Three new TV tuners make their way into ATI's TV Wonder series today, each of these bringing HDTV to the PC. These new models comprise the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, ATI TV Wonder 600 PCI and ATI TV Wonder 600 PCI Express; the 650 Combo is the priciest and most feature-packed of the three, coming in at $149, whilst the other two will show up with RRPs of $99.
For full details on the new lineup of HDTV ready TV Wonders, head over to the Dailytech.
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).
Leadtek have recently expanded their WinFast DTV series of digital TV tuner cards with the new DTV1000 S, an affordable choice with support for high-definition TV/AC3 audio and DVB-T radio sources.
Recording/capturing video content from digital TV/VCR/camcorders/DvD players etc. is also made possible.
For the full scoop on it grab Leadtek's announcement here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan, October 1st, 2007: Leadtek Research Inc., a world leader in the manufacture of multimedia products, has been dedicated to offering value added premium TV tuner products to users for more than two decades. Leadtek's newly released WinFast DTV1000 S digital TV card is no exception - a brilliant digital TV experience and a real bargain that turns your home PC into an all-function digital TV and DVR. Never miss out on live games and TV shows again!
Acer Australia have issued out an announcement today which supports the release of their first multimedia PC which is capable of playing back both Blu-ray and HD-DVD content via the included combo optical drive.
The Acer Aspire M5630 series is based around Core 2 architecture with its quad-core Q6600 processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 500GB SATA HDD, ATI X2400 Pro PCI-E graphics (though no mention of HDMI which is a dissapointment) and an Acer 22" WS LCD.
Acer have planned to retail the system for $2299 AUD. For more information check out the official PR here folks.
Sydney, 2nd October 2007 - Continuing the tradition of leading the market in desktop PCs with quad core processors, Acer produces another first with the Acer Aspire M5630 series, a multimedia PC featuring a Blu-ray and HD-DVD combo drive.
The Acer Aspire M5630 range tops Acer's multimedia PC category by also featuring an Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processor Q6600 (2.4GHz with 8MB L2 cache). Along with greater processing power to enable a full range of gaming and video editing needs, the Aspire M5630 introduces the ability to playback full high definition content in maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 using either Blu-ray or HD-DVD format.
Thermaltake have introduced a couple of snazzy new home theatre PC cases into their existing Digital Home Series today, these being the DH 101 and DH 102.
The DH 101 sports a neat slim LCD display which has a subtle blue background and support for multiple languages. The DH 202 has a full 7" colour touch screen with more features than you can poke a stick at.
To check them both out in more detail have a read of Thermaltake's news release here.
Thermaltake has introduced the new digital Home Theater PC Chassis, the DH (Digital Home) series. Designed with the latest multimedia module and high quality piano mirror coating front panel, the new Digital Home series shines with elegance and charm!
There are total of four models to choose from the new Digital Home Series; DH101 was designed with the latest LCD Display that not only supports multiple languages, but also allows different display selections with its blue glowing background. DH 102 on the other hand, comes with the aluminum piano mirror coating and the hottest 7 inch Touch Screen front LCD display bringing all the media function controls easy and fast at user's fingertips.
Sony has announced a new range of Memory Stick PRO Duo cards in 2 and 4GB sizes that ships with a DVD loaded with four movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The movies are Click, Ghost Rider, RV and Stomp the Yard. You do need a computer to take advantage of the free movies though and you can only "unlock" one with each purchase of a Memory Stick.
The movies are formatted at 720 x 480 resolution and they will play on the PSP as well as on the PS3. The 2GB card will set you back US$55 and the 4GB version is priced at $90. In related news, Sony will be releasing a 2GB and 4GB version of its Memory Stick Micro card in November. The Memory Stick Micro format is commonly used in Sony Ericsson mobile phones and some Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras. The pricing is the same as for the Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.
PROLINK have today introduced a new multimedia product to the market, this a new member of their PixelView family in the "PixelView PlayTV Media Box".
This media solution allows you to watch slideshows of your photos, listen to music, record TV shows, play downloaded movies or home videos and more. Recording is done directly onto either an SD memory card or a USB based hard drive, doing away with needing a computer for the task.
For full details on it you can check out the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan (Tech Messenger) -- World leading VGA & Multimedia manufacturer, PROLINK Microsystems Corporation today announces PROLINK's cutting edge "PixelVeiw PlayTV Media Box" provides an ultimate media center experience without any PC. Bring your digital multimedia contents into your life with "PixelView PlayTV Media Box".
ProLink has released its PixelView PlayTV Xpress Express card TV tuner card. It's quite a well features Express card, it supports all worldwide TV standards as well as it's got a built in FM radio tuner and video capture features. It doesn't support any digital TV standards though, which makes it a bit less appealing when you're considering that more and more countries are going digital and killing their analog TV networks.
The PlayTV Xpress uses the PCI Express bus rather than USB which is also an option for Express card devices and it's a 54mm Express card. It's also compatible with Windows Media Center Edition and it supports time shift recording.
It will capture video from an S-Video or composite video source as well as stereo audio via two RCA stereo connectors. It will only record video in MPEG 1 and 2, which is a shame, as both formats takes up a lot more space than MPEG4. A dongle has to be attached for video capture. The PlayTV Express is supplied with a remote control. You can find out more here
Leadtek have just recently added a new model to their WinFast lineup of TV tuner cards, the WinFast DVR3100 H.
This is a hybrid TV tuner card which supports multiple signals including DVB-T, analog TV and FM radio. Some noteworthy features are the residing hardware MPEG-2 encoder which allows for more flexibility in the way your tuner / PC can be operated whilst recording. M.V.P. (Multiple Video Processing) mode is also available, this allowing you to simultaneously view both analog and digital.
For further information on the card, grab Leadtek's official announcement here.
Taipei, Taiwan, August 24th, 2007: With all their discerning consumers in mind, Leadtek Research Inc., a world leaders in the manufacture of multimedia products, takes pride in announcing its latest cutting-edge TV tuner card-WinFast DVR3100 H, billed as one of the most powerful TV tuner products to debut in the latter part of 2007.
WinFast DVR3100 H supports both digital terrestrial and analog TV, both DVB-T and FM radio, and also stereo/SAP and HDTV/AC3 support in full screen. Powered up with Hardware MPEG-2 encoder you're able to record your favorite TV program with lower CPU usage and at the same time watch TV and use other PC functions on your PC.
The lads over at Techpowerup have discovered that Pioneer have just released details about their new 5X Blu-Ray combo drive for the desktop PC market.
The "BDC-S02" with it's 5X read speed comes a close second place to the recently announced 6X Blu-Ray drive from LG, However this drive from Pioneer also sports 4MB of cache which safeguards it from any disc burning errors.
The supposed pricing will be somewhere around the vicinity of $300 RRP.
More info can be sourced at Pioneer's website.
Albatron have some rather interesting news for us today. They have just officially introduced the world's first "Blu-Ray Decoder Card", at least in terms of how it's being marketed that is.
In essence, this card is just your typical NVIDIA 8500GT with PureVideo HD technology, 256MB of DDR-II memory running at 1600MHz and a core clock of 450MHz.
Given it sits at the bottom of NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series lineup yet carries PureVideo HD support (unlike the higher-end models), this makes the card ideal for HTPC users who dont want to spend a lot and are sick of trying to get HD-DVD and Blu-Ray content running smoothly on their TV.
Though just your run of the mill 8500GT based card, I'll certainly give Albatron credit for using one of the more cleverer marketing ploys i've seen in recent times.
Grab the press material here for the full scoop.
Albatron has recently announced the exciting new "Blue Ray Decoder Card" giving mainstream users a great alternative to Integrated Graphics. This low-profile VGA card can provide even the most basic systems with High Definition video playback including Blu-ray and HD-DVD. This card also supports DirectX 10, boosting 3D graphics performance for the Windows® Vista™ operating system.
Along with further price cuts and a trimmed down production line of their CPUs today, AMD have also released a couple of new "TV Wonder" tuner products.
The first offering is their new "TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe", a PCIe x1 card featuring the Theater 650 Pro video processor (which debuted around a year ago). Dual tuners reside on the card, one purely for receiving digital, and the other analogue. Both are capable of operating simultaneously, allowing the user to watch and record from two individual sources at the same time.
Next up is the "TV Wonder 600 USB", featuring a hybrid TV tuner design which is capable of tuning into both digital and analogue broadcasts, but dont confuse that for being able to provide dual tuner functionalities like the TV Wonder 650 Combo card, as it does not sport dual tuners. This should be a great little addition to your notebook though.
Both of these tuners are compatible with Windows Vista and will become available in September.
The ATI TV Wonder™ 650 loads your system with a complete set of media abilities, transforming your PC into the ultimate entertainment system. Attach your TV cable2 or an amplified antenna1 and you can watch, pause, or record high definition TV on your PC. Even analog TV is made brilliant as the 3D Comb Filter produces a sharp, true-to-life image.
TV Wonder™ 600 Hi-Speed USB is a powerful High Definition PVR packed into a sleek and elegant USB 2.0 stick. This compact and mobile design is flexible enough to use with either your laptop or desktop PC, and easily fits in your pocket. Instantly add free-to-air digital and analog TV to your laptop or PC with no monthly fees and watch TV where you want, when you want.
Aleratec has just launched its 1:3 Copy Cruiser Blu, which is a high speed Blu-ray/DVD/CD duplicator which can make up to three simultaneous copies of all three types of media. It incorporates three SATA Blu-ray drives and the external enclosure has an eSATA connector that allows you to attach it to your PC and a dual channel eSATA card is supplied in the box.
It also comes with Aleratec's Disc Recording and Disc Duplicating software suite that allows you to write data and backups to the 1:3 Copy Cruiser Blu. For those based in the US, Aleratec is also offering a special mail in offer where you get 20 BD-R Blu-ray discs for free before the 31st of July.
The 1:3 Copy Cruiser Blu is expected to retail for around US$2,999, which is actually quite reasonable considering the price of a single Blu-ray recorder, although it seems like it's currently listed for $3,199 on the Aleratec website. Click here for more info.
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Pioneer have announced a Blu-ray drive for the desktop PC market today which is stamped with only a $299RRP. Don't get too excited though folks, she's just a BD-ROM (read only memory) drive. Unfortunately Blu-ray burners will continue to be very pricey for a good while yet.
This new BDC-2202 drive from Pioneer will however burn conventional DVDs and CDs as well as being able to playback high-def Blu-ray movie titles.
For further information, have a read of this article over at XBit.
The Pioneer BDC-2202 drive can playback, read, record and re-write DVDs (12x speed for DVD±R, 6x for DVD±RW, 4x for DVD±R DL) as well as playback, read and record single- and dual-layer Blu-ray discs (5x for BD-ROM and BD-R/-RE, 2x for BD-R DL/-RE DL), it also can playback and record CDs. It is unclear whether the new drive is meant for outdated Parallel ATA or contemporary Serial ATA interface. In order to playback high definition movies from Blu-ray discs, end-users will also need a graphics card and an output device (monitor, TV-set, etc.) that support HDCP copyright protection technology.
Wal-Mart may end up having a big influence on the outcome of the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD, this due to them having just arranged a $100 million shipment of HD DVD players from the Great Wall Corporation in China, with parts developed by Taiwan's Fuh Yuan and Japan's TDK. These players are set to go on sale for under $300 in the very near future.
For the full story head over to the Dailytech.
Although the news was initially pegged as a huge boost to the HD DVD camp, closer examination and more accurate translation of Chinese reports indicate that the players for Wal-Mart are "Blu-ray (or blue light) HD DVD" players, adding an extra layer of confusion to the matter. Both next-generation optical formats use blue or violet lasers, so unless the player is to be compatible with both HD DVD and Blu-ray, the exact nature of this low-priced will be unknown until we get official English confirmation.
We've just been given the heads up from Cyberlink that there is an important update available for select versions of PowerDVD with regard to Blu-ray and HD DVD support.
For the full rundown on it click here.
This update file includes robustness enhancements and replacing a new set of protection keys. The new protection keys will replace your expired key and will be required when you play Blu-ray disc and HD DVD movies. If you choose not to update the software, you will not be able to playback protected Blu-ray disc and HD DVD movie titles properly.
Please note that renewing protection keys will be a process that will happen periodically. Keeping your keys updated will ensure you the capability to continue the use of PowerDVD Ultra and other Blu-ray and HD DVD software players from CyberLink. It is our support policy to provide free lifetime protection keys update services to our customers. Hence whenever there are new keys, we will notify you to update your copy of PowerDVD Ultra and other software player for Blu-ray disc and HD DVD.
With the High-def format war between Blu-ray and HD-DVD having gone on for quite some time now, the DailyTech have posted up a very interesting report from Sony today in reference to the latest sales figures between these two standards. It may not be enough to declare a definitive winner just yet, but it certainly suggests a likely eventual outcome.
Sony, a clear backer of the Blu-ray Disc, has released a special report on the next-generation format's current lead over HD DVD. Although the source of the report leads to immediately brings up the issue of obvious bias, the numbers cited come from reputable retail point-of-sake statistics source Nielsen VideoScan.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment was likely spurred to release the report based on the success of Casino Royale on Blu-ray Disc. The latest Bond flick debuted at the top of the next-gen format sales charts with 28,233 units, making it the fastest selling high-def disc to date. The release of Casino Royale also boosted Blu-ray sales 74.4 percent for the week ending March 18 as compared to the previous week. In comparison, HD DVD sales fell 14.1 percent compared to the week before that.
About to lay down big bucks for a Blu-ray player? Here's some advice, think twice!
Though there have been recent signs to suggest Blu-ray will eventually reign supreme in the HD format war, this bit of sour news suddenly changes that, at least for the minute. Apparently there will soon be an improved specification change to the Blu-ray standard, which would be considered a GOOD thing only that it may be incompatible with todays Blu-ray players.
The most common piece of advice given to those unsure about which high-definition optical format to buy is to simply wait until a victor emerges. Early adopters, however, should be aware that being cutting edge could come with a price, such as the risk of bugs or complete hardware and software obsolescence.
The Blu-ray Disc Association has mandated that all players of the format released after October 31 must adhere to a specific feature set that is currently not standard for today's hardware. All Blu-ray Disc players after the fall date must support BD Java, a programming language for Blu-ray Disc media used mainly to deliver picture-in-picture for in-movie commentary and special features.
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