"Picture good - Software REALLY stinks"1.5 starson by clemK
Pros: Picture and reception are good
Cons: Software is terrible - maybe worse than that
Summary: Did I mention that the software REALLY stinks?
The only way anybody could rate this product above a 5 is if they've just not used a decent PC TV Tuner product before. I "graduated" from an ATI TV Wonder Rage 128, which had marvelous software - very user friendly and plenty of controls, and it worked.
The Catalyst Media Center that comes with this product is "user mean", and lacks any reasonable features - not even a previous channel button!
The control panel is accessed by moving your mouse over the image which gives you the control panel and a HUGE status bar that together cover the top and bottom of the image. Volume control is with plus/minus buttons (no slider) with adjustment so coarse that you go from can't hear to shouting. Channels are selected with up/down buttons or a channel selector list box that contains only 6 channels and has no scroll bar. To select a channel in the list box, you move your mouse past the top or bottom and immediately overshoot the channel you wanted, forcing you to repeat the process in the other direction. If you use the up/down buttons, an additional status bar covers up the botttom 1/3 of the screen.
Configuration is almost non-existent. You can't even assign names to the channels - all you have to go by is the numbers.
The software does include an Electronic Program guide - never has worked, and I've given up.
After the great software that came with the earlier TV Wonder, I assumed that the new product would be a great picture to go with great software. The picture is very good, but the software is great disappointment. ATI should be embarrassed.
I'd return the product, but that's such a pain, I'm living with it until other options are available (software or hardware).