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Contemporary Research AV Tuners


Contemporary Research 232-ATSC 4 HDTV Tuner

The new 232-ATSC 4 HDTV Tuner, our 4th-generation HDTV tuner, adds new capabilities to the industry-standard 232-ATSC series. New features include tuning MPEG-4 programs, up to 1080p output, and more efficient operation. The new tuner is fully compatible the previous 232-ATSC+1 tuner for control, operation, and rack mounting.

The integrator-friendly HDTV tuner is controllable with 2-way RS-232 and IP Telnet, as well as wireless and wired IR commands. An onboard Web page enables remote Web control. A new menu-driven display simplifies setup, and a front-panel USB port makes firmware updates a snap. The new compact enclosure allows mounting of two tuners in a single rack space.

A universal TV tuner, the 232-ATSC 4 can receive both analog and digital MPEG-2/MPEG-4 channels, in ATSC, NTSC, and clear QAM formats. Using an optional RF switcher, the tuner can switch between antenna and cable feeds.

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Contemporary Research 232-ATC
Contemporary Research 232-ATC

Contemporary Research ATSC-SDI 4 HDTV Tuner

The ATSC-SDI 4 is the first HDTV Tuner that features a native HD-SDI port, as well as MPEG2 and MPEG4 decoding. It is controllable via RS-232, IP, and IR commands. An onboard Web page enables remote Web control. A new menu-driven display simplifies setup, and a front-panel USB port makes firmware updates a snap. The new compact enclosure allows mounting of two tuners in a single rack space.

The integral HD-SDI output allows inclusion of 708/608 captioning, choice of AES stereo or AC-3 audio, and scaled output set to a constant 1080p, 1080i, 720p, or 480i resolution. The ASI port outputs the full MPEG stream, including all programs, audio options and data at native resolutions.

A universal TV tuner, the ATSC-SDI 4 can receive both analog and digital channels, in ATSC, NTSC, and clear QAM formats. Using an optional RF switcher, the tuner can switch between Antenna and Cable feeds.

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Contemporary Research ATSC-SDI 4 HDTV Tuner
Contemporary Research ATSC-SDI 4 HDTV Tuner

Contemporary Research ATSC+SDI HDTV Tuner w/ HD-SDI

The ATSC+SDI is the first HDTV Tuner that features an onboard HD-SDI port. A professional HDTV tuner, the ATSC+SDI is controllable via RS-232, IP, and IR commands. An onboard Web page enables remote Web control. A new menu-driven display simplifies setup, and a front-panel USB port makes firmware updates a snap. The new compact enclosure allows mounting of two tuners in a single rack space.

Having a built-in HD-SDI port offers several advantages over HDMI to SDI interfaces:

  • 708 captioning data is included in the stream (HDMI does not pass captioning data)
  • Audio can be set to AES stereo or AC3 regardless of channel audio
  • An internal scaler locks SDI output to a fixed standard; 1080i, 720p, or 480i

A universal TV tuner, the ATSC+SDI can receive both analog and digital channels, in ATSC, NTSC, and clear QAM formats. Using an optional RF switcher, the tuner can switch between Antenna and Cable feeds.

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Contemporary Research ATSC+SDI HDTV Tuner w/ HD-SDI
Contemporary Research ATSC+SDI HDTV Tuner w/ HD-SDI

Contemporary Research 232-MCT Mono Caption Tuner

The Contemporary Research 232-MCT is an economical RS-232/IR controlled video tuner featuring mono audio, 125-channel access in CATV, HRC, or IRC modes, closed captioning and intelligent control. Fully programmable, the unit can restore all settings on power-up from non-volatile memory. A list of accessible channels, called channel rings, can be stored in memory, used for convenient channel up/down control and to control direct access to unlisted channels. Switchable inputs for NTSC video and mono audio are included for display of PC graphics, a character generator information channel, camera or other A/V sources.

An onboard character generator displays on-screen text for closed captioning, channel names, and text from a custom control system. Full setup, control, and feedback is provided by RS-232. Up to nine 232-series tuners can be controlled from a single RS-232 port. In addition, remote tuning ring channel up and down operation can be accessed through contact closure inputs. Enjoy a full range of wireless control with the optional IC-RC IR Wireless Remote.

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Contemporary Research 232-MCT Mono Caption Tuner
Contemporary Research 232-MCT Mono Caption Tuner

Contemporary Research 232-STSi Tuner

The Contemporary Research 232-STSi Stereo S-Video PAL Tuner is a versatile RS-232 controlled PAL TV tuner featuring high-quality S-Video video and balanced A2/NICAM stereo audio output, switchable composite AV input, closed-captioning and on-screen text, 125 Channel Preset memory, front-panel operation and feedback, and intelligent RS-232 control. Designed for global applications, the 232-STSi is CE listed and receives PAL B/G/ H, D/K, and I standards, as well as SECAM B/G, D/K, and L

The 232-STSi features a new, versatile solution for auto-tuning broadcasts that allows the user to mix and match different TV standards. For example, a viewer in Germany (PAL B/G, A2 audio) can also save presets for Belgian broadcasts (PAL B/G, NICAM audio). Channel preset search, TV standard, add, and delete can be controlled from optional iC-RC wireless remote or control system programming.

An onboard character generator displays on-screen text for closed captioning, channel names, interactive menus, and system feedback. Switchable inputs for composite video and stereo audio are included for display of PC graphics, VCR, camera or other A/V sources. AV from inputs and off-air broadcast are output as composite video, S-Video and Stereo, Mono, or Dual audio. Up to nine tuners can be integrated from one RS-232 control port.

Applications include S-Video TV origination for conference and meeting rooms, board rooms, and home theaters.

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Contemporary Research 232-STSi Tuner
Contemporary Research 232-STSi Tuner