HDMI-CEC: Always on the right channel

HDMI-CEC: Always on the right channel

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The Swisscom TV-Box has a new feature: your TV-Box and television set can now communicate with each other thanks to HDMI-CEC. For example, when you switch on your Swisscom TV-Box, your TV will also switch on automatically. We explain how to activate HDMI-CEC.


You’ll never need to toggle to the right HDMI channel ever again: with HDMI-CEC, you can now use your Swisscom TV remote control to switch your TV-Box and television on and off at the same time. The TV-Box conveys the signals to the TV and selects the correct signal output (source) at start-up.


But that's not all that HDMI-CEC can do. If, for example, you decide to watch something on Swisscom TV after playing a game with a games console, then simply press the Home button on your Swisscom TV remote control to launch Swisscom TV with the correct HDMI channel selected automatically. Handy.


How to activate HDMI-CEC on the TV-Box

It is very easy to switch the HDMI-CEC on and off:


Swisscom UHD-Box

  1. Go to the Swisscom TV main menu (Home button)
  2. Select “Settings
  3. Open the “System” tab
  4. Under HDMI-CEC, you can then activate the two functions “Switch on TV and select HDMI input” and “Turn off TV” or deactivate them again.


New "Swisscom Box"

  1. Go to the Swisscom TV main menu (Home button)
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Open the "TV Box" tab
  4. Under "HDMI-CEC" you can turn on or deactivate the two functions "Turn on TV and select HDMI input" and "Turn off TV".

How to ensure that your TV is HDMI-CEC ready

Please note that you also have to activate HDMI-CEC on your TV. You will need to determine which HDMI input on your TV supports HDMI-CEC (model and manufacturer dependent).


The TV manufacturers often use their own commercial name for HDMI CEC:

  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sony: BRAVIA Sync
  • Hitachi: HDMI CEC (Merci, Hitachi!)
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Sharp: AquosLink
  • Panasonic: Viera Link
  • LG: SympLink

The HDMI-CEC options and features supported also differ among manufacturers. Some televisions cannot be switched off using HDMI-CEC or, in some cases, the volume can no longer be changed through the TV when HDMI-CEC is activated. You will find information about HDMI-CEC in the user guide for your television set, the Internet or from a specialist retailer.


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