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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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RE: Analogue?
By Trisped on 4/6/2006 12:34:12 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was channels 1-169? Plus alot of DTV boxes output in such a way that you can use a tuner card to put it on your comp. My ATI AIW 9800 Pro lets you use sVideo and RCA video in as well as an antena and there are even boards where people talk about connecting ir USB devices and configuring the ATI Multi Media Center software to change the channel for you.
Still, the better option is the HDTV Wonder http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2546404 . At $119 with a $20 rebate you could also buy a second and have two remotes and two cards that read SDTV, DTV, and HDTV for the same price as the card above with a remote.


RE: Analogue?
By timmiser on 4/6/2006 5:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you also. I think most people who use PC based tuner cards are people who are on the cutting edge of technology and therefore are more interested in an HD option.

On another note, I've been waiting for the last year for an HD DVR option from either my cable company (Comcast) or a satillite company. Once you do DVR, you can't go back so when HD tuners were released I wouldn't bite since they didn't have a DVR option. Voom Satillite was about ready to release a DVR HD solution but then they were bought out by Dish Network.

Comcast and DirecTV still don't have an HD DVR solution but Dish Network has just last month come out with their HD DVR so I bought it. (The installer will be here next Thursday!)

The receiver is a dual tuner with two UHF remotes however the 2nd tuner is analog only.



RE: Analogue?
By timmiser on 4/6/2006 5:02:16 PM , Rating: 2
Doh! Meant to reply to sunangel.


RE: Analogue?
By MDE on 4/6/2006 8:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/imagine/HDDVR.jsp

DirecTV doesn't have an HD DVR? It's expensive, but it's definately out there.


RE: Analogue?
By timmiser on 4/10/2006 7:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
True, they have one now but they didn't have one last month. DishTV beat them to market with their own HD-DVR and I bought the first one that was out.


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