HDHomeRun Connect 4K goes on pre-sale
The new HDHomeRun TV tuner with ATSC 3.0 support is now available for pre-sale by SiliconDust.
It’s giving consumers their first glimpse of a new broadcast standard — also known as NextGen TV — that’s expected to bring better picture resolution and audio.
The HDHomeRun Connect Quatro 4K is one of the first ATSC 3.0 tuners available on the commercial market.
What is ATSC 3.0?
ATSC 3.0 is the new standard being adopted by broadcasters across the U.S. It promises to bring a range of improvements and features. But the most obvious ones are Dolby Atmos, 4K picture resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR).
For the last decade, broadcasters such as NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX have been broadcasting digital signals (ATSC 1.0) that can be received over-the-air with a TV antenna. The picture resolution for ATSC 1.0 is in High Definition — up to 720p and 1080i picture resolution.
Unlike a decade ago, the Federal Communications Commission is not requiring broadcasters to upgrade to ATSC 3.0. Many are expected to eventually make the switch. Once a broadcaster adds ATSC 3.0, it is required to continue carrying a digital transmission for another five years.
So people using a TV antenna for local channels won’t need an ATSC 3.0 tuner or TV right away.
The HDHomeRun 4K isn’t just for the new broadcast standard. It also works with the current broadcast standard that transmits digital over-the-air channels.
The Connect Quatro model has a pair of ATSC 3.0 tuners and two more ATSC 1.0 tuners.
SiliconDust, which makes HDHomeRun products, is currently shipping out an early run of the HDHomeRun 4K units to supporters of its Kickstarter campaign.
Where is ATSC 3.0 available?
A total of 62 markets have committed to switching to ATSC 3.0, according to the ATSC site.
And so far, ATSC 3.0 is live in 14 markets across the United States.
- Austin, TX
- Boise, ID
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
- East Lansing, MI
- Las Vegas, NV
- Nashville, TN
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL
- Phoenix, AZ
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Portland, OR
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Santa Barbara-Santa Marie-San Luis Obispo, CA
Three more cities are preparing to launch.
- Denver, CO
- Los Angeles, CA
- Mobile, AL-Pensacola, FL
The new Connect Quatro 4K retails for $199.99 on the SiliconDust website.
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