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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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ATI announces TV Wonder 650 for Mac

by Brad Linder, posted Nov 14th 2007 12:01PM
ATI TV Wonder 650 for MacIt looks like the Mac is finally catching up to the PC when it comes to hardware support for TV tuner cards. Popular PC card maker Hauppauge is adding Mac compatibility, SageTV is broadening the number of TV tuners its Mac software supports, and now ATI is turning to the Mac as well.

ATI plans to release a version of its new TV Wonder 650 Combo USB tuner for OS X. The company just announced the PC version of this HDTV tuner last month.

The TV Wonder 650 Combo is a dual tuner box, with support for analog and HDTV signals. There's no CableCard support, but you can plug in an HDTV antenna and/or pick up unencrypted ClearQAM digital cable channels. ATI is also throwing in some tvPORTAL software which will let you schedule recordings and watch live and recorded TV.

The TV Wonder 650 Combo for Mac will set you back about $150, and should be available later this month.

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Sony sells ATI TV Wonder HDTV tuner

by Brad Linder, posted Oct 26th 2007 11:57AM
Sony Vaio ATI TV WonderIt's been a while since ATI first announced the ATI TV Wonder USB CableCard tuner for Windows Vista. But for the most part if you want a CableCard tuner in your PC, you've had to buy a preconfigured machine from someone like Niveus or Okoro.

Now Sony is selling the ATI TV Wonder as a standalone box for $299. That doesn't mean you can just plug this puppy into any old machine and get your high definition cable. You'll need a certified Windows Vista PC. But this does open up the possibility of adding CableCard support to your low-end Windows Home Premium/Ultimate machine instead of buying a $3000 media center.

[via Engadget]

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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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