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ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB  (Source: ATI)

ATI TV Wonder 600 PCI Express  (Source: ATI)
ATI launches TV wonder 650 Combo USB, 600 PCI and 600 PCI Express TV tuners

ATI announced three new TV tuners today that enable HDTV on the PC. The tuners are called the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, TV wonder 600 PCI Express and the TV Wonder 600 PCI.

The TV wonder 650 Combo USB carries an MSRP of $149 and has two TV tuners inside allowing for users to watch one channel of over-the-air TV/HDTV and record another. This is the USB version of the PCI Express tuner launched in July. The USB tuner is also capable of recording unencrypted digital TV (ClearQAM).

The TV Wonder 600 and TV Wonder 600 PCI Express are the same card utilizing different PCI interfaces, both of which will retail for $99 and offer ClearQAM recording. The tuners use Catalyst Media Center software that offers features like place shifting to view TV programs in different environments.

The software enables unrestricted programming to be converted with one click for use on most portable video players. The TV Wonder 650 Combo USB allows users to switch between digital and analog programs and record an analog program while watching digital programming or vice versa.

“No other company offers this exceptional choice of connectivity and configuration in TV tuner PC products,” said Matt Skynner, vice president of marketing, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “Our graphics pedigree is built on long-standing leadership in TV and video on the PC. The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB and ATI TV Wonder 600 PCI/PCI Express, offered through VisionTek, take the best of our company’s digital TV experience and enable amazing HDTV on PCs today.”

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By archcommus on 10/15/2007 5:49:59 PM , Rating: 1
ATI has offered a PCI-E TV tuner since the 550 back in early 2006, maybe even late 2005. However I owned it and it sucked, swapped it for a Hauppauge card. After hearing about the early troubles with the 650 line-up I am leary of any ATI tuners until I hear some solid reviews of a new one.

By Reflex on 10/15/2007 5:54:02 PM , Rating: 2
Been using the 650PCI for nearly a year now in my MCE machine, no problems. The HDTV Wonder definatly had issues(I use one at work for some tests), but the 650 has been perfect. Their naming scheme is confusing though, not sure how to tell the 'old' 650 from the 'new' 650.

By agent2099 on 10/15/2007 6:46:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure what happened in your case but the 550 series are an EXCELLENT set of TV tuner cards. I've been using TV tuners for over 7 years now and have owned about 6 different cards including cards from Leadtek, Hauppauge, and ATI.

The 550 PVR is by far the best I have used to date. 3rd party software however is required to get the best functionality from the card.

By vijay333 on 10/15/2007 7:19:32 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I've been using two 550 based cards for a 2-3 years now: one PCI based (Sapphire Theatrix) and the other PCI-E (Powercolor). Zero problems with either and ATI is actually quite consistent with driver updates.

By Myrandex on 10/16/2007 8:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Yea I don't know what you are talking about, I have had a Theater 550 PCIe since launch and have absolutely loved it. Its wonderful running in Windows XP MCE (ran well under Windows XP x64 as well).

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