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Sylvania Plans Low-Cost 27″ HDTV Monitor

SANTA ANA, CALIF. -Sylvania Computer Products, a division of Princeton Graphic Systems, plans to market a 27-inch 4:3 Digital Television monitor that will display 1080i HDTV scan rates.

The DTV monitor will incorporate a dial-up Internet-access terminal to receive the Ch.1 television ISP service, which is optimized for progressive-scan-capable DTV-monitors. Users may subscribe to Ch.1 to get complete Internet access for an $8.95 monthly fee.

“With Ch.1’s services and capability integrated into our HDTVs, we add significant value for consumers while enabling us to develop a closer, ongoing link to our customer base,” said Sylvania sales director Stephen Alvarez. “We chose to integrate Ch.1’s platform be-cause of their high-resolution x86 architecture, stable Linux-based operating system and beautifully implemented remote keyboard.”

The monitor, model SPC27iHD, will carry an $899 suggested retail price when it ships in May. Princeton, which makes and markets a line of DTV monitors under its own brand for high-end specialty accounts, licensed the Sylvania name to market its computer and television products through larger retail chains.

The 27-inch Internet/TV supports standard NTSC via a built-in tuner and other devices such as DVD players, VCRs, DBS and cable boxes in (480p) progressive line-doubled mode. The display will also support HDTV scan rates, including 1080i, computer sources up to SVGA resolution (800 x 600) and select USB devices.

To operate the system, the set will include Ch.1’s integrated universal remote/keyboard/mouse with discrete IR for TV, cable, satellite, VCR and hard disk recorders, and A/V receivers will be included.

Ch.1 membership allows viewers to browse the Internet, create Web and TV favorites, access preprogrammed category portals, send e-mail, securely shop online, chat, and operate a localized and customized channel guide via a 56K modem with dial-up or broadband connections.

Through the use of a proprietary Picture-In-Portal feature, users can watch a TV program and interact with a website simultaneously. Users can also direct their VCR or HDR regarding when and what to record through Ch.1’s Web-based control screen.