Stand Alone ATSC / QAM HDTV Tuner w/HDMI out
NOTE: The HDTV Tuner is compatible with Clear QAM channels of major cable operators such as Cablevision Systems Corporation, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications Corp. and Time Warner Cable. For maximum satisfaction we strongly suggest to contact your Cable Operator and verify the Clear QAM channels available through your local service.
Tune In To Digital Channels Only: The HDTV Tuner is a digital TV tuner and will tune in only to Standard Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD) Digital channels. To view the old analog channels (that is the lower band, old channels 1-99) an ANALOG tuner is required.
The HDTV Tuner has Antenna (or Cable TV) pass through feature. While the DCT210 is in Stand By mode the antenna or cable TV signals will redirect to your TV analog tuner through the TV Out connector. If your TV or projector does not have an analog TV tuner and you still want to see the basic program analog channels you have to use an external analog tuner such as the CATV5 or the CATV6.
HDTV Tuner Features:
- Watch HDTV programs on your big screen HDTV display.
- Watch Clear QAM Digital TV on your regular TV
- Watch ATSC or Clear QAM Digital TV on your PC Monitor with component inputs.
- Tunes and decodes ATSC DTV broadcast formats
- Tunes and decodes all 18 approved ATSC / 8VSB DTV broadcast formats
- QAM 64/256 digital HD TV tuner Cable receiver. (Requires Clear QAM unencrypted channels)
- ATSC digital HD TV tuner over the air receiver (to be used with indoor or outdoor digital antennas.)
- Signal strength meter
- High Definition: Selectable DTV Output resolution (480i/720p/1080i)
- Aspect ratio control in 4:3 and 16:9 mode
- HDMI, Component (YPbPr), S-Video and Composite (CVBS) video outputs
- Stereo Analog audio output - RCA jacks
- Digital Audio Optical output - Stereo 2.1 and Surround Sound Pass Through
- Built-in selector switch for channel 3 or 4 Digital to Analog Down Converter via RF Output (Can work as government converter box)
- Simple user interface: On screeen guide set-up and On-Screen Menu
- Advanced Electronic Program Guide
- Auto or manual scan of programmed channels: Unmatched channel mapping options
- V-CHIP (parents control) & Closed Captions
- Support English, French, Spanish multi-languages
- Advanced sleep timer
- Very compact in size
The HDTV Tuner can be configured to output for either widescreen 16:9 or standard 4:3 televisions, choosing from letterbox, zoom, and full-screen outputs. An easy-to-use electronic program guide, or "EPG" displays TV programming information while full "V-Chip" parental controls let you restrict mature programming from ATSC sources. The HDTV Tuner also features component and composite video signals.
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The HDTV ATSC / QAM TV tuner will also take high or standard definition, 8VSB digital signal, and convert it to analog video and audio output thus allowing use of old analog TVs. This HDTV receiver features 4 separate outputs: (1) Composite, S-Video and Component HDTV analog outputs making it compatible with analog TV sets and HDMI output for viewing in full high definition digital televisions.
HDTV Tuner Specifications:
|Input frequency range||ATSC: 54-860MHz
Cable: 57-860MHz ("Clear" QAM)
|Channels||ATSC: 2-13 VHF, 14-69 UHF
Cable: 2-135 ("Clear" QAM)
|Antenna Input||75Ω Female (F-Type)|
|Antenna Output||75Ω Female (F-Type)|
|Modulation Modes||8VSB, 8VSB MP@ML, 64/256QAM|
|Algorithm||MPEG-2 Digital& Full ATSC Compliant|
|HD Digital Video Output||HDMI Output
Native Mode: 480i, 720p, 1080i
|Analog Video Output
(Digital to Analog Downscale)
|Composite Video: 480i
RF Modulator: Channels 3,4 at 480i
|SD Video Output||CVBS (Composite)
|Algorithm||MPEG-1 layer 1 and 2
MPEG-2 layer 2
|Analog Audio Output||Stereo (RCA jacks)
>10KΩ (1 set)
|Digital Audio Output||SPDIF optical|
|Main||AC 100V - 120V
|Standby Power Consumption||Less than 1W|
|Operating Temprature||0~40 oC|
|Storage Temprature||-10 ~ +50 oC|
|Operating Humidity||5% ~ 90% Non-condensed|
|Storage Humidity||5% ~ 90% Non-condensed|
|Weight||Actual device Approx. 0.87Kg
|Dimensions||280mm X 44mm X 156mm
Why not buy this HDTV Tuner today?
Digital HDTV over the air is called ATSC.
Digital HDTV over cables is called 256QAM
QAM is the technology used to overcome bandwidth issues and "squeeze in" larger number of digital channels on one carrier by managing each channel's bandwidth and video/audio frequencies. To view Digital TV in High Definition (720p, 1080i, 1080p) and correct color depth the QAM processor require large memory cash. This digital HDTV CABLE transmission standard is the 256QAM. The other known 64QAM is used for STANDARD (480p) digital transmissions only and is not high definition.
The FREE HDTV channels, non-premium and unencrypted transmission over cable, are called "Clear QAM". Some people misunderstand Clear QAM and complain they can not get HBO with a certain 256QAM tuner.
The problem is not the tuner but the way the cable operator is transmitting the channel.
Paying for the Premium service is not enough. The channel is still encrypted. Only the specific cable operator box can remove the encryption.
For instance: Pioneer Cable Box that will remove the encryption from Time Warner HBO channel will fail when used with Comcast HBO channel. Each cable operator has its own encryption method and keys.
Free QAM channels line-up may be different between regions of the same operator, in accordance with the cable operator's marketing plans
The HDTV Tuner (Terrestrial off-air external HDTV tuner and Clear QAM Cable receiver) is an excellent device for use with projectors and monitors featuring HDMI, Component and Composite inputs. The TV tuner provide excellent picture and crispy stereo sound. Very useful with Projectors, DVD recorders and VCRs without integrated TV tuner!
ATSC: In 1982, (ATSC) Advanced Television Systems Committee was created to generate a standard for digital television which is designed to replace NTSC in the United States. ATSC provides for high definition including the 16:9 wide screen format up to 1920x1080 pixels in size. Also ATSC supports “theater quality” sound using the Dolby Digital AC-3 format which provides 5.1 surround sound. The FCC mandates the broadcasters use ATSC instead of NTSC by early 2009.
QAM stands for “quadrature amplitude modulation” which is the format cable channels are encoded and transmitted via cable. Using a QAM tuner you would be able to receive unencrypted digital signals via your cable provider without needing a digital cable box. QAM tuners are the cable equivalent of the ATSC tuner. Unlike the FCC requirement that ATSC tuners are required in new television sets, QAM tuners are not required.
Integrated QAM tuners allow for reception of unscrambled digital programming sent unencrypted by cable providers, usually local broadcast stations. Since most cable providers consider digital channels as not part of their basic cable packages, most digital channels are scrambled. Which channels are scrambled varies greatly from location to location, and can change over time. In this case you need a digital cable box or CableCARD to unencrypt the signal.
NTSC (NOT SUPPORTED) refers to the committee that created the standard called the National Television System Committee. The National Television System Committee was established in 1940 by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to resolve conflicts which arose between companies over the introduction of a nationwide analog television system in the United States. In March 1941, the NTSC approved the technical standard for black and white televisions. The committee was reconstituted in January 1950 to create a standard for color television. In March 1953 the Nation Television System Committee approved the NTSC color television standard. The NTSC is the standard television system in the United States and is not compatible with UK or European transmission systems called PAL (Phase Alternate Line).
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HDTV Supply has this in usually in stock so place your order at the above ADD TO CART button by 11AM PST and it can ship today or call us at 800-841-9238 to place your order.
This is a general video that can be used with many of our ATSC tuners. The looks and back panel may not be the same however.
Q: How does the HDTV tuner work with analog channels?
A: The Cable operator in your area is sending a mix of both analog and digital channels. Most of the analog channels already converted to unencrypted standard digital (SD) format that can be displayed by the HDTV tuner. Many programs are available simultaneously in analog and digital format as part of the basic Cable service.
The HDTV tuner is a digital TV tuner and will display only Standard Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD) Digital channels. To view the old analog channels (that is the lower band, old channels 1-99) an ANALOG tuner is required. If your TV has an analog tuner you may use the pass-trough property of the HDTV tuner to send the Cable analog basic program signal to your TV analog tuner. By using the TV remote controller you may switch between digital and analog channels. If your TV or projector does not have an analog tuner and you still want to see the basic program analog channels you have to use an external analog tuner.
Will your HDTV Tuner tune to analog channels and show it on my TV?
The HDTV Tuner is a digital TV tuner and will display only Standard Digital (SD) or High Definition (HD) Digital channels. To view the old analog channels (that is the lower band, old channels 1-99) an ANALOG tuner is required.
Do I need my Cable operator's permission to connect the HDTV Tuner?
The HDTV Tuner is a legitimate device. You don't need your Cable operator's permission to use it. The tuner will not interfere with the operator's system.
I pay for premium HDTV channels to watch CNN and other Cable networks. Can I watch CNN if I have the HDTV Tuner?
premium services (such as HBO, CNN, Showtime, Starz, Playboy etc.), "Pay Per View" and "Movies On Demand are encrypted and require special subscription (and additional payment to the basic service fee) to unlock the encryption. These channels can not be displayed by "Clear" QAM tuners such as our p/n HDTV Tuner. For more information about this topic please link to our "Cable QAM and 'Clear' QAM" page.
What is "Clear" QAM?
QAM is a digital transmission method used in Cable TV. "Clear" is a technical descriptive term indicating unencrypted channel.
Where can I find "Clear" QAM channels in my Cable service?
"Clear" QAM channels are available in the basic service plan provided by your Cable operator.
How many "Clear" QAM channels will be picked up by your HDTV Tuner?
The number of unencrypted "Clear" channels available through the coaxial RF cable feed from your Cable operator is solely determined by the operator marketing policy in your area and may differ from one location to another.
Why some channels I see on my TV are not available through the HDTV Tuner?
Many TV sets produced before the digital transition that went into effect on Friday June 12, 2009 have a hybrid analog/digital tuner and pick up the analog channels that are still transmitted by the Cable operators simultaneously with the digital channels. These analog transmissions are gradually converted to digital and will disappear shortly. As said above, the HDTV Tuner is a digital tuner and will not tune to analog channels.
Can I connect the HDTV Tuner to my old TV and projector that do not have HDMI input?
The HDTV Tuner is a perfect digital tuner for such application. By connecting your RF feed to the tuner it will tune to digital unencrypted ("Clear") QAM channels in your basic Cable service and will output analog audio video signal from one of the following outputs: Composite Video, S-Video and Component Video. It is the right solution for use with old analog TV sets or projectors.
Is the HDTV Tuner limited to Cable reception only?
No! The HDTV Tuner is also an Over The Air (OTA) receiver and will tune to terrestrial OTA ATSC digital transmissions available in your location. The number of OTA channels you will receive depend on the available broadcasts in your area, signal strength and quality. OTA or Cable reception are selected during the tuner setup process.
What will affect the OTA signal strength and quality?
There are many parameters that influence signal strength and quality. Some of them are:
- Distance from the transmitter.
- Terrain type and the existing of large bodies between your antenna and the transmitter.
- The type and location of your antenna.
- Weather conditions.
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HDTV Supply includes a 1 Year Limited U.S. Warranty on this product. The U.S. warranty states that (a) its products will perform substantially in accordance with the accompanying written materials for a period of 1 year from the date of receipt and (b) that the Product will be free from defects in materials & workmanship under normal use & service for a period of 1 year. In order to get a warranty replacement for a defective item, HDTV Supplys Support Team will verify the product is eligible for warranty. An RMA number will then be issued. Shipped replacements will be in like new conditions, tested and all components included. A 30-day RETURN also comes with this warranty as well as Free Lifetime Tech Support.
HDTV Supply also sells a 3 and 5 Year Extended U.S. Warranty for this product. Please go to Extended Warranties or see the above Options to purchase it.
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Questions & Answers
Ask a question about the Stand Alone ATSC / QAM HDTV Tuner w/HDMI out or Call 800-841-9238
Note: This unit does not have the same functions as a cable box.
Cable TV Operators Compatibility:
All QAM Cable TV Tuners & Receivers in our store are compatible with the following networks:*