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ATI adds first HD card to the All-in-Wonder lineup

by Brad Linder, posted Jun 26th 2008 12:31PM
ATI All-in-Wonder-HDOnce upon a time, ATI's All-in-Wonder cards were the cream of the crop. The lineup combines a TV tuner with a graphics card. That means you don't need to buy two separate pieces of hardware to capture TV signals and to display those signals on a monitor. But while other hardware makers have been busy putting out HD tuner cards, ATI has been stuck in the dark ages of standard definition.

Now it looks like ATI is back in the game with the ATI All-in-Wonder HD. This PCI Express card has enough oomph to capture HD video and to play back HD video on your PC. It features DirectX 10.1 support, an MPEG2/VC-1/H2.64 decoder, and Vista and AMD Live! certification. It also packs a DVI port and HDMI jack.

On the TV tuner side of things, the AiW HD can handle SD, HD, and ClearQAM signals.The card should be available in July for $199.

[via Engadget]

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AMD announces Active TV PC to TV platform

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 25th 2008 2:58PM
Active TV
Looking for yet another way to watch PC and internet content on your TV? You could get a Windows Media Center extender, a TiVo, an Apple TV, or any number of other set top boxes. Or pretty soon you could look for devices marked with the AMD Active TV label.

Essentially, Active TV looks like a platform for streaming content over a home network from an AMD computer to a compatible set top box, which could be a cable or satellite receiver or perhaps a network enabled DVD player or video game console. AMD is still working to add hardware partners.

The software interface looks user friendly enough. Users will be able to watch online content from sites like YouTube and Veoh. You'll also be able to create custom "channels" of content from home movies, pictures, and music on your PC, which you can then stream to any TV in the house.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

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ATI launches HDTV tuners

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 15th 2007 2:30PM
ATI TV Wonder 650AMD has released 3 new ATI HDTV tuners capable of picking up over-the-air high definition signals.

The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB is a $149 external tuner that packs two TV tuners and the ability to handle over the air HDTV and analog signals as well as unencrypted ClearQAM cable and FM radio.

The TV Wonder 600 PCI and TV Wonder 600PCI Express are, as their names would suggest internal tuners meant to go inside your PC. Each card has 2 tuners, which can handle OTA HDTV, ClearQAM, and FM. Both cards go for $99, or about $50 less than the TV Wonder 650.

[via Engadget]

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ATI announces two new HDTV tuners

by Brad Linder, posted Jul 10th 2007 9:00AM
TV Wonder 600AMD will release two new HDTV tuners in its ATI TV Wonder line of products later this year.

The ATI TV Wonder 600 USB is, not surprisingly, a USB dongle-style TV tuner, for use with laptop or desktop PCs. it can capture standard or high definition cable or over the air programming.

The USB tuner cmes with a credit-card sized infrared remote control and an A/V input adapter for capturing video from analog sources like a camcorder or VCR.

The TV Wonder 650 PCIe is a desktop tuner card that can capture over-the-air or cable programming, including ClearQAM unencrypted high definition television. It also packs an FM radio tuner.

No word on pricing, but the TV Wonder 600 USB and 650 PCIe should be out in North America this fall.

[via CrunchGear]

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AnandTech takes ATI CableCard box for a spin

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 4th 2007 4:00PM
ATI Digital Cable TunerIt must be CableCard week. Gizmodo got a good look at Niveus's new CableCard receiver, and the folks at AnandTech got to try out the upcoming ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner -- with mixed results, to put it mildly.

For starters, it took 2 days to get the CableCards working with a Dell PC. And that's with the help of representatives from Dell, Time Warner Cable, and several phone calls to Microsoft and AMD. Most users aren't going to have to sit through all of this, because the TV tuner is an OEM-only device, and will come preinstalled with selected devices. But since Dell and other computer manufacturers can't control everything, you might be on a first name basis with the cable repair guy shortly after you order an ATI CableCard system.

When the new tuner works, it does what you'd expect: allows you to receive digital cable channels on your TV. This is a one-way data stream, so no video on demand or electronic program guide for you. But since you can only install these cards on Windows Vista systems with Vista Media Center, that's probably not a problem.

Right now, the tuner is a little buggy. Sometimes it has trouble picking up digital cable channels, but that should be fixed before AMD officially releases the product. The bigger issue is whether AMD can guarantee it won't take at least two days for every users to configure the system.

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AMD to launch platform for watching net video with PS2

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 14th 2007 10:09AM
Active TV
Everybody seems to have a solution to the last 15 feet problem these days. Sure, you can download movies on the computer in your office, but who wants to sit in front of a 17 inch LCD in the office to watch movies?

Apple's banking on the Apple TV, a $300 box that will wirelessly stream content from your PC or Mac to the HDTV in the living room.

But AMD's got another idea. The chip maker will be showing off its new Active TV platform at CeBIT this week.

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