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August DVB-T201 PC/Laptop USB Freeview TV Receiver & Recorder - Silver

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • USB 2.0 digital Freeview TV receiver with remote control
  • Watch over 30 Freeview TV channels on your PC or laptop
  • Listen to over 20 digital radio stations
  • Plug & play, powered by USB port
  • Supports playback of DVD disks
  • Timeshifting and Electronics Program Guide
  • Universal and regional channel scan
  • Real-time and schedule recording
  • Mini antenna provided for watching TV where the signal is very strong
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions19.5 x 12 x 3.5 cm
Item model numberDVB-T201-S
Tuner TechnologyDigital TV
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 45,171 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available29 Nov 2006

Product Description


4 Stars...very good pictures and sound, easy to use, an intuitive recorder -- What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

Product Description

4 Stars...very good pictures and sound, easy to use, an intuitive recorder -- What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Knowing reception for Freeview services in my area is poor anyway (Poole) I was relieved when it discovered 9 channels first time; BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, ITV2+1, and a few others. (I use non-Sub Sky so not sure what Freeview provides generally in my area). However, I had read on here (prior to purchase) recommendations about placing on a metal plate. So I put it on a baking tray (!) and got 19 channels, but ITV1 and C4 were still elusive.
Resolved to take it to work (Bournemouth) and try again where reception may be greater. Not too good in the office at first, so went into the car park and stuck the aerial on a lead (metal) watertank the size of a transport container. 53 channels !!!! Now getting Sky sports news, E4+1, Sky Three, Five, Five US, CBeebies, Hits TV all those TV shopping channels (!!!), All the BBC digital stations, Radio Clyde all sorts.
Came back to the office and stuck the aerial horizontally to my (metal) desk drawer. 32 channels, lost a few Five related ones... no ITV1 or C4 though.
The HDTV software is really good for a bundled offering, being quite feature rich and simple to use, and once the signal is locked pciture quality is easily good enough for the larger laptop or monitor screens. The push-fit connector for the supplied aerial is a little weak in design IMO and would benefit from some form of bayonet fitting to ensure a good connection.
That said as others have, it is reception sensitive and the aerial is very much affected by objects around it, including people.
If I could get ITV1 and C4 in addition to the others my evaluation would have been complete, but Freeview often states that all channels are not available in all areas so there's a case for buyer beware.
But at this price I thought it was worth the risk, and I believe it is a top gadget/product if you appreciate it's limitations.
And now I've shown my colleagues they'll probably buy up the rest of the current stock.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless TV receiver 27 Feb 2009
This product was badly let down by the software that came with it.The instructions were vague and it was not clear if the driver had been installed or not.The software caused my laptop to grind to a virtual halt and the 'support'was a waste of space. I returned the item to Amazon and purchase a cheaper one that worked fine. Do not buy this item!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a great device... probably 30 Dec 2006
By Gordz
As i live in the middle of the countryside the small ariel provided obviously had no effect. So, i hooked it up to the main arial, and although it's freeview aswell, it could only find about 10channels. So, I then connected it to a signal booster aswell, and it managed around 30 odd channels, but still not the amount that i was used to with freeview connected to a normal tv.

The channels that i did get where really clear and actually very good quality. But, the really annoying thing was that i only got two of the terestrial channels, bbc 1 + 2, and just a lot of the annoying channels like shopping etc instead.

On the plus side, the recording feature and being able to pause the live tv works really well. But, and there's always a but with this, if you do plan to record a programme, make sure you've got a huge hard disk. Because although it records at a very good quality, to dvd standard so it states, it also takes up a lot of room on your hard disk and slows your computer right down.

So all in all this is a good idea, but probably best for people who live in cities and have very high spec computers with alot of ram and hard disk space.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare! 29 May 2008
Like others I've read here (unfortunatley after purchase) Mine is not receiving any signal atall.. I live in white city, minutes away from the BBC. No L.E.D on the USB, my Sony Vaio running vista recognizes the USB but nothing.. I've re-installed, the drivers are apparently working, the stick is getting hot but no cigar.. I'm really pi**ed off to have wasted my time and money on this utter tosh...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars USB Freeview 20 Jan 2007
The usb freeview is a good product. It hasn't broken since I started using it and the installation was easy. The aerial is good for its small size although you may need to adjust it to get a good signal for different channels. The sound quality is also good and the freeview tv player is easy to navigate and use. It also acts as a DVD player and radio. The picture quality is very good for a device that uses the usb drive. I also like the fact that you can take pictures with the program and record videos. You can also program it to start recording at a particular time in case you are out of the house. It is good that you can take it with you and plug it into any computer. The remote is also a very simple clever device that lets you change channels without having to use your computer. It also switches the program on and off.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In the Forces 14 Feb 2007
If you are in the forces you can quite happily watch BFBS in Iraq/Afghanistan with this item. It is a bit cheap and cheerful, to be honest I will keep it during my time in theatre but at the end of tour I will be selling it on. I would recommend you spent a couple of quid more and bought the freecom verson which has an extendable antenna to improve reception.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful! 14 Jun 2008
Even though in the area i live there is a strong signal,the aerial received nothing at all so i had to plug it into a tv socket and after many times of scanning the channels i still got nothing!i tried it on other systems in the house and the problem was still the same!very bad product!and worse customer service!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars POOR
Published 12 days ago by Stephen Shephard
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I live just a few miles away from the freeview tower. I got nothing what so ever.
Published 18 days ago by Stephen North
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic i Would recommend this seller
Published 23 days ago by hussain
1.0 out of 5 stars laptop receiver
Could never get a signal no matter were aerial is placed tried on trains hotels etc nothing now lives in the drawer
Published 8 months ago by JT
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
One of those items which was cheap enough that it seemed worth taking a chance on then you regret it when it fails to work.
Must admit I am in a bad tv reception area. Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Jake
4.0 out of 5 stars usb freeview
this product is one of the best i have seen it works realy well had to download driver for windows 7. i have now bought 3 one for each of the kids. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by pete
4.0 out of 5 stars It works, even with Windows 7 64 bit!
My previous 8 year old Nebula Digi-TV PCI card freeview receiver finally died recently having cost around £100 when new. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by Doctor Nelmes
5.0 out of 5 stars great value
this is a must if you want to watch telly on your computer at a very very good price will deaal with them again well done
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by alfdonald
4.0 out of 5 stars August USB DVB-T201 PC/Laptop Freeview TV Receiver
I purchased one of these about a month ago - I have been very impressed with it, it does what it says it does.... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Simplypleased
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
Either from a roof antenna, or from a cable TV socket or with its own antenna, the product receives no signal. A completely useless product.Don't waste your money as we did.
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by cak
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