- "The best interactive TV experience ever"
- Free highlights on demand, free extra channels for users of digital TV cards
London, England – 29th May 2002 – Owners of the latest digital WinTV PC cards will be able to view extra channels and watch highlights any time, day or night, following the introduction of interactive features for the latest generation of digital TV cards. The new features, available to owners of WinTV Nova-T digital TV converters will be able to take advantage of BBCi's extended coverage of the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup this summer.
The £99.99 WinTV Nova-T or the WinTV Nova-T USB at £149.00 inc, from market leader, Hauppauge, plugs into a PC or notebook and a rooftop aerial socket to deliver free-to-view digital terrestrial TV on the screen. The company is making available a free software upgrade for the Nova-T, taking advantage of the BBC's new interactive features, available during the World Cup for the first time. The software can be downloaded from http://www.hauppauge.co.uk/digitaltv/mheg5.zip on the first day of the World Cup (31/5/02).
The text service offers all the top stories and breaking news, including latest scores, key moments from the big games, match previews and reports, group tables and player biographies. There will also be expert analysis from the BBC's football pundits Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Gary Lineker.
The company, which designs interactive TV and gaming systems, described the updated, interactive Hauppauge Nova-T as the best TV experience ever. "Nova-T benefits from all the resources of a PC behind it to deliver lightning-fast interactive services," said Yehia Oweiss, MD of Hauppauge. "We are very excited about digital TV, and see huge potential in highly functional PC products like the WinTV Nova-T as a low-cost route to get households digital."
The Nova-T PCI, once installed in a PC, allows owners to receive the fourteen 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.
Usually only available to Sky Digital 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 channels provide clearer pictures and sound than traditional analogue TV, and are broadcast in widescreen. Current free-to-air digital TV channels include BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC CHOICE, BBC FOUR, BBC NEWS 24, BBC PARLIAMENT*, CBBC, Cbeebies, BBCi, ITV1, C4, C5, ITN News Channel**, S4C (in Wales), S4C2 (in Wales), QVC**, TV Travel Shop**
* sound only on Digital Terrestrial
** not in widescreen
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 £39.99 to £199.99 inc VAT.
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