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Monoprice 106456 USB 2.0 ATSC TV HDTV Tuner - White

2.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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  • This simple USB Plug-and-Play device and included software transforms your PC into an ATSC digital television and DVR
  • The included TV viewer software is simple and intuitive
  • Time shift your TV viewing by pausing fast forwarding and recoding your programs with the DVR feature
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Instantly turn your PC into a high definition digital entertainment center. This simple USB Plug-and-Play device and included software transforms your PC into an ATSC digital television and DVR. Watch high definition digital terrestrial broadcasts in all their glory in resolutions up to 1080i. The included TV viewer software is simple and intuitive. Time shift your TV viewing by pausing fast forwarding and recoding your programs with the DVR feature. The included credit card-sized remote makes switching channels and settings a snap. Features: Supports up to 1920x1080i (HDTV). Supports Dolby Digital AC3 broadcasts. Pause rewind and fast forward live TV. Supports the EPG electronic program guide. Supports DVR functions. Includes USB TV tuner remote control antenna manual and software CD. Compatible Operating Systems: Windows 95. Windows 98. Windows ME. Windows NT. Windows 2000. Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit). Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit). Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit). Not compatible with Mac OSX.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Monoprice
Item Weight 7.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 5.2 x 2 inches
Item model number 106456

Additional Information

ASIN B009GUR2U6
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2.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #110 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Internal TV Tuner & Capture Cards
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available July 26, 2010

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No compatible drivers for Windows 8.1 OR Windows 7. I tried on both OS. Impossible to find any driver which will work with it. Why bother releasing a product which will not run on any modern computer? Way to waste everyone's time and money. I'll be returning this and avoiding Monoprice in the future. Cheap Chinese cr*p.

And FYI, I'm an IT professional so the issue isn't with my technical abilities.

**Update 9/27/14**

I did eventually find a driver which works on 64bit 8.1. The problem was that software and packaging had the completely wrong info and didn't match the device. The driver wasn't easy to find regardless, it took hours of searching and ended up on many sketchy sites before I got something that worked.

But despite the fact that it now appears to work in Windows Media Center, I get NO SIGNAL from any channel in Seattle with the included antenna. I think I'll buy a new antenna and update this review afterward with the results.

**Update 12/2/14**

Since getting better antennas for the tuner, my results improved only barely. I was able to get a couple channels, although both still very weak signals. I then hooked up the antenna directly to my new HDTV, and found that I was able to receive dozens of channels without so much as a stutter! So, CLEARLY the issue was with this garbage USB tuner all along, it has very poor signal sensitivity. What a complete disaster.. stay clear of this junk.
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The device is not reliable and the driver is not digitally signed which means I have to run it in Windows in "test" mode. (i.e. bootup with F8 and choose "Disable Driver Authentication Enforcement". I tried to go cheap and I am paying the price. DO NOT BUY!!!!!
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The CD that came with the unit did not read on any of my 5 CD-ROM drives and the drivers on the Monoprice site did not detect any stations. Only after scouring iinternet for older drivers I was able to get it working. The working drivers are from 2009, are unsigned and you have to force Windows 8.1 32 bit to use them. The viewer software provided is very old and I got best results using open source SmartDVB with LAV video decoders.
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This worked great on my old Windows 7, 64bit laptop. Drivers installed without issue from Monoprice's site, and it worked great with Windows Media Center (don't bother with the Blaze TV thing that came with it). The only thing I never got to work was the DVR functionality.

When my laptop burned out (too much gaming burned out the fan), I replaced it with a Windows 8 machine. I was disappointed to learn that there are no compatible drivers for this device.

I then got a cheap Windows 7 computer from Ebay for the express purpose of using this. I was surprised to find that it suddenly wouldn't work. The drivers installed fine, Windows Media Center detects it, but no signal comes through.

Very disappointed. Gave it only three stars because of this.

Since Windows 10 doesn't even have the option of buying Media Center separately, I'm probably just going to end up recycling this.
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The enclosed software doesn't work with my Windows 7 64 bit-based machine at all because the ATSC driver is not digitally signed. I looked for a compatible driver online, but after a few hours, I gave up. The manufacturer of the dongle doesn't seem to exist anywhere, including for any sort of tech support. There may be a driver out there for this POS, but it's not worth it and not to be found on any search engine that I used. Cheap junk. I tossed it and bought something that actually works with digitally signed drivers. The moral is you get what you pay for; going inexpensive isn't always a smart choice. Stay away from this thing. I'd give a zero star rating if I could.
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I like it for what it does. I get 8 HD Channels in the area I am in, clear as a crystal. You can take snap shots & store them.
You can record programs & store them. It is very easy to hook up. plugs into a USB 2.0 port,antenna hooks to the other end. I got the antenna on a high shelf. In a big metro area you should be able to pick up many more channels than I did. I would buy it again in a heart beat. A remote control came with it but I do not use it as I am at my monitor at all times it is in use.
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