There was a time when you had only one remote that controlled everything on your TV. Thanks to direct to home (D2H) TV services and digitisation of cable, we now need two remote controllers at all times — one to surf channels, and the other to switch on the TV, control volume, etc. This problem of too many remotes seems to have been solved with Videocon’s DDB (Digital Direct Broadcast) TVs. Imagine our relief when we received a 40-inch Full HD DDB TV, from Videocon (VMA40FH17XAH) with a D2H set top box built right into it, and one remote to control both. Here’s more about it:
Display: The new range of DDB TVs from Videocon come with Full HD resolution and promises 95% natural colours, thanks to its Liquid Luminous technology. We can’t validate these claims, but we liked the colour reproduction in the 40-inch Full HD (1920x1080) TV that we received. We also found no missing pixels. Its 178-degree viewing angle offers comfortable viewing even with light reflections in the room.
Rating: 8 / 10
Connectivity: The VMA40FH17XAH comes with four HDMI ports (two ports to connect your standard DVD player or STB, one MHL port to connect with MHL compatible mobile devices, and one HDMI port with Audio Return Channel (ARC) function. The ARC port allows you to get audio out of all sources of TV through your Home Theatre System.) There are three USB ports — two to connect external media storage devices, and a third one to connect another external storage device to be used with the built-in PVR for live TV recordings. It also has two AV In ports to connect for analogue inputs, an IF In port for TV signals via D2H, and one RF In port for terrestrial TV connection. There are also Video Out and Audio out ports.
Rating: 9 / 10
Audio: There are two 10W speakers to complement HD movie viewing. However, if you have a 5.1 or higher home theatre system with ARC support, we recommend using the HDMI ARC port for maximum quality. There is a 3.5-inch Aux-out for headphones, but it lacks 5.1 audio channel outputs.
Rating: 8 / 10
OS and Hardware performance: The DDB TV sets run on a Linux-based operating system, also called DDB, and hence the nomenclature. But this model, in particular, comes with a built-in personal video recorder (PVR) that allows you to record/schedule recording of your favourite TV shows. The TV set can also play 1080 videos at 30 frames per second. However, it’s bit slow to respond to commands via the remote, especially while accessing channel information or using mosaic to browse through the list of channels. We also found the user interface of the DDB OS, a bit too outdated, reminding us of the
Windows 95 era.
Rating: 8 / 10
ACCESSORIES: Videocon offers a table stand and wall mount screws with the TV set. The stand, though sturdy, didn’t fit well into its position. Besides, the manual for the stand seemed incomplete and wasn’t too helpful. The TV comes with two Component In cables, along with a set of two AAA batteries for the remote, which was thoughtful. Videocon is also offering a three-year warranty with these TV sets.
Rating: 7 / 10
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Price: Rs 39,790
Available on: All retail and e-commerce portals
8.0 / 10
The guide verdict Videocon’s DDB TV is a great concept as it fits a Videocon D2H set top box inside the TV. We also like the colour display and the multiple connectivity options that DDB TV provides, and most importantly, a three-year warranty, which is hard to come by. Overall, if you are looking to bring an Indian brand home, Videocon is a smart pick. We were hoping it worked with other D2H service providers as well, though.