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What's the Difference Between a Cable box, Set-top box, and Satellite Receivers?

    What's the Difference?

    • Cable box - An electronic device that converts digital television signal to analog, or unscrambles a television signal.
    • Set-top box - A device that enables a TV set to receive and decode digital television (DTV) broadcasts. A set-top box is necessary for viewers who want to use their analog television sets to receive digital broadcasts.
    • Satellite Receiver - A type of device that wirelessly receives and decodes radio signals suitable for TV viewing.