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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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  • margaret p.
  • 7/8/2014 1:30:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsYou will like it if you are tough enough

Pros: You will like this product if you can outlast the misinformation and poor training you will encounter from the cable company...and you must contact your cable company. With the InfiniTV6 installed on one (old) PC I have been able to bridge, over a MoCa enabled ethernet network, 2 other (old) PCs, effectively giving each of the 3 PCs two digital HD tuners/DVRs. No other hardware, except a "CableCard" is required, but wireless ethernet does not have enough bandwidth. I have gotten rid of two outdated cable DVRs which had been costing me $40/month since 2008 (about $3800 in rental fees) and now have three instead of two digital HD "boxes" with HDMI. I now pay $2/month to rent a CableCard from the cable company plus my TV package cost. I had looked at "windows extenders", such as the Echo which Ceton also makes, but decided to use old PCs which I already had, which cost nothing. Picture quality is great and Windows Media Center beats the cable company interface hands down. You can even get remotes, specialized for WMC. That is why you will like the InfiniTV6 PCIe.

Cons: The downside I experienced started with my first call to my cable company, which is necessary to "pair and activate" the CableCard supplied by the company. Being modestly technically proficient but with the peristance of a bulldog, I went up the ladder to the third person, a supervisor's supervisor, who told me that I needed to get a TIVO to use a CableCard, and implied that I was a moron, and rude at that. Over several days, I spoke to over seven "techs" who had heard of the InfiniTV but had no knowledge of what to do to activate it. They tried to help by pushing various buttons on their end. The FCC says cable companies must offer the CableCard, but apparently they do not require competent support. In the mean time, I had been working with Ceton Support. Ceton has an off-putting rule that there is no phone support. Issues are dealt with by completing a "ticket" and running a diagnostic downloaded from their site, then they get back to you when they can. Their first response was a laundry list of updates to Win7 as well as various system tweaks. My first thought was that they were putting me off with a canned email "to do" list, but I did them then sent another ticket with Ceton's diagnostic. Through several iterations of tickets and cable company calls, the host PC worked. Bridging to the two client PCs was easier. They were also on Win7, so I ran through the settings, updates, and hotfixes that got the host working, then ran the downloaded Ceton software on the clients and bridging was a breeze.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am thrilled with the InfiniTV6 system running on three PCs, but the experience was a chastening learning gauntlet. The cable companies derive major profit from renting their cable boxes, and if your cable system is all digital, you must have one for each TV. They have no incentive and apparently no regulatory pressure to inform people about this alternative or to provide knowledgeable or trained support. Ultimately, I love the product and its potential, but one star off for emotional suffering.

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  • Nickolas S.
  • 7/6/2014 4:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsClear Winner for truly connected Cable Experience

Pros: Outstanding product when properly configured and maintained. I had a quad tuner prior to this unit and it lasted for 4+ years without a hiccup. We wanted to expand our tuner capabilities and we are blown away with how much more responsive this 2nd generation product is.

First off, if you cannot properly maintain a network then running this hardware will be difficult for you. But, if properly set up with supporting software/hardware you can build a much better system than is available from your cable provider.

Cons: DO NOT TRY TO SPLIT CABLE TO OTHER ITEMS WITH THIS CARD! DOING SO WILL DEGRADE YOUR CABLE SIGNAL TOO MUCH FOR THE 6 TUNERS TO PROPERLY FUNCTION.

I suggest using one high quality 2 way split (not the one your cable provider gives you) to hook up your modem and one to this device straight off the incoming cable line. Any other splits will cause issues with signal!!!

Other Thoughts: First off, you need a wired LAN for proper performance. Wireless N will provide a good experience, but an overloaded best buy WIFI router, even with N, will still cause issues with smooth playback. (Note: a standard WiFi router only comes with a BASE100 network switch inside, you need BASE1000 to stream on multiple displays. It will work with 100 but its MUCH better with 1000)

I suggest Xbox 360 as the best extender, i do not recommend using a PC as the set top box as it is loud and not made for that purpose. But using an X-Box gives you all the performance and features to enjoy your cable. Not to mention the entire WMC package will work flawlessly. I keep the PC in the closet only connected by 1gb LAN to each of the points of display in my house. X-Boxes in each of the rooms and a CETON ECHO in my office. Since you can pick up very lightly used or even new 360's for almost nothing now its even more affordable (very well know that X-Box only runs BASE100, BUT having the overhead bandwidth with your PC and Network Switches is key to allow multiple clean streams to the X-Box's.)

Trust me, you will not be disappointed, most issues with this are supporting hardware that was not properly matched, or issues with your cable provider not prepping the service properly.

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  • Richard L.
  • 6/17/2014 6:04:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmooth as silk installation

Pros: Up and running within four hours of receipt on my front porch without a hitch. Installed into a cleanly installed Win8.1 operating system with media center added. Cable supplier to be commended is WOW who capably paired the M Card with the Ceton hardware over the phone. WOW is the top rated cable company in the areas where it operates per Consumers Reports and I concur. Running on a second generation Intel system staffed with a i5-2500k cpu with graphics via a 6570 AMD driven PCIE board all in a compact case low profile case. Standby power with this combination about 68 watts. Great delivery by Egg and UPS.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is not my first cable card system but by far the most pleasurable.

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  • Michael B.
  • 6/17/2014 9:23:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot for linux

Pros: *Physical installation was straightforward
*When my dongle broke, they quickly sent me a replacement under warranty

Cons: *No support for linux drivers
*Poorly written linux drivers
*Little to no 3rd party support because it's apparently not widely used for linux
*Cable dongle is flimsy, and breaks easily

Other Thoughts: Ceton does not support their linux drivers. That's fine. Many companies do that. The difference though, is that most companies' linux drivers actually work. There are apparently not that many people out there using the Ceton card in linux because community help is non-existent. This card may be great for Windows, but if you are considering it for linux, get a different cable card tuner.

Manufacturer Response:

Linux is not a supported platform for CableCARD tuners on the PC, which is a decision made by the cable industry, not Ceton. As explained in the system requirements, this product requires Windows 7 or 8 with Media Center. We do not recommend people purchase this product if they want to run it on a Linux-based PC. Despite that, some customers still want to use InfiniTV on Linux systems with the understanding that it is an unsupported configuration. As a result, we've made Linux drivers and other information available online as a courtesy for those customers.

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  • Bram V.
  • 5/20/2014 3:51:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsresubmission of guilty concious

Pros: Comes in a box , lowers monthly cable bill, has good diagnostic tool for troubleshooting,

Cons: not easy getting the cable company coordinated ! Comcast!

Other Thoughts: I said some harsh things about this product in a previous review , If I can delete it , I gladly will , the problem I had was the stream from the cable companys "head end " the stream was going the wrong way ? so the error , ask cable co to send ccv signal was a constant , after meany mails and calls its working , lets give it a spin so far so good , THANKS CETON :)

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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

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

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!

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

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?

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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