State of the Multibox for the U.S Market

June 24, 2008

One of the most viewed posts on this blog is the one headlined “One DTV-converterbox for the whole house“. the post is still and steadily growing in attraction since the phrase is a very common search on Google and other search engines. Also, it is a kind of product that many would like to have – lowering the cost and make the transition easier. The product the post is telling about is the Multibox – a true “One converter box for the whole house”. Pictured below from the product site at A2B.  It doesn’t come  in a “applesque” cool design, after all it is supposed to be placed up in the attic..

Many have made comments on this blog and asked about more details for the converter box. One commentator has pinpointed a great thing about having one converterbox for the whole house – it won´t use as much energy as having several boxes within the house. Thinking lean and green is a smart thing.

However, I asked Mr. Ari Miettinen at A2B, the company who is producing the so called Multibox, if it is sold on the U.S market yet and what their plans are. Ari told me that the model that they sell in Europe does not work in the U.S due to the different standard for broadcasts in the U.S (ATSC).

Mr. Miettinen say that they do understand the great interest in the U.S for a Multibox. And they are developing something for the U.S market. But, they can’t say anything yet about the plans or time until something is ready to be launched.

So my advice to you who are interested in a Multibox is to send an e-mail to A2B, expressing your interest for the U.S version of the Multibox. That might speed up the process. And by the way – ask your local DTV retailer if they have anything like it – if not give them a heads up on this one..

Anders Bjers

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One DTV Converter For The Whole House

March 4, 2008

Today I saw that someone had made a Google search on the subject “One converter box for the whole house”. It caught my attention because it is a logic question that many will ask when they know they need a box.

It goes something like – If I have three or four TV sets can I have one box?

When you have several TV-sets in the house but little interest in technology you probably want to make the transition as easy as possible. Creating converter boxes is no rocketscience but to figure out consumers needs and demand and make a great box, that is a challenge. A smooth transition is in many ways the same as easy-to-use technology.
A Swedish company saw the the need from households, elderly and landlords who needed a simple solution for the TV-set. The company made a “Multibox”. It works for several TV-sets simultaneously. You connect the box to the antenna, preferably up in the attic. If you have a system of cables already installed in the house you let the box be connected to that system. Little changes, no extra remote controls, something granny appreciates.

I don’t know if this would work in the U.S. but it is really interesting thought if the U.S market do have a need for a simple solution – one box for the whole house. Another smart thing is that this box still let the analog signal run through so you can continue watching that Low Power TV station that won’t transfer to digital signals.

Check out the Multibox.

/Anders Bjers

P.S. Another smart thing, with a Multibox, the VCR continues to work “as usual”… D.S.