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Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

  • 6 QAM 64/256 tuners
  • Full 1080i and 3D support
  • Works with all U.S. cable TV system
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Have all your media – TV, DVR, music, photos, videos, and Internet media services – available from one awesome device: the InfiniTV 6 ETH!

InfiniTV 6 ETH is the world's most advanced network tuner for cable TV on the PC, and a must-have accessory for Windows Media Center. With InfiniTV on your PC, you can replace your cable set-top box and get rid of monthly leases and DVR fees. Use Windows' built-in Media Center functionality to watch and record six live cable TV channels at once, including HD and premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz! When your PC is paired with a Ceton Echo media center extender or Xbox 360, you can also watch TV and DVR on any TV set.
 

  • newegg Six Live HD Channels at Once Watch and/or record six live channels of standard-definition- or high-definition TV simultaneously, including all your favorite premium and encrypted cable channels.
  • newegg Whole-Home Entertainment When used with media center extenders like the Ceton Echo or Xbox 360, a Ceton InfiniTV turns your Media Center PC into a whole-home entertainment device. Enjoy live TV and all your DVR recordings on any TV set.
  • newegg Share across Multiple PCs Since InfiniTV 6 ETH connects directly to your network, you can easily share its tuners with more than one PC. (*Assigning tuners between different PCs is a supported feature, while dynamic tuner pooling between multiple PCs is currently a beta feature.)
  • newegg Works with Any U.S. Cable Provider InfiniTV 6 ETH supports CableCARD, and connects to any U.S. cable system to receive all SD and HD digital cable channels without a set-top box.
  • newegg Supports Switched Digital Video As cable providers move to Switched Digital Video (SDV) technology, rest assured that your Ceton InfiniTV 6 ETH supports SDV Tuning Adapters just fine.
  • newegg Save Tons of Money By using InfiniTV on your PC, you can save hundreds of dollars a year by avoiding monthly cable box leases and DVR fees.


Learn more about the Ceton 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE

Model

Brand
Ceton
Model
5205-DCT06IN-PCIE

General

Type
TV Tuner Cards
TV Tuner
CableCARD Tuner
Interface
Any available PCIe slot: X1, X4, X8 or X16

Features

Features
Watch and/or record six live channels of standard-definition or high-definition cable TV simultaneously

When used with media center extenders like the Ceton Echo or Xbox 360, a Ceton InfiniTV turns your Media Center PC into a whole-home entertainment device.

Save hundreds of dollars a year by avoiding monthly cable box lease and DVR fees

Supports Switched Digital Video and Tuning Adapters

Works with any U.S. cable provider

Specifications

Specifications
Six QAM 64/256 tuners

CableCARD M-Card DRM Processor

Full 1080i and 3D support

System Requirements

System Requirements
PC with Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

One Multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card), available from your cable TV provider

TV display with HDMI input, or HDCP-compliant DVI input and separate audio input

Coaxial cable to connect InfiniTV 6 PCIe to your cable outlet

A Tuning Adapter from your cable operator might be required if your cable TV provider uses Switched Digital Video technology. Please check with your cable operator.

Digital cable TV subscription from your local cable TV provider. HD package required to receive High Definition TV channels

Note: minimum system requirements are greater when using Windows Media Center Extenders.
Processor
2.5 GHz or faster dual-core or quad-core 64-bit (x64) processor
Graphics Card
HDCP-compliant graphics card or on-board graphics
Memory
4 GB of RAM (6+ GB recommended)
Available Slot
1 available PCI Express (PCIe) slot, which can be either an x1, x4, x8, or x16 type slot
Operating Systems Supported
PC with Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
Others
7200 RPM or faster hard disk drive (350 GB of available space recommended for 50 hours of HDTV recordings)

HDMI output, or DVI output with separate 5.1 audio output required for Dolby 5.1 surround sound

Packaging

Package Contents
InfiniTV 6 PCIe
High-profile and low-profile backplates
F-connector adapter cable
Quick Installation Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Jonathan B.
  • 4/6/2014 11:11:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks great

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: Tunes well quick, channel changes.
6 tuners, should be plenty for my house.
Doesn't seem to run as hot as an older unit I used to run back in the day (ati tv wonder cable card tuner)

Cons: I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have during the software install, for some reason the TA driver is set to not install by default. This caused many hours of frustration until I realized what happened on a third install attempt on a fresh OS install. Yes I spent hours reinstalling my system, because I missed that on the first two install attempts.

Other Thoughts: Not Ceton related, but Cox needs to get their act together and get their TA unit firmware updated. I can only use 4 tuners with the current 1.33 firmware. From what I've read at least 1.36 is needed to have 6 tuners available. I can't imagine motorola releases updated firmware that often. Best guess....1.33 is around 4 years old. I have made a complaint, they have forwarded it to their field specialists.......

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  • Evan C.
  • 3/17/2014 7:54:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsStutter/Flickering

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: - 6 tuners

Cons: Buyers should be aware of a common problem with Ceton tuners and Windows Media Center. Some users experience stuttering or flickering on some premium cable channels (e.g. HBO).

Windows Media Center is no longer receiving updates from Microsoft so this issue is likely to go unresolved. There are certain models of hardware (graphics card and/or processors) that work better at reducing the issue (research online for Ceton WMC 29/59 bug). Another 'solution' is to use a Ceton Echo or Xbox 360 as an extender. All these are just workarounds, definitely not acceptable considering how much the tuner costs.

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  • Tadd B.
  • 3/17/2014 5:42:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis card is fantastic!

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: I have nothing but good things to say about this card. Integrates completely with Media Center, low profile bracket is perfect for HTPCs, easy installation, and easy to follow step by step instructions. Tech support from Ceton was some of the most responsive I've seen from a technology company of any kind. 6 tuners work like a charm, and the ability to assign them to other extenders makes this great for a multi DVR household. Finally high-def looks very crisp and clear and not pixelated at all. RCN is my provider.

Cons: Had some issues getting this working, but it turns out the cablecard from my provider was damaged and not working. Responsive tech support from Ceton alerted me to this immediately and upon receiving a new card everything worked great. Channel changing is a bit slow.

Other Thoughts: If you know what you're doing, building your own HTPC is far superior to a DVR you receive from your provider, or a DirectTV. The fees they charge you, plus the terrible interface that they all have, makes the HTPC pay for itself after a few years. This is my first cablecard HTPC, and this is the card to get for it. Just make sure your motherboard isn't using an Nvidia chipset on it, this card won't work. But if you have Intel or AMD you should be fine. Nvidia card should be ok, just not Nvidia Nforce motherboards, which my last HTPC was running.

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  • Isidoro C.
  • 1/27/2014 9:06:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice upgrade from the quad version

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: This can do 6 channels at once! Set-up was very easy and had no problem swapping out the quad version. I now have enough tuners to support the HTPC, plus 3 extenders. The best whole-home DVR set-up, plus you can ditch the cable companies' terrible boxes and not have to pay rental fees! They even have a pamphlet with direct phone numbers to activate your cable card. Nice touch guys!

Cons: Channel changing could be faster, but it doesn't bother us too much. Also, powering down or sleeping the HTPC isn't a good idea because the InfiniTV is slow to wake up or power-on. If you're used to an instant-on experience, follow that suggestion.

Other Thoughts: I just leave my HTPC on, but set my Harmony remote to press "Stop" in WMC, and the power off the screen. This way when I press power off, I can jump right back in very quickly.
I'd try and find the most power efficient base hardware, like a Haswell set-up with Intel HD graphics, so that you're not using too much power when not watching it.
Also, it is worth the $299.99, but they put it on sale for $249.99 quite frequently. Sometimes they have a bundle with the Echo extender, which I recommend as well (so you can share the tuners/DVR in another room).

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  • John H.
  • 1/23/2014 10:50:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad Card?

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: The card worked like a jewel for about 4 months. John should have bought a WARRENTY! Now no TV station or anything, when going thru this card

Cons: The lackluster wore off pretty fast when it wouldn't even come on, yet I tried and tried anyhow.

Other Thoughts: Quality v/s Quantity!

Manufacturer Response:

We’re sorry you’re having an issue with your Ceton InfiniTV. The behavior you describe is definitely not normal. Please contact Ceton Support at the link below and one of our engineers will help troubleshoot things for you.

All Ceton hardware products come with a 1 year warranty. In the unlikely event that the issue you’re experiencing are due to an issue with the Ceton hardware, we’ll repair or replace it at no cost during the warranty period.

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  • Eric S.
  • 12/2/2013 6:50:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: I bought this and replaced 5 dvr boxes for my house. Instead of the $80 per month I now only pay the card rental. HD is nice and clear, and even the SD channels are good, no distortion to them.

Cons: If you are using Windows 8/8.1 WMC for your tuner, it only supports 4 tuners. There isn't the drivers yet for the tuner extender for Windows 8/8.1. If you are looking to have it connected to every PC instantly you'll have to wait if you use Win 8/8.1. I'm fine with having to wait as I don't have enough extenders right now anyway.

Also as stated in other review you don't have any of the OnDemand including the free OnDemand that is included if you have the movie channels etc.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this, and sadly for me I bought mine before Cyber Monday when it was $50 off. It is well worth the money. If you are looking at doing just a single PC, for now I wouldn't recommend over the 4 tuner card as that's all Windows Media Center can support.

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  • Douglas H.
  • 12/1/2013 6:06:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Product & sames me $$ too!

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: This is a fantastic product. Simple install and hassle free setup. Stopped by my local cable store and picked up a cable card. Simply inserted the cable card into the tuner and called the number provided by Ceton for my provider. Within minutes, I was enjoying six tuners! Not to mention, storage is no longer an issue. I save all my recordings saved on a NAS server.

Not only to I get cable but I can access Netflix, Hulu & You Tube all through windows media center. I couldn't be happier with the Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe

I was paying U-verse over $100.00 a month for TV alone. I switched to Comcast and am now paying $39 a month. Savings came in the form of equipment rental. I own the equipment now and am no longer paying fees for multiple boxes. Since I already have a couple x-boxes, I can use them as media extenders and they integrate beautifully with Windows Media Center. I will recover my investment in the tuner card in no time. Love this cable tuner!

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Wish I would have waited until it was $70 off:)

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  • andrew w.
  • 11/10/2013 11:08:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: Six turners for the cost of renting one card from the cable company. I'm now saving $40 a month from rental boxes i was using but with more benefits. I can now watch/record a combination of six shows at once.

Cons: Does not work with Video On Demand....but who needs that anyways, right? Apple TV and Netflix's is where i'll rent my movies anyway.

Other Thoughts: Hoping to see an update to Media center or greater support for XBMC on linux. Hate utilizing an XBox for my media extenders but still better than paying over $40 a month on rental boxes - unit has paid for it self in less than a year.

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  • Brenden C.
  • 11/3/2013 9:45:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't work

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: - 6 Tuners
- Ceton support is quality

Cons: - Undisclosed incompatibility with older NVidia motherboard chipsets. Buyer beware!
- Tuners would fail if they were ever turned off (by setting the frequency to 0), and never find another signal until the system was rebooted

Other Thoughts: - Ceton ultimately couldn't help after 2.5 weeks of communications. Finally just returned it.
- They still use those horrible tiny little connectors.

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  • Trever F.
  • 11/1/2013 9:33:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product!

This review is from: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe - 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE - Six-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Pros: 6 Tuners! - I pay only $5 per month for cablecard.
Easy to install
Easy to use
Works perfectly with Windows 7 Media Center
Works perfectly with FIOS

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have a video card that is compatible with this card. I have to order/install a different card in order to WMC to permit use of this card.
After that though, it works perfectly so far.
No more $32 a month for 2 cable boxes, now just $5 for cable card. It pays for itself in less than a year.

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