Look for two new portable ATSC tuners from AVerMedia in January. AVerMedia announced that two of its units, the AVerTV Hybrid VolarMax and the AVerTV Hybrid NanoExpress, were selected as CES 2008 Innovations Design and Engineering Award winners in the video accessories category.
The AVerTV Hybrid VolarMax is a flash-drive sized USB tuner while the AVerTV Hybrid NanoExpress is a 54mm ExpressCard tuner. Both support off-air ATSC reception, as well as “ClearQAM” unencrypted digital cable TV reception. One nice feature of both tuners is that they support H.264 video compression, allowing high quality HDTV recording, while requiring much less hard disk space than would be needed to store an MPEG-2 transport stream data.
The AVerMedia news release did not specify the tuner and demodulator chips used in the tuners nor did it indicate whether the H.264 compression was being done in hardware or in software running on the PC.
Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.
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