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Hercules Launches 'Smart TV'

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2002 @ 7:18 p.m. PDT

HERCULES is thrilled to announce the launch of its Smart TV. The new TV card will be available from our distributors at the end of september 2002. Smart TV is a fully featured PCI TV Card with which you can watch TV on your PC. With Smart TV you will be able to record movies and football games in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 formats onto your hard disk and directly Burn-to-disc recorded programs from Smart TV capture gallery.

Smart TV is the most comprehensive TV Tuner Card available on the market. This card offers many functions that are not available on other entry level Tv cards:

  • Time-shifting function: record your programs. Play, pause,rewind and watch your recorded videos while still recording.
  • Video capture in MPEG-2: save more videos on the same hard disk space
  • TV instant replay: you can pause, and rewind live television. If your phone rings for instance, just hit the "Pause" button and freeze the action for a period of time, and then pick up right where you left off.
  • Video cut and merge: allow you to cut out and trim various portions of unwanted video footage such as TV commercials. Merge multiple video clips into one single video file.
  • TV program guides: get daily or weekly TV programs from online TV guides.

Smart TV will use the Cyberlink Power VCR II as software. PowerVCR II is the fastest software encoder available. It can record 320x240 resolution video in real-time on a Pentium II 350, and 720x480 resolution on a Pentium III 650. It encodes multiplexed video/audio files faster than any other encoder available on the market today. The software is designed to perform real-time, high quality, MPEG-1 (VCD) and 2 (DVD) video recording, directly from any video source (such as TV tuners, VCRs, DV camcorders, camcorders, and PC cameras) through video capturing devices.

Hercules Smart TV is available from the end of September 2002 for 69,99 € (for NTSC, Pal BG/DK and Pal I standards) and 74,99 € (for Pal / Secam L standards)

Technical Specifications :

  • WATCH TV ON YOUR PC
    • High Quality image
    • Automatic channel search
    • User-friendly interface (Cyberlink Power VCR II 3.0)
    • Multiple channel preview
    • Capture still images from your favorite TV programs. Print and display those shots on your PC.
    • Available in PAL, NTSC and SECAM standards
    • BT 878 chipset
  • DIGITAL VCR / TIME-SHIFTING RECORDING AND PLAY-BACK
    • Time shifting recording and play-back: record programs and play them while still recording.
    • Record your favorite programs in MPEG 1 and MPEG-2. Capture more video using the same amount of disk space.
    • Scheduled and live recordings
  • VIDEO EDITING
    • Edit your recordings; remove commercials from your movies
  • VIDEO CAPTURE
    • Composite analog VIDEO-IN for connecting camcorders, VCRs…
    • S-VIDEO-IN
    • Easy video capture from U/I.
  • TELETEXT INFO
    • Receive TELETEXT information: weather reports, the news, TV program listings, stock exchange and sport results…
  • GET INTERNET TV PROGRAM GUIDE
    • Access TV programs via the Internet
    • Get more info about the shows to come.
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