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FIFA World Cup Branding has Started

FIFA World Cup Branding has Started

World Cup fever has started, and AVerMedia is here to make sure you can watch the action on your laptop

We’ve received the first press release about a product sporting (boom, boom) World Cup logos and branding, ahead of the FIFA World Cup due to take place this Summer in South Africa. The company in question is AVerMdia, who has announced a range of USB TV and video capture devices with a footy theme. To paraphrase the press release, ‘Yo dawg, we heard you liked watching football, so we put football on your TV tuner, so you can look at football while you watch football.’

Okay, that’s nothing like what the press release says. In fact, there isn’t really a press release at all, just a price list of the three USB TV tuners and some images. The A835 Aver TV HD Pro (left) is a conventional-looking digital (DVB-T) USB TV tuner stick. It comes with a remote control, can decode and play H.264 or MPEG-2 HD video and is set to cost a reasonable £34.99.

The A830D Aver TV Volar Video Capture USB Stick is set to cost £59.99, but has support for AV inputs, so it can take a signal from a camcorder or MP4 player. AVerMedia is also keen to point out that this stick consumes less than 0.3A, which it claims is ‘Low Power Consumption’. This is odd, as power is measured in Watts (among other metrics) and amperage is only a component of that. USB provides 5V, so the A830D consumes up to 1.5W, which is an insignificant amount of power consumption for a modern PC or laptop.

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The AVerMedia World Cup Line-up - the brave 1-1-1 formation should fox those fancy-dan Brazilians. Click to enlarge

Finally, the H830 Aver TV Hybrid Volar HD USB Stick costs £64.99, as it’s a hybrid tuner, allowing you to receive analogue or digital TV signals. It also supports AV inputs and consumes up to 1.5W.

However, the real question we’re all asking is who exactly that is on the boxes? We all know that with every World Cup there’s an unexpected hero – does the guy in white look a bit like Owen Hargreaves? Does AVerMedia know something that Fergie doesn’t? Oh, and what do you think of the tuners? Thoughts in the forum please!

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mi1ez 5th February 2010, 15:23 Quote
Yo dawg!

World Cup is when the big push for Freeview HD is coming! They plan on broadcasting most(/all?) games in HD on freeview to compatible tuners. Hold back and see how the prices look for HD!
SchizoFrog 5th February 2010, 15:29 Quote
The prices of TV tuners is ridiculously high for what they are. I know that most countries are not as advanced but in the UK all analog signals will be dead within the next couple of years rendering a large portion of these and other cards usless. It is so hard to find a decent Dual Digital TV card for less than £80-£90. For that sort of money I would want Dual Digital AND Dual Satalite capabilities. Its not like these technologies are new. Then even when you find a card that works, has decent driver support, works with MediaCentre and most other UI's you end up with the most rubbish remotes left over from the early 1990s. No wonder HTPCs in general have failed to take off.
badders 5th February 2010, 15:45 Quote
Oh noes, this product seems to have a foopball on it = Avoid.
Anfield 5th February 2010, 16:08 Quote
22 overpaid guys running after one ball for 90 minutes...
sorry, I just don't get it what the hype is all about.
Claave 5th February 2010, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Anfield
22 overpaid guys running after one ball for 90 minutes...
sorry, I just don't get it what the hype is all about.

90 minutes, plus extra time... :D
Ross1 5th February 2010, 16:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
It is so hard to find a decent Dual Digital TV card for less than £80-£90.

nova-t-500 has worked perfectly for me for years, its about ~£50. it was good enough that i bought another for my mums htpc.
Farfalho 5th February 2010, 16:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anfield
22 overpaid guys running after one ball for 90 minutes...
sorry, I just don't get it what the hype is all about.

90 minutes, plus extra time... :D

And sometimes penalty kicks!
Aracos 5th February 2010, 18:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Farfalho
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claave
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anfield
22 overpaid guys running after one ball for 90 minutes...
sorry, I just don't get it what the hype is all about.

90 minutes, plus extra time... :D

And sometimes penalty kicks!
And the fact that it takes over the entire UK for the entire time the world cup is on, I wish football would just die T_T
SMIFFYDUDE 5th February 2010, 23:39 Quote
I bought a PCI DVB-T tv tuner a few months ago, and since a re-tune was required when terrestrial signal was turned off, it has failed to work. What a jip.
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Originally Posted by Anfield
22 overpaid guys running after one ball for 90 minutes...
sorry, I just don't get it what the hype is all about.

Has no one noticed hes called Anfield. Hes probably realised (finally) that Liverpool will never win the Premiership, and is having a bit of a sulk.
ed_456 6th February 2010, 12:03 Quote
I bought a Peak PCI Dual TV tuner for about 30 quid, works perfectly with 7 and you get a full remote with it instead of these crappy credit card sized remotes. Really good buy and I would recommend it to anyone.

http://www.peakhardware.com/products/productdetail.asp?PAID=383
Anfield 6th February 2010, 13:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
Has no one noticed hes called Anfield. Hes probably realised (finally) that Liverpool will never win the Premiership, and is having a bit of a sulk.

Damn, caught red handed...
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