Plextor LLC released the PX-HDTV500U Mini Digital HDTV Receiver.
The USB stick-sized device, which weighs less than 20 grams, allows users to watch, pause, and record High-Definition TV on most Windows-based laptop computers.
Plextor's Mini Digital HDTV Receiver includes software that automatically scans for free air-to-air digital and HD signals in the area. The signals are pulled in by a digital flat antenna. The receiver features a USB 2.0 interface for easy connectivity with laptops running Window 2000/XP/Vista operating systems. In this basic configuration, users can watch, pause, and record live TV with standard definition TV and HDTV video resolution. Recorded TV is converted to MPEG-2 files in real-time and stored on the hard disk drive.
The device supports the US DTV Standard ATSC Protocol for free air-to-air digital terrestrial TV and audio program playing. The tuner frequency is 42-864 MHZ, with a 6 MHz bandwidth. The receiver also supports advanced viewing features such as automatic channel scanning, picture-in-picture, aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9, full-screen view or scalable screen for multitasking, and still-picture capture.
For Standard Definition TV, the Plextor PX-HDTV500U Mini Digital HDTV Receiver requires a Windows 2000/XP/Vista computer with Pentium III 1.0 GHz or equivalent CPU, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB VGA card, sound card or on-board sound chip, and USB 2.0. For High Definition TV, the receiver requires Pentium? 4 3.0 GHz or equivalent CPU, 512 MB RAM, and 128 MB VGA card.
Plextor's PX-HDTV500U Mini Digital HDTV Receiver ships to distributors in North and South America in the beginning of April 2007, with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $99.00 USD. All retail packages include one-year full warranty and unlimited technical support.