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Does exactly as advertised!!,
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This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD (Personal Computers)
I watched the feeding frenzy on the message boards last year as this card was launched and the waiting game began to see who got their card first from the limited initial shipments. I have been a Media Center fan since the XP days and this card represented the final piece to create the perfect media center system. I've had my share of dissapointment with other a/v products over the years so I was skeptical this card could do everything it promised.
Simply put, it delivers on ALL of its promises. I live in Chicago and have Comcast cable, and the setup and activation could not have been easier. I tried to talk Comcast into letting me pick up the card and install myself to get out of the $16 service charge, but they insist on sending the rep to the house. The service rep had never seen or heard of a Media Center or Ceton card, so I installed the card, gave him the numbers he needed and he earned his $16 by calling in the activation. Make sure to follow the instructions on the quick guide - you can do a number of the steps BEFORE you bring in the cable company.
The guide downloaded all of the cable channels, and I immediately setup 4 HD programs to record at once. While it kept my harddrive very busy, all 4 programs recorded flawlessly. I've had the card for about 1 month and have recorded dozens of shows without issue. Note that I do not have any pay channels so I can't comment on how that works.
I have multiple media center PCs in my house (not extenders) and right now there is not a good way to stream TV from the Ceton to the other media center PCs, though you can watch recorded TV from the Ceton media center (if the show has not been DRM'ed), and you can stream live TV from the Ceton through an extender (I use an XBOX 360), though note that you will need a lot of network bandwidth to stream HD feeds and you will likely have issues with a wireless feed.