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Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Solo 72e / USB DVB-T Receiver / TV Tuner

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Thanks to its latest generation chipset, the highly compact Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Solo brings high quality digital terrestrial TV and radio to your PC in a snap. It also turns your PC into a full-fledged personal video recorder (PVR) that lets you timeshift and record TV shows. Rod antenna included.

Product Description: Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Solo 72e - DVB-T receiver - Hi-Speed USB
Device Type: DVB-T receiver - external
Compatibility: MS Windows XP Media Centre compatible
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
Video Input: - external
Digital Video Format: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DVB
Audio Input Support: Standard
Features: USB 2.0 compatibility, time shift function, Electronic Program Guide
OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista
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#1
thanks
#2
has anyone had any joy getting these to work? I got a similar one about 12months ago and it ran at a really slow frame rate and kept cutting out. My machine was a reasonable spec and it was plugged into the main house aerial socket which gets a 100% signal on the normal digi box and telly.
#3
I got this model 6 months ago from Scan at a similar price and it works very well with the main areal plugged. If you use the portable one you are restricted to an area with good coverage. I get most of the channels with the portable aerial in my area. BBC are better quality than most but all watchable. Interface is good too.
#4
I use mine with the standard little aerial that comes with it and I haven't had many problems. You do get cutouts some times, but I've yet to try it 'properly' as we don't have a TV aerial in our place (we used to have TV from cable and now we have sky).

I managed to get all the Freeview channels that were available too - using Windows media centre in Vista Home Premium. Didn't even need to install any software either. The occasional problems seemed to be caused by the device not quite being secure in the USB socket (it's a bit wobbly) but as long as it remains plugged in, it's 95% fine.

I suppose the real test will be when we move and I actually get to plug it into a proper external TV aerial.
#5
i have something similair and once it was set up it works fine... its still a bit hit or miss some times with channels even with a roof aerial the standard rod thing is usually worthless unless you live right next door to the bbc building.
#6
How well do these work as a PVR?

I've got Sky+ at the moment but want to get shut of it because we're basically paying £20 a month to record a few programmes a week. My plan was to buy a freeview PVR but, given the fact that Freesat has now been lauched with HD I'd prefer that to freeview (until freeview HD is available!). Unfortunately, as there is no freesat PVR available at the moment (I heard end of summer) we are a bit stuck. I don't want to buy a freeview PVR only to replace it in a few months and don't want to stay with Sky.

I've got a slim desktop PC I can get hold so could use this as a media centre short term and add this freeview stick. Any thoughts?
#7
Voted HOT, (doesn't work at 60hertz)
#8
While I can't really speak about the other sticks in Pinnacle's range, I can definitely warn peeps about the Dual tuner version. Thought it was a great idea and yeah, it has worked on occasion, but more often than not, it crashes.

Watching tv or recording, eventually it will come up with an error message about its driver and you have to stop it. I'd move the message out of the way to keep watching, but then the sound and picture get out of sync with each other by nearly 2 seconds! So, forced to stop, pull out usb, plug back in and then restart application. Their software sucks, big time.

Support from Pinnacle is non-existent. Never found an answer to this problem and it seems they don't care about things that don't work in their range of items. I've heard this before from others, but hadn't experienced it first-hand before.

My advice is to get a freeview stick from the Terratec range of tuners as I bought one and have never had it crash on me. Better still, it not only comes with great software to watch tv, but it also comes with the excellent "Cut!" app to cut out the ads etc. from your recordings. Hugely better and a real joy after the Pinnacle's failure.

Hope this helps.
#9
I can't get freeview in my area on the tv with a freeview box and arial (just a plug in jobby), is it unlikely that I will be able to get freeview with this?
#10
dickie762
I can't get freeview in my area on the tv with a freeview box and arial (just a plug in jobby), is it unlikely that I will be able to get freeview with this?


Is your aerial outside, up high? If so, and you ain't getting freeview as you outlined above, then you haven't got a cat in hell's chance of getting it with this.

ANY freeview box, stick, PCI card etc is ONLY as good as the aerial that is feeding it.
#11
Nice, been looking for one of these for a while now. I've read a few places that this works on Macs aswell when using EyeTV, so we shall see when it gets here.
#12
these sticks are excellent, although i don`t have this one i can recommend them for a sky plus alternative.
Never had any trouble with mine and using media centre to watch and record works a treat.
#13
Blasphemous
Is your aerial outside, up high? If so, and you ain't getting freeview as you outlined above, then you haven't got a cat in hell's chance of getting it with this.

ANY freeview box, stick, PCI card etc is ONLY as good as the aerial that is feeding it.


No inside. I've got cable but can't have it upstairs so thought this would be a nice alternative.

May give it a miss then.
#14
i really dont understand why they pack them with those aerials. they wouldnt pick up a signal if you were ontop of the tv transmittor
#15
I've bought 2 of these in recent months and never got any of them to work with the useless aerial that comes included, however connecting it directly to the house aerial works fine..... kinda defeats the object of having it!!! IMHO totally useless,but it depends what you want it for I suppose......
#16
Likewise, using the supplied "aerial" I get nothing, but with the house aerial and a booster I get stacks of channels. I might buy a cheap indoor aerial just to see if that would work too though because being tethered to my house is no fun whatsoever.
#17
Still around :)
#18
just wondering, can i play my wii or gamecube using this?

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