ATI has released two new PCI TV tuner cards today. DailyTech previously reported that
ATI had announced its Theater 650 Pro single-chip hardware MPEG2 encoder
and video decoder chip back in June. The single-chip Theater 650 Pro has made
its way into the retail
TV Wonder 650 PCI TV tuner card. ATI’s TV Wonder 650 is capable of
receiving standard definition analog and high definition over-the-air
programming. Disappointingly, QAM unencrypted high definition cable broadcasts
are not supported with the Theater 650 Pro.
To enhance video quality the Theater 650 Pro supports video enhancement
features such as 3:2 pull-down, motion compensated noise reduction and edge
enhancement. There’s also an integrated hardware DRM engine for support of the
upcoming broadcast flag. FM radio capabilities are also supported. The TV
Wonder 650 also comes with a Remote Wonder Plus wireless RF remote control too.
ATI’s TV Wonder 650 is compatible with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and
upcoming Windows Vista.
Also being released today is the ATI TV Wonder 200.
The TV Wonder 200 appears to be an update to ATI’s older TV Wonder Pro tuner
card. It is PCI based and features a Conexant TV decoder. This is a no frills
software-based TV tuner card and is only available in PCI. As it’s a
software-based TV tuner solution it supports recording in various video formats
including MPEG2, MPEG4, Windows Media Video 9, AVI, DivX and H.264.
Both the TV Wonder 650 and TV Wonder 200 come with ATI’s new Catalyst Media
Center suite which handles all personal video recording and video playback features
in an easy to use TV friendly interface. ATI’s TV Wonder 650 is available now
from select retailers with an MSRP of $129 while the TV Wonder 200 is available
for an MSRP of $59.