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ATI TV Wonder 200 PCI Video Card w/PVR Capabilities
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- Watch record and playback your favorite shows on your PC using the built-in 125-channel TV tuner
- Double up your television viewing experience using MulTView when used in conjunction with a second TV Tuner
- Watch TV in silence with closed captioning
- Watch TV on your PC monitor while you work in other applications or surf the net using ThruView
- Zoom-in, pan or pause live TV
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TV Wonder 200 PCI allows you to schedule and record your favorite TV programs as it is a powerful Personal Video Recorder for your PC. TV Wonder 200 PCI lets you watch play pause or record programs at will. Save your favorite shows to your hard drive burn to DVD or share with your portable media devices.Primary InformationInput Device Type : TV tuner Form Factor : Plug-in card Video Input Type : TV / video input adapter Interface Type : PCI Analog Video Format : NTSC Analog Video Signal : S-Video; Composite video Digital Video Format : WMV; DivX; MPEG-2; MPEG-4 PC Compatibility : PC System RequirementsService&SupportService & Support Type : 1-Year limited warranty UNSPSC CodeUNSPSC Code : 43201401 Product IDUPC: 727419413787Manufacturer Part: 100-703260
Top Customer Reviews
Well, I'll put it bluntly here; this product is DOA. I did everything right, checked the connections, and opened the Catalyst Media Center software. It froze up upon seconds. Why? Because, it doesn't work with 1680x1050 resolution! Huh? The WinTV USB was probably designed in the 1024x768 days, but it works perfectly on 1680x1050 with no additional software. So I downgrade my resolution. It launches, but then goes through this hellish fifteen minute process in Catalyst to optimize itself. And then when I click on TV...it never opens. Well it did; it took ten minutes, but when you just want to watch TV, that can be an eternity. Add to that there is absoultely no option for a basic window interface like WinTV32 with Haupaugge's products (you have to have a candy-coated Windows Media Player-like interface to watch anything on this), and there was no doubt that I just spent $65 on a lemon of a product that should've never been released.
There is no doubt about it, on Monday, I will be returning this with prejudice. ATI should be ashamed of including such a buggy software product with their card, and their lack of disclosure on the remote offer as far as shipping and handling. Meanwhile, no matter if they have a more expensive product, Haupaugge has an established relationship with me, and I will be buying their products again once I get my money back for this.
Its all so time consuming, you click on something and end up waiting 5-10 mins & it using 90-100% of your cpu, my processor is only a P4 but I have 1024ram, it shouldnt be so hard.
I tried to record, which it would do one touch record now & go until you manually stop it or you click on something else & froze your PC, but it wouldnt time set record and.....and...
the only TV listing is showed was channel 1 channel 2 channel 3 (thats high tech)you still didnt know what was on. I can get the TV lisings on the internet on my home search page, but this software is cooking 20-30 minutes(everytime I reboot)and all it gives me is channel 1 channel 2 channel 3.
I tried to burn dvd, it only has one quality buring option and all my videos were too large to fit on the disk, it wouldnt compress to fit.
But I have another software program that I use to make DVD/Videos that has the same abilities as the Catalyst (or whatever you call it) and it does work better faster and smoother,but it doesnt live up to my fantasy of watching and taping TV on my PC either so I uninstalled that Catalyst and I'm still using the card.
I havent ventured into TV recordings again yet, maybe when I have 100 years of free time I will take a another look at it.
If it sound to good to be true....Blaa blaa Blaa, yeah we have the technology but its still in its infant stage. I think I will wait another few years before I purchase again.
Despite it being old, this card does exactly what I wanted it to, but with ho-hum results. It isn't because of ATI's software, or the card itself, but because of the sheer number of resolutions that a monitor has vs. the fixed resolution of a regular cathode style TV. Most older game consoles look great on a regular TV, but when displayed through a monitor, the conflicting resolutions make the graphics clarity fall short. In fact they always look worse compared to the TV, even if your monitor is set to the same resolution the game system is outputting to.
In conclusion, I gave this card three stars because it does work the way it should, at least on my XP system. I reiterate: This thing is old, and I wouldn't be surprised if it has issues with Vista. The software front-end is a bit laggy, even on my NASA control center at home, but it is livable. Just remember that ho-hum results come standard when trying to cram one resolution into another. The TV wonder 200 will work in a pinch, but you are better off buying a TV in the long run.
Hardware: 1 star
"Free" Remote: It's NOT Free. You have to pay an inflated S&H charge for it to be sent to you. By the way, they will not send you a 2nd "Free" remote if you've bought more than one TV Wonder. (One per household?)
"Free Remote" Fiasco: 2 Stars, only because it is a nice remote.
Software: The included Catalyst Media Center is so bad, it's basically MALWARE. It can cause serious system problems and is nearly impossible to completely remove. This is a BIG problem, because you can't use this card with Windows Media Center Edition.
Software: ZERO Stars
Conclusion: Inferior Hardware packaged with REALLY BAD Software, AND You have to pay for the "Free" Remote!
I love most ATI Products, but not this one! Avoid like the PLAGUE.