AVerMedia, a producer of TV tuners and PVR tech, has come out with a new hybrid ExpressCard TV Tuner which allows Windows XP or Vista laptop owners to receive HDTV signals, up to 720p/1080i, on their laptops. Dubbed the AVerMedia AverTV Hybrid NanoExpress, the tuner is compatible with both ATSC and Clear QAM digital cable and will receive analog TV and FM radio signals as well. The tiny 54 mm tuner fits neatly into the ExpressCard slot of compatible laptop models and comes with AVer MediaCenter software that allows you to watch, schedule, and record programs. Even more impressive is that the MediaCenter has real-time H.264 recording compression, minimizing the amount of space recorded programming takes up on your hard disk.
Because it has a Windows Vista Premium Certified Driver and software encoder the NanoExpress is also compatible with Windows Media Center where you can access both digital and analog content. Don't think you have to keep all your content on your laptop however, as the NanoExpress has a S-Video/Component 2-in-1 dongle which connects to your camcorder or game console. And if you want to move your H.264 vids to your iPod or portable media player, just connect them via their own USB cables to your laptop, transfer the files and you're ready to go.
The AVerTV Hybrid NanoExpress, priced at $89.99, is now available.
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