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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

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  • 6 QAM 64/256 tuners
  • Full 1080i and 3D support
  • Works with all U.S. cable TV system

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The Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe is the most advanced internal cable TV card for a PC. With six tuners that require just one CableCARD™, InfiniTV 6 PCIe turns your PC into a killer cable box and DVR. With a Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe your PC becomes that nirvana entertainment box you've always wanted. Have all your media - TV, DVR, music, photos, videos and Internet media services - available from one awesome device.
InfiniTV 6 PCIe
InfiniTV 6 PCIe InfiniTV 6 PCIe
InfiniTV 6 PCIe
Turn Your PC into the Ultimate Cable Box & DVR
InfiniTV 6 PCIe works with Windows Media Center to turn a Windows 7 or Windows 8-based PC into the ultimate cable set-top box and DVR! It supports all cable TV channels, including premium channels like HBO®, Showtime® and Starz®.

Lower Your Cable Bills and Get TV & DVR in Every Room
When your PC is paired with a Ceton Echo media center extender or Xbox® 360, you can also enjoy TV and DVR on any TV set. Replace all your cable boxes and DVRs - and get rid of those expensive monthly fees - and enjoy your favorite shows in any room, all from a single cable connection and using a single CableCARD™.
InfiniTV 6 PCIe
Six Live HD Channels At Once
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.

Whole-Home Entertainment
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.

InfiniTV 6 PCIe
Easy to Manage
Easy to Manage

Manage and control your Media Center experience with Ceton’s My Media Center mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 (sold separately)

Works with any U.S. cable provider
Works with Any U.S. Cable Provider

InfiniTV 6 PCIe supports CableCARD and connects to any U.S. cable system to receive all SD and HD digital cable channels without needing a set-top box.

Save Tons of Money
Save Tons of Money

When using InfiniTV on your PC you can save hundreds of dollars a year by avoiding monthly cable box lease and DVR fees.

InfiniTV 6 PCIe
Minimum System Requirements
  • PC with Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8 Pro with Media Center
    • 2.5GHz or faster dual-core or quad-core 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 4GB of RAM (6GB+ recommended)
    • 7200RPM or faster hard disk drive (350GB of available space recommended for 50 hours of HDTV recordings)
    • One available PCI Express (PCIe) slot, which can be either an x1, x4, x8, or x16 type slot
    • HDCP-compliant graphics card or on-board graphics
    • HDMI output, or DVI output with separate 5.1 audio output required for Dolby 5.1 surround sound
    • Note: InfiniTV does not support nForce chipsets
  • 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.
Technical Specifications
  • Six QAM 64/256 tuners
  • CableCARD M-Card DRM Processor
  • Full 1080i and 3D support
Included in the Box
  • InfiniTV 6 PCIe
  • High-profile and low-profile backplates
  • F-connector adapter cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
*Note: Multi-room TV and DVR requires a Ceton Echo or other Windows Media Center Extender, connected to your secondary TV sets.

Learn more about the Ceton 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Ceton 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE

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  • Leroy K.
  • 3/28/2016 10:02:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTotal bunk

Pros: NONE!

Cons: Received this and installed in new system ( windows was the only thing on it). Could not get it to be recognized and contacted Ceton. After running their diagnostics and sending the results twice they insisted that I must have software that interfered with it (what software - windows?) Installed in an older computer with same results. After numerous emails I now have a $300 paper weight and ceton has completely stopped communicating. Whatever you do don't buy anything from this company as they don't support their products.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/22/2015 3:04:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy this card, read why.

Pros: This card worked fine for a month, then has this problem:
After approximately 37 minutes, every recording will get pixelation problems making the video and audio unwatchable. Every single time. If you change channels and then change back the picture is fine.

Cons: I have Ceton's 4 tuner card and this 6 tuner card. The 4 tuner card works fine. So I email Ceton support with the logs generated by their utility, This 6 tuner card reports 50,000 demod and SNR errors, while the 4 tuner card does not. I have swapped the cards into the same slot, with the same cable dongle and the same physical cable. I have even put both cards into another computer with the same results.

Ceton support will not budge and tells me the issue is with my cable company. Alright well why isnt the 4 tuner card reporting errors with my cable company? They do not use simple logic or common sense.

Ceton tells me they do not make the 4 tuner card anymore. That's a shame. I had 2 of them, one that dies after 2 years, and another going strong 2 years+.

I had Time Warner cable out to my house to replace every single splitter in the house, run new cable from the outside box to my house, install a new signal amp and check my signal to the Ceton cards. TWC noted this was all fine and no other devices have an issue.

Other Thoughts: While it is very tempting to buy a 6 tuner card that is billed as working with your cable company, it is not worth it. Under obvious hardware issues, Ceton will not honor their warranty. I'm out $250. Don't be any sucker like me.

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  • Mr. L.
  • 9/18/2015 11:32:09 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorst Product Support

Pros: It works OK, not great, for a single HTPC running windows 7. Most of the time, you will be able to watch one channel while recording others.

Cons: Flakey in every respect. Frequently can't tune channels successfully when other devices work fine (cable box, or TIVO). Sharing tuners is even worse, even with wired GbE. Because of it's stability issues, you may need to contact tech support - that's when you realize what a big mistake you've made!

All support is done via email which typically translates to 2+ days for any question - two or three email exchanges will take over a week. Also, unlike the Infinitv4, this does not support sharing tuners with PCs running Windows Media Center. There is no formal support for Windows 8, and since Windows 10 does include Media Center, it appears Ceton's days are numbered. Like many Ceton customers, I'm finally throwing in the towel and buying a SiliconDust device - it supports DLNA, which is an important standard allowing content to be displayed on many types of devices.

Other Thoughts: Good concept, poor execution and support. Look at the recent reviews. Buyer beware!

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1 out of 5 eggsCeton- no integrity. AVOID their products!

Pros: Nothing. You CANNOT use WMC extenders with this, you CANNOT use an Xbox as an extender, you'll get NO support from the cable provider, and it only works with Win7 Media Center- on SOME PCs. It's sketchy with Win8 and Win8.1, and will NOT work with Win10. Buyer beware, this company has NO scruples! 6 tuners- but only works with WMC, and cannot split a screen or have PIP, multiple windows or instances. I suppose you can record up to 5 channels while watching a 3rd channel- but...who really has a need for that? Oh yeah- and it won't work with some chipsets (and don't count on a refund)

Cons: This company told me that my original purchase of an InfiniTV4 from a "non-authorized" distributor invalidated all warranties, and they told me the InfiniTV4 had a bad memory controller (wrong- they just wanted me to buy another unit). So- I bought an InfiniTV6. BAD move. I have rarely seen a company that IMHO so brazenly and intentionally misleads.

Other Thoughts: I stated to tech support that I wanted this card to host 2 "client" WMC extenders right from the start...way back in November- assigning 2 tuners to each extender. They instructed me that a gigabit network was required, with a gigabit router. I built an entire HTPC and wired network around this concept- After MANY requests for tech support, Ceton just told me today that this unit cannot be used as a host. I wasted over 80 hours and $1800 bucks. It ended up costing me a $2400 refund to my customer. This was one of the worst product experiences of my life.

-just...don't do it. Get the Hauppage CableCard tuner.

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  • John W.
  • 6/2/2015 9:42:31 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsobsolete and not supported by the company anymore

Pros: Great Multi-tuner for cable for older systems
That's about it

Cons: Unsupported by Ceton .. last driver was written for Windows 7

Unsupported in Windows 10 since it only works with Windows Media Center which will no longer be available in the OS.

Horribly useless tech support

Extremely expensive for a product that hasn't been updated in about 6 years.

Other Thoughts: I actually have the InfiniTV 4 PCIe which is basically the same thing as this but a 4 tuner instead of 6. When I found out that Windows 10 will not have the software needed for this product to work I felt I needed to add a review since the cards are still being sold.

The card was nice for a while .. once "I" fixed, or found a work around for the problems that the old outdated driver had with Windows 8/8.1. Now if I want to continue to use the card I am stuck with staying on windows 8.1.

The reason I say the card is no longer supported by Ceton is their driver for this card was released for Windows 7. When 8/8.1 came out you could no longer share the tuners across the network. Did Ceton come up with an updated driver to resolve this issue... No... they told their customers that the feature is no longer available in Windows 8.

With Windows 8/8.1 I ran into an issue with the computer going into sleep mode. It would cause the computer to crash. I contacted support with this issue and got the reply that they don't support the sleep option of Windows and to turn it off and the card will work fine. Sorry Ceton, not everyone has this card in a low end, low power, HTPC. I was able on my own to figure out what was causing the issue and disable it in the network settings without any help from Ceton

I received more help from ASUS because at first I believed it had to do with the motherboard because the sleep issue started when I updated my hardware. This is another reason I believe the card is obsolete. It worked fine on my older hardware but as soon as I put something from "this generation" in it ... it started to have issues.

This is a good card if you are technically inclined and don't expect to ever actually need useful information from support. It would work fine in a system that uses very low power that you don't mind running 24/7 and if you are ok with using an older OS.

Basically if you want to build a "cable box" that has a couple more tuners than available through a standard cable box this would work for you but you end up with exactly that... a cable box ... outdated old technology

If you plan on having this card in a "high end" computer or a computer you plan on gaming on, don't bother or you can forget about DirectX 12. As of right now there is no software that will fully work with this card in Windows 10. There are a few DVR programs that will allow you to view non-protected content but most cable companies only have a few channels.. with these programs I get 9 (basically local) channels, all the rest are copy protected and are not viewable I would probably receive more channels with a terrestrial antenna and tv tuner for my system .

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  • David T.
  • 3/20/2015 7:28:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA definite must buy

Pros: This tuner card is amazing! So I have Verizon Fios and never really had problems with the set top box. The only reason I upgraded to this card was because I already had a media center set up for my movies and Netflix and I decide to make it a complete WMC experience and I am interested in the idea of using the extender. Doing the math I will save $18 a month which will pay for the card in 10.5 months (on sale) With that said will say that is worth the full price even though it will take longer to pay for itself. If you were on the fence about getting one I will say GO FOR IT. The card is great.
So …. the set up issues. For me the only issue I had was with Verizon and I resolved it within 20 minutes. Plugged in the cable card, slid in the Version card, install online software, attached the coaxial cable and activate my version card (note you will need Host ID and Date ID which can be obtained by running the utility software). I walked through the WMC set up and I was done. Honestly it took me 40 minutes before I was watching TV again.
Picture Quality: The picture quality is the best advantage. Hands down it will blow you away! The picture is twice as crisp. The HD channels are AMAZING. I honestly felt cheated that Verizon didn’t provide a box that will display their awesome picture quality. The whites and colors are so vibrant and there is no pixilation.
DVR: Having the ability to record 6 shows at once is great if you have a need for it. As far as play back, with 4 gigs of ram I noticed a timing issue with the audio and video only if I fast fwd and for a bit and hit play. They just weren’t in sync, but if you pause or rewind for a second then things would catch up. I also noticed after fast fwd/rewind the audio quality was not full surround sound but after 30 seconds that too would catch up and return to full volume/quality. I upgraded to 8 gigs of ram and I no longer have any of those issues. The only thing worth noting is my old box would record your current channel and your previous channel at the same time and if you flipped back and forth you could rewind between the two, but with the ability to record 6 shows at once it is a non-issue.
Audio Quality: EXCELENT once I upgraded to 8 gigs. A good TV show to judge the surround sound is “The Voice” you can always hear the crowd clapping or talking in the rear speakers along with other subtle noises.
Live TV: Yes there is a lag when you are channel surfing. I thought it would go away with more RAM but sadly no. However don’t get me wrong, it is not worth complaining, but it should be noted. If you don’t like to use the guide and rather channel surf, then you will find it annoying. Other than that, all I can say is… Awesome! I am using a solid state drive and the card has no issue with rewind/fast-fwd live tv.

Cons: You will need to be gentle with the coaxial

Other Thoughts: Conclusion: This card is kick a**. You will love the video and audio quality. The limitations are not with the card but with WMC and or your system. But if you are considering a tuner card I am assuming you already have the horse power and ram to get the job done. A+++ . I can’t wait to see how the extender matches up.
TV: Panasonic 50”
Reciever: Pioneer SC-1222-K 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver with a 5.1 set up (
Mother board: ASRock H97M Pro4 LGA 1150 (

Ram: 8 Gigs -G.SKILL Ripjaws Series (

Processer: Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz (

Hard drive: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gb/s 1x nm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 3-Bit MLC NAND Flash Memory (400Mbps) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (

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  • Edward M.
  • 3/10/2015 9:48:03 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs1st Impression is good

Pros: I received the package more quickly than expected, always a good thing. Setup was actually pretty much trouble-free. I got my CableCARD from my provider (Cablevision of Long Island.) I installed the CableCARD into the Ceton card, then installed that into my HTPC build. After booting, I ran the Ceton installer I downloaded. Actually, forget the rest of the process. If you buy this card, follow the Quick Installation Guide. If you can read and follow instructions, you should have no problems. Once the CableCARD was paired and the tuner card installed, I was channel-surfing with my HTPC without any issues. :)

Cons: (a) During setup, if you aren't that technically-knowledgeable, you might run into some issues doing the install that have nothing to do with the card.
(b) The only problems I ran into were when I tried to set up the tuner card to be accessible to other PCs on my home network. I botched it spectacularly due to impatience and lack of knowledge and had to setup the card again.

Other Thoughts: (a) I was lucky. The very nice woman from Cablevision who paired the CableCARD to the tuner was very helpful during setup.
(b) Two things to keep in mind; don't mess with the settings once you have it working, and when setting it up, if your HTPC is running Norton or McAfee firewall, Windows Media Center WILL NOT FIND the tuners. The Detailed Installation Guide tries to walk you through setting up the firewall to work with the tuner, but if you've set up your router properly and aren't using the HTPC for surfing questionable web sites, then just disable the firewall and save yourself the grief.
(c) Before digging around in all the settings, if you're unfamiliar with playing with TV tuner cards, I wholeheartedly recommend reading up on it on the web. There are lots of forums and sites that can help.
(d) HTPC Build Specs: i5-3470K, 8 GB DDR3-1600, Asus P8Z77-V Pro, EVGA GTX680 FTW 4 GB card, 2x80 GB Intel SSDs in RAID-0 (C:), 3 TB Seagate Barracuda (D:), LG DVD-RW (no, I didn't get a BR drive because I have no interest in BR, I use iTunes and Netflix), Cooler Master HAF XB EVO case, Win7Pro x64

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  • John N.
  • 3/4/2015 5:21:25 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGet rid of your cable boxes forever

Pros: If you like to tinker with HTPCs then this product is for you. I've owned three InfiniTV 4 cablecard tuners for many years and an InfiniTV 6 for about 16 months. Great product and great tech support from Ceton. They will go the extra mile to help get cablecards activated with your provider if you're having issues.

First and foremost, this is a cablecard tuner. Nowhere in the description does it say it can be used without a cablecard. It can, however, receive clear QAM channels, but it still requires a cablecard to do so. If all you want is clear QAM then there are numerous other tuners available that will do the job.

As for issues being related to Windows Media Center, I can't say I've ever had any, at least not with respect to this or any other tuners I've used. Problems getting cablecards properly activated are on your provider, not the tuner. Sadly, some providers are less than helpful in this area. It's one of the major reasons I dumped Comcast years ago. Now I'm on FIOS and couldn't be happier.

Cons: Listening to people gripe about issues that aren't related to the product itself because they didn't understand what they were buying. This is an amazing product that works extremely well, but only if the buyer's knowledge and skill level are up to the task. It's relatively easy to install and set up in WMC and anyone with average PC knowledge should be able to do it with ease. The major hurdles seem to be getting cablecards properly activated.

Other Thoughts: If your provider flags your channels as copy freely, this tuner can be used with a number of DVR programs in addition to Windows Media Center. It's also supported by MythTV, XBMC/Kodi, Media Portal, NextPVR, SageTV, and probably a few others. I have personally tried it in both MythTV and WMC and it works great.

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  • DAVID N.
  • 2/7/2015 11:29:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsREQUIRES CableCARD

Pros: - Beaucoup tuners (maybe)
- Pretty blue LED
- Accepts CableCARD if you need one
- Installs and operates under Linux (but see below)

Cons: - REQUIRES CableCARD even if you don't need one for your clear QAM channels
- Creates no /dev/dvb devices so standard DVB tools (like dvbv5-scan) don't work
- Runs all streams through RTSP interface

Other Thoughts: Windows users can move along. This post is for Linux users.
I've seen many posts saying the Ceton cards can tune clear QAM channels so I took a chance on this one. No dice. You MUST install a CableCARD to tune even the unencrypted channels that your TV can tune successfully with nothing but a straight cable connection. Add the monthly cost of the CableCARD to the cost of this card. Then you are restricted to the channel map provided by your cable provider. It's not possible to scan for channels. The web interface provided by the card is cool but it helps show how the card is restricted. I can tune a multiplex/transponder signal which is not in my provider's channel map manually and the service shows up in the channel list. If I try to stream it to mplayer it fails to provide the stream but if I pick something from the channel map then it works. Why does it do that? Why can't I tune anything without the CableCARD? It seems like Ceton is deliberately tying our hands with this card. I'm going back to multiple Hauppauge cards because it will actually save me money to put this card back in its box and return the CableCARD to my provider.

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  • Justin L.
  • 1/23/2015 9:35:16 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTotally Works and Completes The HTPC Experience!

Pros: - Quick and easy setup

- Excellent online support and documentation

- It just plain works

Cons: - None really, except the card was a little expensive (but worth it).

Other Thoughts: I called XFinity to request a Cable Card, explaining that I built out a new HTPC and would like to use it to tune cable TV.

XFinity scheduled a tech, who came out a couple of days later with a couple of CableCards in-hand.

I opened up my HTPC, popped in the Ceton card, installed the drivers, etc.

I went thru WMC's TV setup, and the XFinity Tech called in the 800 number and we talked to a Comcast person to activate the CableCard itself.

Everything was done within about 30mins.

Otherwise, I installed the My Channel Logos app to bling out WMC's EPG.

My friends are amazed that I have the ability to use my little Micro ATX HTPC as a cable box, DVR, streamer, Steam box, etc.

Ceton's card really completes the overall HTPC experience.

I know Ceton has the My Media Center mobile app, but it would be really cool if they made a full-fledged media center app similar to WMC, as Microsoft prolly won't support WMC at all much longer.

One minor thing - I'm working with Ceton's tech support to obtain an extra low-profile adapter for the card, as I'd like to migrate it over to a newer smaller, ITX-based HTPC that I'm setting up.

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