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Freecom Digital TV DVB-T USB Stick Freeview receiver, black

by Freecom

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  • Receive digital terrestrial TV & radio stations
  • Support DVB protocol (ETS 300 744)
  • Real time Digital Video Recording (DVR)
  • Supports EPG (Electronic Program Guide)
  • Scheduled recording & time-shifting
  • Multi-channel preview
  • Includes antenna
  • Compatible with Windows Media Centre Edition (MCE)
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandFreecom
Item Weight263 g
Product Dimensions2.8 x 8.6 x 1.5 cm
Item model number25451
  
Additional Information
ASINB000ALAWQ6
Best Sellers Rank 54,985 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available24 July 2005
  
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Product Description

With the Freecom DVB-T USB Stick, you can watch and record Freeview digital TV and Radio on your computer without monthly subscription. The Freecom DVB-T USB stick is characterized by amazing compact dimensions of only 28 x 15 x 86 mm and an ultra-light weight of 25 grams. This minute digital receiver is therefore perfect for mobile, cordless TV and radio reception. The only equipment required is a laptop or desktop with a USB 2.0 port. An IEC connector is also included to connect to a normal aerial to get better signal. The Freecom DVB-T USB stick offers much more besides convincingly sharp picture quality; in combination with the hard disk, it becomes a digital video recorder. In this case the user has the choice between "live" recording and convenient programming by means of the timer function. This is where the EPG comes into its own, which lists the complete TV schedule of all broadcasters, and provides brief descriptions of the individual programmes. Accessories Included Freecom DVB-T USB STICK External DVB-T antenna Remote control USB extension cable Quick Installation Guide Freecom warranty registration form Freecom manual & application CD 2 Years manufacturers warranty and unlimited helpdesk support

Box Contains

  • DVB-T USB stick
  • External DVB-T antenna
  • Freecom manual & application CD
  • Remote Control

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    Customer Reviews

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Sebastian on 16 Jun 2006
    I got the item today. quite easy and trouble free installation initially. (You need to have DirectX 9 installed in the system). Connected initially to the roof top antenna and the software auto scanned most of the channels. I was initially able to hear sound, but not picture. The picture window was showing lines and dots only. Thinking in terms of incompatibility with my display adapter, I tried to change some settings. I reduced my laptop display colour depth from 32 bit to 16 bit and also disabled the display adapter hardware acceleration (my laptop has S3 prosavage). Voila! I was able to see all channels clear. Next thing was even surprising. I tried various positions for the antenna supplied in the kit inside my room. On the wall positioned horizontally and perpendicular, it was picking up all the channels. My area has good freeview reception.

    I don't agree to all the negative points in some of the reviews.

    1. It is a good piece of kit, you may face some sort of hardware or software incompatibility depending on your PC spec.

    2. If you are in a poor freeview reception area, you may not get any channels or you may need a roof top antenna.

    3. The small antenna is working,but definitely needs some tweaking with regards to its final position. I did not get any better using an amplified indoor antenna.

    4. The software shows the RF signal strength and quality. Both has to be high for reception.

    5. You get either full quality picture or none. If reception is poor, you may see intermittent scenes and sound and not poor quality pictures.

    6. Video recording is much smooth and not heavily CPU dependent. It is directly in mpeg2 format and has nearly DVD quality.

    Hope this helps.
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Mar 2006
    Wow, what a piece of kit! Well worth the money but as other reviews say, don't bank on getting any kind of picture with the supplied ariel unless you live at the top of a transmitting tower. Once plugged in to your home or Hotel roof ariel you'll get crystal clear pictures and sound. Recording is a doddle and the time slip feature is excellent for when the door bell goes. Would have got 5 stars if it wasn't for that pesky ariel!
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott on 2 Jun 2006
    First impressions: looks pretty well made, a usb extension lead is supplied which has been invaluable.

    As many other reviewers have commented, a rooftop aerial is extremely handy but utterly against one main purpose of this device which is portability.

    Fortunately I am using this on my desktop pc, and my aerial is magnetised to my clothing rack, which helps a lot!

    If you are going to attempt to use the supplied aerial, it's going to take a lot of time to position it correctly and it still might not work.

    Software supplied is NOT very good. Some of it is counter-intuitive and I could probably have designed a better interface myself. The recording is glitchy, the EPG is really poorly designed. That being said, I've had a few recording successes already and the quality of the recording has been excellent, but it eats hard drive space, a large HDD is essential.

    I'm hoping that Freecom will bring out some improved software soon!

    The picture is good on all channels, although in the three days that I've had it, I've had to reposition the aerial several times to avoid intermittent tranmission.

    Overall, a potentially fantastic product, which is let down by sub-standard software, but well worth the money.
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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan Addison on 28 Mar 2006
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    Easy to set up and install. Neat and impressive for the money. There is a problem with the serial number which you need to set up the software but a trip to the FREECOM website's FAQs gave me the solution.
    BUT, and this is a big but, it does require an external aerial if used indoors. I live in a good signal area (South London) and the supplied aerial was useless. I plugged into my roof top aerial and it worked really well. Cracking picture and sound.
    Is this for you, only if in an incredibly good signal area.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alan Priest on 3 Sep 2007
    A Digital TV tuner that you plug in and get all the Freeview channels for less than £30 sounds too good to be true, however, this device mainly lives up to its promise.

    I live within 20 miles of Emley Moor - a powerful transmitter in Yorks - so I expected no problems with reception but even using a roof aerial the Freecom won't pick up the Channel 5 group of transmissions. (Five US, Five, Five Life are broadcast on less power from Emley). However it does get UKTV History and all the 'main' channels, including More 4 and (annoyingly) all the crappy shopping channels.

    In contrast, a cheapo Twinhan DVB-TV card (PCI) installed in another PC runs off the same aerial and picks up the lot, so I would say that you need to be sure you live in a strong digital signal area before purchasing the Freecom. BTW the supplied desktop aerial picked up no usable signal, with video either static or very blocky.

    No problems with installation of drivers and software (using Windows XP Home with SP2). The supplied Arcsoft 'Total Media' (V1) software is adequate. Even though it says it is up to date when you auto-update it, there is a more recent version (2.04) available if you Google for it (or look in the Freecom forums). This is slightly slicker, especially on tuning and organising channels (you can't re-order them in V1). Even so, I quickly ditched Total Media and went back to using my trusty copy of Showshifter, which I find easier to use. This identified the new Freecom (BDA driver-based) tuner as well as my existing analogue card and it works fine.

    Overall I am reasonably happy with the Freecom DVB-T USB but until Emley Moor boosts its signal I would have to say that I wish I had spent £20 more, opened up the computer and fitted a PCI card so I could watch the re-runs of CSI on Five US!
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