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USB2.0 Freeview Digital TV Tuner

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Harryo, May 19, 2005.

  1. Harryo

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    At the moment I am checking out various websites for information on USB2.0 Freeview Tuners.

    So far I have been checking the various manufacturers websites, and will do a google seach to see if I can locate any reviews.

    Any recommendations for a good quality USB2.0 tuner for use with Windows XP Professional SP2, using an AMD Athlon 3200+ processor?

    Harryo
     
  2. stuartmc

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    The one we sell most of is the Avermedia AVerTV DVB-T USB 2.0. Works with plain XP and MCE2005.
     
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    I am using a tiny USB 2.0 DVB-T box from Terratec. It's called "Terratec Cinergy T2" (or T squared).
    Works fine on my Dell D600 laptop with WINXP Pro & SP2 ; also works on my desktop PC with XP Home + SP2.
    The box is only 7 cms long x 5 cms wide x 2.2 cms high - the remote control is much bigger (standard size).

    http://entertainen.terratec.net/mod...e=article&sid=227&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

    or click on "Cinergy T2" at the top right of :
    http://entertainen.terratec.net/

    It also works with Rod Hewitt's TSReader (www.coolstf.com/tsreader) after a slight tweak I did on the PC ; I didn't check the cost 'cos Rod gave it to me last month at the NAB show as he hasn't got access to DVB-T signals and I am doing some tests for him (he lives in Maryland these days although he's a Brit).

    Hope this helps.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    The main factor to consider is the software with digital TV cards IMO. It doesn't hurt to try before you buy.

    The Nebula receiver is very good see:
    www.nebula-electronics.com
    Screen shots of user interface.
    Online guide to their software
    Download the software here and use the function keys to simulate a remote.

    Some good things about the Nebula:
    It supports digital text (BBCi, Teletext etc)
    It supports interactivity (News24 multiscreens, Wimbledon etc)
    It supports direct DVD format compatible recording
    It has good support for the 7 day EPG (searching and setting timers is very easy)
    It supports Topup-TV
    The remote can control other applications (PowerDVD, Windows Media Player etc)
    Designed for the British market (ie Freeview) with British support
    It has a built in webserver so you can set it recording away from home ( see here, here and here )
    It supports Network Streaming to other PC's (or XBOX's using TSReader or Macs using VLC)
    Plus lots of other features I can't be bothered to list...

    Bad things about the Nebula:
    It's expensive (£100 delivered from pcvideo.co.uk)
    Little choice in alternative software (due to change in July when BDA drivers are released)
     
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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions so far.

    I will be checking on the following:-

    Avermedia AVerTV DVB-T USB 2.0.
    Terratec Cinergy T2
    Nebula µDigiTV USB

    I have just installed Cyberlink's PowerDVD 6 Deluxe on my system so I can at least view my DVDs!

    Its just a case of doing some research on a suitable USB digital tuner and then hopefully I will then be able to use my monitor for watching TV programmes.

    Harryo
     
  6. GaryB

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    I would certainly recommend the Nebula. I need one for work so I tried out a few and the Nebula was by far the best. It installed perfectly first time and the software is excellent. There are links to assorted reviews on their website, all of which rate it highly.
     
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    ive just bought the hauppauge usb2.0 freeview and its not bad. still need to learn how to scale it to my PJ's Resolution with some app's but now isnt the time as PJ is at hitachi.
     
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    Finally purchased a USB2.0 tuner and opted for the TwinhanDTV Alpha which arrived today.

    http://www.twinhan.com/product_terrestrial_8.asp

    Setup was straightforward, although scanning for the various TV and Radio stations took a while!

    Picture quality is excellent on my Samsung TFT monitor and will just have to spend a bit of time reading the manual in order to understand the software features.

    Harryo
     
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    I hope the AverMedia one has improved since I had their original DVB-T as the reception compared to the Nebula was attrocious, kept breaking up and everything.

    If you can get a few, try em, send back those you don't want :)
     

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