ATI announced a preview of the revolutionary (HD) digital cable PC receiver at CES 2006 in Las Vegas. Available later this year, the ATI OCUR (open cable uni-directional receiver) product will allow Media Center PCs that run on the forthcoming Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, to receive High Definition premium digital cable TV content on the PC, ushering in the next level in functionality and opening new avenues for PC entertainment. The new device will also offer traditional analog TV and free-to-air HD broadcast reception to the PC.
The ATI OCUR product opens a crucial barrier to making the PC ubiquitous for the ultimate entertainment PC. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, almost 68 per cent of the North America market is served by cable operators, and now these end users will be able to access premium content. This new OCUR product is designed to support any cable television system in North America on the PC.