WinCast/TV Intercast [tm] TV board
Watch TV-In-A-Window plus get Intercast Transmissions
TV broadcasters creating new and innovative Intercast broadcasts include NBC, CNN, QVC and MTV. Click on an icon to see a sample Intercast page from these broadcasters.
NBC broadcast the 1996 Summer Olympics with Intercast content, and are broadcating the TV show Homicide, the NFL football games and the news show Dateline with Intercast Web pages. Click here for NBC's current Intercast broadcast schedule. CNN is broadcasting headline news and stock quotes (15 minute delayed), while QVC has excellent home-shopping Intercast broadcasts. MTV's Intercast broadcasts include biographies of and interviews with music stars, plus listings of Top 10 music videos and CDs.
For more information on the WinCast/TV board, contact the Hauppauge sales department by clicking here: Click here Or call us at: 516-434-1600 or via fax at 516-434-3198
For more information on Intercast, you can go to the Intercast Industry Group home page by clicking here
PCI Push requires Windows 95 Direct Draw support. WinCast/TV is compatible with the following VGA accelerators in an overlay mode, which require (in addition to Windows 95 Direct Draw support) a video port to "zoom" the TV image to full screen:
WinCast/TV will also work with the following VGA cards in "Primary Surface" mode, which means you must be running in at least a 16-bit per pixel VGA mode and the Close Caption software in the Intercast Viewer is disabled:
There are many other graphics display adapters which might have Direct Draw drivers and will work with WinCast/TV. If you have any questions whether your VGA adapter will work, either contact your VGA manufacturer and ask them if they have a new Direct Draw driver for your VGA card, or contact our Technical Support department. They are constantly testing new VGA accelerators and have updated information.
In the Overlay mode WinCast/TV requires about 1/2 MByte of VGA memory for the high quality YUV 4:2:2 video image. If your VGA card has 2 MBytes of RAM, it can be used with WinCast/TV's high quality YUV 4:2:2 video image at resolutions up to 1024x768 at 16 bits per pixel.
If your VGA card cannot run in overlay mode, either because it does not have enough memory or because it does not have a video port, an image is displayed on what is called the "Primary Surface" of the VGA. To run in "Primary Surface" mode, we recommend that your PC is running in a VGA mode of more than 256 colors (that is to say, 16-bits, 24-bits or 32-bits per pixel). Primary surface mode gives excellent TV image quality, but the full screen TV window is limited to 640x480.
Intercast broadcasts combine live television and Internet Web pages (hence the name Intercast: Internet and Broadcast). The TV signal is created at the broadcast site and then transmitted over the airwaves or via cable TV. In your PC the WinCast/TV board splits apart the TV signal from the Web page data, passing the TV to your live TV window and the Intercast data to the Intercast browser.
Intercast Web pages (and other Intercast data such as stock market information) is broadcast in a little used portion of the TV signal called the Vertical Blanking Interval. The Vertical Blanking Interval (or VBI as it is called in the TV Broadcast Industry) is normally used by TV sets as a dead time in the live video signal where the TV set can restore the TVís electron beam to the top of the picture tube.
The live portion of a TV image is composed of 480 horizontal lines of video. The VBI has 45 blank lines. Up to 10 of the VBI lines can be used for the transmission of Intercast data, and each line can have 35 bytes of data. Since TV signals are broadcast at 30 frames per second, Intercast has the ability to send up to 10,500 bytes per second, or 84,000 bits per second!
WinCast/TV moves the raw Intercast data into system memory and the live video image into the VGA display memory. It does this as a "Master Mode Device", which means that WinCast/TV does not require any assistance from the PC's processor to move the data. WinCast/TV has its own processor to move the video image and Intercast data to your system.
From system memory, the Intel's Intercast browser decodes the raw data, producing HTML Web pages for display in the browser. These pages are standard HTML documents, and can include formatted text plus graphics.
125 channel cable-ready TV tuner
PCI bus card with Windows 95 Plug-and-Play support
PCI Push technology for compatibility with many PCI VGA accelerators
High quality YUV 4:2:2 video digitizer
Intercast decoder for receiving industry standard data broadcast in the Vertical Blanking Interval
Complete TV-in-a-window application with freeze frame and image save
Audio output jack for connection to a sound card
External audio/video input source for connection to VCR, DSS satellite receiver, camcorder or video camera
Microsoft Video for Windows capture driver for creating digital video movies on your PC
"I have the Hauppauge Wincast DBX and its awesome listening to CNBC...the financial channel. If I want to listen to my tv in the other room, it is perfectly audible, much better than my regular 27" tv--course that's just the speaker situation. I am using Labtec LCS- 3010's which are good speakers. Will soon upgrade to speakers more worthy of this card though."
The suggested retail prices of the different versions are:
WinCast/TV .. $149.-
Win/Cast/TVdbx .. $199. including Dolby stereo
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