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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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Why the hell do they keep making analog tuners?
By SunAngel on 4/6/2006 12:01:49 PM , Rating: 1
Shit! With analog dying starting the end of this year, what make them think people still wants this crap. How about releasing digital ota cards if not qam cards? If it a licensing issue, we all could wait for this issues to become resolved. Stop introducing crap that is going to be obsolite in a short amount of time.

Oh, I guess you could still plug in cable and receive channels 1-99. I guess not all is lost especially for those still purchasing cable television.




By SynthDude2001 on 4/6/2006 12:14:11 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree with you. I can't imagine spending any significant money on an analog tuner in this day and age...couldn't care less about analog-only tuners at this point.

I have heard of one dual-tuner ATSC/NTSC tuner (including QAM), supposedly to be out "soon". I'm sure it'll be expensive, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money.

Press release here:
http://www.vboxcomm.com/pr_dual.htm


By masher2 (blog) on 4/6/2006 12:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
> "Shit! With analog dying starting the end of this year, what make them think people still wants this crap."

Anyone buying this card is certainly not planning on hanging a couple rabbit ears off the back of it for OTA broadcasts. They're buying to record from cable or satellite feeds...and those are NOT dying this year or anytime soon.


By Heatlesssun on 4/6/2006 12:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
Because right now, analog tuners are the only way to feed your cable signal directly to a PC. I'm not couting OTA HD/SD.

While analog broadcasting is going away in three years, analog cable is not. It will be a long time before that goes away.


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