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Asus My Cinema U3000 MINI Freeview Digital DVB-T USB Stick - £20.55 delivered !
Asus My Cinema U3000 MINI Freeview Digital DVB-T USB Stick - £20.55 delivered !

Asus My Cinema U3000 MINI Freeview Digital DVB-T USB Stick - £20.55 delivered !

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Asus My Cinema U3000 MINI Freeview Digital DVB-T USB Stick - £20.55 delivered !

Description : Just plug the My Cinema-U3000Mini to your computer's USB 2.0 connector, and you're ready to watch and record high-quality DVB-T TV programs. Furthermore, with its miniature design, you can take it along on travels. The Cinema - U3000Mini provides a versatile set of PVR functions such as TV viewing, TimeShift, schedule records and EPG records and ASUS VideoSecurity Online Technology for building a home monitoring system. With ASUS My Cinema-U3000Mini, you can easily turn your PC or notebook into an all-around entertainment center.

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So all we do is plug this in to ANY tv including laptops and we can watch freeview TV? Surely it wont be as simple as that?

...I think you have to install an application too.

I'm buying one anyway (thanks OP, nice find) - yes I'm cautious about reception, but for this price, I'm prepared to take a punt. There's always eBay!

the included mini aerial will only give a decent picture in a strong signal area. best to attach to a roof aerial to get a strong signal.
spec would suggest a pc no older than about 3 years in terms of performance required as is usual for one of these types of devices

And could we use this on a train with a laptop for example? Or would the signal just not be good enough?

PAUL7331

And could we use this on a train with a laptop for example? Or would the … And could we use this on a train with a laptop for example? Or would the signal just not be good enough?


very unlikely to get good enoug signal in my experience...

PAUL7331

So all we do is plug this in to ANY tv including laptops and we can watch … So all we do is plug this in to ANY tv including laptops and we can watch freeview TV? Surely it wont be as simple as that?



It doesn't plug into a TV, only a computer, since it's a USB device.

PAUL7331

And could we use this on a train with a laptop for example? Or would the … And could we use this on a train with a laptop for example? Or would the signal just not be good enough?



Yes unfortunately a train, being a metal box essentially, is rubbish for receiving all comms - mobiles phones, wireless LANs etc. That's why Heathrow Express and other lines are installing antennas on trains and trackside kit to get a proper decent broadband/GSM service. So soon you'll be able to get high speed broadband on trains...here's hoping....

that aerial wont pick up anything unless you live ontop of a broadcasting centre

Looks nice, im going for ebuyer.com/UK/…486 though, couple of quid extra for a remote - hell of a lot of positive reviews too.

thanks for the tip!

I haven't had this brand before but I've tried a few others and whether you plug it in to the roof or use the tiny little thing that comes with them the reception is ****! I won't buy another one for that reason but there is always the chance that this could break the rule!

It's definitely one of the better looking DVB-T USB devices out there. But until I see the performance in troublesome reception areas, I won't be excited

Under distance selling regs you could return it within 7 days (according to EBuyer), so worth a go

bradmca

Looks nice, im going for ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/94486 though, … Looks nice, im going for ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/94486 though, couple of quid extra for a remote - hell of a lot of positive reviews too.thanks for the tip!



I have this one. Always picks up Cbeebies, sometimes BBC1, sometimes Sky Sports News. None of the radio channels.

When auto tuning it finds all the channels but just cannot display them.

I haven't tried plugging into main tv ariel though.

Infact ebuyer will usualy go up to 14 days in my experience and their returns procedure is quite efficient, never had a problem returning anything, even if there was no other reason than not liking the product.

I don't know about the spec of this item, but based on size I'd say it's mince.

I bought a DVB-T PCI card for my desktop PC. Using one of those standalone smurf aerials will get you zilch.

If this thing works I'll eat my festival ruined trainers.

I have a Freecom one quite similar to this one. I live in an area with moderate to good freeview reception, and with a bit of tweaking, can get most channels with the mini aerial included and all channels when plugged into the main house aerial.

A couple of tips for anyone frustrated with this or similar device:

Do a channel scan when attached to the house aerial. This way you will tune in as many channels as are available from your location.

Then attach the portable aerial. If the base of your aerial is magnetic, like the freecom one, then attach it to something to boost the signal, and that allows you to adjust the position of the aerial slightly as needed. Personally, I use an deoderant can, a radiator may also be good. The can is the ideal object to allow turning the aerial ever so slightly to get the best signal for the moment.

Can you attach a regular aerial to this?

The connector on the usb stick looks a bit like a 3.5mm headphone jack opposed to a aerial connector.

could you pick the channels up easily if you live in town center (in cardiff :p)

spladam

Can you attach a regular aerial to this?The connector on the usb stick … Can you attach a regular aerial to this?The connector on the usb stick looks a bit like a 3.5mm headphone jack opposed to a aerial connector.


It's bound to come with an adaptor for a normal aerial connection...

Banned

I bought a Pinnacle Dazzle USB one recently for £22 from PC World, I live in a strong signal area but my best advice is to buy or use a Male to Female USB extension cable and put this aerial as high as possible. It works suprisingly well for its size.

And it looks like these are made by the same manufacturer almost, as i found out today they are quite splash proof against rain

Believe me guys, ive tried 3 different makes of this type of thing over the past year... all have been absolutely pants. Im in a good signal area aswell. At one stage i even had the antennia hanging out my window pointing right at the local transmitter which is about 4 miles away on the Isle of Wight. Utter rubbish the lot of em ;-)

How does it work with the TV license? The device allows you to watch non-commercial channels and I am sure the TV licensing people will have a field day in trying to collect a grand off its users. Anybody aware of a legal excuse?
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