Best TVs for set-top box viewing

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 20 Feb 2021
Best TVs for set-top box viewing
Best TVs for set-top box viewing

If you still enjoy the charm of cable TV, then why not opt ​​for a modern TV set that's perfect for set-top box viewing? Even with so many streaming options available, one just cannot take away the appeal of classic cable television. For some users, a set-top box that offers all their daily soaps and popular movies would certainly rank as a higher priority than a TV that offers OTT platforms. Here are some of the best TVs that are ideal for set-top box viewing and can be used to stream OTT content too.

Onida 80 cm (32-inches) HD Ready Smart IPS LED TV - Fire TV Edition

If you're looking for a TV with a built-in Fire TV, this 32-inch TV is just that. It offers access to most of the popular OTT platforms in the market like Netflix, Hotstar, Zee 5, Amazon Prime, Sony LIV, and more, so that you or your parents never have to compromise on content. However, perhaps more importantly, this TV also comes with 3 HDMI ports that let you connect your set-top box, DVD players and even speaker sets. Speaking of sound, this TV has a 16W output, DTS TruSurround, and even Dolby Digital Plus, which should make the audio experience quite good.

Mi TV

Mi TV has a 50-inch screen with a 4K resolution, which means you can expect crisp images while watching your favourite movies or TV shows. The device has three HDMI ports so that you can connect not only your set-top box but also other devices like a gaming console, Blu-Ray player, speakers and more. It also has two USB ports so that you can watch saved content on the big screen via external storage devices. The Mi TV has a 20W sound output that is enhanced by Dolby+ DTS HD, which should ensure that dialogues aren’t muffled by background sounds. This smart TV runs on Android 9 and has built-in OTT platforms such as Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Prime Video and more. It also has Google Assistant to help you control it with just your voice.

Sony Bravia KDL-43W6603

While watching your favourite movies or TV series on the big screen, you would definitely want to enjoy great visuals. This is exactly what this 43-inch TV from Sony provides, as it has an FHD Display that uses technologies like X-Reality Pro and Motionflow XR 100 to deliver a visual output with high dynamic range and good colour renditions. It sports two HDMI ports at the back, which you can use to connect your set-top box and Blu Ray speakers. Finally, it has inbuilt 20W Open Baffle speakers, which should deliver a sound output good enough to fill a medium-sized room. 

Samsung UA32TE40AAKXXL

The Samsung UA32TE40AAKXXL has a 32-inch screen with an HD resolution (1366x788p) along with a 60Hz refresh rate. This smart TV offers a range of features such as Alexa inbuilt, Live Cast, Home Assist, screen share, and more. You can expect a decent viewing experience as the device uses PurColor, Mega Contrast, and HD Picture to ensure the details look good on the screen. The Samsung UA32TE40AAKXXL has a 20W sound output which is enhanced well by Dolby Digital Plus. With two HDMI ports and one USB port, you can hook up three devices to it.

Samsung UA55TUE60AKBXL

Here is a 55-inch 4K UHD TV from Samsung that is Alexa-enabled, giving you the advantage of performing tasks on it using just your voice. The TV boasts of having several smart TV features like Screen Share, Live Cast and has pre-installed apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, YouTube and more to make your user experience better. Using the three HDMI ports given at the back, you can connect your set-top box, additional speakers and gaming console as well. On its own, the TV can deliver a sound output of 20W through its inbuilt speakers, and it uses the Dolby Digital Plus and Adaptive Sound technologies to deliver a balanced sound output with focus on details. 

Hisense 55A73F

If you want your TV to deliver a good sound output, then this 55-inch model from Hisense might just be the one. It sports a 6-speaker system (created by JBL) at the bottom to deliver a powerful 102W output. Moreover, it uses the Dolby Vision-Atmos technology to further enhance the quality of your TV viewing experience. You can easily connect your set-top box to this TV using any of the three HDMI ports at the back, and you will be good to go. The 4K UHD display supports refresh rates upto 60Hz, which should deliver a smooth visual output with good colour renditions. 

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