How to connect the set-top box?

How to connect the set-top box?

What purpose does it serve?

The set-top box is actually the most important part of your television life. It enables both older and newer televisions to receive terrestrial, satellite, cable and internet broadcast signals in high quality and in the digital format. Which one should you choose? We will be pleased to advise you.


What kinds of television broadcasting are there?

In short, these are:

  •  Terrestrial broadcasting (free, through a digital antenna or set-top box) via the DVB-T2 protocol 

  •  Satellite broadcasting (paid, from a specific provider, requires a satellite receiver) via the DVB-S, DVB-S2 protocols 

  •  Internet broadcasting (paid, transmitted via the IPTV internet protocol) via the DVB-T/T2/C protocol 

  •  Cable broadcasting (paid, frequently provided in the same manner as telephone and internet services) via the DVB-C protocols 


Therefore, the most important step is to determine which type of broadcasting you need. Do you want to watch hundreds of channels from around the world? Then do not omit satellite broadcasting. Do you want to watch so-called “quality TV”, such as the offer from Netflix, HBO, Disney or Apple? Then you need a set-top box that is intended for IPTV.

The next step is to determine whether your television can receive the required services on its own. Televisions with digital tuners can do a lot of things on their own. Thus, if your television has a digital tuner with the DVB-T/T2/C protocols, you possibly will not even use a set-top box.


And how do you connect it, if necessary?

Coaxial cable
We won’t get anywhere without connecting the set-top box to the antenna. This is done through the coaxial cable that you will find in the packaging of the set-top box, or you can buy one for CZK 30-50. Then just connect the set-top box to the antenna socket. 

HDMI cable
The second and final connection must then be between the set-top box and your television. This will probably be done via an HDMI cable or possibly a SCART cable. Before buying cables, be sure to check which kinds of inputs your television allows.