Items tagged with TV

Werd up! Looking for some news? Don't worry, we have plenty. Aside from the news, we have also added a Folding @ Home banner that will appear at the end of some of our news posts. If your interested in joining our team, or are not familiar with what Folding @ Home is, just click the image link and you'll have all the information you need to get started. Enjoy the read :) PDP Patriot PC3200 XBL Memory @ TechFreaks "Today I'll be looking at PDP Systems contribution to the enthusiast market, the 512MB PC3200 Patriot Memory w/ XBL Technology featuring Samsung's TCCD ICs. PDP Systems is a relative newcomer to the memory market, at least relative to the likes of corporate giants Crucial, Corsair,... Read more...
Years ago, when computers with a 200MHz Pentium processor and 32MB of RAM were all the rage, we came upon a nifty device that came pre-installed in a wimpy Packard Bell PC. This device was a PCI TV Tuner Card. Back then, the ability to watch TV on a computer was somewhat of a rarity.  And now, while there are many more options available, its still pretty uncommon.  However, users are no longer limited to simply watching.  In fact, there are a myriad of other uses for this kind of device. One addition has been the ability to receive and even record FM Radio signals. Today on HotHardware, we will be examining these features, and beyond that, we'll also be taking a look at the visual... Read more...
Good afternoon HotHardware fans!  Just in case you haven't seen the fresh link at the top of the page, I'm here to let you know that we've just posted a review of ATI's new TV Wonder Elite. This is ATI's latest add-in PCI TV Tuner card based on their Theater 550 chip, which includes the new Remote Wonder Plus. Click here and check it out...... Read more...
Five plus years ago, there weren't many "must have extras" to include on your do-it-yourself list of desired PC components, minus that relatively expensive Sound Blaster and a pricey, yet affordable, 3D Graphics card. In fact there weren't too many extras to consider in a configuration other than perhaps an optical drive of some sort, or maybe a SCSI controller for a Jaz drive or Plextor burner.  Fast forward a few years and the whole scene has changed. We've got a lot of new technology now, and a larger selection of it, to provide solutions for a new breed of digital multimedia technology; MP3 players, PDAs, TV tuners, DVD recorders, Wireless Mice, and Wireless Keyboards to name... Read more...
Hey... good morning to you all! An interesting news item we have today is that the "Majority of New HDTVs Powered By ATI". In my house, we have three computers powered by ATi(and a fourth computer powered by a 3DFX Voodoo3). Even my Gamecube has ATi! ATi... the other red army ;) My next card will be a 6800GT though so that will mix things up. Anyway enough about me, on with the news! Majority of New HDTVs Powered By ATI "ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) announced today that the vast majority of commercially available integrated Digital Cable Ready (DCR) High Definition Televisions use ATI's NXT2003™. The NXT2003 is the industry's first single chip off-air DTV... Read more...
Good morning all.  The weekend is just about here and the gang at HH are in full swing with various hardware reviews.  I know I have 5 pieces queued up and some of the other fellas have even more, so there will be no shortage of hardware treats for quite some time.  Top that off with the holiday season and we are sure to be buried until Spring.  For now, though, let's take a look at some of the other offerings floating around the Web. We've got a double shot from the gang @ HEXUS.net: First up is their review of ATI's TV Wonder USB 2.0: "I prefer the PCI version for latency reasons, but if USB2.0 is the interface you need for a TV tuner and multimedia product without... Read more...
Hey gang! I think a lot of us are winding down from a sports laden week, getting some much needed rest. There were some long baseball games that kept some of us up into the wee hours several times. I know I got the best night sleep of the week last night and it was really needed. To top that off, today my wife and I are going to play at the NC State Fair and relax even more. This will be my first time doing a Southern style fair, being a native NY'er. I look forward to trying some of the local food favorites like boiled peanuts, deep-fried candy bars and Barbecue. Down here, Barbecue is a food, not a grill. Should be interesting. Think I better take a Pepcid before I go.  Before I do, let's... Read more...
When we think of TV/Video combination cards, we often think of ATI's All-In-Wonder series and NVIDIA's Personal Cinema.  Each company has been offering various hybrid cards for quite some time, covering the spectrum from high-priced enthusiast-class to the value-priced solutions.  ATI clearly has the name recognition with its All-In-Wonder and the Personal Cinema is also a solid offering in its own right, but you may be surprised to find out that these are not the only solutions out there. Today, we are going to take a look at a new TV/Video combination card from S3 dubbed OmniChrome.  S3 married an analog TV Tuner with its DeltaChrome S4 Nitro Graphics chip, upping the clock speed... Read more...
ATi' s TV Wonder USB 2.0 is on the HotHardware.com Test Bench today.  Tom takes us through the ins and outs of this new little PVR nugget from the folks up in the Great White North.  TV Tuning and TiVO-like capabilities driven with ATi's Mutlimedia Center software, all over a USB 2.0 connection, just what the doctor ordered for those long winter nights?    Step inside and find out!  ... Read more...
With the advent of Personal Video Recorders or the "PVR", TV and Multimedia industries have entered a new realm of technology.  The ability to pause, rewind, and record live TV all with the click of a button is not only cool, it is extremely convenient.  Let's be honest, how often do you have the time to catch your favorite TV shows all the time, every time one is on?  The one downfall of owning a PVR up to this point, is the price.  Most PVR's will run you upwards of $300 and while the thought of having one is truly exciting, in most cases, it simply doesn't justify the price.  ATi Tecnologies, mostly known for its line of consumer graphics cards, has a long... Read more...
Judging by the amount of "you have mail" notifications I have received over the past few hours, I think it is time for another shot of juice.  So, run over to the water cooler, grab a cold drink and shut the cubical door.  It is time for round two...  Chaintech SK8T800 Review @ AMD Zone "Well the big plus of the Chaintech is of course the low price.  Stability of the board was also good, and you get SATA RAID, 5.1 channel audio, and built in Ethernet as a part of the package.  You wouldn't see those options at this price point a year ago."  ATI TV Wonder USB 2.0 Review @ Beyond3D "Internally the we can clearly see TV Wonder USB 2.0 uses the... Read more...
Good morning folks!.  We've got a hot new item for you first thing this morning that is sure to get some attention.  Back in February 2004 we were given advanced word on a hot new HDTV tuner card from ATI, dubbed the "HDTV Wonder."  The details were sketchy, but we were given enough information to whet a lot of enthusiast's appetites.   Since then we've been receiving regular e-mails regarding the HDTV Wonder with many asking when it would be available.  The answer is soon, very soon and we now have one on hand for all to see.  ATI shipped an advanced HDTV Wonder so we could get right down to business and experience the HDTV Wonder for ourselves. ... Read more...
Anyone who follows the computer hardware industry knows that, aside from developing a broad range of Graphics cards, ATI has carved itself quite a niche in the multimedia market as well.  Known for their "TV Wonder" and "All-In-Wonder" series multimedia cards, ATI is a true pioneer in the industry, being one of the first to bring TV to the PC.   Fast forward a decade or more and now we find ATI right at the forefront of the multimedia foray as the digital media revolution is in full swing.  While the "Wonders" have matured with the times, bringing added features and improved image quality along the way, there was one area left relatively untouched,... Read more...
Greetings and Salutations loyal HotHardware fans!  This is your favorite oversized Italian hardware geek, checking in with a mid-afternoon helping of hardware goodness.  I'm fighting off a cold (or allergies - I'm not sure yet), and need to get back to benchmarking, so I'll unfortunately have to be brief.  So here goes...  Mega Roundup 2: Twenty Two Hard Disk Drives with 120GB Storage Capacity @ Xbit: "This time we would like to offer you a detailed test session for 22 hard disk drives with 120GB storage capacity from the five leading HDD makers, such as Western Digital, IBM/Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate and Maxtor. More tests results and analysis than ever in our new mega... Read more...
Good afternoon friends, welcome to Hot Hardware :)  Yesterday was my girlies birthday, so of course she was spoiled to no end.  Between the massive amounts of food and the bottles of wine, I slept like a baby last night.  All the same, my head is still not full on this morning but I think I am still able to dish out some news ;)  Here is yours mid-day shot of juice... PRESS RELEASE - MDDM/PWX ANNOUNCES FIRST PRODUCTS FROM FATAL1TY BRANDED LINE AT E304 LOS ANGELES, CA, May 12, 2004, E3– MDDM, a company specializing in the design, development and manufacturing management of electronic products, today announces the first products from the Fatal1ty™ line of professional... Read more...
ATi Introduces the HDTV Wonder Bringing High Definition TV to the PC By, Jeff Bouton February 26, 2004   While we are all sitting and watching the 3D Graphics card battles rage on, in the PC TV Tuner industry, competition is a little less prominent.  While a lot of enthusiasts are caught up in the hype of whose video card is faster and which one has the better image quality, there are other developments going in adjacent markets, that sometimes catch us off guard.  The latest of these developments is ATi's recent announcement of their new HDTV Wonder TV card that can deliver a High Definition Television experience to the PC.  Recently some manufacturers have made the jump... Read more...
Hercules Video - Prophetview 920 Pro DVI A Gamer's Flat Panel And More Jason R. Gibson January 15th, 2004 It has been a while since we at Hot Hardware have taken a look at a new Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).  Back in March of 2001 my fellow H.H. colleague, Dave, ventured a look at one of the forerunners of modern LCD displays.  Needless to say, since that time, LCD's have come a long way.  Faster response times, viewing angles and contrast ratio have brought somewhat slow and occasionally grainy displays into arms reach of CRT monitor performance levels, with better brightness and clarity. In the past, LCD's offered a 2D Desktop image that was hard to surpass.  However, available... Read more...
The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample! An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle... By - Marco Chiappetta June 20, 2002 Over the last year or so, Gainward has done an excellent job differentiating their NVIDIA based video boards from their competition's.  Gainward's designers and marketing team seem to have found a winning combination...high quality, hand-picked components that are guaranteed to overclock, on products that are sold at a competitive price.  Lately, with the high-end cards in their line-up, Gainward has also started including a useful array of software and accessories.  The card we'll be looking at here, the Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra 750 / XP... Read more...
  STB's Desktop TV   TV, FM Radio, Video Capture and Edit Delivered to your desktop!       This week we had the pleasure of testing a new product from the Industry Graphics Giant, STB Systems. I was more than happy to have the opportunity to check this board out, as I expected "the fun factor" to be high. In a previous review, I mentioned the notion that it pays to delight the customer. STB absolutely delivered in this area. Here is why. Let's look at the specs first.                         View TV in a scalable window, all the way up to full-screen STB?s VisualReality? full-featured, 32-bit, on-screen... Read more...
The Cadillac of Voodoo3! The 3dfx Voodoo3-3500TV In every market, whether you are selling Cars, Tupper-Ware, or 3D Video Cards, there is always a place for the high end. These types of products have all the bells and whistles and are tweaked, buffed and tuned for ultimate performance. This review is about the "Cadillac" of Voodoo3 Cards. This is no luxury sedan though. This is more like an "STS" Model, trimmed up with all the toys and a power plant under the hood that will bring out the Teenager in you.       (Click for a higher res. view)       Specifics Voodoo3 Integrated 128-Bit 2D/3D and video accelerator Real-Time MPEG-2 Video and Audio Capture... Read more...
The 3dfx Voodootv 200 PCI Not just 3D Anymore... By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta 10/24/00 Since their inception, 3dfx has been known as a leading manufacturer of high end 3D chipsets. From the beginning the Voodoo name was synonymous with gaming and has been a dominant brand at retail. They are arguably responsible for the entire PC 3D revolution  Their newest product to carry the "Voodoo" brand is the Voodootv 200 PCI. I know what you're all thinking, "So what's the big deal?"  Well, this Voodoo product has absolutely nothing to do with 3D or gaming for that matter! The Voodootv 200 PCI is an add-in TV-Tuner / Video capture card with features that place it... Read more...
 WinTV USB  USB TV Tuner Statistics have shown that the average American watches at least 10-20 hours of TV a week (give or take a few hours). However, ever since the introduction of computers, the average computer users probably watches less TV and surfs the net more. That's where the USB WinTV comes in to play. Starring at the computer screen all day and night can be boring and static, so let me introduce you to a device that will turn you back into a spud and into a chair potato. Hauppauge the company is well known for their TV cards. Their use of the BT48 chipset has pretty much made them a standard for PC users of many OS's. Their PCI TV cards can be found at the local Office Max,... Read more...
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