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5.0 out of 5 stars Plug it in an watch TV - does what it says on the tin, 20 Nov 2012
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This review is from: PCTV Systems DVB-T2 292e nanoStick HD TV Tuner - Watch, Pause & Record Digital Freeview Hi Definition and Standard Definition TV on your PC. Stream LIVE TV to your iPad, iPhone, PC. (Electronics)
Even though there is no mention of Linux anywhere on the package I did know that this device would work out of the box, hence why I bought it. Inside the box there is a really tiny USB tuner - hardly larger than a USB memory key, a USB extension cable, a remote control, a adapter for a standard UHF cable and a small indoor aerial. The instructions are pretty minimal and there are some Windows drivers things that I ignored.

I plugged the USB tuner in - it needed a good push to seat properly - and a little blue light came on. My Linux 3.2.0 kernel detected it and loaded the drivers without a problem. Kaffeine comes with it's own tuning tools, so no additional software is required. For VLC you need to install a DVB apps package to provide the tuning. In either case it helps to know the name of your local DVB transmitter - otherwise you need to look it up on the web.

With either package I was able to watch & record Freeview channels without any problem on my desktop PC. My system is quite old and the internal aerial is behind three heavy masonry walls and there was some picture breakup but overall for what I paid it works very well. Our house is on a hill and we have a direct view of our local transmitter so we are in a good location to get good signal.

I may fit a proper roof/loft aerial and run a cable to it for better reception in the future but based on the internal aerial it's perfectly usable as is. I've not tried DVB-T2/HD yet as my current PC is a bit old and not up to it.
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