Videocon d2h 4K STB Review: Stunning visuals, but wait for more channels to come

Videocon 4K set-top-box seems to be a good upgrade option for those who plan to buy a 4K television set this year.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Published: May 22, 2015 4:04 pm
Videocon, Videocon 4K, Videocon d2h 4K set top box, videocon, 4K TV content, technology news Videocon 4K set-top-box seems to be a good upgrade option for those who plan to buy a 4K television set this year.

We have been hearing about 4K or Ultra HD for a couple of years now. But even as 4K televisions become cheaper and smaller, there is still a serious dearth of content shot and broadcast in resolutions better than Full HD. All of India’s top DTH players have launched 4K set-top-boxes that are capable of streaming 4K quality content, whenever that becomes available in the real sense. Here is our review of the Videocon d2h 4K set-top-box

Videocon d2h 4K set-top-box

Videocon launched its 4K service just before the ICC Cricket World cup and beamed one channel with some of the matches in 4K. However, the World Cup does not seem to have given the expected push for 4K content and televisions. I expect this to really take off around the Olympics next year, by when 4K could well become the standard that FullHD is now.

Price: Rs 6,590 for STB + installation.

Set-top-box

The 4K STB seems a bit larger than regular set-top-boxes and has a gold branding that is hard to miss. Maybe Videocon wants to suggest that this is the gold standard for television content at the moment. The remote too has the gold branding. It is easy to grip and navigate, which is important given that we use the STB remote more than the actual TV remote these days. There is an HDMI port at the back that connects to the TV. What I like about the Videocon service is the fact that the box switches to life almost instantly and there is no latency like in other STBs.

4K content

Yes, you have an expensive 4K television. Yes, you have a costly 4K set top box. But no, there is no 4K content that you will love watching. Videocon service has one channel that constantly breaks 4K content. But there is a limit to how much snow boarding you can watch a day. The entire channel is a rerun sung plays the same videos on loop.

However, it is a great showcase of the what 4K offers. I have always considered 4K content a bit better than what the human eye sees and there is something eerily ethereal about watching pictures that are so clear. And the Videocon d2h 4K gives you a good sneak peak into what the future of television holds for us. It is stunning, it is how television should be. For the record, I tested the service on a 55-inch Philips 8500 series — a separate review of the TV will follow soon.

Right now the single channel is easy to access on a single click. But maybe when more channels come, the UI will need to show that more for users with the 4K set top box. They will not want to watch even full HD content on 4K televisions and that experience is far from good.

Should you buy?

Maybe not now. At the moment it does not make much sense for you to get a 4K STB unless you have already invested in a 4K television. For those who plan to buy a 4K television set this year, Videocon seems to be a good upgrade option.

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    Srinivas
    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:02 am
    Videocon d2h 4k worst and waste because no experienced technitions. Problems not solved. Customer care also waste because money loss and no clear the problems. I am purchase d2h 4k no software update no recording facility so much cost and lot of problems. Don't purchase videocon d2h 4k.
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      Anant
      Apr 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm
      Pathetic service and blood sucking service charges
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        partha
        Mar 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm
        Hi , I am Partha , from Bangalore, Videocan is run by a bunch of Baboons . the service is just horrible , the costumer service , people are all uneducated people , they do not understand one bit on what we say ... you should trust me , i have paidup for 1 full year on HD , and now it is 6 months , i may not have watched continuesly more then 2 months , and for the rest of the time , this is not working due to their Box or their connection . I money has no value for this guys , the harden money , you pay and this guys breed on them . with life buys running , and some old people at home , they only have the recreation is this TV , which most of the time not working . I sincerely , advice you guys not to take this connection , you will regret for this . you can't reach out to anyone to complaint as well , as the so called supervisor , are thought to give a standard answer of , we will get back and solve this at the earliest . But nothing happens . DONT , DONT , DONT , please take the Videocon connection . Br, Partha
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          partha
          Mar 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm
          Hi , I am Partha , from Bangalore, Videocan is run by a bunch of Baboons . the service is just horrible , the costumer service , people are all uneducated people , they do not understand one bit on what we say ... you should trust me , i have paidup for 1 full year on HD , and now it is 6 months , i may not have watched continuesly more then 2 months , and for the rest of the time , this is not working due to their Box or their connection . my money has no value for this guys , the harden money , you pay and this guys breed on them . with life being busy running for lively hood , and some old people at home , they only have the recreation is this TV , which most of the time not working . I sincerely , advice you guys not to take this connection , you will regret for this . you can't reach out to anyone to complaint as well , as the so called supervisor , are thought to give a standard answer of , we will get back and solve this at the earliest . But nothing happens . DONT , DONT , DONT , take this Videocon connection for god sake . Br, Partha
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            prakash
            Mar 28, 2016 at 4:46 am
            I am the customer of Videocon from last 4 years but this I am notlt;br/gt;expecting this kind of service from Videocon. From last 4 days I am lt;br/gt;unable to see the Sports Channels and when I am going to contact lt;br/gt;customer care then he is suggesting we are tring to get this facilitylt;br/gt;as early as possible and and after some time on second call he saidlt;br/gt;we are tried but it is not possible from here so we need the engineerlt;br/gt;visit at your home till time I am ok, but when he said you have to pay lt;br/gt;for this visit then it is not possible for me, because if Videocon having lt;br/gt;problem to show the some channels then its company issue. But the Videocon lt;br/gt;executive is not ready to take my complaint. I would say its time to say lt;br/gt;"BYE BYE VIDEOCON" if they are unable to resolve complaints of customer.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;For any istance Videocon can call me on 9924268787.
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