NVIDIA Introduces Dual-Analog TV Tuner
NVIDIA introduced the NVIDIA DualTV tuner, its first TV tuner for PCs to offer two TV tuners on a single card with a unique MediaSqueeze disk space saving technology, and support for the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) operating system.
The NVIDIA DualTV tuner is available immediately for $169 USD from the NVIDIA Store Web site.
With its two-tuner technology, the NVIDIA DualTV tuner transforms an MCE-equipped PC into a bona fide home entertainment system. With a touch of a mouse button, users can schedule recordings of their favorite TV shows and watch them when they want, record two TV shows simultaneously, or watch one channel while recording another, as well as watch pause, and rewind live or recorded TV shows.
The NVIDIA DualTV tuner offers a proprietary MediaSqueeze technology that allows users to store more of their favorite TV programs on their hard disk, DVD, or portable media player. Users can record live TV shows at a lower bit-rate than normal or "transrate" previously-recorded TV programs into a lower bit-rate to preserve disk space, "without significant loss in picture quality".
NVIDIA has also applied its PureVideo technology to the DualTV tuner. And in addition to PureVideo, the NVIDIA DualTV tuner features:
- 3D comb filter—to create high-quality color separations and enhance image detail.
- 3D noise reduction hardware—to clean up the signal, thus removing artifacts.
- In-line TV amplifier—to boost weak signals.
- Multi-stream hardware encoder—to record crystal clear TV shows with low CPU utilization.
The NVIDIA DualTV tuner also carries the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) certification, signifying that it meets ISF standards for home theater-quality television tuning and recording.
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