AMD Unveils the First and Only Premium High-Definition TV Experience for PCs with the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner
The Industry’s First DTV Receiver for Windows Vista™ Combines Premium Digital Cable Programming with Media Center PC Functionality
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner – the industry’s first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.
“It enables the PC to compete on a level footing with traditional consumer electronic devices. For the first time, you can build a media PC and watch, record and play back any and all of the content you can see on your TV.”
The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner turns a PC into a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) with easy to use Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center menus and interfaces. It is scheduled to be available starting January 30, 2007 inside desktop and notebook PCs from the industry’s top PC manufacturers.
“With the upcoming release of Windows Vista, more consumers are ready to make their Media Center PC the entertainment hub for the home,” said Kevin Kettler, vice president and chief technology officer, Dell Inc. “Dell Systems that include the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner finally provide consumers with a comprehensive HDTV option that combines all their favorite TV programming with the feature-rich functionality of a Media Center PC.”
The ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner is certified by CableLabs®, a cable industry research and development consortium. CableLabs tests devices for conformance to CableLabs specifications. The process is extremely strict and passing this certification process gives the device manufacturer access to special security certificates that are required to operate a device on an OpenCable™ network.
“We congratulate AMD on achieving CableLabs Certification for the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner device,” said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and CEO, CableLabs. “We greatly appreciate their support on this initiative, which helps to showcase the future of high-definition cable television on a PC.”
With the new ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner, consumers can watch live or record high-definition broadcasts to preserve in a video library or stream to their Xbox 360™, if permitted by the content provider. Powered by AMD Avivo™ image technology, consumers get outstanding picture quality and smooth playback of their premium HD digital cable TV content on their media center PC, beyond basic cable channels, traditional analog TV and free over-the-air HD channels.
“ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner demonstrates the maturity of PC-based media centers,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, of Jon Peddie Research, an analyst firm. “It enables the PC to compete on a level footing with traditional consumer electronic devices. For the first time, you can build a media PC and watch, record and play back any and all of the content you can see on your TV.”
“AMD is driving innovation and choice for today’s connected home while offering new PC entertainment experiences with products like the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD. “Not only does the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner provide high video quality, it provides the most complete choice for HD cable programming content, both at home and on the go.”
Pricing for the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner will vary depending on the OEM manufacturer and the level of hardware included.
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