USB HD Freeview TV Tuner DVB-T2 (August DVB-T210); £30.00 lowest price - Sold by Daffodil UK and Fulfilled by Amazon
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USB HD Freeview TV Tuner DVB-T2 (August DVB-T210); £30.00 lowest price - Sold by Daffodil UK and Fulfilled by Amazon

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Found 22nd May 2014
August DVB-T210
- HD Freeview USB TV Tuner
- Desktop and Laptop Compatible Stick for Windows 7 / Vista / XP - also some have reported success with this under Windows 8

Reviews seem to suggest that the bundled software is not up to much, however it will also work with Windows Media Centre, and probably other TV-Tuner applications.

Lowest price it has been according to camelcamelcamel. I have not seen a USB DVB-T2 tuner for this price or less, please add to comments (or post a new deal) if you know of one.

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voted hot - even though i believe there's no support for linux (ubuntu) ?

This other DVB-T2 stick is probably the best tuner I've owned, super sensitive, it just worked with the bundled drivers on Win8 and has Linux support. £22.22 or £20.28 here.

The chipset is well regarded and capable of much more than DVB - people use these as software defined radios for pretty much any radio band. Highly recommended if you can cope with the slow delivery.
Edited by: "anonymoose1" 22nd May 2014

anonymoose1

This other DVB-T2 stick is probably the best tuner I've owned, super … This other DVB-T2 stick is probably the best tuner I've owned, super sensitive, it just worked with the bundled drivers on Win8 and has Linux support. £22.22 or £20.28 here.The chipset is well regarded and capable of much more than DVB - people use these as software defined radios for pretty much any radio band. Highly recommended if you can cope with the slow delivery.



Thanks for the mini-review - I was considering getting a PCTV 290e/292e, but it sounds like this no-name jobbie will do just as well and at a far lower cost

anonymoose1

This other DVB-T2 stick is probably the best tuner I've owned, super … This other DVB-T2 stick is probably the best tuner I've owned, super sensitive, it just worked with the bundled drivers on Win8 and has Linux support. £22.22 or £20.28 here.



£15.57 delivered from BuyInCoins' own website.

Whats the quality like compared to freeview hd and do you get the same channels?

nearly in time for June

jaset

£15.57 delivered from BuyInCoins' own website.


31p off this price with the voucher: 2dropper2014

a55assin

Whats the quality like compared to freeview hd and do you get the same … Whats the quality like compared to freeview hd and do you get the same channels?



DVB-T2 is freeview HD, it's the technical term for the type of broadcast, so these sticks will pick up (when wired to a decent aerial) the same channels as any freeview box you have + all the HD channels they offer. Additionally, the software if you get the right one will let you record provided the computer it's attached to is on and in effect giving you a freeview HD+ system.

The main down side is that as it's not a dedicated separate device, that your computer system will be slowed down when it's running and more so when recording. Additionally the computer needs to be on and running at the same time you use it so you may find you use a good deal more power compared to a dedicated device.

Astec123

DVB-T2 is freeview HD, it's the technical term for the type of broadcast, … DVB-T2 is freeview HD, it's the technical term for the type of broadcast, so these sticks will pick up (when wired to a decent aerial) the same channels as any freeview box you have + all the HD channels they offer. Additionally, the software if you get the right one will let you record provided the computer it's attached to is on and in effect giving you a freeview HD+ system. The main down side is that as it's not a dedicated separate device, that your computer system will be slowed down when it's running and more so when recording. Additionally the computer needs to be on and running at the same time you use it so you may find you use a good deal more power compared to a dedicated device.



Cheers for the indepth info. Im considering this as i have Freeview HD in my room but the aerial is old / sensitive to movement as its a loose connection. Also the recording part would be a big plus!, im just wondering about how good the aerial is which comes with this

a55assin

Cheers for the indepth info. Im considering this as i have Freeview HD in … Cheers for the indepth info. Im considering this as i have Freeview HD in my room but the aerial is old / sensitive to movement as its a loose connection. Also the recording part would be a big plus!, im just wondering about how good the aerial is which comes with this



It wont work. You really need a dedicated roof/attic antenna to make these things work. The one supplied will be a pain to get working and give an awful signal.
Edited by: "Astec123" 23rd May 2014

jaset

Thanks for the mini-review - I was considering getting a PCTV 290e/292e, … Thanks for the mini-review - I was considering getting a PCTV 290e/292e, but it sounds like this no-name jobbie will do just as well and at a far lower cost



I have this tuner and it does not have full Linux support yet, it is still just DVB-T only! The software included isn't very good either however it works great with SichboPVR, I e-mailed the developer and he added support for it, do not use the drivers on the CD if they are from the start of the year get them from astrometa.com.tw/int…tml instead.

mpmc1987

I have this tuner and it does not have full Linux support yet, it is … I have this tuner and it does not have full Linux support yet, it is still just DVB-T only! The software included isn't very good either however it works great with SichboPVR, I e-mailed the developer and he added support for it, do not use the drivers on the CD if they are from the start of the year get them from http://www.astrometa.com.tw/integrated.html instead.


Thanks for this info... I already bought it, but I really wanted it for openelec, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that someone makes DVB-T2 work with linux.

ted209

Thanks for this info... I already bought it, but I really wanted it for … Thanks for this info... I already bought it, but I really wanted it for openelec, so I'll keep my fingers crossed that someone makes DVB-T2 work with linux.



been toying with openlec recently, nice idea but sadly lacking in many areas, have setup tv access thru my main htpc mediaportal and used the tv front end plug(+MP server plug in) in for xbmc which setup in openlec quite easily.
wasn't aware openlec actually supported any tv funtions otherwise.

What is the software support like for the Chinese USB stick? Can DVBViewer and DVBDream find it and tune it ok? I got one of these August DVB-T210 sticks for £25 delivered - B grade stock but everything was more or less brand new bar the box had been opened. Back then new stock was around £35. Had no issues with DVBDream, DVBViewer or even Windows Media Center finding it and getting all channels fine (Windows 7 64-bit), therefore hot for me at £30 new However, I would add the included software is pretty lousy
Edited by: "far" 29th May 2014

far

What is the software support like for the Chinese USB stick? Can … What is the software support like for the Chinese USB stick? Can DVBViewer and DVBDream find it and tune it ok? I got one of these August DVB-T210 sticks for £25 delivered - B grade stock but everything was more or less brand new bar the box had been opened. Back then new stock was around £35. Had no issues with DVBDream, DVBViewer or even Windows Media Center finding it and getting all channels fine (Windows 7 64-bit), therefore hot for me at £30 new However, I would add the included software is pretty lousy



After doing some searching, I came up with this post which suggests it works DVBDream and DVBViewer.

I've currently got one on order, so I'll check when it arrives and will post my findings here.

Original Poster

mpmc1987

I have this tuner and it does not have full Linux support yet, it is … I have this tuner and it does not have full Linux support yet, it is still just DVB-T only! The software included isn't very good either however it works great with SichboPVR, I e-mailed the developer and he added support for it, do not use the drivers on the CD if they are from the start of the year get them from http://www.astrometa.com.tw/integrated.html instead.



For the record, I decided to try out the BuyInCoins USB DVB-T2 stick as well. So far so good, after a reboot, Windows MCE quite happily shows the Freeview HD channels, using a fairly ordinary aerial. [Not the included stick thing, but an actual aerial attached to the outside of the house ]

Using it on a Windows 7 x64 system, with the drivers download from here: astrometa.com.tw/int…tml this page seems to have a slightly later version of the drivers than the page noted above.

Next test on some Windows 8 systems!

jaset

I've currently got one on order, so I'll check when it arrives and will … I've currently got one on order, so I'll check when it arrives and will post my findings here.



It finally works in pretty much everything I've thrown at it, since AstroMeta released drivers that allow T2 to be used with 3rd party software. The only downside to the stick is that it runs very hot and this causes drift/locking issues as well as tuner stalls - it's apparently a well-known problem with RTL2832 based USB sticks. I've stripped the PCB out of the plastic case and have a PC fan sat above the naked PCB cooling it down and that's massively improved stability. Next up will be some heatsinks for the 3 main ICs on the PCB.

Edit: grammar
Edited by: "jaset" 22nd Jun 2014

Are you sure you don't have a faulty adapter? Soldering issues aren't unknown on budget-produced PCBs and this could easily cause overheating.

I've had mine running for the last few hours and while it is warm, it's certainly not "very hot" and I've not seen any tuner issues. I'd be interested to know why this is a well-known problem ... I'll compare it to my other USB (DVB-T) tuner tomorrow.

I bought 2 of these cards. I teamed them with MediaPortal. One card is for viewing and the other is for recording.
Plugged into a relatively cheap computer and running MediaPortal gives the best way to consume freeview tv in my humble opinion.
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