Report says ATI recalled new TV cards

Recalls seem to be the hot trend this summer. First several PC makers recalled large numbers of notebook batteries, and now ATI has pulled its new TV Wonder 650 tuner cards from store shelves, according to a report by DailyTech. The cards were announced just over two weeks ago, but they were removed from stores like Best Buy shortly after becoming available over the past few days. ATI hasn’t issued a public statement regarding the reported recall, so details are sparse. However, an ATI mole told DailyTech, “the TV Wonder 650 [tuner cards] … claimed to have 40 channels, but only about 30% to 50% of them worked.”

Best Buy employees were reportedly asked to tell customers that ATI will release a similar product “in the near future.” As for online retailers, a sift through our price search engine shows only ATI itself selling TV Wonder 650 cards, and they’re out of stock.

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    • Kent_dieGo
    • 13 years ago

    40 channels? Seem kind of low. I would think ~120 channels would be normal.

    • edh
    • 13 years ago

    The TV Tuner card you want is the Hauppauge model WinTV-PVR-250 (00980 for NTSC, 00983 for PAL/SECAM). Hauppauge has a lesser model 150 but it isn’t as good — neither is the double-tuner 500 model (it’s just a pair of the 150 tuners on a single card). The 350 model is seldom needed if you have a good video card — it adds a hard-ware decoder with direct output to your television.

      • stdPikachu
      • 13 years ago

      Unless you live in the UK or Aus. (or any other country using DVB-T and/or PAL), in which case the Hauppauge Nova-T and Nova-T 500 are where it’s at.

      DVB-T kicks ass. No fancy encoder chips neccessary, just tune into an MPEG2 stream and dump it to disc. I don’t know much about TV in the US, but last I heard OTA digital broadcasts were few and far between (only used for HD maybe?), hence the general lack of decent DVB-T demodulators in the market.

      Analogue tuners are next to dead here in the UK. People only use them for capturing analogue-out from their satellite or cables boxes (since we don’t have fancy firewire connections on them AFAIK). I used to use a PVR-250 for MythTV and, whilst they’re nice little cards, the quality is utterly appalling when compared to a nice DVB stream.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 13 years ago

      The WinTV PVR-150 is widely regarded as BETTER.

      It’s a single-chip version of the WinTV PVR-250, comes with the newer-style remote, and is less expensive than the 250 and most HTPC forums I’ve been on have said that when there’s a choice, the 150 is the card to get over the 250 model. When I had my 150, it worked quite well (I now have a ReplayTV, so I sold the 150).

      As for the 500MCE, knowing that it’s the dual-tuner card and some people only have one PCI slot available (so two 250’s are out of the question for them), I don’t know why you’d say the 250 is better than it as well.

    • steelcity_ballin
    • 13 years ago

    Almost bought one at BB a few days ago, I grabbed a $50 Hauppauge instead. It’s not a bad card, just not great.

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