China Digital TV Holding, a provider of conditional access systems in the Chinese digital television market, has announced the availability of a new PC-TV tuner service which provides integrated support for the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.
This new service is expected to allow computer users throughout China to watch and record scrambled digital cable television programming on their PCs. China Digital TV and Microsoft have been working together since March 2008 to develop products that would enable widespread adoption of the digital home.
Based on a CA-enabled DVB-C Digital TV IC, the PC-TV tuner service allows for the conversion of a PC into a digital television. The DVB-C HDTV Tuner can receive high-definition digital cable television programming, and decode the encrypted television signals through the conditional access module.
The DVB-C HDTV Tuner is expected to be compatible with Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center Edition, and is attached to a computer via either a PCI connection or a USB extension. Currently, the PC-TV tuner service has been introduced to cable television network operators and manufacturers of PCs, set-top boxes and TV tuner cards around China.