The prevailing trend in whole-home video is distributing video to multiple TVs, but a Seattle startup has taken the multi-room video concept to PCs with the introduction of a software upgrade to its TV-on-PC cards.

Ceton released a free new application that enables its InfiniTV 4 multi-tuner digital cable cards to distribute video to multiple PCs in a household.

Network Tuners enable individual tuners on a Ceton InfiniTV to be assigned to additional PCs, bringing live, premium, high-definition cable TV to multiple Windows 7 PCs in the home.

PCs that have a Ceton InfiniTV installed and are running Windows 7 with Windows Media Center natively support high-definition pay TV, including premium cable TV channels, without the need for a separate cable set-top box, the company noted.

The new capability is supported on all InfiniTV products and is enabled using an application that integrates with the Windows Media Center user interface, which is now available for free download from the Ceton Support website.

In addition to standard- and high-definition channels, the Ceton solutions also support channels delivered using Switched Digital Video (SDV) via a Tuning Adapter. A single Ceton InfiniTV with a single multi-stream CableCARD (M-Card) and single cable RF connection will support playing and/or recording multiple live channels of high-definition digital cable TV simultaneously, depending on the InfiniTV model used.

"We're very excited to announce the availability of our highly-anticipated Network Tuner capability in InfiniTV 4, which offers consumers new in-home entertainment scenarios that have never been possible before on any platform," said Gary Hammer, president and chief executive officer of Ceton Corporation. "The demand we have seen for InfiniTV 4 has been tremendous and we're very happy to announce the fulfillment of our large backorder as well."