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Digital Stream Plans ATSC-M/H Add-On


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

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.