Manila, Philippines (February 6, 2017) – Star Telecom Alliance Resources (STAR) Inc., the company behind Philippine mobile phone brand Starmobile is all set to release their own digital television (DTV) receiver called Starcube TV.

The Starcube TV is a digital terestrial television (DTT) set-top box which can receive digital signals using the Japanese Integrated Services Digital Broadcast-Terrestrial or ISDB-T, the sole DTT standard in the Philippines.

DTV lets viewers enjoy clear reception of free television channels with video and audio quality comparable to cable TV. Starcube TV was designed to receive those signals coming from TV networks that already started their digital broadcasts.

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Starcube TV box promises better digital signal reception. STAR Inc. said their product comes with an “Active Antenna” with built-in signal amplifier that lets you receive your favorite digital channels twice better compared to other offerings in the market.

It can support Full HD (1080p) once local networks upgrade their broadcasts to High Definition (HD) and comes with HDMI slot for crisp video in HDMI-ready TV sets. Meanwhile, it can be connected via RCA cable for conventional non-HDMI TVs like CRTs.

Starcube TV is also a media player. It sports a USB port that lets users plug their own flash drive and enjoy their own saved and downloaded Full HD content such as photos, movies and music files.

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It has recording feature to save episodes for later viewing and Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to help you anticipate the episodes you want to save. It also come with a “Tme Shift” feature where users can pause, fast forward and rewind the TV programs.

The device will be out in leading appliance and electronics stores beginning the second week of February for an introductory price, a one-time payment of Php 1,290. According to STAR, its regular price is Php 1,490.

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Live demo of Starcube TV digital TV box and remote control. Photo credits: Elijah Mendoza (Facebook).

STAR Inc. did not mention whether the box supports Broadcast Markup Language (BML) and Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS), the two unique features of ISDB-T.

EWBS feature allows the TV to receive real-time alerts from government agencies (PAGASA or Phivolcs) regarding natural disasters while BML allows the TV to show Data Broadcasting, which is another way for the TV to show public service announcements and other information on demand along with any given TV show.

Starmobile claims to be the country’s first local mobile phone brand that introduced DTV-capable phones. [techthetruth]


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