AMD debuts ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac

AMD today announced the new “ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for MAC” – a new HDTV experience for Mac users. “ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for MAC” integrates two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as analog television programming. This new TV tuner solution joins AMD’s six TV Wonder offerings for the PC platform.

MacDailyNews Note: Somebody tell AMD it’s “Mac,” not “MAC.” Sheesh.

AMD is also powering the new 20 and 24-inch iMac models with the amazing graphics power of ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, including 128MB of GDDR3 video memory, and the ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO, featuring 256MB of GDDR3. These powerful graphics processors enable stunning gaming performance and great support for video and photo editing. The combination of AMD’s TV Wonder and ATI Radeon graphics cards offers consumers “The Ultimate Visual Experience.”

“AMD continues to bring The Ultimate Visual Experience to consumers’ displays and screens including HDTVs, PCs and game consoles. Today AMD expands that visual experience with high definition multimedia entertainment for Mac customers,” said Matt Skynner, vice president, AMD Graphics Products Group, in the press release. “AMD is enhancing the Mac experience with HDTV support from ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac, alongside cutting-edge 3D game and HD acceleration performance of ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO and ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT.”

The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac transforms Mac desktops and notebooks alike into ultimate TV entertainment systems, with full personal video recorder functionality. With the included ATI tvPORTAL TV application for Mac, users can watch, pause, or record high definition TV. The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac also produces sharp, true-to-life analog TV images. With full featured Electronic Programming Guide in ATI tvPORTAL, users can schedule and manage TV recordings with ease.

The advanced graphics technology of the ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series provides exceptional visual effects and realism on the iMac. Gaming enthusiasts can unleash remarkable 3D gaming performance while experiencing a new level of immersive entertainment for high-resolution photos and video.

Home theater aficionados will be captivated by iMac’s 20 and 24-inch widescreen displays powered by the Radeon series featuring: ATI Avivo technology for eye-popping big screen entertainment; Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for advanced HD video processing; and, built-in HDMI connectivity with built-in 5.1 surround audio.

With a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$149, the ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac is scheduled to be available later this month at leading computer retailers across North America. The ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB is being distributed by VisionTek, a leading supplier of 3D graphics and desktop enhancement products.

Source: Advanced Micro Devices


  1. I read the product spec page on the ATI website and the “2 tuners” do not allow you to record/watch two things at once. It refers to the fact that there is an ATSC (over-the-air HD) and an NTSC (analog cable) tuner. What would be awesome is if there were 2 NTSCs so we could record 2 cable TV channels at once.

  2. Another option is the HDHomeRun, made by Silicon Dust, but sold in a bundle by Elgato with their EyeTV software. The HDHomeRun puts the MPEG stream onto Ethernet rather than USB, so multiple computers on a LAN can access it. Also, I can hide the thing away in the basement where all the cabling comes together. It’s pretty useful for recording ball games and the occasional PBS show. Of course you need a wired network; 802.11a/b/g won’t cut it for HD MPEG-2 streams. 802.11N is supposedly fast enough, but your milage may vary. Also beware that recording HD uses a ton of disk space, about 7.5GB per hour of TV for 1080i.

    Depending on what you watch, it may be more cost effective to capture things off air rather than relying on iTunes. The EyeTV software has a quick and dirty editor for cutting out unwatchable portions. Of course if you want any NBC shows, it’s the only way to go.

  3. You know I always used to root for the underdog.. especially after the P4 came out… but ya know AMD and ATI both fsucking suck…

    their drivers suck, their hardware sucks.. their reliability sucks.. I am done.. Intel and Nvidia for me ALL DAY LONG..

  4. Also tell them it’s “over the air” and not “off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts”.

    ATSC is “over the air” HDTV requiring a antenna on the roof/attic and someone broadcasting “free HD” without copy protection or scrambling.

    What they don’t sell anymore is a QualCom decoder so one can use the copy protection free/non-scrambled HD channels that are coming over the cable lines. (cable lines use a different digital signal than ATSC). For that you need to find used EyeTV 500 (and the EyeTV software)as it’s illegal to sell them new.

    Full HD on a 30″ Cinema is awesome.

  5. Al
    I had hoped by now someone would come out with a unit that included a CableCard slot, dual tuner, and 500 gig hard drive to slave under (or beside) a Mac Mini via Firewire or ethernet to form a nice mini-stack home entertainment center.

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