Windows Media Center makes it really easy to watch TV on Windows Vista (Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate) with a built in Guide that lets you browse TV shows and movies and schedule recordings of your favorite ones. Many PCs today come with TV functionality built in via TV cards. But not all Windows Vista PCs come equipped with TV capability. Unlike a few years ago - adding TV functionality to your PC is very easy. Let me share my experience in adding TV functionality to one of my PCs.
AMD brings TV capability to your PC through their ATI TV Wonder products. Some of their products are PC cards that must be installed inside the actual PC - and others are USB devices that can simply be plugged in to a USB port. I picked up AMD's ATI TV Wonder 600 USB TV tuner - which is Certified for Windows Vista. This small USB device lets you plug in a coaxial cable for TV capability or use an antenna for free over-the-air television - including over-the-air HDTV.
The ATI TV Wonder 600 USB has the following features:
- USB 2.0
- Hybrid TV Tuner Stick for:
- Over-the-air Digital TV / HDTV1 (ATSC)
- Over-the-air / Cable Analog TV (NTSC)
- Remote control
- Telescopic antenna to receive free-to-air TV channels
- Capture from VCRs, camcorders with the included audio/video input cable
I took some unboxing shots to share with you: