Build a CableCard MCE PC with Ceton TV Tuner

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    Haven't watched it yet...any word on a release date?

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    Sweet. Anything about power requirements (hardware processor efficiency ratings would be nice), maximum number of cards per machine, and PCB height?

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    Their website says March 31st!

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    But will this work with ATTs/Microsoft's own UVerse cable?  Does this also mean the complete "cable box" is on the card?  So media center can control the channels directly without having to control out to a IR to switch the channel to record?

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    I don't want to respond for Ceton WRT UVerse, you might ping them on that. It does mean though that you've got a "cable box" (technically more like 4 cable boxes) in a card in your PC. So it's a straight through Media Center experience with no IR lag. Smiley

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    All controls are through WMC. If it is the same version that they had at CES 2010 then it will work great. You can watch one channel and record three others, or stream out to your Extenders, or record and distribute to your Windows Home Server and even downsample to your Zune. AC3 codec needed of course.



    Oh, and Microsoft modified the CES 2010 rig to have 8 tuners just for the show. We asked. All regular users will have the four tuner limit.



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    All of the specs are available at  Dual Core, 2.0Ghz+, 3GB RAM, Low Profile available.  Most of the processing is performed on the PCI-Ex card which is compatible with 1x, 4x, 8x, or 16x slots.  The card will be for sale Q1 or "by March 31, 2010".  It could be tomorrow or anytime before the end of the quarter.  If you want to know right away, go to their web site, click "Buy Now" and sign up for the newsletter (First, Last Name and email address).  Sales really depend on manufacturing ramp-up and getting full certification from CableLabs which seems to have gone very well since the initial launch of the product at CES 2009 (we've been waiting for over a year now).


    Ceton has stated that it will be sold through, other retail vendors (TBD) and via system builders.  Standard versions of WMC 2007 (Windows 2007 Home Premium or above) will support one card (4 tuners) while system builders that are licensed to sell the advanced media pack will support two cards (8 tuners).


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