06.19.2005 08:00 AM
MSTV and NAB to develop D-to-A converter

The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) and the NAB plan to develop a prototype digital-to-analog converter box for terrestrial digital television reception.

The announcement received a cool reception from the consumer electronics industry, who viewed it as another in a series of DTV delaying tactics by television broadcasters.

The broadcast trade groups said they would solicit proposals from the consumer electronics industry and others to build a prototype converter. They plan to have a working prototype by the end of the year.

The availability of an affordable converter has become a hot button issue over legislation to end the DTV transition. A subsidy for the converters is considered an essential element of any compromise legislation.

Several manufacturers have told Congress they can produce low-cost boxes in large volume. Estimates range from $40 to $100.

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