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NVIDIA's new MCE device places two TV tuners on a single card

NVIDIA has launched the ultimate tool for Media Center Edition (MCE) PC owners. The NVIDIA DualTV, as its name implies, offers two tuners on a single card.

By having two separate tuners onboard, the DualTV tuner is able to record two shows at once or allow you to record one show while you watch another. And since the DualTV tuner is a full-fledged MCE device, you can transfer recorded material to a personal media players or portable game players. Live or recorded shows can also be streamed throughout the home to game consoles or Media Center Extenders courtesy of software from Orb Networks.

Other features of the NVIDIA DualTV tuner include:

  • MediaSqueeze compression technology
  • PureVideo technology
  • 3D comb filter
  • 3D noise reduction hardware
  • In-line TV amplifier.
  • Multi-stream hardware encoder

Scott Vouri, general manager of multimedia at NVIDIA adds:

"There are other TV tuners in the market today, but the NVIDIA DualTV tuner offers some key differentiators that make it stand out. Based on our internal testing it’s measurably the best picture quality of any dual tuner card and saves disk space. It’s easy to use and install, and is designed for people who want to watch what they want, where they want, whenever they want."

The NVIDIA DualTV tuner is available now for a suggested retail price of $169. You can also purchase the DualTV tuner with a remote and receiver kit for $219.

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First with 2 tuners?
By DarthPierce on 4/6/2006 11:27:13 AM , Rating: 3
is the first TV tuner designed for PCs to offer two tuners on a single card.

No... Dual tv tuners has been done before. A lot.

RE: First with 2 tuners?
By segagenesis on 4/6/2006 11:30:31 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Why is this a big deal?

This has been out for over a year now!

RE: First with 2 tuners?
By DarthPierce on 4/6/2006 11:38:29 AM , Rating: 2
here's a discontinued dual tv tuner (one one card) from 2004 that's actually powered by nvidia.... so it's not even a first for them.

RE: First with 2 tuners?
By Shining Arcanine on 4/6/2006 11:45:33 AM , Rating: 2
I have that card; my ATI AIW 9700 Pro used to give slightly better quality than it before it died. Hopefully Nvidia has caught up with ATI in terms of video quality with this card. On the bright side, their NVTV dual tuner card had better image quality than the ATI TV Wonder Pro.

RE: First with 2 tuners?
By GoatMonkey on 4/6/2006 12:57:58 PM , Rating: 2
I have one of the Hauppauge PVR 500MCE cards and it's great. This nVidia card looks virtually identical spec wise, maybe it has slightly better picture quality or something, but it's really nothing new. If it had hardware MPEG4 compression I would be a lot more interested. Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy using the same card that I've had for around a year now that is cheaper and does the exact same thing.

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