With the advent of Windows XP Media Center Edition, a whole new playing field was created to help advance the relationship between multimedia and the PC. Designed solely for use in OEM systems at first, Windows XP Media Center Edition helped open the door for OEMs to create PCs with an increased emphasis on all things multimedia. Integrating a slick, easy to follow interface along with PVR like functionality, user's could build their entire entertainment system with a Windows XP MCE based PC tying it all together. From a single system, users could upload images, pause, rewind and record live TV, author custom videos and DVDs and more, all from one location.
With Windows XP Media Center maturing nicely since its first introduction, the market for Windows XP MCE TV solutions has grown as well. With the DualTV MCE package, NVIDIA aims to up the ante versus the best options currently offered from their competitors, namely the ATI TV-Wonder Elite PCI and Hauppauge's WinTV PVR 500MCE.
The most prominent feature of the DualTV MCE are its dual TV Tuners, which competes directly with the WinTV PVR 500MCE. Additionally, NVIDA includes an IR Remote Control with a receiver that is equipped with two extensions to permit the control of two set-top cable boxes. With an auto detection option, as well as the ability to "learn" the frequency of many existing cable box remote controls, NVIDIA's DualTV with Remote Package aims to help a Windows XP MCE based PC seamlessly integrate into an existing Home Entertainment setup with competitive features and an easy installation. And with dual integrated TV tuners, the NVIDIA DualTV MCE also allows for recording of one channel while viewing another.
-Dual-channel TV reception and A/V capture
-Dual-stream MPEG2 A/V encode with MediaSqueeze technology
-Uncompressed A/V capture
-FM radio tuner
Minimum System Requirements
-Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (including Update Roll-up 2)
-Connectors on Bracket **
-TV antenna or cable TV - F-Connector (NTSC) or IEC-connector (PAL)
Compliance and Certifications
-Designed for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (including Update Roll-up 2)
Along with the DualTV Tuner card, the DualTV MCE Remote Edition comes bundled with a myriad of useful hardware and software aimed at improving your Windows XP MCE experience. Below is a complete list of the package contents:
While the bundle is comprehensive, NVIDIA came up with a compact package that holds all of the items neatly. From documentation to the DualTV tuner card to the remote and additional cabling, NVIDIA has all of the bases covered nicely.