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Hercules Launches 'Smart TV Satellite'

by Rainier on March 5, 2003 @ 11:42 a.m. PST

Hercules is proud to announce the release of the latest entry in its Smart TV range of TV cards: Smart TV Satellite. Designed for high-quality digital satellite reception on PC (DVB-S standard), the card features digital MPEG-2 VCR and time shifting functions and is fully Pay-TV compatible.

“With Smart TV Satellite, users can finally enjoy digital satellite television on their PC and record shows in MPEG-2 format,” explains Cedric Faucheux, Video Product Manager at Hercules. “Smart TV Satellite is compatible with both free-to-air and Pay-TV channels thanks to its built-in common interface, allowing TV enthusiasts to access hundreds of international stations with a few mouse clicks.”

“Smart TV Satellite also features a great time-shifting function, which makes it possible to pause live TV to answer the phone or get a snack, for example, then come back and watch what you’ve missed. What’s more, all these functions are accessible via the included remote control for optimal convenience and ease of use. It’s truly an unbeatable package.”

The most comprehensive DVB-S TV card on the market, Hercules Smart TV Satellite offers the following advanced features:

  • Unparalleled image quality:
    • DVD-quality resolution.
  • Digital VCR and time-shifting:
    • Record your favorite programs in MPEG-2 format (720x480 resolution). Archive your movies in DVD quality on DVD-R or CD-R.
    • With time-shifting, the frustration of being interrupted while you’re watching your favorite TV shows is a thing of the past. You’ll never miss out on the action again!
  • Digital Teletext:
    • Check out TV listings, weather reports, news, stock market quotes, sports results and more.
  • Electronic TV Program Guide (EPG):
    • Get program information and schedule recordings automatically.
  • Digital radio:
    • Access hundreds of free radio stations from all over the world and record your favorite songs in CD-quality audio.
  • Built-in common interface:
    • Watch Pay-TV channels (with valid subscription to a Pay-TV service).
    • Compatible with all CAM (Conditional Access Module) models.


Smart TV Satellite will be available in Europe at the beginning of March 2003 at an estimated retail price of €229 (Including VAT).

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