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ATI TV Player: Now with DVB-T Support

ATI TV Player also remained almost the same compared with the older versions:

Since the European version of the All-In-Wonder X1800 XL supports digital TV in DVB-T standard, this feature has also been implemented in the software:

When you launch the application for the first time, it offers you to scan the entire frequency range and find all the available TV channels. When you click the Advanced Settings button you can see that there are two devices on the list: Radeon AIW Digital and RADEON X1800 Series 1, where the first device is a digital tuner. You can select the region for each of these devices and set the Exhaustive scanning mode for the analogue tuner as well as the broadcast type: cable or antenna. “Additive” option should only be used if you are performing repeated scanning of the frequency and would like to save the info about all previously found channels.

If the Exhaustive mode is not activated, the entire scanning operation will take about 1.5 minutes, however, the card may miss a few channels in this case. By enabling the Exhaustive mode you allow up to 10-15 minutes for channels scanning, however, your patience will be rewarded with a much more complete list. Unfortunately, you cannot add channels to the list manually by just entering the frequency. In fact, this option could be very useful, if the cable TV provider doesn’t use standard frequency range.

Unfortunately, this time we didn’t manage to test the performance of the digital DVB-T tuner, because there was no corresponding antenna in the kit, and the cable TV provider we work with in our lab offers the corresponding service only for additional charge, and we simply didn’t have enough time to sign up for this service by the time ATI All-In-Wonder arrived into our lab. We tried to catch the test DVB-T signal from Levira Company transmitted from the TV tower about 18-22 kilometers away from our lab, but the signal was too weak, so we couldn’t get it without the antenna. Nevertheless, we managed to measure the CPU utilization during digital TV channels scanning: it didn’t exceed 10-12%.

I would like to point out that DVB-T is currently picking up in many European countries including Estonia. However, digital broadcast doesn’t always work impeccably fine in the countries of the European Union. For example, we saw with our own eyes that the Gainward representative received clean DVB-T signal with a USB receiver during the Deutsche Messe in Hanover, however, in London (England) it was not an easy task to find a spot with clear DVB-T reception, even though they have been offering this service there for a couple of years now. One way or another, but the quality of DVB-T signal reception depends a lot on the location of the building with the receiver, the reflection of the signal by the building, the distance to the transmitter, and some other physical factors. So, far not all the users will be able to enjoy the DVB-T support offered by ATI All-In-Wonder X1800 XL.

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