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USB 2.0 ATSC TV (HDTV) Tuner - White
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.
- 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, 98, ME, NT, 2000
- Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Not compatible with Mac OS X!
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)
I have not tried the supplied tuner software since Windows Media Center is so great and it acts as DVR with WMC. Windows Media Center will download the correct TV Guide from online and it has a lot of options to how you want to record shows or series as they air. You also don't have to have WMC open to record shows as long as you prescheduled it, the tuner has to be plugged in and the computer has to be on, thats it. It will just record in the background with no interference.
The supplied antenna is decent, it picked up all the major networks at my house which is in the country. My advice would be that while doing the initial search for channels hook it up to a bigger antenna and then later on plug in the small one, that way you will get more channels.
PROS: Works great.
Using Windows 7 64 bit with Windows Media Center as software, didn't install the software that came with the tuner.
Within minutes I was watching great live TV using Windows Media Center on Win 7 64bit.
Have it set up as a DVR to download shows to my computer as they air using an automated schedule in WMC.
CONS: Blue light is a little bright.
I haven't found a way to make the remote work, no real instructions on how to get the remote to work in the guide supplied in the box, but I also didn't install their tuning software so that may be the problem, but it would be nice to be able to use the supplied remote with WMC.
PROS: It worked with the original mini-CD
CONS: Downloaded a more recent version of drivers from Monoprice, now it doesn't work.
PROS: It works! I'm watching CBS over the air using Windows Media Center on Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Just popped in the CD and installed the drivers (didn't bother with the software).
CONS: Kinda big. Remote sensor is on the dongle (I believe). So the remote is no use to me, since it's plugged in BEHIND my computer. I don't care. If I need the remote, I'll just buy a USB extension cord from Monoprice (probably for $0.50).
Hook it to a better antenna for more channels.
Great for TV on my PC A++++
PROS: Cost, quality of picture, works on win 7 64 bit, great picture
CONS: Remote is flimsy, but for $27, what do you want? I use a Logitech wireless keyboard $39 to control Win 7 Media Center
PROS: A fraction of the cost from local electronic stores.
CONS: Software is a little lame, but it works.
PROS: Maybe if you could go back to win 98
CONS: you cant install drivers with win7 or vista, why would you sell a product with no real drivers, real bad customer service this was the last time I use monoprice
If you are using Win 7 64bit, it is not detected as a valid tuner in Media Center, and the software that is supplied is subpar. I tried using Media Portal (open source media center) but the programming guide is not as good as Windows Media Center. I tried finding plugins that would work to improve that but once I found that it worked fine on my other machine (Win 7 32bit), I quit trying.
PROS: Works flawlessy on Windows 7 32bit, installed drivers from the CD (not available on windows update) and Windows Media Center detects it as a tuner.
CONS: Does not work with Windows 7 64bit Windows Media Center.
Does work with Win 7 64bit with the supplied Blaze video software, but doesnt have a programming guide as robust as WMC, and you have to manually put in the times to record for scheduling.
PROS: Works seamlessly with Media center on Win 7 32bit
CONS: Will not work with Win 7 64bit as a tuner for Media Center.
Will work with Win 7 64 bit with included software and a special driver loading (instructions are available in the reviews I believe), but it is bad, cannot record series based on the guide (digital guide info sucks), only time blocks (i.e. 3-4 on mondays on channel 3 as opposed to Record Seinfeld whenever its on).