Local distributor, Lako Pacific, is claiming an industry first after receiving certification for its Dvico Fusion HDTV tuner card for use with Microsoft Media Center (MCE).
Currently, MCE ships with only analogue capabilities as standard. The new stamp of approval meant the Dvico card was now recognised as certified for standard definition digital television broadcasts through MCE, Lako Pacific business development manager, Eamon Drew, said.
The card would also be listed on the software vendor's website for approved MCE products, he said.
Apart from boosting sales, Drew said the distributor hopef the additional MCE functionality would lead to more original equipment manufacture (OEM) deals.
The Dvico cards are available at all major retailers including Harvey Norman and Dick Smith.
The company initially demonstrated the Dvico card without digital TV support in a PC running MCE at the recent Melbourne home show.
Resellers will be able to down load the new drivers to update existing Dvico stock from the Lako Pacific web site.
Drew said the card was also high-definition ready.
However, this functionality was being held up until the AC3 audio decoding standards were resolved, he said.