RadioShack announced yesterday it is now offering the Digital Stream DTX9950 digital converter box with built in analog pass-through.
Analog pass-through allows TV viewers to watch existing analog as well as digital TV stations without the need to install additional splitters or switches. While full service TV stations will be shutting off analog transmitters at midnight Feb. 17, 2009, many translator and low power TV (LPTV) stations will continue to broadcast in analog.
“We’re excited to be among the first national retailers—as well as the largest in terms of the sheer number of retail outlets and distribution channels—to offer a digital converter box with a built-in analog pass-through,” said Peter Whitsett, RadioShack’s executive vice president and general merchandising manager. “Although most research indicates a minority of households actually require such a feature, we’ve found some customers visiting our neighborhood stores for advice are confused over what kind of box they actually need. This alleviates any uncertainty, at no additional cost. The DTX9950 also allows us to deliver a complete digital transition solution, whether it be over-the-air reception of digital and analog signals, satellite television or cable subscription services, or simply a new television.
Whitsett adds that the box will also come in handy for viewers along the northern and southern borders of the U.S. who wish to continue viewing signals from Canada and Mexico.
The DTX9950 is approved by NTIA and eligible for the $40 government subsidized coupon.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.