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NTIA Approves First Coupon Converter Boxes

Digital Stream has obtained the first NTIA approval for an ATSC digital-to-analog set-top converter box. The converter will be available at major retailers starting in January 2008. NTIA found the two Digital Stream converters, D2A1D10 and D2A1D20, met all of its requirements, are RoHS-compliant and exceed Energy Star requirements. The suggested retail price for the converters was estimated to be $69.99.

Ju H. Kim, Digital Stream CEO, said, “We are pleased to be the first company to offer an NTIA-approved digital-to-analog converter box. The converter will help ease the transition to digital technology for millions of on-air television viewers.”

While Digital Stream may not be recognized by consumers, the Korean-based company has been providing internal DTV components for more than 40 TV models from well-known manufacturers. It offers HDTV built-in modules, receivers, HD media players, DTV antennas and IPTV solutions.

Information on the NTIA coupon program is available at

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.