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UEI launches DTA universal remote control

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 8:05am
Traci Patterson

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) has launched a universal two-device remote control – the Delta – that can be preprogrammed to a digital-to-analog (DTA) converter, and then programmed by the user to operate a TV.

UEI said the Delta is slated to ship to “major set-top manufacturers for deployment with a major cable operator in the fall of 2008 in anticipation of the upcoming digital broadcast switch.”

The remote includes infrared (IR) coverage for the most popular TV brands sold in North America, the company said. The Delta also features UEI’s XMP protocol and an IR communication protocol with a unique registry that avoids conflict with other devices in the home.

“The digital transition in cable broadcasting is poised to accelerate as the mandatory cutover time nears,” said Paul Arling, chairman and CEO of UEI. “Many viewers need a device to keep their analog TV’s from going obsolete. The major cable systems are all looking at DTA converters to solve this problem and they need a reliable and highly compatible remote to control the converter. Delta provides a cost effective and reliable way to address their needs.”

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