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Glossary

  • Dolby® Digital
    • An encoding system that digitally compresses up to 5 channels of audio, typically left-front, centre, right-front, left-surround, right-surround, into a single stream for digital transmission. Audio systems such as these are normally broadcast together with a video stream, such as a film and has to be passed to a special compatible amplifier and speaker system to ensure that the signal can be decoded played.

  • DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting)
    • The DVB specifications define a digital broadcast standard for satellite, cable or terrestrial systems. Digital reception technology such as set-top boxes and digital video recorders must comply with this standard to be eligible for the DVB marque.

  • EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
    • An electronic version of the traditional printed TV and radio magazines. An EPG contains information such as channel numbers, programme information and timings that is provided with the broadcast channels and decoded by digital set-top boxes.

  • FTA (Free-To-Air)
    • FTA channels are unscrambled broadcasts allowing customers to view the channels or services without paying a subscription fee, as is the case for freesat.

  • HDMI® (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
    • HDMI is the industry standard for an all-in-one digital audio/video interface. It provides a single cable interface between a audio/video source, such as a set-top box or DVD player, and an audio/video device, such as a digital television. It allows High Definition (HD) signals to be transported between devices.
  • LNB (Low Noise Block)
    • The LNB is a small antenna device that is mounted on an arm facing your satellite dish. The dish is used to focus the satellite signals onto the LNB. The LNB converts the signals to a frequency that your set-top box can understand and transports them along a coaxial cable.

  • OSD (On Screen Display)
    • An OSD displays the basic information necessary for a customer to set-up or monitor the STB or TV settings. The OSDs are normally brand specific and present information so that it is easy to understand.

  • Place Shifting
    • Refers to technologies such as Slingbox™ or SlingLoaded® that allow you to watch your TV that you receive at home on other devices when you are in a different location. This process is also referred to as TV everywhere or TV anywhere.

  • PVR, DVR or DTR (Personal Video Recorder, Digital Video Recorder, Digital Television Recorder)
    • All refer to all-in-one products that allow you to receive, watch and record digital television signals for convenient playback. These typically include a media storage device such as a hard disk drive.

  • SCART
    • SCART is a standard employed to connect equipment such as a TV, STB or VCR together. The SCART cable transmits audio and video signals between devices.

  • Set-top box (STB)
    • Refers to a consumer device required to receive and sometimes decode television signals and transfer them to your TV screen. (see also PVR, DTR and DVR)

  • Smartcard
    • Typically a small credit-card sized card that you insert into our STB, DVR or DTR to access certain pay services.

  • S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format)
    • S/PDIF is a connection standard allowing the transmission of digital audio signals between devices. It allows the transfer of multichannel, digital audio from a device such as a STB to a audio amplifier so that enhanced sound can be enjoyed.

  • Trick Play
    • Refers to PVR, DVR or DTR features used to view recordings on the hard disk drive e.g: Pause, Fast Forward/Fast Rewind, Slow Motion, Instant Replay etc.

  • TSR (Time Shifted Recording)
    • TSR is a function that temporarily records the current program. It allows "live pause" and "easy stepping back" when watching a live broadcast.