Digital Stream USA has introduced the first digital-to-analog television converter box to be approved by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The converter will be available at retailers in early 2008.
The converter box was designed for the estimated 15 million households still watching free, on-air TV, who will be able to use it to continue watching television after the transition from analog to digital concludes on February 17, 2009. Consumers will take advantage of NTIA’s coupon program to help purchase the box.
NTIA has approved two Digital Stream converter models: the DigitalSTREAM D2A1D10 and DigitalSTREAM D2A1D20. The off-air receivers, which measure 7.6" x 4.1" x 1.3", support all 18 ATSC digital television formats. The units also meet all of NTIA's CECB requirements, are RoHS compliant and exceed Energy Star requirements. MSRP is set at $69.99.
"We are pleased to be the first company to offer an NTIA-approved digital-to-analog converter box,” said Ju H. Kim, Digital Stream CEO. “The converter will help ease the transition to digital technology for millions of on-air television viewers."
Digital Stream expects to unveil a comprehensive retailer/partner and customer support plan for the converters, including telephone technical support for consumers.
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