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Hauppauge WINTV MINISTICK HIGH SENSITIVITY DIGITALTV TUNER UK 00294 Components TV Cards

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  • Watch Digital DVB-T freeview TV on your notebook or PC
  • Record Digital DVB-T TV to your PC's hard disk using high quality MPEG-2
  • Listen to DVB-T radio
  • Quick and easy to install USB 2.0 plug and play product
  • Latest high sensitivity DVB-T tuner for best possible digital DVB-T performance
  • Includes portable high gain ariel
  • Includes Hauppauges WinTV2000 application software to watch, pause, record TV in a window or full screen
  • Includes WinTV-scheduler, so you can record your favourite TV programmes on a daily or weekly schedule
  • Compatible with Windows XP and Windows MCE

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Technical Details
BrandHauppauge
Item Weight145 g
Product Dimensions21.2 x 14.6 x 4.6 cm
Item model number294
ColorGrey
  
Additional Information
ASINB000F8RPQE
Best Sellers Rank 46,862 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available1 Jan. 2006
  
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Hauppauge WINTV MINISTICK HIGH SENSITIVITY DIGITALTV TUNER UK 00294 Components TV Cards

Manufacturer's Description

WinTV-NOVA-T stick uses the latest high sensitivity digital DVB-T TV tuner, offering the best possible DVB-T digital reception. With this product you will be able to Watch, pause and record DVB-T digital TV in a window or full screen using high quality MPEG-2. Use the WinTV Scheduler to record you favourite digital TV shows. Play your TV recordings back to your screen any time. The WinTV-NOVA-T stick is easy to install. Just plug it into your notebook or PC's USB 2.0 port and connect to a digital TV antenna, Load the software from our installation CD and you’re ready to start watching digital TV on your PC or laptop screen. This product also includes a portable digital DVB-T antenna, so you can receive digital TV while you travel!

The NOVA-T stick uses the COFDM demodulator which utilizes the state of the art Signal Processing to provide high performance portable and fixed reception of DVB-T signal, TV to USB bridge which encapsulates MPEG2-TS packets (Digital TV reception) over USB. This product also benefits from Hauppauge's standard 2 year warrenty and they offer UK technical support.

Hauppauge has been a worldwide leading developer and manufacturer of analogue/digital video, TV and Data broadcast receiver products for the PC since 1982, with an estimated worldwide installed base of over 5 million.There flagship product the WinTV is the leading branded TV card in the retail market place and now they have come to market with this excellent compact lightweight USB device.

This new USB DVB-T device has the Latest COFDM demodulator which utilizes the state of the art Signal Processing to provide high performance portable and fixed reception of DVB-T signal, Therefore ensuring that you always get the best possible digital reception allowing you to watch, Pause and record Digital TV almost everywhere.



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The reason I bought this was because I wanted to watch television on my computer. I was undiecided wheather to buy a new pc monitor or flat screen T.V. with integrated freeview and a PC input, but in the end opted for the 22 inch monitor with an HDMI port.

After reading a few reviews, I choose the Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T USB Stick. Once the package arrived I opened it and took out the instructions, (it unfolds like a map) and installed the T.V. stick and software. It took several minutes before I received a picture after rebooting it, but it soon appeared. I received 44 radio and television stations after scanning. Picture quality is good considering I'm using the supplied aerial and had to reposition it several times before I got a steady picture, however, a roof aerial might recieve a stronger signal in some areas. I found by setting it on top of a metalic object improves the image slightly. A T.V. show or film can be recorded to the computer's hard disk and viewed at a later date.

In order for product to be installed you're must have a free USB 2 port and Windows Vista or XP with service pack 2. It comes with the Win T.V. stick, a USB 2 extension cable, antenna, CD rom and installation sheet.

With my 22 inch monitor it is possible to have 2 applications on the screen at the same time i.e. browse the internet and watch T.V. etc. If you want digital television on your computer, then the Hauppauge WinTV stick will provide that. Works well for me.
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Initially I gave this a 1 star rating, since it hung my system (XP) whenever I tried to install it. I have since discovered that the Nvidia graphics card drivers I had were causing the freeze - which also affected AVI files. I upgraded to the latest drivers from Nvidia's site and now everything works fine. It picked up all 64 channels through a shared coaxial cable and displays them without glitches. It records happily enough on a 2.4 Athlon, though it's best to keep the number of background processes running to a minimum. Playback quality is above VHS - around what you'd expect from XLP DVD (6 hrs per disk) and it uses around 2GB per hour of recording. I've put it through an HDMI socket in the TV via a DVi to HDMI converter which keeps a scart free. Overall, it's a cheap way of watching TV and if you have an old PC, buying a 200GB hard disk for £50 will give you a 100 hour digital video recorder for peanuts...
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I purchased this as i wanted to record freeview programs, as my PC is relativly new I did not want to break the warrenty seals to install an onboard card.
I have to admit that I have this linked to a full size antenna situated within my loft space. I decided to use WMC to control the device so have not installed the win TV softwear so far it has provided prfect picture and sound quality and along with the WMC tv softwear and EPG fullfils all of my requierments.
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The software is easy enough to install, however, it won't pick up more than 10-15 channels (and thats with a good ariel!).

But, that isn't the worst of the problems. Once it makes it past the "scanning" it crashes frequently, especially when changing channels and enabling "full screen mode". Sometimes it is so bad that it freezes up the entire computer, thus having to do a force restart. When trying to watch a film (or anything for that matter) it is insanely annoying having to restart the whole application every 5 minutes.

The third major problem was the screen size. For the first few days it worked at full screen size then after a praticularly bad freeze up when changing channels, it decided to resort to only one fourth of its normal screen size - a tiny, tiny picture! And no matter what I tried (uninstalling, reinstalling, etc, etc) it would not resort back to its original normal screen size.

This then brings me to the fourth problem which is the recording facility. To get past the tiny screen, I had to have it on record whenever I wanted to watch the TV. For some wierd reason this was the only thing which would allow it to resort to the normal size. However, if you wanted to watch what you recorded - think again! When I played my recordings back, I got a frozen picture with normal sound, utterly useless.

So all in all, I wasted £30+ on this piece of junk, not to mention an all the time I spent trying to get it working - and failing!
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Having tried Pinnacle's dvb-t stick on my laptop, which failed miserably (erasing the drivers for my DVD drive), I returned it and replaced it with this. In constrast to the Pinnacle stick, this is genuinely vista compatible. I plugged it in, and had the drivers working within a very short space of time. After the troubles with Pinnacle, I didn't bother with the bundled software, but instead installed the stick in Windows Media Centre. This took around 15 minutes to complete, after which I was able to receive 70 channels. Picture quality is excellent, with none of the crashing that others have experienced. Overall, one very satisfied customer.
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I notice that people either rate this device very badly or can't give it enough praise. I can only conclude that the people who think that it is rubbish are doing something wrong.

When I got mine (from PC World at their web price of £30 but collected in the store) I plugged it straight in to the aerial socket in the wall, knowing that the 6" 'wire' aerial that they give you wouldn't give a radio a very good reception, never mind a Freeview TV - it only just gives a signal for the analogue tuner on my old PC.

I then followed the instructions carefully installing the software exactly as it said and when I scanned the channels, it came up with loads, even though BBC3 & BBC4 were missing. It didn't always work properly, so after about a week I looked on the Hauppauge website and there was a newer version of software, which works much better and the missing channels have now appeared.

I am using Vista on my Dell E521 with AMD Dual Core 5000 processor & 2 GB RAM, but the same holds for XP - always check for newer drivers if you are having problems. This includes graphics card drivers and even motherboard, USB, etc., i.e. anything that will affect the stick's operation. I will confess that it doesn't always initialise correctly and it does jump a bit when cold, but always works on the second or third attempt and works perfectly after a few minutes. I must check for a new driver some time - maybe they've cured that by now.

In conclusion, then, use as good an aerial as possible, always follow the instructions and check for the latest drivers, especially the manufacturer's. I am now watching a crystal clear picture on FilmFour whilst typing this and I am more than happy with a £30 Freeview TV on my PC.
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