Digital televisions and set-top boxes


  • Watch TV with captions, if compliant with Australian Standard 4933
  • Connect to any VCR or DVD recorder and record captioned programs
  • Different digital tuners use different fonts and formatting
  • Can solve many reception problems


  • May need to upgrade your antenna
  • Not all digital equipment is compliant with Australian Standard 4933

Buy a High Definition set-top box if:

  • You have a television/monitor which supports High Definition resolutions. (These are typically called a HDTV or HD Ready)
  • You have a sound system which supports digital 5.1 surround sound.
  • You want to see all the new digital multichannels (some of which are HD only).

Buy Standard Definition set-top box if:

  • You have a SDTV or normal analog TV which does not support HDTV. (Likely anything older than 2 years will not support HDTV resolutions)
  • You are not so concerned about receiving 5.1 surround sound broadcasts.

To record the captions you can either buy a digital set-top box and connect it to a VCR or DVD recorder, or you can buy one with an inbuilt hard-disk recorder (but make sure that it is a model which allows you to recoprd the captions). These are more expensive but boast lots of added features that make recording easy.

Melbourne Antenna Services

Melbourne Antenna Services