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Digital cable tuner turns PC into PVR

Posted: 12 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HDTV? PVR? cable tuner? AMD? Windows Vista?

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has unveiled the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tunersaid to be the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium high-definition (HD) digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

The device turns a PC into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with easy-to-use Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center menus and interfaces. It is scheduled to be available end of this month inside desktop and notebook PCs from the industry's top PC manufacturers.

"With the upcoming release of Windows Vista, more consumers are ready to make their Media Center PC the entertainment hub for the home," said Kevin Kettler, VP and chief technology officer, Dell Inc. "Dell Systems that include the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner finally provide consumers with a comprehensive HDTV option that combines all their favourite TV programming with the feature-rich functionality of a Media Center PC."

The new product is certified by CableLabs, a cable industry research and development consortium.

With this new device, consumers can watch live or record HD broadcasts to preserve in a video library or stream to their Xbox 360, if permitted by the content provider. Powered by AMD Avivo image technology, consumers get outstanding picture quality and smooth playback of their premium HD digital cable TV content on their media Center PC, beyond basic cable channels, traditional analog TV and free over-the-air HD channels.

Pricing for the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner will vary depending on the OEM manufacturer and the level of hardware included.

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