Most set top box available in the market are for FTA channels services. If you are using a FTA STB you can watch free to air channels easily but you cannot watch other channels on this box.
Dedicated STB cannot be used to view fta channels and remain useless at times when you don’t have money to pay for their services.
But there are also a third type of box called Internet TV box, you can change your firmware to watch TV channels and other videos from internet by streaming links like rtsp / rtmp etc. Now you box enabled IPTV Box with free-to-Air set-top box.
For this we need a few things like
2) FTA STB that can be converted into IPTV Box.
3)a compatible openbox / Xcruiser firmware.
In the example below i am using a FTA STB ,model no.hds2 6303 from SOLID.
The firmware i used is Xcruiser X0075 Firmware.
The steps taken is depicted in the pics below.
1)place the upgrade firmware in a usb drive
2)place the usb drive in a usb slot of the box.
3)goto usb upgrade under menu
In most cases it is hidden and can be made visible after pressing a secret code. In this case the secret code is 2778.
For making it visible, go to utility and press the code using remote.(in other boxes it can be under setting menu)
NOTE: This information is meant only for educational purpose and the author does not take responsibility for any deeds, attracting legalities.