USDTV, LG Electronics put fifth-generation 8-VSB chips in set-top boxes

U.S. Digital Television (USDTV) has entered into a technology partnership with LG Electronics and LG Innotek to supply fifth-generation 8-VSB chips and ATSC tuners for the over-the-air subscription TV service’s set-top boxes (STB).

USDTV will begin to include the LG components in set-top-boxes planned for shipments beginning in the fourth quarter of the year.

According to USDTV Chairman and CEO Steve Lindsley, LG's chip will make over-the-air digital TV reception easier for millions of viewers.

USDTV field test data have shown significant improvement in reception performance over previous generations thanks in part to latest-generation dynamic equalizer technology. The fifth-generation, 8-VSB reception technology can be further enhanced through USDTV's previously announced digital antenna being produced with Dotcast and Winegard Company.

When combined with the LG DTV technology, broadcast service areas will be expanded and many difficult reception areas mitigated, creating greater subscriber potential in each market.

USDTV's service costs less than $20 per month and broadcasts many cable networks over-the-air in digital and high-definition formats on the unused digital spectrum of broadcast partners. USDTV currently operates in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

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