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vdub
31-12-2009, 02:53 PM
Is there anybody using a USB tuner to receive Freeview?
Are there any problems setting it up and recording programs?

Is there a preferred brand or certain requirements needed in the brand/model bought?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.

KarameaDave
31-12-2009, 03:04 PM
Asus u3100 mini DVBT is what I use, they need a modernish video card (GF 8 or 9 or later) for hardware acceleration. Records well, fairly easy set up. comes with TotalMedia 3.5 which seems OK.
does work on my lappy with GF7400 but a little bit jerky in the fast action.

Roscoe
31-12-2009, 04:10 PM
Does that mean you don't require a satellite dish? Just a tuner? Cheaper than buying a dish and a decoder? What price? Thanks.

Speedy Gonzales
31-12-2009, 04:20 PM
Yup I'm using a avermedia volar-x DVB-T usb tuner. Its good in Vista, but doesnt work in media center, and it works with the program it came with. It'll work ok in windows 7 media center, but its a bit unstable with its own program. This cost $99. Its a LOT cheaper than buying a dish and satellite decoder (and satellite doesnt support HD, if you want HD). All you need is an outside aerial. Tune it in then watch it. The videocard supports DX 10.1, but doesnt support hw acceleration

Sweep
31-12-2009, 04:20 PM
Try here:-

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=372738

bob_doe_nz
31-12-2009, 04:25 PM
I've got two. A Pinnacle Nanostick and a much cheaper one which I picked up from DealExtreme.

Software wise, I use a third party application; DVBViewer, but you also need the h.264 codec to get it working right.

somebody
31-12-2009, 04:26 PM
Does that mean you don't require a satellite dish? Just a tuner? Cheaper than buying a dish and a decoder? What price? Thanks.

Depends - if you can get FreeviewHD in your area, you will need a UHF aerial - a lot of houses already have them, if they had analogue Sky in the past... otherwise an indoor antenna often works too. I was using an amplified DSE indoor antenna with a $30 DVB-T USB tuner card, with the DVBViewer software to watch and record Freeview. The DVBViewer software is well worth it (and cheap too) - I think it was around $30 when I paid for it.

bob_doe_nz
31-12-2009, 04:33 PM
Depends - if you can get FreeviewHD in your area, you will need a UHF aerial - a lot of houses already have them, if they had analogue Sky in the past... otherwise an indoor antenna often works too. I was using an amplified DSE indoor antenna with a $30 DVB-T USB tuner card, with the DVBViewer software to watch and record Freeview. The DVBViewer software is well worth it (and cheap too) - I think it was around $30 when I paid for it.

You can always make your own indoor antenna (http://lifehacker.com/5138746/build-your-own-dtv-antenna) if you want.

davidmmac
31-12-2009, 04:41 PM
I've got one of these (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=349071)which I've found to be excellent :).

The Cyberlink PowerCinema software it is bundled with doesn't pick up more than around 3hrs into the future on the EPG, but other than that it records in MPEG2 at around 4GB an hour on analogue, not sure what the rate is for HD though.

pkm
31-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Check the coverage map first, smaller places like New Plymouth miss out on terrestrial HD.
http://www.freeviewnz.tv/all_about_freeview/coverage

Bobh
31-12-2009, 11:16 PM
I use Dish TV S7050 with a satellite dish. This was previewed in NZ PC World a few months ago. Works ok for me. You need an external hard disk to record onto.

Agent_24
01-01-2010, 05:34 PM
Unless you're going to use a laptop, get an internal PCI or PCI-E card.

It will probably be cheaper not to mention it won't fall out of the socket, and it'll probably be more reliable too.