Digital Stream Plans ATSC-M/H Add-On

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Korean supplier Digital Stream Technology is coming to the show with a pair of RCA-brand ATSC-M/H (Mobile/Handheld) TV tuners that will add mobile DTV reception to previously installed car A/V systems.

Separately, Winegard is coming to CES with its previously announced ATSC-M/H system at a suggested $799 with 10.2-inch touchscreen. It’s due in the first quarter.

For its part, Digital Stream plans two versions of its car ATSC-M/H tuner. One is a dual-tuner that will add ATSC-M/H and standard ATSC reception to a vehicle, while the other would add only ATSC-M/H reception. The dual tuner is designed for use in markets where ATSC-M/H stations aren’t yet on the air, although ATSC reception would be limited to stationary situations such as tailgating parties or camping, said sales and marketing VP Chris Lee.

The single-tuner ATSC-M/H model will retail for a suggested $99. Pricing on the dual tuner version was unavailable.

Both are palm-size models with channel-selection controls and wide-angle IR eye. They connect to already installed car- A/V systems through a composite- video output. Each comes with two types of antenna. One is a telescoping monopole antenna that attaches to the tuner. The other is a magnet-mount antenna with long coaxial cable for exterior mounting.

Both models get power through a cigarette-lighter adapter or through hardwiring. An AC adapter is included for in-door use.

The two will be available in January on the company’s RCA. com web site, followed by availability through other online sites and brick-and-mortar retailers, Lee said.

Here at CES, the company also plans to unveil RCA-brand portable TVs with dual ATSC and ATSC-M/H tuners at $99 to $159.


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