We live in a world where everything is smart! No, we are not referring to smartphones, they have been around for a decade now. We are talking about – smart lights, smart cars, smart collars for your pet, smart fridge and a plethora of smart connected devices. Just like smartphones, the Smart TV’s were also made available to consumers a few years ago. But would you upgrade your TV just to add smart functionality to it? Or do you even use the so-called ‘Smart’ part of your Smart TV? We think, most of us don’t own a Smart TV and the one’s who own a Smart TV don’t even bother to access the smart panel of it. And there are many reasons for that –
- Most of the households stick to d2h set top box for their entertainment needs
- Users access OTT like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime etc on their smartphones or tablets
- The UI/UX of Smart TV’s is not easy as changing channels so only technology friendly people dare to use it
- Changing the source from Setup box to SmartTV and coming back to is also very cumbersome to many
So, what is the solution to this problem? Is it buying a Chromecast or Amazon FireTV Stick? No, that is similar to getting in the ‘Smart’ mode of the TV. There has to be a solution where you can keep watching your regular TV through the d2h and also access the smart apps like news, weather, social media and OTT apps.
We have finally found the solution and we were introduced to it last year by Videocon while it was still in testing phase. It’s called the Videocon d2h Stream Box and it has constantly improved with OTA updates since we started testing it last year.
For the geek in you, here are the specifications of the d2h Stream Box –
- High Definition STB
- Full HD support
- Standard stereo
- Box does support a Dolby Digital but as Licence is required so box doesn’t decode
- If the end device i.e. TV supports the Dolby Digital then TV can decode and play
Also Read – Videocon d2h partners with Hungama Play to provide video content on its HD Smart Connect set top box
Proprietary App store. Apps are managed and controlled by Videocon d2h Limited. The apps are curated as wall garden service, apps are not stored in the memory and directly accessed from the d2h server. Each and every app is tested and approved before hosting it on d2h server which is more secure and robust platform.
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- Wi-Fi & Ethernet, min 2 Mbps
- SPDIF cable
- Coaxial support
- Remote with short cut OTT keys on Remote will be available soon. Remote’s design is robust to withstand all usage and environmental conditions
- The user can also use the mobile as a Smart Remote, with Voice command and control features
- RF4CE (Radio Frequency) remote is provided with Box
- Omni-directional use. No need to point in the direction of STB
- Wi-Fi Smart Remote
As we mentioned earlier, Videocon is constantly improving the UI/UX and features of the devices through OTA updates. We are also happy to see new apps being added constantly on the platform. The fact that it has a controlled app store is a great thing for people who live with parents or have kids as the Android Play store is full of skunk.
We also have a TV with Dolby Audio so the output was in Dolby surround sound. The fact that users can also cast their devices through it makes it a good Chromecast alternative. To record and playback Live TV users can attach a USB drive in the provided USB port to also use it as DVR.
- Hungama Play
And some more – Media Player, Mobile Cast, News, Games, Weather, Speed test, d2h online,ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes, AIB, Indian Comedy, Superwoman, East India Comedy, Shemaroo, EROS Now, Saregama Movies, Coke Studio, Saregama Music, Filmi Gaane, T-Series, EPIC, National Geographic, PMO India, Digital India, Aaj Tak, Times Now, ABP News, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Rajshri Marathi, Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana, Nishi Madhulika, Dave and Ava — Nursery Rhymes And Baby Songs
The Unbiased Verdict
In the end, all we can say is that Videocon d2h Stream Box is a blessing in disguise for both Smart TV owners and the ones without it. As we were already Videocon d2h subscribers it took only 5 mins for the engineer to replace the existing box with the d2h Stream Box. For new subscribers, it will be still under 60 mins to get the installation done for the dish and the box. What can be improved is the fact the 4K output and the app portfolio.
For a new box, you will have to spend INR 3490 and for an upgrade/exchange INR 2490.
So, that was our review of the Videocon d2h Stream Box, the all-in-one box for all your entertainment needs. Please share your feedback and queries in the comments section below or tweet to us @theunbiasedblog