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Pinnacle PCTV To Go HD Wireless


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  • Watch TV anywhere, now with HD support
  • Remotely change channels, video sources, and even control your home digital video recorder
  • No set-up or monthly service fees
  • User-friendly PCTV To Go Player
  • Record your favorite shows
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000N20O06
  • Item model number: 230100181
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,819 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 1, 2007

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Introducing Pinnacle PCTV To Go, the ultimate wireless TV viewing solution. Now watch and control high quality TV on your PC from anywhere. PCTV To Go version 1.1 now includes HD support! Watch HDTV wirelessly from your home network wherever you go. In addition to full HD compatibility, PCTV still offers these incredible features for your new TV experience:

  • No set-up or monthly service fees
  • Watch and control TV in full screen MPEG-2 DVD like quality in and around your home on your PC
  • Watch and control high-quality MPEG-4 TV content remotely anywhere in the world on an Internet connected PC
  • Wireless set-up makes installation of PCTV To go a breeze
  • Control all your TV features from your PC -- remotely change channels, video sources, and even control your home digital video recorder
  • PCTV To Go wirelessly communicates to your existing network or directly to your wireless PC
  • Pause and rewind live TV or record your favorite TV shows with the included PCTV To Go Player
  • PCTV To Go seamlessly works as a TV source within a wirelessly connected Microsoft MCE equipped PC

What's in the Box
Pinnacle PCTV To Go hardware, two WiFi 802.11g antennas, composite (RCA) cable, coaxial/RF cable, IR blaster cable, power adapter, quick start guide, CD-ROM

Product Description

Introducing Pinnacle PCTV To Go HD Wireless the ultimate wireless TV viewing solution. Now watch and control high quality SD and HD TV on your PC from anywhere. Easy wireless setup. Integrated Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition support and built-in comprehensive digital video recorder capabilities make Pinnacle PCTV To Go HD Wireless a must-have for anyone interested in watching high quality TV shows sporting events movies or news anywhere on a PC.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Quality of video is great at 1X and ok at 2x.
Corinteractive
My HP laptop has Vista and with the software update for the PCTV, HAVA, I get the "NO HAVA Device Detected".
Demetrius T. Easley
That was because my main PC has a wired Ethernet connection to my router but the Pinnacle did not.
K. McKirahan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Choi on July 14, 2007
I reviewed three different products before buying Pinnacle PCTV:

1. Slingbox
2. Sony Location Free
3. Pinnacle PCTV

My requirements were:
1. wireless connectivity (Slingbox can't)
2. ease of installation (Sony is difficult)
3. accept HDTV (Sony can't)

PCTV fulfilled my needs and it works great with DVD like quality. We don't have a TV or a cablebox in our living room but now my wife uses her laptop to watch cable TV while nursing....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gadget lover on April 2, 2007
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This device implements a nice concept and mostly delivers what it promises. Once set up properly, a non-geek could easily use this. Setup is ok but not that simple, but since this device requires that you also administer a router, that is not a very big deal. The display and recording interfaces are clean and simple. The picture quality is great, but don't expect 720p because it is not 720p. I would strongly suspect that recording in 720p would get this into some legal issue. But still, quality is equal or slightly better than dvd quality. Some cons: cpu intensive, some laptop cards don't work, can't record at predefined times using the software provided, and there is no keyboard control.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gandhi on March 21, 2009
I purchased this item and at first thought I had wasted my money. I needed something that was wireless, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. I got a good deal on this item and despite the dreadful reviews I've read about what a headache it is to setup, I still went ahead and pulled the trigger.

I started to set the item up and I went to Pinnacle's website and downloaded the latest software. The setup was going smoothly and everything worked other than the remote viewing setup (i.e. watching your TV over the internet from anywhere in the world), which was the main reason I bought the item. For some reason this would not set up at all. So the product seemed like a complete waste to me.

After some research on Google, I found out that this product is just a rebadged Hava Wireless HD. So I uninstalled all the pinnacle software from my computer, reset the product (by putting an straightened out paper clip into the reset button on the back), and then downloaded the Hava Media player. The only other problem I ran into during set up was that the Hava software wouldn't automatically detect the product. I had to manually connect my laptop to it (under wireless network connections, the device shows up the same way a wireless router would).

After doing that, Hava updated the firmware of the product and this time set up went flawlessly. I'm now able to use the product with all the advertised features, including watching TV and changing channel half way across the world. After downloading the software from Hava's website, I have absolutely no regrets about buying the product.
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Overall, I am quite pleased with this product. It is nice to be able to watch all of the channels from my main TV on my laptop out on the porch. The video is near DVD quality when viewed on a laptop screen.

Initially, I had problems setting it up. That was because my main PC has a wired Ethernet connection to my router but the Pinnacle did not. On the other hand, I had no problems getting it to work with my wireless laptop (both running Vista).

Fast-forward 2 weeks later and now I have a NetGear wireless printer server. I bought this device to allow my new TV to get on the Internet since I don't have an Ethernet cable by the TV. Yeah, it was designed to allow you to plug a USB cable from a printer and wirelessly connect to my wireless router but it also has 4 Ethernet ports so you can use it as a wireless bridge.

So, configured in that manner, the TV can now get out on the Internet. I then figured I would try installing the PCTV To Go software again on my main PC. This time, the PC found the Pinnacle device and was able to display the TV signal from it. Great!

I then figured I would be equally successful at getting the remote viewing feature working. No such luck. While my PC can communicate with it through an Ethernet cable to the router, then wirelessly from the router to my NetGear "bridge"; and my TV can get out on the Internet through the NetGear bridge and the wireless router, the Pinnacle device cannot. Bummer. Although the main reason I bought this device was to receive TV broadcasts from my cable box to any wired or wireless PC in the house (which now works well), it would have been cool to be able to watch my TV channels from any PC in the world.
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This is a good product if you can get it for less than [...].

The good:

Network connection and setup is easy. I used the latest setup software and updated the firmware before starting. The latest sw does support WPA but I have not tried it yet. I setup the unit using direct network connection then after I've confirmed that everything work, I used the "advanced" mode to configure the wireless portion then disconnected the network cable.

The time shifting feature is great for watching sport since you can do your own "instant replay" by just sliding the pointer back a few click.

The bad:

Picture quality is a little better than YouTube. It ok for general viewing but not for recording. I don't expect much from this kind of device anyway so it's ok for me.

Overall, I'm happy with this unit. I bought it at [...] and I think this is the right price for the given performance and features.

BTW [...] means that text has been edited out by Amazon.
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