Doug Lung / 11.12.2009 12:00AM
Automotive ATSC Mobile DTV Tuner Announced
Car audio-video manufacturer Concept Enterprises
in City of Industry, Calif. demonstrated a market-ready in-car tuner for the new ATSC Mobile DTV standard at the SEMA show
Concept said the tuner is due to hit the market in early December and will cost $499. It will work with any aftermarket or OEM monitor that has RCA inputs. Concept did not have any information on the unit on its Web site, but an article in This Week In Consumer Electronics (TWICE) First Mobile DTV Car Tuner at $499
said the device will come with a six-inch long roof-top antenna. It will be interesting to see how well it works at VHF.
"Especially since AT&T CruiseCast is no longer, people are looking for an inexpensive TV solution to get TV in the car," said Al Miller, Concept national sales manager. "You get clean, clear reception of local broadcasting."
Concept appears poised to beat Kenwood to market with an ATSC mobile DTV tuner.
I suspect TV stations transmitting mobile DTV will be looking into the Concept tuners for their news reporters and crews. Stay tuned for an update on reception performance once these units make it to the market.