A $200 converter box? Yikes!March 8th, 2007
RCA’s digital converter box, designed to extend the life of your oh-so-last-century analog TV, will arrive on the market at the hefty price of $200 (a government coupon would reduce the consumer outlay to a still-steep $160). But the cost should ultimately fall to $50, according to the scoop from Doug Lung.
Other disappointing news in converterland: The box from Zenith (a unit of LG Electronics—I thought the box would carry the parent brand) gets LG’s fifth-generation chipset. I hoped the digital TV adapter would employ that manufacturer’s very latest innovations. But, Lung notes:
Although LG announced a sixth-generation ATSC chipset before CES, they weren’t talking about it in their booth.
Lung also reviews progress on mobile ATSC digital TV, including A-VSB’s performance (amazing) and bandwidth demands (pretty greedy).
• Link: TV Technology