[opendtv] Re: Humax Ships $229 ATSC Set-Top Tuner

The benchmark set in congressional debate was an ATSC into NTSC converter
box selling for less than $300 1996 U.S. dollars, and this box would seem to
qualify.

Since this is up for debate in the current Congress, I'd venture to say that
either the ambiguity in the 85% rule will be eliminated, and the quesiton
will be how to finance the purchase converter boxes for "po people with the
shade on the light." ("Show Biz Kids", Steely Dan, circa 1972).

John Willkie
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Golitsis" <john@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 8:14 AM
Subject: [opendtv] Humax Ships $229 ATSC Set-Top Tuner


> Humax Ships $229 ATSC Set-Top Tuner
>
> By Greg Tarr -- TWICE, 3/23/2005 12:46:00 PM
>
> Irvine, Calif. - Humax USA is 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
> on-screen set-up guide, seven-day electronic program guide (EPG),
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 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
> USA's 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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