"Excellent, within limits"4.0 starson by ez2laf
Pros: Excellent Digital performance
Cons: Tricky to install. Sequence has to followed exactly to be successful
Summary: Installation sequence when using software
downloaded off the website:
1. Plug in device. Make sure to expand the little antennae to its fullest height.
2. Install drivers.
3. Run "Setup.exe"
4. Install mpg codecs off installation CD. 5.Install TV Viewer (Wintv 6 or Wintv 2000)
This sequence has to be followed even if you use the installation CD. Follow the directions on the quick install exactly. If something goes wrong, run the "clear everything" exe off of the CD, and try again!!!
Analog picture needs an excellent antennae to have a clear picture, otherwise it's going to be a little snowy. I only got a clear picture when I connected to my roof antennae.
Digital pictures are excellent, but you may have to move antennae around. Digital signals are "line of sight" dependent. If the pictures look strange or too large for your screen, navigate to the Wintv folder on your computer and click the Primary.exe and select "forced primary," or if this is already selected, try each selection until one works for you. This also may help if your laptop or desktop is a little underpowered.
If you cannot get the software to search for digital stations, make sure you have installed the mpg codecs off of the cd.
I used my old underpowered Toshiba 1.7 tablet. And it worked fine even when recording Digital TV, but used 95+ CPU power, with a few occasional "dropped" frames. A newer 2+core CPU should not have any problems at all doing multi-tasking activities. This little wonder, does not have any hardware decoding, so the computer's cpu and software are used.
"The Scheduler" works with the WinTV2000 version. To convert mpg's to ipod's or divx, you have to buy additional software for 24.00 USD.
There are a few YouTube videos on the installation of this device. The one I saw was pretty funny. He was out of sequence and wondered why nothing worked. He tried installing the drivers without plugging in the device first. Funny.
Overall, badly written software installation package. Software interface is not logically positioned. Analog tuner is just adequate.
Digital pictures are very good (one of the free software tuners actually has a better picture). The pseudo Tivo (pause control) is cute but limited. The save files are huge, as expected.
Overall I love it, but took way too much time and eneryg to get to work properly.