AMD has introduced two new solutions that offer high-definition television (HDTV) viewing and digital video recording (DVR) capabilities on desktop and notebook PCs.

With the external plug-and-play ATI TV Wonder 600 USB, a desktop or notebook PC easily becomes a feature-rich DVR for HDTVs. The easy to install TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe is a combo tuner that can capture both locally-available over-the-air and cable programming, including HDTV where available.
The PCIe add-in card offers ClearQAM technology that captures unscrambled digital channels that may have previously been unavailable. Both products come with AMD’s Catalyst Media Centre software, and integrate seamlessly with Windows Vista Media Centre and Windows XP Media Centre Edition.
“More and more, customers are using the PC as a digital hub for TV and video capture and these solutions put The Ultimate Visual Experience in reach of almost any PC user,” says Imi Mosaheb, Country Manager, AMD.
“These new HDTV tuner products provide a perfect complement to AMD’s graphics solutions, AMD LIVE! platforms, and AMD Turion 64 mobile technology-based notebooks – delivering simplified home theatre PC options that come together for uncompromising visual quality and ease of use.”
The ATI TV Wonder 600 USB package includes a slim credit-card-sized IR remote control, A/V input adapter for video capture from a camcorder or VCR, and user-friendly Catalyst Media Centre Software.
Catalyst Media Centre offers a simplified user interface optimised for TVs, an advanced electronic programming guide, DVD authoring and playback, video conversion and AMD LIVE! On Demand powered by Orb! for accessing the DVR from any computer with a broadband connectivity.
Extending the ATI TV Theatre family, the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe features ClearQAM tuning, allowing PC users to receive unencrypted digital content available from their local television provider. The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe is a combo-tuner DVR, so users may switch between analog and digital TV to watch and record a digital TV programme while simultaneously watching/recording an analog TV channel.
The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe also features high image quality, 3D comb filtering, and FM tuner.