Today Ceton, the company who makes the InfiniTV 4 quad-CableCARD tuner for Windows Media Center PCs, issued a press release detailing two big announcements. The first announcement, which was definitely the smaller of the two when it comes to consumers, was to disclose agreements that have been made with new distributors. You will now be able to pick up the tuner we called “Media Center paradise” from Micro Center, the Microsoft Store, Newegg and Velocity Micro, in addition to previously and currently being available from Amazon, Cannon PC, Fluid Digital, and Zones. The Kirkland, Washington based company has also added “D&H Distributing as a distribution partner for retailers, systems builders and OEMs.”
What may be more interesting is that Ceton also announced a special promotion for the month of June. Any InfiniTV 4 sold between June 6th and June 30th will receive an instant $100 rebate at the time of checkout. The instant rebate is great, and brings the per-tuner cost down to $75, where as the upcomming SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime tuners will be available at $83 per tuner ($250 for the three tuner option, and $500 for the six tuner.)
Perhaps the biggest question is whether this price will go back up after June, drop even more, or become the new MSRP.
Update 2011-7-8: Ceton has extended the instant rebate through Labor Day (September 5th)
Press release below:
KIRKLAND, WA — June 6, 2011 — Ceton Corporation today announced that their best-selling line of InfiniTV digital cable TV solutions is now available for immediate purchase through four additional retail partners. Micro Center, the Microsoft Store, Newegg and Velocity Micro join existing retailers Amazon, Cannon PC, Fluid Digital and Zones as authorized retailers for Ceton solutions. In addition, the company has added D&H Distributing as a distribution partner for retailers, systems builders and OEMs who wish to offer Ceton products. In celebration of its expanding retail footprint, Ceton also announced a special $100 promotion for new InfiniTV purchases made before June 30, 2011. Anyone purchasing a new InfiniTV 4 product through one of the authorized retailers listed above between June 6 and June 30, 2011 will receive a $100 instant rebate at the time of purchase.
“The addition of leading PC and consumer electronics distributors and retailers like D&H Distributing, Micro Center, the Microsoft Store, Newegg and Velocity Micro to our roster of partners is indicative of the broad interest we’re seeing in bringing multi-tuner digital cable TV to the PC. We’re excited to offer a special customer promotion to celebrate this important milestone,” said Gary Hammer, president and chief executive officer of Ceton Corp. “In addition to selling our currently-shipping InfiniTV 4 product, these partners will be well positioned to meet the demand expected for our upcoming InfiniTV 4 USB and InfiniTV 6 solutions in the coming months.”
A Ceton InfiniTV-equipped PC with Network Tuners enabled makes exciting new entertainment scenarios possible in the home, including:
- Up to 4 different PCs, or TVs using Media Center Extenders, can each receive live HDTV cable programming from a single InfiniTV 4-equipped PC, all from one cable TV coax connection (up to 6 PCs will be supported by the company’s upcoming InfiniTV 6 model).
- Live cable TV programming can be delivered to laptops, Tablet PCs, and All-in-One PCs without a PCIe slot. Now premium cable TV movies and programs can be recorded on the laptop or Tablet PC and watched later on the plane, in the car, at the airport, or on the go.
- Connect your Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender for whole-home entertainment. Watch part of a recording in one room, pause, and begin right where you left off in another room.
- Additional tuners can be added to the home entertainment environment by adding additional InfiniTV devices, in either internal or external form factors, to the home network.
About Ceton Corporation
Ceton Corporation is developing the next-generation of in-home digital entertainment and communication solutions. Combining stellar hardware and software engineering capabilities with market-making, patent-pending technology, Ceton aims to help unlock the potential of the digital home to unleash a new generation of in-home connected entertainment and communication services for PC and device makers, software developers and consumers. More information about Ceton and its solutions is available at http://www.cetoncorp.com.