Ceton to Unveil CableCARD Quad-Tuner [Zatz Not Funny]
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is announcing a new product from Ceton at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that has the ability to allow a PC to simultaneously tune in to four separate cable channels. Ceton's PCI Express “Quad-Tuner” card accepts a single multistream CableCARD. Installing the tuner in a desktop computer PCI bay gives a user the capacity to tune into four live channels of digital cable.
According to Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner, Microsoft's Windows 7 OS has increased the number of tuners that a PC can recognize from two to four, hence the Ballmer introduction of Ceton's Quad-Tuner.
Convergence devices are popping up all over CES. While most involve moving IP-based video to the television screen, Ceton's Quad-Tuner indicates that there's still a demand for digital cable via a computer.