MSI Mega SKy 580 USB2 DVB-T TvTuner PVR HDTV Ready *Promotion* As Low As £17.14! - HotUKDeals
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MSI Mega SKy 580 USB2 DVB-T TvTuner PVR HDTV Ready *Promotion* As Low As £17.14!

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Digital HDTV on your PC or laptop! £17.14 (if collected) £24.17 (delivered) MEGA SKY 580 is a Digital TV (DVB-T) USB MINI Receiver used to receive, display, or record Live Digital TV. It is full… Read More
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Digital HDTV on your PC or laptop!

£17.14 (if collected) £24.17 (delivered)

MEGA SKY 580 is a Digital TV (DVB-T) USB MINI Receiver used to receive, display, or record Live Digital TV. It is fully compliant with DVB protocol and high speed USB2.0 interface to let user watch digital TV program up to HD resolution through your laptop or desktop PC. It is also a Digital Video Recorder enabling you to record your favorite Digital Terrestrial TV or Radio programs to hard disk with real-time recording or schedule recording.

Specifications: Watch DVB-T digital TV up to HD Resolution | Schedule/Live Record DTV Programs (PVR) | Listen to DVB-T digital radio | Support Time-Shifting | Support Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and digital Teletext | Support Still Frame Capture (BMP / JPG) | Support Channels Auto Scan | Video Desktop to display video as a motion desktop background. | Support Remote Control | Microsoft MCE compatible | Support Multilanguage including: English,
French, Germany, Italian, Protugués, Spanish, Traditional Chinese


System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or above / 2000 SP4 | Microsoft MCE Compatable | Pentium PIII 800MHz or above, Celeron or AMD Athlon, Duron CPU | 256MB RAM or above | Graphic Card: 32M RAM or above, 800x600 | Direct X9.0 compatible Graphic card | Microsoft Direct X 9.0c or above | CD-ROM Drive (For software installation) | 1GB Free HD Space | Available DVB-T signal in your region
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#1
Nice price.

Just to let people know this isn't for SKY TV - so no Satellite TV compatibility!!
#2
Does anyone have one of these, or similar?

Would like to know if there reliable? and what the quality like?
#3
E-buyer sell this at the same price:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/101969

but over 32 reviews it got 4.5/5 so must be pretty good... most are 5*! :thumbsup:

good deal thanks!
#4
Pardon my ignorance but is this just a simple case of plugging into your PC and away you go? How does it work with relation to an aerial or receiving a broadcast signal?
#5
horacehogarth
Pardon my ignorance but is this just a simple case of plugging into your PC and away you go? How does it work with relation to an aerial or receiving a broadcast signal?


Good question, would like to know as well :)
#6
DVB-T HD in the UK is a pipedream this decade at least.

If this came with a decent high gain aerial I'd be interested I think as normal DVB-T is still low powered compared to analogue, which when analogue is turned off DVB-T will get boosted, but that is many years away, so decent aerial is a must tbh.
#7
Had one of these, great, but does NOT work with Media Centre.
#8
You will allso need a roof top aerial or buy a very good digital indoor aeria the aerial that comes with it didnt pick up a thing in my area
#9
I've got a similar one made by Freecom. The tiny aerial supplied picks up loads of channels when attached to something big and metallic, like a radiator.

They are well worth the money, especially if you can find compatible BDA drivers. This will allow you to use Windows MCE etc.
#10
winny
I've got a similar one made by Freecom. The tiny aerial supplied picks up loads of channels when attached to something big and metallic, like a radiator.

They are well worth the money, especially if you can find compatible BDA drivers. This will allow you to use Windows MCE etc.


Only if you have good DVB-T coverage and won't use it where your walls/obstacles are in place, for the majority of the UK that is not the case and they require the minimum of a multi element roof aerial and that will be the case for many years to come.
Any digital TV device without a high gain aerial is useless to majority of the market.
#11
Also check you are in a freeview area! Without that it doesnt matter what antenna you have!

http://www.freeview.co.uk/home

If you are in a freeview area, most antennas will pick up some channels, but maybe not all of them.
#12
coalfield
E-buyer sell this at the same price:

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/101969

but over 32 reviews it got 4.5/5 so must be pretty good... most are 5*! :thumbsup:

good deal thanks!


ebuyer also has this one for £14.99:

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=123327&_LOC=UK
#13
#14
I have a Freecom DVB-T plugged in - best buy ever! I still use the tiny aerial that came with it and get all BBC, ITV, Channel 4 channels (Film4 is a bit temperamental but I'm sure with a bigger aerial it'd be fine).
If you know someone else that has it, ask to borrow it and try it out. I took a risk but all went well...

What I want to know is, how come this is advertised as HD. Is it something to do with the product, or will Freeview eventually go HD...?
#15
Central London is doing HD Freeview trials at the moment.
Freeview HD capable set top boxes do exist but are rare.

However until analogue kindly ******s off and normal Freeview DVB-T gets massively boosted will HD Freeview become a proper reality.
#16
Sky wot now?
#17
I've seen poor reviews elsewhere - but there is a suggestion the new software patch improves things - but I write with no firm knowledge - probably worth you all doing more research - has put me off jumping in feet first though.
#18
I bought one off Aria not long ago and it broke within a week, the software recieved with it is absoloutely pathetic it basically drains your CPU. If anyone knows of replacement software for it then it may be better!
#19
paperclip
What I want to know is, how come this is advertised as HD. Is it something to do with the product, or will Freeview eventually go HD...?


Its just marketing talk. This has nothing to do with HD over DVB-T. The current HD trials use a different encoding mechanism to what current SD DVB-T uses. They advertise it as being able to watch freeview at HD resolution as your PC or Laptop screen has a 'HD' screen. Technically 1280x1024 which most 17" and 19" LCDs operate at is sufficient for 720p (1280x720), and 1920x1600 which larger LCDs would display is native enough for a 1080p picture (1920x1080). Your PC will just scale the picture.
#20
I have this... it's great, and DOES work with Windows Media Center. Like all similar USB TV solutions, it needs a decent aerial.
#21
Please....as a rule these 'plug-ins' may sound great.Bring it home the reception,channel mix-up etc gives endless problems.Just does not work like a dream.It is only good for occassional use.Better to get the real thing...the telly!
#22
fifiukuk
Please....as a rule these 'plug-ins' may sound great.Bring it home the reception,channel mix-up etc gives endless problems.Just does not work like a dream.It is only good for occassional use.Better to get the real thing...the telly!


And a proper multi element roof aerial.

IMHO these devices are missold as they do not mention the large percentrage of coverage that require a proper aerial compared to the tiny pocket sized one.
Some people get good coverage, good for them, majority will not with a tiny crappy aerial.
#23
These MSI dongles are fantastic - they are very sensitive and in high signal areas often require an attenuator when used with a roof-top antenna in order to reduce the supplied signal.

The tiny antenna that comes with them is next to useless for all but the strongest signal areas, which is hardly surprising. If you're building a media center PC or you want to watch TV in your office - and you have a roof top aerial and live in a Freeview area - these gadgets are great.

As for Freeview reception, check out http://www.wolfbane.com/cgi-bin/tvd.exe - this site will tell you if you should be able to receive Freeview and if so which transmitter to use. Remember to up the selection to "Distant" if you have a very good antenna or you are willing to get one (in this case, you may require a boosted, high-gain, roof top antenna).

A friend of mine has one of these and he's passed it around to everyone in the office to see if they can get Freeview. For less than £20, considering it will be useful one day even if it isn't now, it's a good choice for anyone who *might* be able to get Freeview.
#24
Great Price for a digital tuner, thanks for the post...

However couldn't resist being a smart arse and registering just to post this comment.

Picture Quality ie. resolution is dictated by the screen resolution of the device in question ie the laptop or desktop pc screen. So no matter whether the tuner is HD or normal digital in its reception you will not get a more detailed picture it will remain at the resolution of the screen in question.

This is why those who have rushed out to get a "HD" TV for quite a lot of money and possibly 'on tick' will be quite disappointed when they realise that it is not showing the picture quality to its true potential. There were only 3 models a while back that showed the true potential of HD and this was down to their screen resolution. That is why TV stores are now advertising "True HD" and many people have possibly been missold.

Many TVs, if not most, are advertised as HD Ready, all this means is they can recieve the HD signal which although possibly better than normal digital, will not result in a higher resolution picture - resolution is dictated by pixels. So it may be worth waiting...

For those who didn't already know this may be worth taking into account.

Great forum though, hope to post on here soon now.

Thanks for all the great posts

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