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  • Excellent product

    posted by ThaSchaap on 03/21/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    - You can watch television very cheaply in Europe with this dongle.

    - Supports HDTV.

    - It installs in a snap. Plug and Play if you're using Windows. New drivers are released through Windows Update.

    - The included software (BlazeHDTV, full version) is quite good. Even better is ProgDVB, which is free and can be downloaded from the internet.

    - Works with Media Portal, you can use as many of these dongles as you like.

    - (Experimental) linux support (see cons).

    Cons:

    - No CI or CAM, so only FTA (Free To Air, mostly national channels) by default. This can be resolved by buying a smartcard reader and using software like acamd and cccam or newcs.

    - (Experimental) linux support (see pros).

    OtherThoughts:

    Check out the article on Wikipedia on DVB-T to see if your country uses the standard. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-T

    Bottomline:

    This is a BDA device. That means you will be using software to decode the video or decrypt the signal. Any 3 year old computer can handle that. So, if you want to build an HTPC cheaply, use these.

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