepared for the day when the analogue television will cease to exist. In this regard, a set top box is almost a must for you. And the best news is that today you have a possibility to buy it separately from your TV system or you can also find those HDTV systems that are offered with integrated set top boxes.
The main advantage of an integrated digital television box is that you do not need any additional devices to watch video in a digital format on your HDTV display. On the other hand, integrated set top boxes are still much more expensive than those which are offered separately. And in case you do not have enough money to buy a new TV set, it will surely be much more reasonably for you to buy a set top box separately from an HDTV display.
The set top boxes are usually rather compact, and hence they can be placed anywhere close to your TV set (not necessarily on top of it). They are also very easy to use and in most cases have very simple interface. Some models can be used as all-in-one media centers with a possibility to stream video in all existing digital formats. Other models may or may not support such outdated formats as AVI. This is why you may want to read manuals and instructions before buying this or that model of a digital television box.
The only disadvantage of set top boxes is that some older models do not work as properly as the latest models; however, they are very easy to attune. All you need to do is to go to the setup menu of your set top box and to use the auto tuning function. Other than that, you should not experience any difficulties with your set top box, but even if something is unclear to you, you can always contact a tech service center or a retailer of your set top box for a professional help.