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PCTV HD Pro Stick USB2 HDTV Tuner for Free HD

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  • Package Contents - USB 2.0 TV tuner for ATSC/NTSC reception; Mini remote control including batteries; Telescopic antenna; A/V adapter cable; USB extender cable; Printed QuickStart guide; CD-ROM with Pinnacle MediaCenter
  • Watch live high quality digital HD and SD TV on your desktop or notebook PC
  • Break free and PlaceShift with the sleek USB 2.0 powered portable PCTV device
  • Take the ultra-compact tuner with you wherever you go
  • Full support for both NTSC analog and ATSC digital TV reception (ATSC available in many areas of USA)

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pinnacle
  • Model: 230100090
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.2 x 3 inches ; 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000IM5GAO
  • Item model number: 230100090
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 2, 2004

Product Description

Bring digital HDTV with full DVR functionality to your laptop with Pinnacle PCTV HD Pro Stick. Enjoy all of your favorite shows in high quality HD anytime! PCTV HD Pro Stick is the first ultra-compact USB 2.0 powered TV tuner in an attractive stick form factor that brings the brilliant sharpness of HDTV via ATSC to your PC. The new digital TV standard ATSC comes over the air and for free in high or standard definition. In addition to ATSC, also standard analog TV (NTSC) can be received, via cable, satellite or antenna. The included Pinnacle MediaCenter software lets you not only watch TV but also record it. You can even pause live TV and resume exactly where you left off and you can rewind or fast forward. Good looks, great features and minimum size, will make the PCTV HD Pro Stick a must have wherever you are. Transform your PC into a DVR Take complete control of when you watch your favorite shows with TimeShifting Never miss a critical part of your favorite show again with pause, rewind and replay Schedule recordings with the integrated Electronic Program Guide and never worry about missing your favorite show (Web connection required) Eliminate the guess work by automatically recording shows in the destination file format of choice (i.e. Apple iPod - Sony PSP - DivX - more) Create your own DVD collection with direct-to-DVD recording to computer's DVD writer Capture audio and video from most consumer devices with analog composite outputs (e.g. VCRs, camcorders, DVD players, etc.) Create your own masterpiece by adding effects, titles, music and more with Pinnacle Studio QuickStart / Edit out your uninteresting moments using Pinnacle Studio QuickStart Composite A/V ports, S-Video port, F-Connector for optional external antenna For Windows XP and Vista PC

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Customer Reviews

I've called in tech. support also the online chat with their tech. dept. nothing helps!
C. Huang
The software to run your TV tuner comes on CD, but it has to be updated several times by downloading patches over the Internet during the install process.
famousdavis
This is the 800e model - it picks up HD digital TV over the antenna, but can only receive analog cable through the coax input cable.
Amazon Customer

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155 of 158 people found the following review helpful By famousdavis VINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
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I bought this tuner about two weeks ago or so. I thought I'd settle into using it for a while before I remark on it. So, after using it for a while, here's what I think: depending on what you are expecting from it, it might suit your needs just fine, but then again, it might not.

Here's what I wanted from it: I wanted to receive HDTV broadcasts on my laptop (Dell Inspiron 1505 with Core Duo 1.83Ghz + 1Gb RAM + 80Gb HD); record shows of interest to me; burn a DVD from the recorded shows; project live broadcasts onto my DLP projector for a home theater experience on the cheap.

The Good:

The USB device *does* work. After setting up the required software to recognize the USB device, I was able to receive digital broadcasts just fine. When the broadcast was in high definition, the resulting picture on my laptop was really very good -- and Dell doesn't have the nicest laptop displays, either. Overall, I can't complain about the USB device other than it gets very hot, hot enough that if you touched it with, say, your upper arm, you'd jerk your arm away quickly because it's that hot to the touch. The little antenna that's included should receive nearby TV stations just fine.

On my laptop, high-def broadcasts used about 35-45% of my CPU. Recording a show in native format jumped it up to about 50-60% (the native video format is MPEG that requires about 6Gb of space for every one hour recorded). I didn't try compressing on-the-fly because I feared for dropped frames -- I'd rather compress later knowing I'll not lose any frames along the way. If I had the very latest Core Duo 2 chip and the fastest speed available, I'd probably feel okay about compressing on-the-fly.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By sonavor on January 8, 2007
This product works pretty well. I installed it on a home built system running Windows XP pro. The video card is an Nvidia GeForce 7600 based card and is decent for games and video. The motherboard is a MiniBB Shuttle SD11G5 running with a Mobile Pentium-M 740 CPU (1.73 GHz). It has 1 GB of RAM. So the system is similar to a decent laptop. The installation of the Pctv HD Pro Stick and software setup on Window XP went smoothly. I connected the Pctv device to my house antenna using a coax cable. At first the HD Pro Stick would not find any channels. In fact it displayed that there was an error finding any analog and digital channels. I did a little checking on the Pinnacle forums and realized that I had two possible things preventing the Pctv device from working. One was that I had my anti-virus running during the setup. The second was that I had another USB device (an audio mixer) connected to the PC. I disabled the anti-virus and disconnected the USB audio mixer then ran the channel setup again. This time everything worked fine. All of the channels my home HD television set can tune in can also be tuned in with the Pctv HD Pro Stick.

Watching HD television shows - You do not need Windows XP media center or any other software to use the Pctv HD Pro Stick to watch television channels on your Windows XP computer. I thought I would mention that because it wasn't obvious in material I found before purchasing this product. The Pro Stick comes with software necessary to tune in channels and view them using a Windows XP computer.

As some other reviewers have mentioned, the device and software for tuning in television does takes a lot of the system cpu processing time. It was usually around 100% of the cpu usage.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2006
I read all the negative comments from previous reviewers but took the chance and got the HD tuner suspecting the core problem other people are experiencing is due to older PC hardware/drivers. I installed the PCTV HD on a new Core 2 Duo with 2Gb RAM and CAD level graphics card on a WinXP laptop. The installation was a breeze - though had to go through 2 cycles of downloading updates from Pinnacle and rebooting - all driven by the install wizard. After the 2nd reboot it took me to the setup and scanned for local analog and HD channels without any problems. Unlike what one reviewer said, both local and HD channels appear fine and was able to record the programs fine (just using the little antennea that came with the tuner). I did play around with the different record modes (DVD vs long play ...) so poor recording quality may have something to do with perhaps the PC hardware, reception, and record mode.

The only thing I have yet to figure out is to how to key in channels not previously selected in my preferred list using the remote.

Otherwise this is an excellent product - that is if you have the hardware and OS to support it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dealGrabber on November 28, 2006
I'm one of the unlucky chumps who upgraded to Pinnacle's software version 4.53 after loving what I was seeing after the initial installation of 4.50 from the cd-rom. Once I installed 4.53, the system crashed when changing channels, was extremely sluggish, and HD channels no longer appeared smooth. Some upgrade!

I immediately went to Pinnacle's support forum for help. Not surprisingly, there are several other users with my exact same problem. Also not surprisingly, these "early-adopters" were mostly experienced computer users. Pinnacle's canned responses on the forum provided no assistance whatsoever. (Check it out for yourself before you spring for this product.) Great. I'm on my own.

Worse, it won't un-install, even with a Microsoft system rollback. After rolling back to a previous Microsoft restore point, I reinstalled 4.50 from CD-ROM. Even after the attempted uninstall, my channel list from a previous channel scan was still in my system, but it would no longer display HD channels. I tried uninstalling 4.50 from the Uninstall function on the cd-rom, then re-installed. Now the program will no longer scan for channels at all. It's completely caput. It's going back today and I'm spending the extra cash to get another USB TV Card.

HOWEVER, the hardware seems to work with BeyondTV software. The OEM software that comes with the unit is just plain poor. The company would do better to partner with this company than shipping their own software.
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