Why do I need an HDTV Tuner and Which One is Right?

Projectors and professional displays do not have built-in TV tuners, in-order to receive modulated signals, there must be a tuner for those devices. Tuners can also be used to monitor live camera feeds or over the air broadcasts. Presentation room switchers often need a dedicated tuner that can be routed to displays on demand. Tuner/Controllers provide all the features of…

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Excelling in Innovation, Quality and Customer Service since 1994

Since the day of its founding in 1994, Contemporary Research has strived to provide innovative products with the highest level of quality and customer service. For more than 23 years, Contemporary Research has designed and manufactured simple and innovative solutions for professional audio video system integration out of Addison, Texas. As the industry’s needs changed,…

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Contemporary Research Celebrates the 10 Year Anniversary of its First Digital HDTV Tuner

The Telecommunications Act in 1996 initiated a major transition for both broadcasters and TV technology manufacturers. Analog TV channels would become obsolete as digital HD programs were required to replace them by January, 2007. Even when the deadline was later extended to June 12, 2009, Contemporary Research foresaw the necessity of high-quality digital tuners. With…

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The New Basic Cable

August, 2011 – “Help! Our cable company is encrypting all our channels! What do we do?” Most of us in the industry have heard this cry for help many times. In the August edition of Sound and Video Contractor, check out “The New Basic Cable – how to be your own in-house cable company”, written by CR’s Doug Engstrom. By taking control of your RF network, you can reduce…

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What’s the difference between QAM and ATSC?

The terms ATSC and QAM define how digital channels are broadcast. ATSC stands for Advanced Television Standards Committee and QAM is an acronym for Quadrature Amplitude Modulation. There is also QPSK, which is a format used for satellite broadcasting – but since those are received by proprietary satellite TV boxes, not HDTV tuners and TVs, it’s not important for this…

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Corporate Applications

The New Basic Cable As cable companies scramble their channels, companies have adapted and refined their choices for content costs and distribution. Rather than paying for the entire list of programs, they subscribe to the few they really watch. Then, using QMOD-HD HDTV Modulators, they rent one HD cable box per channel and rebroadcast as unscrambled HD channels that…

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Get Ready for RF 2.0 – Sound and Communications

October, 2011 – In his article “Get Ready for RF 2.0,” in the October Sound & Communications magazine, our own Doug Engstrom writes that, while the advent of new RF HDTV solutions may have been somewhat of a surprise to traditional AV integrators, the near instant growth over the past three years indicates that HDTV is now a key element in the AV design and…

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New Contemporary Research 232-ATSC+ HDTV Tuner Adds Integrator-requested Features

DALLAS, TX – 6/21/2011 Contemporary Research is replacing its popular 232-ATSC tuner with the 232-ATSC+ HDTV tuner which includes all the performance of the 232-ATSC, plus new features requested by AV integrators. The new 232-ATSC+ will take less time to install, occupy less space, and consume 25 percent less power, according to Contemporary Research President Scott…

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Contemporary Research HDTV Tuner Keeps Helicopter News Broadcasts In Sync With Studio Needs

DALLAS, April 19, 2009 – The Contemporary Research 232-ATSC HDTV Tuner has become standard equipment for operators of TV station helicopters when they race to cover breaking news. Once overhead and hovering, the helicopter’s electronic news gathering system allows the pilot and reporter to synchronize with the studio and enables them to anticipate the take for…

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