TVonics has announced what it claims to be the world’s smallest and easiest to connect DVB-T set top box.
It’s the size of a matchbox, and connects via the standard aerial connector rather than requiring a SCART connection (there’d barely be room on the box). It’s designed primarily for second TVs, those which lack SCART sockets, or where space is limited, and while an aerial connection could give a poorer quality signal than a SCART connection, it could prove useful for converting less important TVs around the home.
Once plugged in, it auto-scans for digital TV (Freeview) channels. The user simply tunes an unused TV channel into the box to view the channels.
Features include full MHEG5 1.06 digital text, 8 day EPG, DVB subtitles and audio description processing, and it comes with an ergonomic remote control handset.
It’s more eco-friendly, too, consuming just 5W in use, and 2W in standby mode. It’s also able to supply power to an active set top antenna, if required — could be useful for bedsits and other rooms where there’s no access to an external aerial.
It will retail at £45 in the UK. No product image is available yet.