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Internal TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner

External TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner
CableCard ready for OEMs only

AMD today announced the worlds first CableCard compatible TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner. The AMD TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner is fully certified by CableLabs and compliant with the OCUR, or Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver standard. This product will only be available to OEMs, as Microsoft’s Windows Vista will only support CableCard tuners in pre-built systems.

While Microsoft has placed strict regulations on CableCard equipped systems, it will not hinder Media Center Extender capabilities. AMD claims:
With the new ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner, consumers can watch live or record high-definition 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.
The TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner will tune into most broadcast sources including NTSC, ATSC over-the-air and QAM encrypted ATSC. AMD’s Theater 550 Pro decoder that is also found on AMD’s TV Wonder Elite delivers analog tuning capabilities. An AMD NXT2003 decoder takes care of ATSC tuning. While the TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner will tune into regular cable broadcast and over-the-air antenna signals users are required to contact their cable company to obtain a CableCard for premium channels such as HBO.

AMD will provide three versions of the TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner -- external, PCI and PCIe. All three models interface with the system via USB 2.0 though. External models connect using standard USB 2.0 interface and require power from its own power supply. PCI and PCIe models only use the physical slot for retention purposes and require power through a floppy-drive power connector. The internal interface is still USB 2.0 on PCI and PCIe models.

Expect the TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner to be available in OEM systems when Windows Vista ships on January 30th, 2007.

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Do the expect this thing to succeed???
By Symbyant on 1/8/2007 11:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously! like 95% of the market that actually care about something like this arent going to go to compusa or bestbuy and buy a computer. Theyre going to want to build their own HTPC. With cable companies making decisions to restrict devices like this to OEMs only, its no wonder that they are having so many problems making money. If theyd just accept the times and alter their business model to support technology rather than cripple it, they may actually have a successful product on their hands. Anyways, I think Verizons FIOS and maybe even AT&Ts Uverse will beat out digital cable in the coming years because of crap like this. And yes, this is still only Cable Card 1.0 so whats the point? Cable Card 1.0 has already flopped.

RE: Do the expect this thing to succeed???
By sotti on 1/8/2007 12:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
Cable Card 1.0 + a media center is a different story, because you can still have a fully interactive guide.

That's what kills cable card 1.0 on the TV. The only thing you'll be giving up with this is on-demand.

By Symbyant on 1/8/2007 1:01:27 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but the problem is that I built a good HTPC with DVR functionality myself and would love to bring in a digital source other than ATSC broadcasts to MY computer. Not some OEM peiece of crap. The Cable Card 1.0 comments were just my 2 cents on a standard that's on it's last leg (if it even had one to begin with) and was not the focus of my post.

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