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A Basic Guide to Cable TV Boxes

More and more people these days are using cable TV boxes, also known as a set-top box. These devices offer features that allow you to easily plug your television into both cable and the Internet for all your streaming needs. Many cable TV boxes also provide features that allow you to play and record shows for later access.

How do you select the right cable TV box?

There are many new and used cable TV boxes on eBay. The site has categorized the boxes so that choosing the right one for your needs is easy. The following categories are available:

  • Type: What type of cable TV box do you need? Options include analog, digital/analog, HD digital, or standard digital.
  • Audio/Video outputs: Cable TV boxes also differ by their outputs. Options are Coaxial F, Digital Audio Optical TOSLINK, and HDMI.
  • Data interfaces: Do you want Wi-Fi or USB port? Both are available on eBay.
Are there different brands of cable TV boxes available on eBay?

Yes. Several different brands of cable TV boxes are offered in new and used condition. Some different brands may include the following:

  • Comcast
  • Digital STREAM
  • Motorola
  • XFINITY
  • Samsung
  • Cisco
  • Pace
  • Scientific Atlanta
  • ARRIS
  • DIRECTV
What features are included with cable TV boxes?

Each cable TV box will feature different assets functions, depending on the brand, age, and type of box. Some of the features available may include:

  • Max resolution of 1080p
  • External digital TV tuner
  • HDTV receiver
  • Coaxial digital audio pass-through for Surround Sound receivers
  • Compatibility with plasma TVs
What is the STB button on your remote?

This button controls the "set-top box" or cable box. When it is programmed, this button offers you the ability to control both your television and your TV box at the same time with a wireless remote connection.

What is a Digital Terr STB?

"Digital Terr STB" stands for digital terrestrial set-top box. This is a box that takes channel signals from over the air that was broadcast in Hi-Def (HD) and converts them to analog signals. These devices offer support for streaming of over-the-air HD signals and channels on your analog set, which is great for older models that do not have HD inputs.

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