Ceton InfiniTV 4 CableCard Tuner – First Impressions

I just got my InfiniTV 4 installed and setup today and all I can say is wow! I love it! For anyone who hasn’t seen my previous post it has support for 4 streams, and the HD content looks amazing. The device is a little pricey, but I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to get rid of their cable box and have a first class DVR with MediaCenter (i.e. a slick, snappy, integrated interface instead of that clunky old UI the cable co provides). Check out the Ceton website to get pricing information, and remember that as of the time of this writing this card will only work with Windows 7 and Media Center.

The good:
Installation was a breeze. Simply install the card in your PC, install the software from the Ceton website, plug in your M-Card and you’re good to go! When you run the setup for your TV signal in Media Center it automatically detects your card, runs you through the setup, and gives you all the information you need to activate it. It couldn’t be simpler.
Four streams!

The bad:
This is nothing bad about the card, more with my cable company. They don’t have a self installation option, meaning you need to have them come and install the card for you when there’s really no reason why you can’t do it yourself. The $20 installation fee isn’t too bad, but it still seems like a rather pointless fee to pay. Worst part about it is that the technician didn’t even touch my PC. I installed the card and device, and I ran the setup in Media Center myself. All the technician had to do was call the cable co and give them the device ID to activate it. Guess they need to squeeze every penny they can out of you 🙁

So what was my first course of action after the installation? Setup a recording schedule for MythBusters and watch Transformers in HD!

If you have any questions about the card that I have not addressed here let me know in the comments section and I will be sure to answer them.

  1. Thanks for the post. I just got my Ceton card and cable card. Can’t seem to get the Device ID for the cable company (Comcast Houston) to activate their card. Windows MC 7 doesn’t reconginize this thing even thought Diag’s says everything is OK. Did you config it manually in MC7 or automatically? Where did you get the Device ID to have the cable company activate the card? Thanks.

  2. After I physically installed the card and verified it in the diag I opened up Media Center and went to Tasks -> Settings -> TV -> Set up TV Signal. From there I followed the onscreen prompts and it detected the card automatically. Media center should give you all the info you need (device ID, etc) to install and activate the card when you set it up. Try updating the drivers from the Ceton site if you haven’t already: http://www.cetoncorp.com/infinitv/support/ . What does Media Center say when you try to configure it?

  3. I would also like to say wow for your great effort dear.

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