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Thomson Adds Two DTV Items To ’99 Lineup

Looking to capitalize on the buzz surrounding digital TV at the recent National Association of Broadcasters convention, Thomson announced two additional products for its 1999 DTV lineup.

The company, which won’t ship its first digital TV products for several weeks, said it has added a digital set-top DTV tuner/decoder to the ProScan brand and a 61W” widescreen fully integrated HDTV receiver/projection set to the RCA brand. The additions give RCA two rear-projection models and ProScan its first DTV set-top decoder.

The ProScan set-top box (model PSHD105) is said to be virtually the same product as the previously announced RCA DTC100 set-top decoder (due this summer at a $649 suggested retail). The only difference beside the brand will be some cosmetic changes to the unit’s case, according to a company spokesman.

The product was added primarily to give those ProScan dealers who do not carry the RCA line a similar DTV set-top decoder to use with ProScan multimedia monitors. Both boxes will receive off-air ATSC DTV signals in all 18 formats, in addition to DirecTv satellite signals in both high-definition and regular 480i modes. The boxes will also convert digital signals to NTSC analog form, 480i standard-definition format and 1080i high-definition format.

Connection to digital-ready monitors are made via RGB via SVGA connections.

The newly announced RCA integrated HDTV receiver/rear projector (P61300) will offer a 61W” 16:9 widescreen model that is similar in size to the previously announced ProScan PS61000 model. Product details, pricing and availability will be announced soon, the company said.