A Cheap alternative to higher-priced Media Centre PCs, the card sports an FM radio that delivers excellent reception. The PlayTV@P7000 can store several presets that you can name and sort according to your preference.
Schedule and record your favourite TV serials thanks to its eDrive technology. Plus, you can e-mail your PC with the details of what you wish to record and leave eDrive to ha nd Ie the rest! Featured on the board is a Conexant CX23880 to decode video at 10-bit and a CX23416 that helps hardware encode a video stream into MPEG2 format.
The resultant recording, 720×576 at 30 fps, was of very good quality. Couple this with an audio sampling rate of48 KHz and you have an extremely accurate and snow-less replication of your favourite TV shows. The remote control is obscenely huge, because of all you can do with it in addition to the standard TV, video and FM controls.
For starters, click the Play button and have your e-mail read to you instead of you reading your email. You can also launch applications and have direct access to any file stored inside Windows’ media library something no other product offers you control over. Its nifty TimeShifting feature lets you pause and resume a live television feed! But you need a large hard disk and much free space.
It’s extremely easy to set up and the sampling/playback quality is on the superior side. The package comes replete with all the necessary software.
For: Features and functionality aplenty; its e Drive technology is especially sweet.
Against: The software activation can prove to be an unwarranted annoyance.
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