Atlanta DTH launches compact ATSC 3.0 television tuner

Cable and satellite supplier Atlanta DTH has announced the launch of a new ultra-compact ATSC 3.0 television tuner.

Only slightly larger than a plug-in USB memory card, the AIRialTV Solo incorporates a coaxial TV antenna interface allowing direct connection of the feed from a satellite or digital terrestrial source, while it outputs via a standard USB connector which also sources power for the unit.

The tuner is designed for direct connection to smart TVs, set-top boxes and mobile devices. It supports key ATSC 3.0 features including UHD, HDR and interactive content, while also supporting video streaming services such as Plex. 

ATSC services are accessible across many areas of the USA, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. They have also been adopted for Jamaica and recommended for Brazil. ATSC 1.0 is based on a 19.4 Mbps bit rate and 8VSB modulation to allow 1080-line HD and 525-line SD multicasting. ATSC 3.0 is based on data rates of up to 36 Mbps and OFDM modulation to support 2160p60 UHD and HD multicasting.

Michael Day, Atlanta DTH CEO, said: “AIRialTV Solo is the latest in our range of tabletop and ultra-compact TV tuners. Its launch coincides with the increasing adoption of the ATSC 3.0 advanced TV standard by broadcasters in North America. First shipments of the tuner are scheduled for September at a kickstarter price of US$74. We are also introducing developer tools, at $150, allowing entrepreneurs to create ATSC 3.0 related applications.”

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