Definitions for "Set Top Box"
Term originally used to describe a channel selector allowing households to watch broadband cable channels. Subsequently also used to describe the in-door element of a satellite receiver. Usually the STB contains some form of decoder to allow access to encrypted and scrambled pay-TV channels. The digital STB also has the function of converting the digital TV channels to the analogue form needed to view on a standard TV set.
A set-top box is a device that enables a television set to become a user interface to the Internet and also enables a television set to receive and decode digital television (DTV) broadcasts. DTV set-top boxes are sometimes called receivers. A set-top box is necessary to television viewers who wish to use their current analog television sets to receive digital broadcasts from cable or satellite operators.
a box that connects to your TV and allows you to receive digital television either through cable, satellite, an aerial or through the phone line
a kind of computer designed with a specific set of tasks in the realm of home entertainment