Sleek, Unique USB Digital TV Tuner for Inspiron Mini Family
Dell unveiled a USB digital TV tuner that allows individuals to watch broadcast TV on the Inspiron Mini. Dell will offer region-specific versions, designed to receive local broadcast standards. Dell expects the tuner to be available later this quarter, first in Europe, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific and China.
- The Dell USB Digital TV Tuner is designed to connect to the Inspiron Mini, turning it into a Digital TV.
- Starting at $50, the Dell USB Digital TV tuner will receive live and free over-the-air local digital and HD TV broadcasts where available.
- Dell plans to offer regional-specific versions of the Digital TV Tuner, designed to receive local broadcast standards, including mobile digital television standards like ATSC in the U.S., DVB-T in Western Europe, ISDB-T 1-seg (a.k.a. One Seg) in Japan, and the emerging CMMB standard in China.
- The USB Digital TV Tuner works with the Dell customized version of Ubuntu Linux (8.04), Windows XP and Windows Vista Basic.
- Similar in size to a USB key or “thumb drive,” the Digital TV tuner includes a built in telescoping and articulating antenna that retracts into the sleek glossy black case.
- The Dell USB Digital TV Tuner received a 2009 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree Award.
- The Dell USB Digital TV Tuner is ready for the digital TV switch-over in the U.S. starting February 2009.
- Dell teamed with Siano Mobile Silicon and Hauppauge Computer Works to design the USB Digital TV Tuner.