A few days ago, the news made the headlines. Movistar replaces the decoder used by Movistar Plus+ subscribers. A device that allows the reproduction of the content broadcast on the channels contracted on the platform and which is now replaced by a more modern one.

The old “deco” is replaced by the UHD model or UHD Smart WiFi, a device that allows you to play UHD content broadcast on Movistar+ and enjoy Living Apps. And do it too without having to go through the box, since the replacement process is free. But what are the differences between the two? This is what we will try to clarify.

wireless or wired

Movistar sends its customers the “new” 4K decoder. And we say new because this model was announced in February 2017, a version that was then tested on a number of users with compatible televisions.

Now, in 2022, the operator offers customers with the old model the possibility of replacing it with the UHD decoder completely free of charge. It does this by notifying by text messages (SMS) and emails to customers who have a Fusion plan. Until now, the change required the user to pay 40 or 60 euros depending on the model chosen.

A change that is needed in the middle of 2022 as more and more content is found in 4K UHD resolution and more and more households use a 4K TV with HDR. The new model comes in two variants and although it is almost identical in terms of design, it hides some differences. On the front, the Smart WiFi has an “additional” LED that indicates the status of the connection.

UHD decoder (left) vs. UHD Smart WiFi decoder (right)

Movistar’s UHD decoder allows, as its name suggests, to play Movistar Plus+ content (and other integrated platforms) with superior image quality. Users can enjoy content available in quality up to 4K and do so with HDR.

UHD set-top box (right) vs. UHD Smart WiFi decoder (left)

The new model is available in two variants. One is connected by cable to the Movistar router while the other model has Wi-Fi, so it can be connected to the router without cables, using the 5 GHz band with a channel width of 80 MHz and WiFi 5 In both cases, the connection to the TV is via HDMI. This is the main difference, wireless connectivity:

To use the UHD decoder, you must connect it to the TV using an HDMI cable and to the router with an Ethernet network cable -included in the box of the device-, as well as plug it into the electrical outlet. To use the UHD Smart WiFi deco, you can use the wireless connection as long as we have a Smart WiFi router. You can connect to it automatically by WiFi; This way, all you have to do is connect it to the TV using an HDMI cable and plug it into the power outlet.

In addition, in both cases, the new decoration has a Bluetooth remote control that allows the use of the integrated Aura assistant. The new set-top box is self-installing, so there’s no need for a technician to come to their home to set it up.