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Saved Loads of Money,
This review is from: August DVB-T205 PC/Laptop USB Freeview TV Receiver and Recorder (Supports Windows 7 / Vista / XP) (Electronics)
I bought this product because my stand alone DVD Recorder gave up on me. The product worked straight out of the box on my machine (running Windows Vista) with all digital channels loading successfully when plugged into a roof aerial.
The product comes with its own ArcSoft software to watch & record the tv & radio stations. You can also use Windows Media Center (provided with some editions of Vista e.g. Home Premium). ArcSoft has a handy Scheduler to record days ahead and will also burn to DVD from your hard drive.
Note: Arcsoft will record in MPEG format whereas Windows Media Center will record in DVR-MS format so beware if you want to edit recorded material - most video & audio editors will handle MPEG but you will need a special software decoder to handle Micro$oft's own DVR-MS encryption.
Conclusion: Great product for the money. You will pay many times more than this for a stand alone Freeview Box + Hard Drive + DVDR so buying this and using the resources of your laptop or desktop PC makes perfect sense.