TEAC to Issue HD Tuner for Laptops

Following a growing tidal wave of traditional TV content now flowing to online services in 2006, TEAC America plans to intro an external HD tuner for portable laptop computers in early 2007.

The tuner will be the Montebello, Calif.-based firm's first product to tap into HD technology, according to published reports. (TEAC has made TV tuners for notebook computers in the past, but not to retrieve digital HD content.)

The unit will hook up to a laptop with a USB plug-and-cable and likely will sell for under $200 (although no price points have yet been issued). TEAC said it anticipates making its HD tuner available on its Web site and at major retailers by the end of Q1 2007.