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AverMedia 835 Freeview HD USB Tuner £22.97 @ Tesco was £34.97
AverMedia 835 Freeview HD USB Tuner £22.97 @ Tesco was £34.97

AverMedia 835 Freeview HD USB Tuner £22.97 @ Tesco was £34.97

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Seen this evening in Tesco Bletchley (Milton Keynes). Seems a good price for a USB DVB-T tuner that can do HD, what with Freeview HD rollout just a couple of months away round here.

This is the AverMedia 835 Green, aka "AVerTV Volar Green HD". According to the AverMedia website only available in "Western Europe" avermedia.com/ave…e=2

ALSO available were the AVerTV Volar HD Pro, which is the same thing but has a "twin antenna for better signal strength" at £32.97 down from £44.97 AND the AVerTV Volar HD, again the same product but packaged without a remote or antenna, for £27.97 down from £39.97. I'll try and stick pics of these in subsequent posts.

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FEATURES:
Certified by Windows Media Center Additional Qualification
Support H.264 & MPEG-2 HDTV formats up to 1080i / 720p
Direct iPod format Recording
Digital Subtitle & MHEG-5 Support
Teletext / TimeShift / EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
Scheduled Recording
Wake Up Recording from Stand By / Hibernate Mode
Low Power Consumption

INPUT
75Ω TV Antenna

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
For MPEG-2 Recording and TimeShifting
Intel® Pentium® 4 1.7GHz
AMD Athlon™ 64 1700+
Intel® Pentium® Mobile 1.0GHz or AMD equivalent (Laptop)
Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz
For MPEG-4 (H.264) HDTV Viewing
Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.4GHz
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core 2.8GHz
Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.0 GHz or AMD equivalent (Laptop)
VGA card with support for DirectX 9.0c and HD DXVA*
256 MB RAM**
USB 2.0 Port
Sound Card
Windows® 7/Vista™/XP (32/64-Bit)
With VGA card supporting HD DXVA, the CPU requirement for MPEG-4 (H.264) HDTV viewing can be lowered to Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0GHz.
1 GB RAM is required for MPEG-4 (H.264) HDTV viewing.

BOX CONTENTS
AVerTV Volar GreenHD (Weight: 13.6g)
Installation CD
Quick Installation Guide
Mini Antenna
Remote Control (Batteries Included)

13 Comments

Original Poster

AVerTV Volar HD Pro

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Original Poster

AVerTV Volar HD

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Amazing price but I fear it's store specific with that .97 ending. Hot nonetheless

Original Poster

I've posted a large pic of it, and pics of the other two - but they don't appear to be showing up, I must be doing something wrong

They had plenty of each on the shelf.

EDIT: My bad, one pic of the other two has come through now. Good moderators xxx

Edited by: "BungalowBill" 22nd Jan 2011

IT doesn't look like DVB-T2 is supported, which is what Freview HD uses I believe ?

edit product page: avermedia.eu/ave…450
"DVB-T2 is not supported"
Edited by: "amdavies" 22nd Jan 2011

amdavies

IT doesn't look like DVB-T2 is supported, which is what Freview HD uses I … IT doesn't look like DVB-T2 is supported, which is what Freview HD uses I believe ?edit product page: http://www.avermedia.eu/avertv/UK/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=450"DVB-T2 is not supported"



Indeed, this is not a Freeview HD decoder.

On the continent HD channels are carried over DVB-T; hence why this dongle has been promoted as HD compatible.

However Freeview HD in the UK is being delivered using DVB-T2; a standard entirely incompatible with plain DVB-T decoders.

I fear the OP is in for a disappointment.

Original Poster

TehJumpingJawa

Freeview HD in the UK is being delivered using DVB-T2; a standard entirely … Freeview HD in the UK is being delivered using DVB-T2; a standard entirely incompatible with plain DVB-T decoders.I fear the OP is in for a disappointment.



Thanks for clearing that up - I didn't buy one, and now I won't either - but bit of bad planning on Tesco part to sell them cheap, marked as HD - in the same week this local area has been blitzed by leaflets, local paper ad's and a stand in the shopping centre telling us that Digital switch over and HD is coming soon...

BungalowBill

Thanks for clearing that up - I didn't buy one, and now I won't either - … Thanks for clearing that up - I didn't buy one, and now I won't either - but bit of bad planning on Tesco part to sell them cheap, marked as HD - in the same week this local area has been blitzed by leaflets, local paper ad's and a stand in the shopping centre telling us that Digital switch over and HD is coming soon...



That's probably why the deal may well be area specific. It's likely that Tesco just don't know that the HD is incompatible with the UK. They may well be in for a lot of returns especially as SD ones (and basically this is all that this one can do in the UK) can be had online for about £12. Would have been a very good price for a T2 stick mind.
Edited by: "borgs" 23rd Jan 2011

I've noticed that quite a few of these USB TV Tuners are being marketed as HD even though that only refers to the quality of the picture that they output. There's a review of one on Ebuyer where the reviewer mentions that they haven't been able to pick up the Freeview HD channels with it yet! Doh! X)

Ah yes, I feared this might be the case as it didn't mention DVB-T2 and because I've never even seen DVB-T2 pc tuners yet...

borgs

That's probably why the deal may well be area specific. It's likely that … That's probably why the deal may well be area specific. It's likely that Tesco just don't know that the HD is incompatible with the UK. They may well be in for a lot of returns especially as SD ones (and basically this is all that this one can do in the UK) can be had online for about £12. Would have been a very good price for a T2 stick mind.



I have an A800 from aver and it states HDTV - 1080i / 720p ready, it's really old to boot. :P

The trick is to see if there is any mention on the packaging about DVB-T2, otherwise the packaging is just refering to other countries where they do use DVB-T to transmit the said resolutions.
Edited by: "Glix" 23rd Jan 2011

The only DVB-T2 PC Tuner that I know of is PCTV nanoStick T2

pctvsystems.com/Pro…spx

I have just purchased one for just short of 20 quid from tesco, it works brilliently even using the micro aerial. Picks up all freeview tv and radio and allows you to record in a huge range of formats I am not a HD expert but the picture quality seems wonderful
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