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- Terrestrial digital TV tuner card available immediately


London, England – March 1, 2002– Consumers can join the digital TV revolution for under £100, following a major price cut by the pioneer of TV tuner cards, Hauppauge (www.hauppauge.co.uk). The company, which has been making TV add-ons for PCs for 15 years, has slashed a third off the price of its Nova-T PCI product, allowing high street retailers, including Dixons and PC World, to sell the product at £99.99 from March 1st. Consumers will not be required to sign up with a digital TV company or pay a monthly subscription.


The Nova-T PCI, once installed in a PC, allows owners to receive the twelve free-to-air channels through a regular TV aerial (“digital terrestrial”). PCs with a TV-out socket can also be hooked up to a TV set for the full widescreen experience.


Commenting on the price reduction, Yehia Oweiss, Managing Director of Hauppauge UK said, “Once again Hauppauge scores a first. Some of our competitors are busy developing product, but it won’t be ready until later into the year. Our Nova-T PCI product brings free to air digital TV and PVR now, at the correct consumer price point, providing the first lowest cost entry to the digital TV experience.”


Usually only available to Sky Digital and OnDigital customers as part of a monthly subscription, the free-to-air channels are available free as part of the normal TV licence. The 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.


The Nova-T PCI brings the additional benefit of video recording. Utilising the disk inside the PC, Nova-T PCI will digitally record up to 20 hours of free-to-air channels for later viewing. PC owners with DVD Rewriteables are also able to create DVDs with up to 2.5 hours of DVD quality footage.


Hauppauge Computer Works, established for over fifteen 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.


http://www.hauppauge.co.uk


Contacts for information:


Yehia Oweiss
Hauppauge
020 7378 1997
yoweiss@hauppauge.co.uk


Peter Linton
Media Link
0118 984 3386
peter@medialink.co.uk

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