Asus has announced a little USB TV tuner/receiver that they claim is plug and play (or should that be plug and watch) on any xp or vista pc.
The My Cinema U3100 mini automatically launches TV viewing software and doesn’t need any external power source, getting all it’s juice through the PCs powered USB2 slot.
The press release makes it sound like the second coming, but I think we will wait for a few reviews to get a better idea of it’s capabilities.
“Taipei, Taiwan, May 6, 2008 – Catering to users who need an easy way to watch and record digital TV on PCs and laptops, ASUS, provider of top-notch multimedia devices, has released a new TV Tuner product – the ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini. Featuring high-quality DVBT TV signal reception, superior power saving technology and versatile utilities, this handy piece of hardware provides convenient access to multimedia entertainment wherever users may be
Immediate TV Viewing with Pop-Up TV
Users will be able to conveniently watch TV programs on-the-go by simply plugging the ASUS My Cinema – U3100Mini into a USB slot. Without the need for any external power adapter, the unique built-in ASUS Pop-Up TV technology will instantly display TV channels without requiring manually launched programs – making watching TV programs on the PC or laptop even easier. Furthermore, this TV tuner is also fully certified for use by the ASUS EeePC, and is the perfect companion to the Eee PC with its pearl-white, small and compact frame; and is fully compatible with Microsoft Vista Home Premium, Vista Home Basic, Vista Ultimate, and Windows XP platforms.
High Quality Digital TV Signal Reception
With the ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini, users will be able to watch and record high-quality digital (DVBT) TV programs on their PCs or notebooks anywhere. It also incorporates the latest built-in TV chip for superior power savings that helps conserve electricity to help save the environment. Able to support receiving and recording of MPEG2 and H.264 TV programs, this USB digital TV receiver also utilizes LEDs and ASUS’ TSSI Technology for quick TV signal strength recognition – allowing users to easily find the best spot for watching TV programs.
Compact Design for Easy Portability
Deftly designed by ASUS’ Industrial Design Team – winner of countless awards and accolades, the ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini presents itself in a compact and trendy design that allows users to easily take it along on trips or holidays. Additionally, by simply plugging it into the PC’s USB 2.0 connector, users will be able to enjoy their favorite shows without any extra external power adapters – making it easy to watch favorite TV shows anywhere, anytime.
Versatile and User-friendly Multimedia Enjoyment
With the ASUS My Cinema-U3100Mini, users will be able to easily watch favorite DVDs and VCDs, listen to their music collections, and edit and burn TV programs and videos onto DVDs or VCDs. It also provides a versatile set of PVR functions such as TV viewing, TimeShift and schedule records so users will never miss their favorite TV shows again. It also contains ASUS’ VideoSecurity Online technology to allow users to easily build a home monitoring system; and supports 16:9 widescreen and 32/64-Bit drivers – making it easy for users to transform PCs or notebooks into multimedia entertainment centers. “