- New PC add-on brings crystal clear sound and vision, without subscription
London, England – August 13th 2001 – Millions of UK householders may be paying unnecessarily to receive digital, “free-to-air” TV channels, unaware they are available completely free with new PC technology. Usually only available to Sky Digital and OnDigital customers as part of a monthly subscription, the thirteen free-to-air channels are available free as part of the normal TV licence.
But PC owners will be able to watch the channels without paying a subscription from the end of this month, following the introduction of the first “DVB” decoders, from the world leader in tv-on-a-PC, Hauppauge. The company has developed the WinTV Nova-T that turns a PC into a free-to-air digital receiver and video recorder, and it’s perfectly legal if the owner has a regular TV licence.
“Over 7 million customers subscribe to digital TV packages, but most are unaware that thirteen of the channels are free,” said Yehia Oweiss of Hauppauge. “Many more people would like to see these channels, but refuse to pay up to £34 a month to do so . Our product will allow them to see the growing list of free channels without a monthly subscription. From now on free means free.”
Free-to-air digital TV channels provide clearer pictures and sound than traditional analogue TV, and are broadcast in widescreen. Current free-to-air digital TV channels include BBC1, BBC2, BBC Choice, BBC News 24, BBC Knowledge, ITV, ITV2, Channel 4, Channel 5, Shop!, ITN News Channel, Simply Money and TV Travel Shop.
Digital video recorder included
The Nova-T brings the additional benefit of video recording. Utilising the hard disk inside the PC, WinTV Nova-T will digitally record up to 20 hours of free-to-air channels for later viewing. Unlike traditional VCRs, Nova-T is simple to programme, showing full details of the schedule the owner has set. PC owners with the new generation of DVD Rewriteables are also able to create DVDs with up to 2.5 hours of DVD quality footage.
Hauppauge’s Nova-T will be available from high street and web retailers from the end of the month. Two versions will initially be available – a tiny USB module, costing £199 inc VAT, and a PCI board that needs to be installed inside the PC, costing £149 inc VAT.
Nova-T receives digital terrestrial broadcasts. A normal TV aerial will pick up the signal, with over 70% of the population living within the current broadcast area. The Digital Terrestrial Group, and independent organisation, can confirm availability via their web site at http://www.dtg.org.uk/retailer/coverage.html
No additional equipment is needed.
The Hauppauge product plugs into a normal TV aerial socket and a PC running Windows 98 or above. A Pentium III 500 processor or better with a minimum 64 MB of memory is recommended. Support for DirectX 7 or higher is needed, as are a sound card and IE5. Full PC specification details are available from www.hauppauge.co.uk.
Hauppauge Computer Works, established for over ten years, is the world leader in desktop TV and video products, with a range covering PC and Mac, analogue and digital, satellite television broadcast, teletext, FM stereo radio, Dolby surround and video capture. Prices range from £44.99 to £233.83 inc VAT.
Contacts for information:
020 7378 1997
0118 984 3386
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