Daily Giz Wiz 419: PCTV HD USB Ultimate Stick

Episode 419 of the podcast

PCTV HD USB Ultimate Stick
Subject: Review of PCTV HD USB Ultimate Stick
Released:Thursday 11 October 2007
Length:about 16 minutes
Download file:dgw0419.mp3 (7.3 MB)

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Short info

HDTV reception on a USB stick from Pinnacle Systems: the PCTV HD USB Ultimate Stick.

Detailed information

The latest from Pinnacle's PCTV HD USB TV Tuner series.  The Ultimate version comes with pre-installed software, TVCenter Pro, which auto-runs on your PC.  A "Plug-And-Watch" Personal Video Recorder.

At the other end of the stick is a standard antenna input to which you connect your external antenna at home or, where that is not available, the telescopic antenna provided.  It supports both analogue NTSC and digital ATSC signals, and "ClearQAM", i.e. unencrypted digital cable signals.  Records in MPEG-1, 2, 4 (PSP and iPod compatible formats) and DivX, with time-shifting functions.  Its S-Video and Composite inputs also enable you to transfer your other video sources into the supported video formats.  Comes with a remote control.  Windows Vista and XP SP2 only.

For a detailed review and explanation of of the previous "Pro" version (which works in a similar way, but without support for ClearQAM and pre-installed software on the stick itself), go to EverythingUSB.

For the Mac, Pinnacle does have an older version, the Pinnacle TV for Mac HD Stick, which does not support ClearQAM and records only in MPEG-2.

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