ClimaxDigital DTV395 USB 2.0 DUAL DVB-T TV Tuner/Receiver/Recorder Adapter/Dongle/Stick Freeview with Aerial, Remote Control for PC and Laptop (supports XP / Vista 32bit/64bit/Windows 7 32bit/64bit)
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- Dual DVB-T Stick, watch two two TV channels, watch one and record one, or record 2 TV channels all at once
- Supports Time-Shifting and Scheduled Recording function;Schedule TV recording and save directly to your PC's Hard Drive
- Create your favourite TV Channel List,Supports still image capture
- Supports Picture-In-Picture (PIP) and Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
- Compatible with Microsoft Media Centre (MCE);***supports ONLY USB 2.0, it doe NOT support USB 1.0,1.1*** supports XP / Vista 32bit/64bit/Windows 7). Real USB2.0, Power from USB, no external power adaptor required, tiny size, lower power consumption. A rooftop TV aerial may be required to receive Freeview in regions where the signal is insufficient for a portable antenna
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ClimaxDigital DTV395 USB 2.0 dual DVB-T TV stick easily turns your desktop or laptop computer into a digital TV set. It enables you to watch or record two digital TV channels at the same time. You will vever miss a Show with time-shifting and scheduled-recording functions. ***System Requirements*** 1)P4 1.7 GHz CPU 2)256 MB RAM (minimum), 512 MB RAM recommended 3)Sound card for audio 4)One free USB2.0 interface 5)CD-ROM (install driver & application) 6)Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 **What's in the box** 1)DTV395 USB 2.0 Dual DVB-T TV stickx1 2)Remote Control x1 3)USB Cable x1 4)Quick Installation Guide x1 5)DVB-T Antenna x1 6)Software CD (Driver and Application Software)
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We live in a good DTV reception area so even the enclosed aerial gave 122 available channels.
Good piece of kit.
Edit: Technical Specs
Under the hood this stick is made by ITE Technologies (Integrated Technology Express Inc.) and has a USB ID of: 048d:9006.
I don't think this runs under Linux yet but, apparently, a native driver is slated for inclusion in kernel 3.3
Edit: Linux Installation
I've now had the chance to play with this on MythBuntu 12.04 with kernel 3.2 - and it works!! :)
1) Install the LinuxTV V4L-DVB drivers.
2) Download the driver file dvb-usb-it9135.zip from ITE at ite.com.tw
3) Extract dvb-usb-it9135.fw using unzip
4) Extract the 2 drivers using:
dd if=dvb-usb-it9135.fw ibs=1 skip=64 count=8128 of=dvb-usb-it9135-01.fw
dd if=dvb-usb-it9135.fw ibs=1 skip=12866 count=5817 of=dvb-usb-it9135-02.fw
5) chmod +x dvb-usb-it9135-01.fw dvb-usb-it9135-02.fw
6) Sudo copy both files into /lib/firmware
LinuxTV seems to think the *-02.fw firmware is used. The stick I received definitely uses the *-01.fw firmware. There's no issue with popping both drivers into /lib/firmware though - doing this saves having to work out which chipset your stick has.
I've had this stick running continuously on my HTPC for nearly four months now with absolutely no issues... so far, so good!
The Linux drivers for it are definitely included in Kernel 3.3+, although the firmware still needs to be obtained and extracted into /lib/firmware (as above).
Using my Mythbuntu set up (LTS 12.04, MythTV 0.25+fixes, kernel 3.5 rc9, Intel i3 processor and a 7200rpm HDD) the HTPC has no problem using this dongle to record up to 4 separate channels simultaneously (although, obviously, no more than two multiplexes can be received). All in all I'm still very happy with this purchase :)
Dell Inspiron M5030-4512 320GB 2.3GHz 15.6
After a search around, this stuck out as the cheapest duel tuner so I gave it a go. Before I purchase any tech gear I always head to the site to see what the tech support and driver update etc situation was like, so I was bit concerned that this product and the later couple of similar products were not even mentioned on the site what so ever. I emailed and asked them why the lack of info, they wrote immediately and informed me that its due to the site not being up dated as yet but they assured me that the support was there. Ok I don't think that that is a very good excuse, somebody needs to put their marketing head on, people with less tech knowledge may well be put off altogether.
That aside so far very good duel tuner works well, recorded whilst watching etc, works great in WMC, drivers recognised straight away. Not sure about the software that comes with it, (ARC 3.5) as someone else stated it DOES NOT put the channels in order and teletext does not work, but the remote works, in WMC channels in order and teletext works but remote DOES NOT WORK, I guess you can sort the channels out in ARC 3.5 but I cant be bothered. I haven't tried the ariel, in my experience they never work.
So how hard could or would it have been to....
1. Make the remote WMC compatible
2. Put the channels in order on installation of ARC 3.5
If it were not for the above this would have got 5 stars
But with a fairly standard machine you get TV.
I have used a few DVB-T tuners on my platforms in the past and this one is by far the best.
I run a Acer Revo 3610 and found that with existing tuners, I'd get higher CPU utilisation and with the ATOM that resulted in the occasional frame drop or picture corruption.
This ClimaxDigital dongle changed all that with wonderful and consent picture quality. I didn't think it possible to change the quality of an already encoded digital TV signal.
On the Revo, I got used to slow channel switching and lagging menus when returning from live TV.
All this lagging and slowness has gone with this new dongle.
I had previously blamed the ATOM for such a negative MCE experience but clearly it was more relating to the dongle and driver stack.
So buy this dongle from Climax Digital because it is amazing and was delivered in exceptional packaging within 2 days.
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