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ATI TV Player

The next program I would like to single out is the ATI TV Player. It is for watching TV-channels, as the name suggests. On its first run, the program will ask you to choose between two scan-for-channel modes: Fast or Exhaustive.

The first mode takes less time, but may overlook some channels. The second mode scans the entire range and remembers each channel found. Then, the TV Player offers you to select your country and the broadcast type: cable or antenna.

Again, the fast scan takes only a minute to complete, while the thorough scan is performed in about five minutes. Then, you are asked to enter a password to limit the access to the TV channels and settings. You can only use digits in the password so that you could enter it from the remote control later. Regrettably, when finding TV channels, the ATI TV Player organizes them into one irrevocable order. You cannot organize the channels at your wish as any modern TV-set allows.

After the scan process is over, the correctness of the audio cable attachment is tested; you can then choose the audio source and an option of disabling sound in scheduled recordings. After that, the TV Player offers you to select the format video recordings will be saved onto the HDD in.

I think the best option is “MPEG” that allows saving videos in the widespread formats, such as MPEG-1 (VideoCD) and MPEG-2 (DVD). The ATI VCR format provides a similar quality, while the AVI format allows you to use third-party codecs like DivX. The Windows Media format should only be used when the small size of the resulting file is all-important. You can also fine-tune each of the formats, but that is recommended for experienced users only. The VideoSoap function is available for every format, which improves the quality of your videos.

The program then asks you to select the disk to accommodate its temporary files and select the quality of the TV-On-Demand function. It is only then that you get to that ATI TV Player itself.

In its modern skin, it looks very much similar to the DVD Player. The TV Player is a multi-functional tool for watching TV broadcasts and saving them onto your computer hard disk drive.

 
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