Pinnacle Systems offers three USB tuners for digital terrestrial TV, that can convert any PC into a TV. Once connected, the PC can also record TV shows.
According to the manufacturer, “Pinnacle PCTV is a great choice for TV viewers who lead busy lifestyles. It enables them to watch and record TV on their PC instead of being a slave to the living room TV or the TV schedule. Pinnacle PCTV is like getting a new TV and personal video recorder and enjoying these anywhere, anytime, for the price of a digital TV tuner box.”
Pinnacle designed the PCTV family of products to be as easy to set-up and use as a regular TV without the requirement for any special technical knowledge. You simply connects the tuner to the PC’s USB port and an existing TV antenna (or the included rod antenna).
At the high end, the $129 Pinnacle PCTV™ DVB-T Stick Ultimate brings a complete TV viewing and recording experience to PC owners. You get digital terrestrial TV and radio reception using the DVB-T standard, and can also stream live TV to as many as three other PCs on a home network with the included DistanTV software. It also includes a mini remote control for across-the-room viewing convenience. Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Ultimate draws its power from the computer and is about the same size as a USB memory stick, making it ideal for notebook owners. It is fully certified for Windows Vista™ and compatible with Windows Media Center.
After running the software installer and channel scanner, you can start watching TV. They can also timeshift live TV and record programs. Timeshifting lets the you pause and rewind live TV at the press of a button. TV programs can be recorded to the computer’s hard drive in MPEG-1/-2 and DivX formats quality or directly to DVDs that can be played on a regular DVD player. You can control the PCTV DVB-T Stick Ultimate using the computer’s keyboard or the included mini remote control. This product also ships with Pinnacle Studio QuickStart Edition, for editing recordings and burning DVDs.
DistanTV software brings PCTV viewing to the home network. It lets you tune into and timeshift the TV signal received by the PCTV DVB-T Stick Ultimate tuner from any other PC on your home network. It’s an affordable way to extend TV to all the computers in your home.
Two other models complete the Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T offering. For users who don’t need the TV streaming or video editing features, Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick is a good choice. People who want the simplest possible solution without remote control can choose the Pinnacle PCTV DVB-T Stick Solo.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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