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Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB - 4-channel External Cable TV Tuner Device for CableCARD

by Ceton
83 customer reviews
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  • Watch & record 4 HD cable TV channels simultaneously, including premium channels
  • Brings cable TV services to the PC, enabling cable + DVR + Internet TV and more, all on one device
  • Eliminates costly set-top box lease fees and monthly DVR fees
  • Works with any U.S. cable TV provider
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Product Description

The Ceton InfiniTV 4 USB is an external 4-tuner digital cable TV device that turns your PC into the ultimate set-top box and DVR. With InfiniTV on your PC, you can replace your cable set-top box and associated monthly lease and DVR fees and use Windows 7's built-in Media Center functionality to watch and record 4 live cable TV channels at once, including HD and premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz! InfiniTV 4 USB uses the same award-winning technology as Ceton's InfiniTV 4 PCIe, the world's best-selling digital cable tuner for the PC. If you're looking for an internal device with the same capabilities, check out the Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe model. When used with Media Center Extenders like the Xbox 360, you can also stream live or recorded cable channels to other TVs in your home over your home network. Using only a single cable connection and single CableCARD from your cable operator, InfiniTV can deliver all your cable channels and full DVR capability on any TV set. Requires a compatible PC with Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate and an available USB port. Requires a cable TV subscription and CableCARD from your cable operator. Media Center Extender(s) required to access cable channels and recordings on secondary TV sets.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Item model number: 5102-DCT04EX-USB
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 13, 2011
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Jacobsen on October 25, 2011
I purchased the Ceton Infinitv 4 USB as soon as it was released. Set up with Windows Media Center was very easy. Bit of advice, download the latest drivers from Ceton's Support site prior to installation. I had a couple of problems and Ceton's support was quick to answer my questions. The problems were not with the device, but rather the user. Activating the cable card with my cable company Comcast was difficult. It took three days to actually get it working correctly. The problem was not with the device, but rather the cable company. They had to make sure the Cablecard was in their inventory as a one-way card then they actually had to activate as a one-way instead of a two-way card. Once they had it activated it worked flawlessly. I am running Windows 7 with 3ghz processor and 8gb of ram and have no problem recording up to 4 shows and watching tv through 3 xbox media extenders at once. This device works great and now my wife is no longer bugging me to buy 3 tivo's with lifetime service to replace the cable company's sub-par dvr. I highly recommend this device if you want true control over your tv. I have 2 3tb drives for my recordings and can store over 600 hours of hd programming. The combination of Windows 7 Media Center and the Ceton Infinitv 4 USB give you great customization options and works flawlessly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Twiggins on October 28, 2011
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This product works like they said it does. Had to call Comcast twice to pair the cablecard, second time worked. They had left the data number off the first time. Can now watch TV and record 3 programs at once. Quality of the picture is as good or better than with Comcast's DVR. Great product.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Noisy1 on December 30, 2011
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The Ceton USB tuner is the last of 3 different CableCard tuners I have set up. I own a PCIe Ceton card, the HD Homerun Prime 6 tuner unit and the Ceton USB. (Yes, that is 14 HD cable streams!!) In short the PCIe is the hands down king of CableCard tuners, the HD Homerun Prime has tuner pooling, and the Ceton USB is pulling up the rear.

The Ceton PCIe unit has been by far the easiest set up, most stable and the best card of the three. It has never had a glitch, it was set up and running in no time, the cable company techs had very little difficulty getting it going and it has never ever shown so much as a single pixel of picture faults. No "tiling" and no slow downs. No over demands on the computer. The only cons with the Ceton PCIe card are the heat inside the box and the lack of tuner pooling. Until I could get the other tuners up and running I was sharing the PCIe tuner with two other PCs running Media Center which worked flawlessly on a wired network. However, without tuner pooling I had tuner conflicts like no tomorrow!! 4 tuners are not enough for cable recording. Not even close without pooling. You should think very seriously about heat dissipation if you are considering putting two of these inside your computer.

The HD Homerun Prime was more (a whole lot more) difficult to set up, but that really is more a function of Charter Cable's difficulty in keeping two CableCard installs straight at the same time. I can't fault the picture quality, though it seems to be ever so slightly more grainy than the Ceton PCIe. On the Panasonic VT-25 the picture was very, very good though just a bit more grainy than with the Ceton PCIe.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Weith on January 30, 2012
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I have one Ceton 4 USB running on a Windows 7 64-bit Media Center with Comcast providing service. Be prepared to get what is a Cablecard when ordering since most have not embraced this technology. I have had experience with a previous vendors offering for many years on RCN and was very excited to see the Ceton handles switch service without any addition hardware and four HD channels at once. My initial install was on a Windows 7 32-bit installation and setup was a snap; with the longest time allocated to time on the phone with Comcast to pair the Cablecard with the Ceton. Once up and running a problem did develop with the device disconnect/reboot for no reason while recording or watching programs live.

My Windows 7 32-bit install was a carryover from a SageTV/DirecTV/HDPVR configuration and with tweaks for that configuration which I thought might be the reason for my stability problems. A residence change resulted in my change to Comcast and this configuration. As a result of the disconnect/reboot issues with the Ceton I performed a wipe and rebuild on 7 64-bit to prevent any possible conflicts. My initial findings on 64-bit were very promising with stability for 10 days before the problem occurred with disconnect/reboot.

Based on other reviews here on Amazon I opened a trouble ticket on the Ceton support center and described my problem with a request for the updated firmware. I received an almost immediate response with a link to download the update and instruction on how via the Ceton diagnostic tool. All seems to be smooth, and have not had the problem since.

Since the problem is correctable I would not hesitate to purchase another, or recommend to a friend.
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