Ceton’s TV tuner was one of the darling’s of 2010’s CES show, finally making a widespread public appearance later that year. While the product is nothing less than great, the high price tag of $399 has stymied users looking to add CableCARD access to their home theater systems. That last hurdle has finally been cleared.
For reasons unknown – but likely due to weak sales and not economies of scale – Ceton has dropped a third of the price from their flagship product – it’s now available from merchants such as Amazon for just $265. That’s still not exactly cheap, but for a product that lets you record from a whopping four digital cable channels all at once? It isn’t bad, either.
The news comes less than a month after Ceton dramatically expanded the functionality of their full InfiniTV lineup of TV tuners by enabling a network tuner functionality.
The box with Ceton’s InfiniTV tuner must be connected to a local network, as does the machine with the desired functionality. After installing a software update to the tuner box, and a driver to the networked box, Windows Media Center will see the Ceton InfiniTV across the network.
It allows users to place the tuner box into a closet, or another room, then enjoy the functionality from the comfort of the home theater, where a smaller, quieter computer might be installed. Or from the bedroom – since the InfiniTV works across the network, it doesn’t have to be used within the theater environment.