Mitsubishi, Sharp license 8-VSB technology from Zenith

The companies’ licensing agreements come as the FCC DTV tuner mandate requires all 36in and larger sets sold in the United States to have 8-VSB tuners
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Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America and Sharp have signed license agreements for Zenith Electronics' digital television (DTV) reception technology.

Under the agreements, Sharp and Mitsubishi will license Zenith's 8-VSB DTV technology. Zenith developed the 8-VSB digital transmission system at the heart of the FCC’s adopted ATSC DTV Standard. The company has several patents essential to the operation of over-the-air digital television receivers compliant with the ATSC DTV standard.

The FCC DTV Tuner Mandate, which began July 1, 2004, requires 8-VSB tuners in 50 percent of 36in and larger sets sold in the United States. Effective July 1, 100 percent of 36in and larger sets, and 50 percent of 25- to 35in sets, sold in the United States will be required to incorporate 8-VSB demodulators. The rule will apply to all TVs 13in and larger in 2007.

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