OnAir Launches New USB DTV Receiver

Korean-based OnAir Solution has developed OnAir GT, a USB receiver that allows consumers to receive high-definition and analog over-the-air, as well as digital (QAM) and analog cable television broadcasts on laptops. AutumnWave in New Bloomfield, Pa is distributing OnAir GT in North America.

The miniature OnAir GT plugs is small enough to fit into a pocket or laptop case and uses the LG Electronics 5th generation tuner/demodulator in the OnAir GT, according to Autumnwave. "We picked that chip because of its ability to reduce multipath and other interference," a company spokesperson said.

In addition to offering mobile HDTV, the OnAir GT is a high-definition personal video recorder for television shows and provides console gamers the option to play their favorite video games on the go.

"As we looked at consumer buying habits of high-quality, high-tech entertainment products, we realized that there was an opportunity for mobile HDTV in the marketplace. The OnAir GT fills that gap," said Patrick Park, CEO of AutumnWave LLC. "The OnAir GT is compact so consumers who travel frequently or live in tight quarters, like dorm rooms or studio apartments, can experience high-definition television wherever a receivable broadcast signal exists for a fraction of the usual cost."

AutumnWave is in the process of expanding the OnAir GT's retail distribution to big-box, regional and online retailers. The OnAir GT is currently available for purchase at select retailers including walmart.com, buy.com and DataVision in New York City. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the OnAir GT is $179.