Diamond announces tiny USB HDTV tuner

By Justin Mann on January 4, 2007, 7:14 PM
More goodies are being announced as companies head for the CES, and this one was particularly interesting to me and will likely interest any who are looking to replace a desktop with a laptop. A few years ago, I started using my PCs over my TV to watch movies, and ultimately that carried over to regular television as well. This device is interesting in that aspect, given that it is designed specifically for laptops. Diamond is releasing the HDTV100, a pen drive sized TV tuner. It is an “over-the-air” ATSC receiver, for HDTV / analog signals. While analog signals are not long for this world, the ability to have 1080 content put onto a laptop is awesome. Not a whole more can be said about it, though you can read the official press release from Diamond in the comments section.

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DIAMOND USERS CAN WATCH TV ON LAPTOP/PC WITH COMPACT TV RECEIVEROver-the-Air HDTV, UHF/VHF and Analog Cable Receiver Comes with Portable Antenna (Chatsworth, CA)--Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications productss, has begun shipping the HDTV100, an over-the-air HDTV, UHF/VHF (75ohm) and analog cable receiver with portable antenna, allowing users to watch TV anytime on the laptop or PC.The HDTV100 is a PenDrive size, USB 2.0 dual tuner system TV receiver allowing users to receive Free-to-Air ATSC and high quality analog TV signals to watch in windows on the PC. It has an advanced, silicon analog TV tuner for hyper band cable and worldwide terrestrial antenna reception. The portable device is entirely powered off of the USB bus so no extra power adapter is required. With the included software and infrared remote, users can schedule recordings; pause, rewind and replay up to 1080i resolution TV shows; and playback MP3's, digital phones, videos, recorded TV and DVD. The product supports Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and scheduled recording, as well as full territory and channel name recognition."Diamond's HDTV100 TV receiver is the perfect traveling companion for a laptop," notes Bruce Zaman, CEO of Diamond. "Diamond is proud to offer all types of communications solutions from modems to graphics cards, but this HDTV offering is a really exciting product that anyone can use to watch high definition TV on their computer."System requirements for the HDTV100 include a Pentium® 4 2.0GHz or equivalent AMD AthlonT CPU, Microsoft® Windows® XP with latest service pack, 256MB of system memory, 600MB disk space for driver and application, 1024x768 DirectX® 9.0 compatible graphics card, AC97 compatible PCI sound card, a CD or DVD ROM drive for installation and one available USB 2.0 port. The provided D-sub video/audio input combo cable must be used with the Composite video-in and S video-in jack for video and a stereo audio input-R/L RCA jack for audio.All Diamond products also carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance. Unlike many products that are simply first to market, Diamond carefully tests and retests every new model for its ratio of performance to reliability. Diamond is legendary in the PC video card business for its low return rates - less than 1 percent versus an industry average of approximately 10 percent - and attributes this to its intensive testing, detailed product knowledge down to the component level, superior relationships with suppliers and unyielding commitment to quality. Diamond products use superior connectors, cables and components, as well as undergo more thorough testing for heat susceptibility and durability, and this is directly reflected in its superior track record of longevity at the highest levels of performance.The HDTV100 retails at $99. All Diamond products are available through most North American distributors, such as ASI, D&H, Ingram Micro and TechData along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites like NewEgg.com and Amazon.com.
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