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What TV USB should i buy?

andel90 Avatar
5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Anyone recommend a good one?

And what should i be looking out for ?

Thanks :)
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#1
What TV USB what should you buy?


Edited By: cdm22 on Dec 04, 2010 18:50
#2
More info required
#3
Freecom do a freeview USB tuner, it's decent for the price.
#4
Basically im looking for one that has a DAB tuner as well? any well know decent ones out there?

thanks
#5
a3lawy
Freecom do a freeview USB tuner, it's decent for the price.


Any links mate? thanks
1 Like #6
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-Digital-DVB-T-Freeview-receiver/dp/B000ALAWQ6

Exact one mate has, works great, also integrates with Windows Media Center.
#7
If you have a mac, this is the alternative:

http://store.apple.com/uk/product/TS589ZM/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY
#8
a3lawy
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freecom-Digital-DVB-T-Freeview-receiver/dp/B000ALAWQ6

Exact one mate has, works great, also integrates with Windows Media Center.


Thanks for that mate had a look quite decent :) wonder if its DAB? pay abit more and i think you can get DVB-t2 usb for that much?
1 Like #9
Something like this? Supposed to do HD but can't vouch for it, never used one.

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?prodID=1680477
#10
a3lawy
Something like this? Supposed to do HD but can't vouch for it, never used one.

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?prodID=1680477


Thanks for that mate, yeah something like that, read reviews dont think that ones HD :(
1 Like #11
The HD capability refers to HD channels broadcasted on DVB-T and not DVB-T2. You will not receive the HD channels of DVB-T2 and I am not aware of any USB tuners that support DVB-T2 at this moment in time.

Most DVB tuners use the same chipset so whichever brand you buy, you will be receiving the same quality picture. However, different brands use different software for TV playback so you may want to account for this. For example, most current Hauppauge and Avermedia products are provided with software that supports Game Mode which means analogue signals (and composite, SVideo) will be shown in real time rather than being processed and buffered. Without the Game Mode, changing channels from a connected set top box would result in a delay or playing a game would result inseveral seconds delay before movements from a controller is registered. Also, some tuners support antenna diversity (yes, I know, diversity is not the best naming convention and is very weak) which means that 2 tuners can be used to combine 2 weak DVB-T signals to improve clarity (or you can use the 2 tuners to watch 2 programs on separate multiplexers, at once).

Edited By: ElliottC on Dec 05, 2010 20:17
#12
ElliottC
The HD capability refers to HD channels broadcasted on DVB-T and not DVB-T2. You will not receive the HD channels of DVB-T2 and I am not aware of any USB tuners that support DVB-T2 at this moment in time.

Most DVB tuners use the same chipset so whichever brand you buy, you will be receiving the same quality picture. However, different brands use different software for TV playback so you may want to account for this. For example, most current Hauppauge and Avermedia products are provided with software that supports Game Mode which means analogue signals (and composite, SVideo) will be shown in real time rather than being processed and buffered. Without the Game Mode, changing channels from a connected set top box would result in a delay or playing a game would result inseveral seconds delay before movements from a controller is registered. Also, some tuners support antenna diversity (yes, I know, diversity is not the best naming convention and is very weak) which means that 2 tuners can be used to combine 2 weak DVB-T signals to improve clarity (or you can use the 2 tuners to watch 2 programs on separate multiplexers, at once).


Thanks for that mate should i just buy a DVB-T2 usb then?

:)
1 Like #13
andel90
ElliottC
The HD capability refers to HD channels broadcasted on DVB-T and not DVB-T2. You will not receive the HD channels of DVB-T2 and I am not aware of any USB tuners that support DVB-T2 at this moment in time.Most DVB tuners use the same chipset so whichever brand you buy, you will be receiving the same quality picture. However, different brands use different software for TV playback so you may want to account for this. For example, most current Hauppauge and Avermedia products are provided with software that supports Game Mode which means analogue signals (and composite, SVideo) will be shown in real time rather than being processed and buffered. Without the Game Mode, changing channels from a connected set top box would result in a delay or playing a game would result inseveral seconds delay before movements from a controller is registered. Also, some tuners support antenna diversity (yes, I know, diversity is not the best naming convention and is very weak) which means that 2 tuners can be used to combine 2 weak DVB-T signals to improve clarity (or you can use the 2 tuners to watch 2 programs on separate multiplexers, at once).
Thanks for that mate should i just buy a DVB-T2 usb then?:)

Most definitely. I wasn't aware of any DVB-T2 USB tuners on the market and I usually have access to many of the latest products. However, I've just found this so it appears that you are in luck as these devices have only just been released. I cannot comment much on the hardware except that the price is too high due to manufacturers taking advantage of early adopters:

http://www.shop.bt.com/products/pctv-systems-nanostick-t2-290e-dvb-t2-77KG.html

As the product is branded Hauppauge, the software is likely to be the Win TV7 software which I find awful due to small controls. However, it should be Windows Media Center compatible and should also work with others such as PowerCinema 6. Playback of the HD channels may be a problem with Windows Media Center though because it will use a different CODEC to the one Win TV7 uses for DVB-T2. In fact, I am not even convinced Windows Media Center supports decoding for DVB-T2 but the supplied software will be able to play DVB-T2 feeds. As I mentioned, I am assuming the supplied software is Win TV7 so you need to account for the fact that the user interface is lacklustre at best.
#14
ElliottC
andel90
ElliottC
The HD capability refers to HD channels broadcasted on DVB-T and not DVB-T2. You will not receive the HD channels of DVB-T2 and I am not aware of any USB tuners that support DVB-T2 at this moment in time.Most DVB tuners use the same chipset so whichever brand you buy, you will be receiving the same quality picture. However, different brands use different software for TV playback so you may want to account for this. For example, most current Hauppauge and Avermedia products are provided with software that supports Game Mode which means analogue signals (and composite, SVideo) will be shown in real time rather than being processed and buffered. Without the Game Mode, changing channels from a connected set top box would result in a delay or playing a game would result inseveral seconds delay before movements from a controller is registered. Also, some tuners support antenna diversity (yes, I know, diversity is not the best naming convention and is very weak) which means that 2 tuners can be used to combine 2 weak DVB-T signals to improve clarity (or you can use the 2 tuners to watch 2 programs on separate multiplexers, at once).
Thanks for that mate should i just buy a DVB-T2 usb then?:)


Most definitely. I wasn't aware of any DVB-T2 USB tuners on the market and I usually have access to many of the latest products. However, I've just found this so it appears that you are in luck as these devices have only just been released. I cannot comment much on the hardware except that the price is too high due to manufacturers taking advantage of early adopters:

http://www.shop.bt.com/products/pctv-systems-nanostick-t2-290e-dvb-t2-77KG.html

As the product is branded Hauppauge, the software is likely to be the Win TV7 software which I find awful due to small controls. However, it should be Windows Media Center compatible and should also work with others such as PowerCinema 6. Playback of the HD channels may be a problem with Windows Media Center though because it will use a different CODEC to the one Win TV7 uses for DVB-T2. In fact, I am not even convinced Windows Media Center supports decoding for DVB-T2 but the supplied software will be able to play DVB-T2 feeds. As I mentioned, I am assuming the supplied software is Win TV7 so you need to account for the fact that the user interface is lacklustre at best.


Thanks a lot for that mate much appreciated :)

Might just leave them since the products are a bit to new dont know how good etc they will be. Sticking to DVB-T with a DAB tuner, as soon as i find one i should be getting that:)

Thanks pal for the info and the links.

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