01.11.2011 12:00 PM
Hauppauge Bows Fixed+Mobile DTV PC Antenna
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.: Hauppauge Digital, the Long Island maker
of computer broadcast TV tuners, is rolling out a USB receiver that decodes
both regular and Mobile DTV.
The WinTV-Aero-m is designed for use with PC-based laptop or netbook, and tunes in live, over-the-air TV. The
receiver is plugged into a USB port, the telescoping antenna extended, and then
it scans for available channels. The device is said to allow for viewing in a
separate window so the entire screen isn’t taken up by the video, or full
screen for high-definition content.
The WinTV-Aero-m receives and decodes regular ATSC over-the-air digital TV
signals, and those transmitted via ATSC M/H for mobile DTV reception. It’s
expected to be available by next month for a suggested retail price of $69.
Hauppauge rolled out the dual over-the-air tuner at the Consumer Electronics
Show, which wrapped Sunday. News of it was overshadowed by the company’s
introduction of an in-home wireless device that streams live TV to iPhones and
iPads. The new “Broadway” (at right) uses a Wi-Fi connection to transmit content from the
user’s cable (QAM) or broadcast (ATSC) TV platform. The Broadway is due on the
market in “about six weeks” at a suggested retail price of $199.
Hauppauge previously rolled out peripheral designed to stream live TV video to
Apple devices, but it was more complicated than the Broadway. The WinTV-HVR
tuners with WinTV Extend were said to stream “live TV from a user’s home over
the Internet to the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and any Apple Macintosh computer
which supports a Safari Web browser.”
Hauppauge shares shot up on the introduction of the WinTV-HVR tuners last May.
Shares rose from less than $1 to a peak of $3.93 at one point. Hauppauge
(NASDAQ: HAUP) was trading this morning at $2.84.
Deborah D. McAdams