Wednesday, March 12th 2008

TUL and AMD Announce the Ultimate Digital TV Experience for European PCs

TUL Corporation – a leading manufacturer of AMD Multimedia cards today has announced the new ATI TV Wonder 600 Hybrid PCI Express and TV Wonder 650 Hybrid PCI enabling the ultimate digital TV experience for European PC owners. Available through TUL(PowerColor brand) across Europe , ATI TV Wonder provides customers with an exceptional digital video recorder for their PC. The TV Wonder family of products is AMD LIVE! Ready and Certified for Microsoft Windows Vista — delivering The Ultimate Visual Experience and strengthening the value of multimedia PCs.


“We're proud to work with AMD to offer ATI TV Wonder to the European market,” said Ted Chen, CEO, TUL Corporation. “These new ATI TV Wonder products will enable PCs to deliver even more entertainment to consumers.”

“AMD is expanding the growing TV Wonder family by now offering the products in Europe ,” said Matt Skynner , vice president of marketing, Graphics Products Group, AMD. “We're taking the best of our TV and video expertise and offering new multimedia features to European consumers. The ATI TV Wonder transforms PCs into true multimedia powerhouses.”

ATI TV Wonder 600 Hybrid PCI Express, with a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of €54 (including VAT), includes a single TV tuner with hybrid functionality allowing users to watch or record DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial) or analog TV via cable, and listen to FM broadcasts. ATI TV Wonder 600 also supports active powered antennas to deliver better reception for improved TV broadcast viewing.

ATI TV Wonder 650 Hybrid PCI, with an MSRP of €79 (including VAT), offers similar features of ATI TV Wonder 600 while allowing customers to digitize content from a variety of external video sources in real time. Additionally, ATI TV Wonder 650 Hybrid PCI includes a high performance hardware MPEG encoder for high quality TV recording with Microsoft Windows Vista that frees up valuable computer resources.

To complement home theater experiences, ATI TV Wonder includes unique software with a 10-foot user interface to access digital content in the living room. The software also enables easy PC access for watching and recording TV, as well as listening to FM radio. Additionally, the software allows DVD viewing along with easy archiving of personal video content to DVD.

The ATI TV Wonder™ hybrid tuner solutions easily enable best-in-class TV reception for Microsoft Windows® Media Center bundled with Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Premium and Microsoft Windows Vista® Ultimate editions, as well as Microsoft Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005. Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 have the ability to support two ATI TV Wonder products that enable multiple digital viewing for watching and recording of TV broadcasts simultaneously.


About PowerColor

PowerColor, established by TUL Corporation in 1997, is a graphics industry leading brand name now and well known for its outstanding performance and innovative technology. As a leading provider of graphics card, PowerColor offers powerful, reliable and cost-effective solutions to customers worldwide. For further information, please visit powercolor.comSource: PowerColor
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11 Comments on TUL and AMD Announce the Ultimate Digital TV Experience for European PCs

#1
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, very impressive. Hopefully it will make its way stateside if it hasnt already.
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#2
suraswami
I thought they are already available in US?
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#3
csendesmark
Is this chip better than Theater 550 Pro (in analog)?
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#4
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
these have been available for months here in the US. why is this new?
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#5
MarcusTaz
When are we going to get digital tuners for cable signals?
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Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
by: MarcusTaz
When are we going to get digital tuners for cable signals?
never. cable and SAT are encrypted and require a decoder. every provider uses a different setup. they want you to pay to view the channels.
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MarcusTaz
My TV has a digital tuner, mind you I cannot get the premium channels but at least I can get most of the channels and some in HD...
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#9
KieranD
Freeview and film 4 would be great for this :cool:

Id rather have this than a DVD recorder or a Hard Drive Recorder (dunno what they are called).
Especially when my tv is right next to my PC so i could just hook my pc to my tv and watch away :) OR i could stream it to my Xbox 360 if i made it into DivX which the 360 can stream.

Is it out now if not when?
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#10
Pinchy
This should work in Australia too :D.

As mentioned above, we only have PAL where as America uses NTSC (iirc)
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Wile E
Power User
by: fitseries3
never. cable and SAT are encrypted and require a decoder. every provider uses a different setup. they want you to pay to view the channels.
Not true. They already have it, but you can't buy them separately. You have to buy it with a pre-built system. They take cable cards. They are called OCUR cards.

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/ocur?page=2%2C1

That article is a little dated, but hopefully some of these issues have been worked out.
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