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5 Things to Know Before Buying a Digital Receiver

Posted In Technology devices - By Techtiplib on Thursday, March 28th, 2013 With No Comments »

You have been watching television for years and have never experienced any problems with it. You have a nice metal aerial on the top of your house and it has always been just perfect at getting the pictures from the sky to your box. But, all of a sudden, everything has changed and your aerial has become obsolete. You are told that you now need a digital receiver if you want to watch television, and that it is definitely for your own good that you go out and get one. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it actually is, and when you have your digital receiver hooked up, you will thank me for it. So, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

1. Some of the more modern televisions have a built-in digital receiver that will pick up all of the free to view channels without the need to use a separate box. So, if you have a new television, check to see if it is all set up already, because you might be ready to go and just have not realized it.

2. Many of the digital cable and satellite television providers also give you a digital receiver as part of your subscription. The more extravagant the deal you have with them, the better the box you get. So, if you go all-out for everything, then you will get the best digital receiver they have, and it will do everything that their package allows.

3. You can get digital receivers that take a subscription card to certain television providers. These cards unscramble pay to view channels and allow you to subscribe to packages and increase the amount of channels that are available to you. You can buy the cards from the satellite and cable providers’ stores or order them online. Then, if you don’t like what you see, you can cancel them and stop receiving the channels that they provided.

4. Digital television can be recorded, which means that you can pause, rewind and play live television after it has actually happened. It is like being some sort of wizard. But to do this, you need a digital receiver that has a hard drive memory. It uses this disk to store the digital information and allow you to wow your friends and neighbors.

5. Digital television has introduced us to High Definition and even 3D pictures in our homes, so if you want to experience these wonderful additions to your viewing pleasures, then you need a television that can display them and a package with channels that show them. Talk to your television package provider to see what’s out there.

So, the digital revolution has happened and we are all enjoying the benefits. Just make sure that you follow some of these simple tips and you too could be celebrating the day that your metal aerial became a thing of the past.
James Bower works for one of the biggest providers of digital receivers (the term in Danish is digital modtager) in Europe.

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