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

by Freecom
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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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
Item Weight263 g
Product Dimensions2.8 x 8.6 x 1.5 cm
Item model number25451
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 41,291 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available24 July 2005
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Product Description

Box Contains

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

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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !- Believe it or not 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
    4.0 out of 5 stars Freecom Digital TV DVB-T USB Stick 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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    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Only if you have an aerial 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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    64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product - Depending on your needs 21 Aug 2006
    After some initial scepticism as a result of other reviews, I thought the £30 price tag on this product was worth the gamble and ordered one. Within 10 minutes of receiving it, the software was installed on my laptop and I was receiving every channel perfectly from the aerial that was supplied with the product.

    However, when I took my laptop to my girlfriend's house - the supplied aerial picked up precisely 0 stations (although I could get them all using her roof mounted aerial).

    This product will not work if you wanted to use it as a means of watching TV on your laptop while on the move (i.e. on the train). However, if like me you want to use it as a means of recording television at a high quality (I use it mostly to record Channel 5's baseball which is on at another time due to the time difference in America) it is excellent and well deserves 5 stars. The only issue is whether the supplied aerial will pick up the channels you want or whether you will have to use a roof-mounted aerial - this however, will purely be a gamble on the signal strength in your location.
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars good for the money 2 Jun 2006
    By Scott
    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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    40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars We never stop hoping for a happy ending... 2 July 2006
    I was struck by how many people have written reviews for this product, and how many have read those reviews, judging by the amount of feedback left. Perhaps this reflects a perenial optimism that things will work out okay if you prod and tweak them, plus it's a cool looking gadget. Well that's me to a tee - sucker for cute widgets plus I did what I guess most people did and think 'oh those ones who couldn't get it to work very well, they were probably just unlucky'. Thirty quid didn't seem like very much money when it would almost certainly work for me, me being reasonably techy-savvy.

    Well. As seems to be standard, the initial scan with the supplied aerial produced nothing, but forewarned I plugged it in to the house aerial, and the scan produced a list of about thirty channels. Note, I had to stand in front of my tv set to do this, where there is, er.. not a great need for another tv, but I digress.

    I initially struggled to reorder the channels in the set up box, but with a little perseverance I did. Then I tried them out.

    BBC1 & BBC2 & CBBC fine

    Sky Sports News & Sky 3 fine

    E4 fine

    Shopping channels

    that's it

    Now there are many more channels listed, many of them called things like '302', but I have no idea what these are. Click on them and Nothing happens. Can't find ITV or C4 at all.

    The Quality of the picture and sound is really good, no complaints there, but to be honest I wouldn't have bought it if I'd known I'd be able to get two channels I want at the price of having an extension cable resting on the head of the people watching the real telly in the living room.

    If I want to record something on BBC1 or 2 I'll probably be very pleased.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars works with pc or MAC!
    recently dug this out of the cupboard to try and get it working with my 2010 macbook pro running lion....

    used to run it on windows xp when i had pc. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by baltimeat
    3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
    must say at time i was trying to get a the a picture on my laptop, and trust me my laptop is powerful! so i know its not the hardware... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by AV
    5.0 out of 5 stars great
    the product is what i wanted its easy to fit does the job and cheapits a very good product highly recomend
    Published 14 months ago by james thomson
    1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to use item
    It seems that one needs to be in a strong signal area - I'm not.
    This was not made clear in the advertising.
    Published 15 months ago by Steve Parsons
    1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date product
    I bought two of these Freecom USB TVs a couple of years ago and they worked perfectly fine, although like most the aerial was weedy. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Malcolm
    4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu users beware
    Product arrived quickly and well packaged.
    However, linux users should be prepared for a bit of a struggle. Read more
    Published 23 months ago by neil
    4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
    I bought this so we could watch TV on our laptop without having to buy a new TV.

    It was easy to install the software and set up. Read more
    Published on 23 Mar 2011 by Bill H
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
    My previous tv dongle was sometimes jerky and crashy unfortunatly i have found the same problem with this tv stick so i dont recommend it unless you dont mind a bit of jerkyness... Read more
    Published on 4 Mar 2011 by Iestyn James Cross-martin
    1.0 out of 5 stars Waste
    This product is waste of money. It does not do what it mentions. first of all it never catches signal and second it never shows you any channels. Its utter waste of money. Read more
    Published on 30 May 2009 by Mr. R. B. Gajbhiye
    2.0 out of 5 stars DIsappointing
    Very disappointed with the quality of the pictures, even when an external arial was used.
    Published on 2 May 2009 by D. Parris
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