AVerMedia Presents UltraTV 1500 MCE

AVerMedia announced the debut of AVerMedia UltraTV( 1500 MCE, bringing TV, Personal Video Recorder (PVR), and FM radio capabilities to any Windows XP or Media Center Edition XP equipped personalcomputer. Perfect for XP or Media Center users who the UltraTV 1500 MCE creates the ultimate media center by allowing users to both watch and/or record TV and FM radio on their PC whenever theywish.

AVerMedia UltraTV 1500 MCE incorporates an internal PC tuner card, onboard FM radio antenna, and UltraTV PVR software to provide a total media experience. The product’s PVR feature enables users to pause, rewind, and instantly replay live TV; playback shows while continuing to record (time-shifting); and easily schedule shows for recording while away or watching other programs. FM radio recording in digital MP3 format ensures exceptional playback quality, while radio auto-scan and pre-schedule capability offer additional convenience.

On the TV side, advanced MPEG2 hardware compression and exclusive AVerMedia de-interlace technology offer smooth, razor-sharp TV video in either full-screen or partial, resizable window modes. Convenience features include one-click access to all user controls, a Titan TV online broadcast guide (www.titantv.com) for easy recorder pre-scheduling, and DVD/VCD/MPEG-2 recorder output options.

“UltraTV 1500 MCE is an enormously flexible and powerful solution for a wide range of users and applications,” said Winny Chow, Product Manager for AVerMedia. “Say you’re a stock trader who needs to stay up on the day’s news while working, or you live in a small urban apartment that doesn’t allow room for both a TV and a PC. Or perhaps you simply like the idea of building your home entertainment center or home theater around your PC. Additional flexibility allows the user to add the UltraTV 1500 MCE as a second TV Tuner card. Whatever the situation, UltraTV 1500 MCE does the work of multiple entertainment devices, reducing and simplifying your media investment while taking advantage of the latest Media Center capabilities.”

Able to accept cable and antenna signals, the UltraTV 1500 MCE features a 16-channel preview feature, while parental lockout keeps children away from inappropriate channels. The product includes a still-image capture capability for saving and cataloguing TV images in high-quality BMP/JPG/FIF/PCX formats; best of all, the onboard and hardware-based MPEG-2 compression feature means precious CPU processing capacity isn’t sapped for TV and PVR use.

UltraTV 1500 MCE is specifically designed for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition operating systems and supports Media Center Edition 2005. It operates on any system with minimum Intel Pentium III 800 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM memory. A sound card for capturing audio and a PCI VGA video card with DirectX 8.0 or higher are required.

Pricing and Availability

AVerMedia’s UltraTV 1500 MCE is priced at $79.99 (MSRP) and will begin shipping in October, 2004 to a wide range of computer, consumer electronics, and specialty electronics retailers. For more information about the AVerMedia UltraTV 1500 MCE, or any of AVerMedia’s other digital multimedia convergence products, visit www.avermedia-usa.com or call AVerMedia at 408-263-3828.