Cable Tech

Ceton Ready to Fire Live Bullets

Following a series of earlier delays caused by parts shortages, Ceton Corp. 's CableCARD-based tuner for Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Media Center PCs appears poised to reach the US as early as next week.

The Green Button, billed as "The Official Windows Media Center Community," shared a note from Ceton VP of systems integration Jeremy Hammer that the "first batch of boards have been made and are currently going through testing... At the current schedule they will be shipped out of India at the end of this week and should be in the US mid-next week."

After that, the posting adds, the products will head to Ceton's distributors, which will then ferry them off to customers who have been anxious to get their hands on the product.

Based on that assumption, consumers should be able to get their hands on them sometime in August. At one point, the company expected to start shipments of the $399 product in the first quarter of 2010. (See Ceton Delays CableCARD PC-TV Tuner.)

Ceton chief marketing officer Ed Graczyk confirmed the timing of the testing and production on the first run of InfiniTV 4 boards. "They'll ship to the pre-order program retailers, who will ship individual units to consumers on a first ordered/first shipped basis," he said in an emailed response to questions.

Online retails that sell Ceton's new product include Zones Inc., Cannon PC, and Fluid Digital.

Ceton's quad-tuner could breathe new retail life into the much-maligned CableCARD module because the product essentially turns PCs into digital set-top boxes -- minus traditional cable video on demand -- that are capable of feeding in premium networks and most anything else that the cable TV sub is authorized to access. Ceton's product will need a special CableLabs -approved Tuning Adapter to access channels in an MSO's switched digital video (SDV) tier. (See Ceton Pitches Cable Set-Top Alternative .)

Earlier this month, Ceton said the product had reached production, but was not revealing a firm commercial release date. (See Ceton Steps Forward.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:28:01 PM
re: Ceton Ready to Fire Live Bullets

Engadget's reporting that the product has reached the US, but there aren't enough to fill all the pre-orders.  We've asked Ceton for some confirmation and a status on where things stand. JB


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