Humax Ships $229 ATSC Set-Top Tuner

By Greg Tarr On Apr 4 2005 - 6:00am

Humax USA is currently shipping the HFA100 ATSC digital TV tuner at a $229 suggested retail price.

The set-top box will receive standard- and high-definition terrestrial DTV broadcast signals for display on DTV-capable monitors.

Humax said the HFA100 was designed for simplicity of operation. It includes an onscreen set-up guide, seven-day electronic program guide, automatic channel scan that identifies and assigns all available HDTV channels into the unit's memory, direct channel access and aspect ratio and parental lockout controls.

It will receive all DTV broadcast signals outlined in the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) standard, and will convert that signal to match the display needs of most DTV monitors. Selectable output resolution includes 1,080i, 720p and 480p.

For multichannel audio, the HFA100 includes a Dolby Digital optical output for connection to Dolby Digital processors, surround-sound amplifiers or receivers. Video output connections include Component Video, RGB and HDMI with HDCP.

“The HFA100 is a viable, economical alternative for these households to now enjoy the stunning visual and sonic clarity of the many HDTV programs being broadcast in their area — and with no monthly fees,” said Tony Goncalves, Humax's USA strategic marketing business development VP.

Another key feature of HFA100 is simultaneous digital HD and Analog (S-Video) output for multiroom and/or multiset display of content. This will allow viewers to view a program in high definition and record it in standard definition using a VCR or DVD recorder.

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