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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 4
Excellent product – DVB-T Digital TV USB 2.0 Dongle with Remote Reviews

posted by ThaSchaap on 03/21/2010 Certified Owner

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).
Other:
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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