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Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

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  • Record Four Channels at once
  • Stream HDTV to home network
  • Windows Media Center Support
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InfiniTV 4 PCIe is the world's first multi-tuner solution for bringing digital cable TV service to the PC, including support for premium cable channels. It turns your Windows 7 desktop, tower, home theater PC or slimline entertainment PC into the ultimate entertainment platform for television. InfiniTV 4 PCIe enables you to watch and record up to four live channels of HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home (Requires Windows Media Center Extender(s) such as an Xbox 360), all from a single cable connection and a single CableCARD.

Replace your cable set-top boxes and their expensive monthly rental fees, and enjoy premium cable shows on TV sets throughout the home, all from a single device. With the Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe your PC becomes a complete entertainment platform for all your media, including premium cable TV.

 

  • newegg Four Live HD Channels At Once Watch and/or record four live channels of standard-definition or high-definition TV simultaneously, including all your favorite premium and encrypted cable channels.
  • newegg Whole-Home Entertainment With Windows Media Center Extenders like the Xbox 360, your Media Center PC with a Ceton InfiniTV becomes a whole-home entertainment device for digital cable. Watch and record different channels in different rooms, all from one PC, and using the familiar Windows Media Center user interface on all TVs.
  • newegg Easy To Set Up Just insert InfiniTV 4 PCIe in your PC, follow the simple installation instructions, and in just a few minutes you’ll be enjoying the best digital cable TV experience available on any device.
  • newegg Works with any U.S. cable provider InfiniTV 4 PCIe connects to any U.S. cable system to receive all SD and HD digital cable channels without needing a separate set-top box.
  • newegg Supports Network Tuners and SDV InfiniTV supports Network Tuners, the ability to share tuners from one InfiniTV device with multiple PCs in the home. And as cable providers move to Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology, rest assured that your Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe supports SDV Tuning Adapters just fine.
  • newegg Internal, Low Profile Form Factor InfiniTV 4 PCIe is available in the PCI Express Low Profile form factor, making it an ideal solution for use in slim entertainment PCs as well as full-height desktops and towers.

Learn more about the Ceton InfiniTV 4

Model

Brand
Ceton
Model
InfiniTV 4

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
Four QAM 64/256 tuners
TV Standards
US Digital Cable
Interface
PCI-Express

Features

Features
Four Live HD Channels At Once - Watch and/or record four live channels of standard-definition or high-definition TV simultaneously, including all your favorite premium and encrypted cable channels.

Whole-Home Entertainment - With Media Center Extenders like the Xbox 360, your Media Center PC with the Ceton InfiniTV 4 becomes a whole-home entertainment device for digital cable. Watch and record different channels in different rooms, all from one PC, and using the familiar Windows Media Center user interface on all TVs.

Easy To Set Up - Just insert the Ceton InfiniTV 4 in your PC and follow the installation instructions and in just a few minutes you'll be enjoying the best digital cable TV experience available on any device.

Works with any U.S. cable provider - The Ceton InfiniTV 4 will connect to any U.S. cable system to receive all SD and HD digital cable channels without needing a separate set-top box.

Supports Switched Digital Video - As cable providers move to Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology, rest assured that your Ceton InfiniTV 4 supports SDV Tuning Adapters as well.

Low Profile Form Factor - The Ceton InfiniTV 4 is available in the PCI Express Low Profile form factor, making it an ideal solution for use in slim entertainment PCs as well as full-height desktops and towers.

Combines PC functionality with broadcast cable TV and Internet TV all on the living room big screen HDTV

Receive all SD and HD digital cable channels including HBO, Starz, and ESPN 3D

Stream live cable TV to multiple PCs/HDTVs in different rooms using the home network

Uses Microsoft's award-winning Media Center User Interface, DVR, and Program Guide

No monthly program guide information or cable set top box lease fees

Use terabytes of hard disk storage for virtually unlimited HDTV recording

Specifications

Specifications
Four QAM 64/256 tuners
CableCARD M-Card DRM Processor
Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver Specification - OC-SP-OCUR-I08-081114
Digital Receiver Interface Specification - OC-SP-DRI-I03-090206
CableCARD Copy Protection 2.0 Specification - OC-SP-CCCP2.0-I10-090904
CableCARD Interface 2.0 Specification - OC-SP-CCIF2.0-I20-091211
Digital Cable Network Interface Standard - ANSI/SCTE 40 2004

System Requirements

Processor
2.0 GHz or faster CPU minimum, either 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) - 2.7 GHz or faster dual-core CPU is recommended
Graphics Card
HDCP compliant on-board graphics or graphics card
Memory
2 GB of RAM minimum - 3 GB or more is recommended
Available Slot
1 PCIe slot, which can be either an x1, x4, x8, or x16 type slot
Operating Systems Supported
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) with Media Center
Others
HDMI out, or DVI out with separate audio out
Multi-Stream CableCARD (M-Card) - available from your local cable provider
Digital cable subscription from a U.S. cable provider

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the Ceton InfiniTV 4

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  • Roy
  • 5/16/2014 7:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnreliable at best

Pros: When it works it is an awesome product. Does what is says it does. A 4 Tuner cable card tuner that works with Windows Media Center

Cons: a stiff wind will break this product apparently.
I originally purchased this product in Dec 2012. In that time I have to RMA the device twice and now the device is not operating properly again and would need to be RMA'd again but is no longer covered under warranty. I am IT expert. I build my own computers, manage/repair servers, and do networking. working with hardware is something I do for a living. So my advice is to find a different product. Search the web on the Ceton devices and you will see lots of stories of people with issues with them. The Green Button forums are filled with them. No phone support the only way to contact Ceton is thru a ticketing system on their web site.

Other Thoughts: I am disappointed. I wanted this device to be part of my centerpiece media system whole home DVR. It could not keep running properly at all. Even the drivers are dodgy. One of the Ceton windows services for the tuning adapter stops running and needs to restart on a semi-regular basis. Going to acquire a different cable card tuner for my system.

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  • jamie
  • 5/16/2014 1:04:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggspigtail breaks too easily

Pros: Good video quality, works well with Windows Media Center.

Cons: Pigtail Coax connector breaks easily making the card worthless; incompatible with some NVidia chipsets

Other Thoughts: Pigtail connector used to connect the card with a COAX cable is far too flimsy. Any amount of pressure on it can damage the tiny gold connectors causing the card to be unable to receive video signals. Rigid Inflexible Coax cables connected to it can cause excessive pressure on the connector, causing it to break very easily.

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  • Ranks
  • 4/24/2014 4:14:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStill running strong

Pros: I bought this card on 7/29/2011 and it's still running strong. 4 tuners, reliable, was significantly more expensive when I bought it but has paid for itself several times over.

Cons: Having it shared across the network is horrible in my opinion. The host PC cannot be connected via wifi...only the clients can do that. Regardless of that I have everything wired and multiple times weekly I'd get some variation of tuner error from WMC and would have to restart all PCs with a shared tuner for them to work again.

Other Thoughts: Overall this card is a winner if you only plan to use it in a single PC.

I recommend using this for your recording, then share the recorded folder to the PCs on your network for easy access.

If you want live TV on multiple machines with this card, get two.

Manufacturer Response:

Thanks for your nice review! One thing we’d like to point out for readers is that the recommended product if you want to share tuners on your network is the InfiniTV 6 ETH model. It’s designed as a network tuner for exactly that purpose whereas the InfiniTV 4 PCIe above is designed as a single PC device, as you mention.

Also, a wired network is recommended when sharing TV tuners between PCs. WiFi isn’t fast enough or reliable enough to consistently deliver HDTV cable channels in most homes.

Ceton

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  • Jacob
  • 4/8/2014 7:24:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks as Expected

Pros: Works as expected and I expected quite a bit. Main pc set up with three tuners, second pc has one tuner. One WMC extender set up receiving channels. Video carried flawlessly over Gigabit LAN to all devices.

Cons: Seems to have dropped cable, or the ability to receive the cable signal after the media center pc was on for more than 24 hours. Have not diagnosed yet, as it has only happened once, but should be getting strong signal.

Other Thoughts: The biggest detractor to this card is out of Ceton's control. Cable companies are their own biggest enemies. Their customer service doesn't win any awards or sympathies. The included numbers from Ceton help with the pain, but only a little.

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  • Chesteracorgi
  • 4/3/2014 7:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat alternative for HTPC

Pros: 4 Tuners for watching &/or recording digital TV over cable.
Can record to HTPC drives (12 TB vs. 500 GB on DVR).

Cons: PITA to set up with clueless support from cable company. Finally got to the cable card people and got things straightened out.

Other Thoughts: Persistence pays off: after clueless support finally got to the real tech experts and things went smoothly.

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  • Renegade
  • 3/31/2014 10:48:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhen it decides to work

Pros: Digital quad tuner

Cons: Will randomly turn off, leaving scheduled recordings put out. At this point a reboot hangs due to the Crash of the card

Other Thoughts: Maybe 65% uptime, huge pain when it crashes. Only reason I picked it up is local Cable went to all digital, my old Analog tuner had 100% uptime with PC running 24/7. This will crash at least 2 a week

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  • Devlin85
  • 3/30/2014 10:19:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSome Trouble, But Worth It!

Pros: Can tune 4 hd channels at once, integrates with media center with little effort. Get rid of those ridiculous DVR box rental fees. Verizon: $18/PER BOX vs. $4.95/PER CABLE CARD!! Price for initial setup is low, especially if you are just adding it to your existing computer.

Cons: Takes a really long time for the tuners to let's say "Warm up." After windows boots it is literally 5 minutes before the tuner card is fully functional, I get a no signal in media center, but the card diagnostics says it is fine, I leave my Media Center on 24/7 so that is more of an annoyance than a deal breaker..

When switching channels it takes between 2-12 seconds to tune depending on HD/SD and data-rate, I have Verizon and they don't alter the streams from the networks so there are wide variations depending on the channel and program.

Also, Had to get several cable cards before I was able to complete setup, even the card I have now says it hasn't been validated but since it was successfully authorized on Verizon's side it is still fully functional, once again, just more of an annoyance as the software diagnostics give you a red x instead of a green check mark, but is still fully functional.

The HDCP requirement have led to a few issues, one being you can't use dual display (Mirror Desktops) which is a shame if you like to have the same image on 2 TV's, it will only work with 2 monitors if you extend display and have two separate desktops.

Other Thoughts: Technical support is amazingly fast, I received answers almost immediately and if you are having issues I suggest going to them first as the cable company will make you get proof it's actually a bad cable card, or an issue on their end anyway. And with a quick diagnostic snapshot button in their software it couldn't be simpler. Verizon on the other hand took 3 cable cards, like 8 support agents, and 5+ hours of me telling them to send a new card.

Also, activate the card through the phone system, the online activation system caused problems every time!

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  • Equalize
  • 3/20/2014 11:59:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI like it alot

Pros: Works far better than the Hauppauge card it replaced. Easy installation, bug free drivers, excellent video quality, and quick tuning. I’m currently using it with WMC but may switch to XBMC.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I read about the fragile coax connector before I purchased it. I used a 1.5” hole saw on the back of my entertainment center so that there was zero strain on the coax connector. Works like a champ.

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  • Chris
  • 3/17/2014 6:44:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: This unit is Awesome. My cable company says they cannot support it, but it seems they would have to because I have their service. This unit is off the chain, had some trouble in the beginning, but now works even better than a cable box! I truly like this unit, and hope that Ceton works on getting this unit even better! It would be hard to improve on what has already be done here!!!

Cons: There is one gripe but not really on the part of Ceton but more so of my cable company. I sat in front of my server for more than 4 hours setting this up with them, I want to stress this IS NOT CETON'S FAULT, but rather the person who set it up in the beginning messed up the activation of the cable card resulting in 3 more hours of banging my head against the wall, but not Ceton's fault!

Other Thoughts: I wish that the cable companies knew more about their own cable cards that go in their cable boxes. I have a Class M cable card, with which no one seem to know what I was talking about with the cable company. They asked me if I was using a Tivo, and I said know 3 times. Only thought I have is ask the cable company rep if they have ever done this before.

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  • A. Grayson
  • 3/17/2014 8:46:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat option for HTPC

Pros: 1.) Works great with windows media center
2.) Helpful software for setting up the cable card
3.) I hear it's compatible with linux, but I couldn't get it to work
4.) High signal quality for splitting into 4 tuners
5.) 4 tuners in one card is excellent!

Cons: I struggled setting it up in Linux. I didn't try as hard as I could to make it work, though. Adding a cable card into the mix makes it a bit more difficult than the OTA/analogue tuners I had experience with in Linux.

Windows media center would also sometimes give me the message that a particular show had suddenly been flagged the wrong way and I couldn't record it anymore. I feel like thats more a windows problem than a problem with this card. It could also be a cable company problem (Comcast)

Other Thoughts: This tuner is excellent! I used to have signal problems with my old analogue tuners. I would fight with the splitters in my house to try and get the strongest signal possible. This tuner, however, doesn't need that. Signal quality is great and it tunes quickly.
Setting up windows media center is slightly annoying. Specifically, getting your computer "ready for digital cable" is not intuitive. Luckily, the bundled software with this tuner helps you diagnose cable card problems very quickly.

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