Adam Thursby has written a review of the Ceton InfiniTV 4 over at About.com. While a review of the InfiniTV 4 isn’t, in and of itself, all that special, I noticed one peculiar thing while looking through the image gallery of the review. The final image in the gallery shows the Windows Media Center guide with not four, but six, different cable channels being recorded simultaneously. It is of course possible that Adam had two InfiniTV 4s for review, but that seems unlikely. It’s especially unlikely when we know that Ceton has been working on a six tuner version of their amazing CableCARD device. One thing we do know is that a separate six tuner card has not been certified by CableLabs, but I’m also not clear if they would have to get it separately certified.
The other obvious question is, why would Thursby review a six tuner device as an InfiniTV 4? Well, I think the answer is multifaceted. The first would be that since the potential InfiniTV 6 hasn’t been certified then maybe Ceton isn’t ready to announce it. Maybe they are waiting to announce it until it’s very close to shipping. Also, if the InfiniTV 6 is simply an InfiniTV 4 with two more tuners, then the review of the two devices would be almost identical anyway, so there wouldn’t be any harm in doing so. The last, and probably most minor reason, could be the target audience of About.com. It is a site that is geared at a more mainstream crowd of computer users, not hardcore enthusiasts.
Anyway, we’ll just have to wait and see what Ceton’s reaction is, and when they might announce the six tuner device. Back when we reviewed the Ceton InfiniTV 4 we called it “Media Center Paradise,” so I guess this would be Media Center Paradise +2!
Check out Adam’s full review on About.com.