You may have already heard about this one since it’s said “Coming Soon” on their website for quite some time now but there’s finally a release date…well, sort of. More like a release time frame finally. According to a press release from CES, Ceton is developing “the next-generation Ceton cable TV card for Windows Media Center-enabled PCs” that will allow you to play or record “up to six simultaneous high-definition TV channels using a single multi-stream CableCARD(TM) and single RF connection.” I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure how this would work with a single CableCARD but I am very intrigued by this.
I do find a few concerning items in the press release though. First of all, there is no mention of switched digital video and whether these tuners will support the tuning adaptor that is made to combat this issue. Considering switched digital video is already affecting numerous CableCARD users, this would be a huge sticking point if it will not be able to support the adaptor. Of course, there’s guarantee that the ATI DCTs will support the adaptor either but that should be a consideration with technology that’s not even out yet.
The next item that concerned me is this little statement: “The Ceton Multi-Channel Cable TV Card for Windows Media Center-enabled PCs is expected to be available bundled with Windows Media Center-enabled PCs from leading manufacturers in 2009.” This leads me to believe that I will not be able to buy one of these for my current PC which would be very bad for me or anyone else that’s already bought a CableCARD-enabled PC.