After several days of watching my tv, and finally deciding that the ghosts on the screen weren't from an old episode of 'Scooby Doo', I thought it was time to upgrade and see what I'd been missing - even though I'd actually been seeing at least two of most things.
Because I wanted something that could be moved around, and the only high def screen I had was on the laptop, I choose the Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Ultimate - and it wasn't a bad choice at that.
Although it can take a bit of fiddling around with to get it tuned in, well, fiddling in as much as you get it to look for the channels while you take a few minutes to make a cup of tea, the whole thing is relatively easy to do.
One problem that I have had, with I think is more down to my laptop than the Pinnacle stick, is the tendancy for the picture on the screen to freeze from time to time. This really only seems to happen on HD broadcasts and my laptop is a dual core of over two years old, so that could explain a lot.
If you want tv on the move then you can't go too far wrong with this.
I was looking for an alternative to replace my analogue TV when I came across this wonderful solution: A way of converting your PC in to a TV! Since I have an old desktop computer which I have substituted with my laptop, this seems to be the perfect time to put it into good use.
The Pinnacle DVB-T Stick is just slightly larger than a standard USB stick, making it shakes slighty when inserted into the USB port. It comes with a mini aerial + a magnetic base, which is not too bad. But I prefer to connect it directly to my home aerial, this gives me more channels when I do the scanning. I managed to get over 60 TV+radio channels from where I live.
And surely, it comes with all the software you may need. I am amazed by what it can do given the software provided. This is detailed in the next section. In contraso, the remote control is just sufficient for doing its job.
This PCTV stick allows you capture Radio and TV shows onto your hard disk in MPEG1, MPEG2 or DivX format. You can either schedule a recording with the integrated Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) or instantly by pressing the start capturing button.
Another cool feature that I like about it is its ability to stream TV to another PC/laptop in your home through the home network. Which means I can stream TV from my PC to my laptop and take my laptop with me to the garden or in the kitchen. Best for watching Premier League. ;)
There is also teletext feature available but I do not use it very much.
Product info: http://www.pinnaclesys.com/
(26.43 inc VAT - 11/08/2008)