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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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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
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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
Highlights
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

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


Customer Reviews of the Ceton 5205-DCT06IN-PCIE

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  • William B.
  • 12/6/2014 3:02:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsI'd rather have a root canal

Pros: 6 tuners-
Can use Ceton Echo Media Extender and XBox XBMC.
This product is attractive only to the uninformed and Uber-geeks.
A great concept- if it worked... :(

Some of the techs at Ceton are helpful- it's hit-and-miss. They kept contacting Comcast until the card got paired and was...working. They didn't give up.

Cons: Where do I begin...

If you buy this card- you're in the middle of a war between Comcast and Ceton. Comcast has NO incentive to be helpful to you- they would rather you rent one of their pieces of equipment, and Comcast WILL NOT be co-operative. I spent over 6 hours on the phone with Comcast...once, Comcast put me on hold for 2 hours- then hung up on me!

Really, I'd rather get a root canal and simultaneously get a colonoscopy than deal with Comcast. (They aren't any help with setup, BTW.)

Setup pretty much requires that you contact Ceton- there is NO telephone support- only Email. You cannot talk to a human. Ever. Setup took 4 days of aggravation. Never again.

I bought my first InfiniTV card from an online auction, and when Ceton found this out- they would no longer offer support. You must Ceton with a valid purchase order or receipt. Ceton only supports if you buy from "Authorized Dealers" selling new cards.
Okay. My first hint.

Sadly, this card was offered by NewEgg on a Black Thursday special for $179. My bad. I should have stayed loyal to The Egg! I bought a new card from another "authorized" online retailer. forgive me, NewEgg.

Unfortunately, the other "authorized"online retailer only offers the Ceton warranty- which is generally NO money back, only exchange...and you've got to PAY $25 (plus shipping both ways) for that. That's one reason I love the Egg- no question RMA guarantee.

This card apparently has a "problem" with Windows Media Center-
where the picture is...herky jerky...not smooth. Also, on large displays it just doesn't have a good picture- like poor de-interlacing.

Hmmm- a Windows PC card that doesn't co-exist nicely with WMC. It's funny how Ceton doesn't mention this little factoid when they sell it. Ceton blames all the problems on WMC. Ceton does NOT offer a proprietary Media Player for this card, so...

Next, I tried to get some tech advice for setting this up on a gigabit segmented network- a gigabit switch downported to my gigabit router. Ceton won't offer any help here, you're on your own...not acceptable.

I'd planned on using my Ceton infiniTV6 on my HTPC, and networking to (2) Ceton Echo Media Extenders connected to (2) HDTVs. Very bad results. Constant dropouts, requiring a cold reboot of the Echos- and they are SLOW! Static IP didn't help. Read the "bad" reviews on NewEgg and "other" online retailers. The users aren't exaggerating. Ceton will say anything to make the sale- after that- good luck.

Other Thoughts: I spent over $600 (not including the tuner) building a beautiful PC- Kaveri 7850K / F2A88XM / 8Gb 2133 mem / SSD / Caviar HD- SPECIFICALLY to be used as a home theater server using the latest technology.

The InfiniTV is WAY overpriced IMHO- I feel it has a "real" worth of $80- and the Echo product- it's worthless with it's painfully slow and underpowered CPU.

I had intended to evaluate this on a professional level, as a qualified electrical contractor, building high-end home theaters- to sell this concept to my customers- but my conscience cannot allow that.

It's a GREAT concept- if it worked. It's NOT there yet. Perhaps...in the future...but NOT this card, and NEVER Ceton again!

-As my Comcast technician told me "Why don't you just get the Tivo!?"

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 12/5/2014 11:45:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade

Pros: 6 tuners, obviously. Currently our house uses 2 extenders as well as the main TV, so that takes 3 tuners. Using the old 4-tuner card we'd sometimes run into situations where there weren't enough tuners to record simultaneous shows. So now, 6 tuners should solve that.

Cons: None specific to these cards.

Other Thoughts: These cards are not trivial to set up, you need a strong TV signal (it's going to split six ways in the card) and a lot of know how. Expect to be spending a lot of time researching on the internet to get this right. Plug and play they are not, which is probably why many people prefer the external modules. Even the guy on the phone at TWC said he had many people with problems using internal cards. For me, this was an upgrade so it was a simple as switch cards, phone TWC with the new host id, wait for new authorization codes and reconfigure WMC and we were done. Brilliant.

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  • Anthony D.
  • 11/28/2014 6:23:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCard Sucks

Pros: Records 6 channels at once

Cons: Nothing but problems. Spent many hours troubleshooting, after 6 months, I give up, just ordered a tivo. Ceton tech support responds promplty, but they keep blaming all the problems on windows media center, which might be true, but before this I had the haupauge antenna card and it worked perfectly with windows media center, minus the intermittant signal.

Other Thoughts: Alwasy worked intermittantly on my ASUS essentio, so I switched to my home made asus z87 mb, wth i5, worked much better, but still failed with partial show recordings, (I have verizon fios). My home made computer motherboard failed, while waiting for warrenty replacement, switched back to asus essentio, and have nothing but problems, so I give up, just ordered tivo, will pay $12/month rent for not having to stress out on this piece of garbage.

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  • Douglas S.
  • 9/24/2014 10:29:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDon't buy unless you have a digital package and plan on keeping it.

Pros: It has 6 tuners on one card.

Cons: Don't plan on using it without a cablecard. Well, that's what it is designed for, so that's a bit unfair. Really, if your cable is analog, and you're not subscribing to a digital package, don't bother. You'll get the standard digital stations in most areas like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX. That's all fine and dandy. What they don't tell you is that you will only get analog cable with the cablecard. Also, without the cable card, I was only able to get one local station. Now, I've heard that you can get all the local digital stations after unplugging the card (without the analog) but that would leave me with 6 tuners for 4 channels and I'll never record all 4 at once.

You're better off buying multiple hybrid cards. They can do ClearQAM, ATSC, and analog stations without the hassle and monthly cablecard bill.

Other Thoughts: It installed fine, the drivers installed ok. Windows Media center was a pain. Play Ready wouldn't update (no play ready, no worky). Found a fix, did that, got Time Warner on the phone, they were very helpful. And, PlayReady wouldn't update again. Fixed it again. Now, the guide wouldn't update. Fixed that, now it would only do 4 tuners, fixed that. Again with the guide not updating.

I spent 5 hours getting everything working, or so I thought. Live TV was working great in Windows Media Center. Analog and Digital channels were all looking good. The guide was updated. So, I left it to record. 1 digital and 1 analog were set to record. The digital recorded fine. The analog didn't record. There was no signal on the analog channel. Checked, none of the analog channels were working now. HDTV channels were fine. That's when I'd had it. I don't have the time or patience for this kind of aggravation.

I've been using Windows Media Center since it came out. I've been recording TV on my PC's before that. I've never had so many issues with a card that wasn't broken. My last setup, 3 avermedia cards, you plug them in, install the drivers, set up the tuners in WMC, done. That's all you have to do and they work. Too bad lightning killed them and you can't get Avermedia cards anymore. Guess I'm moving back to Hauppauge.

I gave the Ceton card 3 stars because it's really not their fault. It just isn't for me. I made the mistake of buying the thing, and it was the wrong product for my needs. I could use 6 tuners but I really don't need a cablecard. I also would like the flexibility to have ATSC tuners if I ever have to be without cable.

So, unless you have a whole bunch of digital stations on your cable that require a cablecard, or you have FIOS (I hear they have a TON of digital content), don't bother with this card. It's not for the average joe with standard cable and the digital local stations.

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  • Kevin C.
  • 9/21/2014 9:13:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid Ceton

Pros: 6 tuners?

Cons: 6 tuners... that fail after a short time. Ceton support is useless and they refuse to replace the card.

Other Thoughts: I 've switched back to my SiliconDust HDHR Prime, and bought a second to make up for the 3 tuner loss, that I've had running for the previous 3 years without issue.

I should've just picked up another SiliconDust HDHR Prime to begin with instead of making the switch to Ceton.

Horrible company. Horrible product. Do yourself a favor and stay away.

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  • Sean R.
  • 9/16/2014 9:19:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis product eats Smartcards and your time.

Pros: 6 tuners would be nice if they ever worked.

Cons: After replacing 3 Smartcards, I decided to try the HDHomerun and after 15 minutes of fiddling with the HDHomerun Prime everything worked.

The Infinitv was a disaster from the box, I tried to set it up with their media center application on windows 8.1 Pro and every time I launch Media Center it says that the application failed to launch.

The InfiniTV acted like it worked with the smartcard and it would even say in the Diagnostic that everything was connected properly, but the chanels would not tune. I was on Forums, and Support. I called the cable company multiple times. I even reinstalled my operating system, and nothing would make it work. I updated the firmware, downgraded the firmware, I uninstalled, reinstalled... on and on. Every now and then if you remove a smart card, or if you upgrade the firmware the smartcard would stop working all together. So them it was a trip to the cable company for a replacement.

After 3 replaced smartcards, I decided to spend 115 on the HDHomerun Prime just to add another variable, and that proved it was the Ceton card that was an utter failure.

The HDHomerun did not need a tuner adapter to operate, everything just worked.

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  • Paul Z.
  • 8/28/2014 5:57:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat concept

Pros: 6 tuners. cheaper in the long run, no dvr fees. record straight to my 3tb hdd.

Cons: weird flickering or flashing problem on most channels which also shows up in recording.
**not a dealbreaker

Other Thoughts: ive thought the flashing was really people taking pictures in the background. only to realize that they wouldnt have people taking pictures in the background. its really annoying but it doesnt make it unwatchable.

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  • Daniel Z.
  • 8/24/2014 12:10:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card for Win 8.1 w WMC

Pros: Simple to install - Well documented - Integrated well with XBMC server.clients using MCE apps. No issue with Win 8.1 WMC picking up all 6 tuners and finding channels after cable provider paired card correctly. Diagnostic tools are nice: simple/intuitive.

Cons: Like other reviewers the real problem is with the education of the providers techs regarding cable cards. Cox cable here: after a good 30 minutes of troubleshooting fix was to have office manually enter SN, Host ID, to receive HBO etc. The Cox reps didn't think it would even tune SDC channels which it does flawlessly. Some channels did receive low signal strength and may require Tuner Adapter from provider.

Other Thoughts: Only had running and recording for a few days now but haven't experienced any stutter, lag, or ghosting as others describe: Win 8.1 Pro w/ WMC; 16GB DDR3; Intel i5 Haswell, integrated video... DRM and Copy Once is a big scam - Wish they'd adjust as legal viewers of content really have to go out of their way to do whole-home viewing...

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  • Edward C.
  • 8/17/2014 10:06:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat picture and 6 tuners

Pros: Great picture and 6 tuners. Replaced the terrible DVR box from the cable company and using it for 2 rooms.

Cons: Upgraded from the 4 tuner version so I had to do some troubleshooting to get everything working. Also had to install an amplifier due to needing a stronger signal.

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  • William H.
  • 8/11/2014 1:50:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat in Win 7 not so much in Win 8

Pros: 6 TV tuners in one card, Whole Home DVR, easy of use, My Media Center APP is a great tool to compliment this.

Cons: Pausing and Freezing live and recorded video under Windows 8.1, works flawlessly in Windows 7. Ceton support seems less than helpful when needed

Other Thoughts: As far as tuner cards go, this one is one of the best there are. I have a total of ten tuners with this and my Infinitv 4 and flawless operation in windows 7. My Media Center App makes controlling and scheduling your TV a breeze from anywhere. I recommend this card for those who want to stop paying STB rental fee. The card will quickly pay for itself.

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